Hi all,

Hope you are having an amazing Halloween week! I know all the young people are out partying it up for Halloween and getting up dressed up . Not me…I seriously ask myself how is it that I did that in my younger days? I mean we would get dressed up and go stand outside in the freezing cold of MN just to get into a club, where everyone pushed you around, because no one ever sees the short people.

I was barley wearing any clothes too! Now I see these young gals in their small outfits and peep toes shoes with nothing covering their legs from the cold and I literally cringe! Now by the time I get to the club, I am already planning on when I can leave!

And to prove my point, I recently got back from a trip to Vegas with my gal pals…a 3 day weekend thing. There was this one night where we took our time and got all dressed up, all excited to get to the club, check out the guys, have them buys us drinks, maybe shake a leg.

OMG…we got to the club around 11 pm. We had to stand in the VIP line no less, for an hour just to get inside. We get inside and there is all these stairs you got to climb to get to the first floor. Me climbing stairs in my 4 inch heels with flashing lights! I am not kidding you when I say I lasted no more than 10 minutes in there. I got my $25 very small bottle of water, yes there was only bottled water, because these places are all about making money so they had no cups of water.

I told my gal pals, meet me in the casino after you guys are finished being young! But this old gal is going to find somewhere to sit down and take her shoes off! One of them met up with me about 30 minutes later, she was like nope, not for me. The next one lasted a whole hour…and the last one and the youngest…dang that girl lasted till 7am!

When my little monster who is not so little anymore proclaimed that she no longer has any interest in going trick or treating in 20 degree weather…I believe I was the happiest person alive! Its the small things in life!

What is not so small is this amazing Butter Chicken recipe. I actually made this a few years ago for the blog, but now I am updating it with a video attached. Same recipe, same great taste, but with animation added!

So if you like this video be sure to check out my YouTube Channel for more crazy videos like this!

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Boy do I have an amazing recipe for you today! I found this recipe on Spiced Blog. Go check him out, he makes the best desserts!

I am giving you guys a break from all the bread I have been making. I know most people have that sweet tooth. You guys are going to think I am crazy when I say this but I am not an ice cream person. Nope I can go months maybe even years without even eating ice cream. Now cake on the other hand, that I have a serious weakness for.

This Blueberry and Cream Cheese Muffin recipe is so freaking out of this world delicious! I cannot tell you how many times I have made it. This recipe makes 24 normal sized muffins. So if you are not making for a whole school of kids, you may want to cut the recipe in half. I know I keep saying muffins, but these are like cup cakes too! You can also Make one big cake instead of muffins.

The original recipe used lemons, I choose to use Meyer lemons instead as it is not at tart. Meyer lemons is like a cross between a lemon and an orange.

The frosting on these muffins is incredibly delicious. It will work on any cake recipe you have. I am the worst when it comes to frosting any thing. I have no training or know how to do it at all. I cannot tell you how many people have teased me about my frosting skills.

But luckily these muffins are worth the ugly way I frost them. Check out the video below on how I made these muffins. If you like it, head on over to my Youtube Channel for even more great recipes. I mean give it a thumbs up and click on that subscribe button.

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Hey guys,

I know I have been missing in cooking once again! I was gone this time because my mom was here visiting for almost a whole month, which means she took over the kitchen. So I have not cooked in forever! What a great feeling. I got so lazy you would not believe it. I had to motivate my self just to start blogging again. Further more to get myself back into the kitchen.

But I am here now again…and hoping to get back into the swing of things. Its so hard though, I got spoiled with my mom cooking Trini food for a whole month. I am pretty sure I gained like 5 pounds in no time. And of course its is freaking cold here already in MN. We literally had like 2 days of summer!

I am pretty sure you are wondering what is this Tangzhong Milk Bread that I speak of.

Tangzhong is a warm flour and water paste or a water roux, traditionally used in China to make buns with a soft, springy texture and tiny air bubbles. It’s a mixture of 1 part flour to 5 parts water, cooked until the starches in the flour gelatinize and the mixture thickens.

It sounds intimidating, but really it is incredibly easy to make with pantry ingredients. I can guarantee you the softest bread you will ever make! It makes the best grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tangzhong is the method of making bread, and instead of water to bind the dry ingredients together we use milk plus milk powder. This bread also has a longer shelf life. It is also known as Hokkaido Milk Bread. If you follow me then you know I have ,made my fair share of breads and this is by far the most successful to date. Everyone who tried it was amazed at how soft it was. Check out the video below to see how I made mine. Stop by my channel and give it a thumbs up!

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Be sure to check out my Youtube Channel for more great recipes like this!

 

Ah how I love the smell of freshly baked bread! I love it even more in my belly. It does this happiness to my tummy.

I am a huge bread lover, I have made quite a few bread recipes over the past few years and I have loved them all. This particular bread I found online. It is called Windsor bread. I know it looks like a bread stick but it actually is not. In fact the difference with this bread is that it has milk powder and powdered sugar in it. So it is a bit sweeter than bread sticks. And it also takes less time than a normal bread would. So it is a bit more dense.

But equally delicious. I literally ate mine just like that hot out of the oven. But it would be so much better with some butter and jelly!

This is going to be a short post today as I am tired as heck! I have been getting up at 4 am every day to hit the gym. I know how crazy am I really? It literally gets to 3pm and I start looking at the clock thinking when is it normal for me to go to bed just so I can get enough sleep. Talk about old age catching up with me!

I hope you get to try this bread on your own. Check out the video on YouTube and give it a like and subscribe!

Click here for this Windsor Bread recipe.

 

 

Trinidad Chinese cuisine is a popular style of food resulting from a fusion of Chinese and West Indian cuisines. Trinidad food itself is a mixture of African, British, Indian, Spanish, French and Portuguese cooking style.

Wondering why there is such diverse mixture of cooking styles in Trinidad? Well in 1834, the black British slaves working in the Caribbean colonies were freed. That eventually created a labor vacuum that was filled by indentured laborers from India and Africa. A sizable portion of these immigrants were destined for Trinidad, Cuba, Jamaica and Guyana.

The menus of Caribbean Chinese restaurants are widely attributed to this diverse culture and food that the immigrants brought.

One of the most popular Trinidad Chinese recipes is Chowmein. This is not the crunchy Chowmein known in the Armerican and Chinese restaurants or home kitchens. This version of Chowmein is actually boiled, so that it is soft and pliable, then stir fried with various meats and vegetables.

Chowmein is usually accompanied by fried rice, potato salad, macaroni pie and fried chicken. This was a normal Sunday lunch growing up for me. It is a staple in Trini kitchens. Literally hundreds of little mom and pop stalls in Trinidad sell this dish on a Friday and Saturday night to make a little extra cash.

In fact I clearly remember buying for lunch in school and Bread and Chowmein that cost $1.50. talk about a carb on carb meal! Sprinkle on a dash of hot sauce and OMG, literally brings back childhood memories, of the bigger kids cutting in line in front of me, with my short self to get their Chowmein sandwich first, while it was hot and fresh!

So today I am sharing with you how to make this traditional Trini-Chinese side dish of Chicken Chowmein. You can use any meat you like or even remove it. I did add a bit of MSG as that is the way we make it back home and it really does taste different, but feel free to use this optionally.

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