I haven't yet met someone that doesn't like creme brulee with it's thin, crunchy, glass-like caramel sugar layer topping a silky smooth custard- it really is the perfect dessert that can be served warm (winter comfort food!) or cold in the summer with fresh berries. So how to improve on an already perfect dish? The … Continue reading Perfecting a classic- Honey Creme Brulee
I have a question for all my fellow (wannabe) chefs/ home cooks/ food experimenters out there, have you ever asked yourself what is it about cooking that brings you so much joy? For me, I have never had one clear answer, until now, until I baked this Apple Cake for my friends a few days ago... What is so … Continue reading The Apple Cake to Convert Apple- Haters
It is a real treat during those long, hot summer days feasting on juicy wedges of melon straight from the fridge- how cool and refreshing! You really couldn't go wrong with the flavours of watermelon, rockmelon, passionfruit and mint- sweet and zingy! Ripe cubes of rockmelon marinated in passionfruit pulp sit in a sweet watermelon puree flavoured … Continue reading A Cool Summer Treat- Melon, Mint & Passionfruit!
It was my mother's birthday last week and I fully intended to surprise her with a grand two-layered strawberry and blueberry cheesecake with a dark Oreo cookie crust. It would be tinged pink and purple with the puree of fresh strawberries and blueberries, and decorated with a gorgeous mound of ripe cherries, strawberries and juicy blueberries. … Continue reading The Emergency Panna Cotta Birthday Cake
Doesn't pomegranate seeds look like little beads of shiny red jewels? I cannot believe that I have neglected this beautiful fruit all along- it fits perfectly into what I look for in cake decorations: it has a vibrant colour, is easy to use and a pleasure to eat! The sweet yet tangy burst of flavour … Continue reading Jeweled Raspberry Cheesecake Tart
On a grey, rainy day what I crave is a slice of warm, moist loaf cake fresh out of the oven with a hot cup of tea, all curled up with a novel (or a cookbook) on my plushy sofa! The mashed kumara (sweet potato) keeps this cake wonderfully soft and moist, whilst the top is crunchy … Continue reading Vitamin-charged Kumara Cake with a Sesame Crunch!
You might not believe me, but vegetables and desserts can work together- especially in this Swiss roll featuring a creamy filling of sweet potato! As a matter of fact, sweet potato has long been a popular dessert flavour in Asian countries- cakes and breads containing sweet potato can readily be found in Korean, Japanese and … Continue reading Sunny Sweet Potato Swiss Roll
For a great send-off morning-tea of a wonderful friend and her exciting travels abroad, I have made this light and fruity Peach and Mango Mousse Cake- ideal for the hot, sunny weather of late! Round, rosy peaches are in season now and their delicious aroma and sweet, juicy flesh make this cake a stand out. … Continue reading A Farewell with a Peach and Mango Mousse Cake
Keeping in tune with the blue colour theme of a baby shower for a gorgeous mum-to-be of a beautiful baby boy, I have made a twist on the usual chocolate covered lamingtons into blueberry flavoured ones, transformed into a toy train. Such an adorable centerpiece! These lamingtons have a light and fluffy vanilla sponge cake … Continue reading A Blueberry Lamington Train for a Blue Baby Shower
新年快樂! 새 해 복 많이 받으세요! sae hae bog manh-i bad-euseyo Chúc mừng năm mới! 明けましておめでとうございます! Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu Шинэ жилийн мэнд хүргэе Shine jiliin mend khürgeye Tashi Deleck Whether you are Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mongolian or Tibetian, I wish you a happy and prosperous Lunar New Year- the year of the Horse! As a fun spin on … Continue reading Welcoming the Year of the Horse: Nian Gao with a vibrant twist!