I’ve read a lot of blogs about the movie Julie & Julia and how it inspired them to have a personal challenge in their life (mostly cooking). After watching the movie again, my husband suggested that I do a similar type of challenge. From my previous post about WOOP, I was thinking of doing small stuff to improve myself.
Just like Julie, I tend to start things and not completing it. I also lack the motivation to do something and just lie around with my gadgets spending hours and hours with it. My accountability partner (husband) doesn’t have the same goals as I have which means I’m doing something by myself with a little cheering from him. I remember when I was in high school, I was challenged to be better when there are other people to compete with.
I’m more than halfway through my radiation treatment and I can’t wait for it to be over. The treatment is driving my body whacked! I’m gaining weight, I’m having a hard time falling asleep and I’m quite hyper after breakfast. I will blame it on the steroid. In any case, the doctor suggested weaning out of the steroid so I’m taking 1 mg every other day. Hopefully, I’ll be ok just like what happened after the surgery when they literally stopped me taking the steroid 2 days after I was discharged.
As I write this, I’m still recuperating from my surgery which I will detail in my later post. It’s a bit difficult to type as my left hand is still not cooperating much. However, I want to make my brain work so write it is.
When I was still in Beijing, I used to sell leche flan, puto and banana bread to Filipinos living there. I remember during the Christmas party at the Embassy, some staff will order 30 to 50 batch of flan, or puto or banana bread. I usually make extra and they would still be all gone. At that time, my bread making skills is still limited as I was still learning how to bake at a Chinese baking school. Anytime I get to go home, I try to attend baking classes too (Heny Sison).
With my current work, I’m usually off on Thursday. That means I get to bake or make desserts. Today, I decided to try a brownies recipe from The Bailiwick Academy. As brownies are considered entry-level baking, I imagine it will work out fine. Looking at the recipe, I noticed that it would be too sweet for my guinea pigs. I tweaked the measurement and the ingredients and came out with this delectable walnut fudge brownies which passed my guinea pigs sweet tooth.
Verdict: After 25 minutes in the oven, the top part got burnt while the inside was still a bit soft and gooey. I added 10 minutes baking time at 325F. I’m not sure if the temperature in my smaller oven is correct or I really need to get an oven thermometer to check temp. It’s not the first time I baked there where the outside got burnt and the inside is not yet cook. In any case, it still taste yummy and it is best serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for Brownie ala mode.
After attending my cookie class and saw how easy it was to make cookies, I searched for recipes online to experiment on. Initially, I was planning on recreating my cousin’s white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies but ended up with a chocolate chip cookie due to the cost of macadamia nuts.
I have baked this cookie several times with different results each time. The only thing that is consistent is the soft and chewy texture in the middle and the slightly crunchy texture in the edges. It’s one of the most requested items by my friends during parties.
Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie
Ingredients: (yield 24 medium-sized cookies)
2/3 cup butter (151g)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2/3 cup all purposed flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
6 ounces chocolate chip (I just pour whatever amount I want)
Pre-heat oven to 350F or 175C
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs then stir in the vanilla extract.
In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
Gradually stir into the creamed mixture the flour mixture. Preferably in two parts.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.