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Saturday Morning

Last night, I was happily tucked in bed by 8:30PM and fast asleep by 9PM.  The deluge of work and late night long runs were starting to take a toll on my body and a good night’s rest was exactly what I needed. I woke up feeling well-rested, famished and excited to bake.


baked eggs for breakfast

I veered away from the red hotdogs and prepared my own breakfast – baked eggs and a strawberry banana smoothie. I dropped by the grocery yesterday and was happy to find strawberry yogurt from the Macalauan Farm. This dairy farm is in Laguna and I’ve found that they have the best full cream milk. Their yogurt was perfect for my breakfast smoothie. 🙂

Strawberry banana smoothie with yogurt from the Macalauan farm


My dog, who just gave birth, has been really paranoid about people going anywhere near her puppies. Her being over-protective got her jammed in between the banister. 😛

Inka stuck in between the banisters

She wanted to check on them without having to go down the stairs.

Inka's four fat puppies


The plan was to bake chocolate oatmeal cookies and pound cake for tomorrow’s run. I was very happy to be baking for such a wonderful group of people.

chaotic kitchen

I decided to turn the pound cake into a marble cake for our very dedicated Coach 🙂

Marble cake

Am hoping for good weather tomorrow, and that my legs endure the 36K run.

Marble Cake recipe to follow…

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Crunch Time

Time has been going by so quickly. With the 09-10 school year ending soon and my marathon training, down time for me means getting enough sleep, and if i’m lucky, a massage. I’ve been so caught up with all of this that I realized too late that I failed to write an anniversary post! Yes, last March 29, Kitchen Attempts turned one!

Chocolate Orange – my favorite combination.

Fortunately though, I can still find the time to bake. Last week, I was whining at the thought of having to fulfill orders after a long day at work and a 15k run. Who wants to bake orders late at night, right? But I was surprised that once in the kitchen, that I actually didn’t mind it at all. Being in the kitchen was a nice escape and this helped me get my baking groove back.

So last Saturday, to distract myself from the anxiety that I was feeling towards my first 30km run, I decided to try out a cookie recipe that was passed on by a friend.  I actually mentioned how I was waiting for this recipe in this post and was just looking for the perfect occasion, and there’s no better time to whip out cookies than after a 4 hour run.  I wish I could share the recipe with all of you but I promised my friend that it would be top secret, so photos will have to do for now 🙂

Chocolate Orange Oatmeal Cookies

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Bad Ganache. Good Truffles.

I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I actually hate and am terrible at making chocololate ganache. I can never get it’s consistency right.  Ganache is meant to be smooth and silky but when I make it, I end up with a large mound of sticky, gooey chocolate.

When life hands you bad ganache, make truffles!

Today, I attempted again and failed miserably. I was staring and poking at the bowl of wasted chocolate when I realized that I could actually make chocolate trufflesWhoopppeeee! It wasn’t a complete waste, after all.

My first attempt at making dark chocolate truffles.

I’d share my ganache recipe with you but the truth is that I don’t follow one. Hmmmm. Maybe that’ll explain the unsuccessful attempts. So here is a ganache recipe from a more reliable source, Ina Garten. 🙂

Spice up your regular chocolate truffles. Add some cayenne and turn them into Hot Chocolate Truffles!

It also happens to be my chocolate-loving niece’s 23rd birthday tomorrow so it’s the perfect time to have lots of chocolate around the house. Happy birthday, Ge!

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Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

IMG_7125What was supposed to be a 3-day weekend was extended another day, and I think we were all secretly thankful for this prolonged vacation.  My co-teachers and I just got over the first term crunch and got our much needed break (maybe even too much of it).

Last night, Mr. and Mrs. PM decided to host a Mexican dinner in lieu of a Halloween party.  I honestly thought that was a better idea since I’ve never been a fan of this festival.  Yes, I am the Halloween scrooge 😛 Mrs. PM was set to cook all the food so I volunteered to bring dessert – Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes. Basically, the cupcake version of hot chocolate with a dash of cayenne. I was very excited to make these.

After reading different variations of this recipe, I finally decided on my own. I was going to take my chocolate cupcake recipe and just add 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne and chai spices to it. I also substituted the regular cow’s milk with coconut milk which was quite typical for this recipe. I was very curious to see if the coconut milk would affect the taste of the cupcake, but it didn’t. To top it all of, I made orange chocolate buttercream frosting. Mmmmmmm. This cupcake recipe is perfect for a cold night because of the hint of heat and all the spices that warm you up inside. This is definitely not your regular chocolate cupcake and my absolute new favorite.

I’d share my recipe with you but then I’d have to hunt you down after. But check this one out, a recipe from Love and Olive Oil which is very similar to the one I used.

Happy baking everyone and I hope you all had a safe weekend.

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How To Make a 5 Minute Chocolate Cake

My friend, Ringo sent me this video of himself and a friend making the famous 5 minute chocolate cake.  Watching this video definitely beats having to read the recipe off of a book.

Looking forward to more videos, Ringo 🙂

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Mood Altering Food

I haven’t always been a fan of chocolate. I often preferred chips over chocolates and never went out of my way to have this for dessert. Recently, and probably because of all my baking, I have always felt the need to have a chocolate fix after every meal. Not good for the waistline but definitely beneficial for the soul.

tsokolote eh

tsokolote eh

In preparation for tomorrow’s 5k fun run, I had a (huge) bowl of pasta for dinner. I didn’t really have anything planned for dessert until my niece came down with a brilliant idea.  Churros with tsokolate eh (inspired by my sister)! I excitedly searched for out batidor and took charge of the tsokolate eh while my niece started with the churro batter.

my niece making the churros

my niece making the churros

The chocolate milk took no time at all to make, but before trying it out, I remembered a scene from Chocolat where Juliette Binoche offers Judie Dench a cup of hot chocolate. In this scene, Judie Dench senses a peculiar taste in the chocolate and is tickled pink by it, only to find out that a dash of pepper had miraculously altered her mood from sour to giddy.  Not that I needed any uplifting but it seemed like a combination to unique to pass up. True enough, it was extremely delicious. The richness of the chocolate paired with fieriness of the cayenne can excite anyone instantly and truly perk up the lowest of moods. It’s amazing what food can do!

tsokolate eh with a dash of cayenne pepper

tsokolate eh with a dash of cayenne pepper

It’s going to take a lot of self-control not to make this every night. Especially with the rainy season creeping in, this hot drink will surely make it’s way into our hands more than needed. But hey, i’m not complaining.

What food makes you happy and giddy?

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Best Cookie Ever

This afternoon, I received a semi-frantic SMS from my co-teaher who I will be making cupcakes for on her wedding day. She needed “stuffers” for her souvenir jars and didn’t know what to put in them.  Cupcakes would have been an overkill so I suggested cookies. This was also the perfect opportunity to test drive (or should I say test bake?) a cookie recipe I had found on this food blog, Bakeaholic.

A bit of yellow sprinkles to match mt friend's wedding motif. Perhaps yellow M&Ms will look prettier?

A bit of yellow sprinkles to match mt friend's wedding motif. Perhaps yellow M&Ms will look prettier?

As the name suggests, these flatsos are flat cookies that are a little crunchy on the outside and perfectly chewy on the inside. Very hard to resist.  I really liked the hint of saltiness in these cookies but my mom (who is my biggest food critic) thought that the recipe could have used a little less of it. To each his own, I suppose.

Let me warn you though. These cookies are BUTTER-filled and could take a toll on the hips if eaten regularly. The parchment paper that I used in lining my cookie sheets were completely greased with butter after I was done baking. Good thing I ran today because I finished had two of these cookies…

I even tried adding yellow food coloring but it didn't look good...but they still tasted wonderful :D

I even tried adding yellow food coloring but it didn't look good...but they still tasted wonderful 😀

We’ll see tomorrow if these cookies pass my friend’s standards, but whether or not they make an appearance at that wedding, they will certainly become a staple in our kitchen.

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