Mango Pudding

Fresh mango puree, coconut milk, gelatine, and simple syrup are all we need to whip up a nice, refreshing dessert. Ingredients 1 lb fresh mango chunks 3 gelatine sheets, 2.5g each 240 ml coconut milk fresh diced mango for garnish 4 oz simple syrup Mint leaves for garnish Directions Place mango chunks and 240 ml coconut milk in a blender. Read More

French Toast with Banana Compote

I couldn’t resist the cinnamon challah at the 300 cafe again; turned it into banana compote French toast the next morning. Delicious! This is an easy brunch recipe. Will definitely make it again when the girls are home on a weekend. Ingredients French Toast One  1-lb loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Challah, cut into one-inch slices 6 eggs 1 cup half Read More

Pina Colada

Summer arrived in our backyard!  Summer is officially another 19 days away. We are so privileged to steal a few days from spring to celebrate summer early. There is no better way to welcome this beautiful day than a glass of frozen pina colada. Pineapple and coconut are two of my favorite cocktail ingredients; they came together perfectly in this Read More

Avocado Milkshake

The theme for the next gourmet club meet is Avocado. While EK has enjoyed this milkshake countless times, he has never ever made it himself. Time for him to practice this recipe for the next club meet. Here you go: 1 avocado 1 Tbsp sugar 1 cup milk 6 ice cubes 1/2 tsp vanilla Blend everything together until smooth. Makes Read More


  We have many coffee addicts in the family. Affagato appeals to everyone’s palette. The only thing I have to prepare is the chocolate sauce. Otherwise, it is really an assembly process to put the dessert together. Planning to serve this at the upcoming memorial day bbq. Hope our guests like it too. Ingredients Chocolate Sauce 3 oz dark chocolate chips 1 Read More

Mother’s Day Brunch 2018

Mothers Day is one of those days in the year when I can wake up and wait for brunch to be served. I must say that over the years, the quality of the brunch has improved significantly. The three cooks split up the work and the meal gets put together and quickly and efficiently in an hour. I thoroughly enjoyed Read More

Lemon Blueberry Fools

The net says blueberry fools is an English dessert, yet Hanna told me her Brittish friend says the there is no such dessert and the Brittish do not eat blueberries! Who is right? I guess it only matters that I like this mix of lemon cream, blueberry compote, and whipped cream. When we were digging in, Hillary decided to break Read More

Seafood, Chicken, and Chorizo Paella

I tried paella at the Catal Restaurant in Anaheim several years back. It was a flavorful blend of rice, meat, vegetable, and seafood, all in one dish. Since then, if there is paella on the menu, it is always hard to resist. I attempted paella at a gourmet club meet a few years back without success. Since then, my 14″ Read More


Guacamole is one of those must-have with Mexican food. It is so easy to make and you can never have too much guacamole. I like my guacamole to be a little chunky. Always use avocado that gives slightly when pressed. Those are just riped enough to be mashed and yet not too mushy. The best way to enjoy guac is to Read More

Chipotle Chicken Burger

I couldn’t get enough of the Chipotle Chicken I made last weekend, so here is another twist to this Mexican gem. I woke up early in the morning to prepare the marinade and season the chicken. All the pounding and blending woke EK up. But he says the burger is so good, it has more than made up for his Read More

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