Brothers Green: EATS!

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Love food? Love cooking? Love funny people? Love food hacks? Then Brothers Green: EATS is a must watch. Screening on MTV Asia since 7 May 2014, this show is making its way into my must watch on MTV.
Follow Brothers Green: EATS! brothers Josh and Mike Greenfield as they explore the culinary world. Its interesting how they draw inspirations from meals happening around them. No hard and fast rule but just great meals making the best of ingredients. Take your pick from 3 minutes meals to proper restaurant meals. Somehow these brothers can make cooking so fun and easy.
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Check them out as Brothers Green: EATS! screens every Thursday at 830pm in Malaysia. Replays in Malaysia are  Friday 12.30am and 12.30pm, Saturday 7.30pm and Tuesday 4pm.

Having caught the first episode and seeing their videos on YouTube and, I tried 2 recipes for my recent carbo loading meals for yesterday's race. It was easy. It was fun, delicious and nutritious.

Microwave Banana Cake

Brothers Green Recipe
1 ripe banana
¼ box vanilla cake mix
Chocolate chips
Peanut butter
Coconut flakes

1. Mash banana in microwave-safe bowl. 

2. Add cake mix, then add water gradually, mixing until you have a cake-batter texture. 

3. Add chocolate chips and microwave until done, about 3 to 4 minutes. Invert onto a plate (careful, cake will be HOT!). 

4. Make the frosting: Put a nice fat heaping chunk of peanut butter in a microwave-safe cup for about 30 seconds, until just melted. Gradually stir in milk until you have a nice pourable frosting. Pour over warm cake and sprinkle with coconut flakes. You just made a microwave cake!

I tweaked their recipe to fit my dietary requirements and preference but it all turned out well! Using milk, I had a richer and more moist cake.
Missyblurkit's Recipe
1 ripe banana
¼ box butter cake mix
Dried cranberries
Pumpkin seeds
Macadamia nuts

1. Mash banana in microwave-safe bowl. 

2. Add cake mix, then add milk gradually, mixing until you have a cake-batter texture. 

3. Add dried cranberry and microwave until done. I took me 3 minutes and 15 seconds. Invert onto a plate (careful, cake will be HOT!). 
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4. I resorted to ice cream which I had plenty in my fridge. Then topped it with berries, macadamia nuts, pumpkin seeds and blueberries.
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And that was my under 5 minutes to prep, bake and plate surprise brekkie for the hubster!
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Richer cake from the use of milk.

PS: Watch their series and videos to learn how you can make ice cream without the need for an ice cream maker. Its so easy and fun especially when you have kids with you!

3 ways to eat avocado
A second recipe was making use of avocados. A food hack for making unripe and hard avocados softer and tastier is to buzz them in the microwave oven for 20 to 40 seconds. They turn soft and will yield a rich texture though the avocado fragrance is not as strong as a ripe avocado but this is still better than unripe avocado.
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Brothers Josh and Mike Greenfield shared 3 ways to eat our avocado:
1: Bake an egg in it:
Cut avocado in half. Remove pit and scoop out a li’l bit of the avocado meat from one side. Place the half avocado in an oven-proof skillet with some tinfoil at the base so it doesn’t wobble. Crack an egg into the hole of the avocado and bake at 190º until egg is cooked, about 30 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and dot with sriracha.

2: Spread it on toast:
Mash a ripe avocado, toast some bread, and spread it on there.

3: Chococado pudding:
Charli XCX challenged them to make something using chocolate, chili and avocado. And they did just that by blending an overly ripe avocado, a spoonful of cocoa powder, and a drizzle of honey in a food processor. Garnish with raspberries, banana slices, mint leaves, and honey. Seriously, it really looked like pudding!

Since I didn't have any ripe avocado in stock, I used my newly discovered food hack of to buzz the unripe avocado so that I could use it as a bread spread with my homemade peanut butter. So now I can either place sliced avocado on my PB sandwiches or use the avocado as a spread. SInce I was carbo loading, I added on a banana to my meal. 
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Looks like an alien? Plating has been inspired by my current craze for the game Plants vs Zombies!

My estimated cost for each of the above recipes:
Microwave Banana Cake RM10:
• Farmhouse Milk RM9.75 (used 150ml @RM1.50)
• Pilsbury Butter Cake Mix RM12 (used quarter pack @RM3)
• Cavendish Banana RM2.49 (1 piece @ RM0.50)
• Haagen Daaz Ice cream (one scoop @ RM3)
• Fresh blueberries RM10 (used 10% @ RM1)
• Dried cranberries, macadamia nuts and pumpkin seeds which I bought in bulk (@RM2)

PB sandwich RM6.50:
• Bread from Sun Moulin RM6 (used 2 slices @ RM2)
• 1 table spoon of homemade peanut butter (@RM1 - its really cheap and easy to make your own PB)
• Cavendish Banana RM2.49 (1 piece @ RM0.50)
• Avocado (1 fruit RM5.90 and used quarter fruit @ RM3)

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