Friday, August 14, 2015

Stuffed Bell Pepper


My daughter's friend, Ronya from Germany came over to visit us last week and she cooked this delicious and super easy meal.

Ingredients

3 bell peppers
1 lb ground beef
1 onion (cubed)
2 garlic (minced)
1/4 cup feta cheese
1 1/2 cup of cooked rice
Salt 
Pepper
1 egg
Shredded Cheddar cheese

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a pan, add olive oil and saute the onions and garlic. While that is cooking, clean the peppers. Cut the top and clean the insides of  the pepper. 

Once the onion has browned, add the ground meat and cook till its no longer pink. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

Once all cooked, dish it out onto a bowl. Add the rice, egg, feta cheese. Stir to combine.

Scoop the filling into the cavity of the peppers. Press in and top up with shredded cheese.

Place in baking pan and bake for about 25 min till the peppers are slightly browned and cheese has melted.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Philly Cheese Steak




 This is my first time making this for dinner and I must say that my children loved it.  Its so easy and fast to prepare.

Ingredients

1 lb ribeye or sirloin steak
1 medium onion, small diced
8 slices american cheese or provolone cheese
2 large hoagie rolls (the ones I used were about 10" long)
2 TBSP canola or vegetable oil
salt and pepper
garlic powder (optional)

I also added some red and green bell peppers ( cooked them till they are soft)

Instructions


  • If your steak was not already sliced by your butcher, place it in the freezer for about 45 minutes. Remove the steak from the freezer and use a sharp knife to cut the meat as thin as possible, making sure the cut against the grain. Set aside.
  • Cut the rolls down the center and place 4 slices of cheese each in the rolls.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the skillet is hot add the oil to the pan. Add the onions to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Saute for a few minutes until slightly caramelized.
  • Keeping the pan over medium-high heat, add the steak to the pan with the onions and season well with salt and pepper and a bit of garlic powder if desired. Cook just until cooked through, this should only take a couple of minutes. You do not want to over cook the meat. Most often, cheesesteak cooks shred the meat even further while cooking it by breaking it up with your spatula.
  • Immediately divide the meat and onions between the two rolls.


Sailaa 18th Bday





Today is my daughters 18th birthday.  I have been cracking my head on the cake that I was going to make for her.  I know she likes red velvet and cream cheese but since the weather is so hot here, the cream cheese did not hold on to the shape well.  Also I tried to make a shoe box cake but I am not too happy with the outcome.  Overall she liked it and that the most important thing :)

Ingredients


2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)
2 oz. red food coloring
1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions


  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans or three 8-inch round cake pans.
  •  Sift together the cake flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl; set aside.  In a small bowl, mix food coloring and cocoa powder to form a thin paste without lumps; set aside.
  •  In a large bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about three minutes.  Beat in eggs, one at a time, then beat in vanilla and the red cocoa paste, scraping down the bowl with a spatula as you go.  Add one third of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beat well, then beat in half of the buttermilk. Beat in another third of flour mixture, then second half of buttermilk. End with the last third of the flour mixture, beat until well combined, making sure to scrape down the bowl with a spatula.
  •  Make sure you have cake pans buttered, floured, and nearby.  In a small bowl, mix vinegar and baking soda.  Yes, it will fizz!  Add it to the cake batter and stir well to combine.  Working quickly, divide batter evenly between the cake pans and place them in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check early, cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  •  Cool the cakes in their pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. To remove the cakes from the pan, place a wire rack on top of the cake pan and invert, then gently lift the pan.  Allow cakes to cool completely before frosting. Frost with buttercream or cream cheese icing.







Fresh Fruit Chiffon Cake

Made this cake for my dear friend who came to visit me.  It is so hot and humid and I thought what would be the best cake to do....so the chiffon came to my mind.  Topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit..yumm.

I used the basic chiffon recipe and baked in 2 6inch cake pan.  Once baked, immediately turn it onto a wire rack and let cool.  Once cool take it off the cake pan.  Garnish with whip cream and fruits.

I layered this cake with banana on the bottom layer and strawberries on the second layer.

For the whipped cream, I used Dream Whip to stabilize the heavy cream.




Thursday, May 7, 2015

Buttercake ( fluffy )

This time around I used cake flour instead of regular all purpose flour and add 1 tb baking powder.  Also I separated the egg whites and whipped them till stiff peaks form and added to the batter at the end.

The result was a super moist and fluffy buttercake.  Can be stored in refrigerator and microwaved before serving.




Confirmation Cake


Made this cake for my church.  Its a white cake with buttercream frosting.  Flowers are made with gumpaste.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Carrot Cake (48th Birthday)



Carrot cake......its something that I will not get for a birthday cake because of bad experience when my kids bought it for me for my birthday.  This year I thought I would make it for my darling hubby since he loves carrot cake.  Actually this is my second attempt with this cake and I must say that this cake is so moist and soft even after 4 days in the refrigerator.

This is a true recipe.  There are many recipes out there with fruits and nuts added into this cake but a true carrot cake is THIS.....no fruit whatsoever and the only nut are the ones I use to coat the outside and of course no carrot cake will be complete without cream cheese frosting...




Source: Sweetpea's kitchen

Ingredients

2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp ground cardamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups grated carrot
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil or canola oil


Grease two 8 inch pan and line with parchment paper.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients including the spices and using a wire whisk, stir around until all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly.

In a another mixing bowl, add the oil and sugars. Beat for 2 minutes then add the eggs one at a time. Beat thoroughly.  Using a spatula, add the flour mixture and carrot. Mix well.  Pour into the prepared tins and bake for about 40 minutes or when tested with a toothpick, it comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack completely.  Frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting

16 ounce of cream cheese, room temperature
1 stick butter (1/2 cup), room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 cup confectioner sugar
a pinch of salt

* In order to keep the frosting from becoming too runny, do not beat too long.  Just mix until it incorporates throughly.



White Almond Sourcream Wedding Cake with Blueberry Topping




My daughter's friend requested this cake for a get together.  I used the white almond wedding cake recipe for this cake.

I absolutely love this cake.  It's so easy but tastes amazing. I used cream cheese buttercream frosting and filled it with Duncan Hines blueberry pie filling.

Ingredients

2 box white cake mix
2 cup flour
2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tsp salt
8 egg whites
2 2/3 cups water
4 Tbls vegetable oil
2 cup sour cream
2 Tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp almond extract

Mix all the dry ingredients together In a mixing bowl.  Add the wet ingredients and beat well for 2 minutes on low setting.

One recipe makes 

One 14" and one 6" round
One 16" round or one 12" +  one 10" round
One 12 × 18 "sheet cake 
One 12" + 8"+ 6" round

Half recipe makes

Two 8" round or two 6" + 6 cupcakes

13th Birthday Cake (German Chocolate Cake)

I have been wanting to post this since last month but just do not have the time.  It is my son's birthday and he loves German chocolate cake so I thought that will be the best cake to bake for him.  Used my previous recipe for this and again this recipe never let me down.



The cake was moist and fluffy. The frosting  was the show stopper.  Never ever will I use a store bought frosting.  Yes, it takes a little extra time but the good thing is that you can prepare the frosting ahead of time.






Easter Cake (Bunny and Bird)

First time making an Easter cake.....loved it. Used my every favorite chocolate cake recipe....Hershey Chocolate Cake and frosting!



Rabbit cake was yellow cake with chocolate filling and buttercream frosting.  Topped with coconut shreds.