Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nutella Banana Bread

Recipe taken from ouichef

Nutella + Banana = heavenly combo !!!!!

I halved the recipe to make 1 loaf.This recipe is featured in foodgawker and man!!!foodgawker makes me hungry all the time and I end up trying at least 1 recipe every time I browse that site.


All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cups + 2tbsp

Baking soda - 1 tsp

Cinnamon - 1/4 tsp

Eggs - 2 at room temperature

Sugar - 1 cup

Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup

Mashed bananas - 2 large

Nutella - 1/3 cup

Vanilla-1 tsp

Salt -a pinch

Sour cream or yogurt -2tbsp

Hazelnuts toasted and chopped - 1/2 cup


Heat oven to 350 deg F.

Line a loaf pan with parchment paper.

Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a bowl.

 Beat together eggs and sugar in bowl until pale.

Add oil and then mix banana,yogurt,nutella and vanilla.

Fold in flour mixture and hazelnuts.

Pour it into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 1 hr.

Cool loaf in pan for 10 minutes and then turn loaf into a rack.Cool completely and then slice it.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Chinese Five Spice Noodles

I had this recipe bookmarked long time ago.But I never got a chance to make this.So last week on my usual errand to 99 ranch store,I picked up a packet of this Chinese five spice powder. Its a mixture of ground star anise,cinnamon,cloves and fennel and sichuan pepper corn.The Chinese believed that number 5 has healing properties and that it why it contains five distinctive spices.Its widely used in meat preparation.

But the noodles turned out to be tasty and aromatic and was different than the usual noodle recipes.

Recipe adapted from serious


Imitation egg noodles - 1 pound(original recipe calls for cellophane noodles)

Soy sauce - 3 Tablespoon

Chili paste -3 tsp
Five spice powder - 2 tsp

Garlic minced - 4 (2 for saute and 2 for the sauce)

Ginger minced - 2 tbsp

Vegetable broth - 1/2 cup

Broccoli - 1 large stems and stalk removed

Carrot - 1 julienned

Cabbage - 1 cup shredded

Onion - 1/2 chopped(didn't use)

Scallion - 2 chopped

Sesame oil -2 tbsp(for the sauce)

Vegetable oil  - 3 tablespoon

Pepper powder - according to spice level


Heat water in a pot and when it starts boiling,switch off the stove , drop the noodles and soak for 5 minutes. Drain and keep them ready.

Mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, chili paste, ginger, garlic and five-spice powder in small bowl.The sauce is ready.

Place a large wok or saute pan over high heat. Pour in the oil, and then add the onion(I used white part of scallion). Cook, stirring often until translucent, about 3 minutes. Toss in the garlic and cook for another minute. Then add the broccoli, carrots, cabbage, broth, and finally the soy sauce mixture. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the broccoli is very tender.

Toss in the scallions and egg noodles. Stir well, and cook until the noodles are coated in the sauce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Microwave Potato chips

I couldn't believe that Microwave potato chips would be crunchy and crispy like those made in deep fryer till I tried making this at home.I followed the recipe featured in eating was super easy and quick to make and healthier too.


Yukon potatoes - 2 washed and scrubbed.
Cut them into thin slices.

Olive oil - 3tbsp

Salt to taste


In a bowl add some olive oil and salt and mix well.Toss the slices and mix well.Arrange the sliced potatoes on a greased  microwave safe dinner plate without overlapping.

Microwave on high power for 2 to 3 minutes.When the edges start to brown flip them and microwave again for 2 minutes or till they become crispy and slightly brown.

Take care not to scorch them.

Transfer them into another plate and allow to cool them completely.

Serve with any dip of your choice