Monday, January 31, 2011

Spinach Noodle with Mix-Vege

After eating so much meat last few days, it's time to go meatless today. I have here spinach noodle and frozen mix-vegetables. I just boiled them, removed the water and added sesame dressing. Voila!

Have a great week ahead!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Cheesy Bites Biscuits

I got the recipe from the February 2011 edition of FOOD Magazine (Philippines), using sharp cheddar cheese. By adding nutmeg, the biscuits really turned into more cheesy.

1 and 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 and 1/2  cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
100g soften butter (I used 1 stick, but in the recipe is 1/2 cup)
3-5 tablespoon fresh milk (or water)
pinch of ground nutmeg
pinch of cayene (optional)

In a bowl, toss together flour, nutmeg, cayenne, and grated sharp cheddar cheese. Add the butter and milk (or water). Knead lightly, form a ball or use cutter to shape the dough. Arrange the shaped dough in the prepared cookie sheet lined with parchment. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown in about190 ̊C(375 ̊F). Remove from the oven and cool completely before storing in an airtight container. Enjoy.

The taste is really cheesy, flaky, and crunchy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Honey and Blueberry Whole Wheat Bread

Here's another bread adapted from Cindy Harris of Daily Bread, but in here I added 1/2 cup of dried blueberries and since buttermilk is hard to find, I made it myself by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to almost 1 cup of milk.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
2 tablespoon honey
1 cup buttermilk (self-made)

Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix the buttermilk, egg, and honey. Add to the flour mixture, add the blueberry and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured counter, and shape the dough into a semi cirlce. Put the loaf onto the prepared baking sheet and cut the top of the loaf to make parallel lines.

Bake in the preheated about175 ̊C(350 ̊F) for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and the loaf sounds hallow when topped on the bottom with your knuckles. Let it cool, before slicing.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Beef and Radish Soup

This is not from scratch, I have left-over steak the other day and just sliced in bite size. Peeled and cubed radish, sliced some green onion. Here it is, a meal for a day with my freshly baked Irish Soda Bread.

Boil water, add the beef (with its sauce) and radish. Let it boil, season with whatever seasoning of your choice. I just add a drop of Worcestershire and pepper. Sprinkle with green onion. Served.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

B is for Baked Banana Bread

For today, I'm featuring my very first baked banana bread in an oven toaster only. I remember my older sister making banana bread to give away for close friends during Christmas Season. Anyways, I adapted the recipe from Cindy Harris of Daily Bread. I like the way she presented her shows in podcast, very simple instructions. I made some changes, mostly my friends are not fun of eating too sweet cake/bread.

100g butter (in my case, the butter is room temperature)
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 mashed bananas
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup all purpose cream (plus I squeezed drops of lemon juice)

In a mixing bowl, mix the butter and sugar until fluffy. Add bananas, eggs, and vanilla and continue mixing until incorporated. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, salt, and walnuts. Add the dry ingredients to the batter, then the sour cream. Pour the batter to the prepared loaf mold. Bake fo 50-55 minutes in about175 ̊C(350 ̊F).

"If we could choose our friends,
and we searched the whole world through,
we'd go "bananas" trying to find
a better "bunch" than you!"
-Brandie Valenzuela

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Simple Steak with Red Wine Sauce

Nothing fancy, just season the steak with salt and pepper. Heat oil and butter in a pan, fry steak over the high heat. When both sides are brown, lower the heat and cook depends how you like it.

For the sauce, Heat 2 tablespoon olive oil, fry red onion (shallots) over low heat, then discard the shallots. Then fry garlic (if desired), drizzle with 2 tablespoon red wine, 1 tablespoon light soy sauce, stock (or water), salt and pepper to taste, and thicken with little flour.

Place the sauce on top of the steak. In here, I served it with Baked Creamy Mashed Potato, and blanched broccoli.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Baked Creamy Mashed Potato

I watched this recipe in podcast a long time ago, it's from Hubert Keller's show. He doesn't really show the exact ingredient he's adding, so I just adapted the way he made it. I only used  fork and wooden spatula in doing all the mashing and mixing of ingredients.

7 small potatoes, boiled, peeled,  and mashed
100g cream cheese (I used light cream cheese)
1/4 cup fresh milk (or more)
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper to taste

small onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon butter

In a bowl, mix the potatoes, cream cheese, fresh milk, and egg. Seasoned with salt and pepper. Place the mashed potato in a coated butter baking dish. For the toppings, mix melted butter and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper. Place on top of the mashed potato.

Cover the baking dish and bake for 30 minutes in  170°C (375°F). Remove the cover and bake for another 5 minutes.

Enjoy! Hubert Keller is my husband's friend in Las Vegas :)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weekend Food Tour: Breakfast, Up Up in a Way

Going to Hong Kong is always a morning flight for me! First, the ticket is much cheaper + I need to be in Taiwan office as early as possible to do business. I'm not used to eating breakfast as early as 8am. But, once the  tray delivered, I cannot resist. I love this bread, hot and cheesy!

Here's another set, the bread looks soft but it's not. It's just right the way I want it. Breakfast that will last until I checked in, around 1 or 2 pm :)

I'm not promoting this airline, but I'm a member so I have some privileges :)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Sauteed Crab Legs Tea Noodles

Don't think of huge legs :), just a cup of small crab legs I bought from supermarket. I thought of making spaghetti, I don't have pasta in my cupboard except tea noodles. Thus, this meal is now called Crab Legs Tea Noodles. As usual, I just used whatever available in the kitchen. I have few fresh button mushroom, few Chinese celery, few cherry tomatoes, then onion and garlic. I chopped everything, sauteed in olive oil, seasoned with salt and pepper.

Boiled the tea noodles as per directed. Mixed it with the sauteed crab and the rest of the ingredients. Squeezed with lemon. There you go, my lunch for today.

a little bit blurry from smoke

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lemon Chicken Teriyaki

I marinated this overnight, the sauce absorbed even in the middle of the chicken. This is just a simple teriyaki.

300g chicken, sliced
3 tablespoon sake
3 tablespoon mirin
3 tablespoon brown sugar (or less)
3 tablespoon soy sauce
3 tablespoon lemon juice
few slices of ginger

olive oil for fying

In a bowl, combine the sake, mirin, brown sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, and ginger. Marinate the chicken at least for 30 minutes or overnight. In pan, heat oil and place the drain chicken in a medium heat. Cover with lid and cook for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, spoon some sauce from the marinade over the chicken. Cook until done.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cream Cheese Triple Chocolate Brownies

I used triple chocolate brownie mix given in our church, I'm telling you that mix is too sweet ( in my opinion). Anyways, instead of the usual prepared brownies I thought of adding cream cheese but lessen the sugar added. I'm satisfied with the results, the cake itself is soft and smooth.

1 packed of brownie mix (for 16 bars)

8 oz cream cheese
1/4 cup brown sugar (diluted in hot water)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Prepare the brownie mix as per directed in a package. Reserve some for toppings later. In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Spread the brownie mix in a prepared molder. Cover the brownie mix with cream cheese. Spread the left over brownie mix on top of cream cheese. Bake for 30 - 45 minutes for 170°C (375°F).

I made these into a small cupcake molder.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tangy Lemon Bread

Adapted from the cookbook Mmmm... Baking, I don't know if it's the real outcome will be crumbled when slicing this lemon bread. Maybe, I used low gluten flour unlike in the original recipe using all purpose flour. The taste is kind of tangy, that's why I named it Tangy Lemon Bread.

100g softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 lemon finely grated rind
2 small eggs (1 large egg), lightly beaten
4 tablespoon lemon juice
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour (I used low-gluten flour), plus extra for dusting
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon milk

In a mixing bowl, place the butter, sugar, and lemon. Beat together until light and fluffy. Alternately add the egg and lemon juice to the mixture, beating well between each addition.  Sift in the flour and baking powder, then add the milk to form a smooth dough. Turn the dough onto a floured surface, place the dough in a bread mold and bake for 30 - 45 minutes for 170°C (375°F).

I'll try to this again using all purpose flour next time :), instead dividing into a small pieces like rolls.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Weekend Food Tour: Bei Hai Dao Shabu-Shabu (2)

I had a hectic schedule last week plus severe migraine. That was a long week for me and I'm looking forward for a great weekend. The weather was warm yesterday (20*C), and today I thought of strolling around the neighborhood. But the temperature dropped half from yesterday (10*C) and it's raining, so my plan turned out to pampered myself :).

After having lunch in Bei Hai Dao Shabu-Shabu, I had 120 minutes facial, then 45 minutes foot reflex and body massage. Aside from that, for the first time I had the chance to use my new camera out of the house :)
We are the first costumers :)
Time to eat...
Happy Weekend! Keep Warm!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekend Food Tour: Carpaccio in Hong Kong

Tomato Soup, especially made for me that day
(soup of the day has pork)

bread and butter

grilled salmon, yummy!

a treat this weekend, Carpaccio is located in iSquare Mall

Friday, January 14, 2011

Tuna and Brown Rice

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Since it's difficult to eat cold tuna salad, I ended up sauteing it in olive oil with cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce :), then place on top of brown rice... voila!

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First food I shoot using DSLR, still practicing :)

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rice Cake

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A Filipino favorite rice cake (bibingka), usually with fresh grated coconut and cook in a banana leaf-lined clay mold. This is just  ready mix  in a 250g box, and I baked it in an oven toaster.

250g rice cake mix
3 eggs
50g melted butter
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar

Heat oven at 190*C. In a bowl, beat eggs. Combine rice cake mix, water, sugar, and melted butter. Mix until well blended. Pour the batter on prepared pans. Bake for 15 minuts or until done. Brush the surface with butter. Sprinkle wit grated coconut. Serve hot.

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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekend Food Tour: Beef Rice at Yoshinoya

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This is just one of the places in Taipei where you can grab a meal in a minute.

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Just drop a pre-cooked egg on top, ready to eat...

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Plus a hot miso soup and spicy seasoning, yummy!

A meal for NT$100.

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