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French Baguette Recipe plus Baked Macaroni
Apr 10th, 2015 by niceyfemme

This is the better recipe I tested. Been wanting to use my Kitchenaid mixer and baguette is what I’ve been craving to eat recently. This recipe produces a baguette that has a chewy inside and a crunchy crust.

baguette

My bad that I forgot to take pictures after it was baked.

baked mac

I thought this will go well with Baked Macaroni.

baked mac with baguette slices

Found this recipe on Allrecipes.com but forgot which one. And I adjusted the recipe a bit, like added more flour, added some dried herbs for flavors I prefer. If you prefer a more plain taste then don’t add the herbs.

French Baguette

1 cup lukewarm water (110F)

3 cups bread flour

4 T sugar (I added more as prefer a bit of sweetness)

1 t. salt

1 1/2 t. instant yeast

1 egg white

1. Add the water in the mixer bowl and add half of the sugar mix then add the yeast to activate. Wait for 10 minutes until the mixture becomes bubbly.

2. In speed 2, add the flour to the bowl. Once it turns into a ball of dough sprinkle the salt and keep on kneading until the dough is smooth.

3. Oil the bowl and roll your dough on it to coat with oil. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

4. Roll the dough into a rectangle until the dough is very thin. Cut in half then jelly roll it and seal the seams. Do the same with the other half of the dough. Brush with beaten egg whites.

5. Cut at an angle, not too deep. Cover. Let rise until doubled about 40 minutes.

6. Bake in 390F for 20 minutes. You can spray some water while baking for crunchier crusts.

Done!

 

Corn Muffins ala Kenny Rogers Roasters
Sep 3rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

I’ve been having way too much cravings recently now that I am near my due date much more than when I was in my first trimester when I just couldn’t eat. I’ve been trying and rediscovering different foods. One time I ate in Kenny Rogers because I wanted spaghetti but I am sick of Jollibee’s spaghetti which was my go to spaghetti. I ordered a combo meal which came with the muffin and to my delight, it was the muffin that I enjoyed the most and not the spaghetti which disappointed me a bit. There was a time in college when I loved Kenny Rogers’ corn muffin but through the years the quality has declined but now I find myself enjoying it again. Oh can I say that I miss their blueberry muffin as well?

So I made a mental note to try to bake a corn muffin that taste like theirs and buy corn meal. Problem is corn meal isn’t available in the supermarket where there’s one everywhere. I bought a box before in Trinoma and so when I found myself in the area I just had to buy a box asap. (BTW can I just say that in all the malls in the Philippines, Trinoma has the most expensive parking fee I have encountered. Grrrr)

I found two seemingly alike recipes online. Read the rest of this entry »

Shawarma Burger
Aug 12th, 2012 by niceyfemme

It was only a few weeks ago when I kind of had a minor obsession with my home made burgers. Well home made because I made the patties from scratch. I love how I have full control of every ingredient I put in there. Of course being pregnant right now I have to be wary of what I put in my mouth.

Then one day I run out of burger buns but I have all other ingredients like the beef pattie, cheese, tomatoes and cucumber. Then an idea came to mind… I miss chappati! I could use chappati in place of burger buns and I could easily make it at home as I always have flour on hand. I cut the patties into smaller cuts and assembled everything on top of the chappati. Then I realized it is kind of like shawarma. It is a shawarma but is also a burger. Haha I liked this very much. Especially after all the hunger I felt after I looked for the misplaced leather repair kits. I truly believe food tastes better the more hungry you are. Try it.

Penne in White Sauce with Beef
Aug 3rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Alright, I had a hard time naming this recipe because this is a made up recipe I didn’t even know about before.

I was supposed to make some Baked Ziti. I want it with bolognese sauce and bechamel sauce.  But what I wasn’t aware of is that I don’t have spaghetti sauce in stock so I just went ahead and sauteed the beef and sausage until I have the spaghetti sauce hopefully a few hours later.

I also went ahead and made my dependable bechamel sauce recipe. The penne pasta was also cooked already.

Then hunger struck. I couldn’t wait for the spaghetti sauce anymore. So I just went assembled what I already have, the sauteed beef with sausage and herbs and the bechamel sauce. Was I completely surprised that this tasted really good! I didn’t even miss the red sauce. Now this is a recipe I will keep on preparing from now on. 🙂

Banana Bread Cupcakes
Jul 21st, 2012 by niceyfemme

Confusing title huh? Yeah even I got confused with it but it is what it is. It’s a banana bread recipe that I baked in a muffin pan and the finished product looked like it’s cupcakes.

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Chocolate Crinkles
Jul 20th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Just perfect! Yum!

I have been craving anything chocolatey lately. Then I remember that back when I was still in school, I got addicted to the cheap crinkles that’s available in our school canteen so I decided to try to make it. I’m not so sure but I think I have already tried to make this before but I guess I failed haha.

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Kwek Kwek ko!
Jul 15th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Since I am currently pregnant, I can’t let myself indulge in my street foods favorites.  I so miss chicken balls, isaw (grilled chicken intestines), dugo (grilled solidified pig blood) and kwek kwek which is hard boiled quail eggs wrapped in orange colored thick batter that is deep fried until crisp. I love this with vinegar and cubed cucumber!

So I have to make them at home where I am sure it’s clean and not dangerous for my baby. It just gets a little too hot deep frying this so better to make this outdoors especially if you have an outdoor ceiling fan. I just found a recipe online (and I already lost it tsk tsk) and gave it a go. Here I used my japanese cast iron hot pot nabe pan. I also bought this in my previously happy place. That’s also where I bought the useful little things I love..

Isn’t it gorgeous?! But something’s lacking though… don’t get me wrong, it taste great. BUT there’s something missing which I can’t figure out… Maybe it’s the ambiance? The lack of dust? Haha I don’t know. But I am contented with this. Cured my bad craving. YUMMMM.

Mr. Bean Soya Ice Cream now in the Philippines Part One
Jun 29th, 2012 by niceyfemme

Since I first step foot in Singapore years and years ago I couldn’t help but fall in love with their food. Their dry beef hor fun (which we thought was the same as char kway teow  are two different dishes we later knew), chinese fried rice, the other version which is nasi goreng (from malay stalls), curry puff from Old Chang Kee which I successfully made at home, grass jelly and Mr. Bean’s Soya Ice Cream. I love it so much I was already thinking of buying my next cup even before I finish the current one I was having. I would have a total of 3 servings a day. I doesn’t help that it’s always crazy hot in Singapore and you have to walk everywhere.

So I guess it is understandable that I’d crave for it whenever I’m home in the Philippines. I so wanted to bring Mr. Bean here in the Philippines if only I had the capital to do so. (I still want to bring Old Chang Kee here. Ok walang uuna saken ha!)  Same with authentic chicken rice. So I tried to make my own soya ice cream at home.  It’s just not the same. I kinda gave up.

Then after my last check up last week in Alabang I headed over to ATC to try Wee Nam Kee’s chicken rice. I don’t know I just had the baddest kind of craving then. Did I like it? Hmmmn. I like their chili. That’s it. Then I was about to leave when I saw a poster of Mr. Bean which made my heart skip a beat. I was in a hurry to leave then so I made a mental note to check them out next time.  I learned that they just opened a couple of months ago. Will do a part two once I get to visit Mr. Bean Philippines and try their soya ice cream.

P.S. This made me want to try my hand at making my own soya ice cream again since I have a tried and tested taho aka tau huay recipe. Hmmmn let’s see if the local Mr. Bean’s soya ice cream will revive my past obsession with it.

Minatamis na Saging na Saba with Sago (Sweetened Plantain Bananas with Tapioca Pearls)
Jun 18th, 2012 by niceyfemme

3 days ago I made another batch of my homemade taho and this time I didn’t buy ready to use sago (tapioca pearls) and as usual I made my own arnibal (sugar syrup). Oh may I just say that boiling your own sago is so easy, I thought it was hard. I made way too much so when I was in the market looking for the freshest lapu-lapu fish for my Escabeche (Sweet and Sour fish) craving, an idea came into mind to make a yummy dessert using the remaining sago and arnibal.

Filipino Banana Dessert

This is what I came up with.

I just pre-boiled the bananas in a bit of water then add the arnibal. Once the syrup became thicker and it’s almost ready, that’s when I add in the sago. I let it boil for another minute.

It was so good! The bananas have the perfect texture; not too soft that it’s mushy, it’s still chewy. It’s not too sweet that it’s nakaka-umay either. I don’t like anything too sweet. I had seconds of this. The sago gives this dessert the ooomph factor.

I was just so contented with this. Why? Well it’s so delicious and it’s very easy to make. It’s cheap too. I’d be making this more often now. 🙂

Escabeche (Sweet and Sour Fish)
Jun 17th, 2012 by niceyfemme

So I was craving for Sweet and Sour Lapu-Lapu (grouper) fish yesterday. I had to go to the market to try my luck hoping to find the freshest lapu-lapu… found none but the freshest tilapya so I settled for that. The fish was so fresh it was still ‘jumping’ even after we cleaned it. Really even after removing the intestines and all.

 

I made two versions. One is using the pre-made sauce mix by Mama Sita’s that Mommy bought before hand and another by using a recipe I found online and tweaked it a bit to suit my taste. I preferred the one I tweaked but the one using the pre-made sauce wasn’t bad either.

I wonder why I only tried to make this dish when I absolutely love this! Next time I’ll try to bring this dish notches higher with the use of the freshest lapu-lapu I could find. Yum!

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