Friday, April 23, 2010

Cinnamon Toast

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Recipes do not get any simpler than this! In fact, I think there is no recipe in this post!

If you love cinnamon, you would love this humble toast. I make this for breakfast and even teatime. A chewy, warm toast tastes just like a cinnamon pretzel to me!

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I keep a mixture of cinnamon and sugar in a container, always ready to be sprinkled on my buttered toasts ;) All you need to do is mix some sugar with a dash or two or three of cinnamon powder, depending on how strong you want the flavour to be. You can use this mixture on doughnuts, pancakes, cakes etc.

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Butter, sugar and cinnamon sure make an amazing combination!

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I'm always amazed at how well cinnamon goes in apple recipes and carrot cakes and even chai! Wonder who came up with the idea.  Aside from it's culinary uses, cinnamon has many medicinal properties. My hyperlink is not working right now otherwise I would insert some links on the health benefits of cinnamon. Do google the info, you will be amazed at the medicinal properties and common uses of good old cinnamon!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Potato Wedges

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Glorious comfort food! A round of applause for the bowl full of carbo people!! I have been pretty good and managed to stay away from snacks for the past few months, but the recent rainy weather broke my resolution today! It didn't help that I had too many potatoes on hand, it was the perfect excuse to do something about the potatoes before they grow shoots and turn bad!

The good news is that we had this for an early dinner, technically it means I didn't have a snack after all muahahahhaa....

You don't have to be a genius to fix this quick snack. A creamy, cheese sauce would definitely go nicely with the potato wedges but being the lazy person that I am, I took the shortest cut and laid cheese slices on hot wedges! Now, there's nothing creamy about sticky melted cheese so in comes the mayo to smoothen things out.

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You will need:

2-3 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges. Fry or bake the wedges, according to your preference.

Chilli sauce

Mayonaise

2-3 Cheese slices

While the wedges are still piping hot, transfer into the serving bowl and lay strips of the cheese slices on top. Watch the cheese melt if you wish, drizzle the chilli sauce and mayo. Ready to be gobbled!

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Addiction Warning to potato lovers: This dish may cause serious addictions. Cravings should not be taken lightly. Consult a medical practitioner near you.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Banana Bread

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3 leftover bananas made me bake this! When I chanced upon the recipe at Simplyrecipes.com, I just had to give it a try because it’s so simple to make and the best part is that you don’t even need a mixer! I dropped my mixer some months ago and it’s not working now :P

Taste wise, it tastes richer than a bread but poorer than a cake, if you know what I mean! Good for a teatime snack in our rainy weather. I would say it’s a less oily version of the local deep fried Jemput-jemput! Take my word, skip the oily banana balls, go for this one instead! ;)

I adjusted the recipe according to the ingredients I had on hand.

Ingredients

  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon banana essence
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate rice
Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

With a wooden spoon, mix oil into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and banana essence. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. It may not be the most important ingredient but whatever you do, do not forget the chocolate rice! Mix and pour mixture into a buttered 6x6 inch cake pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

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