Sunday, November 27, 2016

Riverwalk

Last "Black Friday" instead of doing the usual "the black Friday sale" me and my hubby went to a stroll in a Riverwalk. It was one cold day for me since I'm  used to a tropical weather way back in the Philippines.

 We don't  usually go out that much because my husband work at night but since it's "Thanksgiving" week we got to go out and visit his relatives and of course visit this beautiful place.


 I was kinda excited when he asked me to go out. My heart pound because of happiness realizing I miss the nature and now I have the chance to see some trees, flowers and the chirping of the birds. Such a great way of finding peace and calming the mind from the repeating every day life.


And when I saw the colours of the fall, it makes me fall in love more with nature and also to my husband of course. Autumn is like a dream, the cold breeze, the calm river, the sounds of the leaves falling on the ground and the warmth  embrace of my love. Especially, the picturesque view that you will only see in a painting. From green to yellow to orange and reddish colours - you might think it's unreal but it's  definitely real. Overwhelming yet satisfying moment. We didn't  even leave the place yet but we already talked about of coming back.

Have a great day folks!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Cinnamon Rolls

My first time baking a cinnamon rolls and I've fell in love with it, I love baking so much and trying new ideas makes me feel like amazing. So the next time I'm craving of cinnamon rolls, I'm gonna have this recipe again and I will enjoy it with my family. Please try it and be amaze of what you can do in the kitchen. Have a great day folks and Happy Christmas season to all of you!


Ingredients:

1 Package of Dry Yeast
3/4 cup of Milk
1/4 cup of Sugar
4 tbsp. of Water, should be warm
1 tsp of Vanilla
1 Egg
1 tsp of Salt

1/4cup of Unsalted Butter, melted
3 1/2 cups of All Purpose Flour
1/4 cup of Melted Butter, to brush over the top before baking

For the Filling,

1/3 cup of Unsalted Butter
3/4 cup of Brown Sugar
1/4 cup of White Sugar
3 tbsp. of cinnamon sugar

For the Glaze,

1 Tbsp. of Butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups of Powdered Sugar
1/2 tsp of Vanilla Extract
3 Tbsp. of Warm Milk



The Procedure:      
-In a small bowl, combine the warm water and 1 tsp of the granulated sugar, sprinkle the yeast over the top and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

-In a big bowl , mix the egg, milk, salt, sugar and melted butter. Add 2 cups of the flour and the water, vanilla and yeast mixture, mix until its all incorporated and slowly add about 2 more cups of flour. Use wooden spoon to mix all the ingredients.

-Oil a large bowl with some vegetable oil and set aside. Take the dough out of the bowl and pull it together with your hands to form a ball. Place it in the oiled bowl and oil the top of the dough with a little vegetable oil. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours.

-In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, white sugar and cinnamon sugar for the filling, set aside.

-When doubled in size, punch the dough down and roll it out onto a floured surface into a baking pie pan or you can use a rectangular baking pan- it's up to you . Spread the soft butter over the top and sprinkle evenly over the sugar and cinnamon mixture. Staring from one of the long ends, tightly roll the dough into a jelly roll form. Cut into 8 to 10 slices and place them cut side down in a well buttered baking pan.

-Brush them with some melted butter and bake them for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

-While the cinnamon rolls cool for a few minutes make the glaze. Mix all the ingredients of the glaze in a bowl except for the milk and then lastly add the milk slowly until you get a runny glaze consistency. Then pour the glaze on top of your cinnamon rolls, cut a piece and enjoy!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Crispy Fried Chicken with Potato Wedges

Being so emotional yesterday makes me crave for food. You know what they say is true, when you feel stress and problematic you think of food, you feel like you can eat anything. But this entry is not solely because I was quite stress yesterday but also I want to share something delish and easy to make "Baked Potato Wedges" and "Crispy Fried Chicken".


 First stop -  we have here my favorite "Crispy Fried Chicken", me and my husband loved it. Crispy in the outside but soft and tasty in the inside.

The Ingredients : Chicken breast
                             Bread crumbs (Italian)
                             Italian Herbs - optional if you will use plain bread crumbs
                             Flour
                            2 Eggs
                             Salt and Pepper
                             Vegetable Oil for frying
The Directions: Slice the chicken breast thinly or according to your preferences.
                          Put the flour, bread crumbs and eggs separately in each bowl or plates. Seasoned the sliced chicken with salt and pepper.
                          To prepare the chicken this is how you gonna do; put the chicken in your first  plate of flour, then dump it in your egg wash and lastly to your plate of bread crumbs.
                          Put the oil in the frying pan, wait for few minutes and make sure the oil is ready and hot before you put the coated and breaded chicken. Fry them at least 2 to 3 minutes both sides or until it's golden brown. Enjoy!


(Potato wedges photo before I bake them)
And now the second one - the side dish - "Potato Wedges" this is by the way my first time baking a potato which I really enjoyed. But there are some things that I've learned in baking this potato. First, don't cut it too thinly and second, don't over baked to the point that you burned them. It really taste bad, you don't wanna eat burned food right?

The Ingredients: Potato
                           Vegetable oil or Olive oil
                           Salt and Pepper ( 1 teaspoon )
                           Rosemary ( 1 teaspoon )
                           Paprika ( 1 teaspoon )
                           Garlic Salt (1/2 teaspoon )
                           Italian Herb - optional
The Directions: Slice the potato and put it in a microwave for at least 5 to 6 minutes. If you don't have microwave you can boil them for at least 5 to 8 minutes and then put them in a paper towel to dry.
                         Mix the vegetable oil, salt and pepper, rosemary, paprika, garlic salt and Italian herb in a big bowl or in a sealed plastic bag and then put all the sliced potatoes inside the bag and marinade for 10 minutes. The other option for this if you don't want your spices a little bit burned you can add them after you baked your potatoes for 25 minutes because you need to flip the other side then bake them for 20 to 25 minutes again. Either way, it can always taste good at the end.
                           Bake the potatoes in 425 to 450 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes each sides or until golden brown. Then served with crispy fried chicken, enjoy!

Have a great day folks! #PicturePerfect #HolidaySeason countdown...