Sep 21, 2020

Super Addicting M&M's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Needless to say, the best part about homemade cookies, besides taste, is that sweet aroma filling the entire house. Nostalgic to a point, after all, I did grow up with these colorful M&M's chocolate chips. Adding these chocolate bits to cookies and baking them till the middle cracks, oh my, just by the thought of it can make my mouth watering.


M&M's chocolate chip cookies -


Ingredients (about 10 to 12 pieces)?

  • 1/2 cup or 115 grams unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup M&M's chocolate chips (plus more for extra toppings)
  • 1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chip 


How?

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit/190 degrees Celsius. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Keep the butter in room temperature till softened, with texture assembles semi-melted ice cream.


In a large mixing bowl, I used the mixer bowl directly, add in softened butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Mix till combined.

Break in one egg, also add in the vanilla extract. Mix again till combined.


Sift in flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix till combined.

Fold in both the chocolate chips and M&M's colorful chocolate chips. Transfer the entire dough to the fridge before baking. Wait till the dough hardens a bit, about 10 minutes. 

When ready, scoop the dough to the baking sheet. This recipe yields about 10 to 12 cookies, so even out the dough into individual balls and slightly press them down. Insert some extra colorful M&M's chocolate chips onto the cookie dough for an even better visual effect. On top of that, the more chocolate chips the merrier. 

Remember to space out each dough because they'll flatten out a little during the baking process.


Into the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or till the edges turned slightly browned. It took about 10 minutes for my batch. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set the cookies on a rack to cool down. However, be careful of little thieves that might steal these fresh cookies once out of the oven.

Absolutely loving that fresh off the oven smell. A little vanilla, heated sugar, and semi-melted chocolate, all these wonderful scent lingers in every corner of the house. It's like my homemade aroma, the kind that gives comfort, and perhaps tickling sweet cravings.

Some people like to wait till the cookies hardened before eating them. However, I do adore the soft texture when fresh off the heat, with still warm and melty oozing chocolate throughout. Once the cookies cool down, the texture still remain on the softer side for this recipe.

On a side note, this recipe only yields 10 to 12 pieces cookies, which was gone in the blink of an eye. So if you can, or perhaps for myself too, try to double up the ingredients and make two dozen cookies at once. Trust me, the more the merrier.


Sep 15, 2020

Colorful Roasted Veggies with Salmon

It was supposed to be a baked chicken and rice casserole recipe, but surprisingly I couldn't find canned cream of mushroom nor onion soup. Onion soup, that I can understand, after all, not that many locals use such ingredient in everyday cooking. Cream of mushroom on the other hand, was commonly found next to canned chicken stock. Not sure about the reasons behind it, but I can only find cream of mushroom with 30% chance when going to a grocery store.

I guess no more baked chicken and rice casserole until I manage to source these two key ingredients, or till I prep them from scratch. So I completely steered away from the original plan and changed to roasted veggies with salmon fillets, at least I can find all the ingredients needed at that moment.


Colorful roasted veggies with salmon -




Ingredients?


  • 1 to 2 salmon fillets
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 small broccoli
  • 1/3 small purple cabbage
  • 1 handful peas
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Some salt
  • Some black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice


How?


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit/200 degrees Celsius. Add the unsalted butter to a baking sheet, into the oven till butter just melted. Remove from heat.


Sprinkle some salt and black pepper on both sides of salmon fillets. The fillets are going to be baked as a whole first, then cut into bite size chunks after cooking.


Cut the tomatoes into chunks. Peel the purple cabbage into smaller pieces. Destem and remove the pits from yellow bell pepper, then cut the remaining section into larger chunks. Peel and roughly chop the garlic cloves.


Break broccoli into smaller florets. Do not discard the broccoli stem. Simply trim off the outer tougher layer then cut the remaining stem into larger pieces, it'll be just as tender and delicious.


Transfer prepped veggies to the baking sheet. Add in 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, and 1/4 teaspoon all spice. Mix well and make sure all the ingredients are coated with melted butter and powdered seasonings.




Top the mixture with seasoned salmon fillets. Drizzle some olive oil on top of the salmon and veggies. Into the oven and bake for 30 minutes, or till tomatoes are slightly burst with juice. No need to over-bake these ingredients till slightly burnt. Just a touch of heat should be enough.


Meanwhile, prepare a small pot of water. Add some salt along with peas. Bring to a boil, cook for one minute. Drain well.


Remove the baking sheet from heat once ready. Transfer baked salmon fillets to cutting board and cut into larger chunks. Give the other baked ingredients a few tosses then transfer to serving plate. Top with salmon bites and garnish with peas. Also sprinkle some freshly grind black pepper all over.




That buttery touch is essential. Melted butter, together with some olive oil and salmon fat, all these provide a moist touch to roasted veggies.




It works nicely as a healthy lunch or weekend brunch. There're a good variety of veggies with different colors too. Truly a healthy meal without sacrificing taste.




So from rice casserole to colorful roasted veggies with salmon, at least in the end I still get something baked and something delicious. Until then, let me try to stock on cream of mushroom and onion soup if I see any.



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