Passion Fruit Margarita


Mama Judy gave me a bag of passion fruits just before I left California. I rarely see passion fruits in the store and these are growing in her backyard😯! Priceless gift! Upon arriving in Scottsdale, I have been itching to make some magarita with these home grown passion fruits. Tonight is the night. Success on first attempt! Ingredients 4 Tbsp Read More

Portuguese Durian Tarts


It’s Mid Autumn Festival! I have leftover durian paste from making Snow Skin Durian Mooncake, and frozen flaky tart dough from making mushroom tarts. We will celebrate this festival with the addition of the unconventional ‘Moon Tarts’ too! I searched high and low for a Portuguese Durian Tart recipe and couldn’t find one. This is my made-up recipe and turned Read More

Snow Skin Durian Mooncake


I am blessed with two mooncake molds from Wai Ping years back. Whenever Mid Autumn Festival comes around, it is a reminder to dust the mold and do something with it. Of all the mooncake flavors, I love durian the most. I decided to make Mao Shan Wang (猫山王) mooncakes again this year. Taste wise, can’t go wrong with MSW, Read More

Mango Sago Coconut Pudding


The 100-degree heat in Foster City is screaming for some refreshing, chilling desserts. I rummaged through the fridge and found two overripe mangos. And there is some left over coconut milk and berries from fruit tarts I made the day before.💡! I whipped this up in half an hour last night and went to bed happy. It’s good. Ingredients 2 Read More

Lemongrass Coconut Rice


While I have made Nasi Lemak many times, I was never totally satisfied with the outcome of the coconut rice. This time I tried a different recipe incorporating lemongrass juice with coconut milk. The outcome is perfect. It fragrant, tasty, and fluffy! And its cooked in the rice cooker! Ingredients 3 cups basmati rice 3 stalks lemongrass, bruised 6 cloves Read More

Mini Mushroom Leek Tart


This summer I have served mushroom leek tartlets a few times when hosting friends. Having made different versions of Mushroom tarts and galettes, I find these bite size version is the best and has been a crowd pleaser every time. Thanks to Chef Chao for inspiring me years back in 2015! I have been continually improving on this recipe 😊. Read More

Grilled Chicken Breast


Lately we are into eating salad for lunch. Finding a good recipe for grilled chicken became very important to add protein to our diet. Thus far, this is the best recipe I have found. I have been repeating this week after week, wonder if I will ever find a better recipe ?🤔 Ingredients 1 1/2 lb thin sliced breast 6 Read More

Elderflower Mojito


The mint plant that we have been tending to for many months finally gets its growth spurt this summer. We came back from a one-week vacation and it was screaming for attention! Look at those lush green leaves! We had a ‘bountiful’ harvest this morning. I am really into Elderflower flavored cocktails lately. Surely, I have to make a Elderflower Read More

Cucumber Elderflower Collins


I’ve always been curious about cocktails with elderflower in the recipe. I like the fragrance in particular. I finally bought a bottle of St Germain and made a cucumber collins. Love this refreshing and sweet smelling cocktail for the summer. Ingredients 1 oz. Grey Goose vodka 1 oz. cucumber juice (from 1 cucumber) 2 oz. St. Germain 2 oz. club Read More

Cucumber Thyme Fizz


I was planning a get together with a new friend and offered to serve wine and dessert. She told me that she cannot take alcohol as she will break into hives 😔. I really want to serve something fun and refreshing for our first get-together. Ingredients 2 oz cucumber juice 1.5 oz lemon juice 1.5 oz simple syrup 1 oz Read More

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