Amanda’s Awesome Birthday Cake

Today was Amanda’s birthday party, which I volunteered to cook for. I made chicken with pasta, broccoli with bacon, fried shrimp, my infamous salad, and the birthday cake.

We put trick candles and sparklers in the cake, and Amanda had a fun time blowing them out. 🙂 All in all, it was a great success!

Rice Krispies Ghouls

For Halloween last year, one of my friends was throwing a party, and I wanted to bring something really fun and unusual. All I had in my pantry was a box of cocoa rice krispies cereal, so I came up with an idea to make little ghouls. Fun to look at, and tasty to eat. 🙂

3 tablespoons  butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz.) regular marshmallows
6 cups cocoa rice krispies cereal
flaked coconut
canned frosting or decorating gel
green food coloring
white chocolate chips

cooking spray
cupcake cups

1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.
2. Add cocoa rice krispies cereal. Stir until well coated.
3. Using a 1/2 cup measuring cup coated with cooking spray, divide warm cereal mixture into portions. Using buttered hands, shape each portion into a ghoul shape. Cool and place into cupcake cups. Decorate tops and bottoms with flaked coconut.
4. Use frosting to attach white chocolate chips for ghoul eyes. Use green food coloring to dot the tips of the chips.

12 servings

Now you have a whole army of ghouls.

Enjoy! And Happy Halloween!

Mixed Green Salad with Grapes, Pears, and Curried Cashews

I don’t really prefer salads, but this is the salad I always make and bring whenever there are potlucks, birthdays, and what not. This salad is especially perfect for the summer time.


Curried Cashews
1 cup cashew halves
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup olive oil
salt and black pepper to taste

1/2 head of red romaine lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 package of mixed greens (spinach, rucola, whatever works)
1/2 medium pear, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup halved seedless green grapes

1. In a large, dry skillet over medium-high heat, heat up the butter and toast cashews until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove cashews to a dish to cool slightly.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together curry powder, brown sugar, salt, cayenne pepper, and toasted cashews. Set aside.
3. In a small bowl, stir together apple cider vinegar, mustard, and honey. Slowly whisk in olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
4. In a large salad bowl, toss dressing with mixed greens, pear cubes, grapes, and curried cashews.

3-4 servings

It’s a Beautiful Morning…

If I had the time, and if it was a Sunday morning everyday, this is what I would eat for breakfast…

1. free-range egg omelette with diced tomatoes, shredded gouda cheese, and hot sriracha sauce
2. organic sourdough toast with butter and organic strawberry jam
2. bowl of fruit with organic vanilla yogurt
3. organic green tea with organic honey

I try to eat as much organic as I can. The most essential organic products I usually buy are bread, jam, and yogurt because that’s what I consume on a daily basis.

Juk with Shrimp

I have very fond memories of juk. I remember eating it every other day when I was a child. When we didn’t eat rice, it was juk (and when we didn’t eat juk, it was rice). My favorite was juk with ground beef.

Juk, or in other words known as congee, is very popular among Asian countries. It is a thick rice porridge, made by cooking in large quantities of water for a long period of time. The rice is cooked until it is very soft. Juk can be eaten almost any time of the day. I remember eating it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sometimes for snack. Because it is easily swallowed, it is also eaten when one was sick.

Hence why I decided to make some this past weekend. My mom always made juk for me and my brother whenever we had a cold or the stomach flu. Because I no longer eat meat, I decided to make some with shrimp.

1 cup rice
1 cup chicken broth
2 cups hot water
10 pieces medium sized shrimp
a dash of fish sauce
1 chopped green onion (optional)

1. Rinse rice until water is clear.
2. Stir together chicken broth, hot water, and fish sauce. Add chicken broth mixture into a large pot with rice. Simmer on low heat.
3. Chop up shrimp. Add shrimp to large pot.
4. Cook until rice is soft. Stir occasionally to make sure rice doesn’t burn. Add more water if needed.
5. Serve into bowls. Add chopped green onion on top for garnish.

2-4 servings


I know, it’s been awhile since I last posted, but I thought it was about time to replenish my food blog.

I recently went on a EuroTrip (London, Leiden/Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Paris) with my best friend Cindy, and the trip has inspired to write about a few places worth mentioning.

Tapas, 24
269 C/ Diputació, Barcelona, Spain

Among the places we visited in Europe, Barcelona was the only place I hadn’t been to at the time. I was excited, excited for sun, the beach, and tapas. According to my friend, tapas is like dim sum (for those of you who haven’t tasted the awesomeness of dim sum, I recommend you talk to your Chinese friend). And she was right. For the experience, we ventured to Tapas, 24, a restaurant located close to the main shopping street of Pg. de Gracia but easy to miss if you don’t look around the corner. The restaurant was packed with people when we came, but we were lucky to find two spots for us. We ordered six dishes, ranging from fries with a spicy and mayo sauce to sweet aubergine. It was delicious. And it was there that I discovered herring fish isn’t so tasty.

Ladurée Royale
16, rue Royale, Paris, France

My knowledge of macarons isn’t very extensive, but my first bite into one of LaudrĂ©e’s maracons was so good that it has left a lasting impression whenever I think about Paris now.

Le Soufflé
36, rue Mont Thabor, Paris, France

When I took the foods class in high school, I made soufflĂ©s as part of my end of the year project. They came out of the oven looking like what they should. However, after a minute, they deflated. The soufflĂ©s at this restaurant didn’t, thankfully. And they were enormous, a meal in itself. Cindy ordered a cheese soufflĂ©, while I had a chocolate one. Both were good, but I’m not a big fan of salty soufflĂ©s.

L’Atelier de JoĂ«l Robuchon
5, rue de Montalembert, Paris, France

For my birthday dinner, I decided to make reservations at L’Atelier de JoĂ«l Robuchon, known for it’s French gastronomic cuisine. I can’t say I know much about the food and the chef JoĂ«l Robuchon himself, but I can say that I made a pretty good decision. The food, in three words, was…over the top. And I mean over the top in every sense, taste, smell, price… 🙂 For appetizers, I ordered spaghetti and Cindy ordered foie gras. She had foie gras at Tapas, 24, but this foie gras (yes, I had to taste it) was soft and the kind that melts in your mouth. For the main dish, we shared the fish of the day (I still don’t know what it was). With the fish came a small bowl of mashed potatoes. Now, you may laugh when I say this, but the mashed potatoes made my night. It was the BEST mash I ever had in my whole life, I kid you not. Then for dessert, we also shared coffee ice cream mixed with citron and caramel bits. It was a dinner I will never forget.