Nadiya’s Time to Eat: Cooking for The Busy

Before COVID, the world ran at the speed of a million miles per hour. Sometimes, it was hard to imagine spending time taking hours to make and prep a meal. I know had more than a few days like that. However, our relationship with meals shouldn’t be a burden. We should be able to enjoy them without spending hours in the kitchen. We could all use those 5 minutes spent less cooking on something we would rather be doing. Things such as spending time with our loved ones. I think that is why I really like Nadiya’s Time to Eat on Netflix.

Testing Recipe: Orange and Chocolate Challah

I love bread. It is the downfall for many of my attempts at getting more physically fit. However, I have rarely tried to make a sweet bread or shape bread into complex shapes such as a Challah bread. If you are unfamiliar with Challah, it is a sweet light eggy bread that many make during the holidays. However, I recently came across an Orange and Chocolate Challah recipe from Delish. It looked delicious. It looked pretty.  So, I decided to try to recreate this recipe with my amateur skills. 

It went like this……

Japanese Milk Pudding: Delicate Treat

There is one treat that I haven’t come across in the United States as often as I did in Japan. What is it? It is called Milk Pudding. In Japan, this can be found in any connivence store on any street. In the United States, you have to scour the shelves of the local asian market and pray that they have it. If you aren’t familiar with milk pudding, you are missing out on a delicacy.

Enoki Beef: Japanese Beef Rolls

With lockdown in place, new cookbooks are out of reach. However, new recipes are not. I found was scrolling through Pinterest when I came across a new Japanese recipe, Enoki Beef Rolls.

Enoki Beef Rolls is thinly wrapped marinated beef that is around Enoki mushrooms. I served this dish with Vegetable Stir-Fry and Jasmine Rice for a twist on the usual weeknight dinner I make. I used the recipe for Enoki Beef Rolls by Wander Cooks, which you can find here.

Lemon Ginger Crème Brûlée from Cuisine at Home

I came across this gem of a magazine while digging through old magazines. I flipped and discovered a recipe to try. One of my mom’s favorite dessert is Créme Brûlée. The magazine featured a recipe of Créme Brûlée  by adding a modern spin to the classic recipe.

Cake and Cream Puffs from The Cake Boss

We have seen him on TV. Seen photos of his amazing creations online. I never thought I would get a chance to see his creations in person. Then, I recently been gifted the book Cake Boss: Stories and Recipes from Mia Famiglia by Buddy Valastro.

Hot Cross Buns: Breakfast Treats

Easter has many traditions from searching for hidden eggs to attending church with family. However, in some parts of the world Hot Cross Buns are a special Easter treat. It graces their breakfast tables and as afternoon snacks. I have to say this is not a personal tradition for Easter, but why not try a new bake. I might even be making a new tradition for my family. 

Marshmallow Fondant: Hell or Saving Grace?

If you are looking up cake decorating videos and tips, you will come across this magically product called Fondant. You can make figures and shapes to top your cake or cover the tops of them. It gives you clean finishes that can make you look like a professional. I personally have never worked with the stuff until this recipe. Wish me luck!

Lemon Honey Cupcakes: Spring is here!

Spring is in the air, and that means all the citrus flavors start appearing in my bakes. This Easter I tested the Honey Lemon Cake from King Arthur Flour as cupcakes. ‘Cause you all know that I love the recipes from King Arthur Flour.

Jerusalem: Travel Without Leaving Your Kitchen

With travel bans in place, world travelers like myself have gotten a little stir crazy. While others have turned to FOMO over social media, I turned to the cookbooks in order to transport myself far, far away. I have never been to Jerusalem and thought a stop over in my imagination might be exciting and brighten my gloomy days indoors. So, I opened the cookbook Jerusalem by Sami Tamimi and Yotam Ottolenghi.