Egg Sandwich Spread

How are you my lovely friends?
After the previous craving (Chicken Teriyaki), I am now craving for something new and I am craving for this. Gosh! My stomach is growling! 😀

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A childhood favorite…

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My mom used to make the best ever Egg Sandwich Spread. She used to put about two cups (500 ml) of spread in a separate food containers. If I remember it correctly, she would put it in five separate food containers. Of course, one is only for me and the others can share on the remaining. 😀 I enjoy the sandwich spread so much that I even eat it without bread. It was like I was eating a dessert, like some kind of ice cream. I always take a peek at the spread inside the fridge… get a spoon and eat a spoonful of it. I do the same thing until I finish mine and take from other’s share. 🙂

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I am sharing you now the recipe I got from my mom.

Egg Sandwich Spread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 hard-boiled eggs
  • ½ cup cheese, grated or chopped
  • ½…

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The Sunshine Award #2

I am so delighted to receive this award from Charlotte of bakewithmeblog. I received this award on 24th of January and I am glad that I am finally doing a post. Charlotte has many yummy recipes. Have you checked out her Nutella Marble Cake? I have read so many Marble Cake recipes, but never about Nutella Marble Cake, which I am sure so delicious! How about Chocolate Cheesecake? Ahhh! Chocolate and cream cheese, right? And what? Mascarpone? I bet that’s divine. I believe cheesecakes use spring-from pans. The bad thing is I don’t have one. Well, I’ll figure that out. Anyway, if you haven’t seen her blog yet, then do it now! 😀

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The award came with questions that nominees need to answer. Here are mine:

  1. Why did you start blogging? To share the recipe I have tried and connect with people.
  2. Sweet or Savoury? Sorry, I can’t choose one. Both.
  3. If you were to go on any reality TV programme, what would it be and why? Hmm, I think cooking show or something – related with anything around the kitchen.
  4. What was the last thing you Googled? Teen Wolf Season 3.
  5. Night In or Night Out? Night In. I am really not fond of going out or partying.
  6. What has been your favourite blog post to write? Any recipe post.
  7. What’s the one thing you never leave home without? My phone.
  8. Where would you most like to travel to? New York, Italy (the pasta!!!) and, uhm, Saudi Arabia.
  9. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Teleportation. Invisibility.
  10. What can we expect to find from your blog in the future? Uhm, nothing much. Some kitchen tips, maybe? I was thinking about it months ago, but still haven’t figured it out. And of course, I will continue sharing.

The same questions above are to be answered (if they wish to participate) by the following nominees, CONGRATULATIONS:

putonyourcakepants
stephandpenny
juditbakes
thebaconprincess
tastytreats13
cupcakesalwayswin
eatingmyfeelings
foodbod
shivaaydelights
linzerskitchen

THE RULES

  1. Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog
  2. Link to the blogger who nominated you
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself
  4. Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award
  5. Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them
  6. Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer

I hope you enjoy your award. Thank you again, Charlotte. 😉 xx Jhuls

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

What’s so special about Nutella? Well, aside from I love nuts, I also love chocolate. (That’s obvious!) And Nutella makes anything perfect. And eating Nutella alone is even more perfect. And… I don’t think I’ll have to tell everything I love about Nutella. Nutella lovers would agree with me all the way. 😉

Though I haven’t tried Nutella on everything, I know anything with Nutella is perfect. One of the things I’ve always wanted to try is Banana Muffins with Nutella. Well, I have tried spreading Nutella on Banana Muffins, but I haven’t tried putting some at the top of the batter just before baking them. I bought a not-so-big jar of Nutella and before they’re gone – and I have some ripe bananas – I think it’s just right to make some Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins. 😉

Nutella Swirl Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 12 muffins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 12 spoons of Nutella

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 F. Line a 12 piece muffin tin with muffin liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add the first 5 ingredients and mix until all combined.
  3. In another bowl, add the rest of the ingredients. Then add it to your wet ingredients.
  4. Using a large ice cream scoop (or tablespoon) divide the batter into your muffin pan.
  5. Take 1 spoonful of Nutella and put it on top of the batter and using a toothpick or wood skewers (or anything that would help), swirl around the Nutella. Do with the remaining batter.
  6. Bake for about 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.

Notes:

  • You can also put Nutella in the middle of the batter: scoop batter into muffin liners, half-full. Put spoon of Nutella (or less) and cover with another muffin batter. Do the same with the rest or just Nutella swirl for the others – it’s up to you.
  • For better swirling, microwave the Nutella for few seconds (15 seconds will do) before using.

I’ve used the same Banana Muffins recipe I have on the blog. As I’ve said a hundred times, I am using the recipe over and over again. I loved the Nutella swirl on top, especially the burnt one. 😀

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But, let me tell you another combo I am crazy about – Nutella and cheese, specifically cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Sometimes, when I don’t know what I really want in bread – if Nutella or cheese – and I want only one slice of bread… well, I put a spoonful of Nutella on one side and cheese on the other. 😀

The Imagine Award 1 & 2

I have not been in the cyber world for too long in the past couple of weeks. Let’s say I am little preoccupied and there are other stuffs in between. Plus, I am working on something in the kitchen that I have to figure out soon – failures in baking and something of that sort. I will share it soon, hopefully.

Let’s get moving…

I have been awarded – The Imagine Award – on January 18 by TastyTreats13 and on February 2 by My Year of Cupcakes. I know it’s been almost a month since I received the award and I apologize. Good thing is I am doing the post today – better late than never, as the saying goes. 😀

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I want to give a BIG THANKS to TastyTreats13 and My Year of Cupcakes for passing this award to me. This is the first time I have been awarded with this and I am thrilled. 😉

Following the rules, I am giving 3 things I love about their blogs:

TastyTreats13: 

  1. It is a DESSERT blog. Who doesn’t love dessert?
  2. The blog is a project for school. One word: AWESOME.
  3. TatsyTreats 13 shares not only yummies she brings for the school, but she also posts recipes she loves.

My Year of Cupcakes: 

  1. Well, I love cupcakes!
  2. So many cupcake recipes to choose from.
  3. The cupcake recipes are easy to make and ahem, the cupcake liners are cute. 😀

For the nominees, I will name ten bloggers. Let’s put it this way – I nominate five bloggers for the award received from TastyTreats13 and another five for the award from Leslie. Okay! Fair enough. Let’s proceed:

savoryandsweetfood
thecrazymomcook
ifyougiveablondeakitchen
butterbasilandbreadcrumbs
biscuitsncrazy
cookazido
fae-magazine
breadbarnone
foodbod
shivaaydelights

CONGRATULATIONS and I hope you enjoy your award. 😉 xx Jhuls

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What is The Imagine Award?

“The Imagine Award” is an award created by Jenn Mulherin (who is the writer of the blog “My Fibrotastic Life!”) in October of 2013. This award was made in order to recognize the bloggers who express their passion and dedication towards their blogs through their creativity.

How is creativity found in a blog?

Just like beauty, creativity is in the eye of the beholder. There are many unique ways which bloggers can express their creativity. Creativity can be displayed through:

  • Words (such as writing fictional stories or real life experiences, poetry, quotes, using metaphors, etc.)
  • Pictures (this can include photos, comics, computer-drawn pictures, etc.)
  • Videos
  • The layout of the blog page

The degree of creativity is one of the qualities in a blog which not only draws more readers, but it shows how much the blogger cares about their blog. The caretaking of a blog is like taking care of a plant. In order to keep it healthy and growing, you need to feed the blog with your ideas and give it a lot of love.

If I am nominated for The Imagine Award…then what??

In your post which is dedicated to your award…

  1. Copy and paste the award to your post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog page to your post.
  3. List 3-5 things about the nominator’s blog that you like (which you think are very creative).
  4. Nominate 5 other bloggers/blogs which you think display a fantastic use of creativity and imagination.
  5. Notify your nominees.
  6. Copy and paste The Imagine Award to your blog page.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

When I said there is no such thing as too many cookies, I meant it, really! Because I love this recipe so much – thank you to my friend, Joice – I made a batch with chocolate chips and without anything – just plain, yummy oatmeal cookies.

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By the way, what’s keeping you busy this weekend? Any new recipe you’d want to try? Well, I would love to try new recipes, but I would also require myself to have one day rest (exhausted much?) and just stay in bed and read. Ahh! Reading again. Sounds amazing! 😀

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Okay! Back to the recipe…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats (I used quick-cooking, but old-fashioned will do)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, place the chocolate chips and add about 1 tbsp flour. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  4. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add in flour mixture. Mix. Lastly, add in the chocolate chips-flour mixture. Mix until everything is incorporated.
  5. Take about 1 rounded tablespoon of the cookie dough to your prepared baking sheet and slightly flatten using your fingers.
  6. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until light golden brown.
  7. Cook for a minute on the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool further.
  8. Store in an an air-tight container for 5 days.

Really can’t get enough of cookies, eh?

What I love about these cookies, they are not too sweet – just enough. I love sweets but not too sweet, Makes sense? 😛

Wishing everyone an amazing weekend! xx

Coconut Bread

How are you, my dear friends?

I’ve been busy the past few days and I have not spent enough time with my blog. Somehow, I’ve managed to see the WordPress reader and leave comments and like some of your posts – thankfully. I promise to visit your awesome blogs when I have more time (one whole day, please!). I am also upset that I have not read even a single page of the book I started reading yesterday (booklover problems).

All I can do for today is to write something for my post.

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I can’t believe that half a bag of shredded coconut stayed in the fridge for more than a month and I had a difficulty choosing from several yummy recipes. I have not made up my mind for days and when I decided to choose one, I did not regret it.

Coconut Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour 9×5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, soft together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Add in sugar and coconut, and mix until well combined.
  3. In a jug or bowl, combine eggs, milk, vanilla and melted butter. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon. Add sugar and coconut, and stir to mix. Make a well in the center and add in the wet ingredients. Mix until everything is incorporated, making sure not to overmix the batter.
  5. Pour in the prepared baking pan and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove from the oven and cool the baked bread in the pan for about 30 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
  7. Cool completely before cutting.

Source recipe: Coconut Bread by Smitten Kitchen

Well, for a coconut lover like me? This bread is absolutely yummy – great for breakfast or anytime of the day. I was so excited to cut, eat a slice and did not wait for the bread to cool completely that I almost hurt my tongue! I’ll try to be careful next time… or better be patient. 😛

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

My diet was supposed to be done last month, but my eating of rice became everyday instead of weekends ONLY. I really didn’t know why that happened, but I don’t want to go back to that. What’s done is done! I did not lose any weight and I did not gain, either. No much worries. I will not push myself too far, but I will try to be better than last month. So, NO CRAVINGS ALLOWED!

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But…this cookie craving could not be ignored. I’ve been eating store-bought oatmeal cookies for more than a week and I thought, Why not bake some? I’ve always wanted to bake oatmeal cookies, too, so I think this might be the right time.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup + 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 cups oats (I used quick-cooking, but old-fashioned will do)
  • 1 cup raisins

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, beat butter and sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until well combined. Add in flour mixture.
  4. Take about 1 rounded tablespoon of the cookie dough to your prepared baking sheet and slightly flatten using your fingers.
  5. Bake for about 10-12 minutes until light golden brown.
  6. Cook for a minute on the baking sheets and transfer to a wire rack to cool further.
  7. Store in an an air-tight container for 5 days.

Source recipe: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies by County Baker Mom

At first, I wanted to cut the recipe in half as I know this will yield more than 30 cookies (I made 35, btw) and for me, it’s too much. When I was done baking and ate one, I thanked myself that I did not cut the recipe into two. 😀  These cookies are absolutely delicious – not too sweet. Thank you, Joice, for this yummy recipe.

P.S. Joice was my classmate and best friend when we were in grade school. It was nice how we share the passion for food. She’s also one of the few people who convinced me to create a blog. 🙂