26 September 2014

Healthier Chocolate Chip & Pecan Pumpkin Bread

I'm really getting ready for sweater weather. My body knows it. My hunger knows it. I just feel like eating and snacking all day long, wrapped up in a oversized sweater that hangs down to my knees. It doesn't help when I love (and I MEAN LOVE) pumpkin baked goods: pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin bagels, cupcakes, ice cream!!! You get the idea. My pinterest is going crazy with pumpkin pins.

So I gave in. You know? To those pumpkin callings and sweater body. Luckily, I own 10 pairs of sweatpants. Haha. I did make this pumpkin bread a little healthier though. Makes me feel a tad bit better about myself :P

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

makes 1 loaf

1.5 cups flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1/4 vegetable oil
1/4 cup yogurt
2 eggs
1 heaping cup of pumpkin puree
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup mix of pecan and bittersweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line loaf tin with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, add all the dry ingredients: flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and spice. In a medium size bowl, beat eggs slightly, add yogurt, oil, pumpkin puree and vanilla.
  3. Gently mix together the wet and dry mix until just incorporated. It's okay if there are small streaks of flour. You don't want to over-mix or you will end up with a brick!
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and nuts
  5. Bake for 50-60mins or until a toothpick poked in the middle comes out dry

16 September 2014

Basic Gougères

My friends and I are starting a new thing where we have potlucks based on a specific country. So a few weeks ago, we had a Brazilian potluck and I had full intention of making Pão de Queijo. Watch me go to a Brazilian churrascaria and chow down a basket full of cheesy chewy puffs of dough. They are soo delicious, so fluffy and even better hot out of the oven.

But... Why does my post say gougères then?! Because, I didn't have the right flour!! I was so devastated, but I thought screw it, I need to make something in 2 hours or I will show up empty handed. And my friends will beat me (haha kidding). I started making the dough with olive oil (typically for pão de queijo) and normal flour, which reminded me of making cream puffs. And I thought, GOUGÈRES! They are like the French version of pão. Don't ask me who came up with cheesy breads first... I just like to eat them :P.

Anyway, instead of using butter, I used mostly olive oil and they turned out wonderfully. And I saved the day (sort of :\). These are like crack on a plate, covered in cheese. Do make them!!

Parmesan Gougères

adapted from foodandwine.com
makes 35-40
1 cup whole milk
a little less than 1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp salt
1-1/4 cup flour
4 eggs
1 cup shredded parmesan cheese (plus extra for sprinkling)
1/2 tbsp pepper

06 September 2014

Matcha Brioche Braided Loaf

Hello to the weekend from my lovely bed with another cardio exam under my belt! I didn't quite mind learning about the heart. Although, I don't know if I can finely distinguish between normal heart sounds or the sound of a hole in your heart :P I am in awe of some of these cardiologists. I keep listening to different heart sounds and they all sound the same to me. Maybe I need to clean out my ears haha.

After doing some serious sleeping and resting this weekend, I hope I won't be feeling so burned out for my next exam. Spending some quality time with my buds and bf, eating good food and being active certainly helps.

Matcha Brioche Braided Loaf

makes 2 loaves

1 batch of brioche dough (or half to make 1 loaf)

Matcha filling
1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temp
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup raw cane sugar (coarse demerara sugar)
1 tbsp matcha powder

1 large egg beaten + 1 tbsp milk for egg wash

24 August 2014

Nutella Twisted Brioche Buns

You can tell that I love Nutella in my bread. Heck, I eat that stuff straight out of the jar. My roommate is also one Nutella aficionado. She always has her Costco-sized Nutella jar on the kitchen counter for direct access and another jar for emergencies! I don't think I've ever met a Nutella-hater. That creamy luscious stuff thoughh...hmmmm. And it's made with nuts so that's got to be healthy right?

Ever since I got my Kitchen aid mixer, I've been able to make so much bread. Good for my soul but not so much my fat paunch ah ha :\ Here, I've made brioche, which I looovee because it's so eggy and buttery. I did cut down on the butter and sugar but, it still came out very puffy and soft. These Nutella stuffed brioche buns make a lovely breakfast and people will fawn over you when you bring them to school or work :D or you can choose to hoard... yea, it was a hard choice ;)

Nutella Twisted Brioche Buns

17 August 2014

Tomato Watermelon Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

It's that lazy Sunday where I don't really feel like doing anything but eat frozen chocolate covered bananas in bed. I've had a week filled with cooking and baking disasters. I just kept burning everything I made. Like my batch of green tea macarons :( So labor intensive and then gone to waste by 5 minutes of extra time in the oven. Ughhh macarons!! So when it came to the day of my bf's birthday two days ago, I was super super hesitant to cook dinner. But, I did it anyway...because "best gf". you know? Ha

Anyway, I wanted to make sausage and biscuits, because he loves that gloopy stuff. Baking the biscuits was a disaster. My first batch well... I might as well have made hockey pucks. I know when I have a bad week, I just need to stay out of the kitchen! Luckily, this salad turned out pretty decently. And I say lucky, because I spent a few hours cleaning the mess I made in the kitchen after dinner :(

Tomato Watermelon Salad with Ginger Vinaigrette

serves 3-4

11 August 2014

Tri-color Banchan - Korean Side Dishes

It's hard to believe that another academic year has passed and I'm now no longer a newbie to med school. I drink black coffee, stare at a screen all day and the only exercise I get is walking to the kitchen to open the refrigerator door...which is quite often, because who knows what's in there the next minute?!

I know I complain about being in school all the time and whine about this and that. But, it's actually pretty nice to be back in the groove and to see all my friends. I like being on a schedule and sometimes studying isn't too bad. Haha kidding... We just had a tricky cardiovascular exam and I'm delirious from the lack of sleep.

This year I'm trying to fit in some exercising and to pack my lunch every day. This starts with making Korean banchan (small dishes). I keep an assortment in my fridge and pack different kinds with quinoa, salad or rice daily. Nom time!

Korean Banchan - 삼색나물

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