I have loads of food photos and my new 2013 recipe journal has almost reached a fourth of the total pages but Iâ€™m slow as a snail in writing them up to my blog. Â Seriously, work (and laziness!) is getting in the way of blogging.
Just to get some up and going, hereâ€™s savoury bacon and cheese muffins. Â Recipe adapted from here and became one of my favorites to prep for the boysâ€™ packed school snacks. Â Crispy on the outside, fluffy inside. YUM.
3 slices of bacon with little fat, chopped
2 cups flour
3 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme (or whatever herb you have)
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
Cook chopped bacon in a microwave for about 3 minutes (depending on your microwave settings), or panfry until crisp. Â Dry on paper towels and set aside.
Lightly grease 12-muffin tray. Set aside.
Grate cheese to fill 1 cup. Set aside.
In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, freshly ground pepper and sugar.
In a separate bowl, combine beaten egg, milk, oil and mustard. Set aside.
Add cheese, cooked bacon and thyme to the flour mixture. Make a hole at the center and pour the wet mixture in it. Â Mix no more than 10 seconds.
Scoop into muffin tray and top with extra grated cheese and bacon bits. Â Bake for 20 minutes. Â Transfer to a rack to cool for few minutes. Â Serve sliced and slapped with butter.
I am not a professional cook. My only claim to having a culinary background is a short stint as my dadâ€™s teen â€˜sous chefâ€™ in his carinderia ages ago. Dad ran small eateries since I was a young kid - serving standard â€˜turo-turoâ€™ food ranging from the likes of menudo, adobo, pritong isda, dinuguan, binagoongan, bopis, munggo, pinakbet and giniling to merienda fares like goto, ginataan, pancit bihon, halu-halo and saging con yelo.
My father, a farmer in his hometown before working his way to becoming an accountant, definitely influenced my cooking in a lot of ways than I thought. My siblings and I were raised in a backyard full of fruit trees and vegetable garden. We spent weekends and the summer breaks running around with ducks, chickens, goats and pigs. I had wonderful memories of gathering eggs, butchering chickens, selling vegetables and the sweet aroma of preserved fruits. But my love for art led me to a degree in Architecture. Just few months after getting my license, I went abroad and lived independently at age 23. Definitely no maid, no cook, and a totally different food culture. Along the way I met lots of friends and spent what seemed a lifetime learning new tricks and recipes.
Now living in Auckland, I am a work-from-home mum who juggles time between work, fun and family - in pursuit of work-life balance. No matter how busy I am, I love the idea of cooking for my family. My blog chronicles home cooking greatly influenced by life outside my home country from Southeast Asia to Beijing and Auckland. And most of the time, being busy also means easy (sometimes quick), affordable meals.
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ohmygosh! i just know that my boy and I are going to LOVE this!
thanks so much for taking the time to share and link over at Food Friday, Iska
…so sorry for the very late visit….