Chinese Tea Eggs Eggs, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee soft-boiled with some kaya toast dipped into the runny yolk. And scrambled with some herbs and melty cheese. And simply cooked over-medium in melted butter. Tea eggs are a common street snack and even sold in convenience stores in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. - 6 eggs - 2 bags of black tea - 4 star anise - 1 cinnamon stick - 1/4 cup of soy sauce Place the eggs in a pot and fill with water until just covered. Place the eggs back into the pot of water and add the tea bags, spices and soy sauce. Alternatively, you can simmer the eggs for about 2-3 hours instead of soaking them overnight. (Ru ware image from here) zp8497586rq
chocolate banana crepes This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. Friends gathered from all around the city with chips and salsa and salads and popcorn and laughter and stories to share. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Did I mention on here that I’m leading an Easter choir at my church?! I’m kind of over the moon about it. Anyway, warm wishes coming your way for a good weekend ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. So of course, when I found myself in the fruit section at the market this week trying to decide what kind of sangria to make for our weekly neighbor night, I immediately thought of sangria. Read more Read more That recipe is coming on the blog tomorrow. Read more
Pumpkin Pie Bites I’ve been in a mini-mood lately when it comes to baking and these bite-sized pies met my big craving. They are really, really easy. Let me show ya. Of course, it didn’t hurt that I used ready to roll refrigerated pie crust. Then, stuff each one in a mini muffin baking pan. Press the dough down, in and around the edge of each muffin cup. Fill each pie crust with pumpkin filling all the way to the top. When they come out of the oven, they’ll be puffed up like this. But no, after they cool for a few, they’ll fall and be flush with the pie crust. See… easy mini pumpkin pie bites. You can even drizzle them with melted chocolate to jazz them up a bit. But wait… you say you don’t want to wait until Thanksgiving. I don’t blame you. So… pipe some chocolate faces on and make them in October. Cute! And I’ll say it again… easy! Pumpkin Pie Bites 2 refrigerated ready-to roll pie crusts Optional 1/2 cup chocolate morsels vegetable oil re-sealable plastic bags Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Makes 24 pies. Enjoy!
Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites On Fridays, I teach cooking classes to two kids in our neighborhood. They are pretty knowledgeable-so my job is easy:) I think it is fantastic that they want to learn how to cook at such a young age-they are in the 3rd and 4th grade. Since we don’t have any kiddos yet, I am glad I get to work with these kids. On Friday we made homemade soft pretzels,the traditional salty ones and cinnamon and sugar pretzels. For fun, we also made pretzel bites. everyone loved these. Is everyone ready for the big game? Buffalo Hot Wings-these are Josh’s all time favorite. My good friend Gaby, from What’s Gaby Cooking, made Pulled Pork Sliders for the big game. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Yield: A lot!
Jennifer Segal: Broiled Salmon With Thai Sweet Chili Glaze - StumbleUpon This recipe is so simple and yet so elegant. Salmon fillets are quickly marinated in Thai sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger and then broiled until caramelized on top. Begin by making the marinade. The only thing you have to do is grate the ginger because the other two ingredients come straight out of jars. Be sure to use a good quality sweet chili sauce. My two favorite brands, which are both widely available, are Mae Ploy (pictured above) and Thai Kitchen. Set some of the marinade aside to use as a sauce at serving time, then add the salmon to the rest and marinate for one hour in the refrigerator. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and drizzle a bit of the marinade over the salmon fillets. Broil for 6-10 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the fillets. Top with reserved marinade and scatter sliced scallions over top. That's all there is to it! Get the recipe for Broiled Salmon with Thai Sweet Chili Glaze
Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Call me easily amused, but these little torch-topped cupcakes delight me. Besides being a cute novelty item for a party, I think they would add a little drama to the end of a romantic meal. I've been looking for something different to serve for Valentine's dessert, and this is definitely different. The strawberries are hollowed out and filled with a bit of liquor, then ignited with a match. For the cake portion, I chose a One Bowl Chocolate Cupcake recipe because 1. it's quick 2. it is easy, and 3. it fits my prerequisite for a light ending on date night. I should say, a light ending provided you don't eat too many. The cakes are just sweet enough, and have a light, fluffy crumb - the perfect vehicle for rich chocolate buttercream. Notes for flaming strawberries:Any alcohol below 80 proof will not ignite well. Shaina made a margarita version of this on Babble Food. Chocolate Cupcakes with Flaming Strawberries Yield: About 20 cupcakes [click to print]Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
How to Make Homemade Candy Bars (Resolution Breaker) (Oh Nuts Blog) If you’re like most people, you probably started off the year with a whole list of resolutions: more sleep! Less coffee! More exercise! I call them “Resolution Breaker Candy Bars,” and if you’re absolutely wedded to your healthy eating habits, stop reading now before it’s too late… Still here? Resolution Breaker Candy Barsyield: about 20 bars Ingredients 24 ounces chocolate candy coating1/2 stick (2 oz) butter1 cup granulated sugar1/4 cup evaporated milk1 jar (7 oz) marshmallow creme or fluff1 tsp vanilla extract1/3 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky14 oz soft caramels, unwrapped1.5 cups roasted, salted peanuts To make it easier to remove and cut the bars, line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil. Most nougat recipes are pretty complicated and involve whipping egg whites into a meringue and using a candy thermometer to boil a sugar syrup. Bring the mixture in the pot to a boil, and boil it for four minutes, stirring constantly to keep it from scorching. And now to finish the masterpieces!
Strawberry & Chocolate Nachos I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: sometimes the best creations are the ones you don’t set out to create! This might be my new favorite thing. It’s the perfect easy, throw-together, family style dessert for summer. I did a local tv segment this week and made my Baked Cinnamon Chips and Fruit Salsa. Then my boys walked in from the back yard with handfuls of strawberries from our garden and I started thinking about how chocolate covered strawberries sounded so good right then because my first thought when I see any sort of food product is how it would taste covered in chocolate. So I chopped up those berries and let them sit in a spoonful of sugar for a bit. Then I sprinkled them all over those crispy cinnamon-sugar coated chips. I grabbed some chocolate chips, and ate a few. Adding just a touch of vegetable oil or shortening to your chocolate makes it nice and smooth for drizzling. When it’s nice and melted, you can start drizzling. in an artistic-meets-haphazard sort of way
The Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade One of the first times I ever realized that – HEY! I can cook for myself! – was when I first learned to make lemonade. I magically found the refrigerated lemon juice at our house and followed the directions to make my own lemonade. Sorry for the detour. Anyway, there was a summer there where I made my own lemonade every single day, making sure to rub it in my sister’s face that I knew how to and she didn’t. The key to this being the ultimate lemonade is that you blend it up with the lemon rind in there. And any time of day for that matter. (makes 2 pint-glass servings with ice) 3/4 cup sugar2 large lemons, microwaved for 30 seconds2 cups water1 cup of frozen strawberries, microwaved for 1 minute (you could use fresh, but I think the frozen works better here) In a blender squeeze the lemons and add the rest of the lemon, rind and all. **Note: I like to microwave the lemons to release more of the juices, and microwaving the strawberries does the same sort of thing.