Cooking attempt #3: Nutella marble cake
Here’s a recipe I came up with for an easy Nutella marble cake using store-bought cake mix! The recipe below makes one 9-inch round cake.
- 1/2 package (7.6 oz) Betty Crocker Super Moist Cake Mix
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon Nutella hazelnut spread
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare cake pan by coating it with non-stick spray.
- Beat cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs in a large bowl on low speed. Note: the instructions for the cake mix calls for 1/2 cup water, but I find that substituting with milk gives you a tastier result.
- Separate 1/2 cup of the batter into a smaller bowl. Mix in a spoonful of Nutella until consistent.
- Pour the yellow batter into the cake pan. Add the Nutella batter on top and marble with a spoon.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- You can decorate your cake with your own icing or use a glaze (mix water and sugar) and top with sweetened coconut flakes like I did.
Cooking attempt #2: Bacon, cheddar, and onion quiche
I personally LOVE breakfast food no matter what time of the day, and I’ve been dying to make a bacon quiche. Here’s an adaptation to something I found on allrecipes.com. The recipe below makes 6 quiche muffins. Great for sharing at a gathering! :)
- 1/2 package (1.5 oz) cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onions
- 1/2 package refrigerated Pillsbury crescent rolls
- 3 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Dash of black ground pepper
- In a small mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and milk until smooth. Add the eggs, cheese, green onion, salt, and pepper; mix well.
- Separate dough into six triangles; press onto the bottom and up the sides of greased muffin cups. Sprinkle half of the bacon into cups. Pour egg mixture over bacon; top with remaining bacon. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees F for 18-22 minutes or until a knife comes out clean.
Cooking attempt #1: Oven-roasted garlic and cilantro potatoes
Just the other day, the AC in our house broke at the very worst time possible, and so my family and I decided to enjoy a peaceful dinner out on our deck. My mom made some fried chicken and asked me to prepare a light side dish, so I decided to try out a recipe I found on Pinterest.
These potatoes were super easy to cook! It only took 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes in the oven, which was perfect since I wanted to spend as little time as possible inside the sauna that was my house (it goes without saying that I was out the door as soon as I put those potatoes in the oven!). Anyways, I highly recommend trying this if you are a potato lover like me :)
Here’s my take on the recipe:
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 2 medium size Russet potatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- Preheat oven to 475 degrees and prepare baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil coated in cooking spray.
- Combine garlic and olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Remove garlic with a strainer and set aside in a bowl.
- Place quartered potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle garlic oil over them. Toss to coat the potatoes.
- Arrange potatoes on prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown; toss halfway through cook time. Remove from oven and place into serving dish.
- Combine reserved garlic and cilantro. Sprinkle mixture evenly over potatoes. Season with salt and pepper (to taste).