Overnight Oats and Salad Wrap

I have been chatting with a friend and she mentioned she was making overnight oats.  We had oats in the fridge and I wanted to make one, too.  Overnight oats are oats soaked in liquid and kept in the fridge overnight.  Yes, you eat the oats in the morning. No cooking necessary. The recipe I found calls for rolled oats but what I had was instant oats so I used the instant oats. What I did was soak the oats in low-fat milk and yogurt.  I just eyeballed the proportion of the oats with the milk-yogurt mixture.  I added a pinch of cinnamon just because I have cinnamon in the fridge.

This is what it looked like after being soaked overnight.

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You can scoop this to your bowl and add fruits. In my case, I added banana, mango and raisins.

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Hmm.. something is missing. I added Twinkles. 😀 Twinkles is a fruit-flavored cereal made of oats.
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Try this! You can experiment with other toppings for the oats.

My food experiment did not end there. I bought a pack of tortilla wrap in Malaysia. We were in the grocery and I wanted to use up my ringgits. I did not want to be bothered into exchanging them to peso. My friend bought packs of tortilla wrap so I bought one, too.

The wrap is going to expire next week so it was crunch time for me to make something with it. I heated the wrap on the pan following the instructions on the package. I gathered my ingredients. I choose fruits and vegetable that I like to eat. I got lettuce, carrots, green tomatoes, apple, mango, avocado. I cut them in julienne slices, arranged them on the wrap, topped with cheese and drizzled with store-bought caesar dressing and cheez whiz. Then, I wrapped it.

Voila!
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My uncle and one aunt loved it. The other other aunt looked like she was forced to eat it. She is not really adventurous with food so we already anticipated that reaction from her.

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There were four of us in the house so I made only four wraps.
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There are leftover ingredients so I made salad the next day. I still have four wraps left which I am using for another food experiment this weekend.

If you can’t find tortilla in your grocery shelves, you can make the wraps in your own kitchen. I found the recipe here. I will test this recipe soon.

Happy weekend!

Buying Wine Online

People who enjoy California wine from Santa Barbara County may be interested in shopping at a winery that sells a variety of wines online. Customers will find it convenient to purchase several bottles of wine for a special occasion without needing to leave their homes. Discounts are available for customers who buy a case of wine.

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Those who like red wine can buy several varieties of pinot noir. One pinot noir has hints of vanilla, lavender and strawberry. People who like fruit may enjoy a pinot noir that has hints of wild berries, plums and apples. Another pinot noir for those who enjoy wine and fruit has hints of blueberries, cherries and raspberries.

People who prefer white wine can purchase chardonnay or pinot grigio. There are hints of butterscotch, honey and melon in one type of chardonnay. Another chardonnay has hints of citrus and tart apples. The pinot grigio with hints of pear, melon and apple will appeal to those who like fruit.

Customers can also purchase corkscrews and crystal wine glasses.

This company also offers wine club membership and custom wine labels. Wine club members can purchase wine at a discount. Customers can order custom wine labels for bottles of wine that will be used for special occasions.

Food Experiment: What to do with juicer pulp

I have friends who are into juicing. I wanted to do the same. I seldom eat vegetables. They say that if you can’t eat them, drink them.

In this experiment, I used three carrots, two cucumber and 1 apple.

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It yielded this amount of juice and 2 cups of pulp.
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I also tried juicing last December and I was left with pulp that I made into carrot cupcake. Since I broke my oven, I can no longer use the pulp for cupcake.  I decided to make fish balls!  I grated two strips of broiled cream dory and mixed them into the pulp. I added one egg, around 3 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper.   I used my clean bare hands to combine everything well and started to roll them into balls.

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These were deep fried and skewered on a stick.
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Eating fishball is not complete without the sauce. It is not just any sauce. It must be manong’s fish ball sauce. I found the recipe here. Dig in!

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The verdict:
1. My aunts love the fishball but it is a little soft. They said I need to add more flour or something to keep it firm. Bread, perhaps? Fish, perhaps? There are more carrots than fish in the recipe.
2. The sauce is a little watery. I wanted the stickier one. Maybe I should add more cornstarch or cook it longer. I think I have been simmering it for more than an hour already.

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I wonder what the fishball would taste like when I start juicing ampalaya. Hehe!

Carrot Cupcake with Chocolate Chips

I got the carrot cupcake recipe from Taste of Home.  I chose this recipe because I had carrot pulp from juicing.  (Yes, I am trying to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. Well, ‘trying’ is the operative word.)

Actually, I juiced 4 carrots, 2 cucumber and 1 apple.  So, this should be called carrot-cucumber-apple cupcake with chocolate chips. The name is too long so I settled for a simpler title.  You can see that there are carrot chunks left which I sliced into smaller bits.

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I prepared the following ingredients.

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I just followed this: In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder,and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in carrots.

Truth is, I did not measure my pulp. I just dumped what I had. I warned my aunts that the finished product might have bits of cucumber seeds.

This is what the batter looks like.

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But I cannot resist not folding in some chocolate chips. I left a handful for the toppings.

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Now I let the photos do the talking.

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You can’t really see the carrots. The pulp mixed well with other ingredients. My aunts liked it anyway. That is a good sign.
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In our house, presentation matters. It makes the food look appetizing no matter how simple the dish is. Tada!
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I bought the cupcake holder a few weeks ago. This means that there will be cupcakes for Noche Buena next week. 😀

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have basically written all the ingredients in the post title. I got this idea from Maan. (Thanks, Maan!) I like 3-ingredient recipes. It is easy to memorize. Ingredients are available. I do not have to slave around the kitchen.

All you have to do is prepare the ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 cup oatmeal and a handful of chocolate chips.

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Mash the bananas together with oats and when you get the consistency you want, mix in the chocolate chips.
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Roll into balls and flatten into a buttered cookie sheet that is covered in flour.

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Bake for 10-15 minutes. (I really do not know the temperature. My oven does not have a thermometer. I use quick cooking oats so I do not have to worry about undercooking it.) Maan used the microwave.

This is the finished product. It is tasty. It is not sweet. You need to get used to the taste if you are used the unhealthy chocolate chips cookies. That said, I found myself eating one cookie and another one and another one. It is guilt-free.
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Maan also shared the Youtube video of this recipe (minus the chocolate chips). Check this out!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe25ikI_MWU]

Try this out and let me know the result.

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