It was a rainy day here in Maryland. 😦 We had no plan other than do groceries and stay at home. But we entertained us well. We bought a retro air popcorn maker and I baked orange zest mini muffins and biscottis. 😛
I can’t help when it comes to kitchen gadgets! Every time I get a new gadget, I got super excited as a kid gets a new toy. So was I yesterday when I saw this Retro popcorn maker at ROSS for only $16.99. I didn’t hesitate and brought it home.
isn’t it cute??? And it’s so easy to use
In ❤ min we had a big bowl of popcorns! I topped it with salt and cinnamon; my parents topped it with some agave nectar. I was a happy girl!!! 😆
We wanted to go to swim but UMD had a football game so there was no place to park. We went home, disappointed. 😦 But as soon as I told my parents that I’d bake some goodies for them, they were smiling again 🙂
Orange zest mini muffins
- 1/2 c. wheat cream (or corn meal)
- 1 c. flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 c. maple syrup or other sweetener
- zest of one orange
- 1 egg
- 1/2 milk
- 1/4 smart balance light
Method: mix dry and wet ingredients separately and then together. Bake for 30 min at 350F.
Biscotti is Mom’s favorite snack. Every time I bake some, she asked me to double the batch so she can enjoy it for a little bit longer. 😛
- 1 cup roasted almonds (chopped)
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
- Use an electric mixer to beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy (about 2-3 min)
- Add vanilla
- In another bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt
- Combine the egg mixture to the flour
- Fold in almonds and chocolate chips
- You’ll get a sticky dough, if not, add more flour until you can touch it with hand.
- Form 2 doughs and place them in the baking sheet
- Bake for 25 min at 350F or until firm
- Cool it down for 10 min
- Cut into 3/4 inch slices and bake for another 10 min at 325F.
My parents loved these two baked goodies! 😀 and I love having them around so I can bake!!!
Okay. Quick recap of the food.
Morning green juice: bok choy, celery and cucumber.
Breakfast was a traditional chinese meal: fermented rice with poached egg.
Lunch: leftover baked salmon that I made the other night, sauteed spinach with garlic and brown rice cooked with seaweed.
Afternoon snack other than popcorns, I had a chinese dessert: chinese dates cooked with dry longan and sweetened with brown sugar. According to the tradition, this is very good for women because its high iron content.
Dinner was sauteed noodles with sprouts, chinese cabbage and chinese spinach.
and a soup made with tofu, chinese spinach and shrimp
After dinner, I went to my at-home-getaway in my bedroom to each KABOCHA and watch movie. 😉
Who said that rainy day is sad and boring? I think we just had a fantastic day! 😆
Q1: What do you do in rainy days?
Q2: What do you like most about baking?