Walking off chocolate.

29 04 2014

It’s a beautiful day here in my city!

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I had a few errands to run today, and decided that my mean of transportation for the day was going to be my two feet. So off I went, with my pedometer. And holy crap, I just walked 7.8 km !!!!!! I know right, how do I have so much time on my hands haha.

But no pats on the back for me, because I also gave in to my temptation… Have you guys seen these fun chocolate yet? We are spoiled for choices!

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As you could tell, I couldn’t keep my hands off of not one, but two of the Dairy Milk’s already. Caramel popcorn one was different..in a good way, it was quite enjoyable. But then I tried the pretzel and peanut butter one and I don’t think I will ever be buying caramel popcorn again! The pretzel and peanut butter was just a good mix of salty and sweet and crunch, I had the hardest time putting it down. And I don’t usually like milk chocolate! The Lindt ones were no brainer, awesome stuff, and I’m just ecstatic as a dark chocolate eater that they are giving us so many options now.

Boy, I’m still in awe about my 7.8 km walk.. Now I have to keep breaking my own record. Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone!


Risotto with Olé Caliente.

26 03 2012

I haven’t been sleeping well lately so I was hoping to sleep in a little on Saturday morning, since no one has to get up early to go to work. Anyone wants to guess what time I woke up on Saturday? 8. Anyone wants to guess why? “Can we make risotto today?” said my boyfriend as he hugged me from behind.

Now, since I’m such a light, picky sleeper, I’m usually very unhappy when I get woken up. However if I were to get woken up this early on a Saturday morning, this was the way. I mean seriously, how cute is that?

This was my first time making risotto, and I used the Bacon and Corn Risotto recipe by Deanna’s Daughter, which turned out amazing. I might even go as far as calling it the best risotto I’ve ever had. I did make some changes from the recipe though since we didn’t have white wine, but I saw on other sites that I can substitute it with a mixture of water and lemon juice, which is what I did. I also omitted carrots just because I was running out of time and chopping it would have slowed down the whole thing. The recipe said no salt needed, but I kept tasting it and I felt like it could use some seasoning, so I have added in a generous amount of salt, pepper and consomme. And instead of the usual arborio rice, we used short grain brown rice which came out great. It was a lot of work though, with constant stirring on the super hot stove for a very long time. It definitely won’t be something I would make regularly.

As for the fish, I tried the garlic butter shrimp take on Tilapia, a recipe from here. It wasn’t bad, but I probably wouldn’t be making it again. Though I cannot tell you enough how proud I am of the risotto. Yum.

For dessert, I tried to make key lime pie, which is my boyfriend’s sister’s favourite dessert. Now, I have never tried it before so I had no idea what to expect, but I used the award winning recipe from here, though with the moderation other reviewers gave in the review section.

Post-baking (this picture is pre-baking), it looked more like a cheesecake, but I think it came out okay. Like  I said, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but both my boyfriend and his sister had two slices each which is good? While I won’t be repeating this recipe, I could definitely use some right now.  A little too acidic for my liking though.

And this is my nail colour for the week, Olé Caliente from Essie (along with the super cute pug sticker I have on my laptop). This is actually what it looks like after only one coat, after me slaving away in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. I’m pretty impressed, even though colour wise, I was hoping something a little more hint of pink and orange.

Have a wonderful week!

Caramel Apple Christmas.

27 12 2011

Happy Boxing Day! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends. I’m sure that each and everyone one of you have a unique way of celebrating this holiday, and for me this year, it has been all about food.

I tried making turkey the year before last, and I thought it turned out all right. I’m not a big fan of the big bird to begin with but it was good, but way way too big! So I was thinking that this year, I was going to try something much smaller, like perhaps a Cornish hen per person, or maybe even quail. Something smaller because they just taste better, easier to handle, so I can just focus on making a kick ass stuffing, instead of worrying about the 10lb turkey like last year.

Well that didn’t happen. I didn’t get to have my second round at making a Christmas bird. Instead, I had a request to bake an apple crisp, which in all honesty, was probably up my alley more than birds. Besides, if apple crisp was going to be more appreciated than my small bird, I will gladly make apple crisp instead. I looked up a couple of recipe and came across this one website, Patina White by Beth Schaleben for her best caramel apple crisp. What was different is that she uses quite a bit of vanilla pudding mix in her recipe, and to be completely honest, I was sold when she sounded so convincing that this was really the best recipe for caramel apple crisp.

Layer 1:

I really wish I cut the apples bigger because once cooked, the texture was pretty much gone, I was hoping for something crunchier. In the recipe, they merely said “slice it” and I made an executive decision to make it this small. Still delicious though, not too sweet. In this, white sugar, vanilla pudding mix, lemon juice, cinnamon.

Layer 2:

caramel. The recipe had its own way of making caramel, but she also said that we can use one of those ready made sundae caramel toppings. I wasn’t bothered to go through her recipe, nor did I want to use the store bought one, so I used this recipe I found for banoffee pie. Basically I boiled a whole can of sweetened condensed milk for three hours, and voila, delicious caramel.

The best part was that the caramel was being made while I prepared for the other two layers.

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In this, quick oats, butter, brown sugar, and more vanilla pudding mix. I was a little hesitant about this much vanilla pudding mix in a recipe, especially when it’s not the usual ingredient people use in apple crisps. The comments on this recipe did say that this recipe was tad bit too sweet, but again, being the unquestioning reader that I am, I followed the recipe exactly especially because the writer of the recipe insisted I use this much vanilla pudding mix. She actually noted (TRUST ME) right after she listed two boxes of vanilla pudding mix in the list of ingredients.

Final product:

Indeed, tad bit too sweet, but still good nevertheless. Definitely have them with either whipped cream, custard, or ice cream because those will help with this excessive sweetness. It was delicious though, don’t get me wrong!

Next year: definitely making small bird!! And if you were wondering, this is my 10lb turkey from two years ago: