Posted by: alpunchik | December 12, 2009

Banana Coconut Chocolate Muffins

I like banana pastry recipe because it is very delicate with a soft and sweet-smelling aroma. And when it is combined with chocolate and coconut, then you will probably close your eyes and say “mmmmmm…” Anyway, I have tried this recipe twice and I am going to make it again and again.

Banana Coconut Chocolate Muffins


1 1/2 cups of  flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
a pinch of salt
50g of butter, melted
1/2 cup of sugar
1 large egg
3 large ripe bananas
150g of chocolate chips
100g of dried coconut and a bit more to sprinkle on top of the muffins


1. Preheat oven to 220C. In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

2. In another bowl, whisk egg and sugar until well combined. Add melted butter. Mix well. Squish into the bowl bananas and mix. Add chocolate chips and coconut. Mix well.

3. Add dry mixture. Don’t mix much. The more you mix the tougher the muffin so try not to overmix.

4. Put batter into paper cases. Sprinkle tops with some coconut. Bake until golden brown, about 22-30 minutes.

Posted by: alpunchik | December 16, 2009

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are one of my favourite cookies! They are easy to make. They look heavenly and they taste delicious!

Banana-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


2 large ripe bananas, mashed

2/3 cup of granulated sugar

30g of butter

1 large egg

1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

pinch of salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup of chocolate chips


1. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Line the baking tray with a parchment paper.

2. First, in a bowl mix together dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, salt, oats.

3. Then, in a separate large bowl mix mashed bananas, sugar, butter and vanilla. Add one egg and mix until smooth.

3. Slowly stir in the dry ingredients, then add chocolate chips, and stir until evenly combined.

4. Scoop out the dough by the tablespoonful and space the cookies 2 inches apart on a parchment paper.

5. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes until goldish. Don’t overbake.

Posted by: alpunchik | December 14, 2009

Pineapple Layer Salad

It is not only a very beautiful salad, but also a very yummy one! I do advise you to make it during coming holidays. And I am sure that when you cook it, you will hear lots of compliments from your full and pleased friends and relatives.

Pineapple Layer Salad


2-3 potatoes boiled in their skins, then peeled and grated

2 chicken breasts, boiled and cut into pieces

3 hard boiled eggs, grated

100g of any firm cheese (I used Gauda), grated

4-5 pickled gherkins, cut into small pieces

1 onion, cubed and fried in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil

200g of champignons

some spring onions for decoration





1. Take a large plate and arrange each of the ingredients in layers. Between each layer spread mayonnaise. Arrange the layers in the following way:

The 1st layer: peeled and grated potato

The 2nd layer: fried onion

The 3d layer: some chicken

The 4th layer: pickled gherkins

The 5th layer: the rest of the chicken

The 6th layer: grated cheese

The 7th layer: grated hard boiled eggs

2. Coat the last layer with some mayonnaise again.

3. Cut mushrooms into slices and fry them in olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Decorate the top of the salad with fried champignons and spring onions. Try to imitate a pineaaple.