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Avocado ice cream

I tried the recipe from http://cookingwithawallflower.com/2014/07/04/avocado-ice-cream/ and it turned out quite alright 🙂

My blender wasn’t strong enough so I had to help it a lot :). Eventually it turned out creamy. But I think if I have a better blender, it would turn out much creamier.

Ingredients
3 avocados
7 tbsp condensed milk

Here’s the outcome!

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Baked Salmon

I am preparing for my baby’s birthday and My husband said to have baked salmon as one of the menu dish.

Since it is still on september, we are practicing the dishes so that we could perfect it before our baby’s big day. The geek in me went to the internet and browsed for the easiest recipe I could find. Thankfully, I found one but it didn’t have any measurements :(. I tried looking for other recipes but I don’t have the ingredients they listed so I just used the one I found without the measurements and guessed it :).

When the baked salmon finished, it really tasted good. I am very pleased with the result since it turned out really tasty. So let me share the recipe :).

Ingredients
250g salmon fillet cut (or around 1/2 pound)
2 kalamansi (lime)
1/2 tsp iodized salt
1/4 tsp pepper
4 tsp olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic

Steps
1. Pre-heat oven at 190C
2. Wash the salmon and pat dry with paper towel.
3. Season using the ingredients
4. Place in your baking pan covered with foil.
5. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
6. Once done, open the foil and then broil for 2-3 minutes.
7. Serve straight from the oven

This is the final product 🙂

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Have fun and eat healthy!

Nesquik Choco Cake

My baby just turned 9 months and I decided to make a cake for him instead of buying from a bakery. It is our tradition to take a picture of him with a cake as our monthly celebration of his birth.

I looked at our pantry and remembered that my parents sent me before 2 big jars of nesquik last year and as of today, we still haven’t finished half of the jar. I googled for a recipe using nesquik and found an easy to follow baking steps and ingredients.

Ingredients
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup nesquik
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

Frosting
1/2 cup coconut milk
120 grams chocolate

Steps
1. Preheat the oven at 180 C
2. Combine the oil, sugar, eggs, nesquik, coconut milk and vanilla extract
3. Mix in the flour and baking powder
4. Place in a 5 in pan and bake for 40 mins.
5. While baking, prepare the frosting. Heat the coconut milk to almost a boil.
6. Pour the heated coconut milk to your chocolate and mix together to melt the chocolate.
7. Let it cool at room temp. Once the cake is already baked, pour the ganache over the cake.
Let it cool and serve

Here is the outcome:

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It is a non dairy cake which is very moist and tasted great! My husband loved it 🙂

Banana Oatmeal balls

I’m practicing baby led weaning (blw) to my little T. BLW is a type of weaning method for babies wherein you let your child eat by himself (of course with your undivided attention and sipervision) once he is ready to start solid foods. I’ll discuss this further on my future posts 🙂

So, while I was scourging the net for baby foods fit for blw and reading up on my mommy groups, I found a simple recipe that will fit with my blw recipe needs. What’s good about it is that it just needs 2 ingredients!

Here it goes:

Ingredients:
1 cup oats
2 small banana

Steps:
1. Mash bananas thoroughly
2. Combine the oats and mix them together
3. Roll them into bite-size balls and place into baking tray. (I don’t have any oven so I used my good old tiaster instead)
4. Pop into oven and bake for 10 minutes.

Result: my baby loved it! I tasted it myself and it is chewy and sweet!

Here’s the outcome

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It’s very easy to make. Next time i plan to shape it into sticks!

Easy Tiramisu

I bought a tiramisu cake in Amici for my son when he celebrated his 7th month birthday. Look-wise it was pleasing but taste-wise, it had too much alcohol for my taste.

Due to that incident, i decided to try to make a tiramisu cake. I searched the internet and combined several easy recipes and tweaked some steps until I eventually finished my so-called tiramisu cake.

We have just tasted my finished product and I’m happy to report that it turned out quite alright despite my lack of baking skill. 🙂

Ingredients:
For the cream filling:
6 oz of cream cheese
1/2 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of heavy cream
1 small lime (kalamansi)
1/8 tsp vanilla

For the chocolate custard:
1/8 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/8 cup hershey’s syrup
1/8 cup dark chocolate
1 egg
1/8 cup butter
1/4 tsp vanilla

for the cake
15 pcs lady fingers
Milk chocolate drink

Steps:
For the cream filling:
1. In a bowl, mix the cream cheese with 1/4 cup of sugar until smooth.
2. In a separate bowl, mix the cream with 1/4 cup of sugar until stiff.
3. Combine the cream cheese mix, cream mix, vanilla and lime and mix until smooth.

For the chocolate custard:
1. In a pan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cornstarch, milk, heavy cream and chocolate. Stir mixture until thick and bubbly
2. In a separate bowl, beat the egg with a small mixture of chocolate.
3. Transfer the egg mixture to the chocolate mixture and mix for 90 seconds.
4. Turn off the heat the combine the butter and vanilla with the mixture and stir until fully combined.
5. Place in the ref to cool

The cake:
1. Using a 5 by 3 inch tupperware, dip the ladyfingers to the milk choco drink and line it up in the tupperware.
2. Once the bottom is already filled up by the ladyfingers, spread the cream.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you used up all the lady fingers and cream.
4. Spread the chocolate custard as the top filling.
5. Place in the chiller and consume the next day 🙂

That’s it!

You may opt not to make a chocolate custard if you don’t want to. You may also opt to use coffee instead of milk choco drink for the ladyfinger dips.

I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe!

No-bake Cheesecake

I tried this no-bake cheesecake recipe just before my maternity leave ended last November. This somehow turned out too soft without putting it in the freezer. Next time, I’ll try putting a lot more cream cheese to probably make this a little bit firmer.

Ingredients

Crust
6 pieces graham crackers
3 tbsp salted butter/margarine
1 tbsp nutella
1 tbsp nesquick/cocoa
1 tbsp brown sugar

Filling
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup condensed milk
1/8 cup or 1 small lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps

Crust
1. Crush the graham crackers until powder form. You may use a rolling pin to do this.
2. Add the rest of the crust ingredients and mix them all together
3. Press evenly on a 4-5 inch pan then set aside

Filling
1. Beat the cream cheese until smooth
2. Pour the condensed milk a little at a time while beating the cream cheese. Continue until all the condensed milk is mixed
3. Add the lemon and vanilla extract and mix.
4. Pour the filling into the crust
5. Refrigerate until firm

Taste Test:
My sister said the crust tasted great but the filling for her is too lemony for her taste. My husband said the lemony taste was ok for him but the cheesecake was too soft.

I guess this turned out quite alright but I guess it needs further improvement later on 🙂 Probably need to tweak this recipe further.

Oven Toaster Baked Oatmeal Cookies

I decided to try making use of our good old oven toaster at home for baking. I looked up a recipe online that would use an oven toaster and yes there is! So here it goes. I am not a guru on anything cooking but this turned out fine. I forgot to take a picture of the final product so I’ll just update this post in the future once I make another batch of this easy to make cookies. 🙂

Oven Toaster Baked Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats.
  • 1/4 cup quick oats for coating the dough
  • 3/4 cup sifted All-Purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Nesquick (it’s suppose to be cocoa powder but I didn’t have any in our pantry)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup canola oil (it’s supposed to be vegetable oil but this also worked for me)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar (if you’re using cocoa powder, use 3/4 cup of sugar instead)
  • 1 Egg

Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients (oatmeal, flour, nesquick, sugar, baking powder, salt) and mix until evenly distributed.
  2. Add the wet ingredients (vanilla, margarine, oil, egg) and mix until combined evenly.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop from the dough and then form it into a ball.
  4. Dip it into the oats to cover the formed ball.
  5. Grease your baking sheet and line the dough coated with oatmeal.
  6. Bake in an oven toaster for 7-10 minutes.
  7. After baking, let it cool then serve.

This makes around 15 very big oatmeal cookies.

Notes:

I had a very small oven toaster (i think the baking sheet is only a 4×6 inch pan) so I had to make this in batches. The first batch fits 6 pieces and was cooked for 10 minutes since I didn’t pre-heat the oven. The next batch (6 pieces) had to be cooked in less time (around 7 minutes) since the oven was still hot. And even at 7 minutes, the edges of the cookie burned a little. The last batch (3 pieces) was also cooked for 7 minutes and this turned out to be burned at the bottom so I probably need to further limit the time to 5 minutes.

The taste, my husband and our helpers said it was tasty so I guess this turned out fine. 🙂

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