Jitterbuggin’ (Chocolate chip banana “bug” muffins)

3 10 2013

Everybody seems to have a favourite recipe for banana bread. It’s certainly handy in households like ours that just can’t eat bananas fast enough. You know what I’m talking about — the freezer is your best friend and you always have about a half-dozen blackened bananas wedged in between your ice cream and frozen peas.

Not being fond of bananas, I’m not actually a huge fan of banana bread or muffins. But you can only throw away so much food without feeling like a total wastrel. The solution? Chocolate chips and fun shapes — both ingredients for a delicious, moist treat that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

ChocChipBugs4

The result of an impromptu girls’ night of baking and It’s A Wonderful Life (and, of course, too many frozen bananas in the freezer), along with the sudden inspiration to use a Nordic Ware Backyard Bugs pan we had received as a wedding present, this recipe  Read the rest of this entry »

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Bundt in the oven (Blueberry-lemon bundt with lemon glaze / Cranberry bundt cake)

30 12 2011

I’ll admit I’m a bit of a hoarder. Lots of things in my house that I think are too awesome to throw away, and for my wedding I registered for quite a few things that today seem a bit frivolous. (There are also a few things I regret not putting on my registry, but that’s another story.)

My silicone bundt pan is one of those things about which I’m on the fence, so I’ve been trying to make bundt cake as often as possible in the past few months. Fortunately, it’s a great holiday cake that (usually) looks beautiful and is pretty easy to make, so it really hasn’t been a hardship.

Blueberry-lemon bundt cake with lemon glaze

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Up in your grill (Spinach bread grilled cheese)

28 09 2011

Being from Malaysia, there’s a lot of stuff I know about food. Malaysians are obsessed with food; ask any of my relatives a simple question like “What’s in this?” and be prepared to listen to a sonnet about the art of food preparation. (My husband still chuckles about the time my Uncle Tony rhapsodized about how the different durian breeds are akin to the many pungent varieties of cheese.)

When I came to North America, though, I found out there were a few things I still had to learn. This post is about two of those things, married together in one afternoon when The Husband and I were having trouble coming up with something to eat for lunch.

Grilled cheese on spinach bread

I would have tried to take more and better pictures of these, but The Husband was hungry.

One of the things this Malaysian girl learned about is that a grilled cheese sandwich is NOT “two slices of bread put into a toaster oven, face up with cheese slices on them, and then slapped together.” No joke, this is what I did while I was growing up. Still awesome, especially when the cheese bubbles up, browns and crisps, revealing a totally different flavour, but definitely not the same thing.

Second, I learned how to make bread. More specifically, how to make Emeril Lagasse’s spinach bread, since I’ve never tried making any other kind.  Read the rest of this entry »





Say hello to my little friends + the best brunch dish ever

25 08 2011

You know the saying: “First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage.”

This isn’t a thinly veiled pregnancy announcement for me, by the way. But now that lots of people in our circle of friends are married, we’re starting to get a lot of  e-mails with those precious little black-and-white fetal images. This year alone, we’ve heard of four expecting friends – three are due within the next two months, and one is due in February.

And so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to crochet some baby crafts (and test out my new category name! I’m not sure if I love “Fingerwork;” any thoughts? I probably have more fun thinking up F-Word categories than writing the actual blog posts … )

Now, I think my eyes were bigger than my … fingers? Talent? (Is there a crafting equivalent to “eyes bigger than my stomach?”) But I LOVE crochet and I had a lot of fun making these, and I hope the prospective parents and bundles of joy liked them too.

The booties and the baby rattle

Here’s everything all together. The rolls of paper in the booties are to help them keep their shape.

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They say it’s your birthday…

22 07 2011

My friend, the lovely Mrs. Dunwell of the adorable Done Well blog, has been prodding me to update F-Words with some of my recent culinary experiments. Given my penchant for procrastination and wordiness (meaning blog posts take forever to write), I’ve been rather reluctant. But the Husband’s 30th birthday celebration extravaganza presented the perfect opportunity for me to kick my lazy butt into high gear and give my camera a bit of a workout.

The mister enjoys his food quite a bit – one of the reasons I love him so much – so I decided I was going to prepare a gigantic, multi-part feast to celebrate this milestone, with the help of some of my favourite food bloggers and sites.

For starters, I made The Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes and a cheesy jalapeño cornbread recipe that I cobbled together from a couple of random sites. The mains: a modified version of Martha Stewart’s chicken with feta cheese and Cooking Light’s barbecued pork tenderloin (my first-ever attempt at grilling). And for dessert, a strawberry summer cake from Smitten Kitchen/ Martha Stewart that I’ve been obsessed with and have made three times in the past two months.

The finished product

The finished product. The cornbread isn't in the picture, and neither is the cake, though.

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