Cheddar Cheese Biscuits

I made these before Thanksgiving and they were so good! But I didn’t have time to make them for Thanksgiving. Need to make them again soon. Pressing the recipe so I don’t lose it! And so everyone can also experience the yums of these biscuits and how easy it is to make them. Enjoy!

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/homemade-red-lobster-cheddar-bay-biscuits/

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Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 biscuits

Homemade cheddar bay biscuits just like the ones at Red Lobster!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small cubes

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

3/4 cup buttermilk, ice cold

Topping:

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/2 teaspoon dried parsley

rounded 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.Use a pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor fashion to cut in the butter until small pea-sized crumbs form.Add the cheese and toss until coated with flour.Add the buttermilk and stir until just combined – don’t overmix. Drop by 1/4 cup fulls onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart.Bake 14 – 16 minutes until golden around the edges. Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine melted butter with parsley and garlic salt.Remove the biscuits from the oven and brush butter generously over the tops while hot. Best served warm.

Notes:

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My magic thermal cooker

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I have heard about this wonderful thermal cooker that cooks without the stove or electricity. In fact, it seemed like it was what every working mom with toddlers swore by when it came to cooking rice porridge for the little ones.

I guess with my mom doing most of the cooking for the boys when they were younger on her slow cooker, I didn’t have a need to check this out. But with a third one on the way and my love for soups, stews and Chinese and Nyonya desserts, I began exploring this again.

I went to a Robinson’s sale last week and found this on sale at a good price. It even came with a free thermal water flask which I needed to buy for the baby anyway!

And I’m so glad I bought it!

The first thing I cooked in it was beef stew. The wonderful thing about this is you only have to boil whatever you’re making for 10 minutes in the inner pot and place it in the thermal pot and cover. It continues to cook while it’s in the thermal pot. And keeps warm at the same time, up to 8 hours!

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Here’s my stew. Tender meat, thickened gravy. Absolute good results with little effort. 🙂

My friend who bought a pot at the same time (she blames me for being a bad influence) says the soup/dessert that she made stayed warm even after 16 hours!

I love my magic thermal cooker! 🙂

Cooking tips:
When I make beef stew, I coat the meat with flour and fries them with onions and garlic before adding the liquid and other ingredients. Gives the extra taste to the stew.

Little helpers make good crumble

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Did you know that little kids are capable of making good apple crumble?

I have 2 helpers at home – a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old. Evan learnt to make Rock Buns at school one day and I realised his teacher had taught him the ‘rubbing in’ method of making pastry, in a very fun way. She described the chunks of butter as treasure hidden in the flour and sugar. The kids had to search them out and rub them into the flour with their fingertips. So I started ‘using’ the boys to do that whenever I make rock buns or apple crumble!

The advantages of little kids rubbing in the butter:
1) They have small hands so there is less contact between the fingers and the butter. (essential to not melting the butter)

2) They do a thorough job! And have fun doing it.

3) Saves me time! So I can cut up the apples while they’re at it.

4) I made it a competition for them to find ‘treasure’ so they do it in a shorter time which again is good for the rubbing in method.

Try it sometime. It’s always good to be able to include your kids in real ‘adult’ tasks. 🙂

PS: I didn’t enlist their help for the carrot cake in the picture, just in the tasting of the frosting, which they totally didn’t mind.

Daddy’s Star Wars Birthday!

The Star Wars Mustafah cake
The Star Wars Mustafah cake

It was Daddy’s birthday last Monday and the boys wanted a Star Wars cake.

What was funny was we’d bought Star Wars figures for Daddy for his birthday while he was on a trip to the Philippines (You know how it is. Kids choose presents based on what they like, not based on what we’d like.). When he came home, he’d bought Star Wars figures for the boys too! So we used the figures that Daddy bought, which are 2 of our favourites anyway – Obi Wan and Anakin. They make for the perfect, classic scene in Episode 3 at Mustafah.

Obi Wan has the higher ground. (And Anakin has Hershey's chocolate 'floating' around him.) The longish candy is supposed to be the lava flowing around...
Obi Wan has the higher ground. (And Anakin has Hershey’s chocolate ‘floating’ around him.) The longish candy is supposed to be the lava flowing around…

“It’s over Anakin, I have the higher ground!” “You were the chosen one!” “I loved you. You were my brother!”

(Seriously, I don’t remember Anakin’s lines. Oh, except “I hate you…” but I don’t even remember if it was in this scene that he said it.)

Steamboat
Steamboat

Mom made a special steamboat dinner for Cameron.

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Here’s us.

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And our gifts to Daddy!

Happy birthday Daddy! You are the best friend, husband and Daddy we could ever ever ask for! We love you!

When bread gets squashed… (28 Feb 2011)

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A few days ago, my little precious 2-year-old found a new loaf of bread I’d just bought and decided to be Goliath on it. He threw the pack on the ground and started jumping on it happily. I had just gone into the room for a short while. When I saw him doing that, I immediately yelled at him to Stop. He didn’t seem to realise what he’d done – destroyed my new loaf of bread!

I pulled them out slice by slice and tried to shape them back, but it was futile. They were gone. Squashed by a giant. So I did what I do with every detail of my life – posted a status update on Facebook. “What do you do with bread that has been stomped on by a two-year-old?” And got a few helpful suggestions, including feeding it to koi, making bread crumbs, making croutons (that was my own suggestion) and making bread pudding.

In the end, the bread pudding won out. So today I cut up the rest of the bread (we had some mangled pieces of toast the last 2 days) and made my first bread pudding.

And it turned out pretty good. I like it and am eating it even as I’m writing.

There is even a lesson we can learn from this. When something looks seemingly hopeless and useless, there can still be use for it. When God looks at us, he sees the potential that is in us. We’re not squashed up bread that has been stomped upon beyond recognition by the giant. We’re potential yummy bread pudding, fit for a king (maybe not mine, but you get the drift)! God can turn what the enemy has meant for evil, God can turn around for good (Genesis 50:20).

Anyway here is the recipe, it’s really easy to make. It’s from the ever reliable www.allrecipes.com. I’ve downloaded an app for the iPad from it! Good to use 🙂

Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

1 (1 pound) loaf white bread, torn into small pieces

1 quart hot milk (about 950ml)

3 eggs, beaten

2 cups white sugar

2 tbp vanilla extract

1 cup raisins

3 tbp margarine

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2) In a large mixing bowl, pour hot milk over bread. Blend eggs, sugar and vanilla. Stir egg mixture into the bread mixture and blend well. Add raisins. Mix well.

3) Melt the margarine and pour into a 9×13-inch pan. Pour bread mixture over margarine. Bake for 40 minutes, until firm and golden brown. Serve hot or cold.

Enjoy!