December 22, 2011 by MaryAnne
As you may have noticed, I haven’t exactly written anything here for, um, a while. Which isn’t to say that I haven’t been cooking- oh no. No. I’ve been Little Miss Cooks-A-Lot this month as my parental units are in town for the holidays and everyone needs to be fed and fed well. Their lips and digestive systems are slowly adjusting to the fact that I tend to use dozens of firecracker chillies in pretty much everything I make, except cake and cookies. Though that may change with time. Brutally hot cake could be interesting.
One of the un-chillied things I’ve made a number of times during my bloggy absence is a carrot cake recipe I found on Epicurious.com. It was originally done on a whim, as I had a bag full of carrots in the fridge, bought from the veggie seller across the street. His carrots are enormous, plump and juicy.
I’d insert a rude joke here but that just seems gratuitous. I’ll let you titter as you see fit. (more…)
Category Baked Things, Sweet Things, Uncategorized | Tags: Autumn,Cake,Carrot Cake,OMFG Yum,Toaster Oven | 1 Comment
November 28, 2011 by MaryAnne
So I am sick again. This time it’s with a bronchial bark that frightens the neighbours and a fever that has made the past few days rather interesting, perception-wise. Mind you, sometimes when living in Shanghai it is difficult to tell whether or not you are delirious and hallucinating or just out for a stroll in your neighbourhood.
So I went for a walk on Shaoxing Lu and these were in my pathway.
Category Baked Things, Improbable Things, Sweet Things, Uncategorized | Tags: Apples,Autumn,Cake,OMFG Yum,rice cooker | 15 Comments
October 24, 2011 by MaryAnne
I actually left the flat this past weekend. In fact, I even left Shanghai. For the past two months, I’ve been like the love child of an eccentric hermit and a domestic goddess, holed up in our cozy flat, dusted lightly with flour, filled with coffee, doing odd things, barefoot in the kitchen.
But a girl has to work sometimes. It’s unfortunate but it’s true.
So, sometime on Saturday morning, I went to Hangzhou. Unlike every other time I’ve been to Hangzhou, it wasn’t raining. However, since I was there for work and not for pleasure, the skies and their activities were irrelevant.
Before I tell you more about this trip and show you how to bake a particular cake in which I made substitutions for pretty much every ingredient, I want to show you some photos I took during a previous trip to Hangzhou. (more…)
Category Baked Things, Sweet Things, Uncategorized | Tags: Apples,Autumn,Cake,Chocolate,OMFG Yum,oven,Toaster Oven,Yogurt | 8 Comments
October 3, 2011 by MaryAnne
This one had been sitting around in my drafts folder for ages, neatly cut and pasted but never attempted. It just seemed so incredibly decadent that I knew a) I had to make it and b) it had to be for a damned good reason.
I mean, after all, this is a freaking chocolate cake with a great big slug of red wine as its liquid. How awesome is that?
I had originally planned to be all authentically Sino-centric, using corner shop Great Wall 50rmb plonk (dire!) but the astral recipient of this here cake deserves much, much better. Or at least as better as I can afford during my time of semi-unemployment. (more…)
Category Baked Things, Milky Cheesy Things, Sweet Things, Uncategorized | Tags: Cake,Chocolate,OMFG Yum,Ricotta,Toaster Oven | 10 Comments
September 8, 2011 by MaryAnne
Next Tuesday, I’m turning 37 so I decided to make myself a cake a week in advance, for my Thursday breakfast. 37 is a weird age to be turning because it holds absolutely no significance. It’s not a milestone. It contains no auspicious (or unlucky, for that matter) numbers. It’s kind of a beige tinted purgatory somewhere between being, say, 29 and 40, but definitely tilting toward the old end of the spectrum. I have a sneaking suspicion that I ought to be mature and sensible by now but that probably only applies to my natal time zone.
I’m not sure if cake for breakfast is mature or sensible, but it’s irrelevant as I’m in China, 15 time zones away. (more…)
Category Baked Things, Sweet Things, Uncategorized | Tags: Brownie,Cake,Chocolate,OMFG Yum,Vegan | 1 Comment