Chocolate Crinkles

Am so sorry, this blog have been neglected for more than a month now.  This morning, I got a comment that gave my blogging mojo back. Well, am not sharing it muna until we finalize it.  But I hope it will push through (fingers crossed).

Anyway, just to get back in the rhythm, sharing new recipe I’ve tried.  Been wanting to bake the perfect Chocolate Crinkles and I found the recipe already courtesy of KrisTV.  hehe.. It’s the episode where Piolo and Toni Gonzaga guessed and cooked for the show. Liam and I enjoyed preparing this as well as eating them.

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CHOCOLATE CRINKLES

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 kg.  bittersweet baking chocolate
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • powdered sugar for coating

How to:

  • melt the chocolate and butter together in a double broiler
  • set aside to cool down
  • on a separate bowl, whisk together all purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder and set aside
  • beat the eggs until frothy and light
  • gradually beat in the sugar
  • add the vanilla
  • add the melted chocolate and butter (mix well)
  • then gradually beat in the dry ingredients
  • put inside the ref for about 2 hours or until hard enough to roll
  • Scoop, roll and cover the dough with powdered sugar (used ice cream scoop)
  • make sure to cover it generously as it will still expand and crack
  • set on a lined cookie sheet
  • bake for 18 to 20 minutes at 180 degrees celcius

As Dino have described it in his FB, it is warm and moist. Well, we devoured it as soon as it was baked, that’s why it’s still warm. I really enjoyed making these as Liam was able to help me from start to end.  It’s a bit messy having him as an assistant but it was all worth it. 🙂  ENJOY!! 🙂

from Dino's FB:  Liam making sure that the powdered sugar for the Chocolate Crinkles is of the right taste. ;-)
from Dino’s FB: Liam making sure that the powdered sugar for the Chocolate Crinkles is of the right taste. 😉
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2013 Noche Buena

Merry Christmas everybody! 🙂 Hope you all had a nice one together with your loved ones.  We had a simple celebration here in Cebu. Dino and I decided to spend Christmas here in Cebu for a change.  We invited my in-laws to come over but air fare was too high already (since we decided to stay here the last minute na din)  so everyone decided to stay put in our own cities.  This is the first time we will spend it na kame lang.  A bit nervous at first that Liam might not enjoy it, he might not have gifts to open and what I’ll prepare for Noche Buena. Pero everything turned out well naman.

So for the first time in my 34 years of year of life, I prepared Noche Buena all by myself.  Sorry, did not do it by myself pala, I had Donna and Ate Lilia to help me pa din.  When I was younger, I do help my sis in law (bro’s wifey) in preparing, but it’s always her who has the final say on what we’ll have. This past years naman, we always spend it with Dino’s family, so it’s my in-laws who takes care of the Noche Buena. 🙂

Anyway, here’s what we had for Noche Buena…

I baked Flan cake for the occasion, after all, it’s Baby Jesus’ birthday we are celebrating, right? and what’s a birthday celebration without a cake!? 🙂  (see the recipe here)

Flan Cake for Papa Jesus
Flan Cake for Papa Jesus

For our appetizer, I prepared my SIL’s bacon wrapped asparagus, she prepared this for everyone last year (see her post here).  This is sooo yummy that I don’t want to share these with them, pero it’s Christmas and it’s the season if sharing.  hehehe..

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus for appetizer
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus for appetizer

For our main course, I cooked Chicken and Seafood Paella paired with Lumpiang Shanghai.  If there’s one thing I don’t like here in Cebu, that’s the salty lumpia warpper.. 😦  I think they do it to make the wrappers last longer.  Pero we still finished everything. hehehe..

Chicken and Seafood Paella
Chicken and Seafood Paella (photo here was taken half way of cooking the paella)
As requested by Dino - Lumpiang Shanghai
As requested by Dino – Lumpiang Shanghai

For dessert, I asked Donna to prepare Buko Lychee Salad.  She’s been preparing this quite a number times this year already.  That’s why I called this her specialty na.  She knows the timpla already, not too sweet, not too bland and not too creamy din! 🙂

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Buko Lychee Salad

We had a blast.  They all loved the food prepared.  Liam opened a lot of gifts too (will have a separate post for this).  Of course, we won’t forget to blow a candle for Jesus. 🙂

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Here we are, Singing happy birthday to Papa Jesus
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Happy Birthday Jesus!
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Liam blowing the candle.. 🙂

A Blessed Christmas to all!! 🙂

Carrot Cupcakes

Since I was a kid and upto now that am 34, I really hate carrots! Even if it’s cooked in a viand like Mechado or Curry.  What my sis-in-law (Bro’s wife) would do before is to grate it and mix it in fried rice, lumpiang shanghai or anywhere she can mix it with so just we can eat it.

For so long, I really never tried eating carrot cakes since I thought it has that distinctive taste.  I was already dating Dino when I first tried carrot cakes.  Hmmm.. If I remember it right, I think it was Leah’s favorite that’s why I tried it.  They have it at home so I tried and wow! it was delish!! 🙂

I decided to give this a try after I read Maqui’s post.  I did not exactly copied her recipe, since I want to use my pecan nuts that’s been sitting in our ref for a few months now.  So I settle down with the one I got from Real Simple.  Everybody liked it.  Even Leah gave it a two thumbs up. 🙂

Carrot Cupcakes
Carrot Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinammon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmet
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 stick melted butter (instead of using canola oil, I copied this from Maqui’s recipe)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups of carrots (no so packed)
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans

How to:

  • Whisk together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinammon
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together melted butter and sugar
  • Add egg to the butter mixture and whisk until well blended
  • Add in the carrots to the butter mixture
  • Add in the flour mixture to the carrot mixture until well combined (I did this gradually)
  • fold in the pecan nuts
  • Scoop into cupcake cup-lined muffin pans
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 350 deg F or until toothpick comes out clean

YUMMY!! 🙂

 

 

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes

I’m fixing my pics now and found few food pics that I haven’t post.  So please bear with me as next few posts will be all about baking and cooking. 🙂

Anyway, a few weeks ago, during our before bedtime routines, Liam just blurted out that he wants to bake chocolate popcakes (cupcakes) for his Teacher.
Liam;  I want to bake chocolate popcakes for Teacher May
Mommy (kunsintidora):  Ok, we will bake cupcakes tomorrow
Liam:  I will bring 2 popcakes
Mommy:  ok, one for Teacher May and 1 for ate Vibe?
Liam:  No, 2 for teacher May, 1 for ate vibe
Mommy:  So 3 popcakes
Liam: and one for me
Naguluhan na ko sa dami.. 🙂

So as promised, we baked his cupcakes when we get home from work that night.  I chose this recipe, cause this is really easy to do. Put all ingredients in the bowl and mix away. 🙂

Mixing mixing..
Mixing mixing..
"Let's taste if it's sarap na.."
“Let’s taste if it’s sarap na..”

Best of all, since the recipe is eggless, no worries about salmonella.  I knew very well that this will happen once this we finish mixing all the ingredients…

"Masarap nga!!"
“Masarap nga!!”

He even got angry with me when I tried to get all the mixture so I can make more cupcakes..

He really can't help himself..
He really can’t help himself..

And our finished product..

Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes
Eggless Chocolate Cupcakes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

 

How to:

  • Mix together all dry ingredients
  • Make a well and put all the wet ingredients
  • Beat away and pour on baking cup-lined muffin pans
  • Bake for 25 minutes at 350 deg. F or until toothpick comes out clean
  • Cool cupcakes and dip top of each in melted chocolate or chocolate ganache

Dino liked it, the teachers and officemates love them too.. 🙂

Spicy Tuna Pasta

As mentioned before, am trying to cook and bake more now.  I miss cooking, though I don’t regret asking ate to do it if it means more time with Liam and Dino. 😉

One of Ate Lilia’s weakness talaga is Pasta, so last week, decided to cook an easy peasy pasta dish.  I got this idea from Oh Georg1 restaurant here in Cebu during one of my lunch dates with Dino. 😉

Spicy Tuna Pasta
Spicy Tuna Pasta

Ingredients: (serves 3)

  • Linguini Pasta (a handful)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic (grated)
  • Century Tuna Hot & Spicy
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to:

  • Cook the pasta in boiling water with salt and a little oil and set aside
  • In a wok, saute grated garlic in Olive oil til fragrant
  • Add the oil and half of the meat from Century Tuna Hot & Spicy
  • Add in cooked pasta and toss til pasta are well coated
  • Put remaining tuna meat on top and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for added yumminess

Pair with garlic toast and enjoy with your loved ones.

Calamansi Cupcakes

2 weeks ago, Dino and I brought Liam to Boracay.  Sa kamalasmalasan naman, binabagyo si Bora when we got there.  It was not raining naman the whole day, but we stayed in our room most of the day, since mahirap nang maabutan at baka magkasakit pa ang bugoyito namen.  Better safe than sorry. (will have a separate post about our trip)

Anyway, once my office mate learned that we are going to Bora, she told us to make sure to visit Real Coffee Cafe.  This is where the famous Calamansi muffins originated and they also serve all day breakfast.  She also told me that the Pesto Scrambled Egg is to die for.  Pero dahil nga naulan, we weren’t able to go around, less visit the cafe.

At dahil frustrated ang pag kain at pagbili ko ng Calamansi muffins, I promised myself that I will bake this when we get back to Cebu.  I searched the web and found this site where they talk about food and restos and try to hack some famous recipes.  I usually try to tweak recipes I find in the web (tweak to suit our tastebuds), but for this, I followed the recipe religiously.

Calamansi Cupcake
Calamansi Cupcake

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 pcs. eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup calamsi juice

How to:

  • Mix together dry ingredients – APF, BP and salt, set aside
  • On a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until well mixed (I used wire whisk)
  • Beat in the eggs one by one, set aside
  • Mix the milk and calamansi juice together
  • Add in Calamansi juice mixture and Flour Mixture to butter mixture, alternately making sure that all is blended well
  • Scoop batter to muffin pans lined with paper cups
  • Bake in preheated 175 deg C oven for 23 minutes or until toothpick comes out dry.
  • makes 12 cupcakes

Dino didn’t like it at first, he said it’s too tangy for him.   General comment was that it’s not too tangy and it’s lighter than the original from Bora.

Anyway, if you’re wondering why I called it cupcakes instead of muffins, read this.  I researched about it since it bugged me why some are called muffins, some are called cupcakes.  Magkaiba pala talaga sila based on ingredients and methods used.  Yes, I researched it, kasi di ako mapakali. 😉  Enjoy! 🙂

Beef and Cheese Quesadillas

Been a while since I really prepared breakfast for Dino. (and yes, may parinig na din sya on the side, hehe) We usually have bread for breakfast. Brown bread saw saw sa kape, or ham and cheese sandwich. After one of Dino’s long trip and since we both are missing our authentic Mexican Resto, decided to make quesadillas for him for breakfast. Well, it’s more of a welcome home meal na din.. hehehe

 

Beef and Cheese Quesadillas
Beef and Cheese Quesadillas (photos from IG)

Ingredients:

  • Ground beef
  • Garlic (grated)
  • onion (finely chopped)
  • Jalapeno (optional) or Cayene Pepper
  • Cumin Powder (used McCormick)
  • Oregano (used McCormick)
  • Tortillas (Village Gourmet)
  • Mozzarella Cheese (bought the shredded ones in resealable packs)
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese (used the ones bought in containers)

How to:

  • Saute Garlic and Onion until fragrant
  • Add in the jalapeno pepper if you’re planning to use some
  • Add in the beef and saute
  • Once half cooked, season with oregano, cumin, cayene and salt
  • Mix well until beef is cooked thoroughly and set aside
  • Place one tortilla on a non stick pan
  • Arrange mozzarella, cooked beef, parmesan and more mozzarella
  • Fold the tortilla (you may also opt to cover with another tortilla – sandwich effect) and flip til both sides are toasted enough
  • Serve with Salsa and Enjoy with the family

 

 

Adobong Manok sa Gata

Am so glad that my tastebuds changed course already. For past 10 years, I really don’t like eating anything with gata.  (mind you, Gata dishes are one of de Leon’s favorite.. so boohoo for me.. but this is also the reason I knew they love me, as they will always prepare something for me.. hooray!) But now, anything with gata is oh so sarap with Kanin!!

So since, my tongue accepts gata, I searched and tried recipes with Gata already… Sayang lang, was not able to take pics of the other dishes we tried. (mental note: always take pic! always take pic)

Without further ado, here’s my version of Adobong Manok sa Gata, original recipe from Yummy.ph.

Pinatuyong Adobong Manok sa Gata
Pinatuyong Adobong Manok sa Gata

 

Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Soy Sauce
  • Vinegar
  • Cracked Pepper
  • Garlic (pounded)
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Ginger (julienned)
  • Bay Leaves
  • Gata (I used canned coconut milk)
  • Fish Sauce
  • Jalapeno Chilies

 

Instructions:

  • Marinate chicken in soy sauce, vinegar and cracked pepper for at least 2 hours (the longer the better)
  • Saute garlic, onion, ginger and bay leaves til fragrant
  • add marinated chicken ’til half cooked
  • add fish sauce to taste
  • add the chilies and pour in coconut milk
  • simmer til cooked

In my case, since this was a Sunday and we don’t have help on a Sunday and Ate Donna went to church, I have to leave the simmering  to attend to Liam, when I asked Dino to turn stove off, it was already dried.  Kaba mode for me, but to our delight.. It was delish!! Dino had his second serving.. muntik na di makakain si Ate Donna. hehehe

If you have good gata recipes, please share. 🙂

Angel Hair Pasta with Spanish Sardines and Broccoli

Last Christmas, one of our big bosses gifted us with Smoked Salmon.  The box has a recipe for pasta, but some of the ingredients are not available and not known to me (actually more of this than the first, hahaha) So I searched for a good recipe on the net and found this.  First time I tried this recipe was so so, since all the spiral pasta got soggy.  Second time was better but forgot to take photo, hence no post for that, haha.

Yesterday, my SIL was here in Cebu and I decided to cook pasta for her.  I used Spanish Sardines instead of Smoked Salmon and added some broccoli flowers.

Angel Hair Pasta with Spanish Sardines and Broccoli
Angel Hair Pasta with Spanish Sardines and Broccoli

 

Ingredients:

  • Cooked Angel Hair Pasta
  • A bottle of Spanish Sardines
  • Garlic (grated)
  • Onion (diced)
  • Broccoli flowers
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  • Remove fish bones from the sardines (optional) and set aside the sardines oil
  • Saute garlic and onion in olive oil til fragrant
  • Add in the sardines and saute for a minute
  • Squeeze some lemon juice to the pan
  • Add in cooked pasta
  • Put some salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Put the broccoli flowers last and mix well
  • you may add some of sardines oil if pasta is too dry
  • Serve and Enjoy!

VOILA!! Easy dish to prepare for a lazy Sunday.  I paired our pasta with Hungarian Sausages and freshly squeezed lemonade juice!  Everybody enjoyed our simple yet so yummy lunch.

CNY Traditions

Aside from the Chinese Lantern Project, I also wanted to start a family tradition for the season.  So, days before Chinese New Year, I researched about Chinese Traditions during CNY.  I learnt that in Chinese countries like China and Taiwan, they celebrate CNY for 15 days!  Imagine!? 15 days of holiday!! WOW!!!  We don’t even celebrate Christmas this long here in the Philippines.  Anyways, aside from this great fact there are many things they do to drive away evil and to lure in good fortune like giving kids Ang Pao with money to make them prosperous, eating noodles for long life and a lot more, I also called my sister and cousin to ask what they usually prepare for the occasion.

Oh well, since it will take too much time and too much food to prepare (and there’s only 4 of us to eat), I opt to make it simpler for us.   I asked Ate Aya (Lilia) to prepare Bam-I for long life and cook Shrimp (something red) for dinner.  I also put a bowl of rice and used chocolate gold coins instead of putting real coins (I just can’t do it, knowing that the coins are dirty, hehe). Also prepared few fruits that we can actually consume. Of course to keep our family close and sweet, I also have yummy tikoy on the table! 🙂

Fruits - I counter those Kiat Kiat and made sure that they are in pairs..
Fruits – I counter those Kiat Kiat and made sure that they are in pairs..
Bowl of rice with chocolate gold coins to Liam's delight! he loved those coins..
Bowl of rice with chocolate gold coins to Liam’s delight! he loved those coins..
Our CNY feast! :) simple yet meaningful.. :)
Our CNY feast! 🙂 simple yet meaningful.. 🙂

Oh well, I know Liam is too young pa to remember and understand this celebration, pero nakakatuwa lng cause until now, he still remembers that eating noodles is for Long Life!! Hmm.. not a bad start right!?