Saturday, January 12, 2008

Crinkled Herb Baked Potatoes

Crinkled Herb Baked Potatoes were prepared on "ourmeza" or table for snacks.

See the picture on the left? I was unable to fill it up so I could take pictures because my husband and son started munching on it the moment I took it out from our oven.

Last week we had three different storms. And so after work and school we were all cooped up at home till the weekend. But before the three different storms came I have planned ahead, I have rented some videos and bought some of our food supplies, extra drinking water, extra batteries and etc. so we will be prepared and ready for the storm that were coming. The rain came down really hard and the temperature were really freezing. Days have passed when the clouds slowly clearing and thats when we got a peak of the view of the mountain at our balcony. From there we saw snow on top of the mountain. If you are from the west a view like that is rarely seen. So when you see one you get excited especially when you used to live in the eastcoast like us, well mostly my husband. I moved there,got married and gave birth there as well. Our son and I were there a few years then we all moved at the other side of the map,here in the west when he was still a baby. So snow on the top of the mountain was pretty exciting and the air feels and smells crisp and clean as well..

Anyway back to the one of the snacks I made for us to eat while watching a movie at home was Crinkled Herb baked Potatoes. Easy to make and absolutely delicious.


Russet Potatoes

any of your favorite herbs
extra virgin olive oil

ranch dressing as a dip or any vegetable dip

Procedure:Sliced potatoes with the crinkled vegetable cutter. Place in a cooking sheet. Drizzle some EVOO, some herbs, and salt and pepper to taste. Baked till brown. Serve hot with some vegetable dip dressing.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Easy Cassava Cake

Homemade Cassava Cake was prepared on "ourmeza" or table for dessert on Christmas Day.

I've made some Cassava Cake for dessert last Christmas 2007. Made some extra as well for our Christmas Gift give away.

If you are going to buy Cassava Cake for your family to consume plus to give away , buying it from the store would be a bit expensive. So making it is more reasonable if you are going to give some away. It is so easy to make believe me . You'll have enough for your family to indulge with plus enjoy it for a few more days and still give some away as your presents or gifts. For a small square of the cassava cake in the store, the price you pay for it is sometimes 3x more than actual price or even more to make it. Hmmmm well it must be the labor of making it thats why it is expensive. If you can afford and you find cassava cake making a hard thing to do, hey to each its own.
Anyway, for me making cassava cake is so easy. So everytime we have some cravings for it I make some, enough for us to enjoy for a few days. And since I am making it for us for Christmas, I've decided to make extra to give away as our Christmas gift and it didnt even put a dent in our budget. Being in a tight budget, homemade gifts are always a life saver. Simply wrap it in festive clear plastic, with a bow and holy berries voila a very goodlooking gift.

To make it ingredients are

Grated cassava 3- 4 bags ( you'll end up making 4 of the cake square baking pan or depending how small or big your pan is, as long as you distribute it evenly)

1 to 2 bottle of macapuno
(we simply love macapuno in our cassava cake)

2 cans of condense milk ( depends how sweet you want it to be)

1 cup of white sugar

2 cans of coconut milk

grated cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients except the grated cheddar cheese and 1 can of condense milk.
Preheat oven to 325 to 350 Fahrenheit

Pour mixture evenly to your four aluminum square or round cake pan. ( depends how small or how big your pan is. just distritube evenly)

(note: try putting your pan on a sturdy cooking sheet like the cookie sheet to make it easy to put inside the oven and to pull out from the oven plus knowing that your cassava mixture wont spill into your oven while it is baking.)

bake for 45 min.

Remove from the oven and evenly spread the 1 can of condense milk and topped it with grated chedder cheese to your cassava cake.

Put back in the oven for other 20 to 30 min or until brown. So easy to do.
Serve cold. Enjoy!