Sumptuous

Dinner time.

Before the year ends, let’s eat something really good and healthy! Fried chicken, why not? It’s been an all-time kids’ favorite (and those young at hearts like me) and no doubt a perfect food sharing idea. Enjoy it with your bare hands and with the twist of herbs-and-spices-riched dip, i’m sure you’ll love it even more. Just imagine the crunchiness and the juiciness in every bite, familiar line isn’t it? (now i miss my childhood-fastfood days every Sunday).
Fried-Chicken l BlackHelios

 

This simple, easy dish will be more perfect if you’ll have it paired with something healthy yet equally mouth-watering, and yes i’m talkin’ about those steamed and seasoned small pieces of veggie bites. The contrast it gives to your taste buds while you grab those oily frieds, perfect! The balancing effect will make it more ideal and will boost more everyone’s appetite. Agree?

Fried-Chicken-Veggie-Bites

The contrast it gives to your taste buds while you grab those oily frieds, perfect!

So make every simple dish special by being more creative, just use a bit of your brain cells and i’m sure you’ll get what your taste buds want. Happy eating and happy 2013!

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*Thanks Alejandro for the best dinner ever! We enjoyed it! 🙂

Extra special chocolate cupcakes

“I” notes:

It’s been a while!

I’ve been busy with all the money-making activities for the past few months so i wasn’t able to make an update (blog) as often as before. I really want to post a lot of things, share some of my thoughts and put up a photo gallery here of some of the shots I did during the past months but I just can’t, this new work really took huge portion of my time (who am I to complain?) Anyway, thank God I was able to stole this few moments to post the present i gave to a good friend!

Despite my hectic work schedule, I still able to make a friend’s birthday a little more special (well, that was self-assumed) because of these treats. I’m so great! (self-proclaimed)

Just a little background on how I was able to have these cute and yummy cupcakes; first and foremost, I didn’t bake these myself, instead I asked another good friend who owns an online bakeshop (she bakes as you order) to do me dozen of cupcakes. I dropped by their house and picked up these luscious chocolate cupcakes and presto! A home-made cupcakes were served.

Here are the pictures of my extra special chocolate cupcakes.

Home-made cupcakes- BlackHelios

The ultimate chocolate cupcakes, served with wine? Why not!

Chocolate cupcakes- Black Helios

This set up might work for this type of occasion, let’s see

Birthday cupcakes- Blackhelios

Let’s take a look a little closer: Chocolate cupcake covered with thick dark chocolate cream with a little candle on top

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The lighted candle on top adds a little drama/effect, I like this one better 🙂

Lighted candle home-made cupcakes- Blackhelios

Beautiful!

Add-ons:

I asked my friend the ultimate chocolate cupcake recipe. I told her i’ll be posting it on this blog. So for those who want to have and taste this cute, luscious, little cupcakes here are the things you need to have and need to do.

Ingredients

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk

Directions

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
3. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Frost with your favorite frosting when cool.