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No-Bake Granola Bars

I transcribe market research audios from home. Today, most of the files were about cereal bars or granola bars. It really made me crave for granola bars while listening to participants describe their experience with the bars.  We had some Quaker Oat Cookies and I ate a pack but it didn’t alleviate the craving.

I finally had to take a break and whip up my own. I found a really simple recipe for Energy Bars online and I immediately made a batch.  I had to make a lot of substitutions, though.  I don’t have any Rice Krispies so I just used oatmeal and we only had rolled oats so that’s what I used.  We also didn’t have raisins but I found some dried mixed fruits (papaya, banana and pineapple) and I used that instead.  I also liked nuts so I mixed in some almonds and walnuts. And finally, we didn’t have maple syrup so I used honey instead.

Just knowing it was in the ref gave me enough energy to continue working.  After a couple of hours, I could finally eat some!


It may not be the same as the store-bought ones but it’s still good.  It’s really great with coffee.  I’m now ready to do more work.  Bring it on!

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Posted by on January 27, 2012 in Oatmeal


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Potato Croquettes

Potato Croquettes are on my list of stuff to make after seeing this picture in Not Quite Nigella’s blog.  It looked very delicious.  Although the post was about making it healthier and using fryers without oil, I made mine by baking it in the oven.

It was okay but kinda fell short of expectations.  I guess that’s my fault for altering the recipe a bit, I had less than the needed potatoes and I used the whole egg (I hate waste and I don’t really want to freeze one egg white).  Also, I think it needed to stay in the oven for an extra 5 to 10 minutes to make it really crisp.

It was a learning experience.  I’ll probably make this again and make sure it looks really crunchy before taking it out of the oven.

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Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Potato


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Pizza Puffs

I have this bad habit of spending hours just looking at food blogs I find through food gawker.  It’s really food porn at it’s best.  It is a good source of recipes though and there are so many I want to try.

So one recipe I found are for pizza puffs.   Everybody loves pizza and if we can have it without waiting, it’s worth a try!  I just used bacon instead of pepperoni and omitted the olives which no one eats it in my family anyway.

You really need to dip it in sauce as it is a bit dry.  We just used regular tomato sauce and you can mix in some Parmesan cheese to make it better.

And there you have it, pizza in a flash 🙂

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Posted by on October 7, 2011 in Pizza


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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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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!

Posted by on August 9, 2011 in Oatmeal


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