I like my JUICE fresh

It has been awhile since the last time I have written here. My last post was six months ago. I have been busy  analyzing important documents.

Look how tired my eyes are. Jumping on the selfie wagon.

tired yet smiling

But I am not here to discuss about that. (Hopefully, I could have it explained more in my different blog) I try to be healthy despite the busy schedule so I am into yoga and dance. Had to buy yoga mat and shoes to be inspired…

dance shoes

yoga

Exercise is just the half of healthy living so had to look into my eating habits as well. I do not have oven yet so I cannot try my hands on different recipes. I look into liquids instead. The craze these days is all about juicing. It is healthy and is a good way to detoxify. It took me three months to get a juicer. I bought a simple and affordable juicer. It may not get all the juice out of the fruits and vegetables but it works for me.

The box looks like this. It costs $49.

my first juicer

The next day after buying the juice extractor (juicer), I bought a lot of fruits and vegetables. I did not follow any recipe, I just follow my gut on what to drop in the juicer.

Here are two samples.

watermelon, pineapple, celery and grapes

rainbow juice

carrots, grapes, celery, bell pepper and watermelon

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ruby juice

Too bad there is a lot of pulp and fiber left. So I eat the fruits and veggies on their own again. I will use the juicer again on my detox days.

pulp

Happy weekend everyone!

Banana Nut Raisin Bread

Banana Nut Raisin Bread is the fourth recipe in “The Wonder Pot Stories” which describes my quest in baking different goodies in the Wonder Pot. I asked my older sister what she wanted me to bake for Christmas. The time when she and our eldest sister will come and spend Christmas at our ancestral home. She wanted to have banana bread and carrot cake. I am still undecided on what carrot cake recipe to do, so I decided to try the banana bread first.

The recipe that I got did not have nuts and raisins to it but I wanted to improve the intended output, thus, the name banana nut raisin bread.

I went to the public market with mom to buy very ripe bananas and I was very glad it only cost a fraction of the regular bananas. Maybe because on the outside it looks very rotten but when I peeled to look at the banana, it just got the right ripeness that I needed.

Ingredients:

1 cup, mashed banana

1 cup sugar

2 pieces eggs

1/2 cup cooking oil

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup raisins

handful of walnuts

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Procedure

1. Combine all the dry ingredients starting with the flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda and mix thoroughly until evenly distributed

2. Add the other ingredients (eggs, mashed banana, cooking oil and vanilla essence) then mix well with the dry ingredients until a batter is formed

3. Add the raisins and chopped walnuts.

4. Grease the bundt pan and pour in all the mixture then bake the mixture for an hour or until it pass the toothpick test.

5. Remove the bundt pan in the wonder oven then allow to cool down for a few minutes. Transfer the banana bread on a serving plate.

6. You may put the bread in the fridge too cool or serve immediately.

I did not wait for the banana bread to cool down and got myself a slice. It had the right sweetness and moist that I was looking for. I love the added crunch of the walnuts and the raisins that added more texture to the bread.

I decided to put in the fridge half of the bread to check how it would taste the next day and we were too full to eat another slice. After twelve hours, I still love it so did the rest of the family. 🙂

Catty and Catty

My six-year-old nephew likes to play with Catty his pet caterpillar. We have a number of plants in the backyard that serves as food for these caterpillars. Every time nephew asks for a pet, dad just go outside and look for a caterpillar for his grandson’s enjoyment.

bend it

vertex

U-shape

No flash

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This Catty was chomping the leaf so fast it amazed me. Plus, it left some raisin like fertilizer too.

Catty’s breakfast leftover

After a few hours, nephew found his Catty yesterday. It is a smaller version of today’s Catty.

going down

two’s a crowd

I am not scared of caterpillars but I hope nephew would not grew up and look for a bigger creepy crawler for a pet such as a snake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wonder Pot Stories II

My project of learning and trying my take on sweet delicacies or anything sweet continues. I was given the opportunity to try my hands on a cake. Every time I hear about a cake I envisioned a wondrous chocolate cake. It does not need too much frills and a simple chocolate cake can make my gloomy day – happy. To make it more special I decided to bake my first cake on the day of my parents’ 38th year anniversary using mom’s Wonder Oven of course. I also made sure they will be out for a couple of hours and suggested they watch a good movie. 🙂

I would like to thank aricooks.wordpress.com where I got the recipe of this yummy chocolate cake. There were too many recipes to try but I try this certain recipe because Ari previously baked this cake recipe using a wonder pot. I had a few adjustments to the recipe and had chocolate glaze with marshmallows.

If you are wondering what is a wonder oven or wonder pot,  it looks like this.

Wonder Oven

Deep Chocolate Vegan Cake

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup chilled tea

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

Procedure:

Prepare the wonder pot and add water. Generously oil the circular pan and dust with cocoa powder.

In a medium bowl sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt, and sugar. In another bowl, combine the oil, tea and vanilla. Pour the liquid into the dry and mix until smooth.

Add the vinegar and stir briefly, the baking soda will begin reacting with the acid right away, leaving pale swirls in the batter. Without wasting any time, pour the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour. You can check by inserting a toothpick and if it comes out clean, the cake is ready. Cool on a rack in pan, and serve directly from the pan when cool, or transfer to a plate. Then glaze your cooled cake.

cooling period

mallows

Chocolate Glaze

Ingredients:

5 ounces of dark sweet chocolate

1/4 cup evaporated milk

Procedure:

Mix into a saucepan the chopped chocolate and evaporated milk under a low heat fire until smoothly blended.

choco shavings

chocolate cake

I was not prepared to decorate the chocolate cake so I just placed some sliced marshmallows on it for a splash of color.

the little helper

When parents arrived home from their movie date, they were totally surprised by the chocolate cake. In the end, I am glad they loved it. Even my dad who is not fond of cakes – cannot stop asking for another slice.

want a slice?

Do you have an unforgettable story about baking a cake or eating one? What’s your favorite cake? I would love to hear your stories and recipes too.