Monday, October 27, 2008

Last week, I got a target gift card from my in laws and I cannot wait to shop. I wanted to shop something special for myself like new jacket for the winter, new pull over that I can use when my husband will visit in other State this coming December as usually we do spend our Christmas holiday in the Midwest. It is much fun spending our Christmas there, because of the snow and it seems you feel it is really Christmas time and besides we will eat our special dinner at the country club, which I am going to shop also for new dress for me. Anyway, I am planning to shop at target soon and I want also to buy a gift for my husband’s niece as her birthday is coming up and I wanted to get something educational for her or an interesting gift for her.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

One time, my friend told me that she made a maja blanca and she gave me the recipe and by the time, I used the recipe it did not work out for me and I am certain of it that I did not follow the instruction very well as did not come out great. She told me, she followed it and it came out great for her. Last week, I tried again to make a maja blanca and just made the small one and since I followed the instruction, it came out right and I was happy about it and I am even planning to make maja blanca again since I liked it as it is not too sweet and it is simple but good.

Filipino people influenced with different cuisine like Chinese, Indian, American and Spanish, Malaysian, Indonesia etc. As you know that during the colonial period of Spaniards, we influenced some of their food like the roasted pig or lechon baboy and other desserts that brought to us and until now we do cook what they shared to our ancestors which shows our mixed culture.

Anyway, you can see the picture below of the maja blanca that I made last week and I have decided to share here in my blog. I loved it and I put the crispy coconut flakes on top, which is tasty and smells good. You can also follow the recipe that you can read below if you would like to try and it is easy and takes only about 10 minutes something like that.

4-6 serving

Ingredients:
1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup water
2 cups coconut milk (sold in Oriental food stores) 3 cups grated coconut

Instructions:
Mix cornstarch and sugar in a bowl. Add water and stir. In a saucepan, bring coconut milk to a boil and gradually stir in cornstarch mixture. Boil for 5 minutes, until the starch is cooked. Pour into a buttered cake pan and let cool. Spread coconut on a baking sheet and toast at 350 F. until brown. Sprinkle cake with toasted grated coconut and serve.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Yesterday, when I woke up, I did urge my husband that we should shop at Asian store as I am craving of Asian foods and he agreed to me after of my doctor’s appointment. By the time, I was in the United Oriental Foods Store. I was excited and feel of joy since I can buy any type of Asian food that I want but compare to Oceanic Market in Tampa, they do not have variety of vegetables that I wanted to buy like the sweet potato leaves and how I wish they had it. Well…I was still glad that they have various kinds of Asian vegetables and their tomatoes is even cheaper as it just 99 cents and there are 3 of them and other products they have are lesser than the real store here in the States. It is true as what I have observed and I even told my husband that their vegetables are a little bit cheaper. We usually paid more than $100 in other grocery store here but we just paid yesterday around $90 and I thought we will pay more than that and besides I got 1 big soy sauce free from them.

Friday, October 10, 2008

When I was living in my homeland country Philippines, what I knew is just cooking rice and cooking some dish but one special that I knew is just on how to make a fruit salad which is one of the easiest one to make. Even when I still live in Philippines before I like to cook but I did not learn on how to bake or cook desserts. By living here in the States for almost 4 years and sometimes, I do not have anything to do here in the condominium and I searched online what kind of dessert, which is easy to follow and it came up into my mind that I should make a banana cake and will try and will follow the instruction. On last week of Wednesday, I searched the banana cake recipe and I found out, which you can read it below. I followed it and came out great which I am really proud of myself and I am amazed and my husband proud and happy for me which I made a banana cake for the 1st time which the taste is addictive and very delicious. I could not even believe it is very tasty and there is really something that it makes it yummy and as I put 4 pieces of mashed bananas and it smells good and it taste like heaven (lol). You can see the picture below of the banana cake that I baked for the 1st time and the sliced one with ice cream on top as my husband likes it (yummy). What do you think?

Ingredients:
• 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon baking soda
• 1 pinch salt
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1 cup white sugar
• 3/4 cup light brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• 4 ripe bananas, mashed
• 2/3 cup buttermilk
• 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
• 1 teaspoon of extract vanilla (I add it and it was not in original recipe and since vanilla smells good I put one teaspoon and that was just my idea)
• 2 small box of raisins (I added raisins and that was my also idea as instead of chopped walnuts, I put raisins) so, I consider it is somewhat revise recipe that you can find in here)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, soda and salt; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Mix in the bananas. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the creamed mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and place on a damp tea towel to cool.

By the time, I checked in the oven, I saw it is not yet enough browny or cook enough and then I let it stay in the oven for few minutes and below is the finish product which is more cracked and brown and it is delicious!