January 31, 2010

Giant egg milk bread

My obsession with Green Day must have escalated overnight. The first thought I had waking up this morning was to watch the Green Day concert again (I recorded). It's really too bad that I missed their concert here in San Jose back in August.

January 21, 2010

Wednesday Night: Chicken Piccata

I taking tomorrow off to bake, seriously. I have to bake macarons and breads for my grandma to take back to Taiwan. But for the amount of work I did on Tuesday and Wednesday, I think the break is well deserved. I helped, over-helped, many clients.

January 20, 2010

Tuesday Night: Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce

Drum rolls please... So, here I reveal the first special dinner I made for my grandma: Marsala Chicken, in short. This is a dish that I've made at least 5 times before, and 4 of which were during my previous carnivore life. It's one of my favorite dishes to make if my aim is to impress because I really consider it restaurant quality, if not better. I just love the taste of Marsala wine in combination with the creamy mascarpone cheese. It is really out of this world. (我做給阿勳叔叔吃過!)

January 19, 2010

Milk Custard Bread 奶酥麵包

I talked to my aunt on the phone last night, and she pointed out that I don't seem to have done any breads, but I actually had made a lot of breads, just haven't gotten around to post them! When it comes to bread making, I have mixed feelings. I love making breads because it's easy and the success rate is much higher than say cakes. But I also hate making breads because I lack the patience to wait for hours after hours for the dough to rise. Making bread really is a day-long job.

January 14, 2010

Daring Baker

I'm so excited that my blog has been approved to be a member of the Daring Bakers! Daring Baker posts monthly challenges, and we have to make the posted recipe and then share photos of the final product. I hope to take on the January challenge soon, due date is the 27th. More to come on this later.

Rum Cake

January 1, 2010

Recipe Index

Orzo Salad

When I came back from Europe last January, I invited my ex-roommate Amy over for dinner. My then-current roommate Jen suggested that she would make orzo salad for the occasion. I had my doubts because I can't imagine a cold pasta salad with raw herbs and sour dressing would be any good, but I complied. And thank god I did, this cold pasta dish has since become one of my favorite dish to make, and one of the most enjoyed dish in my family. I have made this dish many times to potlucks and others, and they were all very well received. The only problem with this dish is that it is difficult to find good orzo pasta. I only like the ones you purchase by weight at this one Safeway (market) in Castro, San Francisco. They are quite expensive as well, at $2.75/lb. Barilla makes orzo as well, but they are smaller, and the texture isn't as good.