BAKING


LAYERED BROWNIE ICE CREAM CAKE WITH SUGARED PEANUTS 2
So, it’s big daddy’s birthday last Friday and he loves ice cream. He likes it even better with a cake 😉 I thought how hard is it to bake right ?!? I just follow the measurement and I’ll have a beautiful cake like I often imagine in my dream (yes, […]

LAYERED BROWNIE ICE CREAM CAKE WITH SUGARED PEANUTS


ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES 3
I don’t bake as much as I want to, but I love cookies, pastries and breads. Unfortunately, I’m not a good baker too ha.ha..! I don’t have the patience to measure things out. Unlike cooking, I believe that when it comes to baking, precision is of paramount important. I could get by with just […]

ALMOND BUTTER COOKIES


MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES
Snowy day is always good to stay indoor and be warm (to me anyway). With that said, the kids need things to do something though. Baking some cookies is always a big hit 😉 I was able to get some good quality matcha powder from Japan. I’ve always love the […]

MATCHA SESAME SEEDS SHORTBREAD COOKIES



COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES
So, it is one week before Christmas. Last year around this time, baking cookies was the last thing on my mind. Well, it didn’t even make it to my to-do list. The very one thing that was high on the top of the list was “BREASTFEEDING” and sleep (which I […]

COLORFUL SUGAR COOKIES


Gingerbread house
Can you imagine living in a house that you can actually eat ? ha..ha..I know..the house will crumble one day from all the eating But, there’s nothing wrong with having fantasy dream like that 😉 If Hollywood makes movies like that, why can’t I dream of living in one right […]

A COLORFUL EDIBLE HOUSE I WANT TO LIVE IN


ALMOND MEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Every now and then (or more than every now and then actually), I can make use of good chocolate chip cookies. When the kids are taking naps and I quietly slip into the kitchen and have a munch or two of these and seriously…the best thing ever! I love traditional […]

ALMOND MEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES



CRAZY MAMA BLUEBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MUFFINS
That name is as cheesy as it can get, isn’t it ? lol. It is somewhat crazy because they were made with breast milk. I know..I know…! You are rolling your eyes or your jaw perhaps just dropped or just… What ?? breastmilk ? I thought only baby drank breastmilk. […]

CRAZY MAMA BLUEBERRY AND CHOCOLATE MUFFINS


PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE
I have absolute weakness for pineapple upside-down cake. Seriously. I love..love… this cake. And I got butterfly in my stomach when I was making it. Sounds crazy, but I was excited and was even more excited when I sliced that first slice to take photo and then quickly set the […]

PINEAPPLE UPSIDE-DOWN CAKE


SAFFRON SCONES
After making the sour cream scones a while back, I decided to use up the saffron I had in the pantry. Hearing all the things about how divine this expensive spice was, I got some and indeed…it is heavenly fragrant (at least to me) and I’ve loved it ever since. […]

SAFFRON SCONES



Zucchini and Blueberry whole wheat bread
The smell of a baking bread is the best perfume to my nose. Seriously!! I love the smell of baking bread. It just makes me happy. I love bread. I think this part is inherited from my dad. Zucchini and blueberry are in the season so this is just perfect […]

ZUCCHINI AND BLUEBERRY WHOLE WHEAT BREAD


SOUR CREAM SCONES
I’ve said it many many times that baking is definitely not my forte. However, bakery and pastry are my favorite things to eat The smell of the baking bread can make me very happy. This may sound a bit funny, but making scones had been one of my to-do things […]

SOUR CREAM SCONES


BAKED BUNS
Yes, I know..more and more buns. I gotta satiate my cravings for buns. These are baked however, not steamed like the usual buns. Baked buns with meat fillings are also very popular as a matter of fact. It’s my favorite too. Baking makes the buns crispy on the outside and […]

CHINESE BAKED BUNS



PANAKUCHEN / DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE / GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE 2
Want to start your morning right ? well, panakuchen will do just that for you. I’ve heard of Panakuchen before but I never tried it. My husband came home with a recipe of panakuchen (or known as Dutch apple pancake or German apple pancake) one night. The recipe is from […]

PANAKUCHEN / DUTCH APPLE PANCAKE / GERMAN APPLE PANCAKE


MARMALADE PUDDING CAKE
I’m not into decorating cakes and stuff like that. Or maybe I should say I don’t have much patience to do so. I always admire the professional patisserie with their creations. If I want something like that, I would go to the store or order a beautiful-looking cake and eat […]

MARMALADE PUDDING CAKE


CHOCOLATE BANANA MUFFINS
We always have bananas at home and sometime they do get overripe. I like bananas, but eating the over ripen bananas kinda gross me out though. However, these overripe bananas are excellent when you use them for baking, especially in bread and muffin. The smell of it along with the […]

CHOCOLATE BANANA MUFFINS



CARROT-COCONUT COOKIES
Yes, I do bake. Every now and then Simple things. This carrot-coconut cookies are easy drop cookies (meaning they don’t require me to beautify them like making a cake or something! because I’m not good at that part!). If you like carrot cake, this is almost something like that. I […]

CARROT-COCONUT COOKIES


MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIE 2
Recently my 2-year old daughter has also learned about the simple pleasure of having cookies (yes, blame the mama!). It’s a once-in-a-while treat for her. I’d rather be the one who introduce her to cookies then other people do and she’ll go crazy and binge on cookies. I had this […]

MEXICAN WEDDING COOKIES


GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING
I’m a big fan of ginger and gingerbread cookies are always one of my favorite cookies during this holiday time. Something about ginger that makes you think of “warmth” right ? Bite into these little goodies, not only you’ll find them delicious, that lemon icing is such a bonus. I […]

GINGERBREAD TREES WITH LEMON ICING



SNOW-COVERED CHOCOLATE COOKIES
The inspiration to make these cookies came from Martha Stewart’s website. There was espresso in the original recipe and I didn’t use that in mine. I like how the cookies are rolled in confectioners sugar before baking and when you bake them, they crack open making them look like a […]

SNOW-COVERED CHOCOLATE COOKIES


OLIVE, BACON AND CHEESE ROLLS
I’ve always loved Hawaiian rolls. They always remind me of the “roti manis (sweet rolls)” I used to eat when I was young. There used to be a bakery near our house and I often went there to get the roti manis, fresh from the oven. In fact, that’s where […]

OLIVE, BACON AND CHEESE ROLLS


SEMOLINA CAKE WITH COCONUT 2
I purchased a big bag of semolina flour few months ago and for some reason, I just never got to using it. I have to admit, my dry pantry is getting ridiculous in there. I have made it a project of mine to really tidy up things in there soon…hopefully […]

SEMOLINA CAKE WITH COCONUT



GARI BISCUITS
Before I was familiar with the Western cooking, when someone mentioned “biscuits”, the image I had would be the hard crunchy biscuits. That’s what we call biscuits in Southeast Asia. It wasn’t until I was introduced to the biscuits here in the U.S during college time, the drop biscuits, which […]

GARI BISCUITS


CARDAMOM COFFEE BRAID / PULLA
Cardamom coffee braid or known as pulla or vehnapitko in Finland, is the Finnish staple. Pulla is served whenever coffee is served. Most Finnish family bake this at home often. I like the flavor of cardamom and hence I find pulla tasty. I had fun making it too because I […]

CARDAMOM COFFEE BRAID / PULLA


CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA NUT MERINGUE COOKIES
What not to love about the title of this sweet treat ? Chocolate, macadmia nut, meringue cookies ? Need me to say more ? Every now and then I will put my “baker’s hat” on and “try” to make myself useful in the bakery department. When I saw the chocolate […]

CHOCOLATE MACADAMIA NUT MERINGUE COOKIES



BANOFFEE PIE
My big man that is. Today indeed is a very special day, not only to him, but especially to me. It’s beyond words how grateful I am for having him as part of my life. It’s one of the best things happened in my life. Not only he’s a husband […]

BANOFFEE PIE FOR THE BIRTHDAY BOY


PEAR-DROP TARTLETS
I used to tell myself that I’m not good at baking and that’s why I was a bit reluctant to try much baking (if at all). Well, I can’t say I’m so good at cooking either because I find there are so much to learn in this department as well. […]

PEAR-DROP TARTLETS


QUICK PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS
It wasn’t very long ago I made Portuguese egg tarts from scratch. I have some leftover of the puff pastry and decided to make this quick Portuguese egg tarts from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals cookbook. I know the guy never let me down so far on his recipes. He […]

QUICK PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS



CHAPATIS / INDIAN FLAT BREADS 4
Chapatis or often known as roti is an unleavened bread  and one of the world’s simplest breads to make. It’s fun to eat too because you can tear into pieces and dip them into curries, yogurt, etc, or you can wrap some meats and/or vegetables with it. The dough is […]

CHAPATIS / INDIAN FLAT BREADS


RICE FLOUR MUFFIN-CAKES WITH CHIA SEEDS
We heard of gluten intolerance more and more these days. Not because this is a recent epidemic but I’m glad that the awareness of gluten intolerance is definitely there now and more and more products are available for people with gluten intolerance (celiac disease). I have to say that it […]

RICE FLOUR MUFFIN-CAKES WITH CHIA SEEDS (GLUTEN-FREE)


BEIRUT TAHINI SWIRLS / SUKKAR BI TAHIN
I’ve never been to Beirut myself, however, reading the Home Baking cookbook by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, I can see myself enjoying my trip there. As mentioned in the cookbook, Beirut has a lot of good food at every level, from fancy restaurants to local eateries, from home cooking […]

BEIRUT TAHINI SWIRLS / SUKKAR BI TAHIN



PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS
One of the positive legacies of Portuguese colonial rule is their Portuguese egg tarts. My first encounter with the Portuguese egg tarts was when we were in Macau as part of our honeymoon journey. In fact, I made it a point to my husband that we gotta try them out […]

PORTUGUESE EGG TARTS


TAHINI COOKIES 4
Tahini cookies are another Jewish sweet treats during Shabbat. If you taste tahini on its own, it’s quite rich and dense but not too much of a sweet taste. Tahini cookies are made by sweetening the tahini. The cookies are very rich and crumbly. My daughter it’s not too much […]

TAHINI COOKIES


PIROZHKI
Pirozhki is a generic word for individual-sized baked or fried buns stuffed with a variety of fillings. Homemade pirozhki are great favorites of old and young alike. A common variety of pirozhki are baked stuffed buns made from yeast dough and often glazed with egg to produce the common golden […]

PIROZHKI



PITA BREAD WITH SESAME AND BLACK CARAWAY SEEDS/ SUSAMLI VE COREK OTLU PIDE EKMEGI
The day in Turkey starts with bread, and it ends with bread. According to the Sultan’s Kitchen by Ozcan Ozan, many different types of bread were developed during the Ottoman Empire: loaves, flat breads, griddle breads, stuffed breads, and bread rings, called simit, that are dipped into molasses and coated […]

PITA BREAD WITH SESAME AND BLACK CARAWAY SEEDS/ SUSAMLI VE ...


Polvorones De Naranja / Orange Dusts cookies
Polvorones De Naranja / Orange Dusts cookies are popular flaky cookies across the Mexico. Each part of Mexico has its own version of Polvorones De Naranja. According to The Best of Mexico cookbook, by Susanna Palazuelo, the name comes from the word Polvo (dust), referring to their light consistency. This […]

ORANGE DUSTS COOKIES/ POLVORONES DE NARANJA


BAKLAVA
Baklava is a popular Greek and Middle Eastern pastry made from layers of buttered phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and soaked with a sugar or honey syrup. Baklava is a traditional Easter specialty, consisting of forty layers of phyllo to represent the forty days of Lent. The history of […]

BAKLAVA



ROSEMARY BREAD STICKS
Things were much more simpler when all Fiorina ate, or perhaps I should say drank, was breastmilk. Afterall, there’s only one thing on the menu 😉 Now, I’m trying to keep her food palatable and hope that she would eat them. The girl refused to eat pureed baby food. Whatever […]

FEED MY BABY: ROSEMARY BREAD STICKS


SPANISH COCA BREAD
Food is one great ways to travel to other countries through your tongue and imagination. I’ve never been to Spain before, but it’s great that I get to try this Spanish Coca Bread. This sweet Spanish yeast bread is a local favorite. Another recipe collection from Martha Stewart Living cookbook. […]

SPANISH COCA BREAD


CARROT CAKE
First of all I would like to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE (as written on the cake 祝你生日快乐亲爱的). I made this carrot cake for hubby’s birthday this year. It is one of his favorite cakes. Western carrot cake is definitely different from Chinese carrot cake/turnip cake The term carrot is […]

CARROT CAKE



Pumpkin Cookies
I got this wonderful pumpkin cookies recipe from our friend, Sandy Hjemvick. She grew her own pumpkins and gave us the pumpkin puree. I thawed them in the fridge overnight and I couldn’t wait to experiment on the recipe. I love how moist these cookies are and how easy it […]

PUMPKIN COOKIES


Five-spice flourless chocolate cake 1
Chocolate does make the world goes round and round and round, doesn’t it ? At least mine do I like all kind of chocolates, from dark, from white (I don’t care if it’s not a real chocolate), semi sweet, bitter sweet, you name it, it has my name written on […]

FIVE-SPICE FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKES