color me happy – tri-color ginger-orange carrot cake

January 9, 2015
Tri-color Ginger-Orange Carrot Cake

  Happy New Year! I just returned from a 3-week trip to Hong Kong and Malaysia—and came back inspired by the great cuisine of those two countries.  I’ll need to test and experiment before I can present them to you.

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just the way I am – blueberry corn cake with sweet corn frosting

September 5, 2014
Blueberry Corn Cake with Sweet Corn Frosting

  Birthdays are very much like New Year’s—a checkpoint for one’s life progress. This year’s birthday was no different.

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conscious shifting – carrot crêpe cake w pineapple cream

April 18, 2014
Carrot Crêpe Cake w Pineapple Cream

After a long hard winter, we finally had perfect weather last weekend, which catapult us into a welcoming spring. With the shedding of heavy coats, comes a sense of lightness.

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forget me not – lavender scented peach & corn upside down cake (gluten-free)

August 10, 2012
Lavender Scented Peach and Corn Upside-Down Cake (gluten-free)

Have you ever seen a new restaurant in your neighborhood and told yourself that you’d try it one day?  Time can pass until you eventually step foot inside–only to discover a new favorite that you wish you’d experienced earlier.

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and the beet goes on — autumn spice beet cake

September 23, 2011
Autumn Spice Beet Cake with Vanilla Honey Cream

Fall has officially arrived. Autumn brings the allure of comfortable weather, and the change of colors signaling the coming harvest. In NYC, another sure sign of this time is the appearance at the Farmer’s Market where the last hurrah of lettuces, peaches, corn, and tomatoes is underway. The debut of butternut and delicata squashes marks […]

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between hello n goodbye – carrot cupcake

October 1, 2010
Carrot Cupcake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

As we past the autumnal equinox and slip into the fall, the summer spirit still linger, as two seasons duel it out to give us the best that both season have to offer. The bountiful summer vegetables and fruits pile high at the Farmer’s Market, as the fall apples and squashes make their first appearance.

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caponata jam n olive oil financier

September 24, 2010
Olive Oil Financier w Caponata Jam

Caponata is a classic Sicilian dish that I have come to adore because of my love for sweet and sour dishes. (See my gushing over Sweet n Sour Pork in my previous post.) Caponata consists of eggplants/aubergine, celery, tomatoes, onions, and capers, with raisins added for sweetness and vinegar for the sour tangy taste. The […]

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to fu or not tofu

July 24, 2010
Five spice Tofu Cakes

I follow people on Twitter to enrich my knowledge and love for food. In my search, I discovered the “secret society” of the 4 Velveteers, which promotes culinary challenges with a twist. The premiere one asked participants to create the reddest possible Red Velvet Cake using only natural food coloring. The next one was to […]

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young love … how sweet it is

June 2, 2010
Spring Garlic Soup

Spring produce at the Farmer’s Market is seductive. It delivers flavors with delicate textures, subtle sweetness, and a tease of promises for the rest of the season. It awakens your palette and overtakes all of your senses. Still, it retains shyness–like a child who sings with a big adult voice but remains a youngster. Young […]

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babycakes comes home

November 17, 2009

I’m a cookbook lover, and I buy them for a few reasons. Some have great practical recipes that I can use repeatedly. Others come out for special occasions and casual get-togethers. Then there is that very important group—cookbooks that I find inspiring, whether from the author’s story, the presentation and photos, flavor combinations, or special […]

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babycakes, babycakes, rice pudding dream…

October 16, 2009

I’ve been a longtime virtual fan of babycakes bakery. I’ve read about it, and I’ve seen owner Erin McKenna turning out gorgeous bake goods on Martha. So why haven’t I tried any until now? I hope there are people out there like me who have a Foodie To Do List that gets longer by the day […]

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