Buying Wine Online

People who enjoy California wine from Santa Barbara County may be interested in shopping at a winery that sells a variety of wines online. Customers will find it convenient to purchase several bottles of wine for a special occasion without needing to leave their homes. Discounts are available for customers who buy a case of wine.

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Those who like red wine can buy several varieties of pinot noir. One pinot noir has hints of vanilla, lavender and strawberry. People who like fruit may enjoy a pinot noir that has hints of wild berries, plums and apples. Another pinot noir for those who enjoy wine and fruit has hints of blueberries, cherries and raspberries.

People who prefer white wine can purchase chardonnay or pinot grigio. There are hints of butterscotch, honey and melon in one type of chardonnay. Another chardonnay has hints of citrus and tart apples. The pinot grigio with hints of pear, melon and apple will appeal to those who like fruit.

Customers can also purchase corkscrews and crystal wine glasses.

This company also offers wine club membership and custom wine labels. Wine club members can purchase wine at a discount. Customers can order custom wine labels for bottles of wine that will be used for special occasions.

Food Experiment: What to do with juicer pulp

I have friends who are into juicing. I wanted to do the same. I seldom eat vegetables. They say that if you can’t eat them, drink them.

In this experiment, I used three carrots, two cucumber and 1 apple.

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It yielded this amount of juice and 2 cups of pulp.
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I also tried juicing last December and I was left with pulp that I made into carrot cupcake. Since I broke my oven, I can no longer use the pulp for cupcake.  I decided to make fish balls!  I grated two strips of broiled cream dory and mixed them into the pulp. I added one egg, around 3 tablespoons of flour, salt and pepper.   I used my clean bare hands to combine everything well and started to roll them into balls.

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These were deep fried and skewered on a stick.
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Eating fishball is not complete without the sauce. It is not just any sauce. It must be manong’s fish ball sauce. I found the recipe here. Dig in!

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The verdict:
1. My aunts love the fishball but it is a little soft. They said I need to add more flour or something to keep it firm. Bread, perhaps? Fish, perhaps? There are more carrots than fish in the recipe.
2. The sauce is a little watery. I wanted the stickier one. Maybe I should add more cornstarch or cook it longer. I think I have been simmering it for more than an hour already.

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I wonder what the fishball would taste like when I start juicing ampalaya. Hehe!

Carrot Cupcake with Chocolate Chips

I got the carrot cupcake recipe from Taste of Home.  I chose this recipe because I had carrot pulp from juicing.  (Yes, I am trying to incorporate a healthy lifestyle. Well, ‘trying’ is the operative word.)

Actually, I juiced 4 carrots, 2 cucumber and 1 apple.  So, this should be called carrot-cucumber-apple cupcake with chocolate chips. The name is too long so I settled for a simpler title.  You can see that there are carrot chunks left which I sliced into smaller bits.

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I prepared the following ingredients.

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I just followed this: In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar and oil. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder,and salt; gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in carrots.

Truth is, I did not measure my pulp. I just dumped what I had. I warned my aunts that the finished product might have bits of cucumber seeds.

This is what the batter looks like.

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But I cannot resist not folding in some chocolate chips. I left a handful for the toppings.

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Now I let the photos do the talking.

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You can’t really see the carrots. The pulp mixed well with other ingredients. My aunts liked it anyway. That is a good sign.
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In our house, presentation matters. It makes the food look appetizing no matter how simple the dish is. Tada!
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I bought the cupcake holder a few weeks ago. This means that there will be cupcakes for Noche Buena next week. 😀

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Merry Christmas, everyone!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have basically written all the ingredients in the post title. I got this idea from Maan. (Thanks, Maan!) I like 3-ingredient recipes. It is easy to memorize. Ingredients are available. I do not have to slave around the kitchen.

All you have to do is prepare the ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 cup oatmeal and a handful of chocolate chips.

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Mash the bananas together with oats and when you get the consistency you want, mix in the chocolate chips.
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Roll into balls and flatten into a buttered cookie sheet that is covered in flour.

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Bake for 10-15 minutes. (I really do not know the temperature. My oven does not have a thermometer. I use quick cooking oats so I do not have to worry about undercooking it.) Maan used the microwave.

This is the finished product. It is tasty. It is not sweet. You need to get used to the taste if you are used the unhealthy chocolate chips cookies. That said, I found myself eating one cookie and another one and another one. It is guilt-free.
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Maan also shared the Youtube video of this recipe (minus the chocolate chips). Check this out!

Try this out and let me know the result.

4 Easy Recipes for the Busy People

Those who have read this blog would know that I am a poster child for easy cooking. From cakes out of the box to three-ingredient recipes, my food experiments revolve around cooking without breaking a sweat. I may have burned a few cupcakes or so. It is part of the learning process.

I found this sweet potato and bean burrito from http://www.oldelpaso.co.uk/recipes/sweet-potato-and-bean-burritos and it looks easy and yummy. Making this one only requires a 4-step process. This recipe is right up my alley.

This triggered a search for more easy recipes and I found three of them worth a try. How about Portobello mushroom drizzled with olive oil and topped with feta cheese and shredded zucchini and baked in the oven? Sounds easy, right?  It also looks delicious. I imagine serving this to my friend and getting a pat on the back.

Another recipe I found is a 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies. Mix 1 cup peanut butter, 1 cup sugar and 1 egg. Scoop 1 table spoon of the mixture and press with fork. Bake in the oven.  I am now thinking of putting Nutella in the mixture  and naming it, “peanut butter marble cookies”.  I sometimes try to innovate. We’ll see how it will turn out. For now, I will just drool over these.

Who loves chocolate? Chocolate truffles are something so decadent that we often think that they are made by people with sophisticated culinary skills. Well, not necessarily.  How about mixing softened cream cheese, peanut butter and semisweet chocolate? The mixture can be rolled into a ball and sprinkled with whatever you like.  Looking at the picture, one would think these are hard to make.

How about you? Any easy recipes to share?

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