Posted in Baking, Desserts

Black Forest Cake【黑森林蛋糕】

Black Forest Cake-1-6My birthday cakes were Black Forest cakes for most of my childhood. Made by Chinese bakeries, the fillings were made with cherry-flavoured jellies and did not have any kirsch in order to make it family and child-friendly. But these alterations removed the spirit of the cake, making it a bit dull and lackluster. Continue reading “Black Forest Cake【黑森林蛋糕】”

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Banana Nut Muffins with Large Domed Tops

Banana Nut Muffin-1A conversation with a colleague got us wondering how to make those large top, domed shape muffins we see in the delicious bakery counters. We both agree that the best part of the muffin is the muffin top. When eating a muffin, the most exciting moment is when you peel off the large, crunchy, muffin top to reveal its soft interior, and then taking a large bite out of its side.

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Chinese Braised Beef Brisket with Daikon and Chu Hou Sauce 【柱侯蘿蔔牛腩】

Braised Beef BrisketA new job recently marked the end of one routine and the beginning of another.

A part of this new normal is to pack lunch everyday. Before, there were many inexpensive, delicious, and (one might disagree) healthy food joints around my previous workplace. Unfortunately, the location of my current job is situated in an area where food is expensive, and also laden with sodium, oil, and whatever additives to make the food to maintain their freshness without losing their appeal. After eating out several times, I was craving for home-cooked meals for lunch. That left me with no choice but to prepare my own lunches. Continue reading “Chinese Braised Beef Brisket with Daikon and Chu Hou Sauce 【柱侯蘿蔔牛腩】”

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IMG_3288Originally, I had planned on posting a recipe today. However, with the sadness from the events of this past week, I prefer to spend the time to think, to ponder, and to reconsider.

Posted in Cooking Tips

How to Cook Faster – 6 Tips I Learned from Jamie Oliver

Tips to Cook Faster-1-2When I first moved away from home, I diligently followed recipes. Step by step, I would put together the meal as per the instructions. The meals were mediocre, not bad for a beginner I suppose. However, from the time that I entered the kitchen to the time that the meal was finally served, it would take about 2 hours. As much as I loved to cook, it was exhausting, and after a long work day, the thought of a 2-hour cooking marathon did anything but encouraged me to enter the kitchen.

Until Jamie Oliver changed my life.

I was flipping channels one evening and stumbled upon Jamie Oliver’s show, Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals. The title of the show was appealing, especially for someone like me who has been trying to figure out how to cook dinner under 1 hour. So, intrigued, I sat down and watched. Continue reading “How to Cook Faster – 6 Tips I Learned from Jamie Oliver”

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如何在30分鐘內快煮一餐: 從Jamie Oliver身上學到的6大秘訣

Tips to Cook Faster-1-2我初搬離家時,並沒有太多煮飯經驗。那時候,每一次煮飯都用上差不多兩個小時,但是做出來的卻是普普通通的。我雖喜歡下廚,但是每一次都要用那麼多時間,真的有點受不了。

直至有一天,我看了Jamie Oliver 的一個電視節目。 Continue reading “如何在30分鐘內快煮一餐: 從Jamie Oliver身上學到的6大秘訣”

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Apple Pie and Pie Dough from Scratch【蘋果批】

Apple Pie-1I love to bake.

Many years ago, the start of a new job gave me more free time to to explore my creative side. I have always loved baking, not only because I love to eat baked goods, it is also because the results could be used as gifts that no one could resist. Also, baked goods, unlike many other craft projects I did in the past, do not accumulate as clutter at home, thus allowing me endless room for infinite creations. Continue reading “Apple Pie and Pie Dough from Scratch【蘋果批】”