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Vanilla-ey 7up… Slushie? Granita?

Vanilla-ey 7up... Slushie? Granita?

So… I was craving cream soda. It’s been so LOOONG!!! So I made a substitute to satisfy my cravings. I took some 7up and mixed it with a tiny bit of vanilla. And since its summer, (Yay!) I decided to make it into a granita/slushie. It satisfied me, alright. But nothing, NOTHING, beats an ice-cold cream soda with vanilla ice-cream on top. In summer. Sigh… ^_^

All you need is a can of 7up, and about 1/4 of a tsp. of vanilla. Whisk it up with a fork in a square pan. After it’s completely chilled, scrape it across the pan, to achieve a crumbly texture. Serve it anyway you want to. I took a few alcohol glasses and served it with a slice of lime, though I bet it would look cooler with a champagne glass and a sprig of peppermint, or just mint on top. Enjoy! 🙂

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The Infusion…

The Infusion...

Simply put, its bursting with flavour. ^_^

– Olive Oil, as much as your container needs.

-The recipe differs based on which of the following types of  infusion you are making:

Lime and Garlic
– One Lime’s worth of juice.
– One Lime’s worth of zest.
– A few cloves of garlic
– Sea Salt

Chili and Garlic
– Dried red chili
– A few cloves of garlic
– Sea Salt

For both recipes, you have to make a concentrate. To make the concentrate, you must put the flavours in a mortar and pestle and grind it. A simpler option is to put in a bowl, and use a spoon to grind it up. Then take a little bit of olive oil and add it to the flavourings in a different bowl. Now put it in your container and fill it up with olive oil. Done! You can put it on salads, to eat bread, eat it however you want to. 🙂

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The Mouthwatering Sweetness of Homemade Apple Tart

I originally wanted to call this entry “The Mouthwatering Sweetness of Apple and Vanilla Ice Cream Pie” but I decided not to because the vanilla ice cream is completely optional.  It all depends whether you want the pie to be warm or cool and if you like vanilla ice cream or not.  Making apple pie is very easy and it tastes really good.  I will put the recipe for mini-pies because that is the way that I usually make it, but you can use the same exact recipe and put it in one big pie baking dish instead of several small pies in a cupcake pan.


  1. Ingredients:
  • 1/2 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup of all purpose flour (plus a little extra to sprinkle on the rolling board)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

2.  Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius (about 392 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Cut up butter and put it in a mixing bowl along with the flour and salt.
  • Rub the mixture together until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs (you may need to add a bit of flour).
  • Add sugar.
  • Mix in water a little bit at a time with a wooden spoon and knead until until you have a soft lump of dough that leaves the sides of the bowl clean (if too dry, add water and if too wet, add flour).
  • Sprinkle flour on a rolling board and on a rolling pin.  Roll out dough until it is about 1/4 cm thick.
  • Use the rim of a cup to help you cut out 6 circles of pastry.
  • Press circles into cupcake papers and place the papers into a cupcake baking tray.
  • Bake for 15 mins or until they are golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cool.



  • 2 unpeeled apples, grated medium
  • Brown sugar to taste (approx. 1 tablespoon)
  • Cinnamon to taste


  • Grate apple into mixing bowl.
  • Put grated apples into pan on a medium heat and cook off liquid.
  • While liquid is cooking off, mix brown sugar and cinnamon into pan.  Taste and add additional brown sugar and cinnamon as needed.
  • Once water is cooked off, remove mixture from pan and let cool.


  • Fill crust with filling.


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The Perfect Meal ~ Jambalaya!

This is the second time I’ve made jambalaya, and it was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than the first one. I mean, it was flavorful, spicy, and not too salty at all. The chicken was well spiced and perfectly cooked. $_$ I think that if I had sold it, it would be sold out. ^_^ Here’s the recipe and its from a DK cookbook by Nicola Graimes. I improvised it a bit though, so I will put parenthesis around all of my suggestions for improvisation.

This is the original recipe, and yes, they look the same.


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 large chopped gloves of garlic
  • 1 red pepper (deseeded and cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 green chili, de-seeded and finely chopped, (optional, though it does taste really good with the rice).
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 3 cups warm chicken/vegetable stock, (can also be substituted by water, it doesn’t taste worse)
  • 3 tbsp canned chopped tomatoes, (or one small tomato)
  • 1 1/3 cups brown rice, (or white rice)
  • 1/3 cup peas
  • Salt and pepper


1. Put the rice in a sieve and rinse it under cold water until the water runs clear. Washing the rice before cooking stops the grains from sticking together.

2. Chop the onions into small pieces and set aside. Then carefully cut the chicken and ham into bite-sized pieces. Heat the oil in a large saucepan.

3. Fry the chicken and onion for 8 minutes over a medium heat until the chicken is golden all over. Stir frequently to prevent the chicken sticking to the pan. (Add a tiny, tiny sprinkling of cumin and salt if you want).

4. Add the garlic, red pepper, and chili, and cook for 2 minutes. Add the paprika, thyme, rice, stock, and tomatoes. Stir and bring to a boil. (Before boiling, you can add a little turmeric, black pepper, a little more cumin, and a little salt).

5. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 35 minutes or until the rice is cooked and the stock is absorbed. Season the rice and stir before serving.  (Add the peas a little before it is fully cooked).

Stir and season before serving. Enjoy! ^_^

Oh, here’s some pictures of my improvised jambalaya.



P.S. All credit goes to Nicola Graimes, the author of this cookbook. Thank you! 🙂

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The Savory Goodness of a Cheesy Toast Snack

This is a really tasty snack that is not too hard to make, and works with both normal cheese and soy cheese, so it is good for those with allergies.

Ingredients: (amount for 2 toasts)

  • About 38 grams of cheese (2 slices of packaged cheese)
  • 1 medium sized egg
  • 2 slices of bread
  • A small slice of ginger (you can adjust the amount according to how ever much you want)
  • A pinch of red chili powder
  • Salt and parsley (according to your taste)
  • A few drops of oil (enough to spread in the pan)


Cut/shred cheese into small pieces.  Next, whisk egg with cheese. Set aside. Mush/cut up ginger into small pieces in a small bowl. Add chili powder, salt, and parsley to ginger. Mix thoroughly, and add the egg and cheese mixture. Now you should have a yellowish gooey mixture. Use a spoon to coat each slice of bread thickly.  Use half of mixture for each slice of bread.  Spread oil on a heated pan, with the heat on medium. Place the two toasts on the pan with the mixture side down. Do this quickly, so it doesn’t drip all over the pan. -_-‘ Wait until the mixture is solid and isn’t gooey anymore, then apply a small amount of oil to the empty side before flipping it over.  Now you can flip it over to the other side.  Be careful, because the side without the mixture will cook quite fast.  After, test the toast with a fork or toothpick to make sure it is cooked.  If it isn’t, then flip it over to cook some more.  If it is perfectly cooked, place it on a plate and… Enjoy! 😉

This is what the final result should look like. :)

This is what the final result should look like. 🙂

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What I Call… The Chocolate Banana Chip Ice-Cream!

I’ve been wanting to make ice-cream for a long, long, time. I’ve always wondered what went on in the inside at stores like Movenpick, and Ben & Jerry’s.

So, I decided to make Banana Malted Ice-cream, as found in a cookbook I had. I didn’t have the cookbook, because I left it at a friend’s house after a session of making cookies and cupcakes. They were delectable, by the way. 😉  So, I looked up “banana malted ice-cream” on the internet, hoping to find the same recipe. To no avail, but… I found this amazing recipe on a blog called afarmergirl’sdabbles. The picture looks so good I had to try it.

Here’s the link to the recipe.

And if you don’t have an ice-cream maker, (like me),  just use this link. ^_^

All credit goes to the blog(s). They were so  helpful, and my ice-cream turned out delicious. (Thankfully).

Here’s a picture of mine.


Hope you enjoy making it!

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Delicious Chocolate Fudge Brownie!

This is one of my favorite and most delicious desserts!

This is an easy and simple dessert whenever I make it I always end up salivating.  Oh dear. -_-‘  This is also good for people who are allergic to dairy products.

Ingredients: (Serving for one person)

  • 2 tbs flour
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 tbs oil (corn, canola, or sunflower oil,  not olive oil)
  • 2 tbs water


Mix flour, sugar, and cocoa in a microwave-safe bowl (not metal).  Add and mix in oil and water.  If the mixture is too dry add a little more water and mix it in.  Mix until the mixture is smooth.  Microwave for 45 seconds or until the brownie is soft, but not liquid anymore.  Enjoy! :

You can use this recipe to make your friends jealous. Tee hee! 😀





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As is my first post, I shall show you what real home made chocolate chip cookies look like… (takes a bow)

ah… they’re the best… ^_^

Comment for the recipe… if they look as good as they taste.  🙂

The golden mountain... Err... Plateau of heaven!

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