Banana Pudding with Custard Powder (with slideshow)
This Banana Pudding with Custard Powder is a perfect sweet dessert made by layering Vanilla wafers, Sliced banana, Whipped Custard-Cream-Cheese and topped with a little fresh whipped cream.
Banana Pudding is another one of those famous Southern American Favorites that just seems ‘timeless’. The older versions used sponge cake in place of the Vanilla Wafer Biscuits. Along with time, the famous recipe was changed a bit here and there with some variations even calling for a meringue top and thus requiring baking time. Nabisco made the use of ‘Nilla’ wafers, commonplace in the making of this Favorite dessert. Seems like everyone is looking for the easiest way to make it, some recipes call for Jello Brand Vanilla Pudding Mix and Whipped Cream from a Can! This recipe makes an easier custard using Birds Brand Custard Powder.
Chunky Beef Stew
The classic American Chunky Beef Stew is a meal in itself. Tremendously comforting with some homemade bread, buttermilk biscuits or dumplings. I remember having beef stew in the winter months while growing up in Dhahran, where winters were very cold.
Singapore is usually always hot or rainy.. but I do sometimes get a craving for this stew. The kids will eat it up faster than most meals and the hubby loves it too.
Whenever I get really good stewing beef, I always have this recipe in mind. Nope, it’s not a soup, its not smooth or watery..oh and no it’s not a curry either!!! It’s chunky and you have to rummage through the contents to make sure each spoonful has all the elements. The ‘browned’ beef promises a wonderful pearlescent gloss to the gravy. The gravy, that is simply heart warming and delicious. So good for something so simple!
A dutch oven or cast iron pot is traditionally used.. but I have made it in my trusted pressure cooker without any trouble too.
American Potato Salad | Quick Salads with Video
Growing up, I always came home to delicious food every day. My mom will always be the best cook to me.. I admit during my teenage years, I was quite fussy with food.. I had a lot of things that I didn’t appreciate as much as I do now. She always seemed to have time to fix me something that I liked. On the occasion that she would not be home when I came home, she would leave me something in the fridge. I would cleanup and hurry to find out what was in there for me. Cold Potato Salad was one of my favorites. I could have this just on its own or with some of her yummy chicken. This salad is a great side any day! Filling you up well till your next meal.
Hummingbird Cake – One Glorious Cake
One thing is for sure, this cake will make you hum with delight. Is that why it is called the Hummingbird Cake? It was actually named so, in a 1978 edition of Southern Living Magazine. There is however, no explanation offered about the name. Could it be that its moist delicious sweetness attracts you to it like em hummers? Who knows? What is important my dear foodies out there, is that it truly is delicious!
The classic recipe consists of an awesome large 3 tiered cake. Pineapple, Banana, Pecans and Cream Cheese Vanilla Frosting.
There are some theories that the recipe originated in Jamaica : where a recipe was published in 1969 called the Doctor Bird Cake. The ‘Doctor Bird’ is a type of hummingbird, indigenous to Jamaica and is the National Bird of Jamaica. So it is quite fitting. This cake is said to have the same ingredients.
However, having shot to fame in the Southern Living Issue, being one of its most requested recipe. And having won many ribbons at many a country fair – It is one of the youngest members in ‘Southern Cakes’ repertoire. It is indeed famous for being a Southern Favorite!
I have changed the recipe a bit because I truly don’t believe it needs to be as sweet as the original.. it is still very sweet. And delicious… if I didn’t mention that earlier 😉
I love this cake because it is one of those easy stir and bake cakes, you don’t need a fancy mixer or beater for this.
Mu Shu Chicken & Chinese Pancakes
Mu Shu Meat dishes are one of the staples of American Chinese Cuisine. This Mu Shu Chicken recipe has chicken stir fried with mushroom, wood ear mushroom (black fungus), cabbage and carrot. You can also use lily buds and bamboo shoots in the stir fry. Traditionally, the stir fried meat and veg mixture is wrapped in the Simple Tortilla style, Chinese pancakes. However, you can also wrap in long lettuce leaves and serve as an appetizer.
This dish is extremely simple to prepare. Both the pancakes and the filling can be made in the same pan – less clean up. Mu Shu dishes gained popularity in the United States in the early 60’s and still remain a popular Chinese American take out item.
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes : Perfect, Fluffy, Sweet. Something to look forward at breakfast time!
This Original North American Recipe never fails to produce a simple, fast breakfast. My girls asked me how to make this yesterday. I pulled out the Recipe from my 25 year old hand written recipe book.
I never thought they would surprise me this morning with Breakfast in Bed though. I was so happy and pleased with them. Really did make me feel special. They made a couple themselves and I helped them with pouring the remaining batter. We had so much fun, that We had Pancakes for tea time again!! This time I prepped them for the photo op. I do love the pancakes with butter and maple syrup.. the cherry compote was left over from the night before, so it made its way into the photo as well. I was playing with the lighting on this pic. Rarely do i get to spend more time a my food pics these days.. but this one turned out nice, don’t you think?
Why not let your kids help in cooking these? The girls enjoyed this and it was some great bonding fun.
Spaghetti and Meatballs – Delicious Creamy Spaghetti with the Best Beef Meatballs
This could quite possibly be the best Spaghetti and Meatballs you have ever tried. The delicious beef meatballs and the yummy cream based tomato sauce are to die for! There’s something just irresistible about these moist balls of mince that fall apart in your mouth paired with the gorgeous , creamy spaghetti. Try it!
How to Make Doughnuts
What’s not to like about these Soft, Chewy Rings of Joy? There are several stories of How the original Doughnuts contained nuts in the centre, thus the name, and how the centre became a hole when someone poked out the nuts. The hole in the centre, actually helps the doughnuts to cook much more evenly. The unique shape is probably what made them so Popular from the early 1940’s. It certainly makes holding the dough nut easier.
I make these doughnuts for my kids who love them. I am always amazed at how these deep fried treats are never oily and they cook so fast. Here’s how I make them. We like them with Chocolate Glaze but they can eaten plain or dusted with icing sugar or flavored sugar.
This is my Post for Valentines day. I was looking for something sweet, cute, fun and playful for My Valentine. Check out the video on How to Make Doughnuts.
Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings
These Chicken Wings require such little effort and are simply so tasty and seductive that you will be making them again!
Spicy Sticky Chicken Wings
Pumpkin Pie from scratch – Best homemade pumpkin pie
I dont know what it is, but there’s just something so warm and inviting about a pumpkin pie! From the enticing aroma that fills the air testing your patience – to the humble method of preparation that provides such satisfaction to any home cook.
A thin, flaky, crisp crust accompanied by a moist, dense, voluptuous filling. This pie is great to be eaten warm after it has rested for a while. And it is equally scrumptious when eaten cold out of the refrigerator.
If you haven’t had a pumpkin pie ever, go ahead – treat yourself to something new – you are bound to love it! There’s just something about a Pumpkin Pie!!!
You can also make the pie crust and pumpkin puree ahead of time if expecting guests.