Recipe: The Best Chocolate Chip & Walnut Banana Bread

This recipe is actually fool-proof because I am not a baker. And yes, it is the best chocolate chip and walnut banana bread. (Because if your banana bread doesn’t have chocolate chips or walnuts in, what’s even the point amiright?)

I have tried various recipes to varying degrees of success (though Jacky was more than happy to eat all of them, and my neighbours graciously accepted to eat some too haha), but this one I’m writing down so I never forget.

And you, in case you are not a baker either, can benefit too. Ha!

For the first time ever it did not come out all dense and crusty; the bread was so moist and the colour was just perrrfect and the chocolate was all melty and, well, we didn’t take many photos before we dug in.

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Food: Ros Ni Yom Review III [Delivery]

Can you tell? We like this place a lot. Or, at least, we did. Unfortunately, today’s meal was disappointing.
You can read my first review of the restaurant here, and my second review of the restaurant here. Edit: Read my latest review of this restaurant here.

Restaurant: Ros Yi Nom, CA, Livermore

Delivery service used: The restaurant’s own (free over $30) – we had to call to order because their online ordering service was not working for us.
Date ordered: 20th May, 2020

Dishes ordered:

  • Khao Pad Gai Tod – $13.00 – 7/10
  • Tom Yum Fried Rice – $14.00 – 6.5/10
  • Pineapple Fried Rice – $12.50 – 7.5/10

Flavour: I don’t know if the chef was just having a bad day or if it was a different chef entirely. The Khao Pad Gai Tod today was dry. Last time we didn’t even get the sweet & sour sauce that was supposed to come with this dish and it was still full of flavour and the chicken was juicy and tender. This time, the flavours were… lacking. And the chicken was old and dry. We definitely needed the sweet & sour sauce.

Such a shame, because last time Jacky was drooling over my dish. Now that he ordered it for himself, it was disappointing. I do think they gave us extra chicken though, which was nice, and the breading was still crunchy… but it was all just so dry. It’s the complete opposite of last time; this time, all the rice dishes could have benefitted from more oil.

Just look at it… I can make the colours more vibrant and the lighting brighter but you still can’t hide that it’s dry:

I was wrong about the tomato too. I don’t even get what the point of the tomato was anymore. All 3 dishes had one block of tomato haphazardly thrown into the mix. Like, just one quarter of a tomato. Why?

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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a recipe based off allrecipes’ and Tasty’s chocolate chip cookies recipe, except I don’t have as much of a sweet tooth. Best served with coffee. This recipe yields approx 24 cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
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Recipe: Fish Tacos with Sriracha Garlic Mayo

This recipe is based on The Londoner’s Epic Fish Tacos. The hubby doesn’t love cilantro so I’m omitting half of it. And the rest is altered based on what we normally buy and what we currently have in the fridge courtesy of Costco, as well as how lazy I am. The hubby and I loved it, but I apologise in advance to all Mexicans everywhere that I may be offending with this recipe haha.

This was enough for us with a little guac left over to finish with some pita chips. We weren’t too hungry to begin with, but one taco is the size of a small burrito so you should be good.

For the fish:

  • 3-4 White fish fillets
  • 1 Large garlic clove
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

For the guacamole:

  • 1 Avocado
  • Handful of grape tomatoes
  • Some cilantro
  • Some onion
  • Juice of 1/4 of a lime or lemon
  • Salt & pepper

For the mayo:

  • Mayo
  • 1 Clove garlic, minced
  • Sriracha to taste
  • A dash of salt to taste

For the taco:

  • 3-4 Tortillas
  • Spinach
  • Extra lime / lemon for serving (optional)
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Food: Saigon Cafe Review [Delivery]

Restaurant: Saigon Cafe, Livermore

Delivery service used: DoorDash
Date ordered: 17th May, 2020

Dishes ordered:

  1. Pho with Rare Steak Slices (Large) – $13.00 – 7/10
  2. Pho with Rare Steak, Brisket, Tendon and Tripe (Large) – $13.00 – 7/10

Flavour: I mean… it’s not bad. It’s not the best pho I’ve ever had, but it’s okay. I personally find the broth too sweet and somehow a bit salty all at the same time. You can taste some other spices like star anise in there too but… I don’t know. I find it lacking, somewhat. It’s like it would have benefitted from simmering in the bones and spices for another few hours to bring out a richer, deeper flavour in the broth itself, rather than over-seasoning to supplement taste.

I ended up pouring some more hot water into the broth to dilute it a little, which worked out well because I feel like we didn’t get as much broth in proportion to the quantity of dry ingredients. In addition, I’m more of a lime-with-my-pho type of girl, but they tend to serve theirs with lemon. I do appreciate that the meat and herbs were very fresh though.

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