This foodblog will start featuring homemade preparations of my friend Ro, also known as @ThisPINAYcanCOOK on Instagram.
Mouth watering, easy to follow recipes/methods, funky, and photos shot with her iPhone only under ambient light – you are in for some treat that you’ll keep on coming back just to see her food! For a teaser, you are looking at:
“Hershey chocolate kisses stuffed churro bites donuts ~my original recipe~ and a glass of vanilla shake for my crazy butts midday snack while I prep for dindin”- Ro (@thispinaycancook)
Keep visiting to see more of Ro’s creation!
I know I know! where have the good food photos gone?
I barely carry around my heavy Canon 5DM2 these days because of my backpains :/ not taking much photos with it too but using most my iPhone4s almost daily. Results of course aren’t comparable, but for now, doable
Anyways, I just wanted to share my favorite appetizer from a local Greek restaurant that became a fovorite of ours (hubby and I) My husband couldn’t care less about this tiny fishes but they’re oh la la for me, yum! But what I wanted to show too was the green on the side. I haven’t touched it yet but it seems someone has bitten on it already?
Nah, that’s recession folks
I couldn’t believe it’s been sooooooo long since I last updated my foodblog! Months!
My only excuse is that I almost stopped cooking new recipes. /:
Well I’m not going to drag this update any longer …. I just wanna share a collage of one unforgettable gift I received from my friend, Christa, for my birthday. She took me to a very nice and popular place in the town for a high tea! I truly enjoyed the time we spent there and I’m hoping to come back and enjoy it again. ☺
When I get bored I tend to play with my food, like this. No, not toying w/ it while eating, you know like how small kids play with their food, not like that…but making up something from available ingredients in our pantry.
One day I saw a canned corned beef. I said to myself – I should use it before it expires (like some of ‘em canned goods I’ve stashed ) – which I did. And since I had the following too:
- carrots (finely diced)
My Halloween treats. Nothing fancy. Just homemade. By me.
I guess the difference between this batch from my last (see previous entry) is that I have used Wilton melt candy as coating, used two different cake filling (chocolate and vanilla) and better popsicle sticks (thicker) .
What you need:
- Chocolate cake mix, bake according to the box instruction a day earlier. I used a 750 g cake mix powder. Makes 12-15 pops.
-Vanilla cake mix. Baked according to box instructions.
- Browned Butter frosting (see below)
- Lollipop sticks
- Sprinkles, different shapes and sizes
- Cupcake paper liners or styrofoam
- 350g White Wilton candy melt.
- Parchment paper
3 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3- 4 tablespoons milk
1/3 cup unsalted butter
In medium bowl, place powdered sugar, 1teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons milk. In saucepan, heat 1/3 cup butter over medium heat, stirring constantly, just until light brown. Pour browned butter over powdered sugar mixture. Beat on low speed about 1 minute or until smooth. Gradually add just enough of the remaining 1 tablespoon milk to make frosting creamy. Let cool until it’s manageable to touch.
In a large bowl place the cooled down cakes, tear it to smallest pieces. Mix in the frosting, mix them well by using your hands. Next step is to make your pop balls. Idid not use ice scream scoop for this job but made the balls according to ‘feel’ so there wasn’t really any measurements follwed, just instinct. I ‘d take a bit of the chocolate mix then stick to it a bit of the vanilla mix then handroll it while pressing it tightly to prevent it from falling apart then place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
Freeze for an hour or 2, until the balls are cold and hard.
Bain-Marie the candy melts. Half-fill saucepan with water and bring to a simmer. Place bowl on top with a small portion of chocolate melts in, making sure it doesn’t touch water (or it will overheat).
Stir with a metal spoon until melted. Listen, you better avoid wooden or plastic spoons because both retain moisture that makes the melt hard. I made that mistake and paid the price, I ran out of coating and left with few balls over.
Take a stick, dip the end to the melt (now room temperature) then stick into a ball then place back on the tray. When you’re done dipping place the tray back into the refrigerator to cool the balls again, making sure the stick is sticking well inside.
Using a fresh sauce pan, bain-marie the rest of the candy melt, leave to room temperature.Dip each ball into the melt, using the metal spoon to remove excess coat. When fully coated, sprinkle them with your decoration. Place back into the refrigerator again and take out when you need them.
My husband and friends liked this batch better than the first
Does going on vacation motivates you ladies to go on a diet? You know, when last year’s bikinis do not fit you anymore but you also do not want to buy new pairs, so instead you vow to lose the extra kilos you gained from ‘letting go’, from enjoying your food way too much?
Well I tell you, our upcoming beach vacation is making me work hard to get rid of these unwanted fat all around my body by exercising almost everyday. Pairing it with eating smartly. In the past, skipping breakfast was my way of beginning my days especially when I was trying to diet but now, I eat breakfast in the morning and that proves way better than not eating at all. I hardly feel any hunger by lunchtime and by dinner time, I can honestly say that I can now control what I put into my mouth. I sometimes do not feel the need to eat dinner when I had breakfast. Or when I’m only having bars, chocolate bars even, by healthsmart foods ( <<- just click this link).
Imagine many years ago when people talk about diet, chocolates or delicious treats were definitely a no-no but these days, hah! have them please! Thanks to those food companies that come up with food and food supplements specially made for people like me, people who want to lose weight but still want to enjoy eating!
So yes, I am excited to fit into my old swimsuits. And I’m almost there!
I wanted something else than just an ordinary sponge cake (which is my favorite) for my birthday ( 5 days ago) so I searched the internet for ideas since baking is my waterloo. Initially I found an interesting one but it involved rolling of fondant and expertise handling it. I have never worked with fondant before and they are quite expensive here (and to be experimented on) thus I searched again until I found some cute looking cake pops that looked pretty easy to make. It was my first time to make them and I don’t think it will be the last because you know why? The adults (my friends) enjoyed them so much, imagine how the children would react when you give them these?
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