Chocolate Banana & Avocado Bread

Today, I woke up with the determination that I will successfully make one a banana and avocado loaf. I have left over Lindt 90% dark chocolate so I thought, ‘Why not put chocolate in it too’. I had a slight panic when I realized I didn’t have my measuring cups with me until I saw a good ol’ coffee cup. Yes, I used a coffee cup for measurements because I didn’t have measuring cups but please kindly do use measuring cups for accuracy. As I was creating this recipe mentally, I was thinking about the measurements and fitting all my estimations into them. Thank God that it turned out well.

I was also thinking whether kids would like it as I’m a swimming teacher. I’ve been trying my best to gain my appetite back after losing it for these past couple of weeks. So what a better way to treat kids with clean eats by making your own bread and spreading the little joy.  Ladies and gents, I hereby present…

CHOCOLATE BANANA & AVOCADO BREAD RECIPE

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of flour (all purpose or gluten free if you prefer)
  • 3/4 cup of whole wheat flour (If you don’t have this, just use plain flour)
  • 3 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 ripe medium bananas (mashed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large avocado (mashed)
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar (you can use honey or agave nectar ; you can use 8 teaspoons of sugar if you don’t want it to be too sweet)
  • 3 squares of 90% Lindt dark chocolate (roughly chopped)

INSTURCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line your bread pan with parchment paper or grease it with butter.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the avocado and sugar until light and fluffy with a whisk or a fork.
  3. Add in the mashed banana, vanilla extract and eggs and mix it into the creamed avocado.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder, and salt together.
  5. Combine the dry mixture with the avocado mixture until it’s thick.
  6. Add the roughly chopped chocolate into the mixture.
  7. Transfer the mixture into your bread pan.
  8. Bake at 180°C for 35-45 minutes or a toothpick inserted in comes out clean. If the top gets brown faster, cover it with foil until the bread is completely baked.
  9. Cool the loaf completely before enjoying!

 

Tada! All done! I hope you get to try out this recipe and tell me what you think about it. Tip when it comes to cooking/baking, have a little faith in yourself. Trust me, I don’t create recipes because I’m good at it. It takes a lot of failures for me to perfect one recipe or to be confident enough to just wing it in the kitchen. I really hope you enjoy making this as much as I did. The end result was worth it 🙂

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Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies

I spent my Saturday afternoon baking avocado cookies and totally…creating a recipe. It’s ‘Macros March’ for me and I was desperately craving for desserts. The next best thing my mind decides is why not I make a healthier version of cookies so I don’t feel that bad eating too much. I know they don’t really look the best but hey, Mun Choong approved of it so…ladies and gentlemen, here’s my

AVOCADO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of gluten free flour
  • 2 tablespoons of whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 5 tablespoons of coconut sugar (you can substitute it with brown sugar)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups of dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 of avocado (mashed)

INSTURCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C and line your tray with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, cream the avocado and sugar until light and fluffy with a whisk or a fork.
  3. Add in the vanilla extract and egg and mix it into the creamed avocado.
  4. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the avocado mixture.
  5. Combine well until batter is sticky then using a spoon, fold in your chocolate chips.
  6. Using a small spoon, scoop the batter and drop it on the parchment paper on the tray.
  7. Bake 12-15 minutes or until it is lightly browned.
  8. Completely cool off the cookies before serving!

 

Voila! Done. It was easy and so fun to make as well. As you can tell, all my recipes don’t take much time to make so feel free to share your feedback after trying this out so I could improve the recipe. I haven’t tried substituting the sugar with agave nectar or honey yet but if you, dear reader, ever do substitute it, do let me know by leaving me a comment at the bottom of this post. I hope you enjoy making this AND eating the cookies as much as I love doing so.

Tortellini Recipe.

Last week during lunchtime, as I was walking out of the office for lunch, I had the sudden urge of wanting to eat gnocchi and tortellinis from my favorite restaurant. So then, a thought ran through my mind that went “Why don’t I make my own tortellinis so I could put whatever filling I want in them?!” And…I came home with a bag of flour, eggs, mushrooms and I was on an adventure to make my own tortellinis. I searched for recipes about pasta dough and honestly, they really do remind me of ‘Pan Mee’ except for pasta, it has more eggs  than water in the dough. Rolling the dough was a real arm workout but hey, if the Italians can do it, I believe I can do it too!

As you can see in the picture above, my tortellinis were in different sizes because I didn’t know how to properly wrap it. But fret not for it’s been a week and I’ve been better at making pasta now. Practice makes perfect, right? The best part about tortellinis, you can fill in with anything you want. Minced meat, vegetables or cheese and you can serve it with whatever sauce you prefer as well! Yes, it’s that easy. Even I didn’t expect it to be this easy! I’ll write in the recipe for the filling I’ve made which is mushrooms & herbs.

SO HERE’S MY TORTELLINI RECIPE.

INGREDIENTS (Pasta Dough)

  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour (or Tipo OO Flour), plus extra for dusting
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl (or on a clean surface if you prefer), mix the flour and salt.
  2. Add in your eggs and the oil.
  3. So here’s the fun part. You have to rub your palms with oil and start kneading the dough on a flour-dusted surface. Knead the dough until it no longer sticks to your fingers or when it’s smooth and elastic. The dough shouldn’t be too wet or dry so if it’s too dry, tweak it a little by adding water or if it’s too wet, add more flour. Once it’s done, wrap it with cling wrap tightly and leave it in the fridge for 30 minutes or so.
  4. Use a rolling pin (or a noodle machine) and start rolling your dough. If you’re using a noodle machine, divide your dough into tiny balls to be rolled into the machine.
  5. For tortellinis, roll it to about 1mm thick.
  6. Use a round cookie cutter (I used a metal cup for this) and cut the flattened dough into circles.
  7. Place your filling in the center of a dough circle.
  8. Dip the tip of your index finger into water and brush half of the circle dough.
  9. Fold the circle into half (As shown in the pictures above).
  10. Brush one tip of the half circle with water, and fold it in making it look like a little dumpling.

If you’re not going to eat it immediately, put the tortellinis into the freezer and it will last for 1 week! If you’re eating immediately, boil your tortellinis in salted water for about 10 minutes or more (this depends because it doesn’t necessarily means that if the tortellini is floating, it’s cook. So to be safe, just lift one up and try it first to see if the dough is cook). Serve with whatever sauce you prefer. I love mine with mushroom or chicken soup. If you like yours to be in white sauce or tomato sauce, go ahead 🙂

 

PS : This dough recipe is pretty versatile. You can make raviolis, linguine, tagliatelle and lasagne as well! All you just have to do is cut into the desired shapes that you want and you’re good to go. You can even add spinach or other food coloring if you want. You can make colorful pastas too.

 

Mushroom & Herbs Filling

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 clove of garlic (minced or chopped)
  • 200 grams of oyster mushrooms (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 can of button mushrooms (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 carrot (cubed)
  • 2 teaspoons of Rosemary
  • 3 teaspoons of Parsley
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • A pinch of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of light soy sauce (Depending on your taste buds, you can add more if you like)
  • Extra virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a non-stick pan on medium heat, grease it with olive oil and sauté the garlic.
  2. Add in the mushrooms and carrot. Sauté them and add in the rosemary and parsley.
  3. Add the pinch of brown sugar to the mushroom and carrot along with the light soy sauce.
  4. Stir fry until golden brown and serve! 🙂

 

 

 

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Marble Mirror Glaze Recipe

When a friend commented on my Facebook post of this cake asking for the recipe, I didn’t know how to reply because I just trying out something new for a birthday party.  I read this recipe on how to do a marble mirror glaze earlier this month and I thought to myself, “Hey, why don’t I try this…my version?” I drove to a baking ingredient supplier store and picked up the simple ingredients. Honestly, I didn’t want it to be this bright of turquoise but due to excitement, I accidentally poured more food colouring than I thought I would.

SO HERE’S MY MARBLE MIRROR GLAZE RECIPE.

INGREDIENTS

30 grams of unflavoured gelatin
1/2 cup of cold water
2/3 cup of sweetened condensed milk
200 g of melted white chocolate
1 teaspoon of white food colouring (powder or liquid)
3/4 cup of water
300 grams of white granulated sugar
300 grams of glucose syrup (you could use light corn syrup)
Concentrated food colouring (any colour you prefer)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a small heat-proof bowl, mix the unflavoured gelatin with the cold water. Stir until all the gelatin is dissolve. Once dissolve, set aside and allow it to bloom.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, melted white chocolate and the teaspoon of white food colouring and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, add in the 3/4 cup of water, glucose syrup and sugar over medium heat and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to simmer for 3-4 minutes and then, add in the gelatin mixture.
  4. Cook the mixture for another minute or two until the gelatin is completely dissolved in the mixture. Turn off the stove and pour the mixture into the white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk mixture.
  5. Allow the mixture to rest for a few minutes. Then, using a food processor (or a blender/stick blender) blend the mixture until smooth. Cover the mixture with cling wrap that is touching the top of the mixture to  prevent a film from forming.
  6. Place the mixture into fridge and allow it cool to about 23°C. Stir the mixture often to prevent clumps from forming. (If there are clumps, blend it again). Once it is cooled, the mixture will be thick and smooth.
  7. After the mixture has thicken, add your desired food colouring and stir.Swirl the colouring around the white mixture that forms a marble-like design. Pour the mixture on to your prepared cake and allow the glaze to sit until it has firmed up. (I did a double coat for this cheesecake of mine).
  8. Allow the glaze to set by transferring your cake into the fridge. Keep the glazed cake in the fridge until ready to be served.

Tip into making this glaze : If you might want to insert a toothpick into your bottle of food colouring and mix it into the mixture so the colour of the glaze won’t be really dark/bright and the white colouring will appear more.

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15 Minutes Sesame Chicken Lunch Box

I woke up late today hence the whole 15 minutes cooking. Thankfully I had some left over rice from last night so I didn’t have to cook noodles or something for the carbohydrates part of my lunch box. I didn’t spend much time cooking and mum didn’t want me to cook the night before as it’s not as fresh. I generally don’t mind waking up early to prepare my lunches now since I wake up early to go for runs.

SO HERE’S MY 15 MINUTES SESAME CHICKEN RECIPE.

TRICK TO COOKING WHAT YOU SEE IN MY PICTURE IN 15 MINUTES : Use two stoves. One stove to boil your vegetables in salted water while you cook your meat.

INGREDIENTS

200 grams of chicken breast (cut into cubes)
1/2 tablespoon of cayenne powder
4 tablespoons of light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
1 clove of garlic (chopped or minced)
2 table spoons of honey (you could use agave nectar or brown sugar)
1/2 teaspoon of corn starch

Olive oil
Toasted sesame seeds

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a bowl, whisk in the cayenne powder, light soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and corn starch.
  2. To work on the marinade for the chicken, in a non-stick pan on medium heat, cook the garlic in olive oil.
  3. Place your chicken in and cook it for about 5 minutes. (This depends on how thick you’ve cubed your chicken meat).
  4. Pour in your sauce mixture and let the meat simmer in it for another 5 – 7 minutes until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Add your toasted sesame seeds and let the dish sit for about 1 minute.
  6. Turn off heat and serve with whatever vegetables or carbs you desire.

PS : It’s best served with rice in my opinion 😉

All is done! It is that simple! If you were rushing, like me who woke up late, I just cooked this. You could garnish it with chopped spring onions and if you like, you can add in half of a yellow onion too!

 

 

 

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