SANDWICH MAKER CAKE


Winter is over. I used to steam cake or flan during that time to produce heat in the surroundings. The weather is getting warmer. Baking or steaming is uncomfortable to prepare food. I experimented the other uses of sandwich maker. It’s successful! I just used my own pancake recipe. Try it.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 small eggs or 1 big egg

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon butter or cooking oil

1/2 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Beat egg.

Add sugar and oil, continue beating.

Mix milk and vanilla essence.

Stir in flour, baking powder and salt.

Mix thoroughly to form a thick batter.

Grease the sandwich maker.

Preheat it for a few minutes.

Spread batter within the triangle lines.

Close it and cook for 3-5 minutes.

If the inserted knife in the center of the cake comes out clean, it’s done.

Dust with icing sugar. (optional)

NOTE:  You may add 3 tablespoons cocoa powder or mashed banana to produce a different flavor.

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CARROT/BOTTLE GOURD DESSERT (Gajar/Lauki Ka Halwa)


This is so tasty Indian/Pakistani dessert… Lauki Ka Halwa. Lauki is a Hindi word for bottle gourd or upo in Tagalog. It was something strange for me at the start because I used to eat bottle gourd as a vegetable dish. It’s so easy to make this sweet dish. Squeeze out water from the grated bottle gourd. Saute’ it in butter or oil. Add condensed milk, simmer until milk is absorbed. Top with raisins, almonds and pistachios if desired. The same recipe with Gajar Ka Halwa. Use grated carrots in place of bottle gourd.

BOTTLE GOURD DESSERT

BOTTLE GOURD DESSERT

CARROT DESSERT

CARROT DESSERT

GAJAR KA HALWA

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 c. corn oil

5 tbsp. butter

1 kg. carrots, peeled and grated

1 c. evaporated milk

6 tbsp. powdered milk

1 tsp. vanilla essence

3/4 c. sugar

1 tbsp. raisins

1 tbsp. chopped cashew nuts

DIRECTIONS:

1.  Saute’ grated carrots in hot oil for 5 minutes.

2.  Add milk and vanilla. Simmer until milk absorbed into the carrots. Stir occasionally.

3.  Add sugar, butter and raisins, continue stirring until liquid absorbed.

4.  Garnish with cashew nuts.

***You may use 1 cup condensed milk in place of evaporated and powdered milk. Omit sugar.

THE AUTHOR: MARIA LOURDES V. LIPARDO


         

MARIA LOURDES VILLACORTA LIPARDO

MARIA LOURDES V. LIPARDO

         

          She earned her degrees (BSC-BA, MBA) at the University of Santo Tomas, Espana, Manila, Philippines.          

          During her school days, she took Journalism, spent writing articles and became school News Writer and Science Page Editor.  Her maternal aunt, Dr. Anacleta Villacorta Agoncillo (medical doctor and author), wife of the late Prof. Teodoro A. Agoncillo (author of “History of the Filipino People”, essayist and poet), great Filipino historian, inspired her to pursue writing.

          She got 99% in the government exams after high school as a requirement before entering college or university and afterwards passed the Civil Service Eligibility.                        

          Her banking career at the Equitable Banking Corporation, Manila, Philippines, ceased after traveling and settling in different countries which gave her opportunities to venture in different professions like teaching in International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Cambridge School in Karachi, Pakistan. She continued writing in spite of her tight schedule.

          She has written 99% successful UK appeals. Cooking is one of her passions. Writing her own recipes is her hobby. She learned different foreign cuisines from Far East to Middle East which paved the way to  the making of English grammar book (Basic English Grammar Guide) and cookbooks (Asian & Middle Eastern Cuisines and Foreign Cuisines From Far East To Middle East).  

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          She was awarded as the ‘Most Talented Teacher’ in O’Level at the Aisha Bawany Academy, Sharah-e-Faisal, Karachi. Pakistan.           

          Her recipe, Lipardo’s Puto Seco, is on Top 20 Best Asian Cookie Recipes as rated and reviewed by millions of home cooks.          

          Being a Featured Author, she maintains a blog site at the WordPress.com, Mlvla65’s Blogs. She has also an Author Page on Facebook. Maria Lourdes is a recipe contributor to Allrecipes.com and CookEatShare.com.          

          To date, she is a Free-lance Writer and Proprietor/Managing Director of Civic Solution (www.civicsol.com), Building Construction – Civil & ID Works in Karachi, Pakistan.

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MA. ELENA CERDON-CABANES: A Role Model


I’m rich in true friends, not in money. My life is incomplete without them. I have few selected close friends who I know for ages and will always be there through thick and thin.

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I remember my High School buddy who was crying on the day of our National College Entrance Exams (NCEE) because her father passed away early morning due to vehicle accident. I thought she couldn’t make it but surprisingly she got 98%. Yes, she’s a consistent honor student and our HS newspaper Editor. When I visited the Philippines in December 2010, she shouldered our High School Mini-Reunion and she’s willing to give more…

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God blessed her with a kind husband and two beautiful daughters. MA. ELENA CERDON-CABANES is holding a high post in the government (Asst. Director of Department of Agrarian Reform – DAR) but she’s still humble like a bamboo – the taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends. She balanced a professional life with domestic efficiency. Len is a true friend, a loving daughter, a caring sister, an ideal wife and mother of her kids. Her life is truly exceptional. We’re so proud of you!

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She will remain a constant source of inspiration to me. No matter how many miles lie between us, you will be my best friend forever. You’re such a God’s blessing!

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