Mukasechic 2013 in review

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Fluffy Vanilla Cupcakes

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I have always admired bakers, but never wanted to be one myself, it took a lot of courage for me to even start to try baking recipes. Trust me, I have tried and tried and failed and failed and here I am. Other food blogs have inspired me to continue trying and I am improving, so I hope Mukasechic inspires you too!

Comeon, don’t be a scaddy cat, go ahead and give it a try.

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk- Please use whole milk not evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon vinegar

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My homemade buttermilk....milk and vinegar

My homemade buttermilk….milk and vinegar

The batter

The batter

Getting the girls ready

Getting the girls ready

All nice and dressed up, these are super fluffy

All nice and dressed up, these are super fluffy


Recipe
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees / 180 G Celsius and prepare your cupcake pan with cupcake liners of your choice.
2. Pour together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside.
3. Add 1/2 teaspoon vinegar to the milk and set aside between 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Now add the 2 eggs and sugar and mix with a mixer, I use a handmixer
5. Add vanilla extract and vegetable oil and to the sugar and egg mixture and mix.
6. On low speed, add half of flour mixture, beat, then add half of milk mixture. Repeat until everything is combined and well mixed. Scrape down sides of the bowl too.
7.Now pour the thin batter into your cupcake pan and fill up the cupcake liners 2/3 full.
8. Bake in your preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes.

If you are not sure whether the cupcakes are ready, use a toothpick, stick in the center of the cupcake, if it comes out clean, yayyyy, its ready! but relax!
Let cupcakes cool for a couple of minutes before you remove them from the pan. Let cool completely on a plate or wire rack and now take a big bite…..

Tuesday Delight: Sarah tries my Banana Cake

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So one of my very beautiful bestie, Sarah Mills(love her to bits) who is currently in Dubai sends me an email that she is going to try my Banana Condensed milk cake. I am not very worried because I know she can, she’s the best person to strictly follow a recipe unlike me. :)

Anyway she did try and loved it! I am so glad it came out well, its humbling to get such feedback, so in her own words I present Tuesday Delight with SARAH MILLS

Lovely turn out......

Lovely turn out……

“So I didn’t have school yesterday and I so wanted a break from case reading and bonding with Excel.
My only other options were exercise, TED videos viewing and reading.

I chose to do something different: bake. So I went to my girl Shella’s and she and I tried out Jay’s banana cake recipe.

It was such a fun thing to do. Easy to make and within 45 minutes (prep time inclusive) We had filled the whole apartment with smells of decadence.

It turned out really well. And it was so tasty too!

Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Looking forward to more”

Oh and this is Sarah, such a beauty. I told u!

Pic by Momento taken off Sarah's face book page

Pic by Momento taken off Sarah’s face book page


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Banana Condensed Milk Cake

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I am beginning to find baking and cooking as therapeutic and i cant seem to understand. Most of my friends dont understand why i cook at night when I get back from work so tired; well its simple, that is the only time i get to cook.

This week, i was inspired to try my banana cake recipe inspired by fellow food blogger Afrolems who posted a deli picture of her banana cake. I love banana so much, my colleagues once asked me of i am a monkey, funny enough i only love to eat it when it is transformed.

Its simple and totally delicious, go on and try it.
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The mixed batter

The mixed batter


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Trust me you would be happy when you lay your eyes on this

Trust me you would be happy when you lay your eyes on this


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Ingredients
250 grams unsalted butter (1cup/1pack butter)
1 cup sugar (I reduced mine a bit)
3 eggs
2 cup flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoon condensed milk (i added more:), i love condensed milk)
1 teaspoon salt
3 very riped banana (mashed with a fork)
juice of 1 orange (buy and squeeze yourself)

Recipe
Butter your pan or line with parchment paper, heat your oven at 170 degrees Celsius.
Beat your butter and sugar to form a creamy mixture using a hand mixer or whisk.
Gently pour in your egg one after the other and beat at low and when mixed, beat at high for 1 minute.
Pour your sifted flour and fold it in your mixture, add your baking powder and soda and mix.
Pour in your orange juice, condensed milk and mashed banana.
Gently fold them, don’t over mix but be sure to get a nice batter.
Pour the mixture in your buttered pans and bake at 170 degree celsius for 35 mins or until u put a toothpick in it and comes out clean.

NB: You can use margarine if you have no butter, so that would be one cup or 225 grams of margarine.

I would be telling you about my (Cooking in heels project), I know you have seen it somewhere…..Cooking_in_heels on instagram

Julia, Julie and Jay

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Some months ago, I came across a trailer of a movie produced in 2002 titled Julia & Julie. I loved the movie from the word go, I looked for it everywhere and even asked my colleague to try and find/download it for me

For months, I searched the internet and never found the full movie until this morning when Marie my friend and colleague handed it to me. I was over whelmed, I stopped all I was doing at the office to watch it. I borrowed an ear phone to fade out all unnecessary noise; even my boss couldn’t stop me from watching it.

The movie centers on Julie, a modern young wife who is bored of her job and the ranting’s of her successful friends and with the advice from her overly supportive husband starts a cooking blog. Her mission is to cook all 524 recipes in 365 days from the cookbook of the cooking legend JULIA CHILD.

Julie after the 365 days ...
Julia in her days found her love for cooking in Paris when she went there to visit her husband, in order to curb her boredom, Julia enrolled in a cooking school and the rest was history

Julia Child beating the men in class

Julia Child beating the men in class

The beautiful thing about the movie is that both characters are not professional chefs but their love for cooking is awesome and admirable. I would love to cook for my friends to have that sunny bright face after the first bite, to cook for my boyfriend, a special meal and desert because it is Tuesday, everyone deserves a great cooking experience…..

Julia and her amazing husband...Julia is played by the World's best actress Meryl Streep

Julia and her amazing husband…Julia is played by the World’s best actress Meryl Streep

The real Julia ...RIP

The real Julia …RIP


After watching the movie, I figured I need a challenge ….a fun challenge, so I present to you the

JULIA, JULIE & JAY CHALLENGE

Over the next months, I would try to cook a dish every weekend. This recipe could be African or continental, this could be a cake, a main meal, a side dish or a dessert.

This I would do with your help, send me some recipes from your towns, your countries, some you just know or just heard about….This is going to be my beautiful challenge….JOIN ME

Please send all recipes to jo_gyebi@yahoo.co.uk or jaygyebi@gmail.com

A Foodie’s week- Happy Birthday Kwaku Zee

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So in this past weeks, I have not been able to upload my new recipe due to internet connection………..I should do that soon anyway.

Today is a special day, the birthday of the LOVE of my life and since he is a foodie in his own right, this is to him

On Saturday after finishing Miss Kane’s order for her boutique opening, I decided to perfect my chocolate cake recipe I got from Ree (Pioneer Woman)

So we made vegetable quiche, nkate cake (Peanut toffee) and grilled chicken for Miss Kane and she loved it! thank you for giving us the opportunity.

Back to my chocolate cake, I tried the recipe one more time and got it right, well my taster Debbie says so and i trust her taste buds, so the cake is actually on sale by order for 45ghc

The cake ...chocolate cake with crushed peanut toppings

The cake …chocolate cake with crushed peanut toppings

I have had a few nice lunch meals last week , not messing up my diet though :)

Fufu with peanut butter soup with goat meat and fresh tuna

Fufu with peanut butter soup with goat meat and fresh tuna

On Saturday I had some fufu and light soup with goat meat and Tilapia with my girl girl Dj

On Saturday I had some fufu and light soup with goat meat and Tilapia with my girl Dj

This woman makes the best boiled beans in Accra,

This woman makes the best boiled beans in Accra

Her fried plantain is the best ... just the right texture

Her fried plantain is the best … just the right texture

Abom from Shebrews ;) Abom is boiled and grinded  spinach leaves with salted fish, boiled egg, palm oil and avacado  Boiled yam and plantain as accompaniment

Abom from Shebrews ;) Abom is boiled and grinded spinach leaves with salted fish, boiled egg, palm oil and avacado
Boiled yam and plantain as accompaniment

My baby is my friend, my rock and my boo!
Happy birthday , the man with whom i make the fire :)
God bless the work of your hands and give you that amazing love and care you emit….Love You

My Man

My Man

Aunty Christie’s Homemade Lasagna

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I LOVE Aunty Christie, she is the perfect aunty, nice back, nice legs, nice soul and a banger in the kitchen! Can we trade Dee?

I love her food, I think she is the real Mukase Chic, her tilapia soup is off the hook (yes, I am gradually becoming an Ayigbegirl) so whenever she invites me to join her in the kitchen, I am glad.

Today I bring to you the amazing and simple recipe to her homemade Lasagna, have a read and try to make it, after all I would too, please don’t forget to send me pictures of any of the recipes you love on this blog…..email to jo_gyebi@yahoo.co.uk or jaygyebi@gmail.com

Find me on twitter – Mukasechic and on Instagram too and tag moi

Enjoy!

Our flour, milk and butter mixture

Our flour, milk and butter mixture

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you should get a creamy mixture like this after the vigorous mix

you should get a creamy mixture like this after the vigorous mix

our pot of mince meat stew ready!!!

our pot of mince meat stew ready!!!

Our cooked spagetti relaxing....

Our cooked spagetti relaxing….

Its the grated cheddar cheese, i forgot it

Its the grated cheddar cheese, i forgot it

our brick laying starts!

our brick laying starts!

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top the layer with some mince meat stew

top the layer with some mince meat stew

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We are almost there...have patience

We are almost there…have patience

This is how beautiful it hsould lokk after 30 minutes in the oven...look at that brown orangy color of the crust.

This is how beautiful it should look after 30 minutes in the oven…look at that brown orangy color of the crust.

That take......

That take……

You should be happy by now :)

You should be happy by now :)

Ingredients

Spaghetti
2 packs spaghetti
Cooking oil

Mince Meat Sauce
1 1/4 pound (1 package) uncooked mincemeat
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 pieces fresh tomatoes
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tbsp. of your favorite spices
Green peas
Mushroom
Green pepper
Carrots

Cheese Layer
15 ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
2 tbsp. full cream milk
250g butter (1 pack)
1 cup flour

EquipmentExtra-deep 13×9-inch baking dish (should be at least 3 inches deep!)
Colander
Deep sauté pan OR wide saucepan
Medium bowl

Instructions

Heat the oven between 180 C to 200 C and lightly grease the baking pan with cooking oil.
Bring to a boil your spaghetti, don’t forget to add salt to taste (oh I left that out in the ingredients*)
When almost cooked, drain your spaghetti in the colander and let it relax and have a vacation until it is needed

For the stew.
Place a large skillet/cooking pan over medium high heat.
Put in your mincemeat and stir repeatedly to individually crumble the meat
Cook, stirring frequently, until the mincemeat is very well browned.
Meanwhile, finely chop the onion and the garlic.

Add the chopped onion and garlic to the skillet and turn down the heat to medium. Cook, stirring frequently, for another 10 minutes.

Take off the heat and drain most of the fat away from the meat.
Place back on the heat, and add the fresh tomatoes and tomato paste.
Add in your spices and allow it to cook and simmer nicely

When almost done, add in your vegetables, carrots, green pepper and mushroom – remember the vegetable choices are optional and you are allowed to add any of your choice

Cheese cream
In a hot cooking pan on fire, melt your butter, add your flour, stir for about 10 minutes and milk,remember to stir vigorously and continuously to have a smooth but thick paste –THICK would be important to you later

Arrangement
Now this is where your creativity is tested, much more like “who is smarter than a fifth grader”
Get your baking pan ready, butter crease it

Know the quantity of your spaghetti; divide them with your eyeball LOL.
First goes in your cream sauce, then spread on top a layer of your mincemeat sauce- pay attention to the process, (you would feel like a brick layer but its fine)

Sprinkle on top some cheddar cheese and some spaghetti to grace the occasion

Spread some sauce on top of the spaghetti and top it up with some more spaghetti- the pan should be getting full by now

Where is Mr cream? well he is back, finally top it up with some whitish sexy cream—gosh, I am getting all carried away. Remember why I said the layer had to be thick, a light and soaky layer would not bind the ingredients together.

Then finally, sprinkle the rest of our cheese on top and now we are ready to dig in, Bon Appetite

No! Don’t touch; it has to be cooked first
Cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Bake for 20 minutes; remember that the oven should not be too hot so the inside can cook well enough
Remove the foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes

Let it cool before serving

Additional Notes:
• This recipe is the intellectual property of Aunty Christie of T.Nungua and would soon be adapted by Mukase Chic
• This recipe feeds 6 to 8 people that is if your guest doesnt like food like my boyfriend Bra Kweku Zee *wink*