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Fluffy, Spongy Homemade Marshmallows

What’s these? Homemade marshmallows? Nooo way.

So I’ve been reading Baking Trends in 2013, saw homemade marshmallows on the list and been itching to try it since. Me and my niece adore these cute, fluffy confections – plain or chocolate flavoured, in standard squares or flower shape. Making this at home is much better and results in fluffy, spongy marshmallows, unlike some commercial brands that are dry and crusty.

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Creamy Caesar Salad

It was only recently that I started my love affair with salads. I guess familiarity took over from the very start and I had only learned to appreciate them when I started writing articles on  health, particularly the status of childhood obesity in the US. Let me tell you, it’s like seeing salads in a whole new light.

Among the different kinds of salad, Caesar salad tops my list. I’ve tried Tamasin Day-Lewis’s “authentic” Caesar salad recipe, and while it lists a surprising few ingredients, it still manages to be delicious and one of a kind. However, my favourite would still be the recipe I’ve written below. It features an excellent balance of ingredients, and it’s not difficult to prepare either.

If you’re searching for the creamy Caesar dressing, the least that I can say is that this qualifies. It rivals that served in nice restaurants, and the dressing is so good that I always leave some for bread dipping.

caesar salad

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Baking in February: Black Forest Cake Recipe

This morning I logged in on my FB account and found a status saying “Love Month.” I actually have a joke about this but then I’ve read about The Oatmeal’s The Worst Thing about Valentine’s Day and then thought, nah. He said it better in the comics.

Anyway, Valentines Day means different things to people. My office best friend wants to have a romantic dinner celebration with her fiance, my college professor is sure to be contacted by lots of his former students – mostly singles, heart-broken ones – for a group dinner (he’s a sympathetic ear), my older siblings are already in happy committed relationships and will probably go on separate dates and I’m looking forward to the discounted chocolates. It’s a love-it-or-hate-it holiday.

Oh, and I also want to bake something chocolate just because it’s the love month. I was browsing through cake recipes and settled with this one – Black Forest Cake. I highly recommend that you make this cake a day prior to serving.

black forest cake
Press dark chocolate shavings on the side instead of crumbs to make the Black Forest Cake look gourmet.

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Creme Caramel: A Family Christmas Dessert

You know Christmas is just around the corner when you start hearing Christmas songs in malls, when you and your friends start planning about exchange gifts and probable Christmas get-togethers, when you start thinking about where you should spend (or whether to save) your bonus, how many nieces and nephews you’ve got and what to give them (toys? candies? clothes?) and when your mom starts planning on your family’s Christmas menu.

Check, check, check, check, check.

So I’m here to share a creme caramel recipe that my family never fails to serve in the dining table on Christmas. I’m telling you beforehand that you need a sweet tooth to appreciate this one. I myself am satisfied with a few bites, while some of my older sibling can’t get enough of this dessert.

The custard is soft yet firm, with a layer of soft caramel syrup.

creme caramel

 

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A Quick Quiche Recipe

What’s not to like about quiche?

It’s both delicious and nutritious, something you can’t say about other foods nowadays. It’s also easy to make, and a bit like stir fry dishes, you can use various veggies — asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms or sun dried tomatoes — or whatever else you have on hand. There’s so many varieties of quiche that you can try, so you won’t get tired of the same thing. You can make it vegan or add some bits of meat such as bacon or ham.

This recipe for bacon and spinach quiche features a crispy, flaky crust, with a tasty mixture that’s nicely set up. It’s perfect for breakfast and, if you have some leftover, for lunch. It’s also easy to tweak to your liking.

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Easy Ramen Noodle Soup Recipe

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Ramen noodles

Last night was girl-bonding with two of my friends — Aila and Arnie. Usually we go out with the rest of our office mates, so this in itself is a rare event. We went shopping for clothes (you know, girl stuff) and then scouted for a place to eat. To cut the story short, I ordered spicy ramen from a Korean food stall (ramen in Korea is called ramyeon), with kimchi on the side. It has a slice of cheese, which in my opinion blends perfectly with the dish and that melts in the mouth. Hmmm. I wish it had more cheese slices.

So anyway, that’s where I got the inspiration for this post: Ramen.

 

Ramen is a world-famous Japanese noodle soup. There are many regional variations of ramen in Japan, and there are also some varieties outside the country. Generally it’s composed of Chinese-style wheat noodles (which you can make at home), served in a meat- or fish-based broth and topped with pork, dried seaweed, kamaboko (a Japanese processed seafood product), green onions and corn, though you’d find that there are a number of other vegetables you can use as well. Soy sauce or miso is used to flavour the noodles soup.

The one below is a great base recipe for ramen noodle soup. It’s perfect as a quick lunch or dinner, especially if you’re cooking solo. Like other recipes I’ve listed here, I like the fact that you can easily personalise it according to taste or what you have in stock.

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Baking with Coca Cola: Coca Cola Cupcakes

Even now I’m still amazed that coca cola can be used in recipes. Somehow, this seems to me even more fascinating than using beer. Actually I rarely drink Coke or other soft drinks (doctor’s orders), but when I found this Coca Cola cupcake recipe, I immediate thought, “wow, I must try that.”

I looked over at the list and there’s nothing fancy about the ingredients — you can easily find them in the pantry, and it’s not difficult to make either. If you’re knowledgeable in baking cupcakes this is just a cinch.

These cupcakes don’t have an all-Coca Cola flavour. Instead, these have a rich, chocolatey taste and just a hint of Coca Cola. Still, believe me when I say that this recipe is one of a kind.

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A Crowd Pleaser: Milk Chocolate Pecan Pie

At work, I sit beside this girl who’d suddenly decided she wants to undergo detoxification by eating only fruits and vegetable for a week.

So this is what happens when you are, or know someone who is, planning to be on a diet — you start to think of all the decadent sweets you’ll missed out on. Really, not everybody’s like that? Anyway, that’s what happened. I looked up sweets on Pinterest and got very interested in a Forrest Gump Chocolate Tart, which looked so good I wanted to thank whoever made the film that inspired the author of the said blog post. From there on, I decided I’d do something sweet the next time I’m in the kitchen.

So that’s the story. And now, here enters milk chocolate pecan pie. If you’re a fan of pecan pie and wanted something a little bit different, this recipe is perfect for you.

milk chocolate pecan pie

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Pizza Lover’s Surprise: Zucchini Pizza Casserole

zucchini
Zucchini + pizza = perfection

I’m a great pizza lover. Have I mentioned that before?

In fact, one time when my previous office mates and I were hanging out together, Marvin said, “hey guys, you ever noticed that whenever we go out we always order pizza and nachos?” It dawned upon the rest of us that he was right, but this is the kind of thing you just ignore because you’re perfectly content with the way things are.

So, with my fondness for pizza, I was delighted to come across a recipe for a zucchini pizza casserole. It’s not pizza-pizza and don’t expect it to be, but the good thing is it has cups of veggies in it and does taste like pizza. Whatever you want in a pizza, you can also put in this dish (pepperoni, anyone?).

 

Okay, let the pizza loving begin!

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Summer Day Ice Cream: Mint Chocolate Chip

Hallo summer!

There’s so many things to love about this season: summer dresses, beach vacations (my friends and I are planning to go to Boracay), even the sheer excitement of it all.

Summer also means refreshments and ice creams. Yep, that’s the inner child in me who’s excited about ice creams.

Here’s how I make mint chocolate chip ice cream. You can also do this without an ice cream maker, but I find it easier if you have one. Much more convenient that way, especially if you’re the kind who needs a regular tub of ice cream in the fridge (or, that is to say, you have little nieces who never seem to get tired of ice cream). Besides, ice cream makers come with a recipe booklet that you’ll find useful, especially when it comes to creating your own flavour.

mint chocolate chip ice cream

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