Baking is more of my forté and I can cook a few strong dishes, but I’m working at developing my cooking strengths. One thing I have trouble with is knowing the proper amount of seasoning and spices. I struggle with finding the Goldilocks moment. Sometimes it’s not enough and sometimes it’s too much.
My goal is also like to cook by experimenting and not according to a recipe, ultimately creating my own recipe, so last night I did this and baked some chicken with rice pilaf. I enjoy grilled chicken, but sometimes you want something different or with some texture/crunch.
My employer gave out free subscriptions to Cooking Light magazine for taking part in a weight loss challenge. Pretty sweet huh? I’ve read lots of recipes in this magazine that sound tasty and healthy, but this is the first recipe of their’s I’m trying out. They featured a few recipes for healthier versions of cream pies; I decided to make the Chai Cream Pie to take to my mom’s for Easter dinner.
I fell in love with chai on a vacation to Arizona years ago. I’ve never been a coffee girl, so I tried a chai latte when out at a coffee shop with my friend. I hadn’t even heard of it before. It was awesome and is one of my favorite teas.
I once tried a recipe for Chai Banana Bread, which consisted of brewing the tea and adding to the batter. Unfortunately, the bread didn’t taste very much like the tea. The Chai Cream Pie recipe, however, calls for a home-made version of the tea with whole cloves, cardamom pods, fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, and black tea.
I tweaked the recipe a tad and used a chai teabag plus added some vanilla paste. I also didn’t make the dough or buy it pre-made; I bought a pie crust instead. I’m looking forward to trying it out! I will post a new blog with a review after I get to test it.
I’ve adapted this recipe from one for orange cake. I wanted more citrus flavor, so I use lemon cake mix and orange-pineapple juice. The crunch layer was also adjusted to include almonds instead of walnuts.
Today I discovered my transplanted morning glory has finally rebloomed! I was pretty excited about that. Really, it’s the little things that make me happy sometimes.
I’ve also been watching some of my other plants grow. It’s crazy how large my Boston fern has gotten. I didn’t even know this was possible! It’s starting to look like it has tentacles. This has been it’s growth in 3 months: Continue reading →