Monday, September 24, 2012

Chocolate Nut Butter Banana Muffins



Costco, or the " Hundred-dollar store" as I like to call it, has amazing deals, yes?

Bananas for example, you get something like 10 bananas for a little over a dollar. Of course, when you bought them you had every intention of eating them on a daily basis ( for the potassium, you know) and were confident the rest of your family would join in, making sure the bananas disappeared in a matter of days.

.....Except you didn't and they didn't, and now you are left with a pile of bananas similar to this:



I had begun to doubt my baking abilities. Recently, my baking experiments were not coming out up to par, I think the latest one could be best described as an unintentional Pake ( See, Drop Dead Diva).  But, thankfully, I've redeemed myself -- even without eggs at my disposal I managed to create a winner today :)


Ingredients
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
 3 tbsp flax seed, opened with a few tablespoons of water
2 cups banana
2 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 teaspoon baking powder
10 squares trader joes dark chocolate ( lb)
1/3 cup sour cream

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 360F
  • Mix dry ingredients and set aside
  • Cream together butter, peanut butter, almond butter, vanilla  and sugar until soft and creamy
  • Add eggs, or in my case the egg replacement ( flax seed meal + water) and vanilla extract
  • Now add the bananas.... cream until nice and smooth
  • Add half of the dry ingredients, then the sour cream
  • Add the second half of the dry ingredients
  • fold in chocolate (chips)
  • Bake for 25 minutes

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Just some backyard grilling...


Almost everything is better homemade, right? 

Its a warm summer day but there is just enough of a gentle breeze to take the outdoors from bearable to pleasant. My sister's boyfriend was kind enough to spending the entire day at our place, keeping us company while our parents had to spend the day at the doctors.... and he's one of those guys who has a healthy appetite.

First, my sister suggested ordering pizza, but I wouldn't have it. We had all the ingredients at home to make a decent meal. All I had to do was say  " homemade hamburgers?" and the kids forgot all about the pizza. 

I prepped the ground meat with onion powder ( I prefer fresh grated onions, but sis vetoed it and I wasn't in the mood to argue), salt, pepper, teriyaki, and a dollop of ketchup.  In the meantime, I got a pan of onions caramelizing with a bit of turbinado sugar and olive oil.

Served on a grilled whole wheat bun with homemade thousand island dressing, caramelized onion, mixed greens and cheddar cheese --accompanied by homemade oven baked fries. 




Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Breakfast Potatoes and Cheesy Scrambled Eggs

  

There is nothing I love more than cooking for loved ones and witnessing the smile of contentment on their faces after their first bite. 

My cousins from northern California have been spending the last week with us and we decided to culminate their visit with a trip to Disneyland, where else? lol 
Three sisters in the sweltering California heat on the Jungle Cruise

                                                          
My sis and I

Sisters + Cousin

Somehow, after a 20 hour day at ( or enroute) to Disneyland, I woke up in the morning while the rest of the family was in sweet slumber and quietly left for Sunday Mass. Wouldn't you know, just as I got home, the sleeping beauties had just awoken and were groggily fumbling around the kitchen searching for sustenance. 

After a quick look in the pantry and fridge I decided to make breakfast potatoes and cheesy scrambled eggs. 

Disclaimer/Reminder: I don't cook from recipes and I almost never measure the ingredients I use to make my meals, but I can tell you the ingredients and provide general direction.



Cheesy Scrambled Eggs 
  • Organic Brown Eggs
  • A splash of Milk
  • 1/3 Asiago, 1/3 Cheddar, 1/3 Mozzarella
  • Salt and Pepper 
To get soft fluffy scrambled eggs you must be patient and cook them on a medium low heat, stirring occasionally.



Breakfast Potatoes

  • Russet Potatoes
  • Parsley
  • Green Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Fresh  Tomato
Coat the bottom of a nonstick pan with a thin layer of olive oil and preheat. Next, wash and cube the russet potatoes -- add them to the pan. Cover the potatoes with a glass lid and let it cook on medium high, stirring occasionally, while you prep the rest of the ingredients. Wash the herbs and tomato, finely dice them and set them aside. Once the potatoes are fully cooked and crispy add the remaining ingredients and let it cook for another 30 seconds or so. ( I like the herbs to stay fresh)

My cousin, the happy customer