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Cappuccino Cupcakes

I am not a cupcake fan.  Apologies to all cupcake lovers out there but I think that cupcakes are a little bit overrated.  I admit they’re nice to look at and very pretty but I don’t find the taste awesome.  I really like my desserts to be rich and decadent and with cupcakes, I find the frosting too sweet and the cake lacking.  This is why I love muffins, what you see is what you get.  No need for fancy toppings.  Just great dessert.

That said, I do realize that I have to start making cupcakes.  I know if something looks delectable, people are more willing to try it than if it looks plain.  So I have decided to start making cupcakes.  Eventually, I do want to learn frosting and decorating.  I will just ensure that the frosting and the cake would taste great.  Since I don’t have any decorating tools yet, I have decided to browse the internet for cupcake flavors other than vanilla or chocolate.  I came across the Cake Mistress and decided to give her cappuccino cupcake recipe a try.

The cupcake turned out okay (like I said, I’m not a cupcake lover).  It wasn’t too sweet and I actually ate two with my coffee, twice (once in the morning and once in the afternoon).  You don’t feel like you’re indulging too much so it’s easy to overeat.

I made it without the liquor.  Maybe I should try it with liquor next time, maybe that’s the secret ingredient to bring it the next level.  In any case, it’s still a good cupcake.  I’ve enjoyed it with my coffee again this morning and I’m pretty sure I’ll have another couple later this afternoon.  🙂

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Cupcakes

 

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Baked Banana Oatmeal

I’ve never heard of Baked Oatmeal until I stumbled upon Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.  She had a lot of recipes for baked oatmeal and I figured it was worth a try.  As we all know, oatmeal is healthy but somewhat boring so having a new recipe won’t hurt.

We had it for breakfast last Sunday and we could hardly wait for it to be ready as it smelled so good.  I had to adjust the recipe a bit though, since I used a smaller dish.  It was just enough for our family of 4.  It’s a very easy dish that even the kids can mix.

We used rolled oats so it is a bit chewy.  I initially didn’t want to put in chocolate chips but the kids saw what I was doing and they mixed in the chocolates.  We tried it both with and without milk and I preferred having it with milk.  I also think I’d add more milk and eggs next time, for added calcium and protein.

All in all, it was a great recipe and something I’ll definitely do again.  It would be great for breakfast, brunch and snacks.  Would you like to try some?

Baked Banana Oatmeal (adjusted from this recipe)

  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½  cup milk
  • 1  tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½  teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • chocolate chips to sprinkle
  1. Mix all ingredients together and stir well.
  2. Spread in an 8 x 8 pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  4. If you like it a little crunchy on top cook for a few minutes longer.
  5. Serve with milk poured over top.
  6. Enjoy!
 
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Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Oatmeal

 

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Cabbage and Potato Frittata

Following my Potato Frittata success last week, I decided to give it another try this week.

I was thinking of making some cabbage and potato soup but I decided against it and thought about using the cabbage for frittata instead.  This time,  I made 2 frittatas instead of one big frittata since I’m not too keen on the pan flipping thing.  I still didn’t make perfect shapes though as part of the frittata broke when I turned it over and when I transferred to a plate.  It may not look good but it still tasted great.

I used less potatoes this time since I used a whole head of cabbage.  I just cooked the cabbage after the potato cooked and stirred until soft.  I also added some bread crumbs this time but omitted the milk and totally forgot to add the pesto.  My family usually doesn’t eat cabbage so it was a surprise when my daughter tasted some of the cabbage before I mixed it in and actually liked it.  She really liked it that we had dinner really early, before 6 pm and after the plates have been cleared, she asked if she could eat again as she really found it delicious.

I’m happy to add another meatless meal to our repertoire.  I try to have at least one meatless dinner per week but I usually saute some ground pork with the vegetables.  This dish had no meat at all.  My daughter even requested to bring this to school for lunch next week.  In her school, Mondays are fruits and vegetables days so they are encouraged (aka required) to bring fruits and vegetables for snacks and lunch.  I think it’s a good initiative and we should all eat more fruits and vegetables.

On another note, I think I’m addicted to pesto.  I’ve been eating pesto and tomato sandwiches for lunch for 2 days running now.  I also had it for breakfast today and just spread some pesto on toast for my afternoon snack.  I wonder how long before I finish off my stock?

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Potato

 

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