Baking Recipes, Bread-making, My favourite things, Timeless Treats, Yeasted breads

The charm of homemade soft pretzels

I probably have a love affair with pretzels from Auntie Anne’s. Every time I pass by a store and get a whiff of their pretzels, I want to turn around and march right in line to get my favourite Sour Cream and Onion-flavoured ones. When I’m in the mall, even when I’m a floor above …

Baking Recipes, From the books, Simple cakes, Timeless Treats, TV cravings

Nigella’s No-Fuss Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

The reason for making this cake began with a Desperate Housewives episode. My mother saw Bree’s gorgeous Upside Down Cake and said, “Mmmm… I want some. Why haven’t you made this cake?” I shrugged, and then I made it. And it wasn’t easy, mind you. I followed a recipe that called for making a thick …

Baking Recipes, David Lebovitz, From the books, Pies & Tarts, Timeless Treats

Chocolate Pecan Pie for a farewell treat

Such a long overdue post, this one is. More than a month ago, one of my brothers flew to Taiwan for a Study Tour, but before he did, he had a request: Pecan Pie. But I didn’t want to make him just any plain old pecan pie. After some research, I came across this Chocolate …

At home, Baking Recipes, Simple cakes, Timeless Treats, Traveling

Our Lenten Table 2011: Part II + a Recipe

There was really more than one reason to get cooking this week other than Lent. April 22nd also happens to be my Mother’s Birthday! We didn’t go out to celebrate because my Dad was away, and since we were staying home, I decided to make something special for her instead. Initially, my youngest brother and …

At home, Baking Recipes, Experiments & experiences

Our Lenten Table 2011: Part I

Living in a house full of growing carnivores is a bit tough on someone who prefers fish and vegetables over pork or beef. It’s not that my brothers don’t eat fish and veggies, they just like meat better. Man’s meat, you know? Anyway, since Lent means no meat, it was my turn to jump for …

Baking Recipes, Quickbreads & Loaves, The Breakfast Bin, Timeless Treats

Goodbye Cornmeal, Hello Maple Cornbread

Around the picnic table, the light country breeze bringing about whiffs of fragrant coffee caught between laughter and light-hearted conversations. The tall stalks in the field sway, unrestrained, as though in a dance. The cornbread is warm in my hands as I sit patiently waiting for the orange hues in the sky to reach its …

Cooking Recipes, Lemon Obsession, Pastas & noodles

A refreshing twist to pasta

When life gives you lemons… Make lemon pasta. Ha! Bet you didn’t see that one coming! I literally had too many lemons in the fridge, and after some chastising from my Mum about my penchant for stocking up on more baking ingredients than I need, I decided to step away from the KitchenAide to find …

Traveling

{Shifting Tides} Dos Palmas Resort, Palawan

Last month, my Dad surprised us with this trip to an Island Resort. It was just what I needed, some sunshine and white sand. I was considering whether or not I should blog about the trip because I wasn’t able to document it very well, but I felt that I should write about it anyway. …