Introducing ‘new’ bloggers…

When you are a first-time blogger, doing the first post was a little awkward, right? You are excited and at the same time nervous on how people will react. I did feel the same way and I even asked myself if I did the right thing to start blogging. After few days, I got positive and encouraging comments. Supporters kept coming. I was really certain since that moment that I did the right thing because I felt that people love what I post.

I feel so blessed to have found such an amazing family here. What I love most about blogging is getting to meet new friends and you chat like you know each other personally. I really enjoy it, super! So many awesome bloggers have been introduced to me. Also, my blog has also been introduced to many and I am so grateful to the ones behind that.

Just before this blog has turned one, I have already thought of introducing ‘new’ blogs. Well, not exactly like ‘new new’ – it goes like ‘Hey, maybe you have not heard of this blog… It’s time for you to meet.’ It’s like doing the Liebster Award, but without the rules.

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Boni Bakes – I have been following Boni few months after I started my blog and I have been enjoying her amazingly delicious recipes and mouth-watering photos. Her latest post – Orange Chocolate Torte, makes me want to lick the computer screen. 😛

Baking Flavours – “To bake with lots of love, simplicity and honesty” – that’s the mantra of Vibha. Her blog is all about her love for cooking, baking and photography. She also loves collecting props. Hmm, who doesn’t? 😀 I drooled over this beautifully looking Tiramisu.

Little White Apron – Meet another blogger named Lori. 😀 Her blog just turned one this month and check out her blogiversary post Carrot Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Icing. I haven’t tried anything baked with carrots, but I can see how yummy this is.

In a Small Kitchen – The ‘about’ page of Julia is fun to read, as well as inspiring. She says she works with a small kitchen counter and I admire how she manages it and get beautiful photos. One of here recipes I love is Mocha Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream. You know me, I love anything MOCHA! ❤

Cinnamon and Swirls – Meet Sharayah, and she loves coffee and breakfast. Her newfound enjoyments include cooking, gardening, DIY projects, decorating, and anything creative. Wow! Those are amazing! And this Hummingbird Cake is just droolicious!! I wish I could have a slice… or two! 😀

That’s all for now. I hope you find time to hop on these blogs and enjoy! 🙂

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Chicken Empanadas for Fiesta Friday #13

Do you have those moments where you get all messy in the kitchen? Well, I do. Not to be ashamed of it, I always make a lot of mess. It’s fun making a mess. I know you agree with me. 😀 What’s not fun is to clean up. Who else hates cleaning up?

For today’s Fiesta, I am bringing you something from my ‘Filipino cravings’ list. Another one satisfied – happy me and happy tummy! 😀

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So I had this one whole day where I did not oblige myself to run that much of errands – just the usual dusting and sweeping off dirt. I was feeling a little hyper most of the time on that day so I figured out I want to make something that requires more time than the usual.

After taking a shower and get dressed, I prepared all the ingredients and equipments I need. While dealing with the flour to make the crust, I was using a pasty mixer. As I was mixing, the pasty mixer slid down because I was holding it on the handle only. You know what happened – I got flour all over my shirt and on the floor. I got flour powder after I took a shower, that’s great! 😀 After having flour powder, I decided to hold the pasty mixer on the handle with my thumb on the side and carefully mixed it. I was so grateful that I finished mixing without showering with flour. Well, I don’t usually get flour all over me… just this time. Uhm, only when I am dealing something with crust.

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While filling the crust, I got really bored. You know me – I don’t want to make the same thing for a long time. Sitting (or standing in my case), holding the crust to put the filling, and seal. Repeat. Before I lose my sanity with boredom, I noticed that MP3 player was turned off. So, I turned it on and continued with the process. At least the music helped to keep me sane while filling the remaining crust. 😀

CHICKEN EMPANADA

  • Servings: about 30 small Empanadas
  • Difficulty: easy
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CHICKEN EMPANADA Recipe

Ingredients

Filling

  • 1 1/2 lb boneless chicken breast, cut into cubes
  • 1 piece medium-sized onion, minced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup potato, diced
  • 1 cup carrot, diced
  • 1 cup green peas
  • 3/4 cup raisins*
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 piece chicken cube
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

Dough

  • 3 cups flour
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp water, cold
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • 1 cup butter, cold
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions:

  1. Make the Filing by pouring the cooking oil in a pan and then allow it to heat-up
  2. Once the oil is hot, sauté the garlic and onions
  3. Add the chicken breast then cook until color turns light brown (about 5 minutes)
  4. Add water and chicken cube then simmer for 10 minutes
  5. Put-in carrots and potatoes and simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Add the green peas, raisins, and sugar then simmer for another 5 minutes
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper. Turn off the heat, drain the excess liquid, and set aside.
  8. Make the dough by combining the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl starting with the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well using a wire whisk.
  9. Cut the butter into small thin pieces place in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients.(the butter should be cold and solid before doing this)
  10. Add water gradually and mix all the ingredients thoroughly until a dough is formed. You may use a pastry blender to easen the process.
  11. Divide the dough into individual pieces by grabbing a piece from the whole mixture and rolling it in your hand until a spherical shape is formed. Do this until all the dough is consumed. Set aside in a cool place for at least 20 minutes
  12. Flatten the spherical dough py pressing it with your palm against a flat surface. Use a rolling pin to flatten it fully while creating a round shape.
  13. Arrange about a quarter to half a cup of filling (the chicken that you cooked in the first few steps) at the middle of the flattened dough. Fold the dough so that opposite ends meet (you should have formed a half moon shaped dough) then press the edges and seal. (refer to the video for the technique)
  14. After all the fillings are consumed, crack the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Beat the egg white lightly and mix a little water. Glaze the crust by brushing the egg wash.
  15. Put a wax paper on top of a baking tray or grease the baking tray then arranged the sealed doughs.
  16. Pre-heat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Bake the sealed doughs for 25 minutes at the same temperature.
  17. Remove from the oven.
  18. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!

Recipe from: Panlasang Pinoy

Notes:

I used 4 inches round cookie cutter and made about 30 small Empanadas.

* I used 3/4 cups raisins instead of  1/4 as mentioned in the source recipe. I just love the sweetness of raisins.

I was standing for long and my back ached when I made these, but when it’s finally baked, wow! I really loved how cute and delicious were they. (Don’t ask, I love putting the filling in a standing position – I feel sleepy and bored when I sit.) I have made this using the same recipe but these yummies are more beautiful the second time around. ❤

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I have not used all the filling so I ate the remaining with the love of my tummy – sunny side up! 😀

Oh! By the way, I think my feet will take me away from the party for… not too long. I will be back as soon as I can and catch up with you all later. Have fun and enjoy!

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Have you ever been to the Fiesta? If not, it’s time to join now. Click here for the guidelines. 😉 Thank you, Angie, for hosting this lovely and fun party! ❤

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In case you missed my treat for my first blogiversary happened on April 23rd, please click here to see what I had brought as my treat for you. I promise, you’ll enjoy them! 😉

Happy Fiesta Friday to everyone!!

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I also started with cake mixes

One year ago, this blog, thenotsocreativecook, was born. I was afraid at first to even start writing as I was not really sure how people will react or if I will write correct grammar or correct punctuation. I was really terrified to start this blog, but after watching Julie and Julia and after one final encouragement from my close friend, I finally made up my mind to start this blog. I was thrilled to have received positive feedbacks and welcoming comments. ❤

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After starting this blog, people inspire me more and it made me more confident to try more recipes and to try again when I fail. I was such a person who needs to perfect everything I cook – perfect looking, perfect everything. Then a very close friend of mine made me realize something – she told me that not everything should be perfected, as long as it is made with love, it is perfect. Also, having this blog and having every one of you changed it all. It made me realize that I also need to make mistakes to get a better outcome.

This post is dedicated to each and every one of you…

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What do you feel when you see a rainbow? You feel happy and rainbow gives a smile on your face, right? That’s what you are to me – a rainbow – you always make me happy and you always put a smile on my face. 😀

Just before April 23rd, I was thinking what treat I could share with all of you on this blog’s first blogiversary. Then I thought I should make something that was not completely successful the first time I made it… I don’t know, maybe to challenge myself?

During the first months when I started to love baking (two years ago, I think), me and one of my friends tried experimenting on rainbow cupcakes. Who doesn’t love rainbow cupcakes? They are such adorable looking cupcakes. We used a cake mix and followed the instructions and put the required colors on the divided batter. I was so excited that I even took a photo of the colorful batter – the colors were so bright and beautiful. So we proceeded – divide them on individual cupcake cases and pop it inside the oven. Waiting… Waiting… Waiting… I was embarrassed laughing when I saw what happened to the cupcake batter – it overflowed and what else? It made the oven floor so messy. The cupcakes were cooked, though, but the colors mixed really well that I didn’t know if it’s dark purple, brown or almost black. I wanted to cry and I told myself, I will never do rainbow cupcakes again. But for the sake of trying my luck again, I did bake them. 😉

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RAINBOW CUPCAKES WITH CLOUD FROSTING

  • Servings: 24
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/ ½ cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Gel food colors in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin tins with cupcake papers.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, on the medium speed of an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar gradually and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add milk and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. Add the dry ingredients; do not over-beat. Using a rubber spatula, scrape down the batter in the bowl to make sure the ingredients are well blended.
  5. Separate batter into six bowls and color with food gels until desired brightness is achieved.
  6. Using six separate spoons, starting with purple and ending with red, carefully spoon the batter into the cupcake liners, filling them about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cupcake comes out clean. Cool the cupcakes in tins for 15 minutes. Remove from the tins and cool completely on a wire rack before frosting them.

Cloud Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 qt. heavy cream
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, beat cream on high with an electric mixer until peaks form. Add sugar and vanilla and whip until stiff.
  2. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes and store in refrigerator if there are leftovers.

Notes:

  • The original recipe does not include baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Before doing the frosting, make sure that your beaters, glass bowl and heavy/whipping cream is cold. It is best to them in the fridge 30 minutes before you start making the frosting.

Recipe from Deceptively Domestic

Honestly, these cupcakes were so yummy! I was seeing a rainbow when I took a bite. 😀 But the thing is, I halved the recipe again and I made only 9 cupcakes as I used bigger muffin cases. 😦 The next day, I wanted to bake again. But I was already off to a busy week so I will have to bake this some other time.

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Here’s what it looks like on the inside. Isn’t it lovely? ❤ Even if I have not put the batter beautifully before baking, this is still a beauty. 🙂

thenotsocreativecook-RainbowCupcakesI hope you enjoy my treat for you and again, THANK YOU so much for showing me some love! I hope you try to make this and let me know your thoughts!

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.. that is my gift to my blog – some kind of signature. And that’s my handwriting. 😉

Sunshine Award #4

This is yet another happy post as I will be passing Sunshine Award…

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I was so thrilled to have nominated for the Sunshine Award on April 9th by Janine of The Quiet Baker. Janine shares such an amazing amazing recipes and she has awesome photos, too. If you have not met her yet, it’s time to shake hands with her. 😉 Thank you, Janine, for thinking of me when you passed this award.

The award came with questions that I need to answer and here they are:

  1. What is your dream job? When I started to have so much passion in cooking and baking, I’ve always love to work with a chef. 🙂
  2. What is your favorite dish to make? Filipino Spaghetti and Chicken Curry.
  3. What was one of your 2014 resolutions? Ha! Honesty I stopped making new years resolution because I can’t make them happen. But for 2014, I had one – to continue eating ‘healthy’ foods. Thankfully, I am still eating ‘healthy’ foods, so as unhealthy ones. 😀
  4. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year, where would you go and why? Mmm, Italy? I would love to try every food they have back there.
  5. List 5 facts that many people don’t know about you. Whoa! Another five facts? Give me a minute (or two, or three)… I’ll just dig in some answers! Okay, here’s what I got: a) I cannot grow a plant (so unlucky me); b) Eggs are very essential for me in the kitchen. I make sure to have two big trays (60 eggs); c) I consume 5-6 cups of green tea everyday; d) I have not eaten Guacamole in my entire life, haha! (I promise I will try); e) I eat chocolate everyday! It’s a must!
  6. What is your favorite cuisine? Aside from Filipino, I love Chinese cuisine. I also LOVE LOVE pasta, so I would say Italian, too.
  7. What do you enjoy most about blogging? I super enjoy chatting with people. 😀
  8. How do you cope with stress? Hmm, how do I? I shout, I throw things! Just kidding! 😀 I would say cooking and baking – they make me forget the rest of the world. Music helps me a lot, too!
  9. If you could have a coffee date with any celebrity chef, who would it be? I love to have a coffee date with Laura Vitale!! She’s amazing! I love watching her YouTube videos just before I go to sleep. That’s kind of a routine for me.
  10. If you could eat any food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, what would it be? You know what? I always ask this to myself. 😀 Well, the answer is sunny-side up eggs! With rice? Yes, please! With bread? Uh, okay! As long as sunny-side up is shining on my plate. 😉

The most beautiful part is getting to nominate others… CONGRATULATIONS to the following beautiful blogs:

  1. Gluten Free Bakes – Hmm, gluten free recipes? What could be better than that? 🙂
  2. Kitchen Feasts – Vanessa is an artist and has a passion for creativity, color and taste… and food has always been a huge focus in her life.
  3. Feasting with Friends – Nancy is such a lovely person. I appreciate her sharing lovely recipes and stories. I have to make her Funnel Cake soon. She was right that I am another deprived child to have not tried it yet. 😛
  4. Officially Gluten Free – Lyndsay had developed gluten intolerance and that led her to discover that gluten-free recipes are also enjoyable and delicious.
  5. Strictly Delicious – I have known Lina from Fiesta Friday and I really enjoyed chatting with her in an instant. She’s so fun to chat with and she loves bringing the pan with your baked goodies instead of taking a slice or two. 😀

The rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated me
  2. Answer questions given to be by the person who nominated me
  3. Nominate 5-10 people for the award
  4. Ask about 10-11 questions the nominees have to answer*
  5. Comment on the nominee’s blog to let them know they received the award.

* For the questions, I will be asking the same question as the above as I also wanted to know the same thing. 😀

Thanks again, Janine. And for the nominees, hope you enjoy your award! ❤

One Lovely Blog Award #1

Receiving an award has never been so exciting especially when you receive an award for the first time. I was overjoyed when the funny and lovely Lori of Creating Beauty in the Kitchen nominated me on April 12 for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. Thank you so much, Lori, for thinking that my blog is lovely. Isn’t that the meaning of this award? 😀 Anyway, Lori is such a sweetheart. It’s so much fun chatting with her. I really enjoy talking to her. She is a beauty inside and out. ❤

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Moving on with the rules, I have to share another seven facts about me. Is it possible to run out of facts about yourself? Or you just don’t notice that there are so many things about you that you don’t quite see? I told Lori that when I do remember some funny stuff about me, I will immediately pass this award. So here they are:

  1. If you can remember about me my love for smelling marshmallows, well, not only marshmallows. When I want to eat pancakes, for example, but I cannot make them due to some nonsense reasons, I go to the pantry and smell pancake syrup. Another thing, if I cook something and I am off limits from that food for the day, I smell it a million few times. 😀
  2. I love staring at the beautiful moon. When I am already in bed and about to sleep and I see the moon outside the window, I get up and open the curtain just to see the moon and stare for a minute or so.
  3.  I can iron clothes for hours and I love doing it in a standing position. Don’t ask – I just love doing it. Tiring, I know!
  4. When I am at home and really starving, all I want to eat is sunny side up… that’s with runny yolk and crisp edges.
  5. Grating cheese is not really a favorite of mine. For me, it’s a boring thing to do. So is frying! 😛
  6. I have mentioned before that I like the combination of Nutella and cream cheese and some thought it was weird. Well, I have another one – recently, I just discovered that I love fried chicken dipped into strawberry jam. 😀
  7. When my favorite movie is coming out in the big screen, I use to separate cash for it to make sure that I will never use that for something else. No saved cash, no movie! That’s a lot of crying for me!

And the best thing about awards, passing them to others – CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  1. Shivaay Delights – Well, if you don’t Dimple, then you have lost something precious! She is such a lovely and happy woman. She shares not only her recipes, but also her smile to us.
  2. Fae’s Twist and Tango – Ahh! I missed this woman so much! Fae is such a talented and adorable person. She lifts up your spirit through her encouragement and very inspiring comments.
  3. Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs – I love how Prudy makes me smile through the stories behind her recipes. I always enjoy them.
  4. Patty Nguyen – Bailey… Oppps! I mean Patty has beyond amazing recipes and photos. When she smiles, she smiles also through her eyes. I also look forward to seeing Bailey on her posts. 😀
  5. Food Bod – Another lovely person – Elaine. She always reminds me to put a smile on my face. She’s a lovely person and she shares amazing healthy recipes. I think I should ask her to teach me how to eat healthy!
  6. The Novice Gardener – Don’t tell me you don’t know the Angie – the awesome host of Fiesta Friday. Angie has always been so kind and welcoming to those who join the Fiesta. She shares amazing stories and recipes… and beautiful photos. Haven’t been to the Fiesta? Well, join us during Fridays! It’s so much fun!
  7. Biscuits n Crazy – Jessica has such a lovely blog. She has so many amazing recipes that I want to try. Her recipes always make my mouth water. 😛

Thanks again, Lori… and CONGRATULATIONS to the nominees! ❤

The rules for the award:

  1. Add the “One Lovely Blog Award” image to your post
  2. Share seven things about you.
  3. Pass the award on to seven nominees.
  4. Thank the person who nominated you.
  5. Inform the nominees by posting on their blogs.

Cassava Cake for Fiesta Friday #12

Today is such a lovely day as Fiesta Friday is here once again. Angie has been so kind to accommodate everybody at her place at The Novice Garderner. Hmm, I wonder what others are bringing today. 🙂 (I always do!)

As for me, I am bringing a Filipino dessert called Cassava Cake and I hope you’ll love it. Cassava Cake is a cake made from… what else? Cassava! 😀

It was one of those days in which I was craving for something. There are lots of foods bubbling up and I don’t know which of them shall I make? Could I make them all? I think I can. I just need to stay in the kitchen for days hours to make all of them. 😀  Most of the foods I can think of are all Filipino foods. It just came to me that… maybe, I was really craving for this Filipino Beefsteak and that was the main reason why I made it few days back. You think? So after going through all the foods I thought of, I decided to make this cake.

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The recipe requires frozen grated cassava, but I was a little ‘energetic’ and decided to grate fresh cassava. Imagine me grating 1 kg of cassava. Whew! That was really something – something that gave me an arm workout. 😀

CASSAVA CAKE Recipe

  • Servings: about 15-18 slices
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Ingredients:

Batter:

  • 2 packs grated cassava (about 2 lbs total weight)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • ½ can evaporated milk
  • 2 pieces raw egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 6 tbsp cheese, grated
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 14 tbsp sugar

Topping:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 2 tbsp cheese, grated
  • 1 piece raw egg

Instructions:

  1. Combine the grated cassava, butter, condensed milk, evaporated milk, cheese, sugar, and eggs in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly
  2. Add the coconut milk in the mixing bowl where the mixed ingredients are. Mix again.
  3. Grease the baking tray then pour-in the batter (ingredients that has just been mixed)
  4. Pre -heat oven for 350 F for 10 minutes then put-in the baking tray with batter and bake for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  5. Meanwhile prepare the batter by combining the sugar and flour and put-in the heated saucepan.
  6. Pour-in the condensed milk then mix thoroughly.
  7. Add the cheese while stirring constantly.
  8. Pour the coconut milk and stir constantly for 10 minutes
  9. Pour the topping over the Cassava Cake (baked batter) and spread evenly.
  10. Separate the yolk from the egg white of the remaining egg
  11. Glaze the topping with the egg white (you may use a basting brush for this step)
  12. Broil the Cassava cake until color turns light brown.
  13. Garnish with grated cheese and serve. Share and enjoy!

Notes:

  • I used 1 kg of fresh cassava.
  • I did not garnish mine with cheese. I love it that way.
  • You are the master of your oven, so you know when to start pre-heating. I am using a gas oven, so I mostly start preheating about 20 minutes before the estimated time of finishing the final steps.

  Recipe from Panlasang Pinoy

After I have sliced the Cassava Cake for you, (ooppps! I took a bite!)

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Sorry. 😀 I guess I’ll have to slice another one for everybody. ❤

Enjoy and have fun! 🙂

Filipino Beefsteak and weekends!

How was everyone’s weekend? How is everyone after the Fiesta Friday? The party was really fun, but I am sure we all did miss Angie. With her leaving us on our own, everyone was so hyper! 😀 And I think everyone wanted a take home! Did everyone get it? I mean the take home. I hope you all did. 🙂

After the Fiesta, I think everyone was exhausted. I am, too. Well, I did watch movies. One of them was Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy. I so love love Tinkerbell. ❤ The second movie was Immortals. Whew! That was really a bloody movie – I think I almost had an heart attack! The movie was shown back in 2011 but I am sure I have not seen it. That time, I was not really into movies about gods and mythology. But what made me watch it was it reminded me of Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus series. 😀

I also did some baking and cooking. 🙂 Of course, I did! Weekend is not complete without me and the kitchen bonding! 😀

Few days back, I bought half kg of beef and wanted to cook something very simple and easy – just plain simplicity! Then I thought of something we called ‘Bistek Tagalog’ or Filipino Beefsteak. I was not sure how it’s marinated and I did not want to check on recipes. I did my own, recalling my Mom’s recipe.

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FILIPINO BEEFSTEAK Recipe

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 500 g beef, sliced thinly
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 tbsp white vinegar
  • 4 tbsp Calamansi/Lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp Sprite/7-Up
  • 6 tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 onion, sliced into rings
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil

Instructions:

  1. Leaving the last two ingredients (onion and oil), mix everything in a container or in a zip lock bag. Marinate in the fridge overnight.
  2. Heat oil in a pan (with medium heat) and put the beef (without the marinade). Reserve the marinade for later.
  3. Let the beef cook, about 20 minutes. (The beef will produce its own ‘water’, but add little water just in case it dries out.)
  4. When the beef is cooked, add the marinade and let simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the sliced onion rings and turn off the heat.

Notes:

If you want your onions fully cooked, you can sauté them before putting the beef. Remove the onions from the pan after it is cooked and add them later to the cooked beef right before serving.

I’ve never eaten fresh onions and was planning to slice some just for ‘props’ and use them later for scrambled eggs. But with the help of my Mandoline, I got super tiny onion rings and managed to eat them fresh. Gosh! I loved it! 😀

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I always serve this with sunny-side up egg, cucumber and what else? RICE! ❤

PS: As you can see, the beefsteak is a little dry. After cooking together with the marinade, I removed them from the pan and transferred them to a plate… heated another tbsp of oil in the same pan (with the fire on high) and put back the beef ONLY, stir-fried for another minute or two. I removed them from the pan and added additional fresh onion rings before eating serving them. I just put some sauce/marinade over my rice if I want to. I like it better this way, well, at least during that time. 🙂 Of course, this step is totally optional.

Enjoy and wishing everyone a lovely week ahead! ❤

Fiesta Friday #11 | Bars of gooey-ness and blissfulness!

I’ve been on a Marshmallows kick lately…

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I was out and went to a grocery store to buy stuffs that I need and I don’t need. I was in a section where the smell feels like heaven… No, no! I was not in the body wash/shampoo/soap section. I was actually in the sweets/chocolates section. 😀 Just imagine how happy I was. Anyway, so there I was taking some passing by the chocolates. (You really won’t believe me if I’ll say that I just went past them, right?) And the marshmallows!!! ❤ When I see packs of marshmallows, I go right to them… not to buy, but to SMELL them. 😀 And I always make sure to do that every time I see a pack of marshmallows. Then in an instant, I wanted to bake something with marshmallows. Or maybe I just needed a reason to buy one.

Thoughts inside my head:

Me: Oh, I remember I still have a jar of marshmallow crème. I don’t need to buy this.

Me: No, that jar of marshmallow crème is saved for something else. I am sure I need this, too.

Me: Uh, yeah. Maybe. Someday.

And of course, I did buy a pack. (Of course, I did!) The marshmallow went straight into my room (yes, room!) and put it near the bed. And every time I enter the room, the smell of heaven is everywhere. If you would ask me why did I put it near the bed? I don’t know. Maybe, I just want these babies to be near me. 😀 Well, after days (yeah, really!) I opened and eat some. I still have not used them for baking. Someday. 😛

Also, I was craving for brownies.

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So I thought this is the perfect time to use that marshmallow crème to justify the thought of buying a new pack of marshmallow. And the good news is… I am bringing them to the Fiesta Friday over Angie’s place at The Novice Gardener. If you haven’t already, come and join us. The party is extremely fun and chatting with old and new found friends is awesome. ❤ I really wish that we could all meet up someday. That would be so much FUN! 😉

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S'MORES BROWNIES Recipe

  • Servings: 16 bars
  • Difficulty: easy... and difficult (as to the waiting time for the brownies to be done baking and for cooling completely)
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Ingredients

  • About 6 graham crackers
  • 5 standard size Hershey’s bars (I used dark chocolate)
  • 3.5 ounces marshmallow crème/fluff (about half a jar)
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1½ cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 F. Butter a 9 X 9 baking dish, line it with parchment paper, and then butter the parchment paper.
  2. Break all the graham crackers in half so you have 12 squares. Break the Hershey’s bars by snapping them at the scores. Spread 9 of the graham crackers with the marshmallow crème/fluff. Place 2 pieces of Hershey bar onto each graham cracker. Set them aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and whisk in the sugar and water until the sugar is dissolved.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until melted.
  6. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  7. Gradually mix in the flour mixture.
  8. Pour half of the brownie batter into the prepared baking dish.
  9. Lay the prepared graham crackers over the brownie mix. In a 9 x 9 pan they should line up neatly and fit snugly. There will be a small gap at the bottom. thenotsocreativecook-S'moresBrownies4
  10. Snap the remaining graham cracker halves in half again, spread each (you’ll need 3 pieces) with the marshmallow crème/fluff and top each with one piece of chocolate. Fill the remaining gap in the pan.
  11. Pour the remaining batter over the s’mores and use a rubber spatula to spread it out to the edges. It’ll take a minute to work the thick and cooling batter across. It’s cool. Trust.
  12. Bake for 25-35 minutes. (I baked mine for 25 minutes)
  13. The brownies will puff up in the oven, but they’ll fall slightly when they cool.
  14. When you remove the brownies from the oven, IMMEDIATELY insert the remaining chocolate pieces sort of sideways into the top of each brownie piece (16 pieces altogether). The chocolate will slump and melt as it cools but will still hold its chocolate bar shape. thenotsocreativecook-S'moresBrownies3
  15. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting. (Or just take a pinch if you can’t resist.) 😀

Recipe from: Sugar Dish Me

I always have a problem with ‘cool completely before cutting’ when it comes to brownies! So as SOON as I took the brownies from the oven, one poor side has been pinched. 😀

Here’s some of the chocolates for everyone. Don’t worry, I still have more if you’d just ask. 😀

thenotsocreativecook-S'moresBrownies6The regular-sized marshmallows? They are still near my bed. Uh, I think I transferred their location already. Have I? Ah, yes! I already put them where they should be in the first place – in the shelf together with the other babies. 😛

Happy Fiesta, dear friends! I hope you enjoyed the brownies and the chocolates.

What are you planning for the weekend? Well, what ever that is, have fun and stay safe. ❤

Liebster Award #6

It was my Mom’s birthday and I was sure I was going to curl up in bed and do nothing if I have not went out. Thankfully, I found something to buy that made me smile and forget the ‘depression’ I felt. When I arrived home, I was grateful that I was so tired to think of something else. After doing the ‘before-going-to-bed’ routine, I went to check WordPress notifications and I was delighted to have been nominated again for the Liebster Award by Beauty and the Butcher. Her blog talks about life, food, fashion, crafts and all things mid century. Whew! Those were a lot to talk about. Anyway, I adore her. 😉 She’s so cute! Just look at these photos. 😀 Thank you so much for thinking of me. Hugs to you… ❤

The award came with questions and I must say that I really thought of my answers. 🙂 Here they go:

  1. How do you spell the color of an elephant and why? Uhm, do we get grades on this? 😀 I sometimes spell it ‘gray’ or ‘grey’. But most of the time, I use ‘gray’ because when I was in grade school the spelling on my crayon is ‘gray’.  So I get used to ‘gray’ until I found out that it also could be spelled as ‘grey’.
  2. Do you have an innie or an outie? (This may seem a little personal but it’s always been something that sort of fascinated me…) This question made me laugh. 😀 I think it’s a little personal but I’ll answer it anyway – innie. 😉
  3. What was your favorite childhood book? I was not much of a reader when I was a child. So I guess I would say my English books in school. 😀
  4. If you could have dinner right now with anyone dead or alive, who would it be? I would say my Mom. She passed away three years ago and I just missed her so much. 😦
  5. What’s your position on cilantro? It’s really a love or hate type of herb… Hmmm, I think Cilantro has a stronger smell than Parsley and I don’t really hate it… but if I could replace Cilantro with other herbs with lighter smell, I would.
  6. What movie or show can you pretty much quote every single line from? I keep on watching Percy Jackson (Lightning Thief and Sea of Monsters) so I would say I could remember lines from those movies and I sometimes say the same lines with the cast. 😀

(I would just like to say at this point that I am running out of questions and am really mad for not writing this earlier when I had some REALLY good questions in my brain)

  1. What is your favorite breakfast cereal? Koko Krunch.
  2. Why are yawns contagious? Seriously, someone please tell me. Whoa! Yawns are really contagious… I just yawned. 😀 I think I am not that person who can tell you the answer. Sorry! 😦
  3. What is your hidden talent, like if you had to perform on “America’s Got Talent”, what would you do? Mmm, if the judges don’t mind me sewing (simple stuffs without sewing machine) for the whole day, I would go with it. Otherwise, I don’t have any ‘hidden’ talents. 😛
  4. What motivates you? Tough! I would go with ‘results’. For example, I am so lazy to do exercises or tempted to eat fast-foods for days or weeks… I’d think of the results of doing the exercise or resisting eating fast foods. Like, what could I get when I exercise everyday or at least 4 x a week? What do I get from resisting fast foods and eating veggies and fruits? Yeah, things like that make me motivated to continue what I am doing.
  5. If you could choose, would you have curly or straight hair? I love and embrace my curls but am always curious about others… I always love to have curly hair. I have long straight (but wavy) hair.

And the best part is having the chance to pass this award to others. CONGRATULATIONS!!! These blogs are my new found friends and if you have not checked their blog, go and check them now! 😀

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  1. Feeding my 3 Sons – Gretchen has 3 cute boys. She started her blog after countless request of recipes. She shares various recipes and has stunning photos, too.
  2. Ohhh Biscuits – Meet Meagan! She shares her life story. She is a wife a wife, mother, avid knitter, TV addict, crafter, baker… general nerd and toy addict. I love her freezer meals ideas.
  3. Night Owl Kitchen Blog – Hmm, Night Owl. If you live with Amanda and you found out that she’s missing, she probably is in the kitchen getting herself busy. She shares not only recipes but also tips and crafts, too.
  4. Dolly Rubiano – ‘Kitchen is my playground’, that’s what Dolly says. And I love that. Dolly is so passionate about food photography. No wonder she has beyond amazing photos – ‘droolicious’ I must say.
  5. Muffel Muffin – Say hello to Laura! She spends her life with reading, jogging, cooking, meeting friends, travelling, sleeping, skyping, shopping, coffee drinking and baking. (Hmm, I love reading and coffee drinking!) She enjoys making people happy with her foods. And like others, she started her blog to share her experiences and recipes.
  6. The Bake-a-logue – The Bake-a-logue is a blog by Muna. From the blog itself, we all can see that she loves baking! 😉 She started baking with cake mixes and from cake mixes, she started doing the ‘out-of-the-box’ baking. She also shares some tutorials that I think I would love to go through some day.
  7. Zosia Cooks – Zosia loves to cook and travel. She resides in Albania. She shares in this blog her culinary adventures.
  8. Mishasuniverse – If I am correct, she started her blog sometime in February 2014. As what she said in her ‘About’ page, she’s still figuring things out. On top of that, she has already shared delicious baked goodies. Let’s go join her in her journey. ❤
  9. Fallen for Food – Bilingual blog? That’s lovely. Though I can’t read other languages except for English and Filipino language, I think the idea is great. Chantal shares various recipes from cooking to baking, and also desserts.
  10. An Edible Life – This blog shares not only recipes but also restaurant reviews. She loves eating out, cooking, baking and she loves anything with food. She is also crafty. Oh! She said she might not know what she wants from life but she sure does know what she wants on her plate. 😀 I love that line!

I noticed two different rules of the Liebster Award. I don’t know which is which so I will follow the first ones I did.

Here are my questions for the nominees if you’d love to participate:

  1. What food/ingredient(s) you always make sure you have?
  2. What is your signature dish?
  3. What is you favorite breakfast food?
  4. What is/are your other interest/s aside from cooking and baking?
  5. If I will ask your friends to describe you in one phrase, what do you think they will tell me?
  6. What is the first thing you’ve cooked and baked?
  7. What is you favorite thing from your kitchen? Okay, you can name three.
  8. What is the latest thing you bought for your kitchen?
  9. Who inspired you to make your blog?
  10. Any advice to other new bloggers?

The rules:

  1. Link to the person who nominated you
  2. Answer their questions
  3. Nominate new blogs for the award
  4. Ask them 10 new questions
  5. Let the nominees know they have been nominated

Before I end this post, I would have to mention that Lori of Creating Beauty in the Kitchen inspired me to add some kind of ‘introduction’ along with my nominees. Thank you, Lori. You really had a lovely idea. ❤

Again, thank you Beauty  for nominating me.  (I’d love to call you that, but am I correct that your name is Lori, too? Uh, that’s what I read in one of the comments.) You really made my day! 😉

Stay safe, my dear friends! ❤