ginger

yes mother – ginger cherry clafoutis

August 8, 2014
Ginger Cherry Claloutis

  When M & I first got our upstate house, I approached everything with Martha Stewart determination. From the color and furnishing of the interior to the landscape surrounding the house. Then, I learned my lesson.

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fruit high – ginger cherry plum galette

July 25, 2014
Ginger Cherry Plum Galette

  I keep thinking there’s plenty of time to savor summer fruits—then I realized that cherries are at their prime, and they won’t last much longer. Strawberries are gone, except in supermarkets, but blueberries and stone fruits are still plentiful in the farmer’s markets. I’m determined to bake full speed ahead on all desserts with […]

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chain of taste – banana pineapple cake

May 22, 2014
Banana Pineapple Cake

Someone asked me recently how I come up with ideas for my recipes. It’s a deceptively simple question. The trigger could be a single word I’ve just read or heard, a flavor profile I want to explore, or a specific texture I want to achieve. The complicated part is morphing a few vague concepts into […]

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home improvement – ginger cherry cake

August 2, 2013
Ginger Cherry Cake

When M told me we were going to his business associate’s house in Hudson, New York for lunch last weekend, I didn’t realize I was going to meet the ultimate home owner couple. Not only did they have a beautiful house and charming property, they also executed most of the home improvement themselves.

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come together – ‘ginger milk’ cake

June 14, 2013
'Ginger Milk' Cake

While working on my last post, Vanilla Malt Milk Cake, I couldn’t help thinking about the ginger milk I adored during my childhood—and I get to try again during each visit to my family in Hong Kong. It’s a Chinese dessert that consists of three simple ingredients–ginger, milk and sugar—but the magic comes from kitchen […]

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cold fusion – pineapple-coconut stack cake

May 3, 2013
Pineapple-Coconut Stack Cake

This cake is the culmination of a few ideas that co-mingled in the most opportune way. It all started with something called the Tennessee Stack Cake that I’ve read about a while ago. The fact that it’s made with layers of cookies–not cake–intrigued me.

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a natural beauty – matcha-azuki cake

March 29, 2013
Matcha-Azuki Cake w Azuki Meringue Icing

The annual tribal rite known as the Easter Parade in NYC brings out the colorful imaginative side in natives and visitors.  There’s the array of hats–traditional, whimsical, avant-garde, and down-right clever—during the ceremonial walk through Fifth Avenue, the central gathering place for the return of this diaspora. The fanciful pastel clothing flutters in the early […]

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on snake and tradition – ginger ‘nian gao’ aka ginger mochi cannelés (gluten free)

February 1, 2013
Ginger 'Nian Gao' aka Ginger Mochi Cannelés

The Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake will start on Feb 10th. For the last two years, I’ve co-hosted a Chinese New Year Potluck with my partner in crime, Jackie, but this year, we decided to take a break. We hope to resume the tradition next year.  Even without the event, I’m still want to greet […]

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no joke – citrus fruitcake

December 21, 2012
Citrus Fruitcake

Seriously? Fruit Cake? That unwanted holiday treat that’s been fodder for every late-night comedian? Perhaps only less desired than aunt’s strangely knitted sweaters when you were growing up, it’s the gift that gets regifted into infinity with gooey sweetness.

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some don’t like it hot – pistachio shortcakes w ginger-cherry compote

July 20, 2012
Pistachio Shortcakes w Ginger-Cherry Compote

Clop plop clop plop–that’s the sound of summer in the city, flip flops slapping the sidewalks.

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thanks for the sweet memories — ginger panna cotta w black sesame geleé

May 11, 2012
Ginger Panna Cotta w Black Sesame Geleé

I have many fond memories of family rituals, most of which involved food, to no surprise—the Sunday congee brunch, weeknight dinners at home that ran like clockwork one dish after another, weekend afternoon tea and shopping with my grandmother, among others.

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