I made a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies a couple of days ago. And that just made me crave some white choco macadamia nut cookies…yum! I don’t even like white chocolate but when its put together with macadamia nuts, they are just so delicious. Unfortunately, I had only half of the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts that were called for, but they came out just right nonetheless. The recipe is adapted from Whipped and these cookies were seriously perfect. Continue reading White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
J’aime le chocolat! I love chocolate! And so I had to make chocolate truffles which is basically chocolate ganache rolled up into spheres. The truffles can be flavored with liquers like Grand marnier or even balsmic vinegar. Then they’re covered in delectable coatings like cocoa powder, nuts, and matcha powder. The coatings that I used were powdered roast grain, shredded coconut, walnuts, almonds, and cocoa powder.
Lately, I’ve been eating way too many sweet and salty foods. And why might that be? Well…for the past week, I’ve been watching the show 30 Rock. (By the way, Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin are absolutely hilarious). Tina Fey’s character inspires me to eat a lot of sugary and fatty foods like chocolate bars, hot dogs, and pizza. I bet my calorie and sodium intake is way overhead…not good! Consequently, my body has been angry with me and I finally decided to change for better! Hooray!
I love fresh and warm bread and who doesn’t? One goal I’ve been trying to accomplish for a couple of weeks now is to make delicious and edible bread! The first time I tried to make bread, the oven was just too hot and my breads came out so hard that we used them as pet rocks. The next couple times, I was able to make softer bread, but the insides were not fully cooked–we used that to make croutons. After my bread baking failures, I decided to take a break. Then I picked up a copy of Peter Reinhart’s The Bread Baker’s Apprentice and was enlightened. (For reals). The reading was so fun and interesting and one of the many things I learned to enjoy was listening to the sound of the fresh-out-of-the-oven crackling bread–it’s like a lullaby. And my favorite recipe in the book is the Italian bread…the crust is crisp and the inside is soft, I’m almost tempted to use the bread as a pillow.
Choco chips! Choco choco choco! Chocolate chip cookies! I think freshly baked chocolate chip cookies are one of my greatest weaknesses. When the fragrant chocolate aroma wafts around the house I go crazy! And then I tend to eat one too many cookies for my own good…not good. Even my dogs come around to see what I’m baking–but of course dogs can’t eat any! (These cookies are all mine!) Well, not really all mine…to prevent myself from overeating these delicious golden cookies, I send some to my neighbors and friends.
These cute fish shaped breads are literally called “fish bread” in Korea and “baked sea bream” in Japan. But they’re not actually made from fish, they’re just shaped like them. And inside these little fishy pockets are various fillings like sweet red bean paste or cinnamon and brown sugar. Sometimes they’re filled with chocolate, nutella, and cheese…the possibilities are endless with this little fish.
I’ve been having cravings for apple pie lately. Just the thought of a warm buttery crust with delicious sweet apple filling makes me feel happy inside. And since this morning was quite chilly with a little bit of rain, I forced myself to go to the market and get myself some fresh Granny Smith apples. They smelled great…and since I bought too many, I might save some for caramel apples later.
The apple pie recipe I used is from allrecipes.com called “Apple Pie by Grandma Ople.” The pie came out a little bit too sweet for my family’s liking and so I decided to cut down on the sugar. Other than that, the pie was perfect! We almost ate the whole pie in one day!
yield: 8 servings
Double Crust Pastry Ingredients:
I love notebooks, sketchbooks, and any kind of book that can be filled with ideas. But what I love more is the idea of a handmade notebook. And so I decided to make my own!
Knowing how to “properly” set a dining table is useful information to know. Sometimes when I’m helping to host a party, I find myself unable to set the dining table! I forget where to put the forks, spoons and knives even though I constantly try to teach myself such lovely etiquette. Then I got an idea to make a greeting card that shows how to properly set a table. I was hoping that it would teach the receiver of the card how to set a dining table too.
Warm foods are the best on a cold autumn day. Usually porridge is eaten when people are sick or feeling ill. But I prefer eating Korean style chicken porridge for any situation. I love Korean chicken porridge; it’s absolutely delicious with simple and hearty ingredients. There is garlic in the soup, but fortunately it does not smell strongly of garlic.
Korean Chicken Porridge: