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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 »

Cream Puffs (Improvised)
Jul 26th, 2012 by niceyfemme

One time I went to Mommy’s office and her colleagues ordered some cream puffs. I had one then another. It tasted new to my taste and I liked it and made a mental note to try to make it myself. I relied to the internet (I love internet!) with step by step instructions… It’s easy to do I found out…


Freshly baked.

It’s a different kind of dough from the ones I already made before. Why? Because you have to cook the dough stove top then bake it. Then you make the custard filling and let it cool completely before you stuff it in.

I didn’t have the ingredients to make a thin ganache so I just melted some fruit and nut chocolate which we always have since it’s the one I like. Read the rest of this entry »

Crab Sotanghon (Vermicelli) Soup
Jul 21st, 2012 by niceyfemme

We had lots of leftover steamed crabs. As always I just use whatever’s available at home and make something out of it. I was craving for sotanghon (vermicelli) soup and that’s what I made. I’m one who believes that there’s no rule in cooking. Follow your gut and was I glad I did because this dish truly satisfied me.

So I just sauteed minced garlic in 3 tablespoons of atchuete (annatto) oil, white onion (I have a new appreciation for white onion, it’s sweeter which I like), and ginger. After sauteing for about a minute I added the halve crabs and chicken balls.

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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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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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Cassava Cake
Sep 24th, 2011 by niceyfemme

Two weeks ago was Bee’s mom’s birthday and I went there to celebrate with the family. I can’t decide which to bring, a chocolate cake that I will bake or a kakanin which is more appealing to me at that time. I always ended up with reasons not to choose the chocolate cake like it will dry up and so on and I realized I just really wanted to try and bake a cassava cake.

I realized why I don’t usually use kamoteng kahoy (cassava root) even though it’s cheap. It’s because it’s a pain to shred! I should know because 10 years ago when I was still in high school, I experimented with another kakanin which is pichi pichi my friend Abee and her mom taught me how to prepare. Yes it took me 10 long years to try again but this time it is way much easier.

I love markets. I get to discover so many new things, observe life yes boring stuff for most people. A week before I had to go to Pampanga, I noticed the cassava root on sale. While chatting with the vendors, they said that they can peel the cassava root for me and they can shred it for me too well I have to pay a few pesos and I gladly bought a kilo and a half and tried to bake cassava cake immediately.

It was so yum! Taste test good. So I baked another batch which I brought there. Let’s just say that I had to stop myself eating what I brought there haha. It’s not too sweet which is perfect for me and it’s so soft! They said they like it too. Ok I have to look for the recipe now. 🙂

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