Today’s yummy breakfast

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I’ve been thinking about eating pancakes for a couple of weeks now. I was wishing to make some carrot-cake pancakes, but I thought it would be a lot of work. So instead I went forward with a recipe of a cook who I think never goes wrong: Nigella Lawson. I announced my idea to Hubby on Friday night as we were going out for dinner. He looked really excited about it. In fact, yesterday it was all he could think of. He even said a bunch of times… oh we are having pancakes for breakfast tomorrow!!

Today I woke kind of late. I got up and went to the TV room in the hopes my husband would be up soon as well. I watched a few shows before he came walking in with what I like to call a crazy hairdo. I immediately ran to the kitchen and got the ingredients ready… flower, baking soda, sugar, salt, eggs, milk and butter. After whisking everything carefully following Nigella’s instructions, I placed two pans on the stove and waited for them to get to the right temperature.

It didn’t take long before I was cooking the pancakes. Unfortunately, the heat was to high so the butter I was using to fry the cakes started burning and producing a heavy smoke. Hubby arrived worried… are you burning the kitchen he asked? We laughed together at the sight of the smoke, and then finished the cakes together. When we were done cooking, I made a strawberry-banana milkshake and Hubby fried some sausage and ham.

We finally sat and ate our super delicious breakfast! The pancakes were really delicious, fluffy and tasty. We added honey and maple syrup for a better taste.  My sausage was not to fried, but it’s flavor was enhanced by the heating. Tasting the sausage at the same time as the pancakes gave it an extra super special flavor.  All in all, this pancakes are really tasty, plus they are really easy to make.  Of course, if you are the lazy kind and prefer to get a box, this would be too much work, but I’m telling you it’s totally worth it! For the recipe go to Nigella’s.

The milkshake was really good too! I loved the taste and the sweetness was just on the right level… if you want to prepare one here is what I used…

Strawberry-banana Milkshake

What you’ll need,

12 large strawberries cleaned

1 large ripe banana

400 mL (13.5 oz.)of 2% milk

How to do it,

After removing the stems from the strawberries, toss them inside the blender with the ripe banana, add the milk, and blend. If too thick add a bit more milk.  For an extra delicious taste add two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa.

Give all this a try and enjoy!!

© mylunchanddinner 2012

Red Valentine’s cupcakes for any time!

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Last month I was thinking, what to make as a gift for Valentine’s Day for my husband?  I figured I needed to bake something red.  I started looking all around the internet and found multiple recipes: red velvet cupcake, red velvet multilayer cake, red velvet cookies, red whoopie pies, strawberry stuff, and a big list of etc! I read and read, until finally I got to a recipe that caught my attention at allrecipes.com.  I always read the comments though, just to make sure what I’m about to bake is good.

Turns out there was a huge, and I mean super long, posting of a woman who claimed she had made the red velvet cupcakes a couple of times and had managed to make them even better.  Of course I wanted to try something good that was turned out better, so I read here ingredient list.  I had most of them in my kitchen, but there were a few things I needed to buy.  Among them butter milk.  Buttermilk? What the hell is that? I thought… perhaps I just have to melt butter and pour it inside the milk. No, that didn’t sound right, so I immediately googled…oh my good friend google! He is always there to help, or is it she?

So, I found that buttermilk is not actually milk with butter but sour milk! Disgusting! I remember once in Amsterdam I decided to eat some cereal that I had been traveling with, so I went to a corner store and bought what I thought was cold milk… needless to say I almost got sick. Anyway… I didn’t want to buy a whole carton of sour milk, so I googled again. Turns out you can make your own butter milk by adding two teaspoons of lemon juice (fresh) on a measuring cup and then filling it (the cup) with milk till you reach 1/2. Then, you let it stand for about half an hour and voilà!

Ok, so… the missing ingredients. I put on my tennis shoes and went to the grocery store. I bought everything, and came back home.  I followed the “Carrot top mom” recipe.  I tasted the batter and it was yummy! I had decided to make mini-muffins, but by looking at the mix I realized it would take me forever to bake everything, so instead I made a bunch of mini-muffins (48) and a four layered heart-shaped cake. For the cake, I baked two hearts, cut them in half and put a bit of the creamy frosting the recipe calls for in between, then finished all with more frosting. On the top I added semi-sweet Hershey’s chocolate chips for decoration. This turned out really good because it balanced the sweet taste of the cake and frosting.

I must confess that I didn’t follow the recipe to the dot. Originally I thought I had enough sugar, so I didn’t buy a new pack.  Unfortunately that was not the case, specially since I never buy confectioners sugar (needed for the frosting) but instead make it myself in the blender.  But it was nothing to worry about… I used 2 cups of sugar for the cake (instead of 2 1/14) and 14 oz of confectioners sugar for the frosting (recipe called for 16).

Now, about the important part…It all came out to be delicious! My husband was really happy with his gift. It lasted for about a week, since it was too much cake for just the two of us.  I continuously ate cupcakes and pieces of the cake. This was one of those times something was so good, it is actually bad, for my belly anyway! Bake this super yummy cupcakes for any special time!

For the complete recipe go to: http://www.carrottopmom.com/?p=290

© mylunchanddinner 2012

Devil’s cake

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Being a food addict, one of my favorite activities is watching food TV programs.  My definite favorites are Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson.  I really don’t know where my fascination for their british accents ends, and where the love of their food begins. One of the recipes that caught my eye instantly was a Devil’s food chocolate cake Nigella made one day.  I had just moved to Costa Rica, and food cravings were at the maximum point given that I was too sad for leaving the place I had lived almost my entire life, my family and my dog!

The cake making process was touching. The view of the cake exciting. The comments of the host inviting.  I decided to make the little devil as soon as possible. My husband inviting a couple of couples from work to dinner was the opportunity I was waiting for! I designed what was a delicious menu… feta cheese and strawberry salad, stuffed steak with mashed potatoes, buttered carrots and roasted asparagus and of course The DESSERT.

I managed to get everything prepared early so I had enough time to make the cake.  I was happy as a child with a huge chocolate icecream! I started creming butter, mixing flour and adding eggs.  I had preheated the oven and gotten the bake pans ready.  I was almost done when I noticed the batter was too thick!

Holy cow! What did I do?!?!?! I was shocked!!!!! NEVER, and I mean NEVER read a recipe while congratulating your best friend on getting engaged! I had added twice the butter! Ha! I baked the cake anyway… I got a rather dusty cake, but it was still good.  So, getting into my tennis shoes I ran to the grocery store and bought everything again.  This time, I did everything to the dot! The results were wonderful! Everyone, including me loved the cake! It is soooo good!  I think is the mixing of the bitter-sweet chocolate in the cake and the frosting with everything else.  Simply heavenly!  Needless to say, what was left over was gone by the next morning.

If you want to try this yummy cake, get to http://www.nigella.com Browse around Nigella’s recipe because for some reason, searching has never worked for me!

© mylunchanddinner 2012