It’s been a challenging week and the best way I find to distress, find confort is through cooking a nice meal for a loved one.
Weirdly it Satisfies Me
The company, the preparation of the main dish…all the way to how it will taste. As I lay down in bed on Friday nigh and start anticipating the idea, and feels my heart with a warm satisfaction.
I call my mom around 2 pm, and invited her for dinner that Saturday night…”My mom will be the highlight of my day.”
She answers and instantly I notice that she was whispering and unable to talk, which meant that she was working.
I felt a bit disappointed…since she would be tired and not fully present for dinner.
Regardless I asked her to come for dinner, and she agreed.
On the Menu I had the Main Dish which was the Sweet Marinated Shrimp, Rockfish Baked in The Oven, Italian Fried Sausage, Sautéed Collard Greens, Steamed White Rice, Four Cheese Focaccia Bread, and Red Wine. The setting was deliciously prepared and set perfectly. I had every intention surprise my mommy…in hopes that she would relax and feel special.
And even if she didn’t notice that I did it all for her…it didn’t concern me because it was done with love and appreciation for all her admirable hard work.
Make Someone Feel Special
I’ve build strong connections through cooking for family and friends. And if your my sibling, friend, or child…you’ll get a random invitation at 5:00 am in the morning for breakfast.
Very rarely will I get a (YES) at this time…”I take the time of the invitation is not everyone’s cup of tea…Sadly.”
Give a try cook something delicious for someone whom you would love to spend time with, or make that random invitation. That is if you’re passionate for food just like me. 😉
I wish I had a great interesting story behind this bund cake…other than it’s a must have and try.
I must confess that bananas are not my favorite fruit to indulge on…but weirdly I get excited as I wait for the bananas to ripen and bake the best Banana bread 🍞…Yes I know it doesn’t make sense.
Bananas can be displayed on the dinner table and no one will be tempted to eat them unless I make them look tempting to eat…and it would include being inserted inside a peanut butter sandwich, or Banana Split.
In other words I don’t have to worry that I wont have bananas for Banana Bread…and that makes me happy.
Ready To Bake
The wait was well worth it…and I decided to add a twist to the recipe. I wanted the bread to be extra moist. And I combined the recipe with Pineapple Juice 🍍 and the add on was perfect.
The juice from the Pineapple gave the bread a wet soft dense finish.
My Secret! Sour Cream
I believe that what makes my bread extra moist is adding Sour Cream. If I’m baking there’s a high possibility that sour cream was added.
Better Than Bakery Style
I’ve tried many types of banana breads and nothing comes close to my recipe. I have tasted dried banana bread, moist banana bread, and lazy made banana bread. Unfortunately none satisfy my taste.
This Bund Cake has a dense texture, melts in your mouth with every bite, and definitely infused with bananas. It will fulfill every banana bread fantasy you’ve ever had.
And combined with Pineapple it only adds to the joy of experiencing the best tasting homemade Pineapple Banana Bread. Enjoy 😉
Food! What Would I do Without You
Don’t Let Perfectionism Stunt You From What You Love To Do
Frozen On a Dream
We Have Total Control…Of The State Of Mind That We Choose to Bring Towards Every Experience
Don’t Put Pressure On Thyself
Brunch was Perfect
My boys and I, love making pizza.
Making Pizza Fun
We get really excited in the process …my boys love it when they get to stretch the pizza dough. As for me I have to admit the cheese does it for me…love picking out of the pizza. My boys, and my brother get really annoyed when I do this to the pizza.
The process of making pizza is easy, but the look and excitement in my house is far more rewarding than the actual final result. My boys literally can’t believe that we don’t have to buy pizza, and that we can create our very own…if it was for them I would be making pizza everyday.
Zen of Pizza
It takes basic ingredients, you can always pre-prepare the dough and let it rest for a couple hours or all day.
I started early in the morning all left it eight hours to rest…enough time for my boys come out from school.
To start you have to play and get messy. Knead the dough for about ten minutes until the dough doesn’t feel clumpy…do this at the begging, and after the rising of the dough. I have to admit that after a long day I started releasing some of my build up tension…which made my body feel relaxed after a while. Automatically I started feeling happy.
It was also therapy for my boys as they gathered and asked with a smile, “Where making Pizza?” laughter and positive energy radiated through the kitchen. And theirs no greater feeling in knowing their wont be a battle or debate at dinner time.
No Culinary School Needed
Unless your opening a restaurant, planning to impress an important guest…then this is the perfect recipe for you and your family. My critics are no food experts and they love me…reason why I can get away with almost anything when it comes food…bare in mind almost but not necessarily.
But I have to admit that this one is a winner for me, simple yet bready, cheesy delicious pizza.
No fancy baking Pizza Stone…though I’m looking into it since it’s becoming a frequent request. And my perfectionist side always manages to condemn me for it while making pizza.
I’m also torn between All purpose flour and Bread Flour…but the awesome part is that you get to decide. I’ve worked with both and All purpose flour is easier to stretch and less tougher to handle.
The Bread Flour is tougher to handle and less stretchier, but the texture is far more satisfying…ask my family.
I made two pizzas using the same dough that night. One pizza was left a little thicker, and second pizza was stretched enough to make it thin. I will have to leave it up to you…depending of how thick you love your pizza.
I love cooking cakes…it makes me extremely happy. If I could make a cake for everyone’s Birthday I would…but not everyone is ready for my decorating skills.
I get this warm fussy feeling when baking, everything seems perfect. I also tend to love everything and everyone. I’m filled with happy thoughts and my mouth literally waters throughout the whole process.
Confession I have a box of chocolate in my room. Every night I will indulge on a piece of Chocolate and it’s just a reminder that the day was all worth it.
Cake Décor Fail
I wanted to design the unicorn cake, and when attempting the flowers I failed miserably. I definitely need culinary school for this or work on it harder. Since the unicorn cake failed, I made it into a flower cake.
Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out pretty…try to fix it and make the best out of it. And if you fail on plan A try plan B. If both failed then it was meant to be eaten at home…hopefully the cake wasn’t made for someone special because regardless of the design this cake taste amazing. The frosting is delicious and the inside of the cake taste even better super moist, soft, fluffy, bursting with chocolate, and easy to make.
Good Coffee Please
I brewed fresh Starbucks Coffee and trust me you want to add good tasting coffee. I’ve tried some instant coffees and it makes a huge difference. I personally cannot drink some coffee brands. My sister argues with me every morning and says “Erica it’s coffee theirs no difference they all taste the same” while trying to convince me to drink her brand. The only way I will drink her coffee is if I run out of mine and I’m desperate which happens rarely.
I’ve tried many Chocolate Cake recipes and by far this is my favorite. Quick and easy to make and it taste like it was baked from the best bakery. Super moist and the secret is the sour cream. Cutting into the first slice will be highly enjoyable due to the softness glorious feeling of the cake.
Once you try this recipe you’ll give up trying to find the perfect chocolate cake or maybe not. Either way it tastes sinfully delicious. Enjoy 🙂