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The Maya Kitchen Baking Workshops

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Cooking with kids is fun and rewarding whether you bake dessert, whip up a fun snack, or come up with something mouthwatering for dinner together. Most young children love to measure, mix, pour and decorate.

With this is mind Mommy Bloggers Philippines (MBP) and The Maya Kitchen collaborated to bring a fun and exciting Baking Workshop on May 28th, 2016.  Where 12 beautiful mommies of MBP can bring 1 kid (ages 5-12) to learn how to bake and decorate Strawberries & Cream and Peanut Butter & Choco Chip cupcakes.  It’s going to be a fun and exciting bonding experience for mommies and their kids!

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If you still wish to be part of The Maya Kitchen‘s long-standing tradition of hosting summer baking classes for children and young adults.  The Maya Kitchen extends its baking classes until June 2016 for kids and teens.

Check out the schedules and courses offered below:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,000 per class

June 8 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 Cookie Baking 1

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2

Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 Cookie Baking 2

Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,500 per class

June 15 Basic Cakes

Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 Basic Icing

Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 Commercial Breads 1

Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 Commercial Breads 2

Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar. For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail contactus@themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!

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Using the Simple Touch Convection Oven

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For the longest time I’ve been wanting to bake. I remember the cakes, pies, cookies and cupcakes my mom used to make and it makes my mouth water. I was thrilled to try the Simple Touch convection oven and I wasn’t the only one. Kianna who had her hand at baking in school also had a few recipes in mind.

Simple Touch has a range of appliances and is a home brand of S&R which is the biggest warehouse membership shopping chain in the Philippines. Their official distributor is UniGlobalLifestyle. Unboxing the Simple Touch Convection Oven was reminiscent of Christmas mornings unwrapping gifts!

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This convection oven in particular is a halogen oven. Convection ovens and Halogen ovens both circulate heat produced cooking the food evenly. However, halogen ovens generate heat with halogen light bulbs while convection ovens use the same heating elements of traditional ovens.

Halogen ovens also require less time to cook compared to convection ovens saving on power.

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The use of the Simple Touch halogen oven is pretty straightforward. You only have a timer and thermostat to contend with. There’s even a thaw/wash function which you can use to thaw meat and poultry and to wash the pot.

Tip: Make sure to read your thermostat correctly. Convert the Fahrenheit to Celsius when needed.

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When you start cooking the green and red buttons should light up. The halogen oven will then light up periodically during the cooking process. Make sure to keep this away from little ones and anything that can get affected by heat.

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We’ve already used the Simple Touch Convection Oven a few times and everything went fairly well. For a newbie at baking, I’m surprised we didn’t burn anything!

Maya Brownies

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Who knew there were affordable and tasty brownies within reach. I thought it was either a complicated process or an expensive mix that I’d have to face but Maya Brownies was super easy to make.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is the recipe I mentioned that Kianna got from school. She was eager to try making these cookies and though it was touch and go for a bit there they came out delicious.
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Tip: You can make 2 batches when cooking by using the included grills. You just need to have 2 cooking pans.

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The cookies were crunchy and chewy at the same time!

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Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken

Since we had our try at desserts I decided to give the all time favorite chicken roast a try. I used our baking pan and covered it with foil so that the oil and juice droppings would catch there. I dribbled the chicken and potatoes with olive oil so it wouldn’t dry out.

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It came out alright! I think for better results the chicken should marinate at least overnight. I only marinated it for several hours. Also for a whole chicken 1 hour and 20 minutes is the recommended heat. There’s a small booklet included in the box which also gives you a guideline for suggested baking times and heat.

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Easy Baon Recipe: Mushroom Chicken Pockets

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Jael will be starting school this year and though my heart is breaking just a bit at the thought of him being away for 3 hours each day I’m also excited for him to start a new adventure.

One of the things I’m preparing for is his baon. My teens haven’t brought baon to school since they started high school so I’m looking forward to preparing Jael’s baon. I’ve been looking for an easy baon recipe and found this particular one that’s quick to make and filling at the same time.easy baon recipe jolly mushrooms chicken cheese lifestyle mommy blogger www.artofbeingamom.com 01

Ingredients:

2 cups (500 ml) Jolly Claro Palm Oil, for frying
1piece (50 grams) white onion, minced
2 cloves (10 grams) garlic, minced
250 grams chicken breast fillet, small diced
1 can (400grams) Jolly Mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon (2.5 grams) salt, iodized
1/4 teaspoon(1 gram) black pepper, ground
½ cup (120 grams) cheese, grated
8-10 pieces spring roll wrapper

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Procedure:

1. In a heated pan, sauté onions in 2 tablespoon Jolly Palm Oil.
2. Add garlic, chicken and JOLLY Mushrooms, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
3. When the filling is cool, fold in grated cheese.
4. Get a piece of the wrapper and cut in half. Place 1 teaspoon of the filling at the edge of the wrapper. Fold over into pockets until sealed well. Repeat the process until wrapper and filling is used up.
5. Fry the pockets until golden brown and drain these on paper towels and serve warm.

Tips:

  • I boiled the chicken to make sure it was already cooked when I wrapped it. Good thing because when I deep fried it at low heat it turned a golden brown quickly.
  • You can use Jolly Mushrooms pieces and stems to make it even more easier. I just like cutting the mushrooms. 🙂
  • I used an egg to seal the edges of the wrapper so it wouldn’t open when I deep fried it.
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This is simple enough to make yet abundant in flavor and very filling to eat. Pair it with his favorite fruit to complete the meal.

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Add this baon recipe to your list!

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This can also be a great afternoon snack or a light dinner.

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Eden Cheese Introduces Mommy Star!

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Our family loves cheese! Growing up on macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches and spaghetti with heaps of cheese it’s a staple in our home. One of my cheesy choices is Eden Cheese. I recently attended a special event at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen where the new Eden Mommy was introduced and it was no other than the fun and cheerful Mommy Star.

Discovered by Eden Cheese through social media, Mommy Star embodies the brand with her character, love for cooking, and knack for coming up with cheesy delights.

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The event was hosted by the ever beautiful sun kissed Ms Gelli Victor.

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Mommy Star is a hands-on single parent who became popular through her videos about random life hacks and helpful tips and tricks. She loves to entertain her daughter, Mariam during her downtime by singing her heart out and when she dances, it’s like no one’s watching! We were entertained by her dancing and singing as she told us about how she became Mommy Star and even when she was cooking.

“We’re happy we found Mommy and hope that she will be an inspiration for other mothers to be their own kitchen superstar. We’re very excited about this project and look forward to seeing mommies everywhere share their own Eden Cheese recipes,” shared Nikki Paras, Assistant Brand Manager for Eden Cheese Philippines.

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One of the most obvious favorite topics that Mommy Star likes to share on her page and through her vlogs is cooking and making sure that meal times are more fun and creative for her daughter. She shared a cheesy fried Tilapia recipe which I’d like to try to cook.

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Eden Cheese can turn any ordinary dish into an extraordinary meal making it cheesier and healthier. Here’s a look at the Fried Tilapia stuffed with Eden Cheese! You can see the cheese melted but didn’t ooze out.

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Mommy Star’s inspiration is her daughter, Mariam who is just as fun and cheerful as she is.

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Eden Cheese has the original Eden Cheese, Eden Melt Sarap, Eden Mayo and Eden Sandwich Spread. After this event, I learned you can put cheese on almost anything. What do you think of Champorado with cheese?

More recipes are available at Cheese Anything, and I have to say I already have my eye on a few I’m wanting to do.

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Follow Eden Cheese on Facebook

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Cusina Dishwashing Liquid: A Natural Alternative

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Who can say no to these vibrant colored bottles with organic immersing scents? Dishwashing liquid has never been more pretty and healthy with Cusina Home.

The organic alternative is quickly becoming a lifestyle choice. People are thankfully thinking “green” when it comes to products and food. I’ve heard of many products that are organic, natural, safe and healthy yet very few have made dishwashing liquid the same.

Cusina uses real tea tree and eucalyptus oil extracts, essential oils that are antimicrobial, antiseptic and antifungal, to help fight bacteria the safe and natural way.

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The Cusina line of dishwashing liquid has 3 fruity scents: Lemongrass Citrus, Ginger Yuzu Peel, and Grapefruit Lemon. The appealing scents are mild yet long lasting. The liquid itself is light in color lending to the fact that its organic and doesn’t use any artificial coloring to make the liquid stand out as with other brands.

The Lemongrass Citrus: The citronella oil is what makes this particular scent potent and long lasting. Lemongrass is one of my most favorite scents and I love the blend of the lemongrass and citrus.

Ginger Yuzu Peel: The yuzu fruit, if you didn’t know (I didn’t!) has therapeutic properties which is excellent for dish washing because our hands are so tired from a long day’s work that sometimes this simple chore can be stressful for us.

Grapefruit Lemon Zest: The grapefruit in this liquid helps to beat fatigue and even has cancer busting antioxidants. The bottle alone gets me in the mood to wash the dishes and the kids are liking the long lasting scent. They’ve been washing dishes since they were 6 years old and it has becoming on of their chores at home.

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It retails for Php80.00/375ml bottle. You can find them online at Babies & Toddlers and Cudsly. Stores offering Cusina are Apotheca Integrated Pharmacy, The Green Company and Babyland Eastwood.

Follow Cusina on Facebook or visit their website for more information and stories.

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