Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing - Medical Theme!

Hello fellow bakers!

This is Mehwish, Wardah's sister. I'd like to share a recent successful baking experiment. Last week, I finally had an excuse to bake. I wanted to do something nice for the providers and staff at an ER where I was rotating for PA school. What better way to show appreciation than treats, am I right?

Monday, February 22, 2016

Cake Pop 101

I'm not sure why, but I've been on a baking spree for the past few weeks (although I can't say that anyone has been complaining, haha). I guess I decided that becoming the next Mrs. Van De Kamp and having homemade baked goods around the house 24/7 was a good idea. However, there was nothing like the growing tube around my belly to put a damper on my baking adventures.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Chicken Broth and Chicken Corn Soup

This is seriously one of the best chicken corn soup recipes ever.

This time of the year, soup is an absolute must in each household. Kids and hubbies alike are more susceptible to catching a cold in this wintry weather. Runny noses and sore throats are pretty common in my family members. A warm cup of chicken broth is an absolute must when you are suffering from a cold because of its ant-inflammatory properties. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Heartfelt Brunch for Two

If you are looking for some homemade and heartfelt brunch ideas, you're in luck. I served this brunch to hubby many years back as a surprise. The menu was mini stacked pancakes, eggs in a heart basket, rosemary seasoned potatoes, fruit skewers, cake pops, and java chip frappes.

I love to express myself through food. It's a great way to be creative and challenge yourself. Food has the power to bring people together and start conversations. I love cooking as an expression of love and celebrating life together.

Making your loved ones happy, seeing them enjoy the food you have cooked, and appreciating your effort is so rewarding and satisfying. S really loved this brunch that I made more than three years ago and still remembers every detail!

This time of the year, there is so much heart paraphernalia in the stores, I just stock up for the whole year! Take a trip down to the dollar store and you will find so much stuff you can hang on to for many years down the road. Believe me, they will come in use more than one day out of the year.

Here's how you can recreate this brunch for you and and your loved one.

Eggs in a Heart Basket
(serves two)

2 breads
2 eggs
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste

Cut a heart shape in the middle of both slices of bread. Melt the butter in a large pan on medium-low heat. Add both slices of bread to the pan and fry one side of the bread until golden. Flip the bread over and crack an egg into the heart shaped hole. Add a splash of water to the side of the pan and cover it quickly. The steam will cook the egg in 3-4 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve.

If you like your eggs more well done, instead of adding the water, flip the bread again and cook the egg on both sides. Toast the little heart as well and serve alongside the basket.

Mini Stacked Pancakes
Serves 2

Prepare 1 cup of your favorite pancake batter from scratch or using the box mix. Make sure the batter is lump free and not very thick. 

Pour it into a squeeze bottle (you can find these at Michaels), and squeeze small circles onto a pan over medium heat. Cook each side for 30 seconds and flip, or until golden brown. Stack and skewer with a tooth pick.

Fruit Skewers

2 bananas
5 or 6 strawberries

Slice thick slices from both fruit. Skewer alternatively on lollipop sticks.

Rosemary Potato Wedges

2 russet potatoes
rosemary, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper to taste
1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat oven to 450º F. Scrub and wash the potatoes. Cut into thick wedges. Add all the seasonings and oil to the wedges and toss to combine. Spread on a greased baking sheet and bake for 20-25 min until fully cooked through and browned. Flip halfway through the baking process. If they aren't browned after 25 minutes, broil them for 1 minute to achieve the crispy outer layer.

Java Chip Frappe - You can find the recipe here.

Cake Pops here.

Don't forget to decorate and enjoy!
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