Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[RECIPE] Creamy Forest Mushroom Soup

 
We have almost, completely wiped out our intake of canned soup, whenever possible. *clap clap clap* I am happy that I can monitor what goes into our tummies at home especially when there's a fair share of yucky (but some not so yucky) food intake from outside too.

Creamy soups are not impossible to make when you have a blender on hand. If you, like my family who simply adores mushroom soup, then you may be keen to try this out in your kitchen the next time. It's simpler to prepare than you think and this is my 5th time making it. It will definitely go well with your, pizza, pasta, roast chicken or shepherd's pie. Or any western meal for that matter!

Preparation time : 20 minutes  Serves : 4 small soup bowls

Ingredients : 
- 1 box white or brown button fresh mushrooms (about 10 pcs) + 1 box shitake mushrooms (about 12-14 pcs) + 1 box small portobello mushrooms (about 10-12 pcs). Washed and cut to smaller size.
- 1.5 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp garlic 
- 1 cup chicken stock (or vegetable stock if you prefer)
- 2 tbsp white wine (optional or adjust to your preference)
- 3/4 cup milk (or you can use 1/2 part milk and 1/2 part cooking cream)
- salt and pepper to taste

Method :
- melt butter in pot and add in garlic. Saute till fragrant.
- add mushroom and saute till its limp. (approx.8 minutes)
- add stock and milk. Bring it to a boil then reduce the heat to simmer.
- Once the mushrooms are tender, remove from heat and transfer everything from the pot into a blender.

- Process till smooth consistency, before returning into the pot again. If it's too thick, add a bit more stock.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve while it's hot!

Enjoy!


Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[RECIPE] Mini Chocolate Buttermilk Waffles or Pancakes


I have a love-hate relationship with waffles. You see, when I crave for one, there's no cafe in sight for me to satisfy the craving. When I don't crave for it, waffle cafes are everywhere!

I've ever thought of getting myself a waffle machine maker. But nope, it does not make financial sense. Not only does it cost a bomb, it WILL end up as the biggest-test white elephant in my kitchen. So when I chanced upon this waffle griddle, I was simply ecstatic! Make my own waffles whenever I want to? It couldn't be any better. No waffle griddle? No worries! This recipe also works well with pancakes! Just a short of the crisp edges you find in a waffle.



Recipe adapted from Savory Simple
Preparation time : 5 minutes  Serves : 8 mini waffles (will defer if its pancakes)

Ingredients :
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 egg
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tbsp melted butter

In a medium bowl, sift the dry ingredients together and set aside.

Beat the egg separately till light and fluffy and add to the dry mixture, together with buttermilk and butter. Mix well till blended.

Heat up the pan with butter or oil. If using the griddle, spoon about 2 tbsp of batter into each cavity. Once the waffle bubbles (about 2-3 minutes), flip it over to the other side and continue cooking till brown (about another 2 minutes). Repeat process for the remaining batter.


Best served with a light drizzle of maple syrup or honey, fresh fruit toppings and vanilla ice cream! This combination together is simply mind-blowing. Enjoy!


Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Stay Connected With Your Loved Ones With Folr

Let's face it. In this crazy world where almost everyone has a smartphone and everything else is becoming digitalized, human connections has significantly drifted. But what if modern technology is cleverly tapped on to make families feel closer, safer and assured when it comes to staying connected with our loved ones? 

Image source from Folr
Introducing Folr, a practical geo-location based tracking application that gives you real-time information about the whereabouts of people in your life that matters to you. This application is available for installation on any Apple and Android mobile device (smartphone or tablet) and unobtrusively updates you on the location of your loved ones. 

Folr is really helpful especially if you would like to keep tabs of where your children are after school or if you are anxious about your loved ones whereabouts abroad. It may also prove useful for families who are concerned about the elderly that may be suffering from mental deterioration and it aids to safely track their movements when they are out of the house. It can definitely be a peace of mind for many for various reasons present, especially when faced with times of distress.

Here's a quick look of how a basic application appears on your phone.


Images source from Folr

Anyone can easily install and benefit from this application in just 3 steps.
  •  Download application on your phone.
  • Select the person on your contact list that you wish to follow.
  • The person may reciprocate by installing the application, allow you to follow and vice versa.

Most importantly, be assured that not just anyone can add you on their list and follow you without your permission. You may also deactivate this device at anytime or set a specific schedule (day and time) when you wish to be tracked. Folr strongly believes in the good that this application can do for people thus your privacy is absolutely guaranteed.

Install and try out the FREE Folr basic application at the APPLE STORE or PLAY STORE in your mobile devices and start setting your mind at ease today!

For more information, visit their website www.folr.com or connect with them on Facebook.

You may also be interested to read an article on Folr in the Singapore Business Review.
 
  
Till the next post, have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer : This post is brought to you by Folr.com.

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