easy peachy – peach almond cake

August 14, 2015
Peach Almond Cake

  Peaches were considered the favorite fruit of the Chinese emperors and were first mentioned in writing dated back to 10th century AD.  The Persians introduced the “Persian apple” to the Romans, and it later made its way to Europe with the help of Alexander the Great.

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prunus maximus – cherry almond tart

July 2, 2015
Cherry Almond Tart

Cherries were prized by ancient Chinese royalty and the wealthy. Besides the fruit, cherry wood was believed to ward off evil spirits—even today, Chinese families place cherry branches over their doors on New Year’s Day to bring good luck. Statues carved from the wood stand guard at the front of homes.

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so berry – fresh strawberry cream pie

June 18, 2015
Fresh Strawberry & Cream Pie

  The perfume of strawberries fills the hot afternoon air at the Farmer’s Market. As much I think of them as berries, they aren’t.

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sugar differential – rhubarb almond honey cakes

June 11, 2015
Rhubarb Honey Almond Cakes

  There is a difference between almond paste and marzipan. Marzipan is made from almond paste but with much higher sugar content—and egg whites are sometimes added. It has a smoother texture and is more pliable, easier to roll, and use for molding and decorating.

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rainbow connection – strawberry matcha ‘rainbow’ cookies

May 29, 2015
Strawberry Matcha Rainbow Cookies

  Rainbow Cookies, also known as neapolitan or seven layer cookies, are a riddle sandwiched between a puzzle and a teaser. To be accurate, these are neither cookies nor do they resemble a rainbow. They are composed of pink, green and yellow layers of almond sponge cake with apricot jam in between and a coating […]

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asset management – apple almond cake

November 14, 2014
Apple Almond Cake

  It’s only the beginning of November and my dance card is full for the rest of the year with three major events. One is a gathering at our friend’s house for Thanksgiving, for which I’ll be helping out and turning out some desserts. The second one is M’s birthday. Yes, both occasions are celebration […]

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loafing – fig almond tea cake w coconut-honey glaze

October 10, 2014
Fig Almond Tea Cake w Coconut Honey Glaze

  The precision and the science of baking have intrigued me since I was in college—it was also therapeutic as a needed break from my studies in architecture.

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gift of nothing – french plum tart

October 3, 2014
French Plum Tart

  It’s been a rather quiet week with few pressing matters, so I got to settle into the groove of baking and use this perfect opportunity to come up with a fresh list of desserts. More time in the kitchen may not sound exciting, but when baking is usually squeezed between errands and obligations, an […]

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the big picture – orange-scented honey almond cakes

March 21, 2014
Orange-scented Honey Almond Cakes

Ever since 2014 rolled around, I’ve been out of luck. I’m not talking about major catastrophes in my life—just the feeling that everyday, the universe is going against me.

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best kept secret – fig almond crostata

September 13, 2013
Fig Almond Crostata

For all you who don’t live in New York City, I’ll let you in on a secret. Minus the farmer’s market and the super fancy grocery stores, the best place to buy your fruit is from street vendors. The fruits are ripe and ready to eat and the prices are cheaper than regular stores.

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blossoms afar – matcha almond cookies w raspberry filling

April 26, 2013
Matcha Almond Cookies w Raspberry Filling

I always long for the cherry blossoms season in DC, and better yet, Japan. The magnificent carpet of pink is the most convincing sign of Spring’s arrival. Fortunately, even the photos of cherry blossoms are breath taking, cause there’s a sniffling catch for many of us–spring allergies.

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