Saturday, December 19, 2009

Challenge and Adventure: Fruit Tarts



Your other poster, Helen, decided that she want fruit tarts because the kids in Harry Potter were eating tarts. So she presented to me a challenge to make some tarts. Any kind of tart. I don't know anything about tarts. I consulted my friends for ideas. I found an apple tartelette recipe with ricotta cheese and no crust. However, Brendan, decided that it was too easy and he challenged me to make "traditional tarts" with crust. I'm afraid of crust. Very afraid. However, I accepted the challenge because, the hell with it, the worst that could happen is a batch of terrible tarts in the trash. Because my sister loves raspberries, I decided to make berry tarts. So this one is for you: Helen, Brendan, Baotran.

The making of this dessert also included an adventure for me. Please bear with me...

Monday, December 14, 2009

Shaking Beef & Garlic Noodles


Yes, I noticed that this is supposed to be an "International Food Adventure Blog," but I just can't seem to get out of Southeast Asia.

Whenever I hear "Shaking Beef," I always imagine a really cold cow shivering... inside my apartment (because it's really cold!). Anyhow, I decided to make some "famous" dishes from some restaurants: Shaking Beef from The Slanted Door and PF Changs' Garlic Noodles. For those who have not heard of The Slanted Door, it's a local San Francisco Restaurant (a kin to Out the Door).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Molasses Cookies



It has been rainy, windy, chilly, and everything winter-y lately. The chipotle shrimps and Mexican rice are going need some help to combat this cold dampness. In addition, my friend said that we don't have any dessert on this blog. So, this one is for you, Nur, something sweet rather than savory.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Chipotle Shrimps and Mexican Rice



They lied about global warming because it's freaking cold! Why is it that San Francisco temperature dips down into the 30's?!? The thirties!!! I decided to make something spicy and south of the border to help me cope with this cold front. What says spicy and warm better than some chipotle shrimps and Mexican rice?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thai Pad See Ew



Pad See Ew is one of my favorite Thai dishes. Move aside Pad Thai, you're over-rated! This is one of my more complicated dishes, with exotic ingredients that you will have to venture into an Asian supermarket for. Epps! Scary!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sweet Potato Gnocchi



I realized that gnocchi is not something that people make from scratch normally for dinner. It's like me trying to make egg noodle from scratch just for one dinner. But, sweet potatoes were on sale and then I read the recipes and it sounded easy enough: sweet potatoes, flour, salt, and pepper. That didn't sound like a lot.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Baked Scallops

Garlic Shrimp Curry


Baked Scallops


Mixed Green Salad


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Simple Chicken Salad



So I don't know about you, but most place's chicken salad is very goopy and tastes only like mayonnaise - or perhaps I should hang out at better delis. Today I decided to do my own (lighter) take on the very simple chicken salad.