Garlic Herb Baguette

I almost regret the day I discovered half-baked bread. Buy it from your local grocery store (I got mine from Whole Foods), get home and just pop it into the oven.. man, irresistible! Out comes a bread with the perfect consistency with the perfect crunch. Here’s just a little something I’ve been making recently as a side.. okay fine, as a main.. Garlic Herb Baguette.

Garlic Basil Baguette

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Matcha Tea Cookies

I came across Food and Wine’s photo of their Matcha Tea Cake Cookies while browsing the web, and had an immediate craving for them. A cursory glance at the ingredients told me that I didn’t even need to step out of the house for new ingredients – stumbling across this was definitely fate!

Reading the recipe the first time, I missed the “cake” part of their title “Matcha Tea Cake Cookies”, and was therefore wrongly expecting the cookie’s texture to be more like a buttery shortbread cookie. Imagine my surprise when these cookies turned out to have a texture more similar to mini scones! This recipe is very well balanced already, so I barely made any modifications to the F&W recipe, save for cutting down the sugar and upping the bake time.

Matcha Cookies… 

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

I recently came across this article by Serious Eats: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (great article by the way!). With such an ambitious title, I couldn’t help but try their “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies” recipe. I’ve never made chocolate chip cookies from scratch before, but figured this would be fun to try out. The verdict? Definitely one of the best cookies I’ve had, and definitely on my make-again list. This recipe calls for you to age the dough, so be sure to make the dough a day before you want to eat it!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Dutch Baby Pancake

Why hello there – long time no post!

New year, new resolutions. This year, one of my resolutions is to simply use this blog as a personal diary, and not worry about editing the perfect photo, or choosing the most interesting dishes. Sidenote: I am without my DSLR for a bit, which means that all photos from now on will be taken with my iPhone 5.

Here’s a dutch baby pancake recipe, courtesy of Dennis Prescott.

Dutch Baby

 

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Braised Pork Over Rice (滷肉飯 – Lu Rou Fan)

滷 Lu = Braised  |  肉 Rou = Meat  |  飯 Fan = Rice

Lu Rou Fan is a staple in many a Taiwanese diet, and you’re sure to find it in the menu of any Taiwanese restaurant. There is something so endearing about this dish – so simple to understand, yet so full in flavor.

Lu Rou FanThe key to Lu Rou Fan is the mix of spices and sauces. The amount doesn’t quite matter – I tend to eyeball measure my ingredients, and while it tastes different everytime, it’s still always good. Experiment with what works best for you!

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