Semi-Dried Tomato and Basil Bread

We have had really bad weather here at the Capital for the past few days. Yesterday was absolutely yucky! It rained endlessly and we had gale force winds – I thought our roof would be picked up by the breeze! It’s still pretty yucky out there today, but the wind isn’t as bad (not howling anymore, like it did yesterday) but it’s still pretty chilly.

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Going Bananas

On my way to an appointment this afternoon, I walked past one of the dairies on Cuba Street and saw that they were selling over-ripe bananas for $2.99 per kg. Since I’ve been feeling a bit bleh, I decided to buy some so I can bake some banana cake at home – the type I used to bake way back in Manila.

So, I walked in and bought a bunch — and then decided to add another bunch … and since there were just a few forlorn bananas left, I said I’ll take the whole lot. So yeah, I ended up going home with a little over 5kgs of over-ripe bananas.  Sheesh!

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We had cake club at work 2 mondays ago and the lady rostered for that day brought this absolutely SUMPTUOUS chocolate dessert. It had a somewhat crumby base and a delectable chocolate icing on top. I found myself getting 2nds and 3rds! It was so yummy, I simply had to get the recipe, and she, very generously, shared it with me.

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

We have a weekly social activity at work called “Cake Club”. At Cake Club, one person from the department would bring in a baked treat for the whole team to share. It doesn’t matter if it was made from scratch or purchased from one of the many bake shops near the office – what matters is that the assigned person would bring something for everyone. We take turns and guess what, I’m up on Monday, 07 September.

The last time I was on Cake Club, I took the easy way out. I decided that I’d make everyone work for their baked goodies so, instead of baking brownies at home, I measured out all the dry ingredients, put them all in plastic bags (I made enough for everyone) and on the day itself, handed the plastic bags out and asked everyone to add water, oil, stir and pop in the microwave for 1 minute (or so). Voila … instant chocolate brownie in a mug topped with yummy ice cream. Anyway, I figured I should bake something this time around and found the perfect recipe while trawling through Facebook.

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Embutido

Today, I tried my hand at making Embutido!

I haven’t had Embutido in ages and I’ve been missing the taste, smell, and texture of this “served-during-special-occasions-usually-during-Christmas” dish. I’ve been meaning to prepare this but haven’t had the chance to, at least until now. I decided that the sunshine, nor my so-called “fitness regime” would stop me from having Embutido for dinner TONIGHT.

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Tiramisu

No. This isn’t a travel related post. I don’t think I’ll be doing any more travelling in the near future (no funds, no leave credits) and I’m kinda not in the mood to trawl through photos of my  previous trips and dig up stories from my memory box so, instead of sharing a story about a physical journey, I’m posting a little bit about my culinary journey. This post is all about my very first attempt to make Tiramisu.

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