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Chocolate Pancakes

Yesterday, being a lazy Saturday morning, I made some pancakes for breakfast. The kids were asking for whipped cream and chocolate syrup to go with it and we said that we only do that with chocolate pancakes. So, this morning, the kids asked for chocolate pancakes. We’ve always bought a mix for chocolate pancakes but since we haven’t done that in a while, I decided to look for a recipe online and mix a batch from scratch.

Thanks to the Internet, I found this recipe that doesn’t call for buttermilk. I just tweaked it a bit by adding 3 teaspoons of baking powder which made the pancakes fluffy. I also skipped the chocolate chips and the powdered sugar.


I made the pancakes and Jon made the chocolate syrup.  The cream, unfortunately, didn’t want to get whipped so it’s just cream.

Get a pancake.

Put a dollop of cream, as much or as little as you like.

Then drizzle with chocolate syrup.

It was great! Better than the box mix we used before. It would be even better with sausages or bacon on the side, which unfortunately we didn’t have at that time.  Dig in!


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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Pancakes


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Peach Scones

I’ve never tasted scones so I don’t really know what they are.  I’ve been curious about them since watching the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten make them in her show.  I thought they were like cookies but I didn’t really know what to expect.

I wanted to try making some scones and since we had a can of peaches sitting around, I decided to make some peach scones.

I certainly didn’t expect the dough to be so wet.  I guess I should have since there’s cream mixed in it.  So instead of shaping it on a flat surface then cutting out the shapes, I just scooped it out using our biggest ice cream scoop.  My kids helped in brushing the tops with cream and sprinkling the sugar on top.  I just used regular sugar instead of cinnamon sugar since my kids are not big fans of cinnamon.

I didn’t really know what to expect but it came out softer than I thought.  And I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that it wasn’t too sweet since the recipe only called for 4 tablespoons of sugar.  My kids ate one each but they didn’t really like it so much.  I think I shouldn’t have added the almond extract as the smell was quite strong and a bit of a turn-off for the kids.

I was thinking it would be like cookies but it’s more like bread.  Jon decided to spread some butter on it and that made it better.  I guess it would go well with butter and jam.  It was okay but I probably won’t be making this again soon (since I had to eat most of it!).  At least I got to cross one item of my list!  Yey!

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Bread


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Mini Frittatas

I haven’t baked any goodies in about three weeks now.  We ran out of supplies, like flour and sugar and haven’t had the opportunity to buy some.  If we aren’t busy, it’s raining.  I miss baking and using my oven.

So, when my daughter requested to have potato frittata this week, I decided to use the oven for it.  I’ve seen some blogs making frittatas using muffin tins and I decided to give it a try.

Just like the last time, I cooked the potatoes and cabbage first before assembling the frittata.  Just brush the sides of the pan with oil, put in the vegetables at the bottom, add some cheese, then top with the scrambled eggs.  I mixed in some cream with the eggs this time to make it more creamy then I topped it off with parmesan cheese.  Just bake for about 15 – 20 in a 180-degree Celsius oven.  Let’s eat!

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Posted by on September 14, 2011 in Potato


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Mini Pancake Rolls

I’m always on the look-out for ways to make weekend breakfasts better.  There’s no rush to go anywhere and we could all enjoy our food but at the same time, no one wants to go to a lot of trouble cooking something first thing in the morning.  So when I saw these Mini Pancake Cinnamon Rolls, I knew I had to give it a try.

Pancakes are one of our breakfast staples anyway and it just takes a few extra steps to turn it into something extra special.  Besides, I had 2 pairs of little hands helping out in rolling the pancakes.

I had to change the drizzle recipe though.  Aside from the fact that we didn’t have cream cheese or sour cream, my family also didn’t feel like having it cinnamon flavored (which is so weird since we all love cinnamon rolls).  Anyway, I browsed the web to look for recipes and I found Paula Deen’s glaze simple enough but I couldn’t believe that I have to use 2 cups of powdered sugar.  So I kinda tweaked it a bit and I just melted about 2 T of butter, added about 3 T of milk and whisked in 1 cup of powdered sugar until smooth and at a consistency I liked.

After all the pancakes have been rolled, time to drizzle…

Jon and Yumi also sprinkled theirs with Milo

Give it a try this weekend!  Let’s eat!

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Pancakes



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!

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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Grilled cheese with tomatoes and basil

Looks like I’m on a healthy track this week.  Yesterday, I wrote about oatmeal pancakes.  Today, I’m having a pretty healthy lunch.

It started with a suggestion from friends that I add cheese to my tomato toast which I had for lunch last week.  I decided to try that today.

Unfortunately, we ran out of bread since we finished it off for breakfast last Saturday and I haven’t had a chance to make another loaf.  So I had to bake some bread before I could make my sandwich.

I decided to try something new.  I made some kind of milk bread.  It’s pretty easy, instead of water, I used milk.  It’s a great way to finish off the milk in the ref.

The dough was very smooth and soft and I think this is a good sign that the bread would be soft, too.  I got a bit concerned though when I saw some yeast dotting the surface of the bread as I was shaping it into a loaf after the first rising.  Did I underknead it?  Should I have dissolved the yeast?  Should I have heated the milk?  I use instant yeast and I read that it can be mixed with the flour and that it’s not necessary to proof it.  I guess I just have to wait and see what happens.

It turned out looking pretty decent.  I could see some white specks which was probably the yeast that I noticed prior to baking.  I couldn’t wait for the bread to cool completely before slicing it.

Time to assemble my sandwich.  On one slice, I put some mayonnaise and sliced tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper.  On the other slice, I placed the cheese and basil leaves.  I only had some quickmelt but I wanted to try this sandwich already without waiting for the chance to buy some mozarella.

After toasting, heaven.

I think I’ve found my new go-to sandwich.  You should try it!

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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Sandwiches


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