Saturday, May 26, 2012

LAX here I come!

I’ve been thinking of having time off and finally decided that I really need to go. So today I booked and bought my ticket to spend my summer in US. I am looking forward to it, so now I'm starting to do my shopping list. (OMG shopping!!!) Ofcourse number 1 in my list makeups and beauty products!!!

Friday, May 25, 2012

Everythingtastiful recipe for this week- molten lava cake


One day my hubby challenge me to do the molten lava cake and he even said that he doubt that I’ll be able to make it since it’s difficult. Oh how I love being challenge specially with cooking/baking, so I’ve decided to make molten cake and surprise him. as they say- "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach..."

(I have updated this post since my family requested for this cake so pictures has been updated).

Ingredients:

4 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, plus more for ramekins
1/3 cup(s) confectioners' sugar
8 ounce(s)-220gms semisweet chocolate or bittersweet chocolate, broken into pieces (I prefer Lindt 75%cocoa)
3 large eggs
1/3 cup tablespoon(s) all-purpose flour (sifted)
pinch of salt
cocoa butter for ramekins

Garnish: Powder sugar, slice of strawberry, a small scoop of ice cream of your choice, mint leaves

1.Preheat oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).
2.Butter the ramekins, then dust with cocoa powder. Set aside.
3.In a double boiler, on low heat, melt the butter and chocolate. Stirring occasionally.
4.Once the chocolate and butter are all melted, turn off the heat and set aside.
5.In a small bowl, whisk together egg, sugar and salt. Gradually add chocolate mixture; whisk to combine.
6.Add flour, and whisk just until combined (do not overmix). Pour batter into prepared ramekins. Fill them about 1/2 to 2/3 way.
7.Place the ramekins onto a baking sheet.
8.Bake for exactly 11 minutes. (until a toothpick inserted 1/2 inch from edge of ramekins comes out clean, and a toothpick inserted in center comes out wet,(do not overbake)).
9.Cool for about 5-10 minutes on a wire rack. Run a knife around inside of ramekins to loosen. Invert cakes onto serving plates. Dust with powder sugar; with a slice of strawberry, a small scoop of ice cream of your choice, mint leaves. Serve immediately.
10.Bon app├ętit!

And the outcome, (drumroll), a nice perfect molten lava cake! My hubby was so surprise! Verdict A++


Update: July 2012: This time I've done it for my family during my recent visit to them.
May 2012: This was done my original post when I surprise my hubby

Friday, May 18, 2012

Everythingtastiful recipe of this week: Tabbouleh

Since because of my health issues this past few months (well I need to look for an excuse), but seriously this caused me to gained weight! So I’ve decided to try Dukan diet, my online analysis says that I need to undergo 4 days of Attack Phase (AP) and 55 days Cruise Phase (CP). During the 3 days of AP, I've lost 3 pounds, which I'm guessing I've only lost my water weight.

Then I reach to the point that I don’t feel it’s a healthy diet since I'm depriving myself to eat fruits (which I LOVE). And also reach I reach to the point where I don’t want to see any chicken or any food. There’s a weird taste in my mouth, unexplainable, like iron taste (weird). So in my 4th day I decided to eat fruits and vegetable this is the only food that I can tolerate. So this past few days I'm just eating lentil salad from Starbucks. I somehow continue my diet since I’m seeing some result, basically I am not eating carbo and cutting down my sugar intake. And ofcourse, exercising!!

In lieu with my dieting, I've decided to make my first tabbuoleh (very healthy) all time favorite salad in Middle East country. It’s a bit challenging for me since my hubby is a Middle Eastern guy, so he does know the real, authentic taste, so lets see what will be his verdict.

Ingredients:
2 tablespoon bulgur wheat
3 spring onion
1 medium size cucumber
juice of lemon (3 lemon)
1/4 cup olive oil (or add more)
4 tomatoes, fine chopped
2 bunch of parsley
2 tablespoon of mint
salt and pepper to taste


1.Clean well the parsley, mint, tomatoes, and spring onion, set aside.
2.In a separate bowl, place the bulgur wheat and put a hot water just enough to cover the wheat. Set aside.
 3.Cut the cucumber into small pieces. Finely chop the tomatoes and spring onion, set aside. Squeeze the lemon in a small bowl, set aside.


4.In a food processor, put the parsley and mint, until finely chopped.
5.In a separate mixing bowl, place the chopped parsley and mint.
6.Mix other ingredients.
7.Put the olive oil and lemon. And salt and pepper to taste.
8.Remove the water from the bulgur wheat and combine it with the salad mixture.
9.Arrange it by putting some lettuce leaf. Serve.
And (drum roll please) my hubby's verdict.... A-, not bad for a first timer! :-)


Friday, May 11, 2012

Makemeup

I’m in process of replacing and buying new makeup, so I made a thorough research and I found this so amazing blog/vblog. I can attest that she is really a bonafied makeup guru. Her name is Emily (www.beautybroadcast.net). But apparently most of the items that she’s recommending is not available in my country… So I'm just listing it down and waiting for my next US trip to do my biggest make-up haul ever!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Everythingtastiful recipe of this week: Ensaladang Manga (Green Mango Salad)

My friend invited me for a lunch at her house but ofcourse I need to share something. Since I know that she's cooking some grill stuff, I’ve decided to make Ensaladang Manga, which can be perfectly associated with grilled foods. Lucky I found green mango in supermarket which is very rare! (oh I just I miss my home country, we have the best mango!!). As expected, our lunch turned out to be "everythingtastiful"!.


Ingredients:
1 green mangoes
1 medium tomatoes
1 medium red or white onion
1 tbsp (shrimp paste) of your choice

1.Peel and chop mangoes into small cubes and place into salad platter.
2.Chop tomatoes into small cubes as well and mix with mangoes.
3.Cut red onion into two and discard half. If using white onions, use both halves.
4.Cut onions into thin slices and put on top of mango-tomato mixture.
5.Top with shrimp paste. (you can find shrimp paste in local asian store)



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