Summer is here!!!! After all the packing/unpacking for the end of the school year, wedding planning, the wedding itself, and the house cleaning/reorganizing, we can finally sit back and relax a bit before we head back to Hong Kong for our wedding part deux in a few days! Heading back to HK is part of our wedding journey as we couldn’t have all 100 family members fly over to celebrate with us in Toronto. Instead, we will have a banquet style dinner in HK with them. It’s going to be fun to partially (because we aren’t going to have a full out reception, but simply a dinner together to catch up) re-live our happiest day. 🙂
Baking (and cooking) has been on the back burner for essentially the past year.. (unfortunately for my now hubsy, who keeps complaining that I haven’t made him any treats lately lol). So combining the summer essentials of strawberries and ice cream, I present, Chocolate Dipped Waffle Cones with Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream with REAL Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake bites and a Strawberry Biscuit as garnish. Continue reading
It’s been a while since the last time I’ve made/had tiramisu so here is another simple recipe sans alcohol (since I didn’t have any on hand) that you can try. It took less than 30 mins to whip up (with all the ingredients on hand) and basically if you can resist, let it sit in the fridge overnight for maximum deliciousness. I found this time I didn’t soak the ladyfingers as long in the coffee because I prefer a bit of a ‘bite’ to my cake instead of it being so soggy. Anyway, just a personal preference, you can soak for longer if you wish! Continue reading
Over the holidays (I know this post is SO delayed.. lol), there are always many dinners and parties to attend to. This past year, I wanted to try something different. Since the bf loves beer, and I’ve heard before about using it in cooking, I decided to make Beer Can Chicken, then Beer Can Duck. Though most recipes online feature Beer Can Chicken, after making it, I felt the same procedures and principles would apply if I were to cook duck instead. The end result was equally delicious (or maybe even better! But I could be biased, since I like duck more anyway :P)! The purpose of the beer really was to give meat that slight ‘beer taste’ but essentially to keep the meat moist while roasting. Served with some cranberry sauce and gravy… yum! Continue reading
Crunchy. Sweet. Light. That’s how I would describe dacquoise. It sounds so fancy but it’s actually really easy to make! Today, the bf was craving something sweet, and I just happen to have bookmarked a recipe that I’ve been wanting to try. Needless to say, I was very excited to make this yumminess, especially since he loves the chewy/crunchy texture of macaron shells (he always picks at it when I make it!) and this is very similar to that taste/texture. I decided instead of almonds, to use pistachios (since I love them) and see if the results would be similar. Tasted great to me! I then layered and topped the dacquoise with some strawberries and mango whipped cream filling. Delicious! (as my friend Eugene would say) haha. Continue reading
My friends all know I love to cook/bake and eat. haha. So a dear friend gave me this Porcini Mushroom Balsamic Glaze as one of my birthday presents (along with many other goodies from PC’s black label line of products) because she wants me to make her dinner! haha She had first tasted it when another one of my dear friends recommended it when they enjoyed risotto made with it. These girls definitely did not lead me astray. Though my friend didn’t get to taste it this time, I’m excited to make this dish for her using this glaze next time when she’s over! 🙂 Continue reading
You can find Chinese paper wrapped sponge cakes in many local chinese bakeries. They are light and fluffy with a gentle ‘crust’ on the top. Encased within parchment paper and ‘taller’ than a typical cupcake, they are a nice afternoon treat.
Over the holidays I received these red cupcake liners from a friend, which are not meant for your regular cupcake pans as they are much ‘taller’ than average and require a separate cupcake pan as indicated on the packaging. However, I wanted to experiment and see if they would work with my mini-cupcake pan along with a Chinese sponge cake recipe. After all, these taller cupcake liners would be perfect for the taller Chinese paper wrapped sponge cakes anyway! Continue reading
Happy, happy year of the Dragon to all my Chinese friends and family. Chinese New Year (CNY) usually falls in between the months of January and February according to the Lunar Chinese Calendar. Other than the good cheer, festive decorations and friendly gatherings, my FAVOURITE part of celebrating CNY is the delicious food that my parents prepare to welcome the beginning of a new year!
My favourite CNY dessert (or snack) is definitely Nian Gao (or Sticky Brown Sugar Cake). We have always bought the cakes at the local grocery store or restaurant, but this year, we decided to make our own! The chewy, sweet and yummy in your tummy cakes are usually pan fried with egg in my household. I love the crisp crust that forms when you pan fry it, and the savoury egg that it is dipped in beforehand. A super easy recipe that comes from my 婆婆 (Grandma on my mother’s side), that you definitely should try out (even if it’s not CNY!). Continue reading