Sunday, October 26, 2014

plum and almond tart | recipe

plum almond tart www.goldenweekendblog.com
plum and almond tart

This tart is one of my secret weapons. I keep portions of the pastry dough and almond cream in the freezer and then throw on whatever fruit I have on hand. And, ta-da! A pretty fruit tart ready for any last minute event.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

pate sucree | recipe

After playing with ingredient ratios and mixing technique, I have finally come up with a tart recipe that I love. The idea of adding almond flour comes from the Bouchon Bakery book. Instead of creaming the butter first then adding the dry ingredients, I use the "reverse creaming" method pioneered by Rose Levy Beranbaum in The Cake Bible. In reverse creaming, the dry ingredients are mixed first, then soft butter is mixed in so the fat coats and "waterproofs" the flour to prevent gluten formation. This technique is typically used for cakes but when applied to pastry, it creates an especially tender tart crust.

I normally measure ingredients in ounces but I switched to grams for this recipe. I think it's because I really like the round numbers. I also got rid of the volume measurements entirely because they are so inconsistent from person to person.

tomato soup | recipe

Caramelized onions rescue otherwise bland canned tomatoes in this simple tomato soup.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SF Asian | restaurants

Lime Tree
lime tree
paratha and laksa
I had high hopes for the laksa at Lime Tree but this dish was totally wrong! The shrimp were rubbery and tasteless. The soup tasted flat without the mandatory laksa leaf garnish. I mean it's called laksa leaf for a reason! And the biggest offender was the noodles; instead of the traditional thick, toothsome round rice noodle, the dish was served with thin flat rice noodles (the kind used in pho). For ten dollars, you can get a better noodle soup elsewhere in the city.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

grilled cheese sandwich | recipe

grilled cheese and tomato soup
avocado and pepperjack grilled cheese

It's a bit excessive to post a recipe for putting cheese in between two slices of bread and heating it up in a pan. But there are a few tricks to make a simple grilled cheese sandwich even better. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chinese tea egg | recipe

chinese tea egg

For just two people, Steven and I go through a lot of eggs. I bought four dozen on our last Costco run and then made a dozen tea eggs.