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Rise of Guardians Cake Pops

Has anyone watched the ‘Rise of the Guardians’ yet? If you haven’t done so, please watch it! The movie will leave you in awe and take you on a magical ride back to your childhood. It was released in November 2012, so you should be able to find the DVD/Blu-ray by now. The movie has all your favorite childhood magical characters – Santa Claus,  Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Sand Man (who comes at night to give you sweet dreams), and Jack Frost (not commonly known; he is the one who brings winter magic – snow, frost and everything you love about winter ). My favorite characters are Santa and Sandy.

I saw the trailer when I went to watch Madagascar 3 with my brothers. Everything about it – the story line, the characters and animation, the music – I mean, EVERYTHING about it excites me until today. It is so magical and wonderful. It’s a great family and kid-friendly movie and I highly recommend it. Dear parents, it is true that this movie doesn’t help explaining to children about the truth. I can imagine how children will start crying once you break the news. It’s difficult to burst their bubble and tell them the truth of these characters’ existence; however, let them watch, let their imagination run wild. When you think they are ready to accept the truth, it’s a great idea to explain the symbolic/cultural meaning behind all these characters to them.

When it comes to animation, I can’t stop talking because I’m very passionate about it. I want to bring two of my passions together, cooking/baking and animation. Furthermore, I’ve been eager to make cake pops for a long time because they seem really fun and they are perfect for any occasions. Since tomorrow is Easter, I’ll show you how to make cake pops inspired from ‘Rise of Guardians’. The eggs in the movie are so colorful and cute! So, I chose to decorate them according to the color of the eggs shown below.

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You can decorate them with whatever available in your pantry. Just be creative!

I first stumbled upon here when I was searching for a good cake pops recipe. She has some great post. Please pay her a visit 🙂 I followed one of her recipes but I added/omitted some ingredients because we didn’t have all items available. Nonetheless, it is still a success! Hope you like them!

Rise of Guardians Cake Pops

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Make: ± 24

Ingredients:

  • 10 Tbs butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tbs milk
  • 1 Tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate chips
  • Candy melts (Got them from Michaels)
  • Cake pop sticks/straws (Got mine here)

Instructions:

  1. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar in a bowl and mix well
  2. Add milk, salt, and vanilla extract to (1) and mix
  3. Add flour and baking powder to (2). Add more flour to make it denser or add more milk to make the dough thinner
  4. Throw in chocolate chips. Combine well
  5. Roll dough into bite-size balls
  6. Let them sit in the fridge for 15 – 20 minutes
  7. Melt candy melts in microwave for 30 secs, stir. Put it back in the microwave for another 30 sec, stir until smooth
  8. Dip just a tiny bit of the straw into the candy melts (7) then stick it to the pops
  9. Lastly, dip the pops into the candy melts and let it drip completely before you let it dry on a Styrofoam.

WARNING:

DO NOT ADD ANY FOOD COLORING TO THE CANDY MELTS!! Check back for what happened in the kitchen!

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Happy Easter!

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Mom’s Croquette

Hellooo, dear world! How have you been? It’s Jojo again! It’s been a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with college and other stuff for the past few weeks. Sorry for the lack of post. A few days ago, I decided to make batches of croquettes because we were stuck at home due to heavy rain. The weather has been strange in SoCal. It’s raining cats and dogs one day and it’s sunny and warm the next day. oh, dear Mother nature, why are you so moody? The unpredictable weather just drains our energy, including Mason’s.

This is the 1st thing I saw when I woke up one day :)

Aww…. our precious little prince

So, I thought, “Why not make something that is fuss free to snack on while watching TV?”. This recipe is quite simple and a batch (or two..) of them can last us a few days. Anyway, croquette is one of my favorite dishes. My mom seldom makes this, but I really really adore it. So.. this is my chance to make as many as I want *evil laugh*

PS: Oh, double the recipe. Just do it. Just like cookies, you can’t just eat 1.

You can shape them into any shape you like. I like ovals because that’s how our mom used to make them. Once they are shaped, rolled in beaten eggs and covered with breadcrumbs, you can store them in the fridge and take them out whenever you’re ready to fry them. They are best consumed within 3-4 days. We haven’t tried freezing them though. If you get the chance to make this recipe and freeze them, please let us know 🙂  Great finger food for potlucks, family & friends gatherings,  Super Bowl, Thanksgiving, etc. Try it! You won’t be disappointed!

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Drooling yet? No? u-huh.. right..

Frans and I used to have problems boiling potatoes. They used to come out soggy and sticky until Mimi did some research. She found some useful tips from http://whatscookingamerica.net/potato.htm

Tips:

1. Always start boiling potato in cold water than hot water

2. Important: Do NOT cool potatoes in cold water after cooking. This is why potatoes turn soggy.

3. To make fluffier potatoes (for croquette/mashed potato), after they are done cooking, pour all water and cover pot with paper towels and place the lid on top. After ten minutes, the towels will absorb all the steam and your potatoes will be dry and fluffy.

Croquette

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Serve: makes 18

Ingredients

For croquettes:

  • 700 g Russet potatoes
  • 250 g Ground beef
  • 4 Tbs All purpose flour
  • 5 Tbs Condensed milk
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 or 2 egg/s
  • Bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Boil potatoes until tender (about 20 minutes). Let cool and peel. *Note: Read tips above*
  2. Put peeled potatoes back into the pot and mash ’em. *Good time to work those muscles for the summer 😉 *
  3. In another pan, stir-fry ground beef, add salt and pepper until cooked.
  4. Combine ground beef (3) to mashed potato (2).
  5. Over low heat, add flour and condensed milk to (4).
  6. When cooled, shape them as desired.
  7. Roll them into beaten egg and cover with breadcrumbs.
  8. Leave in fridge for approximately 2 hours to firm up before frying.
  9. Fry until golden brown.
  10. Serve with dipping sauce.

For dipping sauce:

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbs condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Combine mayonnaise and condensed milk well, drizzle over croquettes.
  2. What are you waiting for? Dig in!

Enjoy!!

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Honeydew Juice with Gelatin

Hi, it’s Jojo again. Lately, the weather has been great in SoCal. Nice sunny day. At last, the strange chilly day is over. Maybe we’ll have a couple more rainy days here, but it shouldn’t be as bad. So, we took Mason to the beach and let him play, run and tumble, roll, dig, sniff, snort, sneeze, you know, his usual Pug business.  Everyone was exhausted and  we needed to cool down. That’s why this recipe came to mind. Honeydew melon is probably my most favorite fruit because of the color and sweetness. Each sister has their own signature color and mine is honeydew light green. Also, did you know that green color relaxes the eyes and relieves the stress you have after working all day? This drink can be a stress reliever after a long tiring day. Furthermore, a quote from Mimi, she says, “It looks like a glass of witch’s concoction or poison. It’s a perfect Halloween recipe to entertain guests!” Right?

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This recipe is originally from our mom. Our mom is a strong, brave, and lovely woman. A very bubbly and loud person. She used to make this light and fresh drink for us when we were young. Like any other sojourners, we miss our mom’s home-made cooking the most. This drink is one of them. A refreshing drink that will bring a lot of good old memories! A drink to impress your family and friends. Or even new neighbors!

Let’s get started!

Honeydew Juice with Gelatin

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Ingredients

  • A packet of gelatin (we use Swallow brand agar-agar powder)
  • 120 grams sugar (gelatin) & 3/4 cup sugar (simple syrup)
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • 3 cups water

Instructions

  1. Cook the gelatin according to the packet instruction. In high heat, stir constantly until it boils. Make sure it boils because the gelatin won’t set if it’s not.
  2. Pour the hot mixture into a glass dish container and let it set in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  3. Make simple syrup by mixing water and 3/4 cup sugar in a large saucepan. Let it chill in the fridge.
  4. Cut honeydew into small chunks and put them in a blender. Pulse until smooth.
  5. Combine the honeydew juice with the syrup (3).
  6. Fun part: Use a cheese grater, grate the gelatin and pour it into the above mixture (5).
  7. Adjust the sweetness accordingly.

If you try this recipe, please comment below and let us know what you think. I hope you like it!

Toodles!

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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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