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Foreign Fooding ~ Making Brown Sugar

18 Dec

As someone who has lived abroad for a while now, I know that finding substitutes can be invaluable for cooking abroad.

In many countries Brown Sugar’s availability is limited to either “Dark Brown Sugar” or no Brown Sugar at all. 

So here is how to make light brown sugar! 

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FROM WHITE SUGAR
– Brown sugar is just white sugar + molasses, so it’s pretty easy to create – No substitute needed!

  • 1 Cup of White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of Molasses 

FROM DARK BROWN SUGAR
– Dark Brown Sugar contains twice the normal amount of molasses.  

  • Add 1/2 of the Brown Sugar called for via Dark Brown Sugar
  • For the remaining portion, use White Sugar.

Nicely Moist Texas Sheet Cake

22 Nov

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INGREDIENTS:

CAKE

  • 2 Cups of White Sugar
  • 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) of Real Butter (Not Margarine)
  • 1 Cup of Water
  • 3 TBSP of Cocoa
  • ½ Cup of Buttermilk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 TSP of Baking Soda
  • 2 TSP of Vanilla
  • 1 TSP of Cinnamon

ICING

  • 3 TBSP of Cocoa
  • ½ Cup (1 Stick) of Real Butter
  • 6 TBSP of Buttermilk
  • 1 Box (1 LB) of Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup of Chopped Pecans (Optional)

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Potato Salad with Bacon and Peas

20 Oct

(Difficulty: Middle)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3lb of Red-Skinned Potatos 
  • 1 & 1/4 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 2-3 TBSP of Dijon Mustard
  • 5 Eggs 
  • 1/2 a Medium Onion
  • 1 Can of Small Peas
  • 1/4 – 1/2 TSP of Ground Pepper
  • 1 package of Bacon (about 9-10 slices)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large sauce pan, put the Potatoes on until they boil. Cook until you can easily slice then. Stop. Do not cook them so long they smoosh (You don’t want them soft enough to make mashed potatoes. Still a little crunchy.)
  • Take the potatoes off and put them in a covered pan. Stick in the refrigerator until cold. If you want, you can cook them the day before and leave them in the fridge overnight. 
  • Cook the Bacon. (I use a strong microwave, put them in for about 4-5 minutes.). Put the bacon in the fridge to get cold.
  • Hard Boil the Eggs. Put them in a pan with warm water on medium-high heat. Cook until boiling, then another 15-20 minutes. Take off and cool in cold water.  
  • Peel and slice the eggs finely. 
  • Slice the Onion finely (Mince).
  • In a large bowl, add the Mayonnaise, Mustard, Eggs, Onion, Peas, Pepper, Cold Bacon (crumbled).
  • Mix together. Put in the Refrigerator for 1 hour to allow spice to spread out. 
  • ENJOY!

Gapefruit Oolong Tea

15 Sep

The Air . . . It’s full of spices 

9 Sep

4th of July Chex Snack Mix (Easy)

5 Jul

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 bags  (8.75 oz each) of Traditional Chex Mix – Can substitute any salty based Chex Mix you want!
  • 1/2 bag of regular M&Ms – Blue, Red, and White Holiday Mix is best!
  • 1/2 bag of peanut M&Ms – Blue, Red, and White Holiday Mix is best!
  • Any additional ingredients you want for a trail mix – raisins, nuts, chocolate, etc.
  • 2 Bags (4 cups) of White Chocolate Chips

DIRECTIONS

  • Lay out a big cookie sheet or sheet pan (I used 11 x 18 and it could have been bigger).
  • Put parchment or wax paper down on the pan.
  • Pour out the Chex Mix and smooth until evenly spread out
  • Scatter on the M&Ms and whatever other toppings you want.
  • In a glass bowl, put the White Chocolate Chips in the microwave. Cook 30 seconds. stir. Cook 30 seconds more. Stir. If the bowl is hot stop and just stir until the chocolate is all melted together. 
  • Using a large soup spoon, drizzle the melted chocolate over the mix.
  • Let it sit for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Break it up and serve!

Chinese Chicken Noodle Soup

4 Jul

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Chinese version of Chicken Noodle Soup – great for a day of exam writing!

Real Chinese Egg Drop Soup

4 Jul

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Had some delicious Egg Drop Soup in a Chinese Restaurant before I came home. Then saw the American Chinese version. Not even comprable!

Mother’s Day Lunch!

8 May

Happy Mother’s Day  to the best mom ever!

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Tomb Sweeping Festival

3 Apr

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Eating in Shanghai this morningsng for the tomb sweeping festival (sort of like our Memorial Day.) They were serving Sweet Green Dumplings  (青团 qīngtuán) filled with red bean paste. Only served once a year!

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