Wednesday, September 24, 2014

pate sucree | recipe

After experimenting with the ingredient ratios and the mixing technique, I have finally settled on a tart crust recipe that I like. I've already used this recipe twice, which is a big deal since I can never follow a recipe exactly (yes, I know I have a problem). I borrowed a technique from layer cakes where soft butter is added to the dry ingredients and mixed until the flour is coated in butter and is "waterproofed" to inhibit gluten formation. I typically use ounces in my recipes but for whatever reason, 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 add sweetness and rescue otherwise bland canned tomatoes in this simple creamy 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 really missed the mark. The shrimp were tiny, tasteless, and rubbery and the soup felt flat without the usual laksa leaf garnish. But the biggest offender was the noodles; instead of the traditional thick, toothsome round rice noodle, thin flat rice noodles (the kind used in pho) were used instead. Totally wrong! For ten dollars, you can get a better noodle soup in many other places in the city.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

grilled cheese sandwich | recipe

grilled cheese and tomato soup
avocado and pepperjack grilled cheese

I have been obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches after watching Jon Favreau make the most amazing looking one in Chef

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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

golden weekend | birthday

My amazing group of friends surprised me with an all-day eating extravaganza for my birthday. They know me so well!

birthday in Napa
Ad Hoc fried chicken and Bouchon Bakery case