Baked Cream Dory

This is a recipe from our helper’s former boss. Our helper, Ate Nida, tweaked it a little bit (to add more taste). It’s really yummy and best of all, healthy! It’s part of our monthly menu because all the ingredients are just in stock. Try it for yourself!

You need:

  • 2 pieces cream dory fillet
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can mushrooms
  • rosemary
  • bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste

Here’s what you will do:

  1. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan. Once melted, add 1 tablespoon of flour then mix well. Follow with the remaining flour.
  2. Once incorporated, slowly add the milk while mixing. You’ll then have a basic white sauce. Ate Nida thins it out with a little bit of water.
  3. Add the mushrooms, rosemary, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Mix well.

    creamy white sauce
  4. Put the white sauce on top of the cream dory fillets.

    ready for the oven!
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 375°C.
Pair with a simple salad and you're good to go!

A yummy and healthy treat! Can’t wait for Z to try it!


Banana Cupcakes

Another facet of my being a SAHM is experimenting in the kitchen. Hence, the birth of another category in this blog, Foodventures. Expect homemade yummies, not-so-healthy cravings and viands straight from cookbooks and websites.

To start off this new category, I chose my homemade banana cupcakes. Starting Z’s first monthly birthday, I’ve been making cupcakes from the box. Not so healthy and creative, eh? So, this month I tried making my own from scratch. Here’s what I used:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 pieces mashed bananas
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup coco sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

The steps are fairly easy:

  1. Sift flour. Add in the salt and baking soda. Mix well then set aside.
  2. In another bowl, cream the butter and the two kinds of sugar. Add the eggs one at a time. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Add the dry ingredients. When everything is incorporated, fold in the bananas.
  4. Put in the vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Add in the chocolate chips and mix.
  5. Be sure the oven is preheated in 375 degrees.
  6. Pour in batter into muffin pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Do the toothpick test to know if the cupcakes are done.
  7. When the toothpick comes out clean, take out of the oven and cool for 10 minutes before serving.

You may opt to put in walnuts for added crunch. Also, cream cheese frosting goes well with these.

I could further improve this recipe by adding crushed pineapples to add moist in the cake. But, overall, I think it was enjoyed by the people who tasted my first from-scratch baked goodie!