Itsy Bitsy Adorable Brownies for Taipeiren (and Me) from KP Kitchen

Chúc mừng năm mới, y’all! Today is the blissfully silent, empty first day of Tet and Saigon has emptied out and shut down almost completely, with the ever-banging construction sites falling silent and the manic roads looking pleasingly post-Apocalyptic. Pollution levels have dropped from Hazardous to Mildly Dangerous and the skies are blue. Lunar New…

You Need More Chocolate Zucchini Bread in Your Life (and Tummy)

This post has been open in my tabs for nearly half a year. Seriously. It’s that bad. This little sleepy southern corner of Saigon is the new land of the lotus eaters, with watermelon juice and pho replacing the druggy lôtos. The year is halved into hot and very dry and hottish and very wet, and…

Decadent Bourgeois Coconut Macaroons

These ones were impromptu. I’d already had a plan for the day and it didn’t involve dipping things in chocolate ganache- though I am never averse to dipping anything in ganache if the opportunity presents itself. I was on a morning quest for elusive grocery items out in Pudong, at the Longyang Lu Metro HyperMarket:…

HangZhou Rearranged Chocolate Apple Cake

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…

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies, to Stave Off the Ennui

For those of you who notice such things, my other blog, the impractical one,  has been lying fallow for a while now. I have no excuses. It’s not as though I’m swamped with work these days either.  In fact, October is turning out to be quite possibly one of the laziest months of my entire…

Hóng Pútáojiǔ Chocolate Birthday Cake

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…

Disarmingly Practical Sino-Happy Chocolate Cake

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…

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