Holiday Wish

Thai Red Rubies in Pandan Coconut Milk

2018-02-13T20:09:17+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Dessert/Sweet, Holiday Wish|

It is Valentine’s Day…these rubies are not to wear, but are packed with great textures, from crunchy to chewy… Have you ever tried these Thai red “rubies”? The first time I had these “gems” was in an Asian specialty drink store…and I just felt in love with it…they are actually small pieces of water chestnuts colored in red and coated with tapioca flour…resulting in crunchy and chewy texture…I know it is hard to imagine that these little gems carry so many textures. Another great combination is pandan with coconut milk…pandan is very popular in Southeast Asia, often used in desserts and aromatized rice dishes. If you are not familiar with pandan, you should try, as pandan leaves have a very [...]

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls and Pull-Apart

2018-02-06T02:06:19+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Holiday Wish|

Yes, I kind of feel guilty not posting anything with pumpkin…not that I have not made anything with it…I actually made lots and lots of bread using pumpkin. I even made my first soufflé with butternut squash, which I will share with you some other time. These pumpkin dinner rolls or if you wish you can make into a pull-apart loaf are very pretty and tasty. I again used the water roux method or tangzhong as known by many bakers…the recipe is very simple and the texture of these are so light, fluffy and very cottony. I rely on my little Zojirushi bread machine to do all the kneading and them baked the rolls on a 8 inch round pan and the [...]

Red and Blue Bubbles

2018-02-01T13:33:02+00:00 Dessert/Sweet, Gluten Free, Holiday Wish, Molecular Gastronomy|

Before you ask…yes, this is another molecular gastronomy recipe. The technique  I used is called “reverse spherification”, and was based on Surprise Bubbles. The fascinating thing is that  this technique is so simple that these colored bubbles were mainly made by my niece and nephew, 14 and 11 years old… They had so much fun making and then eating these popping bubbles filled with grape juice…more specifically white grape juice. Initially we started with the non-color ones (original color of the white grape juice). Since it was kind of hard to see and manipulate the translucent bubbles, we decided to color them by adding a few drops of food coloring into the alginate solution. Erica chose red and Nick blue…and off we [...]

All Pumpkin Buns and Rolls

2018-02-06T02:08:26+00:00 Asian Inspired Recipe, Bread, Holiday Wish, Snack|

When I bought the can of pumpkin from Trader Joe’s, I had no idea what I wanted to use the can for…I just knew that I wanted to make something using pumpkin…after all, it is Fall and Halloween is around the corner. After many thoughts…why not pumpkin buns using the water roux method? But what do to with the remaining of the pumpkin? Why not fill the buns with it? So this was the end of my quest…pumpkin buns filled with pumpkin. In the middle of the baking, I decided to try and make some rolls as well, like the cinnamon rolls, using the pumpkin filling… The buns and rolls came out delicious, the combination of the soft and pillowy [...]

Coconut Macaroons

2018-02-01T13:33:39+00:00 Dessert/Sweet, Gluten Free, Holiday Wish|

Coconut Macaroons from “Flour” and Happy 4th of July! I am so excited to share with you the first dessert that I made from “Flour”, a cookbook published by Joanne Chang…she is amazing, after getting a degree in applied mathematics and economic from Harvard she decided to pursue culinary. You can find all the details about her on her book which I read  with amazement. The cookbook is easy to read and most importantly, it is easy to follow. Since I was not sure what was the proper way to post a recipe from a book, I contacted Joanne and she personally assured me that I could post her recipe. These coconut macaroons are delicious and as described in the book [...]

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