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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!

 

Chicken Macaroni Noodle Soup (Chicken Sopas)
Sep 12th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I’ve been having Sinigang na Baboy way too often that Mommy has been complaining already. I want an ulam with soup that’s why. So I cook Chicken Sopas instead. It’s as filling and healthy as well. I add in lots and lots of veggies.

I feel like a child that’s been allowed to roam freely in the biggest Christmas Store there is whenever I have this. Is it just me or is it the pregnancy hormones? Nevertheless it’s heavenly. It’s nourishes my soul until the next day especially true when we have leftovers of this and I have this for breakfast. YUM.

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.

Cinnamon Muffin
Aug 4th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I wanted to bake something bready one time so I again searched the net for a simple recipe that calls for simple ingredients that I already have. I happen to crave for something with cinnamon so I chose this recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/8 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 1% buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk just until mixed.
  2. Transfer half of the mixture to a 9-in. x 5-in. x 3-in. loaf pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Combine cinnamon and remaining sugar. Sprinkle three-fourths of mixture over batter. Top with remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon mixture.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
*I added raisins, about 1/2 cup.
This is really good and very easy to make. Also, I just love the smell of cinnamon that fills the house whenever I bake this. But this recipe has inspired me to bake my tiny raisin cinnamon rolls. That’s more flavorful, has more cinnamon and has more love. I might have a problem with kneading though. Ah pregnancy….
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. 🙂

Unbaked Baked Macaroni
Jul 22nd, 2012 by niceyfemme

I can’t find my words recently. To be honest I don’t know what to call this dish. This is just like Filipino Spaghetti only I used macaroni instead of spaghetti. I was going to bake it but was too hungry to I just went ahead and ate it as is. We Filipinos immediately think of Baked Macaroni when we see macaroni shells in red sauce hence the title I gave this dish slash post.

With toasted garlic bread. Way too much butter but I like to indulge in this stage of my pregnancy. Haha i’m using the pregnancy excuse I should be ashamed… 😉 But really cut me some slack people (yes I am talking to myself) this pregnancy caught me off guard in a way that I didn’t expect it to be so hard for me. So indulging is good.. it keeps me sane. 🙂

And with a dish as good as this, we women will not need to be stunningly pretty, we will look gorgeous to the people whom we served this to and will smell good to them like we have pink sugar perfume on even though in reality we smell like roasted garlic haha.

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.

Homemade Filipino Burger
Jun 3rd, 2012 by niceyfemme

Most burgers nowadays are just so disappointing and I can’t help but feel scared for my baby’s health and feel cheated as the burger usually isn’t worth my money. So I decided to make my own. I thought, “How hard could it be?”. And I also want to use my meat grinder. 🙂

This is the second batch on the same day. Shows how much I like it.

Reminds me of Jollibee’s Burger Champ. To be honest and bias aside, I believe this taste even better! Just good old fashioned meaty beef goodness. 🙂 From the first batch.

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Jan 16th, 2012 by niceyfemme

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Ensaladang Talong
Jan 5th, 2012 by niceyfemme

I am a person passionate over food, even more for simple foods like eggs and eggplant. I love eggplant! Whether it’s fried or grilled, I’d take it anytime over fried chicken and pizza.

So it’s no wonder I also like other variations of it.

Ensaladang talong is one of those dishes that excites me.

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