Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Food adventures: Japan

Hi from across the Pacific.

So I've been in Japan for the past couple of days - Kobe for two, Kyoto for the past two. I've been buying macarons wherever I see them - including the Starbucks across the street. That's right. Starbucks makes macarons. Who knew?

So snapshot of a few of the macarons I bought (plus random cute things). The two sets shown here are from different bakeries on the basement level of department stores. Bottom right, yellow is passionfruit and chocolate. It's surprisingly amazing, actually.

Also, they have this cheap (relatively) little housewares store called "natural kitchen."
I bought quite a lot (bottom left) because almost everything is 100 yen (105 including tax). That's roughly $1.50, I believe. Their stuff is ridiculously cute. Porcupine cookies, here I come.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


I am cold in my room and wearing my favorite lazy-day jacket from AE with a fuzzy hood and want one of these in my apartment, damnit.

Actually, I just want an apartment.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Number 36: Pecan tarts

Christmas presents are easy for college kids. A batch of chocolate chip muffins here, cookies, there. For a good friend, though, it helps to know preferences.

Roomie decided to make T a bag-full of goodies in preparation for finals. Her favorite recipe of carrot cake (imagine chopping 3 cups full of carrots) and his favorite dessert, pecan pie.

Given that we didn't have any pie tins, we made pecan pie tarts instead. These are actually pretty simple, and the crust is quite good. Something to keep in the books.

Pecan tarts
adapted from My Kitchen Snippets and Chocolate Chip Trips

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Number 35: Cookie variations 2 - Strawberry jam thumbprint cookies

The thing about the thumbprint cookies Roomie and I make is that they always have character. You know, there are some prettier than others, some boring, some downright deformed. And I always separate the pretty from the ugly, but in the end I always forget which group is which.

Tired of chocolate (yes, weird) and with a lot of jam in our fridge, I adapted our thumbprint cookies and spooned in jam instead. Done right, these are buttery and caramel-y and wonderful.

Just preheat the oven to 350 degrees, take the dough recipe from here, roll out little tablespoon balls, and bake them 1-inch apart for 8 minutes.

Remove them from the oven, make deep indentations with your thumb and fill them with jam.

Move the rack higher in the oven (be careful!) and bake the cookies for another 7 to 9 minutes, or until the bottoms brown.

Let cool before enjoying - poor Stephen got burned eating these too quickly.