Sunday, January 31, 2010

I love muffin Sundays :)

I really really really wanted some banana muffins so I searched for a recipe that was good and I found one that sounded good, and looked good .... and when I made it it was GREAT yum yum yum!

Banana Chocolate chip Muffins :)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt (I used Activia yum!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large, very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a muffin tray with cooking spray or line with muffin tins. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, white sugar and brown sugar until well combined. In another bowl, mix the egg, oil, yogurt, vanilla and mushed bananas until mixed thoroughly. Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients without over mixing. Add the chocolate chips and fold them into the batter. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown and a tester inserted into the muffin comes out clean. Cool on a rack then serve with butter. Enjoy!

This is the cooling rack that Gregory gave me for Christmas, there are 3 in the set and they stack! how fun! :)

These were probably the best banana muffins I have ever made, this recipe is a keeper!

Ohhhhh Cuteness

I have also decided to start taking photos when I am out to supper too. Like a restaurant review of the food. I will never review service here because if you know me at all my track record for good service is not very good .... well Gregory and my track record sucks lol

Here is a dessert I had over christmas when a bunch of friends went out for Louise's Birthday

This was at the Yellowbelly Pub and Eatery. Chocolate cheesecake and this cute little ginger bread men. I fell in love, it was so cute!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Long time, No pictures :(

I have been away from my blog for some time now.. Sorry.
I did make a lot of things this Christmas, and found numerous new recipes that I want to try.

I made :
Gingerbread Men
Sugar Cookies
Melting Moments
4 different kinds of alcoholic truffles
Peppermint bark
Cherry Cake
and Banana Breads for gifts

I have no pictures :( ... I was so busy I didn't even think about taking a picture for my blog until after the fact.

But today I did take pictures :D
Lemon Poppy seed cookies.... you know my love for Lemon Poppy seed anything


For the cookies:
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. poppy seeds
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. lemon zest
1 large egg

For the glaze:
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
1-2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. Set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in the lemon zest and egg until blended. Mix in the dry ingredients on low speed just until incorporated.

Drop balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until cookies are set and just beginning to brown at the edges (do not let the tops brown). Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack set over wax paper to cool a bit before glazing.

To make the glaze, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Add more lemon juice if necessary, just until the glaze has reached a consistency good for drizzling over the cookies. Glaze the cookies and let the glaze set before serving. Store in an airtight container.

I also made Honey Ginger chicken last week.. I didn't save the recipe as it was not very appetizing .... it was kinda too lemony for me ... I need to learn to not add as much lemon juice as anything calls for but I think I can remember the jist of the recipe.

1/2 cup Honey

1/3 cup of something (cant remember)

1/4 cup fish sauce

2 thumb size pieces of Ginger minced (I added some garlic too because I add garlic to everything)

1 cup of water

4 chicken breasts

Cut up the chicken to your desired size, mine was bite sized.

Boil water in a wok.Put chicken and into boiling water and add fish sauce. Leave for 15-20 minutes. then add honey, thing I cant remember and ginger(and garlic) to the wok. Let thicken, stirring frequently so the sugar doesn't burn.