Corn bread and/or corn muffin are quick breads that are made of corn meal. It was originally made by Native Americans thousand years ago. Corn meal is made by grinding dry corn grains (which is a coarser meal but not of a flour) but it is different from corn flour. Corn flour is a finely ground corn meal. Corn bread is known as the “cornerstone” cuisine of the Southern United States. They became so popular because they are delicious, easy to make and inexpensive.
Corn bread is loved by many cultures. It is very easy to make and can be baked into muffins or a loaf. They are good to pack as lunch for children and great for snacks! It is tasty and mouth-watering for people of all ages. Kids will love it and will ask for it for an unbelievable amount of times. Corn bread also smells good. Basically, corn bread is loved by everyone and an awesome food to devour.
I used the Jiffy corn muffin mix, instead of going the traditional way of using a corn meal, flour and baking powder, to see if there is a significant difference with the results. For all its worth, the Jiffy that cost 59 cents held up to my expectation, there is nothing major different in fact it is the same quality. I believe it is how you prepare and bake it that makes the muffin good. Few tips when you choose to use “Jiffy” corn muffin mix, first, do not over mix it, you want to go for a lumpy mixture. Second, you have to let the batter rest for at least 4-5 minutes and last but not the least Do not over bake it, 8 minutes tops. Lastly, I always brush my muffin with melted butter, it makes it more scrumptious.
How To Make Corn Muffin With 3 ingredients:
I used the Jiffy corn muffin mix instead of going the traditional way of using a corn meal, flour and baking powder. I would like to see if there will be a significant difference with results. For all it is worth, the Jiffy which costs 59 cents held up to my expectations. There is no major difference. In fact, whether you use the corn meal or the Jiffy mix, it will provide you the same quality. I believe making a good muffin rely much on how you prepare and bake it.
Few tips when you choose to use “Jiffy” corn muffin mix.
First, do not over mix it (you would want to go for a lumpy mixture). Second, you have to let the batter rest for at least 4 to 5 minutes. Third, do not overbake it– 8 minutes tops. Last but not the least, always make sure to brush the muffin with melted butter– it will make it more scrumptious.
An Eggplant is a vegetable that is glossy purple egg-shape with white flesh which is widely used in cuisine all over the world. An omelet is a dish made of a beaten eggs and fried with butter or cooking oil. A versatile and very forgiving dish that you can put your own flare to it. It caters almost everyone with the exception of people with egg allergies. In Filipino cuisine, the omelet is a household dish, not only because it is mainly inexpensive, easy to make, delicious and a comfort food.
Nowadays, many parents have struggled to feed their children vegetables. This is one recipe that might help you ease up your dilemma. Also, if you are on a tight budget, then consider this recipe, it will truly fill your hungry stomach and definitely win your heart. It is a dish that is under $10 and can feed 3-4 people in your family. Just to give you a break down, I paid $2.54 for the Japanese eggplants, 1 pound of ground pork is $2.69 and I only used half of it, which makes it around $1.34 and the rest is what I have in my kitchen, which probably would not total to more than $6 if I had to buy each ingredient.
This is very simple and palette-friendly recipe, I just like to share my own methods especially to those who are just learning how to cook. I hope you find this step by step recipe helpful. Happy cooking!
Pineapple has so many ways to peel and cut it, but the traditional way has stuck the most. I have continuously done the old way as you don’t waste a lot of the sweet part of the fruit. We had always referred the fruit as a fruit with many eyes. And I constantly ask why they peel it that meticulously. One thing, I remember as a child, my grandma uses to tell one of the house helpers when they cut pineapples, that they carefully take the skin off otherwise it will taste bitter. That is why this is how I peel and cut my pineapple all the time.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is widely known all over its nutritious flavor of sweet and tart. Pineapple rich in Manganese and vitamin C which can help you improve your immune system and it is known to have health benefits, that can help you regulate your digestion because it has fibers that would keep you regular and keep your intestines healthy and clean. This tropical fruit has some essential minerals and potassium is one valuable source that reduces high blood pressure.
Pineapple is consumed fresh, juiced or preserved. In culinary, Its flesh and juice are used in cuisines all over the world. In the Philippines, the country where I grew up, the pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber which is a material used to create “Barong” which is an embroidered formal shirt and considered the national dress for men in the country.
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How-To Peel & Cut A Pineapple:
Hold the leaves, Cut the bottom part of the pineapple.
Cut the fruit upright and cut off the skin section by section.
Using a paring knife, carefully cut the “eyes” of the fruit in a diagonal pattern. (Note: If you can still hang on to the leaves do not remove them yet as it is easy to maneuver when removing the “eyes” of the fruit.
Remove the leaves.
Ready to cut. For rings, just lay the fruit horizontally and cut about half-inch thick. For wedges, stand the fruit upright and cut lengthwise.
Sprinkle a little salt and ready to serve.
Lumpia Shanghai or Spring Roll has been one of our favorite dish at home, as our family loves anything fried. I had to re-create lumpia because of my nine-year-old picky eater daughter. Being picky that she is, she refuses to eat meat since she was two. Vegetable became her life. I know eating vegetables is very healthy but that does not make you all that healthy because I know our body needs protein and iron.
One day, a visit to her doctor changed everything. She was diagnosed with Anemia. Her red blood cells are way too low, hitting the borderline. It was that very same day that I knew I have to do something. Doctor’s advice is to make her eat red meat, the least. This is where lumpia has been a savior for our tween. I am still working on trying different dish, so far this has been the only dish that works for her.
Lumpia Shanghai is basically a spring roll, which is a mixture of meat and vegetables that is wrapped with a spring roll pastry. It is a versatile dish where you can create your own concoction. In Filipino cuisine, Lumpiang Shanghai is a staple dish in every household. It is very popular in every party, feast or gathering. It is usually a mixture of ground meat, which in my case I chose ground pork (ground beef or chicken are few alternatives you can use), shredded carrots, scallions, celery leaves, egg, soy sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper. It is a very forgiving recipe as you can mix it with anything your palette craves for. You have the option to use your favorite vegetables and meat. Going meatless would also work– to cater vegetarians.
As easy it is to eat, the preparation is very easy and manageable even for beginners but can also be time-consuming (only for the wrapping the rolls part).
Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your homemade spring roll at the convenience of your own kitchen and at your own pace.