Feb 182015
 
Dhalia Biscuits or Kuih Semperit

Dhalia Biscuits otherwise known as Kuih Semperit in Malay language is a basic butter cookies but shaped like a flower. These cookies are widely popular during festive seasons like Chinese New Year, Aidil Fitri, Diwali or Christmas in Malaysia. The cookies very much resemble butter cookies in taste and I was totally drawn to these cookies just with one look. There was one another factor that made this cookie so interesting to make is the Want to know more about this recipe?

Feb 172015
 
Girls Scouts Cookies -- Thin Mints

“Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”–(unknown) I have one such memory from my childhood. My mom used to travel about 17km each way to work and so were my brother and me. On many days my mom used to surprise us with treats from a local bakery near her work and we used to fight for the Japanese cake, I can really imagine the taste Want to know more about this recipe?

Feb 162015
 
Coconut Macaroons

Macaroons are made either with ground almond or with coconut. They are often in circular shape and can be easily confused with the French confection ‘Macaron’. Even though the ingredients in both ‘Macaroons’ and ‘Macaron’ are very similar they are widely different from one another and each stand with its head held high providing a wonderful dessert with its own sweetness and taste. The name ‘Macaroons’ comes from Italian maccarone or maccherone meaning “paste” referring Want to know more about this recipe?

Jan 252015
 
Paska Easter Bread

If I have to convince someone to make this bread then I don’t think I can do it simply with words. This bread needs to be savored and unfortunately none of you stay close to my place to share the unique taste of this bread. However I’m unable to resist myself from saying that you are truly missing out if you are not ready to try this recipe. As you all know I’m penchant for Want to know more about this recipe?

Jan 242015
 
Chelsea Buns

Chelsea buns and Cinnamon rolls are very similar with slight variations to one another. Chelsea bun was first created in 18th century in a Bun House in Chelsea (hence the name) and Cinnamon rolls (aka honey buns) was first created around mid 1900s. I’m not sure if Cinnamon rolls simply evolved from Chelsea buns but I would definitely think that Chelsea buns are a much tamer version of Cinnamon rolls. The subtle difference between the Want to know more about this recipe?

Jan 232015
 
Pumpkin Bread

This is the first time I was tempted to make pumpkin bread. When I was new to baking I’ve tried going eggless by substituting fruit purees and other egg substitutes to the original recipe. Some have been success and some were utter failure with a more dense cake or quick bread. The experience has somewhat put me of from baking with fruit purees as such— Once bitten, twice shy! However every fall when I see Want to know more about this recipe?

Nov 112014
 
Nanaimo Bars

Nainaimo (pronounced as “nuh-NI-mo”) is a very famous dessert originated from city of Nanaimo, British Columbia. They are quite popular dessert which requires no baking and made of three layers. Each of these layers are quite decadent by themselves and put together they taste like heaven. These bars are so popular that they are named as “Canada’s Favorite Confection”. The bars are so rich that they have become a must in any festivity especially Canadian Want to know more about this recipe?

Nov 102014
 
Spicy Nuts and Chocolate Brittle

Many people believe Christmas is the season for love, kindness, compassion, to give and to forgive. I also believe the following quote–“Christmas is forever, not for just one day, for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf. The good you do for others is good you do yourself…” (Norman Wesley Brooks) There are many ways to express the love we have for Want to know more about this recipe?

Nov 092014
 
Christmas Fruit Cake

This cake is a tradition followed by the English, made especially during Christmas. People used to eat plum-porridge on Christmas Eve to break their fast. As people evolved so were the many recipes and the plum porridges eventually turned into Christmas pudding with dried fruits, spices, and honey. Later on, flours, eggs, and butter were added to the porridge and were made as steamed cake. Families that were richer and were blessed with an oven Want to know more about this recipe?

Jun 182014
 
Mac n Cheese Mini Pies

Mac n Cheese is an all time favorite in our house. My kids prefer mac n cheese and secretively I like them too. Whenever I make mac n cheese I tend to sneak couple of spoons before serving them to my kids. Since the traditional recipe is loaded with empty carbs without much nutrients I mix some veggie puree or pasta sauce to the mac n cheese to provide at least one serving of veggies. Want to know more about this recipe?