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November 21, 2010

Chirashizushi birthday cake

Hello folks and welcome to another cooking entry. Hah!
Yesterday a friend of mine celebrated his birthday. He loves sushi and therefore I decided to make a chirashizushi cake for him. I was inspired by a video of Runny, a very cool and talented guy, who explains how to easily make Japanese food on youtube. You should check his channel!
Okay, but now to the recipe.

Since I couldn't find all the ingredients Runny used, I altered the recipe a little. But the next time I will try to use the "original" ones.

~600 g sushi rice (I used ca. 2 cups)
~scrambled egg made from 3 eggs
~80 g canned tuna
~50 g salmon roe
~80 g smoked salmon
~mirin furikake
~(sushi) vinegar, salt, sugar
~1 spring onion
~red food colouring

Prepare the sushi rice.
I don't own a rice cooker, but it works perfectly fine with a pot, too. Just remember to fairly wash the rice before cooking and only use medium-low heat.
I don't know what was wrong yesterday, but it took me almost an hour until the rice was finished. <-- Lately rice seems not willing to cooperate with me, so don't be afraid. I'm sure it will work fine for you. Also prepare the scrambled eggs. When the rice is finished you have to cool it down, quickly. Fill it in a non-metallic bowl and turn it carefully around using a wooden spoon. A fan is helpful, too. :) Then add the vinegar-salt-sugar mix. For 600 g of sushi rice you'll need about 1/5 cup of vinegar, a tea spoon salt and a little more than a dash of sugar. After that mix half of the rice with the tuna and the other half with the red food colouring and the furikake (add as much as you need until it meets your taste). Then use a 15cm spring form covered with plastic wrap and fill in the red rice first, then the tuna-rice. Use a table spoon to press the rice into the form. Then turn it over onto a plate and remove the spring form + plastic wrap. The top layer will be the scrambled eggs. You could use some drawing paper, like Runny does, or if you don't have it, carefully drape the eggs on top. The salmon roe forms a circle in the middle, after that roll up 6 pieces of smoked salmon (2x4 cm if you need measures) and drape them like roses on the top of the cake. As a finish sprinkle some spring onion over the eggs. You can add little birthday candles, too. Tadaaaa! I hope you'll find it tasty. For me, it was.. and the birthday boy seemed to be happy, too. :)
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November 12, 2010

Browny-Cheese Cake

Hello folks,
it's been a while since the last post... Lately I've been invited to eat lots of cakes and finally I got the recipe of one of my favourites: Browny-Cheese Cake.
Hope this recipe will be as mouth-watering for you as it is for me. :D


100 g butter
300 g sugar
60 g flour
500 g curd cheese (low fat ;D)
4 eggs
10 table spoons cocoa
1 tea spoon corn starch
1 dash of salt

First, stir 200 g of the sugar, the salt and the butter until it gets creamy, then add 3 of the eggs. After that mix it with the flour and the cocoa. Put some of the paste aside (~2 table spoons).
Now mix the rest of the sugar, the last egg, corn starch and the curd cheese.

Fill the brownie paste into a flat cake pan (I used one of my gratin dishes) covered with baking paper, then add the curd cheese cream. At last fill in the brownie paste you put aside before and create some designs on it with a fork or something alike.

Bake it for 35-40 minutes at 175°C.

Bon appétit! ♥

(And thanks again to Doro for sending this recipe to me. ^^)
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