Wow. It has been months! I’m not assuming that anyone missed me but I did miss updating my blog.

Well, I have been baking. Actually more like tweaking my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe (Marha Stewart’s Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies). And one of the recipes I came up with is my Orange Chocolate Chip cookie.

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It had a tangy taste that went well with chocolate and the smell is heavenly! I used semi-sweet chocolate with this one but I am more partial to bittersweet chocolates now. ūüôā

 

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1 1/8 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 1/4 tsp corn starch

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large egg

rind of 1 orange

2 tsps orange extract

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and corn starch.

2. Cream butter with both sugars at medium speed until light and fluffy,

3. Reduce speed to low.  Add salt, vanilla extract, egg, orange rind, and orange extract.  Until well mixed.

4. Gradually add the flour mixture.

5. Fold in chocolate chips.

6. Chill for at least two hours.

7. Preheat oven at 175C.  Line baking sheet with baking paper.  Using an ice cream scoop (1.5 inch diameter) position dough at least two inches apart.

8.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until edges are golden and center is still a bit soft.  Halfway through, baking turn the sheet 180 degrees to ensure a more even bake among the cookies.

9. Remove cookies from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 4 minutes.  Transfer to wire rack and let cool completely. 

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Epic Dream

Posted: April 18, 2014 in thoughts, writing
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I do not know how to start this entry as I am fairly new in sharing my private thoughts to others.  Even to those who, literally, do not know me.  I always believed that my thoughts are mine.  I always thought that if I share too much then I might lose myself, my individuality, in the process.

But I when I look back to those times when people praised my writings, they praised the ones that held part of my soul in it.  So, I am took the hint and decided to finally share what insane, crazy thoughts I have as I believe this is His plan all along.  And hope to touch more than a handful of other lost souls.

Okay. ¬†I believe that’s enough ramblings for now, tonight I share with you a dream I had last night. ¬†I am not sure if the dream is just a result of my very active imagination or if it is telling me something. ¬†You must understand that I love epic fantasies and am currently addicted to Brandon Sanderson’s works. ¬†And this particular dream has the epic fantasy vibe to it. ¬†Perhaps some of you can help me decide whether the dream is a message or just another sign of my addiction. ¬†Perhaps not. ¬†But I still want to share it with anyone willing to read it.

 

I was standing in the middle of a hedge maze, talking to someone I could feel that I trust. ¬†I could not see his face but I felt that I knew him. ¬†We were arguing, really, because I know that I had to die that day and went to that spot to meet my fate. ¬†He, however, was trying to “save” me.

But I knew it had to be done. ¬†I believed that it was the only way. ¬†So, I died. ¬†In front of my companion. ¬†Well, at least my physical body died and my soul was released from it. ¬† I watched as my companion knelt over my body. ¬†I tried to tell him that I was still there, that I didn’t really die but he could not hear me.

Then, I felt someone behind me. ¬†As I turned I saw a hooded figure and I knew that this was my murderer. ¬†As with my grieving companion, I could not see his face, even after he lifted the hood. ¬†I just know he’s a man and that I should go with him.

So, I left my body and followed my murderer out of the maze.  It was a really large maze and we walked for a while.  It was already dark by the time we emerged from it.  And outside the maze waited more hooded figures.  One of them gave me a pack and pointed west.  I do not know what is in the pack or what awaits me in that direction but I turned and walked into the night.

 

Like I said, I do not know what it meant or if I will dream of it again tonight. But I think the dream is too good to keep to myself, specially as I am bound to just forget about it if I do not preserve it somehow.

Imperfect Slice

Posted: April 17, 2014 in thoughts, writing
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As I lie in the dark, waiting for sleep to claim me, thoughts start running through my mind.

It has been almost three weeks since I resigned from my job. Three weeks of being lazy around the house. Reading. Trying to write. Cooking. Baking. Watching my favorite shows.

Three weeks of doing everything that I like and experiencing none of the stress I used to experience at work.

It has been a slice of paradise. But an imperfect slice.

For I know that this cannot continue.

I need to find another source of income. I cannot rely on my family to keep me afloat for more than several weeks. It’s just too embarrassing to do that.

But, it seems that things are not going as I would like them to go.

No word from the companies I applied to. Not even a slight sign of interest from any of them.

Even the freelance online gig that I am trying my hand in is not going well.

I find myself running out of options for now and that is scary.

So, yes. Troubling thoughts are what lulls me to sleep every night, in this imperfect slice of paradise I call my life. For now.

It’s always fun to try out new recipes. But it’s more fun to do adjustments on a recipe you’ve never tried and make it your own, especially if you have absolutely know idea how it’s going to turn out.

So, let’s night, that’s what I did to an egg noodle recipe I found online. As is my usual approach, I had to make adjustments as some ingredients will make the dish expensive.

I made my adjustments and hoped for the best.

Chinese Egg Drop Noodle Soup (Original recipe here)

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Ingredients:

2 chicken broth cubes, dissolved in 4 cups of hot water
1 cup water
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons grape juice
1 piece ginger, sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic
1 can Purefoods’ Sexy Chix (Hainanese flavor), drained
1 stalk Taiwan Pechay
4 rolls dried egg noodles
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 to 2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil

Directions:
1. Bring broth, water, grape juice, ginger, and garlic to a boil. Remove ginger and garlic.
2. Stir in chicken chunks. Simmer for 2 minutes.
3. Stir in noodles and simmer for 4 minutes. Stirring soup in a circular motion.
4. Add pechay. Simmer for 1 minute.
5. Add eggs and simmer for 1 minute.
6. Remove from heat. Stir in scallions and sesame oil.

It has been a while, and I do mean a while, since I last posted one of my kitchen adventures but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing my magic in it. ūüôā

So, here’s what I made for dinner tonight.

Pan-grilled Chicken Fillet

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This was inspired by a fish fillet Greek dish  I tried a while back. Click here to be directed to my previous post.

For anyone who would like to try my recipe, here it is:

 

Ingredients:

6pcs chicken thigh fillet
6 tbps Olive oil
2 pcs lemon, squeezed
8-10 cloves of garlic
Salt and pepper
Dried thyme
Dried rosemary
Dried basil leaves

1. Pound the chicken fillet to get a more uniform thickness to get an even cook.
2. Mix olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic in a container.
3. Mix salt, pepper, and the dried herbs in another container.
4. Rub herb mixture on chicken fillet and mix the rest of the rub with the oil mixture to make marinade.
5. Blend marinade well and pour over the chicken fillet.
6. Marinate and refrigerate chicken for at least an hour.
7. Grill on medium-heat for 8-10 minutes or until chicken is done.

 

I apologize for not giving exact measurements on the herbs as I kind of do those by feel, but I hope your chicken would turn out as delicious as mine.

Been a Long Time

Posted: March 2, 2014 in passion
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I am back!

Been away for a bit so I need some time to warm up. We transferred apartment units so I did not have connection for more than a week.

Hopefully,  in a few days I will be back in my groove. ūüėČ

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Posted: February 3, 2014 in passion, Q and A
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Question of the Day: On a scale of one to ten, how sad are you? Why?

I, like everyone else on the planet, am still longing for a few things. Despite my good life, I still want a few more things.

I want a job that I will not look at as a job. This, however, I am already working on achieving,  one baby step at a time. And I sincerely hope that my dreams will soon become my reality.

I want my family to be physically together. Something that hadn’t happened in a looooong time.

I miss having someone beside me. To have the license to kiss him whenever I want. Feel him wrap his arms around me whenever he feels like doing so.

I am afraid that I will never have the one thing I have been dreaming of for the longest time, to have a kid of my own.

These are some of the things that make me sad and insecure about my life. The things that I think makes my life incomplete. The things that I should learn to live with, for now, as I know God has plans for me. Just like he has plans for everyone else.

So, I say I am borderline happy for now. But, I really pray that things will soon change for the better.