Monthly Archives: November 2014

Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow

This will sure warm you up on a cold snowy day.

Makes 2 servings

2-3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups of milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
15-20 mini marshmallows

1. Heat milk in pot or microwave oven
2. Stir in cocoa powder and sugar
3. Add vanilla extract
4. Add marshmallows on top. Enjoy!


Steamed Egg Custard

I inherited the “cooking gene ” from my mom and of course,  her cooking is better than mine…. Well,  except this one!  She said my egg custard is smoother, thanks mom!

Makes 2-3 servings

2 eggs
1 cup of milk
4 tablespoons of sugar

1. Beat eggs well with fork
2. Warm milk in microwave for about 30-40 seconds
3. Stir and melt sugar in warm milk, cool slightly
4. Mix eggs with sweet milk
5. Strain mixture into bowls, cover tight with aluminum foil
6. Steam for about 12 minutes. Serve warm

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Muffins

My daughter and I worked together to get the taste right, even my son, who normally doesn’t like sweet things finds them yummy !

Makes about 16 muffins

  • 150 g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 2  and 3/4 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda, set aside.
  3. Using an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix
  5. Add half of the flour mixture, then half of the milk and mix.  Then add the other halves and mix all together, scraping down sides of bowl
  6. Stir in chocolate chips
  7. Pour batter in lightly greased muffin paper cups to about three-quarters full
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes
  9. Let cool in muffin trays for about 2 minutes, then transfer to rack and cool completely

Batter is slightly runny and lumpy.  Check if muffins are done by putting a toothpick in the middle, it should come out clean.

Chocolate Brownies

This recipe was taste tested by my son’s friends and it was a thumbs-up !

Makes about 18 squares

  • 100 g unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Line 12 inch x 4 inch loaf pan or pan of your choice with buttered parchment paper
  3. Melt butter, chocolate and cocoa powder in a bowl over a pot of simmering water, let cool for about 5 minutes
  4. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt, set aside
  5. Using an electric mixer, with the whisk attachment, mix together sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until pale at medium speed
  6. Add chocolate mixture, mix until blended
  7. Add flour mixture until well blended, make sure you scrape down sides of mixing bowl
  8. Pour batter in pan, about 1 inch in height and bake for about 35-40 minutes
  9. Let cool in pan for about 10 minutes, then cool completely on rack and cut into squares

Brownies can be stored in airtight container at room temperature for 3 days.  Check if brownies are done by inserting a tooth pick in the middle, it should be slightly sticky but not too wet.

The Special Ingredient

I was looking for some powder food coloring and my friend referred me to a cooking supply warehouse.  Wow ! What an eye-opener ! There were so many different ingredients, cooking tools, kitchen ware, dinnerware.  Lots of cute little gadgets too !   We ended up spending 2 hours in the store, looking at almost every single item, and of course, came out with the powder food coloring plus……well, just a FEW more other purchases.

To make tasty food, we have to find the right ingredients and add the right amount. However, there is one ingredient which you won’t be able to find it in any store. You won’t spoil your dishes by adding too much of it. In fact, the more the better! This special and precious ingredient is LOVE. The love for food, the love for cooking, and most important of all…… the love for families and friends.

It just makes my day when my kids say ” mom, is so yummy !” , “mom, can I have more? ” Those contented little smiles are priceless. Cooking can be a lot of work, but if you are cooking for your loved ones, it becomes happy work and it’s all worth it!

Super Easy Pancakes

Pancakes are very easy to make and homemade ones taste so much better!  My daughter loves to make and eat them.  It’s a good recipe to get the kids involved. Just watch those little hands around hot and sharp objects.

Makes about 12 pancakes

  • 1 and 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  1. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt
  2. Mix together eggs, milk and vegetable oil
  3. Add milk mixture slowly to flour mixture, mix well
  4. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto a lightly oiled non stick pan or griddle over medium heat
  5. Cook about 1-2 minutes until bubbles begin to form on top
  6. Flip pancake over and cook for about 1-2 more minutes or lightly brown
  7. Serve with butter, maple syrup or your favorite jam

S’mores Sandwiches

This is a super easy snack if you are in a hurry

Makes 4 sandwiches

  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1/4 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F, turn to broil setting
  2. Put 4 graham crackers on cook sheet or oven tray
  3. Put marshmallows and chocolate chips on top of crackers
  4. Heat in oven for about 2-3 minutes until marshmallows start to brown
  5. Press with remaining graham crackers on top to make sandwiches
  6. Cool for a few minutes before eating, the fillings can be very hot.

If you only making a small number of sandwiches, you can use the toaster oven. 





Vanilla Frosting

This frosting can be used to decorate cupcakes. Add a few drops of food coloring if desired.

Makes about 2 cups

  • 3/4 unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Using an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter at medium speed until creamy
  2. Add icing sugar in 3-4 portions,  beat well after each addition, continue to cream until light and fluffy
  3. Add vanilla and mix until smooth

Scrape down the sides and bottom of mixing bowl to make sure frosting is well blended. Frosting can be stored in airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.


Vanilla Cupcake

Cupcakes make good treats for birthday parties and the kids just love them !

Makes about 12 regular or 30 mini cupcakes

  • 1 and 1/3 cups self-rising flour, sifted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter,softened
  • 90 mL milk 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF
  2. Using an electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well
  4. Add half of the flour, then half of the milk, mix well, then add the other halves and mix until well blended
  5. Pour batter into slightly greased cupcake paper cups and bake in cupcake or muffin tins for 23-25 minutes for regular, and 13-14 minutes for minis
  6. Decorate with vanilla frosting and colored sprinkles as desired

See recipe for Vanilla Frosting



Cinnamon Apples with Vanilla Ice Cream

Cinnamon apples and vanilla ice cream is a perfect match and it’s a great treat after dinner in the fall

Makes 2 servings

2 apples
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup oat and honey granola
2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

1. Wash, peel, core and cut apples into wedges or chunks as desired
2. Coat apple pieces with brown sugar and cinnamon
3. Melt butter in non stick pan over medium heat
4. Add coated apples
5. Cook for about 6-8 minutes until apples are tender but not too soft
6. Place warm apples on top of granola and serve with vanilla ice cream

Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, MacIntosh or Gala apples would work fine. Granola is available at most grocery stores, or just crush a granola bar of your choice.