Egg Rounds

These little egg rounds have become a necessity in my home. Their super simple to make and you can do so much with them. My 5 year old likes his eggs plain so I just make his with an egg and some salt and for the rest I add fresh herbs such as chopped cilantro and spices such as salt, pepper, red pepper and cumin. If you like Arabic flavors you can use Arabic spice, for Algerian flavors add some harrisa paste and for Indian flavors garam masala is excellent. You get the point you can turn these into any flavor that you want.

All you do is pre-heat your oven to 350F. Brush some olive oil in a regular sized muffin pan and crack one egg into each cup. From there add whatever spices or herbs you want. With a fork bust the ones with herbs up a bit so they do not sit on the top. Pop them in the oven and bake for a full 15 minutes. I store these in a plastic container with a lid in the refrigerator and they are usually gone in two days. I just make some new ones and replace them. My husband loves these for a snack and you can put them on pita, biscuits, toast, croissants or whatever you may like.

* Older hens tend to lay bigger eggs.

DIY Coffee/Tea Bar

Several years ago I saw a small little homemade coffee bar in a design book and have wanted to create the area for myself ever since. I have a wooden cart that I bought from Ikea a few years ago for extra space which just so happened to have the perfect amount of space next to the microwave for my idea. I added a little neutral place mat that fit perfectly to kind of draw the eye from the natural wood.

I just added the items that we mostly use in the space like my traveler tumbler, french press, espresso pots, cups, tea, creamer and sugar. I have tons of more items (coffee, espresso, syrups, Saudi coffee) but they obviously will not all fit there but I am fine with that because everything is organized close in my kitchen. My husband is a tea drinker and uses the instant kind of tea and coffee so I placed those two items there for him to use. I also keep all the extra creamers and sugar that I get and put them in a little glass container on top of the microwave as you can see I have tons and I am just one person so if you have a lot of coffee drinkers in your home you could really stock up. The course brown sugar they give you is great for beauty treatments too. So there you have it friends a simple little coffee and tea area that I added. I hope you liked this little peek inside my kitchen.

Homemade Coffee Mix and Creamer

Several months ago I set out to try to make some homemade powdered coffee creamer since I was not able to find any recipes online and the store bought stuff is filled with some super gross stuff. I mean how can a powder make froth? That just scares me folks. Anyway I kept tweaking and tweaking to try to get the same taste but was never able to duplicate it however the one I was able to come up with is pretty good and taste as if fresh milk with a hint of vanilla was added to your coffee which is great for those times when you’re traveling or out of milk, right?

My homemade coffee mixture has been something that I have also been working on for a while as well. All of the current recipes I saw online would say that you have to add at least 5-6 tablespoons to get a good cup, that’s insane and I was content on making it normal you know maybe 1 spoonful. I would make and test and either it would end up having too much sugar, to milky or the coffee was too weak. After many test and mixes I finally found the perfect combination. Also one thing I noticed was that no one adds a bit of cream of tartar to their mixes which are a must for stabilizing the powders. Coffee mixes are perfect when you’re in a hurry to add to boiling water or hot milk and they also make pretty cool gifts.

Coffee Mix:
9 tablespoons instant coffee
6 tablespoons milk powder
3-1/2 tablespoons of powdered coffee creamer
6 tablespoons sugar
1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar

1. In a food processor add instant coffee, milk power, coffee creamer, sugar, cocoa powder and cream of tartar. Pulse until combined into a powder.

Yields: approximately 1-1/2 cups

Coffee Creamer:
1 cup milk powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 tablespoon powdered vanilla

1. In a jar add milk powder, cream of tartar and powdered vanilla. Close lid tightly and shake.

*  The name cappuccino comes from the drink’s resemblance to the brown cowls worn by Capuchin monks.

Indonesian Dinner

{fried chicken and crumbs}
{fried fish}
 {chicken and beef satay}
{rice and sambal}
My husband found this little hole in the wall Indonesian restaurant about a month ago. We have been swooning ever since because we both have a huge love for Indonesian food. I think it’s actually one of my favorite cuisines. They usually have this sauce with vegetables and shrimp to put over your rice but they were out this particular day that I managed to snap a few photos before we devoured everything. One thing that I would have never thought to do before is to use the crispy pieces left in the pan when you fry chicken. Indonesians serve this on the side to sprinkle over your food and it’s amazing.

* Did you know that it is forbidden not to have a religion in Indonesia.