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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Hectic but Joyous Time!

It has been absolutely craziness for the past two weeks. Due to my cousin Tina getting married on the 23rd at the Inn at Longshore in Westport, a lot of family and friends came visit from out of the country and state. Since I have a pretty big extended family, I don't always get to see all my relatives yearly since we are spread all over the place. I really cherish times like this when all of us get together for a joyous event. Fortunately we got to do this for the past two years (my wedding was last year). Since I'm the resident baker in the family, I got to baked lots of goodies to share. I also made a Barbie cake for my niece  Lorelai's early 4th birthday.

I made Tina's favorite Jam Thumbprints and also
Coconut Macaroons(forgot to take a pic).


Back of Barbie

Took the Adams to Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

Hot dogs at Super Duper Weenie. 

Congrats Tina and Ian!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mid October Updates

The week of the 10th has been very busy for J and I. J and my brother Josh's birthdays are on the 13th and our one year anniversary is on the 15th which is also my brother Cliff's birthday. On the 13th, I made a meal of J's choice which happens to be a semi Thanksgiving dinner. I made turkey cutlets, stuffings, green beans. We did have cranberry sauce but it's the gelatinous kind that comes in a can since J doesn't like "real" cranberry sauce. I also baked him a yellow cake with chocolate frosting. He didn't want it to be fancy so I just frosted the cake and sprinkled some colored sugars on it. I also made banana bread and oatmeal raisin/cranberry/cherries cookies for my cousins and grandma who's back from Taiwan.  On Friday J took the day off so we can drive back to CT early (and he can get his iPhone 4S). The weekend wasn't all play, J had to visit two clients to make some extra gambling money since for our anniversary we went to Mohegan Sun. We had dinner at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse and then met up with some of J's family. It was such an exhausting week with J having to drive all over CT and then back to MA but I'm so glad we did it. I got to see my grandma and my extended family since everyone's back for Tina's wedding which is this Saturday!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Chicken Katsu and Korokke

Korokke are Japanese potato croquettes that are breaded then deep fried. There are countless ways to make them. You can add meats or keep them vegetarian by only adding veggies. Today the ones I made includes bacon.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

Today is a sad, sad day for all of us Apple lovers. The great innovator in black turtleneck passed today.  For our friends and family, they know how much Apple means to us. J is a certified Apple Computer consultant, he's got pretty much all the professional certifications for Apple. J has been working on Apple Computers since he was in his early teens and been getting paid for it since he was 17. Thanks to Apple,  he's able to make a comfortable living (at the same time meeting celebrities and famous figures) without having a college degree.

Steve Jobs, you will be greatly missed!!

below are pics of J fixing my MacBook Pro after coffee spill.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Dried Longan (Guiyuan) with Banana Cake 桂圆蛋糕

Besides Lychee 荔枝, Logan 龍眼 is another one of my top fruits to eat when I'm in Taiwan. I'm lucky to spent better half of my childhood in such a beautiful island that is famous for all the yummy fruits it produces. After we moved to the U.S., our family would go back to Taiwan every summer and I would stuff myself with all the DELICIOUS Taiwanese snacks and of course all the fruits (lycée, longan, mangos, etc...). Guiyuan 桂圆 is the name for dried Longan, kind of like raisins are to grapes. It is often use in Chinese desserts or used to make tea. You might be able to find dried Longan in Chinese markets, I got mine from Taiwan. It also has medicinal value in Chinese medicine.

You can make these into little muffins or in a cake pan. The cake pan I'm using is an 8''x8'', greased with butter. 

Dried Longan with Banana Cake 
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried Longan (first soaked in 1 cup of hot water then drained the water) 
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) room temperature unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F. 

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium size bowl. In another bowl, Cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy, add eggs, vanilla extract and mashed bananas, dried Longan and mix until smooth. Slowly add in the flour mixture until the batter comes together. Pour in a greased 8''x8'' cake pan and bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. If you decide to make muffins, bake for 13-15 minutes.