Category Archives: Cooking Recipes

Homemade Peanut Butter

Nothing tastes better than food prepared at your home. Many products out there can be made in “home versions”. One of them is peanut butter. Industrial peanut butter tastes great, but it tastes even better when you make it yourself. And the preparation is not even complicated. All you’ll need are one bag of unshelled peanuts (or one can of shelled, raw or roasted peanuts) and a one or two tablespoons of vegetable oil. You can also use peanut oil, but corn, sunflower, whatever you prefer most.

First of all, you’ll need to shell the peanuts if you haven’t bought the shelled ones already. Put two cups of peanuts into a food processor. Chop the peanuts for two or three minutes until you get a finely looking chopped peanuts. Add one tablespoon of oil and mix it (you can do this with a fork, you don’t have to use the food processor for this process). Taste the butter and add a little bit of salt if you like. If you want your peanut butter to be sweet, add a tablespoon of honey or brown sugar. Repeat the process and enjoy your homemade peanut butter!

Quick And Easy Cake

Let’s be honest, everybody needs to know how to make an instant cake. But, cakes have a way of taking up too much of your precious time, so here we bring you one simple recipe that will save you plenty of time in some situations.

Before we start, it’s good to know that all you’ll need are:
• 2 cups of self raising flour
• 1 cup of castor sugar
• 1 cup of softened butter
• 4 eggs

Step 1 – Put all ingredients together in one mixing bowl.

Step 2 – Mix all ingredients until you get one homogenous mixture.

Step 3 – Put the mixture into two greased baking pans. Bake both of them for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Step 4 – There is one simple trick that will tell you if the mixture is well baked – put a knife through it – if the knife comes out clean, the cake is ready. Leave the cake to cool in the pan for a few minutes and then cool it on a cake rack until it’s completely cooled (or the icing will slide off).

Step 5 – Make the butter cream while the cake is cooling. You’ll need a lump of butter, icing sugar, a dash of hot water and food coloring. Pop the sugar and butter into the microwave and melt the butter. Then stir it together and add a dash of boiling water that will smooth it out. And for the end, add a drop of food coloring in your favorite color.

Step 6 – If the cake is cooled, pour the icing onto it.

Step 7 – Decorate your cake with sprinkles or sweeties. And enjoy!

Middle Eastern Rice Salad

This simple salad will take up only 20 minutes of your time – 15 for preparation and 5 for cooking. There will be enough food for 4 servings. Although this rice salad contains around 380 calories per serving, it’s extremely healthy – there are no fats or cholesterol. This is the list of the ingredients you’ll need:

• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• ½ of sweet onion (thinly sliced)
• 1 can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained)
• ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• freshly ground black pepper
• 3 cups of cooked brown rice
• ½ cup of chopped pitted dates
• ¼ cup of chopped fresh mint
• ¼ cup of chopped fresh parsley

Preparation

First of all, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet (set the temperature on medium-high). Add sliced onion and cook it until the slices begin to brown. Remove the pan from heat and stir in chickpeas, cumin and salt. Season it with freshly ground black pepper to achieve a better taste. After doing all this, combine rice, onion-chickpeas mixture, dates, mint and parsley in a large bowl. Toss well until everything is combined. Serve the salad warm or at room temperature.

Chinese Chicken Salad

There is no better (and healthier) way to start you day than to start it with a chicken salad. Chicken salad can be a perfect replacement for your lunch, too. There are numerous variations of the traditional chicken salad, and here is a recipe for Chinese chicken salad.

Ingredients

• 3 tablespoons of hoisin sauce
• 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
• 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
• ¾ teaspoon of hot chili paste
• 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger
• 3 tablespoons of rice wine vinegar
• 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
• 1 pound of skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
• 16 wonton wrappers, shredded
• 4 cups of romaine lettuce, torn, washed and dried
• 2 cups of shredded carrots
• 1 bunch of green onions, chopped
• ¼ cup of shopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

1. For the dressing, whisk together the hoisin sauce, peanut butter, brown sugar, chili paste, ginger, vinegar and sesame oil.
2. Chicken breasts should be grilled or boiled for 10 minutes. After this, you should cool them and slice.
3. Preheat your oven to 350oF (175oC). Spray a large shallow pan with nonstick vegetable spray and then arrange shredded wontons in a single layer and bake until the meat is golden brown (for about 20 minutes). Then wait for it to cool.
4. Take a large bowl and put the chicken inside, alongside wontons lettuce, carrots, green onions and cilantro. Dress it with your already prepared dressing and serve.

Blueberry Pie

The fact is that everyone loves pies. There is absolutely no person in this world who doesn’t like some sort of a pie. Here we’ll present you the recipe for the Finnish blueberry pie.

Ingredients

• ½ cup of milk
• ¾ cup of white sugar (or more if you like)
• ¾ cup of softened butter
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
• 2 pints of fresh blueberries

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 200oC (400oF). Take a baking pan and put parchment paper in it.

2. Mix the ¾ cup of sugar with the butter until you get a creamy and smooth mixture. After that, you can add the egg and mix it all together. Now add the baking powder and milk and mix until these ingredients get incorporated. The dough should be sticky after all these steps. Spread it into the baking pan.

3. Put the blueberries into a bowl with ½ cup of sugar and mash it with a potato masher. Spread the mixture on top of the dough in an even layer.

4. Bake in the oven for 15 to 25 minutes, until the crust has browned slightly and the filling is thickened and bubbling.