Saturday, December 28, 2013

Chocolate chips cookies

My nieces from Myanmar loves chocolate chips cookies.  They requested me to bake this cookies for their New Year party, my son will take the cookies back to Myanmar.  No choice, since they love my chocolate chips cookies, I have to satisfy their taste buds then. They like my chocolate chips cookies because my cookies are crispy on the outside but is soft inside, compare with the others, the whole cookie is hard .

My ingredients for the cookies are,

1 cup butter(softened)
1 cup sugar,
1 cup packed brown sugar,
2 eggs,
2 tsp. vanilla extract,
3 cups all purpose flour,
1 tsp. baking powder,
2 tsp. hot water,
1/2 tsp.salt,
2 cups chocolate chips,
1 cup chopped walnuts.

Preheat the oven to 175 degree C.
Cream the butter and both the sugar until smooth in electric mixer.  Beat in the eggs one at a time.  Stir in vanilla extract.  At this junction, dissolve the baking powder in the hot water, add into the batter along with the salt.  Stir in the flour, chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.

 Drop by large spoonful (or teaspoon) of batter onto ungreased baking sheets.


 Bake for 12  to 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Keep the baked cookies on the baking sheets for at least 10 minutes before removing to cool further.
Keep in airtight containers, these cookies keep well for a long time in the freeze.

Lotus root with dried cuttle fish soup

My eldest son is back from Myanmar for a short break, Christmas holiday.  He missed lotus root with dried cuttlefish soup.  As mother, I will cook whatever he missed, children who are away from home will always missed home cooked food.

I gathered all the ingredients,

800 g lotus root(from China),
300 g of chicken or pork,(par -boiled),
100 g peanuts,
8 red dates,
3 medium dried cuttlefish,
1.5 ml water,
salt to taste.

Soak the cuttlefish and red dates. In a soup pot bring the water to boil.  Wash and use a knife to scrape off the thin layer of skin of the lotus roots.
Cut the lotus into small pieces.  Wash and clean the red dates and cuttlefish.

Put all the ingredients in to the boiling water except the salt.  Turn the fire to low and simmer for 2 hours. I like the aromatic smell of the boiling cuttlefish, smell so good.
Add salt to taste.  Serve hot with rice.  My son had 2 big bowls of the soup. He really enjoyed it.