I can't believe I only found out about mug cakes this year. Oh my goodness, they are so amazing! Who doesn't want a baked good for one?! It saves so much time, and they are pretty delicious. This recipe is for a chocolate chip mug cake, which is pretty much a basic cake with chocolate chips mixed in. It is not cookie like at all! I couldn't really find a eggless recipe so I tried to make my own. I'd like to think it came out pretty well. It wasn't crumbly, but it was nice and soft. The cake itself was pretty plain tasting as I used less than a tbs each of the sugar. I didn't think that much was needed because of the chocolate chips, but that's up to you! I apologize for the crude measurements that are about to come up. I'll probably make a new and improved version of this soon, but I'm trying to lay off the cakes since I've had one like every day this past week. Heh, this is what happens on vacation. Anyway, hope you like it!
Ingredients:
-A scant 1/3 cup all purpose flour
-1 and 1/2 tbs butter 
-1 tbs brown sugar
-1 tbs granulated sugar
-few drops vanilla extract
-baking soda
-milk ( i used the cap of the milk jug and poured milk in that five times. Probably a little more than a tbs of milk)
-pinch of salt
-chocolate chips
Directions:
1. Melt the butter in your mug.
2. Add in sugars, salt, and vanilla. Mix.
3.Add in milk. Mix.
4. Add in flour and baking soda. Mix. Add in desired amount of chocolate chips and mix.
5. Put in microwave for 40-60 seconds. I usually do 55 seconds.
6. Take out and devour! Yum.
                                                                        
                                               XOXO, K
 
 
Ramen already tastes good, that's for sure, but it's not really the healthiest thing on the planet. Here's some simple things you can add in to make ramen taste even better (if that's possible), a little healthier, and actually fill you up! :)
Now the first thing is to get the right type of ramen. As much as I like Maruchan and Top Ramen, the ones available at the local Asian stores are so much better. Authentic instant noodles. XD but really, I find them to be much more flavorful! These are the ones I like to use.
My go to add ins are coriander/cilantro(same thing), green onions, and cabbage. You don't understand how much I love coriander. It smells so good, and tastes so good too, gah it's the best thing ever. Especially the smell left on your hands after washing them. It feels and smells so fresh! I swear I could make a whole post on how much I love coriander. Anyway....
Just cut the cabbage into long thin slices, and cut the green onions into small pieces. Mmmm, look at all those greens.
The ramen package says to boil the water and put the dry noodles and seasonings in  a seperate bowl, and then to pour the boiling water on it and cover. When I put the ramen and seasonings in one bowl, I add the greens as well instead of putting them in the boiling water. And here's my finished product! YUM.
Some other items you can add in are Sriracha for a little more spice, some lemon juice, and even an egg. I break an egg open into the boiling water but I only use the egg whites. In the picture above, there is also a little bit of kimchi. The possibilities are endless, so have fun experimenting!
                                                                                                                                                   XOXO, K

 

Lemon Rice

01/29/2013

 
This is one of the more simpler South Indian recipes. You could say it's one of those meals when you just want something quick and easy. This recipe for lemon rice is a very basic one and you can always add more to it like curry leaves, coriander leaves, peanuts, and/or cashews.
When I make this, I never actually measure anything out as it is all to taste but I have tried to put down some measurements as a starter.
INGREDIANTS:
•1-2 teaspoons each of mustard seed, Bengal gram, and black gram
•Around 2 cups cooked rice (leftovers are fine)
•2 tablespoons oil
•1 teaspoon ginger (to taste) diced
•2 green chills (if not used to spicy food, may want to start with one) diced
•One lemon and/or lemon rice powder (you can probably get this at your neighborhood Indian store. Don't worry if you can't, it's not necessary as long as you have a lemon.)
•Salt (to taste)•2-3 Curry leaves (optional)
•Handful of peanuts or cashews (optional)
•Handful of coriander leaves (optional)

1. Have your mustard seed, black gram, Bengal gram, chili, and ginger ready.
2. Heat up your 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan.
3. Add in the mustard seed, black gram, Bengal gram once the oil is hot. Let the seeds pop in the hot oil. Don't let it burn! So keep your flame in the medium to high range.
4. Add in the ginger and green chili after about 30 seconds. If adding curry leaves and/or nuts now is the time to add those as well. Let fry for another 30 seconds or so.
5. Add in the two cups rice to the frying pan and mix it all around.
6. Squeeze the juice from the lemon onto the rice mixture in the pan. OR add around a spoonful of the lemon powder. This depends on how sour you would want it. Start off with a small amount and add more after tasting. Mix it together.
7. Add salt. Optional to add in coriander leaves now. Mix for few more minutes and then you're done!
8. Eat your delicious lemon rice!
These are the same directions, but with pictures.
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1. Have your mustard seed, black gram, Bengal gram, chili, and ginger ready.
2. Heat up your 2 tablespoons oil in a frying pan.
3. Add in the mustard seed, black gram, Bengal gram once the oil is hot. Let the seeds pop in the hot oil. Don't let it burn! So keep your flame in the medium to high range. 
4. Add in the ginger and green chili after about 30 seconds. If adding curry leaves and/or nuts now is the time to add those as well. Let fry for another 30 seconds or so.
5. Add in the two cups rice to the frying pan and mix it all around.
6. Squeeze the juice from the lemon onto the rice mixture in the pan. OR add around a spoonful of the lemon powder. This depends on how sour you would want it. Start off with a small amount and add more after tasting. Mix it together.
7. Add salt. Optional to add in coriander leaves now. Mix for few more minutes and then you're done!
8. Eat your delicious lemon rice!
                                                                                                                                                                                                Hope you think it's as delicious as I do!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  XOXO, K
 

Kiwi Pancakes!

01/22/2013

 
Is there anything else to say?!
I realize that kiwis and pancakes may seem a little far-fetched, but trust me when I say it is delicious!
This is a super simple snack/breakfast item to make! All you need to is make your favorite pancake recipe and cut up some kiwis and any other fruit your heart desires.  Here's the link to the basic pancake recipe I used: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/good-old-fashioned-pancakes/   This is a really simple and great pancake recipe. 
Feel free to mix your kiwis and strawberries in your batter. This makes for a totally different taste than eating the pancakes and fruit that wasn't mixed in the batter. Personally, I like the pancakes and fruit separately. These pancakes are aesthetically pleasing as well with the fruit mixed in or placed out onto the pancakes.
Edit: I just made more pancakes after writing this. My own writing persuaded me. They are just as delicious without fruit! Seriously it's a great recipe. Yum.
                                                                                                                                                                              More posts about food and more to come soon!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                XOXO, K