Banana Chocolate Cinnamon Snack Cake

Banana Chocolate Cinnamon Snack Cake

I came across Laurie’s recipe for a Banana Snack Cake over at A Taste of Morning.  I knew I wanted to make this cake the second I had overly brown bananas.  I’m always looking for new ways to bake with bananas and I have to say, I think this maybe a new favorite!

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Blueberry Chocolate Streusel Bread

Blueberry Chocolate Streusel Bread

I hope everyone is having a lovely long weekend! We spent it barbecuing with family, some cooking/baking and fighting off the ants and spiders! Ugh… one of the things I hate about home ownership is battling pests! Flies, spiders, ants, racoons, skunks —you name it! I’m relieved that I’m having my home fumigated on Tuesday.  Hopefully most of them will be gone by then.  Chris and I used to live in a condo so we didn’t encounter pest problems but we did have some noisy neighbors.  Either way, they’re both pests.  At least with these pest, they’re not loud and obnoxious, just creepy.

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Oreo and Biscoff Muffins

Oreo and Biscoff Muffins

I made this over the weekend.  I was so excited to cut into it for breakfast the next morning too.  When I took a bite out of it the next day, it was mush.  Funny how it looked fabulous when it came out of the oven.  What happened here?! Cakes aren’t supposed to have a soggy and wet texture! I was sooooo disappointed I was going to chuck it in the trash.  There goes a wasted day.  Chris, however, liked it.  He said it tasted like a bread pudding.  I rolled my eyes.  He ended up taking it with him to work to share.  I was somewhat embarrassed but whatever!

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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Oh wow, is it Wednesday already?! My blog has been seriously neglected.  E and M just left.  And I’m pooped! It has been quite an exhausting weekend.  We were out all day Sunday and Monday.  Mostly outdoor stuff —poolside barbecue and picnic barbecue.  And I’m not into any of those things.  There’s one thing you need to know about me.  I don’t like getting dirty and I don’t like outdoorsy activities.  OK, that’s two things.  Why? It’s mainly because of the insects.  I attract them.  They love to eat me alive.  Plus, I do not like dining with any bugs around.  Who does? Aside from that, it was great seeing my nieces, E and M!

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Chocolate Raspberry Mini Muffins

Chocolate Raspberry Mini Muffins

I brought home a box of raspberries from the store the other day.  They were the prettiest out of the bunch.  Big, plump and organic.  I washed them when I got home and when I fed it to Chris, he said… “it’s kind of sour” then he made a face.  More of a reason why we don’t eat fruit around here.  Sigh… I hate it when that happens.  How the heck do you pick out a good box of raspberries? So when that happens, I usually bake with them.  It’s the only way I know to salvage them without throwing it out, or make a liqueur out of them.

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Ground Pork and Preserved Egg Congee (Porridge)

Ground Pork and Preserved Egg Congee (Porridge)

I love dim sum.  My friend Lisa and I meet up once a week or once every other week for lunch at our favorite dim sum spot.  There’s something about dumplings I find very comforting.  Pork and Preserved Egg Congee, also known as Jook or Porridge is a common item you’ll find at a lot of dim sum restaurants.  I used to love ordering this dish but by the time when I’m done eating, I’m already halfway full which doesn’t leave me a lot of room for other dishes.  I now make them at home whenever I have a craving.  It’s usually when I’m under the weather or when the weather is gloomy.  Neither was the case today, I just felt like having something soothing.

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Baked Eggs Picadillo Style

Baked Eggs Picadillo Style

I hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th! Over the holiday weekend, I made breakfast for us.  Our normal weekend breakfast usually consists of scrambled eggs, hash browns and Vermont maple sausages.  I know, we’re boring! Well, boring no more.

Today’s recipe is inspired from a meal I had a couple of months ago at a pub that Chris and I had brunch at.  They had an item called Lamb Ragu with Poached Eggs, which I ordered and it tasted delicious.  So I decided to use that idea to make it at home.  I took my Beef Empanadas with Olives and Raisins filling and added tomato sauce to it.  It was scrumptious! So if you’re trying to cure the breakfast blues, give this dish a try.  Have a great weekend!

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Lemon Basil Cake

Lemon Basil Cake

Good morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend.  The weather outside was beautiful! Unfortunately, I couldn’t say the same about the inside of my house.  It was like an oven! Hot, hot and very hot.

Regardless of the temperature, I was still in a baking mood.  I generally prefer baking from scratch but there are those days when you just don’t want to be bothered with a ton of measuring.  Think about all those dishes and clean-ups!

I took a box of vanilla cake mix (you know it’s a good one when you can see all the specks of vanilla beans in the cake) and added basil and lemon zest so it wouldn’t be so boring.  Served this with some homemade vanilla cinnamon whipped cream, some raspberries and blueberries —it was delicious! I know it may sound strange adding basil but it really worked in this recipe.  Now aren’t you intrigued to give this one a try? Go for it! You won’t regret it.

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Blueberry Ricotta Yogurt Bread

Blueberry Ricotta Yogurt Bread

Doesn’t the title of this post sound a bit strange? Ricotta and yogurt?! Well, I was going through the fridge and had stuff I needed to use up before they go bad.  I had about a half cup of ricotta left but it wasn’t enough for a bread batter so I added yogurt, which also needed to be used up.  Surprisingly, the bread turned out super moist and delicious.  Who knew? Happy hump day!

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Grapefruit Ricotta Crumb Cake

Grapefruit Ricotta Crumb Cake

We’re not huge grapefruit eaters.  Heck, in this household, we’re not huge fruit eaters.  I am, sorta, but Chris isn’t.  So whenever I get fruits from Kimi or Nelson, I tried to eat them, but grapefruit is just not on the list of the fruits I eat.  However, I’ll eat fruit in a cake form if there’s crumb toppings involved.  Wouldn’t anyone? 😀 I really love the flavors in this crumb cake.  Grapefruit and ricotta, it’s just so yummy that you can’t pass this up.  Now march your hineys into the kitchen and bake this.  You’ll be glad you did.

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