Thursday, November 21, 2013

Chocolate Chips and Pistachio Granola Bars

Carlos like granola bars. He will always have one or two in his lunch bag so he can munch on it when he gets hungry. Granola bars are not cheap. It cost around $4.00 for a box of 5 or 6. I usually make it myself as it is not that difficult. Most important is basic proportion of chunky (nuts, dried fruits) to sticky (syrup, honey, sugar, peanut butter, butter or oil) and from there you can go to town with it. You can toss in things like oats, cereal, flax seeds, chia seeds etc. I will normally add in whatever I have in the pantry. The vanilla is optional and so is the cinnamon. The possibilities are endless. Since we like an extra crunch granola so I twice bake these bars.

Setting Up The Ideal Kitchen: Why Having A Large Fridge Freezer Is Ideal

The process of organising your kitchen requires more skill than you might think. No matter how much space you have to work with, you should first position your key appliances i.e. the cooker/oven and the fridge freezer, particularly if you have one with hefty storage capacity. You will be spending a lot of time and effort to create great food in your kitchen so you must make sure that these appliances are up to the demands of your lifestyle. Let's consider the role that a suitable unit can play from day to day...

Just chilling

The variety and capabilities of the fridges on today's market are myriad, but the purchase of an all-in-one fridge freezer unit remains a smart move from the point of view of value and economy of space. Measure up how much room you have and try to pick out a model that is both large and reliable. Place it in a position that will allow easy access when you're reaching for ingredients from it as you cook. You'll want the shelves to be slim, removable and easily adjustable with plenty of opportunity to affix them at as many different heights as possible. A securely sealable set of drawers at the base for vegetables and other vulnerable items which can also be removed for cleaning is essential.

Freezy does it

Many consumers consider the freezer section of a fridge freezer to be of secondary importance. However, any good cook knows that the possibilities opened up by a large freezer can revolutionise the way you feed yourself and your family. You save money and time, and allow yourself access to all sorts of produce out of season by freezing things down. Meat, fish, cheese, fresh herbs and fruit and vegetables can all be restored to life with a little know-how, whilst a well stocked collection of tupperware lets you cook extra and have it waiting in perfect condition for an easy future meal time.
Also in store
It's nice to have plenty of chilled and frozen food storage, but you might not feel so luxurious once holiday time and celebrations come along. Christmas, New Year and other parties can stretch your options to the limit so consider upgrading to something larger than you need in order to cope with those family and friends always so keen to press you with food and drinks. Is there plenty of room in those trays in the door and would you appreciate a dedicated ice cube machine, even? Scaling up prevents emergencies that might see party food go bad and gives you even more room to spread out and keep things fresh from day to day.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Soft Butter Rolls

Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. Are you on the lookout for some delicious butter rolls to serve for your dinner or breakfast table? These rolls were my all time favorite to serve. They were soft, sweet and buttery and I bet you can’t stop at just eating one. Let me tell you, I down 3 of them once it was out of the oven. I have to dance extra hard at my zumba that evening because of it. But it was all worth it, I don’t mind doing it all over again. It was that good!!

Ingredients (A)

1/2 cup lukewarm water
7 gram dried yeast
1 tsp sugar

Monday, November 11, 2013

Shrimp with Pomelo and Mango Salad

I love Thai food. There is something about their food that is so addictive. I think it is the taste of sweet, sour, spicy and salty of their dishes and not forgetting all the fresh herbs they used in their cooking. One particular dish that I will order is their salad. It can either be green mango, papaya or their pomelo salad. I’ve visited Thailand countless time and there was once I tasted their green mango and pomelo salad at a buffet restaurant and they were so good. Till today I still think of this particular dish and I am recreating it in my kitchen so I can submit it for the AFF event hosted by Lena of Frozen Wings. This salad with the addition of grill shrimps makes a terrific lunch or even as starter to any Thai or Asian-style meal. You'll find it very unique and refreshing, and so will your guests. ENJOY!

Monday, November 04, 2013

Homemade Char Siu (with Pork Belly)/Chinese BBQ Pork


It has been awhile since I last make some Char Siu. I posted a recipe here before and I used pork loin for it. I bought a piece of pork belly a few weeks ago and it was pretty lean (it has more lean meat than fat) so I decided to use it to make char siu. So which char siu we like better? We like the pork belly one as the meat was sinfully juicy and very tender but most of all we like the charring part. Of course there is a bit of fat there but most of it renders out when I cook it in the oven. So from now on I will be using pork belly for char siu. I gave some to my a friend of mine and she just can’t get enough of it and she wanted me to show her how to make it ;).