Testing out the Breville Scraper Mixer Pro on these Banana-Oatmeal Choco Chip Cookies

When Breville Philippines reached out to me for a collab, I was a bit hesitant. See, I already had a mixer so I wasn’t sure if having another one would make much sense. But when I saw how interesting Breville’s Scraper Mixer Pro seemed to be with its slew of attachments and accessories, I decided to test it out.

The thing that really piqued my interest was their Scraper Beater attachment, which compared to a normal flat beater attachment have these little extra “wings” running along the edges. This thing supposedly “Scrapes the Bowl. So you don’t have to.”

I decided to put that to the test. Most recipes that require bowl scraping involve the creaming of butter and sugar, and such is the case with cookies. Today I decided to make some oatmeal cookies using one of my favourite fruits in the world– Philippine bananas. I think we’ve got some of the best bananas (and mangoes!) and every time I need a little boost I reach for some.

This Banana-Oatmeal Choco Chip Cookies recipe is actually like banana bread in cookie form. It’s packed with lots of add-ons like oats and chocolate chip, and the cookies that come out are nice and soft, almost cakey. Really reminiscent of banana bread! And since everybody loves banana bread, this should be a hit. 🙂

As always, the riper your bananas are, the more you will be able to taste them through the cookies (and the easier they will be to mash as well). It’s interesting how many variations of oatmeal cookies there are in the world, but most of them involve raisins. This time we’re using another great partner for oats. Maybe an even better partner.

Oh, and don’t forget the chocolate and walnuts. I really love that I now appreciate nuts in my pastries. 😉
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Coffee and cake come together for this Chocolate-Coffee Swirled Coffeecake

After all that coffee talk from my previous post about DeLonghi coffee makers, I got into this coffee kick. I like coffee as much as the next person but sometimes I crave it in another shape and form, so this Coffee and Chocolate Swirled Coffeecake recipe hits the spot really nicely.

Add to that, this pairs really well with coffee. Coffeecake, guys. In this particular instance, it’s kind of like a double coffee whammy, but don’t worry– it’s not enough to keep you up at night! I don’t go for that kind of buzz anyway.

The other great thing about this recipe is how it also adds into the mix two things that go really well with the coffee flavour: chocolate and cinnamon. The chocolate is mixed along with the coffee granules, and then it’s swirled inside the cake. Meanwhile, the cinnamon is turned into a streusel topping for the cake.

Just imagine for a second all those scents drifting out of your oven, filling your kitchen…
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Getting holiday-ready with DeLonghi Multifry and Coffee Maker

Walking into the DeLonghi showroom is like walking into a dream world of kitchen appliances. Those of you who like to spend time in the kitchen can probably relate to what I’m talking about: There’s so much shiny luxurious kitchen stuff!

DeLonghi is a global brand known for making kitchen appliances that are innovative and high-performing, but at the same time stylish. Their machines are literally something you can display on your kitchen counter like a trophy!

You might remember me sharing the unveiling of the PrimaDonna Elite Coffee Machine some months ago. It’s this amazingly high-tech coffee maker that you can operate using its touch screen controls, but the amazing things is you can also operate it from your smartphone. Cool right?

When I arrived, they had been making some hot chocolate for the bloggers attending this afternoon’s cooking demo using this beautiful thing. But you might be wondering why I said cooking demo. Isn’t DeLonghi known for its coffee machines? Well, that and they also have this little magic worker called the DeLonghi Multifry. None other than Chef Mitchie Sison was present to show us exactly how this little kitchen helper works.

Preparing for the holidays can be quite exhausting. I think we can agree that we’ll need all the help we can get not just in terms of manual labour, but with the appliances we use as well. We want to have something that is efficient and time-saving, and that is where the DeLonghi Multifry steps in.

The DeLonghi Multifry is another innovative tool that combines the power of a low-oil fryer and a multicooker. (So yes, it gets plus points in the health department!) Using this machine, you can fry, steam, make stews and even risottos. Not only that, you can also bake anything from pizzas to cakes!
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A homemade 떡볶이 Tteokbokki Recipe because I’m missing Seoul

In my 25 years of life, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to a handful of countries. Though I have been to three continents, I can still say with certainty that my heart belongs to Asia. To me, the countries in Asia alone will leave your soul satisfied in every aspect, may it be culture, cuisine, or beauty.

When I visited South Korea for the very first time last March, I had the same old feeling of excitement I usually have when venturing to a new place. But the longer I stayed in Seoul, the more I thought that this trip felt different. It wasn’t until I came home that I realized Seoul had silently crept its way to the top of my heart. I came home filled with the fondest memories– the kind that I haven’t had in many years of traveling.

For all its quirks, after just four days in Seoul, it became one of my favourite places among all that I have ever visited. I enjoyed sifting through the wares and the foods at Namdaemun Market; talking to the shop-owners and then pretty much stuffing myself silly with Bibim Naengmyeon. (My fave!)

I breathed in the crisp spring air as I walked up the steep slope towards Ihwa Mural Village, and subsequently had my mind blown by the amazing art on the walls and on the stairs.

I loved getting my shop on at the busy streets of Myeongdong, accompanied by some warm gyeran bbang in my hands of course.

Simply put, there were many things I loved about Seoul, and I have no doubt there is so much more I am yet to discover about it and South Korea in general. Since coming home, I’ve felt so compelled to travel back that I’ve been asking anyone who’ll listen to accompany me! (You can ask my friends haha!) Of course, on my next trip, I’m thinking of exploring some other places in South Korea like Busan or Incheon.

Truth be told, I’ve been working on my Seoul Travel Series to share on this blog for a while now, but I want it to be so perfect that I seem to be having some difficulty expressing how I felt into words. (I’m working on the travel video too! It will come out soon, don’t worry.) But then this Wow Korea contest was brought into my attention, and so I thought, yeah, maybe I’ll write something after all. Whether or not I win this contest, I want to return to South Korea again soon.

On, and I seriously miss the tteokbokki from Hongdae. That is precisely why I’m sharing a Tteokbokki Recipe on the blog right now! I guess you can tell how much I’m missing Seoul in general because I have resorted to cooking Korean street food in my own kitchen.
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