Christmas Baking: Brownies & Blondies

We have spent the past couple of weeks baking tray after tray of Peppermint Brownies, Cranberry & Chocolate Chip Blondies, and Ginger & White Chocolate Chip Blondies.

One of my greatest challenges preparing for the season is gifting: picking out meaningful gifts for our loved ones.  We are typically gift as we go folks through the year, so attempting to focus lots of gifting in a short span of time often proves to be extremely demanding.  So when we found that we enjoyed baking these Christmas brownies and blondies, and our friends & family enjoyed receiving them, we were just thrilled to bits! Continue reading “Christmas Baking: Brownies & Blondies”

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A tart Yuzu Cupcake for a Sister’s Birthday

Younger Daughter’s celebration of Older Daughter’s birthday: sisterly love & Yuzu Cupcakes!

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Meg4Today is my sister’s birthday.  She inspires me in my favourite things: for my fashion paper dolls, she  buys me lots of pretty paper; in Maths, she helps me to get my homework right; in Baking, she gives me ideas for new cupcakes and sometimes bakes with me.

I have created a Yuzu Cupcake for her because she loves yuzu!  Happy Birthday, Meg!

Love, Jo

We used & adapted BenjaminWong’s recipes for the cupcakes & glaze from “Cupcakes with Attitude”.

Yuzu Cupcake, (makes about 10-12 cupcakes)

Meg3 Candied yuzu peel (left) and yuzu juice

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 125g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 20g candied yuzu peel (cut into small pieces)
  • 125g self-rising flour
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees centigrade.
  2. Line cupcake tray with liners.
  3. Cream the softened butter with the sugar until well-mixed.
  4. Add eggs and beat till well-blended, light & fluffy.
  5. Add salt…

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Glazing Fruit

Younger Daughter and I have been experimenting with different cupcake flavours & combinations.  This is quite a novel approach to baking for me as I’ve always opted for the quick & easy; everything in one-pot?  even better!

So, this journey of discovery, which is recorded in part in Crazy Little Cupcakes,  takes me a little away from my comfort zone.  Younger Daughter is quite adventurous and I have to check myself often not to curb her enthusiasm!  So what if she wants to make a curry cupcake! Bring the spice on! Continue reading “Glazing Fruit”

Egg-citing Eggs-periences: Onsen Eggs

I love onsen eggs and when I saw this recipe in Savour (Cold Storage‘s free Food Magazine), I just had to try it.   Younger Daughter thinks of them as Japanese poached eggs, and I guess that’s pretty close.  I think the egg white is silkier and softer in the Japanese version though.

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Feature photo shows the egg served immediately after cooking, with instant ramen & a variety of blanched vegetables (from Left to Right: broccolini, bean sprouts, cai xin).

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This egg was refrigerated overnight, warmed slightly by the steamed zucchini.  Still very good.

Egg-citing Eggs-periences: Easy vegetarian mini-quiche

With Easter just around the corner, eggs come to mind: chocolate eggs, coloured eggs, decorated eggs, Eggs Ben, French toast, Toad-in-a-hole, omelettes, frittatas…

Younger Daughter must have had similar ruminations, because she said to me at Sunday breakfast, with a completely straight face: “Why don’t you talk about your Eggs-periences”. Continue reading “Egg-citing Eggs-periences: Easy vegetarian mini-quiche”