Filipino Coconut Macaroons for FF#18

Finally, Fiesta Friday is here once again – a wonderful and exciting event where you could sit back and chat with the lovely guests and eat the treats they have brought which in reality, you only get to imagine that. How I wish we get to meet each other someday and talk about foods, kitchen mess and other stuffs. That would be so much fun! 😀 Thank you, Angie, for bringing us all together to have some chit-chat and relax from a long (and exhausting) week. We love you, Angie!

I and Selma are lucky to co-host (for the second time) FF17 last Friday with Alex @ Dinner Daydreams. Though I was really late, I was happy that I get to catch up with everyone at the party… and I was lucky that nobody arrested me for having sugar rush because most of our guests brought healthy treats and that was awesome! In other words, I behaved myself last FF.

…and before I bring you my yummy treat for today’s FF, I would like to say CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners of the Fiesta Friday Challenge #1 – Kulebyaka from Mila @ Milk and Bun, Peach and Basil Cheese Danish from Michelle @ Giraffe Can Bake, Botvinia from Sue @ Birgerbird and Sourdough bread w/ wild mushrooms and herbs from Gerard @ Bread and Tortillas. Also, CONGRATS to all the special mentions and of course, to all those who have participated – we did a good job (especially for those who used yeast for the first time).

And of course, let us not forget the mastermind of the challenge, Angie and Catherine! You are both amazing and we don’t know how to thank you enough for putting so much time and effort for having this exciting challenge to work. Last but not the least, to our generous sponsor who remains anonymous up to this moment but I am sure I know who you are. 😀


Since most of us loves mini version of yummy treats, I am bringing you one of my favorite Filipino sweets – Coconut Macaroons! I made my first macaroons using regular-sized muffin pans but it seemed not right to me. Our version of coconut macaroons are baked using mini muffin pan/moulds so I decided to get myself mini muffin pan. What’s a better excuse in buying mini muffin pan? BECAUSE FILIPINO COCONUT MACAROONS should be in mini’s.

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It’s so funny because I really wanted to buy mini muffin pan for the longest time but I told myself ‘No! No! No!’ and in an instant after making my first coconut macaroons using the regular muffin pan, I thought ‘These coconut macaroons are better in mini sizes! I NEED to buy that mini muffin pan.’ And there you go… 😀

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FILIPINO COCONUT MCAROONS Recipe

  • Servings: about 3 dozens
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Raisin, to put as a topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, cream butter using a hand mixer on low speed. Add sugar and beat together until well blended and fluffy. Add eggs one at time, beating continously. Add condensed milk and vanilla extract and continue to beat until blended.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour and desiccated coconut. Add to egg mixture and beat until combined.
  3. Scoop into paper-lined mini muffin pans (if using raisins, put one or two at the top of the batter) and bake in a 350 F oven for about 15 to 20 or until golden. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes.

Thanks to Kawaling Pinoy for the recipe.

These coconut macaroons will be loved (and maybe you’ll be crazy over them) if you are a coconut lover. When I made them for the second time using my new pan, I made them again within the same week. And the following month, I also made another batch. Now, you can tell how much I love these!

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Can you tell how moist are these macaroons? They are so moist, soft and heaven in every bite! I wouldn’t tell you how many of these I munch on while taking the photos. You guess! 😛

Enjoy FF18! 

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To our co-hosts for today, have fun! 😀

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Dragon’s Loyalty Award #6

Not so long ago, two lovely ladies nominated for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award – Nancy @ Feasting with Friends nominated me on April 16 and Lori @ Creating Beauty in the Kitchen on April 24. And  on May 11, Micaela @ Easy Italian Cuisine passed the same award to me. 😀 😀

Before I thank three of you, I want to apologize for my delayed post for the award. You know, some things (no, not me) are going crazy lately. So it took a little while. It’s fine, right? 😀

So fun to receive one award from three lovely people. I must have really that ‘loyal’, huh? A proof maybe that I love chatting? What do you think?

I am so grateful to be nominated for this award. I can’t figure out the right words to say to show you how grateful I am. A VERY HUGE THANK YOU to the three of you!

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I am really honored! *hugs to you* (If you still have not check their blogs out, please do! I tell you, you’d love how creative they are!)

Okay, one of the reasons (aside from me being so busy at work) why this post is late is that I can’t seem to think seven facts about me. It’s kind of difficult, isn’t it? 😐 Lucky for those who can think of seven facts immediately. (I’m jelous!)

…and finally, the seven facts:

1) I love large bags (12” x 10” still seems small) to put my garbage necessary things that I needed when going out. You know – tissue, small hand sanitizer, cologne/perfume, wallet, bottled water, small lotion, etc. I use bags with zipper, but I leave it open most of the times to easily take what I want.

2) I love listening to ‘cover songs’. Well, originals are good. But there are times that I always look for something – like a different version, so I keep on searching and searching for cover songs of the songs I like on YouTube. One of the recent songs I love is this version of Iris (originally by GooGoo Dolls): 

3) So I have mentioned before that I always keep bottled water beside my bed… I also keep rubbing alcohol beside my bed, along with the water. It’s good that I have not accidentally drunk the rubbing alcohol instead of the water. 😀

4) When I have different scents of body spray/cologne from the same brand, this what happens:

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Sorry for the not so good quality of this photo.

The same thing with body wash and lotion. 😀

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5) I always use loose blouses and jeans (or skirts) when going out. Makes me feel more comfortable. And I don’t really like wearing any kind of shoes (except at work). I love flip flops.

6) I drink fresh ginger tea two times a day – it helps me with my migraine problems. Thank you to the wonderful person who makes my ginger tea because I am so lazy to grate the ginger. (So precious to have her!) 

7) I love the combination of sweet and salty… that’s why I love cream cheese and Nutella on one bread or fried chicken and strawberry jam together. 😀

And here are my nominees:

(CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you so much for taking time to visit my blog and leaving wonderful/encouraging comments. I really appreciate the love.)

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Cooking with Aunt Juju
Ngan Made It
Food Bod
La Petite Paniere
The Novice Gardener
Patty Nguyen
Shivaay Delights
Confused Bawarchis
Selma’s Table
Kloe’s Kitchen
Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs
Arl’s World
I Need a Feed
Tea and Sesame

The rules for accepting this award, for the Dragon Loyalty Nominees, are as follows:

  1. Display the award on your blog.
  2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  3. Present 15 deserving bloggers with the award [in no particular order].
  4. 4 Link your winners in the post and let them know of their being awarded.
  5. Tell seven interesting things about yourself.

Again, thank you to Lori, Nancy and Micaela for this wonderful award! ❤

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Tomato Cheese Focaccia for FF#17 and FFC#1

So what do you say of having three co-hosts? Yep! The calm (Selma @ Selma’s Table) and the (bouncy and) hyper co-host is back. 😀 And we are thrilled to co-host FF17 with the lovely Alex @ Dinner Daydreams who is always dreaming about what to make for dinner… Hmm, better to think of dinner than other stressful things, Right, Alex? 😀

And well, you know Selma – the ever welcoming, friendly and calm person. I really had an amazing time co-hosting with her during FF15. I still love her even if she reported me to Angie that I had been on sugar rush and I can’t stay calm. They had to give me cups and cups of Chamomile tea. It helped, but not for long. It’s good that they did not lock up the dessert bar, or else I’ll be in misery. 😐

I heard rumors that ‘dessert police’ are on their way to investigate. When that comes, Selma and Alex would be here; I will come back, definitely! Besides, this is Fiesta Friday All Night Long!

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It is really nice to gather every Friday for FF after a long week. Thanks to the amazing Angie for this fun and exciting party she has created. I don’t frequently bake or cook the past weeks due to the busy schedule and I have not made a long list of what to bake for the month. So when I post a food recipe or anything food related, I better do it on Friday to share and chat with everyone. Besides, Fridays are better than other days – Friday means weekend (or almost weekend for some). And Friday means… FOOD TRIP. (e-food trip, actually!) Nonetheless, we still talk about food.

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Some of you have already made submissions to FFC#1 and what can I say? They are all gorgeous.

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I still have to visit everyone before the deadline comes and read your story. If you would just be patient with me today, I will be sharing you my story:

Battle with the Yeast Beast

Using yeast has been my nightmare since I started baking. I thought yeast breads are just so easy to make – let the yeast activate, rise and bake. Well, maybe for others, but not for me.

The first time I used yeast was back in July 2013 when me and my friend made these Homemade Donuts. I’ve got help my friend, so my yeast activated. I loved the donuts and I thought that was the beginning of my good relationship with the yeast. I was wrong…

I got the yeast activated for the first time when I baked these Ensaymadas. I was so happy with the results. The bread was the way it should be the first day and the second day. But when the third day comes, the bread became dense and heavy. Were they dense and heavy before? I didn’t notice.

Yeast and I saw each other once again when I tried baking dinner rolls. Sounds pretty delicious, right? While I was on the process of baking, I imagined my dinner rolls to be soft, light and buttery. Going back on that day, I think I did the right thing. But when I put melted butter on the top of the dough that has risen and ready to be put inside the oven, the dough sank. Just imagine a balloon deflated – that’s what happened. I still baked them, anyway. The dinner rolls were dense and heavy. I under kneaded the dough and I have not let the dough rise with the correct time – those were the mistakes I have seen. Good thing is the dinner rolls were still edible and when I microwaved them the next day, they were soft, but a little chewy. Below is one of the photos I’ve taken, thinking I could post it one day.

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I realized that I did not know the basics in baking, so I decided to ask Google’s help. After searching on how many minutes to knead, I tried my luck again. This time, I decided to make white sandwich bread. So I kneaded the bread around 8-10 minutes and followed every instruction. The sandwich bread came dense and heavy (again!). Thankfully, it’s still edible – just had to microwave the bread to become a little softer. To finish the bread quickly, I did make a Panini sandwich. (I wanted to share the photos, but I think I have already removed them from my disk.)

Then, I split up with the yeast. We did not see each other for months. I am planning not to see it for a longer time until Fiesta Friday Challenge came. Thank you to our mastermind and judges for the FFC#1 – Catherine @ Catherine Cuisine  and of course, Angie. The challenge is to use both yeast and herb in one recipe. When Angie posted about the challenge, I told her that I’d love to join even though I had a fight with the yeast beast so many times. I was shocked (yes!) when I saw my name on the list of participants and I was like ‘Okaaaay! I better meet up with the yeast beast one more time!’… and I did.

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Last week, I was busy thinking of what to bake that use yeast and herb together. I listened to Google’s suggestion, but Focaccia bread got my heart. Well, aside from the fact that I don’t think I have eaten one, it seemed a little different from the breads that I’ve baked before. Although I know that this is just a friendly challenge, I was a bit intimidated with all the beautiful submissions. Regardless of that, I still wanted to try my luck. So I did bake over the weekend. After making the bread, that’s that time I searched what is Focaccia. I felt proud when I found out that Focaccia is Italian bread. I was like ‘Wow! I made Italian bread!’. And according to my search, Fougasse (Angie’s submission) is a French version of Focaccia. 😀

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In this bread, I used dried herbs. Italian seasoning to be exact – this includes Marjoram, Thyme, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Oregano and Basil.

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TOMATO CHEESE FOCACCIA Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Pkg. Active Yeast (.25 oz.)
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • 2 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes, sliced thin
  • ¼ – ½ Cups Mozzarella
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan

(I used only cheddar because that’s what I had on hand.)

Instructions

  1. In large mixing bowl dissolve Yeast in warm (110˚-115˚) water. Add 1 Tbsp. of the Olive Oil, Garlic Powder, Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Sugar and Salt. Stir to combine.
  2. Add half of the flour and mix well. Slowly add remaining flour until a tacky dough forms. You may not use all of it.
  3. On a lightly floured surface knead about 6 minutes, dough should be smooth and stretchy.
  4. Use 1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil to oil a bowl. Put the ball of dough in bowl and turn over to coat the whole ball with oil so it doesn’t dry out. Cover and put in warm place until it doubles in size, 45-60 minutes.
  5. Punch the dough down (firmly put your fist in the middle to deflate it, bring the edges into the center and reform the ball. Cover and let rest another 10-15 minutes.
  6. Stretch dough out to a 13×9 rectangular shape, the dough will be elastic and try to pull back. Be patient don’t tear the dough. Using a little of the remaining Olive Oil grease a baking sheet. Place dough on baking sheet cover and let rise until doubled, approximately 30-45 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 400˚.
  8. Using your fingers make several dimples in the dough. Brush with remaining Olive Oil. Top with Tomato slices, Mozzarella and Parmesan.
  9. Bake at 400˚ 18-24 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown and delicious.

See original recipe here.

Okay! Let’s proceed with the results.

Good things first:

  • The bread smelled really amazing! At first I was hesitant to use Italian seasoning as I found the smell overpowering. But how would I know how it really tastes like if I don’t try it? And my goodness, the house smelled really amazing!
  • It’s delicious.
  • The bread was soft except the bottom part.
  • The bread was light, not heavy and dense like the first breads I’ve baked.

…and for the not so good part –

  • The bottom of the bread was hard and chewy.

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May I call on the attention the mastermind/judges/host (the Yeast Queen – Angie) & co-host of this challenge to help me with the following problems I have encountered since the day I started baking bread?

  • When I brush the top of the dinner rolls with melted butter, they sank. Considering that I brushed them gently, what might be the problem?
  • Most of the breads I baked were dense and heavy.
  • The bottom part of the bread turns so brown if I try to bake it a little longer to get good color of the top of the bread.
  • I don’t like too much smell of yeast on my bread, what could I do?
  • If I would half the recipe – let’s say I’d like to bake 6 dinner rolls instead of 12, should I half everything including the time?
  • I am using an oven that needs oven thermometer (so that means it’s not digital) so when I reach the required temperature (e.g. 350 F) and put the pan inside the oven, there are times that the temperature goes down (e.g. 325 F) so I bake it a little longer. Do you think it’s one of the problems why I always get dense and heavy bread?
  • I always blame the kneading part. How to knead properly? Is it correct that kneading is just stretching out the dough GENTLY for a good 8-10 minutes?

Now, the table is open for discussion. 😀

ENJOY FF17!

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Introducing ‘new’ bloggers #3

Thought of the Day: When you make HOT green tea, make sure to put it beside your computer so you could drink it at least WARM… not COLD.

So finally, I had this time to check (some) of my friends’ post at WP and reply to some comments. Just before I opened my account, I made my green tea and put it not so away from me so I would not spill it on the papers on my desk. (Well, I don’t usually spill teas on papers/desk, but I just wanted to make sure.) I got so carried away by your lovely comments, as well as the happiness I felt that at last, I have reunited with my blog (it feels like years, you know!).

*So I replied to comments*

It’s almost an hour when I remembered the tea. Ooopps! It’s cold. Cold as ice? Nearly. Ahh! Don’t worry. I drank the tea with all my heart – it didn’t happen only once. It happened so many times while catching up with WP. 😀

Anyway, let me get back to the sole purpose of this post, which to introduce another set of ‘new’ bloggers. I promised myself that I will do this once a week with five bloggers. But since I was so busy last week, I will give you ten bloggers today. 😀

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Little Sweet Baker – Meet Lily. Baking has always been her passion. It seems that she is not a newbie food photographer as I find her photos really eye-catching. One of the recipes she has shared that really made me want to eat them right away is the Flourless Almond Butter Cookies.  Oh my! Almond butter cookies? And did you say flourless? Count me in!

Flour and Fancy – Callie is a self-taught cook and baker. She shares not only recipes, but also restaurant reviews, cookbooks and novels reviews. So the next time you need opinion about restaurant near Callie’s location (which is in Virginia, if I am not mistaken), you better go and ask her. 😉 And as you know, I love pancakes. Who doesn’t, anyway? I love fluffy pancakes just like these.

Craftea Heart – I was moved by the ‘About’ page of Craftea Heart. It’s just that I can feel positivity and energy through her words. We’ve met each other during Fiesta Friday and started commenting on each other’s posts since then. I was amazed not only by the recipes she shares but also by the DIY crafts she makes – such a very creative person.

Sunday Food Apprentice – Foods? Painting? Books? Pretty things? Well, ask Sayani as she loves those things. Painting is just one of the things I could not do. I could not even draw a good ‘stick person’. 😐 And during weekends, she’s ‘nerdy’. Ahh, I just love that. She also has an amazing photography skills – just look at this Cajun Potato Hash with Fried Egg. ❤ Ahh… just lovely!

Coffee by the Window – Meet Avni. I love how she describes herself as a ‘big food nerd’ and I love how she dreams about food. 😀 There are so many interesting things about her. And she shares amazing recipes. This Hearty Tomato and Mozzarella Soup is just one of them.

Chopsticks and Cheesecake – Meet ‘P’ from this lovely blog. She loves to cook and share her favorite recipes and her experiments. She loves Mexican and Asian cuisine. One of the amazing things on her blog is she has visuals for the procedures (amazing, right?) and here’s one of the recipes that caught my attention – Lemon Chicken Curry. Hmm, I love lemony chicken curry. ❤

Sarah’s Little Kitchen – Ahh, meet the fun and lovely Sarah. But she needs to warn everyone that she’s not into low-calorie baking. (Ooopps! Me, too!) As the lines from her about pages says ‘So if enjoying life means eating a delicious, but calorie-high cake… You should eat that cake!’ Haha! I just love it. And Sarah… well, we both love the amazing Laura Vitale. I know that she feels what I feel every time I watch her videos. And I have to say I am a little jealous with these Raspberry Meringues as I can’t make my own. Poor me! 😦

Sweet Salty Sweet – When you make something for your friends or workmates and they love it – you are sometimes obliged to bring every week. 😀 That’s what happened with Sweet Salty Sweet. She has to come up with something delicious every Friday to bring at her workplace. How sweet is that? ❤ And I could not blame the workmates. Just by seeing these Movie Theatre Cookies makes me want to take them out from the computer screen and indulge.

Fifteen Flying Pans – ‘In the last couple of years, I have been exploring the kitchen — not just to steal a snack from the pantry or a sweet treat from the fridge — but to cook and bake.’ One of the few lines that you can find on Anne’s ‘About’ page. Ahh! Childhood memories. 😀 Again, I am amazed by these beautiful Meringue Melts that Anne posted few days back. (Feel envious again! Haha!)

County Baker Mom – And not but not the least, meet Joice. She started her blog long before mine, but still, I’d love to introduce her to meet new friends. Joice was my classmate and best friend when we were in grade school. We were separated when we reached high school (if I am not mistaken it is commonly called secondary school), but we try to write each other. We have not seen each other for years, as she moved to Ireland with her family. We sometimes communicate through Facebook, especially when it comes to food. 😀 I was surprised to know that she also has the same love for food. She’s one of the few people who convinced me to start this blog. I invited her to join FF eons ago (LOL!), and I am so happy that FINALLY she has joined FF and shared these delicious Custaroons which I need to try (the sooner, the better).

Hope you take time to visit these blogs. 🙂

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Cutie Little Egg Pies for Fiesta Friday #16

Co-hosting FF15 with Selma was so much exciting, amazing, fun and crazy (in a good way, of course). I was literally grinning in front of the computer while I was reading and leaving comments. I had fun exchanging emails with Selma and Angie. And of course, I really had fun chatting with everyone! ❤ If given another chance, I would love to co-host again! But I could pretend as one, too! 😀

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This week has been the craziest week I ever had in months. It was super busy at work that I could not even leave my seat to pee (Thank you, Stacey, for clarifying things for me! 😀 ); no wonder I was so exhausted when I arrive home.  I thought I’m not going to make it to FF16 – I am ecstatic that I am here today! Wohoo!! 😀 I really wish that I would have  more free time during daytime, so I could catch up with what’s happening with you guys. One day, I will stop by and chat with everyone again. Well, I really hope it will be the soonest!

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Do you think the Filipino cravings ended? Uh-oh! Not yet! But this will not be a new recipe, I will take you back to the first few months of my blog. I don’t think many of you have seen my first posts, so I will bring you one of my favorites.

thenotsocreativecook-MiniEggPie2I made these cutie little egg pies for my friend. I was supposed to make the regular-sized pie, but I know she’d love this more (she loves the crust more than the custard filling) so I figured out it is best to make it cuter. Besides, it’s her birthday and not  mine. So she should love these more than me. 😉 I enjoyed making these, though I know I had to deal with the crust – you know, the mixing of the butter and the flour. Good thing is no ‘flour powder‘ happened. 😀 (Be proud of me, Lori! Haha!)

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I was just not satisfied enough with the color of the custard filling as the egg yolks were a little pale. 😐 Well, that’s fine! The important thing is they were delicious and really satisfied my cravings and made my friend happy. ❤

Egg Pie Recipe can be found here. I used the same baking time and temperature for baking these on muffin pan.

These cutie little egg pies are also good for Fiesta Friday. Hmm, been bringing cute little treats for the last few FF’s, eh? 😀 They are more fun to eat. It’s not so good eating little treats while chatting – you’d never know that you have eaten too much! 😛 Hope you enjoy these and HAPPY FF16.

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Here’s the Fiesta Friday Guidelines – join us if you still haven’t. I tell you – this is the most amazing party EVER!

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

Hello, my lovely friends! I hope you all had a fab weekend.

I am so thrilled to be invited by Ada @ More Food, Please to be a part of her blog tour. For those who are not aware, blog tour is some kind of a ‘chain letter’ where you are invited by a fellow blogger and you invite another three (by sending an email) to answer the same questions.

Thank you, Ada, for this opportunity. I hope you are doing well with all the preparations stuffs. 😉

Here are the questions and my answers:

What am I working on? Related to blogging, I am working on more recipes to try. I am also working on the series called “Introducing ‘new’ bloggers” and adding more helpful information like some tips or trick and things of that sort. Though, honestly, I have not done anything about the latter due to super busy days. Also, I am working on a book review (which I have not written even a single word about it) that I hope I could publish soon. I hope I could make it shorter than the older reviews as I don’t want to bore everyone reading it. 😛 Outside blogging and not food/book-related, am I working on something? I don’t know – I can’t think of something! 😀

 How does my work differ from others of its genre? Before this blog has turned one, I came up with the idea of ‘Introducing ‘new’ bloggers’ series, which I started publishing after a year (well, because of the busy life). The said series is like doing an award post, but without the rules – just plain nomination.

Why do I write what I do? I love to share what I have learned and tell stories about my funny experiences.

How does your writing process work? Like you, I also have long-list of recipes to try and I cook/bake according to the mood of my tummy. For example, I want to bake chocolate chip muffins for the weekend and suddenly, I crave for a Filipino dessert, that’s when the first on the list gets behind. I usually make a list of what I want to bake and cook for the month and do my best to follow the list. But when cravings get in the way, you know what will happen. As I cook/bake, I write about them ‘mentally’ and when I get my hands on the computer (when I am not too busy), I write what I had ‘written mentally’. So you will see (read) that my posts usually tells about my experiences when I bought a certain ingredient for the recipe post or about my cravings. As for the book review, I usually put ‘post-it’ to the pages (in case of e-book, I put bookmarks) I want to highlight for the review.

Who’s up next:

Lori @ Creating Beauty in the Kitchen: Lori is a fun-loving person. I really enjoyed chatting with her. I admire how she creates low-glycemic (finally got it right, Lori) foods. I thought when you make such foods (healthier version), they are always boring. But, Lori always seem to make it mouth-watering.

Jess @ Cooking is my Sport: I admire Jess’ recipes and how lovely she is. Also, I admire her love for Game of Thrones, haha! (I think I should really watch them soon, Jess! My curiousity always gets in the way when I see you post something about GoT.) She creates the best things.

Farianti @ My Simple Delights: Farianti creates simple, yet scrumptious foods. I love her simplicity and the beauty of the foods she creates. I just met her, but I instantly loved her blog.

I want to thank these three lovely people for joining me in this blog tour – looking forward to seeing your posts and reading your answers! 😀

Thank you again, Ada, for having me as a part of this blog tour. I enjoyed answering these questions. ❤ (Check Ada’s post here.)

PS: I would talk about co-hosting FF15 on my future post. 😉 I am still quite busy with life, but I will be checking your WP accounts as soon as I have enough time.

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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins and co-hosting Fiesta Friday #15

Yeah. I know… I am late today! Oh, don’t you think that I have forgotten FF15! I will not forget FF… NEVER! And how could I forget FF15 if I will be co-hosting today? 😀

Today, I am so thrilled that I will be co-hosting with the lovely Selma @ Selma’s Table. (Please don’t tell me you don’t know Selma. Well, if you have not met her yet, hop on to her blog NOW… And I meant RIGHT NOW!) 😛 And Angie’s right when she said that I need a little calming today from Selma. (I don’t mind kidding around, Angie! I love kidding arround!) 😛

Selma is so kind to offer some help in co-hosting ‘coz I was supposed to be somewhere else today. But… sssshhhh! I excused myself (from work) and will come back to the event later to finish my duties. I was not expecting to be at FF15 this early. I meant, if I was out at the event, I would definitely be soooo late today!

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Fiesta Friday has been my favorite event of the week since I joined FF. What else could be fun after a long and exhausting week apart from having to chat with lovely people on FF? Licking the screen because you could not really eat the yummy treats these people have brought for FFAngie @ The Novice Gardener is really so kind to invite us at her home to gather and make mess party. Again, thank you so much, Angie, for creating this amazing party ever. (We will never get tired of thanking you!) Also, I feel so honored that you have thought of me to co-host FF15 with Selma. I think we’ll make a good team, right? The calm and the hyper. 😀

When Angie told me about co-hosting FF15, I thought ‘Wow! This will be fun!’ and I was not feeling nervous at all. But when she sent me an email confirming about co-hosting FF15, I felt a little nervous and I read her email few times just to make sure I understood the message and my duties. 😀 Nervous of what? I don’t have any idea. Maybe, I was just super excited. 😀 I could hug everyone now!

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For FF15, I am bringing you these cute little muffins, so you will not notice that you have eaten a lot. 😛 I was chasing time and running so late so I prepared something fast and easy. 😀 I prefer these muffins naked… I meant without the muffin cases. I think I over-baked the first batch as I was busy setting up the table for the photos and have not noticed the time.

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Well, I had my timer on but I have not checked the muffins before the timer ends. So what I got were nearly over-baked muffins. They’re still edible but it was kinda dry. Good thing is, I still had remaining batter – I removed the muffin pan ahead of time and did not use muffin cases for the second batch. And they are moist and so yum!

CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE-CHIP MUFFINS Recipe

  • Servings: 24-32
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar
  • 3/4 cup Hershey’s chocolate chips, plus 1/4 cup for sprinkling (of course, you could use another brand)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Put the Flour, Baking powder, Baking soda, Cocoa, Sugar and 3/4 cup of the Chocolate chips into a large bowl. Max all dry ingredients evenly, put aside.
  3. Get another bowl put in Milk, Vegetable oil, Egg and Vanilla extract. Whisking all wet ingredients together.
  4. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into dry the ingredients mix to combine, spoon into the prepared muffin cases. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup Chocolate chip on top and then bake for 20 minutes or until the muffins are dark, risen and springy. (I baked mine for 15 minutes)

I was not that happy by the looks of my version. Just look at these muffins made by Bee @ Rasa Malaysia. But, the taste is what matters most. Agree? Though I must admit her muffins are really gorgeous!!

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Anyway, I am so behind in making rounds so I will go ahead now and check what you have for today. 😀 Enjoy the muffins and enjoy the party!!

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…and before I make rounds, I am leaving you with one of my favorite videos. As for some of you, you know that I love watching YouTube videos just before I close my eyes to sleep. I will share more of these videos in the future. Anyway, this video has gone viral and I am guessing that some of you have seen this. I have mentioned this video to Linda @ La Petite Paniere and she loved it. I remember this cute little kid as I was making these muffins so I thought of sharing the video to you. I hope you enjoy and for those who have already seen it, laugh with me again! 😀 Enjoy!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL MOTHERS OUT THERE!! 

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An early treat and I’ll be late for FF15

Nowadays have been so busy that I could not spend that much of time at WordPress, or at my other social media account. It’s been a long day and I am going to retire soon. Weekend is almost knocking at my doorstep, so is FF15. Sad to say, I will be a little behind for tomorrow’s party as I have an important event to attend to. The poor phone has no access to WiFi (except for Twitter, Facebook and BBM) so I will not be able to read WP messages. But without any doubt, I will catch up with everyone. You do know that I will not miss the party, don’t you? As the saying goes, “It’s better late than never.”

…and because I will be late tomorrow, I have an early treat for you – my Filipino Spaghetti. This pasta is what I’ve been eating for days as I really don’t have enough time to cook. (Well, except for eggs, chicken hotdogs and nuggets!)

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It’s good that I made a LOT. Well, I don’t have any issue as I don’t mind eating pasta everyday! 😛

It’s time for me to say bye-bye for now and please wait for me at FF15. I will definitely be there. If not, then that’s the time you should be worried. 😀

I hope I will have enough time next week so I could finish what needs to be done on my award and other pending posts. I missed having backlogs of recipe posts. Honestly, I ONLY have one now, not including the post for FF15. Hopefully, I will be back on my usual schedule of posting recipes at least two times a week when I have more time to cook and bake.

Have fun and enjoy the day and goodnight for those who are retiring like me…

See you on FF15! 😉

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Let’s talk about Fiesta Friday (Join us on this fun and amazing party ever!)

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You agree, yeah? 😛

I don’t know about you but I always look forward to joining Fiesta Friday! So what is Fiesta Friday? It is a virtual party, hosted by Angie @ The Novice Gardener and happens during Fridays in which we meet new friends and chat with them like we know them personally. Joining FF also increases your views (let’s not deny that). Though it really helps in the traffic, what I really LOVE LOVE about FF is that you get to talk to people! And talking with you (you know who you are) really makes my day. Also, one of the things I love about FF is that it is not only good during Fridays, the party lasts until Wednesday. Am I correct? Since I joined FF, Friday has been more exciting to me. ❤

Now, FF will be more exciting as Angie and Catherine @ Catherine Cuisine came up with the FF monthly challenge. I, together with some others, will join the challenge, though I am not sure what will happen to mine. But I promise my self that, successful or not, I will not back out and still share my experience.

If you have not joined the party yet, you better NOW. I tell you, it’s really fun! And enter the challenge, too! 😉

Click on the following links to know more about the details: (We would be very happy to have you!)

Fiesta Friday Guidelines

Fiesta Friday Challenge #1