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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tasty Homebake Pandesal

Once in a while, I bake Pandesal. My husband calls this bread - hot rolls. In the Philippines, pandesal is mostly eaten for breakfast paired with hotdogs and scrambled or sunny side-up eggs with a hot cup of instant (Nescafe) coffee. I seldom eat breakfast so; I love eating pandesal at merienda time especially on weekends. This is easy to make even though the hardest part for me is kneading but, it's all worth it at the end. For this preparation, I divide 3 equal cuts and save the 2 parts for the next day or two. One part is enough to make us a dozen of hot pandesal. A consumption that can last for two days. Here's the tasty pandesal I made yesterday ... freshly bake from the oven.


bread flour, bread crumbs, sugar, salt, active dry yeast, milk, unsalted butter, and one egg.

1. Yeast Mixture: Add 1 tbsp of active dry yeast to 1 cup warm milk and 1 tbsp of sugar. Stir and let set for 15 minutes. The sugar is important to give the yeast energy to grow.

2. Milk Mixture: In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup milk and half of the unsalted butter and use the microwave to melt the butter about a minute. Stir and make sure the butter is all melted. Add 1/2 milk and one egg to the mixture and beat together.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients : 5 cups of bread flour, 1 1/2 tsp of salt, 1 cup of sugar then, mix together.

4. Add the (1) yeast mixture to the (2) milk mixture and beat together.

5. Add this (4)mixture to the mixing bowl of dry ingedients. Mix it well about 10 minutes or more. It is better to use your hand to mix all the ingredients inside the bowl. Add a cup of flour gradually until the dough clears the side of the bowl. Form a dough ball and it should be wet enough ... not too wet.

6. Once you form a dough ball, continue kneading on the floured clean surface for few minutes until all the ingredients are mix together. Make a dough ball and put it back to the mixing bowl and let it sit for 45 minutes. Cover the bowl with a clean and moist towel.

7. Divide the dough into 3 equal cuts. Roll each dough into a cylindrical shape and slice it to make an individual pieces of pandesal.

8. Roll the sliced dough into the breadcrumbs.

9. Put the pieces (cut side up) into the baking tray and let it sit for 30 minutes to rise.

10. Bake in 350 degrees in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

11. Enjoy!

You can do it even if you are not a baker. Practice makes perfect. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Having Outdoor Fun with Family and Friends

The best part of cooking for the family and friends is serving the food at the gazebo or outdoor patio. Speaking of patio, make sure that you have a patio umbrella so that everyone will be comfortable. If you don't have one, patio umbrellas on amazon are good deals to check out. The sun is brutal here in Florida especially at summer time so; a patio without a shade is not fun at all.

So; where else should you rather be? If you have a pool, bring life to the area as well. When the weather is perfect, my husband and I like to cook on our outdoor grill and dine at the gazebo area. It's rejuvenating to listen the birds chirping, admire the blooms in our garden at the backyard and the best part, having fun with friends and family.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Valentines Day: Strawberry Cake

I am a trying hard baker and this is my first successful strawberry cake sprinkled with ground peanuts made especially for Valentines Day :-) yayyy! I did not make this from scratch though. One of my favorite cake mix is Duncan Hines and since I have one box available, that's what I made this for. I have plenty of strawberries so; I made a puree. I added 1 cup of strawberry puree to the cake mix.
It looks like this before the frosting and this cake smells good and ...  delicious ... says hubby :-)

The frosting is from Duncan Hines, the creamy home-style cream cheese and its so good. I cut the strawberry in 4 slices, used the inner slices to decorate the sides of the cake and the other parts to decorate the top of the cake. Try it!

Bella Deep Fryer

Few weeks ago, I was shopping online for a small stainless steel deep fryer and I found this Bella product. I bought it and tried cooking fries and crunchy fried chicken. I like this product for it features cool-touch handle and it includes a dishwasher-safe chrome-plated basket.

I wanted a small deep fryer and this is just the right size, just 9L oil capacity and very light, a 55 lbs. food capacity. The housing of this product is made of stainless steel and the basket is chrome-plated with folding cool-touch handle. The aluminum oil tank is enamel-coated, temperature gauge is chrome-accented and the magnetic plug is breakaway type. I do recommend this product for quality and the price is just right. Check this product in WalMart, Belk and Kohl's.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Breyers Ice Cream on a Cold Day

Ice cream on a cold day? Not a good idea right? Here I am having 3 scoops of Breyers Blasts Oreo ice cream even if the temperature we have is 39 degrees. I am pretty warm at home so today, I will enjoy my indoor activity, eating. Want some?

My favorite flavor is rocky road but, I tried this oreo flavor and it's not bad at all. Try it! Thanks for checking my blog. See you again next time!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Buffet Village: Great Chinese Buffet in Titusville

You don't need to have a big appetite to get what its worth with your money. For just $7.49 for a lunch buffet and 10.99 - 11.49 for a dinner buffet, you will surely enjoy and have a good time at Buffet Village in Titusville. When I crave for a Filipino food, I would immediately go for Chinese Buffet. This business is newly open last January and it became a hit in the neighborhood in fact, the support is overflowing!

Buffet Village is in a good location and the parking lot is an easy access for Target, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot shoppers. If you want to visit this place, here's the address: 3125 Columbia Blvd; Titusville, Florida. Do you love sushi? You can have variety of delicious sushi right here.

If you are not a Chinese food lover, they got something for you too. They have variety of American Foods such as salads, desserts, pizza, fries and fried chicken. You will never go home with an empty stomach. If you asked about the ambiance well, the place is newly renovated, spacious, new carpet and nice light fixtures. Your dining experience will be awesome and it's clean.

What is your favorite chinese food? Mine is sushi, sushi, and sushi LOL.

If you prefer food that's hot from the grill, you can request and choose your ingredients. They will cook it for you just the way you want it. It is but right to give the cook a good tip for a delicious hot food. Do you like "pansit" with shrimp in it? They can cook it for you in few minutes.

I was in hurry in taking this photo but, I swear (wink) the place looks better than this caption LOL.

Next time, I will show you the whole photo of Buffet Village. I took this picture from where we park our car and was too full to even bother to get out and take a good full size caption of the place.

Hungry? Go fix your meal LOL. Once again, thank you for stopping by and I will see you around for more food delights! Enjoy your day!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

My First Superbowl Cake

Are you ready for the Superbowl XLVII? So, what are you waiting for? Bring on that chicken wings, hotdogs, chips and dip. My husband cooked chicken wings, pork and beans, and New York style potato salad just for the two of us. I decided to make an NFL Superbowl chocolate cake but, I forgot to buy the white frosting. I immediately check out Youtube and I found a butter frosting video. Sweet! Here’s my effort.
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I was just being resourceful and found this oblong shape culinary bakeware which is perfect for baking my football cake. This is my first NFL Superbowl Cake and first time to make my butter frosting too. Did you know that this is my first time to use a decorator's set too? I guess I will be baking more and decorate my cake from now on.
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I took this photo from my blackberry phone. Wanna have a bite?
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I think I will make this a tradition so; see you next year. Thanks for stopping and checking on my blog today. Come by tomorrow okay? Enjoy watching the Superbowl Sunday y’all.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Berries for a Nutritious Breakfast

Do you love fruits? I love fruits and I usually ate them during breakfast. I choose the ones that I can easily eat and doesn't need time to prepare. Here's some berries that I took a picture before I gobble them LOL. Enjoy these berries everyone. Do you like Raspberry? Raspberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, Vitamin B, folic acid, magnesium as well as iron.
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While Blueberries contain anthocyanins, other pigments and various phytochemicals, there is evidence that this fruit improves memory. There is also under preliminary research for their potential role in reducing risks of diseases such as inflammation and cancer. It is one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are essential to optimizing health by helping to combat the free radicals and blueberries provide the greatest nutritional benefits.
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The edible fruit below is blackberry. Blackberries are healthy antioxidants and rich in nutrients. It is known to contain a compound called salicylic acid which has been proven to numb bodily pains and treat unusually high body temperature or fevers. Fiber is important in maintaining a healthy digestive system because it pushes toxins and other excess waste through the intestines and supports healthy and bowel movements. One of the soluble fibres found within blackberries is pectin which helps lower harmful cholesterol levels which lowers ones’ chances of heart disease.
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You can eat them raw or add it in your cereal. Whichever way you feel, fruits are nutritious food to include in your daily diet. Stay healthy everyone and thanks for stopping by.


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