homemade marshmallows

Originally posted: Dec 2010; updated Feb 2014

homemade marshmallows

I am a marshmallow fan. My favorite way to have them is in hot chocolate, by the campfire. Following closely behind – toasted (again by the campfire). The first time I had homemade marshmallows, I was converted. There’s just something about a homemade marshmallow – something, yes, something (as you can read, I can’t really describe that something). So, I’ve always wanted to make them but thought they were very difficult since they involved something called a candy thermometer. I decided to take action one day at Canadian Tire when I saw a candy thermometer for $6.99. This was my first time using a candy thermometer so it was kinda tricky.

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open pineapple tarts

open pineapple tarts

Chinese New Year (CNY) is around the corner. Though we don’t celebrate CNY here in the US, I always take this time as an excuse to bake CNY goodies. This year I decided to bake kueh bangkit and pineapple tarts and make bak kwa (Chinese BBQ pork jerky).

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pistachio macaroons

pistachio macaroons

Sometimes you have had enough of trying to get those French macaroons right – with the smooth and crisp top, delicate feet and chewy center. Though I have been successful, it is heartening to find a macaroon recipe that doesn’t care about looking too pretty but is big on taste. I came across this recipe while browsing through “How to be a Domestic Goddess” by Nigella Lawson. I love Nigella’s style of cooking – minimal effort, maximum pleasure. She’s very “approachable” and her recipes are seldom intimidating. This one seemed easy enough and the picture accompanying it didn’t seem like she was concerned about the whole French macaroon look.

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