Apr 162019

Super Citrus Cake

Citrus cake with a blue stripe towel

An amazing citrusy cake with cream and multiple types of fruits and a slightly caramelized glaze. Well here’s another creamy citrus dessert before it gets too far away from citrus season. In this cake I originally used tangelo, lemon, and mandarin, but you could use a variety of different fruits. Using grapefruit in the cake and orange for the glaze would also be great. It you want an intense orange flavour, you could certainly use orange in all layers. I started off considering a loaf cake with a glaze and serving cream alongside, but I rarely make layered cakes and…Continue Reading

Apr 132019
Rosemary lemon ice cream with almond toffee

Rosemary infused ice cream with a lemon curd swirl, served with a nutty almond toffee. Hopefully you had a chance to make some lemon curd this citrus season. As I mentioned previously, I certainly have. So now we get more creamy, citrusy desserts. I rarely make ice cream in the winter and early spring, simply because people are less interested in eating it. It just sits in the freezer getting freezer burn, and isn’t that a sad fate for any ice cream? But when I had an abundance of lemon curd, using it as a swirl was just too tempting.…Continue Reading

Apr 062019

Baklava Blondies

Baklava blondies and dripping honey horizontal

Blondies with lots of nuts and honey to mimic the flavors of your favorite baklava can be made easily in one bowl for a fast treat.   I had a major hankering for baklava a few days ago. But baklava is a pain to make (though there is a local place that does some excellent baklava) with the filo. So I used the flavors and made a one pan/pot blondie. Ok, maybe it’s not that close to most baklavas being made with multiple types of nuts, but it sure is tasty and has that wonderful honey flavor coming through. Personally,…Continue Reading

Feb 262019

Radicchio and Caramelized Onion Flatbread

Baked and cut radicchio flatebread

A chewy focaccia-like flatbread with creamy cheeses, sweet onions, and seasoned radicchio. I have a love hate relationship with radicchio. I really enjoy eating it when I am out, but every time I try to cook with it, my dish becomes intolerably bitter. Recently I came across a recipe on SugarLoveSpices for a radicchio pizza and a recipe for a caramelized onion focaccia on The Candid Appetite and thought that the combination would be great. And for once, it was. The sweetness of the caramelized onions balances out the bitter of the radicchio with creamy cheeses to cut it further.…Continue Reading

Feb 142019

Chocolate Dipped Orange Macaroons

Sweet, citrusy coconut macaroons dipped in dark chocolate for an everyday-is-a-special-day treat. Since everyone else is posting chocolate coated everything for Valentine’s day, so I suppose I should get on the bandwagon. But because it’s me, it definitely isn’t going to be heart shaped! I did actually make these for H (and sent them just in time for Valentine’s day), who is off in the middle of nowhere for a couple months. Since he’s lacking my cooking (and worse, I’ve been lacking someone who will eat all my random creations), I’ve been sending a few packages of treats. He really…Continue Reading

Jan 012019

Winter Syrups and Liqueurs: Part 1

A more aromatic limoncello variant, incorporating black tea and peppercorns for a winter sipper that’s perfect when the weather is excessively blustery. To make use of the bounty of lemons the tree provided this year – and just because I wanted to – I started making some liqueurs this year. But since it’s me, I couldn’t stick to a simple limoncello or even doing one recipe at a time. So we got a lemon and black tea liqueur and a pomegranate spice liqueur (I had some pomegranate arils that need to be used). But then I realized I hadn’t done…Continue Reading

Sep 042018

Turmeric Pickled Deviled Eggs

A few months ago I went to Blind Tiger in Oakland with a friend. One of the items we tried was a trio of pickled deviled eggs (beet ginger, turmeric garlic, black tea shoyu). We both really liked the beet ginger, and well, all of them, so I wanted to create something similar. The garlic was a little much with the turmeric to eat several of, but you can’t really go wrong with the combination of turmeric and ginger so I started from there. I ended up creating a giant platter of them for a party held recently, and they…Continue Reading

Jul 182018

Zucchini and Steak Salad with Basil Dressing

And so we continue with the recipes from my excess of zucchini. Also considering the ridiculous temperatures in Northern California in the last few weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of salads. This zucchini and steak salad is one of my successful attempts to balance my desire for cold refreshing salads with H’s current need for a lot of protein (he is currently training for an iron man). That has meant that a lot of our meals are light salads with lots of raw fruits and vegetables topped with meat of some kind. Not particularly ingenious, but it works. This…Continue Reading

Jun 082018

Almond Toffee Cookies

It is very beneficial to be a decent culinary innovator when it’s 10pm and you suddenly want a cookie. A couple nights ago, I discovered a dearth of chocolate chips when I went to my easiest cookie recipe: a fairly basic chocolate chip cookie dough with a nice balance of brown and white sugars and a touch of cinnamon. But I did have cream and sugar and almonds, and I like toffee pieces in cookies or brownies as much as chocolate chips, so I went from there. When I say toffee in this context, it is not strictly the easily…Continue Reading

May 062018

Individual Strawberry Rhubarb Crisps

I always enjoy crisps and cobblers, but they are so challenging to take to any event yet always make too much for me to justify making one at home. So, why not make them handheld? Much better – particularly for taking to share with friends at the local brewery (since I needed to make multiple batches to get the recipe right). Chemistry of Cooking Tangent In pastries, the air bubbles that create that flakiness are the result of the water molecules from the oil becoming gaseous and expanding when heated. That water vapor becomes trapped in pockets which create the…Continue Reading