Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian-style Fried Rice)


Oh, Fried Rice - whatever the style of cooking, seasoning or it origin, I totally love it! I think it is one of the most versatile side dishes and when some meat and vegetables are added, it can be a one-pot meal on its own right. Moreover, it is such a big money-saver as you don't waste left-over rice by throwing it away, you can use it and make a delicious dish out of it.
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Easter Recipes and Crafts



In the Philippines, Holy Week (Semana Santa/Lenten Season) is a big deal so for the entire week the Philippines commemorate the sacrifice, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ culminating with Easter Sunday for some festive activities. It's no so much easter egg hunting as it's done in the US - but it has more of a religious feel and it's truly as big as Christmas day. Every one is happy and celebrates the fact that Christ rose from the dead.
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cocoa Cream Thumbprint Cookies



Saturday means baking day in our household. Usually, I  get the kiddies involved as I'd like them to take some interest in baking and cooking in general. They are usually excited about it as they know they can don their little chef hats and apron (assuming they haven't misplaced them which usually happens!) and be able to actually eat the fruit of their labor. It's usually  a sweet treat anyway so with that in mind they are more than eager to help out.

Here's one of our latest Saturday Sweet Projects (SSP) - Cocoa Cream Thumbprint Cookies. I found the recipe on a cute little recipe book in one of the stores in downtown Holland. It was 75 percent off, and me being a cheapskate and always on the look out for bargains, grabbed it and immediately bought it, too. It turned out to be a great little recipe book and worth the few dollars I spent for this yummy recipe alone. Definitely, my kids loved these cookies and I had to tell them to wait patiently as I took photos for the blog. They kindly obliged. Please enjoy and make these yummy cookies with your kids, too. They'll certainly love these as much as mine did. Enjoy! :-)




Ingredients

For the Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) Butter, softened
2/3 cup Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 cup Flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt

For the Filling

2 Tablespoons Butter, softened
1 (3 oz) package Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered Sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon (optional)
1/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Procedure

To prepare cookies, in a medium bowl, beat together butter, sugar, egg yolk, milk and vanilla until fluffy. In a small bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Refrigerate dough for 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease baking sheet. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Press thumb gently into the center of each cookie or use a mini-tart shaper or the handle of a wooden spoon to make a round well in each cookie. Bake for 8-10 minutes or just until set. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.

For filling, in a small bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add powdered sugar, cinnamon,  and vanilla; mix until smooth. Spoon or pipe mixture into cookies.

Enjoy!

Recipe from Cookies Cream Recipe Book.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Chicken Rogan Josh


Last December 2013 my hubby had the opportunity to visit India! Of course, he was excited as he'd always wanted to travel to India to see this amazing country, taste his favorite curry and experience its culture. He was invited by a friend to speak and help out in their annual church conference and he readily said yes. Of course, I was excited for him but nonetheless, because he would be absent for 2 weeks, I was kind of scared, too. I told him to make up for it - he'd better bring me home some of India's best spices!!! :)
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Saturday, April 05, 2014

Easter Bunny Cake


The Easter season is truly one of the best seasons of the year. It is a time of rejoicing and celebrating especially if you are a Christian and believe in the resurrection. Naturally, when this joyous day arrives, there are always some special treats especially for the kids.
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Curry Laksa


Laksa, a very popular dish in South East Asia and am pretty certain in other parts of the world, is essentially a coconut curry soup with noodles often with chicken or shrimp, bean curd puffs, fish sticks and sometimes bean sprouts for extra crunch! The flavor is amazing and complex - a little sweet, tangy, savory, creamy and definitely spicy-licious from all the wonderful spices added to it. It's the kind of food that hubby and I love - multi-dimensional in taste and truly satisfying.
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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Chocolate Marble Cake


I confess I am not much of a baker. I am often intimidated by baking techniques especially when it comes to cakes. I have done a few cakes here and there but they are often pretty simple and uncomplicated. You may notice that a lot of my cakes are cheesecakes as not only are they my true favorite, they are quite easy to make. One of those cakes I have often wished to make was a marble cake. Before, just thinking about attempting one scared me so I postponed making one for the longest time.
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