Bak Kwa (Chinese Pork Jerky)

Here’s another popular Chinese New Year snack in Malaysia/Singapore. Bak kwa is a savory-sweet dried meat that is similar to an American jerky. It has a tender, slightly chewy texture and is addictively delicious! Enjoy! 2 pounds ground pork 3/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons light soy sauce 1-1/2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 tablespoon oyster sauce […]

Sambal Ikan Bilis for Nasi Lemak

I have been on a hunt for the perfect nasi lemak sambal for a while now…..perfect for my taste anyway and I think I can finally stop looking. Yay! This recipe is originally in Malay and was posted by Dayana Suri on YouTube. You can watch her video here. For those of you who don’t […]

Pineapple Tarts

About a couple of weeks ago, I had lost my mind when I decided to make pineapple tarts when it’s not even Chinese New Year. It’s not that they are only eaten during Chinese New Year but I typically reserved making them for special occasions because holy moly, they are so tedious and time-consuming to […]

Kaya (Coconut Jam)

With my Southeast Asian roots, I knew immediately what I wanted to make with my leftover egg yolks from making financiers both times – kaya (aka coconut jam)! The first time, I made pandan kaya using my homegrown pandan leaves. The second round, I made regular kaya where part of the sugar is caramelized first […]

Lemon Thyme Financiers

Made financiers for the first time early October – I was aiming for a lemon thyme flavor but of course, I had no fresh lemon or lemon extract at home, lol. I ended up using Fiori di Sicilia extract and topped the financiers with a blueberry or two and tiny sprigs of lemon thyme from […]

Fall Pick Your Own Fruits

Prior to making the apple cake in the last post, Keith and I had so much fun picking our own apples at a local farm (the apples were sooooooo delicious!). We also picked raspberries (we were surprised to find raspberries this late in the year) and Concord grapes, and cut a bouquet of gorgeous dahlias. […]

Apple Cake

Earlier in October, I baked Marie-Helene’s Apple Cake from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table cookbook. Confession – I’m not a big fan of cinnamon so when I heard that this Apple Cake does not contain any cinnamon, I just knew I had to make it. 😁 The cake turned out absolutely delicious! I served […]

Sourdough Bread: The Journey Continues

While I agreed with so many of you (who had commented on Facebook) that less holes are better to keep the butter on the bread, I made a few changes to see if I can indeed produce a loaf with a more open crumb if desired. I essentially doubled the bulk fermentation and proofing time. […]