Woo-hoo! Last exam for uni ever done and dusted!
And with warm (literally) welcome to the summer holidays, I’m ready to party, chill out and enjoy the last 3-month summer break I’ll ever have. As much as I looked forward to finishing my degree in the past 4 years, I know I will definitely miss these long holidays!
I was originally going to post something cold and summery today because the weather lately has NOT been the type for anything other than icy cold drinks and salad, but then I realised that I had some unfinished uni-related business that I still needed to post. If anyone remembers from these posts before, I’d cooked up a four-course meal for a uni assignment that I’d thought would give me the content to blog more regularly during that particular month. Well obviously that didn’t happen, but you really don’t want to listen to me blabber on about how fail I am at managing this blog and other life related matters at the same time……
With the first semester of my master’s course done and dusted, I’ve been quite lazy over the first couple of days of the holidays, not quite sure where to begin on my list of things to bake (which is quite extensive seeing as it’s accumulated over the past three months!). Although it was a semester of long hours and hard work, it was the first time I actually enjoyed what I was learning and didn’t mind too much waking up early before the sun was up to get to class.
Despite numerous classes learning about nutrition and food science, I can’t say that I know nearly as much about food as I probably should, but one thing that has come out of all those classes is my motivation to try some foods/recipes that are somewhat healthier 🙂
I’m quite big fan of Disney, so when I was contacted to try out the Disney Cakes and Sweets Magazine, I was only too eager to say yes!
Disney Cakes and Sweets Magazine is a weekly publication, a short magazine packed with various Disney themed sweet treats, featuring just about every Disney film you could think of, and comes with a variety of cake decorating tools with each issue! I was lucky enough to be sent the first three issues of the magazine, which came with these adorable Mickey and Minnie mouse cookie cutters, which until I find time to make cookies, will suffice as bread cutters for my Minnie mouse sandwiches haha 🙂
The one reason I don’t cook or bake with alcohol much is simple because there is never any in the house. It’s a stupid reason, I know, since I can easily buy wine online or even drive to the bottle shop if it’s urgent so the first thing I did when exams finished was to finally purchase a bottle of red wine to play around with!! 🙂
In the type of Asian cooking we do at home, we only ever occasionally add a splash or rice wine here or there in our stir fries so I was a bit surprised when I first learnt about Western foods, that there was quite a lot of alcohol in a lot of the recipes I wanted to attempt! A lot of stews I wanted to make required red or white wine for depth of flavour, some required beer in the marinades to tenderise the meats- there were even cakes which required beer……..all of which I’d love to try some day!
My first ever cookbook, happened to be titled “My First Cookbook”
I’d picked it up at a school fete for around 20c, as you do at your first school fete in Year 1, for no particular reason. It was a bit shabby, but I liked its illustrations (there were no photos in this cookbook, only drawings!) and it served me well during my primary school life. Well, it taught me to make scrambled eggs to survive those early Sunday mornings when my parents woke up 3 hours after me, and gave me plenty of inspiration back before I found baking as enjoyable as I do now 🙂
I was quite confused however, when I decided to progress from my kid’s cookbooks to ‘adult’ ones, and realised that apart from the lack of illustrations, colour and smaller font size, there wasn’t much of a difference at all. If anything, the recipes were even easier than those I’d been looking at in my kid’s cookbooks!
This triple choc chip cookie recipe is from another one of my kid’s cookbooks I’ve had since I was little and has long been a favourite of mine- it’s ridiculously easy to put together, and tastes absolutely amazing!! I like my cookies to be light and crispy, with a texture more towards the packaged type than your typical ‘homemade’ cookies, and these are just right! 🙂
Triple Choc Chip Cookies
Recipe from Best of Kid’s Cooking
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2/3 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I usually go a bit over to ~1/2 cup)
60g white chocolate, chopped
- Turn oven to 180degC. Lightly grease 2 biscuit trays.
- Put sugar, egg and oil in a bowl. Mix well.
- Sift cocoa and flours intro bowl. Mix gently.
- Add chocolates and mix through gently. Depending on how much chocolate you put in and the size of your chocolates, it might be hard to mix all the chocolate into the dough- I usually just press whatever’s left over into each cookie before baking (i.e. after step 6).
- Knead lightly with hands to make a soft dough
- Make balls by rolling 1 tablespoon of dough
- Put balls on a tray 4cm apart. Bake 1 tray at a time for ~12 minutes, or until cracked and slightly hard (mine usually take longer, but be careful not to overbake or they’ll go hard!)
- Leave on tray for 5 minutes, then cool on wire rack.