My Cooking Adventures
10th November 2017

family, food, homelife, life, thoughts | 0 comments

Something about fall weather makes me want to be in my kitchen and cook.  I don’t know what it is.  I mostly associate fall with baking.  I always start baking my banana bread or my muffin top chocolate chip cookies and try other baking adventures.  Last year I learned how to make sugar cookies and shortbread cookies.

This time around, it’s not just baking.  I just want to spend time in my kitchen and try up different recipes and how I do.  There has been an inspiration to also cook healthier as  my husband requested I start cooking low-fat recipes because he’s focusing on being more health conscious.  Naturally, I obliged.  I’ve already tried a couple of new things for him and they were quite successful.

This led now to a small obsession, researching more and more recipes that I could potentially try in my kitchen and even thinking of new recipes that I could create myself.  I am also looking on how to get my son to eat healthier because he sadly inherited my aversion to vegetables.   Now because of this new found inspiration, I have started a new blog on wordpress rightfully called Shar’s Food Adventures.  This will be my place to put up recipes of my own, share recipes I’ve come across and just share whatever other foods I have tried elsewhere.

Being a wife and a working mom, I’ve always wanted to share my recipes for other moms out there who love cooking as much as I do.  I always try to find quick and easy recipes for convenience and now even more so, not lacking in healthy aspect of it.  So I’m quite excited to start this new blog and I hope for those of you who visit can find it useful and resourceful, if not, just entertaining and a good read.

 




Baking Adventure: Whoopie Pies
8th May 2017

Baking, food, homelife, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Since my current passion is baking, I have decided to start a recurring segment called “Baking Adventures”. I am by all means only an amateur baker still learning how to bake goodies and treats that’s why I’m calling it “adventures”.  I’m hoping to grow as a baker and be able to create tasty treats for my family and who knows, maybe in the future for other people who’s willing to eat them!

For my first “adventure”, I have tried Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies! As much as I wanted to make actual whoopie pies from scratch, I was a little press for time and ingredients. First of all, it’s hard to really get all the time I want with a 9-month old around. Second, it was a pretty hardcore snow day so we were pretty snowed in to go out and buy ingredients. So… I used a chocolate cake mix that I had in the pantry.

I did buy an actual whoopie pie pan though beforehand from Michael’s. Not the cheapest thing but I was still super excited nonetheless since it’s not an item I could find in regular stores like Walmart.

I actually made a mistake too when baking the pies. I accidentally added an extra half cup of butter that’s why they are a bit dense with the wrinkles all over but it’s okay. They were still delicious!! I also normally am NOT a peanut butter fan. I’ll eat it once in a while but not my preferred type of dessert. My husband,  however, will die for peanut butter. He LOVES it. So he was pretty happy that I was giving a peanut butter filling a go. You know what  though? This peanut butter buttercream was actually pretty delicious! It wasn’t an overwhelming taste of peanut butter (which is probably why I liked it) and it wasn’t too sweet either. It was a nice ratio of the two. Since the cakes itself wasn’t too sweet as well, the total sweetness of the whole sandwich put together was just enough.

So I considered this a success.  A success for me is when my husband is happy and that I actually like it (especially in this case since I’m not a peanut butter fan).  I can’t wait to try these again with different fillings!

 




COOKING MAMA
2nd December 2015

family, food, homelife, life, preggers, SO, thoughts, Uncategorized, weight | 1 comment

Chubby Peggy Me

There I am! As of current … I have definitely gained some weight (boo). My nose has gotten bigger. I was assured that this “big nose syndrome” (AS I WOULD LIKE TO CALL IT), is a normal thing and will return back to normal once I give birth (IT BETTER *shakes fist*). I feel like a whale but I make do with what I have LOL. I have actually been putting makeup on again to feel slightly decent HAHAHA. Just figured I’d put this up here as a little thing for me to look back on in the future. Or if/when I decide to have another child, I can look at this picture and prepare myself mentally that I would look like this again. LMAO.

So I have been trying to keep myself busy to stray away from being super lazy. Let’s face it, once I get lazy and set my ass on the couch, that’s it. I’m done. I ain’t doing shit all. It’s not a good thing since I already am having bad tailbone pain from the pressure of the growing baby and the weight gain. Plus, any type of moving around is a form of exercise for me which I really need. Since it’s winter, it’s hard to go out for a nice walk around the park and get my 30 minute exercise with all the icy pavements. Don’t want to have a spill now do we? Especially being almost 7 months pregnant. I’m already clumsy enough as it is.

So what have I been doing? Been doing a lot of cooking and preparing. I’m trying to make some easy meals here and there so that I don’t overwork myself and also at the same time preparing meals that can be frozen so that I’m prepared for when the baby comes. I’m sure in the first couple or so months, I’m not going to have much time OR energy to cook elaborate meals for my husband and I. Nor do I want to spend so much money on take-out food so I prepared freezable meals! So far I’ve made shepherd’s pie, pancake stacks, pancake muffins, baked macaroni, tuna casserole, chicken pot pie muffins and breakfast burritos! Of course, my husband still likes to eat everything so I have to make more LOL.

Sweet Chili Spinach Chicken QuesadillaChicken Pot Pie Muffins

My favourite quick meal is the Sweet Chili Spinach Chicken Quesadilla. I just premake everything, keep it in a Tupperware and bake it anytime I want in a tortilla!! I have this obsession with chicken and cheese right now so it’s a good combo for me. Plus, I’m really really trying hard to eat veggies to keep baby boy healthy, so I add the spinach in there and I actually like it!

One of my husband’s favourite is the Chicken Pot Pie Muffins! It’s exactly like how it’s called (you can see from the pics). He loves them because I made about 24 of them so far and it’s frozen in the freezer but everytime he wants one, he just pops it in the microwave and … VOILA! Nice and soft and moist.

My favourite frozen snack is the Pancake Muffins (with chocolate chips!). These go really really fast. I have to make more actually. I make them in different sizes too. The mini muffins and regular sized muffins. I freeze these as well and just pop them in the microwave everytime I want to eat one. They pretty much taste like pancakes but in muffin form! So it’s actually kinda nice when you dip them in syrup!

So I’m always willing to try more recipes. All trial and error really but my husband is absolutely LOVING it. He says I’ll be the best mom ever or our kid will get really fat because of all the good food. I’m glad he loves my cooking. Makes me feel special because I’ve always been fond of cooking and I love the idea of being able to feed my family good tasting food just like my mom did with us. I still miss my mom’s cooking from time to time. I might have to do a couple of requests soon just so I can feel the love again LOL.

I miss my mom.

 




« Older Entries