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#Baking in China – Apple Pie!

14 Jan

‚ÄčViola! I make a mean #ApplePie if I say so myself. Little more difficult to do in #China; but still. . . . came out delicious!   People at work appreciate it ūüėú

#Foodie! Stewed Iron Eggs

29 May

‚ÄčStewed Iron Eggs – everypne’s favorite food! It even comes #SPICED! As my ESL students say – ‘have a try!’

Notice the star #anise on the picture (tastes like licorice – often poisonous here in #China since the legit anise stars go to theraflu factories).  Can only imagine that added to stewed egg flavor!

Ho Lai Ho

12 May

‚ÄčHo Lai Lo – one of our resident, delicious bakeries!  Yummy!

Going a Little #Nuts Today!

10 Apr

Hmmmmmm.  I ‚̧this brand of nuts from #China. They are probably the best almonds, pistachios, etc. I’ve ever had.  

But ‘CRAB ROE’ and ‘BROAD BEANS-beef’ flavored?. . . . I’m gonna have to think about that for a minutes

Gapefruit Oolong Tea

15 Sep

4th of July Chex Snack Mix (Easy)

5 Jul



  • 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


  • 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!

Life in China~ new snack

19 Jan


Korean kimchi flavored crackers ūüôā


Black pepper!



Tasty Recipes ~ South African Melktert

15 Jul




I’m going International!

Last week, I shared a list of South African¬†dishes¬†that I’ve been interested in trying, and¬†ever since I’ve been desperate to try my hand at cooking again. ¬†I can’t do a lot of cooking at my China apartment because I lack both a kitchen and money for imported ingredients. You’d be surprised at how expensive things like Vanilla, Chocolate, Sauces, and even Cheese can get!

Anyway, July is a busy month for my family with a family reunion, fish fry, 4 Birthdays, and anniversary, and a Home Extension luncheon¬†with my aunt. ¬†Since I’m staying at my aunt’s house and have access to her extra awesome kitchen, I decided to whip some international dishes up. ¬†

The Fish Fry was our first event, and I tried my hand at¬†a South African Melktert! ¬†Originally based on a Dutch dish, the Melktert is now a clearly South African custard dessert that requires no cooking but tastes delicious! ¬†It has a strong cinnamon/almondy flavor and is kind of a cross between a cake and an egg custard. ¬†Really unique, my uncle said he’s never had anything quite like it. ¬†


The recipe below makes two pies, and easily slices into 16 pieces.  Must be cooled, but can be served warm or cold.

**Although it’s been recommended as a possibility, I don’t suggest replacing cake flour with normal flour–its need that extra cakey touch. Continue reading


9 Jan

Wow! No one does breakfast like Tom n Toms in Seoul! This is so good! Honey and butter toast, with a HUGE pile of whipped cream!


Bad Translations: Blueberry Muffin

3 Jan

20150101_163604[1]Lol, I ordered a “blueberry muffin” at this really sweet cafe near home. ¬†The cafe is 4 stories and you can go up on the top floors to sit and watch the world go by. ¬†They told me the blueberry muffin had blueberry sauce poured over it, and I thought that sounded like something good. ¬†Then I got this huge, totally awesome creature with whipped cream and blueberry sauce! ¬†Unfortunately, they gave use clear plastic gloves to eat it instead of a fork, so it was slightly messy. But DELICIOUS!


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