Friday Five: The home cooking edition

In my quest to become less of a culinary nohoper, I have learned a few things along the way.

I will never buy tortillas or burritos again!

I live by this Jamie Oliver flatbreads recipe. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a bit of time (and a bit of mess on the kitchen counter) but these only cost a few cents. Beats paying up to $7 for a pack at the supermarket. Life has become really hectic for most of us, and as you try juggling between tasks and shuffling your priorities, you are all the more entitled to a break, and what better way to take a break than eat a healthy and absolutely delicious eggless cake Singapore!  For some, cake decorating is a hobby, and for others, it is a career. The amateurs are those who find it fun and gratifying to bake the cakes and then decorate them for their family and friends, saving money by doing it themselves. With expert training along with good decorating tips and ideas, anyone can master this art. With this art form you will be able to stretch your imagination. If you continue building your skills, you will experience the joy of making others happy with your expertise. The art of decorating cakes takes place when a man or woman has turned the kitchen into an art studio. When a cake is decorated in an artistic design it is pleasing to both the creator and the recipient. Creating a cake does not have to be a stressful experience, you just need to get creative. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas and techniques. For the amateur, it is the simple cake decorating tips, which are the best ways to help you get started. Decorating can be as simple as using a stencil and dusting confectioner’s sugar or cocoa powder on the top of a cake. Cakes are one of the favorite desserts of people of all ages. It is always present in various kinds of gatherings. Some cakes are traditionally eaten in special occasions such as at Christmas Eve. Others can be eaten with different toppings and are available in a variety of forms. Carrot is the main ingredient of a carrot cake and consists of large amounts of sugar like sugar beets. It was used during the medieval age as sweet ingredient in sweet cake. The carrot cake is a sweet gourmet cake prepared through the mixture of grated carrot and butter. The process of cooking results to soft carrot and the cake has dense and soft texture. The carrots themselves improve and add to the appearance, texture, and flavor of the cake. Our kid birthday cake idea collection makes cake decorating fun and fearless. You don’t have to be a pastry chef to create a professional quality cake for your child’s birthday or other special event. Learn unique and easy cake decorating ideas to make spectacular homemade cakes.

Well, I know most of you would be watching what you eat, especially on a Monday, after all the binging during the weekend, but what if I told you I have a Wheat cake that you can make in a microwave and it would take you less than 15 mins to do it!! Yup, that got you interested, right?! So check out this really simple, healthy and wholesome Eggless Wheat chocolate Spongecake recipe that is healthy and delicious!


The key to making Indian food at home…

Well, I don’t know, because I haven’t cracked it yet. But cream is definitely an essential ingredient. It helps a lot.

I am becoming a generic snob

I buy home brand dairy, bread, and pasta. But the amount of products that I insist on buying name brand is far longer: Ketchup, cereal, biscuits, pasta sauce, juice, fizzy drinks, ice cream (everything else I choose based on the best deal).

Food processors are worth the money

Ours has been amazing for making everything from mayonnaise (although I’ve mastered the technique for getting the right consistency, I’m yet to crack the perfect flavouring. Any tips?) to tabbouleh and cheesecake toppings.

But I do wonder if we still need…

A stand blender, you know, with double whisks that you place your bowl under.stand blender

Got any cooking tricks to share?

(I’m still a bit of a kitchen fail, in case you were wondering, but I’m probably now closer to ‘competent’ on the scale than ‘can’t boil an egg’.)

5 thoughts on “Friday Five: The home cooking edition

  • Reply Tracey June 22, 2012 at 14:25

    Those mixers are so expensive for what they are – I just use an electric hand-mixer.

    Agree with you about the home-brand vs name-brand. I think the home-brand is excellent for “basic” foods and pickles etc, but for real flavour they usually can’t beat name-brand products. You’ll always have your favourite.

  • Reply sybaritica June 23, 2012 at 02:31

    And the homemade tortillas taste better *every* time!

  • Reply Rina June 23, 2012 at 04:43

    I <3<3<3 Jamie Oliver. Like, ridiculously so. He's terribly admirable and smart and funny and cute and talented and I'd make ANY one of his recipes without doubting it for a second.

    Also, Indian food? *drooling*

    We buy a lot of generic (save for a few things that just don't taste right if not brand name). Good on you. Yay saving money!

    I've been dreaming of a Kitchen Aid stand mixer, the one with the glass bowl? Priced at nearly $500 though, way outta my league. I typically don't use a mixer, either hand or stand, even to whip heavy cream. Good exercise.

  • Reply fromshoppingtosaving June 24, 2012 at 05:10

    I want a food processor! Homemade flatbread sounds really good… I gotta give that a shot. I’ve become somewhat of a snob with not buying generic for a lot of things too… exactly the ones you mentioned – soda, ice cream, ketchup, etc.

  • Reply SP June 24, 2012 at 07:07

    I’m kind of shocked that tortillas are $7 at the store. I feel like ours are only a few bucks for a rather large package!

    I’m a brand snob when it comes to: soda (i drink it so rarely that it seems silly to cheap out), chocolate (high quality only), and cereal. Mostly because there are no “cheap” cereals with the same nutritional value as, say, Kashi.

    Also, I just use a hand mixer too. I think a stand mixer would be nice for making brread, perhaps, but I can’t really see how it would be worth the $$$ for any other things I make. but i’m not a regular baker.

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