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Chocolate Cookies

Hi, this is Jojo! It’s my first appearance. A little introduction about myself, I am the middle of the three – Mimi is the leader/eldest, Frans is the youngest (well, Frans is my younger twin sister) – and is considered the dessert person, which means that I am the sweet one 😉 (Sugar, spice and everything nice…?) Enough of the crap, anyway, I have sweet tooth. Unlike Mimi and Frans, I have always had this love/hate relationship with anything sweet, like cakes, chocolates (don’t give me M&M’s, because I can’t stop after just one) and cookies. Cookies + milk = perfect match made in heaven! So I saw this recipe by Nigella Lawson. Not only do I love cookies, I also adore Ms. Lawson. Frans and I have been watching her cooking shows since we were in sixth grade. She has been one of our role models behind our cooking and baking adventures. So, enough with the talking and let’s get baking!

Chocolate Cookies

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Serve: makes 25

Ingredients

  • 100 grams butter, softened
  • 120 grams light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 150 grams all purpose flour
  • 30 grams cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 200 grams chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. With a hand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl. While doing that, preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Add vanilla extract and egg. Mix well.
  3. In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder.
  4. Add dry mixture (3) into cream mixture (1) little by little
  5. Add chocolate chips after the mixture is well combined.
  6. Line a baking tray (or use a Silpat mat), scoop the cookie dough with an ice cream scoop or a spoon (depending on the final look that you want to go with).
  7. Bake for 12 minutes in the oven on the top rack.
  8. Set aside, let them cool. PS: If the cookies don’t look quite cooked, don’t panic – calm down – because they are still cooking even when they sit on the tray.
  9. When the cookies are cool enough (If you can’t wait till it’s cool, go ahead! It’s understandable), dig in!

P.S: For this recipe, I reduce the measurement of the brown sugar and cocoa powder because we thought they were too sweet during our first try. Also, I think adding chopped almond, walnut, hazelnut or macadamia is perfect for that extra crunch. Play with your food, add raisin, use white/dark chocolate or whatever you feel like, the choice is yours. It’s your experiment!

Have fun in the kitchen!

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Chicken Meatballs with Meat Sauce

Welcome, 2013 ! Another new year, more new year resolutions to set and achieve. The three of use made several promises – one of them is to  change our lifestyle by eating healthier (Who doesn’t, right?). It all started when F felt the need to change. We got a little too comfortable and pigged out during the holiday season, resulting in extra inches on our waists and also this guilt feeling that has been haunting us since earlier this year. Besides, it’s been pretty gloomy in California. We wanted to have something warm, comforting, yet.. somewhat healthy. That was when this delicious chicken meatball came to mind. It’s a quick and easy recipe with a few staple ingredients in our pantry and refrigerator.

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Serve: makes 14

Ingredients

For chicken meatballs:

  • 400 grams ground chicken
  • 2 teaspoon ginger juice
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 4 tablespoon Panko or bread crumbs
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Add all of the above ingredients, except the olive oil, to a bowl and mix it well.
  2. Scoop the meat mixture with your hand and form it into 2-inches balls.
  3. Heat up pan in medium heat, add olive oil and fry the meatballs until golden brown. Approximately 5 minutes.

For meat sauce:

Ingredients

  • Ÿ 200 grams ground beef                                Ÿ
  •  20 grams butter
  • Ÿ 400 ml unsalted canned tomato                Ÿ
  • Ÿ 400 ml chicken stock
  •  200 ml milk
  •  4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Ÿ 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • Ÿ 1 cup minced onion
  • Ÿ 2 bay leaves
  • Ÿ Salt & pepper
  • Ÿ A dash of sugar

Instruction

  1. In medium heat, saute minced onion and garlic until fragrant.
  2. Add ground beef and salt & pepper until cooked.
  3. Add unsalted canned tomato and bay leaf. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Add chicken stock and let it simmer for another 20 minutes. Set aside.

           To thicken the sauce:

  1. In another pan under low heat, add butter and flour.
  2. Add the milk slowly. Be careful not to burn it.
  3. Pour this mixture slowly into the meat sauce
  4. Stir until combined and it’s ready!
  5. Garnish with parsley.. or green onion.. (or whatever you have in hand…) before serving

To add extra oomph to this dish, you can crack some eggs into the sauce in low heat. Let it slowly simmer and cook the eggs until they are done to your liking.

Have fun in the kitchen!

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