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Banana Cupcake

What keeps me busy the past days would surely make me fat. It’s just very simple – as simple as practicing and perfecting the art of steaming. It’s not the usual steaming of foods, I could say. But rather steaming cakes, cupcakes and other bakeable goodies because honestly I do not have the luxury of conduction ovens to make baking easier. I am just making use the best possible way I could with my incredibly big steamer.

So my first project here in our little den which I already tried some at home in the province, is the steamed banana loaf. At home in the province, I also used steam to cook the loaf but it was just an improvised one – with the use of a very huge cooking pot, I put in large stones and arranged those that somehow could provide a flat surface for the loaf pan; gushed a liter or two of water and brought water to a boil.

Anyway, here’s how I prepared and made of my banana loaf which I took from Yummy.ph. But I omit some of the ingredients because I was too lazy to look for one. LOL. I sifted 2 and ¼ all-purpose flour in a mixing bowl and added with sifted 1 and ½ teaspoons baking soda as well as ¼ teaspoon salt. I’ve added a cup of dark brown sugar and ½ cup of white sugar. I made sure to mix all these dry ingredients. In a separate mixing bowl, I whisked 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, 3 large eggs and a teaspoon full of vanilla extract. I set aside the two different mixtures while I was mashing 2 cups of sweet ripe bananas. In this case I used La-katan banana. After mashing that banana, I slowly added the flour mixture in the butter mixture alternating with the mashed banana until totally mixed making sure no lumps of air are present.

This time around, I made sure that the water in the steamer was boiling. So now, since I do not have a loaf pan here, I made use of the puto molds which I greased with a butter and filled with the batter mixture. I steamed the bread for 40 minutes but you can also steam it earlier after checking the center of the loaf using a toothpick.

Banana Cupcake

That’s it! It’s just so simple. Hope you guys can try this out – a healthy snack at home, steamed banana loaf.

Steaming…

…starts now!!!

Yes! You heard that right! From now on, I will be steaming real healthy good food. For now, I am not decided yet if I am gonna open a small venture for this. But what’s sure for now is for me to serve home-made steamed foods for my little man since my hubby is not home yet.

3-layer 40cm food steamer

For this week’s ‘What’s steaming?’ in my kitchen, I am planning to steam a banana cake. Maybe you all are questioning yourself now whether is it possible to steam a banana cake or loaf because what we usually do is to bake. But since I do not have an oven to bake all the cakes I am longing to serve in my table, I better have them steamed then.

Guys, just watch out my upcoming posts for my steamed banana loaf, or maybe yet, banana cake. Happy eating guys!

Foods Not to Order on a Romantic Date

Valentine’s Day 2013 has just recently been celebrated but I still can’t get over with looking for food recipes that could make a Valentine’s Day at home even more romantic than celebrating it in a high-class restaurants or the like. But instead of having recipes with me, I ended up giggling while having stumbled upon Foods Not to Order on a Romantic First Date from Reader’s Digest.

1. Spaghetti and Meatballs. Though I don’t eat pasta, I just can’t imagine myself eating spaghetti on a romantic date with my best dress on and accidentally spill some spaghetti sauce in my gorgeous dress. Smiley

Spaghetti and MeatballsSpaghetti and Meatballs (image from tumblr.com)

2. Bigger burgers than your mouth. Think of it, you are on a date and you eat like you haven’t eaten for how many days just to accommodate the bigger burger in your mouth? Smiley

Big BurgersBigger Burgers than your mouth (image from michaelwitzel.com)

 3. Spicy Foods. I love spicy foods. I guess, this is just alright but not the spiciest food to serve; maybe just the mild spicy foods for me.

Spicy FoodSpicy Foods (image from blogger.com)

4. Soup. Do you want to hear your date slurping your soup with a sweet sound? Smiley

Soup Soup (image from blogger.com)

5. Fast food foods. Reader’s Digest name this food as ‘Dollar Food’ and advised if one prefer to have a date with you in a fast food chains, then order up a bigger size menu. But for me, I don’t prefer fast food foods a good idea for a romantic date especially on Valentine’s Day. I still prefer a date at home or in a more conducive  romantic places or restaurants.

Fast Food FoodsFast food foods (image from efoodsdirect.com)

6. Beans. If you didn’t know it yet, beans are good source of polysaccharides that can cause flatulence. If you want your romantic date ending up blowing horns from down there, then order up beans, radish, potatoes, onion, garlic and lentils.

BeansBeans (image from cloudfront.net)

7. Platter of Lobster and Crab. Have you tried eating these mouthwatering dish with a spoon and fork? If yes, then try this out on your next romantic date. Smiley

Platter of Lobster and CrabPlatter of Lobster and Crab (image from grubstreet.com)

8. Spinach. This foodie is just one of my favorites to eat AT HOME. Of course, in a romantic date, I don’t think so, but if it’s just at home, no worries for me; else I will end up looking for dental floss or toothpicks.

SpinachSpinach (image from simplyrecipes.com)

9. Herb Garlic Bread. I love garlic bread! And I don’t care if this is being served on a romantic date. Do you?

Herb Garlic BreadHerb Garlic Bread (image from lifesambrosia.com)

10. Wings and Ribs. Ah oh! I seldom eat pork but I love chicken wing-recipes. But in a romantic date, I might as well have extra napkins with me!

Wings and RibsWings and Ribs (image from blogger.com)

Have you experienced even one of these foodies being served on your Valentine’s Day date this year? How has it been? Were you’ve been serenaded with a romantic songs by a flock of guys while playing their Martin guitars? Oh well, if you want to be more adventurous on your next date, then you can try these foods I’ve mentioned above.

Carrot Loaf

M was chatting with his colleague about employment background checks and the like when he saw a discount voucher for a carrot loaf from a group buying sites online. Upon checking it, the store is just located near my place so we immediately grab two (2) discount vouchers.

Carrot LoafCarrot Loaf

The above image shows the carrot loaf that we bought using the discount voucher. Just three (3) days after we bought the voucher, the carrot loaves were already in our table.

By far, it tasted good and very delicious.

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