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Distracted #Cooking!

13 Aug

Lol 😛 Decided to make my mom a treat the other day – #NoBake Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies.

To be fair to myself, I was also baking #stuffedpeppers, answering student messages, and finishing a major project for my MSc.

anyway, I was already experimenting a bit. No #butter, so I tried #CoconutOil. No #PeanutButter, so I made my own.

Got to taste them and mom’s like ‘these don’t taste right. . . ‘

Me: ‘Better term – They taste #disgusting 😱

Us: Why 🤔

Mom: Did you #cook them to a high enough temperature?🙂

Me: ❓❓❓ They don’t cook, they’re #nobake.

Mom: 😳🙄

Me: Wait. . . . ‘checks recipe’ Well *&%$.

Hahahaha! They were supposed to be boiled, and I didn’t cook them at all. No wonder they were #terrible #spititout

#Travel #Foodie! – Canteloupe Cereal

27 Jul

#Canteloupe cereal anyone?!?

Scale of 1 to 5 how delicious does it look? 😃

#Baking in China – Apple Pie!

14 Jan

​Viola! 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 😜

#Foodie! Stewed Iron Eggs

29 May

​Stewed 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

​Ho 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

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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!

Life in China~ new snack

19 Jan

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Korean kimchi flavored crackers 🙂

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Black pepper!

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Tasty Recipes ~ South African Melktert

15 Jul

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BACKGROUND

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.  

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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

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