It’s been several weeks since I started prepping for a series of travel diaries featuring Bali, Indonesia, and I’m happy to say that apart from the video I’m just about ready to write about it now. My friend Gilbert would be dancing in his seat right now after reading that phrase because I’m a bazillion months late in sharing our travel story with you, and he has been expecting this post to go live for quite some time already. Better late than never I guess?
So get the blog into the vibe of an Indonesian/Balinese exploration, I wanted to share a recipe for Nasi Goreng. It’s practically the national rice dish of Indonesia after all. Most Asian countries would have one or two rice dishes to identify them by and for Indonesia it’s Nasi Goreng. We ate this dish a bunch of times during our meals while we were in Bali, and while this recipe isn’t an exact replica of those you can eat pretty much everywhere in Indonesia, it’s still a yummy version of the dish.
I did a little research and according to my fried Wiki this dish was created by an Indonesian, though it is also a staple in both Malaysia and Singapore. Literally translated it simply means “Fried Rice”, and just like any other fried rice dish it’s easy to put together and a tasty addition during any meal!
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I’ve sung this song a million times before, but it’s simply inevitable that I feel this way around this time of the year. I can’t help it! I can’t quite hold back the green-eyed monster when all the beautiful orange-hued photos with scarf-wearing people in them begin popping up everywhere. I can’t help wishing that I live in a place where I can take Instagram photos of my boots nestled beneath a mountain of crunchy orange leaves; a place where the breeze is crisp and cool all-day long once the -ber months hit.
Well I could spend all my energies wishing for autumn to magically fall upon this country, but unless I move to a different part of the globe it just will not come true. It’s kind of sad. Autumn is awesome, as I’m sure most of you will agree. For the time being I have to satisfy myself with looking through fall photos on the web, or at the very least baking fall treats in my kitchen.
In my opinion, nothing quite produces orange-coloured baked goods like pumpkin. (Sweet potato comes at a close second, as this equally yummy recipe proves.) But the thing is, we’re not too big on pumpkin in our desserts over here. Sure we have it occasionally, but after my last can of pumpkin puree months ago my brothers have urged me not to buy another anytime soon. The only pumpkin they want to eat is cooked in coconut milk with other vegetables for dinner.
Despite that, all the pumpkin desserts I’ve made so far have been well received: the pumpkin tart, the cream cheese-filled muffins, the super yummy pumpkin cake roll, even the coffee-spiked pumpkin breads. But as my brothers have informed me, their favourite was the loaf with the cookie butter swirl.
This recipe is a throwback one from my archives, and frankly it has not made its appearance on the blog because I am unsatisfied with the photos. I had planned to redo this but I haven’t had much time on my hands lately thanks to the events I need to attend. It’s always the case during the latter part of the year because people seem to be in a rush to squeeze in a ton of things before the year ends. But in the spirit of autumn I decided I still needed to talk about how smitten we all were by the Pumpkin-Biscoff Loaf!
All right! I hope you didn’t think I was going away quietly after that first not-quite-a-copycat recipe. Since realizing that Max’s version of the cupcakes from Two Broke Girls are in fact most probably chocolate, I told myself I really needed to make a chocolate-based cupcake just to compare it to the previous “white cake” version I made. I was supposed to write about this a little earlier but I’ve been feeling a little exhausted lately. It’s probably because I’ve been pushing myself too much and resting too little. I really need to take it easy and unwind this weekend!
Anyway, going back to this version of the Spring Break Cupcakes recipe, I have to say searching for the recipe was the easy part. I quickly found one that made sense to me and just reading through the recipe I was already sure it would yield wonderful cupcakes. It was the buying of the ingredients that took me forever! Somehow I just could not get my hands on some stout beer. I honestly didn’t think Guinness would be so elusive. (Or so popular that it would always be out of stock in the supermarket!) When I finally FINALLY found Rustan’s Supermarket restocked, I grabbed four cans right away. Needless to say you’ll have to expect more stout beer goodness soon, and it won’t just be desserts.
I’m not a beer drinker at any capacity so I’m no expert on the subject, but I have drank regular beer before and I have to say I was a bit surprised by the boldness of stout beer. It demands your attention at first sip and holds it for a little bit until it is satisfied that you will remember its name. Or it might just be that it’s my first time getting a taste of stout beer that I find it to be a bit stronger in taste than I’m used to. Which is why it’s absolutely perfect to pair with chocolate. Thanks to that boldness in flavour, the Guinness has no problems making itself known in the midst of all that deep delicious chocolate cupcakey-ness going on.
Soooo ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Beer-batter Cupcakes 2.0, the chocolate version.
Beer-batter Maple-Bacon Spring Break Cupcakes. A huuuge mouthful but something I haven’t been able to forget since I first heard it. I think most people who watch the show Two Broke Girls are familiar with this particular “stoner cupcake” created by Max during that episode where they even got Martha Stewart to taste it in the women’s powder room. Haha!
That hilarious episode aside, I have been wondering for the longest time just how exactly this Spring Break Cupcake tastes like. I did some research and came up with a surprisingly short list of satisfactory results. I set it aside and forgot about it until my brother’s recent Two Broke Girls marathon; where I saw my curiosity rise back from the dead and follow me around like a zombie until I finally decided to try one of the recipes I found online.
In my memory the show’s version was not chocolate, but in the screencaps above the cupcakes look dark in colour. Hmm. Luckily I also made a version like that, but more on it on my next post. For this post I’ll be talking about just plain old Beer-Batter Cupcakes, with maple frosting and candied bacon bits on top of course. Admittedly I botched the recipe a bit when I made it and yet the cupcakes turned out surprisingly good!