Category: Pastry

Super-Simple Macaron Recipe


Dreaming of delicious raspberry macarons? If you can never order enough to keep your family satisfied, here’s a quick and easy recipe for creating some of your own at home!

You will need:

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1/2 cup raspberry jam
3 large egg whites
3 teaspoons water
2 or 3 drops of food coloring (optional)

Directions:

1: Start by whipping the sugar, flour and a single egg white in a large mixing bowl. The blend will be thick and mostly dehydrated. That’s expected.

2: On the stove, heat your water and another dash of sugar until the mixture comes to a boil. You want it very, very hot, enough that the sugar crystals melt into a kind of syrup, but be careful not to let it evaporate away.

3: In another bowl, whisk the two remaining egg whites until they’re soft and fluffy. Add your heated syrup mix and continue to stir. Toss in the food coloring when the mixture is smooth.

4: Mix everything together, the dry and the liquid, and form “sandwiches” out of the resulting mold. For example, one macaron will require two mounds, a top and a bottom.

5: Place your mounds on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 400°F for at least five minutes. Depending on the power of your machine and the size of the mounds, it may take up to 10 minutes. You want them to become glossy and firm.

6: Remove the mounds from the oven and let them cool.

7: Spread raspberry jam across half of the mounds. Put the rest on top to complete the “sandwich.”

8: Serve and enjoy!

Simple Cooking Food & Pumpkin Bread


Pumpkin is abundant during the fall season. It is an easy to grow fruit vegetable. Pumpkin fruit is one of the widely grown vegetables that is incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Do not throw away the seeds after cleaning the insides of the pumpkin that you carve for jack-o-lantern. The Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. I never tried cooking pumpkin but I like squash which is also belong in the same vine crops family called Cucurbitaceae or cucurbits. Pumpkins are winter squash. Zucchini are summer squash. There are a lot of recipes that you can find online on how to make the pumpkin into delicious dish or dessert. Follow this link http://wikitalks.com/2013/01/how-to-cook-roast-pork-with-pumpkin/ to learn on how to Cook Roast Pork With Pumpkin. Pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie are just some of the common and easy to make pastry. I did not bake this pumpkin bread with cheese cream (photo below). I bought it last year during the fall fair and festival here in our neighborhood.

Cheese cream pumpkin bread

What vegetables do you like to eat? Green leafy and yellow vegetables are good source of vitamins however, despite of the nutrients and good distinct taste not all people like to eat them. I have two kids and a husband who is very picky when it comes to veggies. I can’t make them eat vegetables. My husband just prefer broccoli while my kids eat peas and carrots sometimes.
Mung bean, spinach, squash, okra and pork with coconut milk

I make this dish not for them but for myself. This is one of the many Filipino cuisine that is easy to make and very ordinary. I only cook mung bean when I am craving for pinoy food. Mung beans are traditionally used in East Asian and Indian cuisines. They are a healthy and inexpensive addition to any diet. I added some spices and vegetables in it such as spinach, squash, okra, and onions. All you have to do is add the mung bean in a boiling water and boil it until it is tender. In a sauce pan sauteed the spices like garlic and onions. Add the meat (pork or chicken) and then the vegetables. Then, put the coconut milk, bring to boil and lastly, put the spinach. Very simple isn’t it?

Food Trip Friday | Sweets Stuff


Peach Shape Cookie

When my sister and her husband visited here in Pittsburgh last month, they also attended a wedding. Her husband collected all the different kind of cookies serve at the reception and brought it home to us the next day. All these sweets stuff looks tempting and even if you’re on diet, you would never refused to try this out.
Mixed Cookies and pastries at the Wedding Reception