Chocolate Twist Bread and Salmon Dinner

When the helper goes on her off. When the kids are confined at home. Who will prepare dinner and take care of the kids? No prize for the correct answer.

Actually we had the intention to bring the kids out on Sunday. Unfortunately, my youngest boy contracted the HFMD from his elder sister. Twins are really connected. They seemed to share the goods and bads, ups and downs and thick and thin together. I remembered there was once, when my boy got a blue-black just below his left eye, his sister got some pus on her right eye-lid. Both were due to take their portrait pictures for their school EZ link card. And their "blacken" eyes were captured. What a coincidence it was! Somehow, I always feel that they are very connected in a very special way.

Ok, back to my baking spree. Like I mention to Bee Bee, my children don't usually eat what I bake. Mainly because what I bake is what I like to eat. So instead, I chose to baking something which I think they will like - Chocolate Twist Bread from Honey Bee Sweets blog. I am very sure they love chocolates.
I wasn't sure if I had over beaten the bread dough, it didn't grow too much.  Therefore, I ended up to have very small proofed dough. I wasn't able to roll out that long like what Bee Bee did. So I decided to cut it smaller and bake them in a muffin tray. I also added melted compound chocolate to the cocoa mixture to make it more chocky. Overall, I really like the taste of the chocolate twisted buns! I would probably try making it again.
After lunch, I had some time to rest and plan for my dinner. Initially I wanted to take a short nap and to make my youngest boy sleep. However, my other two children were just too noisy. In the end, I only get 40 winks (10 mins power nap). Then I was up again, preparing for dinner.

My hubby and I went to "grab" cheap whole salmons in a hypermart on Saturday morning. It was selling at $9.90/kg! We love salmons. We have the patience to queue up to take advantage of the cheap deal (for salmons only). You won't believe how much we bought. I think nobody will buy as much as us. We bought two big salmons - 4.5kg and 3.5kg. That will feed us for...3-4 weeks though. We will finish all the parts- heads, bones and the skin. I like it when my helper fries them till crispy. My eldest son usually goes for the skin...he'll eat up the skin and leave the salmon "naked". Sometimes, both of us will fight for the skin! Hahaha...

Anyway, with abundance salmon in stock the fridge, I decided to bake them for dinner. Overall, it wasn't as tasty and good as I hope, but the family members did dare not complaint. They'd better not, otherwise, no mum-made dinner for them next time. *so petty*

I made baked butter rice to go with the baked salmon with vegetables. In a baking tray, I layered portebello mushrooms, carrots, broccolis and salmons on top of one another before I topped up with cheese. Actually, the cheese that I used wasn't that suitable. It didn't melt right and wasn't mean for baking. I shall not stinge on mozzarella cheese in future. Each of them get a "set meal" of the below, where the kids have a smaller portion of the salmons.


WendyinKK said...
September 13, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Wah, very very chocolatey la!!!
Sometimes my yeast goes on holiday mood and takes forever to proof, but it does get big later.. sometimes double the time.

quizzine said...
September 13, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Even though I had a very satisfying grilled salmon belly last nite, your baked salmon still makes me salivate!! My hubby does not like any fishes, except salmon. Next time if you got lobang for salmon again, put it on FB, ok ;-)

Shirley @ Kokken69 said...
September 14, 2010 at 12:30 AM

I am sorry to hear that your children contracted the HFMD. Hope they get well soon. Did they like the chocolate roll? I am, unfortunately not a big fan of cooked salmon(raw or smoked salmon is ok) - always thought it has an iron-y smell that reminds me of blood but I am glad you got a good bargain!

Passionate About Baking said...
September 14, 2010 at 8:44 AM

Hi Wendy,
Oh really? It will still "come back"? Mine sometimes migrated and never return. Left my dough lonely...

Hi quizzine,
Yes mdm! Will post it on FB. But your small family can finish a whole salmon? You can even salivate at my not-so-good-salmon does show that you really love salmons! Heehee...

Hi Shirley,
Thanks. My gal has recovered. My boy is still tolerating the very bad ulcers in his tongue. Poor boy.
I'm surprised you don't like cooked salmons. Not even if they have very good sauce over it? I love salmons in all ways it's done! :p

Joyti said...
September 14, 2010 at 8:45 AM

Those chocolate twist bread rolls sound delicious. And amazing...

Anonymous said...
September 14, 2010 at 9:50 AM

what a nice dinner made with tender loving care! anything that comes from the heart will taste better than any other top restaurants!

Simple home made dishes are the best things to have on earth :D

Bakericious said...
September 14, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Jane, hope your children are better now, poor them and you too. The chocolately rolls looks so tempting, I am sure my daughter will love it :).

Kitchen Corner said...
September 14, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Hey Jane, I'm sure you enjoy cooking for this wonderful meal for the family. There looks very delicious!
The buns look so tempting as the chocolate oozing out. I really hope can try it out!

Honey Bee Sweets said...
September 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Hey Jane, how are your twins coming along? Are they much better now? Hope this "confinement days" will be over and they can free again!
Your buns looked really chocolaty! You made it into muffins? Anyway, as I've mentioned in my blog comment, you can replace this sweet dough recipe with any one that you like better. Hope your next try will turn out much better. Yummy salmon btw, my kids loved it...will try the bake version next time.

Passionate About Baking said...
September 14, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Hi Indie.Tea,

Hi Yan Ee,
Yes, nothing beats a homemade meal. I miss my mum's cooking too. She's such a great cook! You know, I also love my MIL's foods. Heehee..

Hi Jess,
Thanks for your concern. Ooh, I'm sure your girls will love the chocolate buns. My children love it!

Passionate About Baking said...
September 14, 2010 at 12:31 PM

Hi Grace,
Yes, I do enjoy cooking up a storm for my family! The chocolate did ooze out when it was baking. And the chocolate smell really filled the kitchen. You must try next time.

Thanks Bee Bee for your well wishes. Yup, I saw your comments. Not to worry, it has nothing to do your recipe, it's me. I must try all kinds of bread recipe so that at least I know what is good and what can KIV. I must have overbeaten my dough. I hope I'll have better luck next time. Your chocolates really taste good. :)
Yes, next time try baking salmons. They taste good too!

quizzine said...
May 19, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Even though I had a very satisfying grilled salmon belly last nite, your baked salmon still makes me salivate!! My hubby does not like any fishes, except salmon. Next time if you got lobang for salmon again, put it on FB, ok ;-)

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