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Durian-flavored Cheesy Yellow Puto Cheese

Another yellow food to add to our yellow new year 2014 celebration was the durian-flavored cheesy yellow puto (steamed rice cake) cheese.

Cheezy Yellow Puto Cheese

This puto cheese was not supposed to be durian flavored. However, during I and mom shopped for items needed for the new year I got to find durian flavoring on the baking section of the grocery, I didn’t hesitate to grab one (1) bottle of it and thought of trying it to any of our foods to prepare.

It was my sister Bait who prepared and cooked this really yummylicious puto cheese where she added two (2) tablespoons durian flavorings and turned to be great.

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Velvet Cupcake for New Year 2014

I just tried myself preparing and baking velvet cupcakes for the family to be served on the New Year’s eve 2014.

However, velvet cupcakes are supposed to be red-colored cakes but because I was one of the unlucky shoppers who missed out red food coloring from the grocery, my mom suggested a yellow food coloring instead. The yellow food coloring is just so timely for our yellow-themed new year 2014 celebration.

Velvet CupcakeMy Yellow-Velvet Cupcakes

The cupcakes still tasted so buttery but only its color is not velvet red. It’s definitely a yellow velvet cupcake for the new year 2014 for us. But at least, I have made one and served it on new year’s eve together with our other round or circle-shaped foods.

Recipes Online

In as much as I could, I would want to cook and prepare what I wanted to eat every meal everyday. However, because the limited time for me to stay in the kitchen, it is obviously very impossible to do so.

So for me to learn cooking and somehow practice them even in my imagination, I keep on collecting recipes online. Aside from my iPad, a friend of mine suggest to use ereader canada — a very helpful and useful device for e-books.


Hopefully, as soon as I could get back home, I can try all what I have read from the eBooks in our kitchen.

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Vegetarian/Vegan Chocolate Recipes for Valentines Day

I have shared two (2) chocolate recipes for Valentines Day in my previous post. Today, I will share again another sets of Chocolate Recipes but this time, these will be special, Vegetarian/Vegan Chocolate Recipes for Valentines Day.

Check these Vegetarian/Vegan Chocolate Recipes for Valentines Day below (recipes excerpted from Vegan Family):

1. Fantastic (very rich) Chocolate Cake

1 and a half cups unbleached white flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup sugar
half a cup of mixed, chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
half a cup cold water or soy milk
half a cup of orange juice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons vinegar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Sift dry ingredients into 8″ square or 9″ round baking pan. Mix liquids (except vinegar) and whisk into dry. When batter is smooth, add vinegar and stir quickly, until it is evenly distributed. Put it in the oven, don’t let it stand around (that has something to do with the vinegar) Bake for 25-30 minutes…or longer until done. This cake is great served with Provamel’s soya dream (cream like). Pictured on right with a chocolate “butter” icing (blob of marg, bit of icing sugar, spoon of cocoa, all creamed together) and sprinkled with flaky vegan hot chocolate or whizzers chocolate beans.

A steamed pud with sauce variation sent to us by Bracken: put broken up chocolate bar pieces in the bottom of a microwavable basin and put the chocolate cake mixture on top. Microwave for 2-4 minutes depending on oven.

2. Choc, Fruit and Nut Cookies

This recipe makes about 40 small (2 inch/6cm) cookies

150g/5oz/three quarter cup caster sugar
150g/5 oz/three quarter cup vegan margarine
5 tablespoons of soya milk
300g/10 oz/1and a half cups of plain flour
teaspoon vanilla extract (or according to pack instructions)
a handful each of: chocolate chips, chopped nuts and raisins.

Preheat oven to 200C/400F and grease cookie sheets. Cream together the sugar and marg. Mix in the soya milk and vanilla and then the flour. The mixing of the flour is best done with your hands (messy but fun!). Add the choc, nuts and raisins and mix well. You should have a workable dough (add more flour if it’s too wet or more soya milk if too dry and doesn’t hold together well). Roll out on a floured board (to just under 1 cm thick) and cut into cookies. Lay on cookie sheets and bake for about 10 minutes for soft bake cookies or a little longer for dryer, crunchy ones.

Variations: Leave out the choc, nuts and fruit and half dip the cooled cookies in chocolate – choccy biscuits! Crushed Whizzers chocolate beans are a colourful replacement for chocolate chips. They can also be pressed all over the top prior to baking. Plain cookies with a handful of sesame seeds or desiccated coconut added into the dough are delicious. Plain cookies with a square of chocolate pressed onto them before baking work well too.