Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Some Sweet Potato Waffles

Lately sweet potatoes have been sprouting like crazy in my grandpa's backyard, and my mum has been stocking up on sweet potatoes, so now we have a whole box full of them! Last night I had some unexplained urge to attempt making something sweet out of these sweet sweet spuds.
 You can guess right? I made waffles out of them.

Sweet Potato Waffles
Adapted from tasteofhome.
Makes about 6

1 cup plain flour
1 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 egg
1 milk
1/2 cup cooked sweet potatoes, mashed
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar and spices. 
  2. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, sweet potatoes, oil and vanilla. 
  3. Stir into dry ingredients just until combined.
  4. Bake in a preheated waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. Serve waffles with desired toppings (I used toasted walnuts) and honey or syrup.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Carrot-A Chinese Ginseng?

I'm not sure whether this is true or if it's just some myth, but are carrots really a chinese ginseng? You used to hear people say carrots are good for your eyes, well that was kind of true to some extent. Although a balanced diet is the way to go. So today we made a health-ish carrot cake recipe.
 One helper was grating the carrots while the other was crushing walnuts, and me?...I ran around taking pictures after I sifted the dry ingredients together.
 Mmm...drizzled with honey and oats on top. Next time we shall go less on the oats and a little bit more on the honey.
After the baking session, we also went on a nice long afternoon walk to post something special to someone. Hope they like it!
Here's the recipe-handwritten by my beloved cousin.
 Note: We mixed the dry ingredients together and the wet ingredients together and then incorporated the two mixtures. Instead of baking it in the loaf kind of tin pan for 50 minutes, we used 15 muffin tin molds and baked it for about 25 minutes.

Monday, 15 October 2012

That Leftover Oatmeal

 It used to be a nuisance having leftover oatmeal because my mom loved cooking big batches for the family in the morning. She believes oatmeal is one of the healthiest foods there is, and it does tastes good with bananas, berries, nuts, dried fruits, or even honey. You can eat oatmeal in so many different ways. So what happens to that leftover oatmeal after everyone has taken their share?

Some days she would reheat it and eat it (but honestly I don't think it tastes as nice as when it's freshly cooked in the mornings). Some days it would be thrown away. I tried eating cold oatmeal with assorted toppings but it just doesn't taste that nice. People say it taste good with ice cream or yogurt but I beg to differ. So   I used the leftover oatmeal to make some oatmeal waffle cookies.
The internet is a great place for sharing recipe ideas. Just google whatever item it is you want to use up and it'll come up with thousands of ideas-too many for anyone to sift through. So I picked the first recipe that sounded good.

Enjoy for afternoon tea or save it for the next day, either way it's delicious!

Oatmeal Waffle Cookies
Makes 4-6

1 cup leftover oatmeal
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup of plain flour, sifted (I used one cup to make a thicker batter)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup milk chocolate chips 
2 eggs

  1. Combine butter and brown sugar in a bowl using a whisk.
  2. Whisk in eggs one at a time until the mixture has a nice consistency. Then add vanilla essence and mix.
  3. Add in plain flour and baking soda and stir into the mixture.
  4. Add in chocolate chips and combine into the mixture.
  5. Prepare the waffle mold and pour the batter in (I half-filled it) and bake until desired preference (I prefer mine crispier so I cooked it for about two minutes). Serve immediately with ice cream or store it in an air tight container. 
Note: You could substitute the 1 cup leftover oatmeal with 1 1/2 of rolled oats. You can also substitute the chocolate chips with dried fruits.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

A Walk in the Beautiful Garden

You ever have that feeling of wanting get far away-away from the troubles, away from all the worries, away from all the sorrows, away from all that is weighing you down. Today was one of those days.
 It was wonderful day. Sunny. Warm. Beautiful.
 Even the blue sky came out to greet us.
 The sun kissed our cheeks and our foreheads.
 The flowers waved to us as we walked pass.
 The time went by at a nice pace.
 More flowers greeted us.
It was a refreshing day away from the city. A walk in the beautiful garden.
 A berry ricotta crumble complemented by a berry red flower.
A nice lemon tang tart to end the trip.
Rose Heritage, a beautiful garden to visit.

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