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Corn Fritters

Hello everyone, it has been awhile since we posted a recipe. There has been a lot of ups and downs for the past months and we thought we should take a break and…. it’s been more than a year. Majoring in Engineering and Science don’t help much either. There are a lot of assignments, deadlines, projects, need to find internships etc.

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So, we figure we’ll try to post as many recipes as we can during this Summer break and today’s recipe is corn fritters.

Corn fritters has been a staple dish in our family. Our mom will always fry it in small balls and it usually doesn’t last that long 😀 (Sorry, Mom). Mom has always emphasized that family is very important. When all else fails and the world is against you, you can only count on your family. That’s why all the recipes that she has passed on to us are very precious to us and that we treasure a lot.

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This recipe is great for appetizer and as snacks that you can bring to pretty much any occasion. Get those flip flops, hats, and baskets out! It’s Summer time and we’re going on a picnic! And don’t forget the blanket and wine 😉

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Ingredients:

Serve: 12-15 fritters (according to the corns size)

4-5 corns on the cob

6-7 tablespoons whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons Garam Masala

2 teaspoons All Natural Jamaican Jerk Salt Free (We use the Spice Hunter brand)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Paprika

Oil, for frying

Instructions:

1. Heat oil in the pan.

2. Remove all the corn kernel from the cobs. Place a small bowl upside down inside a bigger silver bowl and place the corn upwards (stem on the bottom, holding the top part). Use a knife and slice downwards, letting all the kernels fall into the silver bowl.

2. In another bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients and then incorporate the corn kernels in it.

3. The batter should be thick as the corn kernels will float around while frying if the batter is too thin and it will POP! (Just like popcorn) 🙂

4. Add 1 tablespoon of the mixture and flip it when the bottom part browns. Scoop out all of the floating corn kernels (this will cause hot oil to splatter around).

5. Fry until both sides are golden brown and serve with any dipping sauce. (We usually would go with the ABC Hot Sauce Sambal)

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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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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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