I’m not sure how long it has been but I AM BACK! Laptop LCD finally replaced, keyboard not functioning well, but I can manage. This is probably not the right time, I want to join Nanowrimo again this year, don’t want to skip a year…but I need to write a blog too…wonder what topic to begin with? Hmmm…
When my son turned six months old, I decided to bake milkshake cupcakes, a recipe by Laura Vitale. She has a Youtube channel, right here and a website full of her recipes. Check out the link to her Shamrock milkshake cupcakes recipe if you’d like to have the recipe for the mint frosting. Anyway, instead of making mint flavored frosting, I made chocolate frosting but went a little overboard – I added chocolate mallows on top, even decorated it with frosting. I know, sugar overload but it was a lot of fun doing this.
Check out the recipe below:
1 cup Granulated Sugar
¼ cup of Unsalted Butter, softened at room Temperature
¼ cup of Vegetable oil
1 Envelope of Vanillina or 2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
1 Package of Pandegliangeli or 2 tsp of Baking Powder
1/8 tsp Salt
1 1/3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/3 Cup Whole Milk
1) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your cupcake tin with liners and set aside.
2) In a small bowl, mix together the flour, salt, vanillina and pandegliangeli, set aside.
3) In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the sugar, oil and butter. Add the eggs and cream together until you get a smooth mixture. Add the dry ingredients and with the speed on low mix together and slowly add the milk and just mix everything to combine. DO NOT OVERMIX! Make sure you give everything a good stir with a spatula from the bottom to incorporate any bit that wasn’t mixed.
4) Scoop the batter into your lined cupcake tin, make sure it’s only filled ¾ of the way up because they will rise. Bake for 20 minutes and let cool for about 45 minutes before frosting.
The recipe makes 12 cupcakes.
To make the chocolate frosting, please check out My Basic Vanilla Cupcake post. Just add a few teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder to the frosting until desired chocolate taste is achieved :)
Like I said, I didn’t make the mint frosting, because I’m not a fan of anything sweet + mint, like choco mint candies, mint cookies etc.. For me, it just tastes weird. But anyway, the cupcakes turned out great, it was a hit with the family and I will make more of this in the future, maybe for my son’s first birthday party. I could just imagine kids (and adults) on sugar high already…uh-oh!
A salad /side dish recipe? Yeah, you read that right. This is a Filipino side dish, “ensaladang” is a borrowed Spanish word meaning salad and “labanos” is simply radish. Although the name of the dish means salad, it is a side dish, a perfect partner for fried seafood or pork.
My grandmother made this all the time when I was in grade school. It’s another one of the recipes that she never taught me or my mom to make. Usually, when she’s in the kitchen, i’d be watching her prepare the ingredients and would ask her if I can help, and grandma will always send me away. She doesn’t like anyone messing with her ‘kitchen’. That’s why, until she passed away, she never taught anyone the recipe(s) she knew!
Oh well, decades later, when I can safely say that I can handle myself inside the kitchen (now I know how my grandma feels when someone is ‘bothering’ her while cooking, haha!) I finally made my grandma’s ‘Ensaladang labanos’! And it’s just how it tasted exactly the first time she asked me to try it out, years and years and years ago. So here’s the recipe:
ENSALADANG LABANOS (Radish Salad)
1 1/2 cups radish, sliced into strips
2 small tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 small onion, sliced thinly
1/3 cup vinegar (or less, depends on how much you want to use)
1/8 cup rock salt
1. Combine salt and radish strips and set aside for about 20 to 30 minutes. (The salting process removes the bitter taste of the radish).
2. After 30 minutes, the salted radish can now be squeezed to death (haha!) Wash the squeezed radish strips with water and drain water, or you can squeeze again, not too much this time.
3. In a glass jar or plastic container, combine the radish strips, tomatoes, onion and vinegar.
4. Serve with any kind of fried seafood or pork.
You might think that this will have a strong sour taste, but no. There is a hint of onion flavor as well as the tomato; and the crunch of the radish is just perfect if you’re looking for that certain texture in food.
This side dish can be stored in the fridge and can last for more than a week.
New recipe coming soon, still finding the time to write the blog though. Just dropped in for a quick post.
I’m trying hard not to get too attached to this adorable puppy…and it is DIFFICULT!
Last time I wrote about our neighbor who ‘abandons’ his dogs – he is still doing it until now. When he picked up Fiona, the shi tzu, he had a small puppy in a box. He asked my dad to take care of it, just for the night and he will pick it up the next morning. And the puppy has been with us for more than 2 weeks now, imagine that!
How can you not fall for this cuteness?! We named him BINGO, yup…from the nursery song Bingo because it’s my son’s one and only favorite song. I know, naming the pup will just get us more attached, but I’m actually wishing / praying that our neighbor would just disappear in the face of this earth and leave the dog to us. Besides, if this pup is back with him, he’ll suffer the same fate as Fiona and George – to be neglected.
As of the moment, he’s in a puppy cage. He’s too small to handle the rough play our three other older dogs do. And even though he got a ‘lick bath’ from Max (our four year old rottweiler) Bingo’s still scared of him. I’d be scared of Max too if I’m as small as Bingo and Max approaches me, hehehe!
I’m wishing that this pup is a pembroke welsh corgie…yup, that’s one of the breeds I wanted to have, but it’s a rare breed here and even if there are breeders a pup is too expensive for me. I have no idea what breed this pup is…our neighbor doesn’t know either, he doesn’t even know how many months old the puppy is, nor does he know what kind of food the pup eats…it’s another round of guessing game again.
Anyway, his name is Bingo and he’s a little furball of puppy love!
I love the song, I love the beat, I love the dance, I love everything about the video! Why? Because everything sort of reminds me of the 80’s…(although the dance isn’t exactly from the 80’s – it’s more of a mix from different decades) especially the rotary phone, haha! Because it’s in Japanese and because it’s Eunhyuk and Dong Hae from Super Junior!
So here’s the video, Enjoy!
Yeah…I’m sorry but I just had to get this out of my system. It is confirmed, Rain will be discharged from the Korean army this coming July 10! Just excited, hehe! I’ve been a fan since I watched his drama, Full House with Song Hye Kyo – I bought his albums, watched his movies, watched his first ever concert here…and now it’s out of my system…I will shut up now.