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little holiday cards

December 20, 2012
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i ran out of christmas cards this year, so i decided to make my own from a leftover collection of card stock and origami patterned papers.  simple and easy, just cut and paste. ;)







holiday bread

December 25, 2010

my first time experimenting with baking bread.  i thought it would be appropriate  to bake a holiday bread this holiday season.  this is a very dense and moist bread, almost like a pound cake.  it’s tasty as a hearty breakfast with eggs and bacon and a good strong cup of starbucks coffee!


1 cup unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

4 eggs

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup assorted dried fruits, chopped.  (i used dried cherries, cranberries, figs, and dates.)


cream butter and sugar together.  beat in one egg at a time.  combine the flour, spices and fruit together.  gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture beating on low speed till combined.  pour into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.  bake in 325 degree F oven for 55 to 65 minutes.  remove and cool.  voila!

matcha roll cake

December 17, 2010

i made this for the first time and it turned out not too shabby…


3/4 cup white cake mix (any inexpensive store brand works)

2 tbsp matcha powder (this can vary depending on how much you like the flavor of matcha)

4 egg whites

2 egg yolks


Sift together matcha and cake mix about 3 times, set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.  Add egg yolks to the sifted matcha and cake mix.  Stir on low-speed until egg yolks and flour is incorporated.  Add a little bit of water if necessary so it’s not too dry,  (about 1 or 2 tbsp).  Fold in the beaten egg whites.  Spread mixture on a jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper.  Bake for ~8 min. at 400 degree F.   When done, take it out of the oven and while it’s still warm, roll it into a log shape.  Set aside to cool.


Add 2 tsp vanilla extract to 2 cups of heavy cream, beat until stiff.  (sugar can be added if you have a sweet tooth)

After the cake is completely cooled, unroll and spread the whipped cream.  Re-roll cake and peeling the parchment paper off as you roll.  Chill in the fridge.  Before serving, slice the roll to desired size…  and voila!

Lençóis Maranhenses

November 21, 2010

this place looks absolutely amazing!

destination: Brazil – Lencois Maranhenses

goal: must travel to brazil!! :)

smoked salmon rangoons

November 4, 2010

what to do with left over cream cheese and smoked salmon? make smoked salmon rangoons!  i’m trying this for the first time, so…

ingredients:  smoked salmon, cream cheese, wonton wrappers

method:  mix, wrap, and fry in olive oil

cooking time:  ~5 min.

voila!  serve with sriracha chili sauce.

(ps. after making this dish, i googled different variations of this recipe, and some called out for lemon juice and scallions in the filling mixture: if i end up making this again next time, i will definitely try to add more ingredients in the mixture.)

simple thai coconut curry

October 31, 2010

ingredients:  lime leaves, lime, lemon grass, coconut milk, green curry paste, garlic and vegetables, (this can vary depending on your taste, i happen to have some broccoli, potatoes, eggplant, and onion at the moment.)

method:  saute vegetables, lime leaves, lemon grass and garlic, add curry paste and mix well.  add coconut milk and simmer on low heat.  finish it with a dash of salt, fish sauce, fresh squeezed lime juice, and brown sugar.  serve over brown rice.

cooking time:  ~30 min.


from my…

October 30, 2010

Test Kitchen… (:

my friend n. and i often exchange mms messages of what we cook.  this post is inspired by n.  i will try to chronicle what i come up with in my kitchen.  since i don’t usually follow recipe instructions and tend to skip using the measuring cups, everything will be slightly modified or simply created… thus, from my test kitchen.