March 30, 2008
Look! A shiny, chocolatey batter.
Whipping up some matcha cream cheese.
Still hot and bubbling.
Matcha Cheesecake Brownies
1 stick unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Matcha cream cheese batter:
8 ounces cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
3/4 tsp matcha powder
Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line the bottom and sides of the baking pan with parchment paper or foil, leaving an overhang on two opposite sides. Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt in a double boiler. Stir until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl and set aside briefly until the mixture cools. Stir in the vanilla and add the eggs one at a time stirring to combine after each one. When the batter looks thick, shiny, and well blended, add the flour. Spread evenly in the lined pan. Beat cream cheese with granulated sugar until light and creamy. Add in the egg yolk and matcha powder and beat until combined. Transfer cream cheese batter into a plastic bag and pipe over brownie dough. Bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes. Let cool completely on a rack. Lift up the ends of the foil liner, and transfer the brownies to a cutting board.
Adapted from Alice Medrich
A sliver of the behind for your eyes to savor.
March 28, 2008
Mexican Crab Cakes
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
5 crushed saltines
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 Tbsp Remoulade
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 6 oz canned crab meat
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup Mexican shredded cheese
1/4 cup diced peach
1/3 cup chunky salsa
1 tsp lime juice
1/2 mashed avocado
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salsa
1/4 tsp salt
Ready to eat!
Melted cheddar cheeseee...
Macro innards shot.
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup diced peaches
1 Tbsp peach syrup
1 cup nilla wafers
Peaches taste like Spring. I'm ready, are you?
March 24, 2008
Simple yet perfect.
Raspberry Cheesecake, Pistachio, Chocolate Hazelnut, Banana Cream Pie: I delude myself into thinking gelato is healthy.
Jasmine Creme Brulee from Asian Mint.
Can we say glutton much?
March 20, 2008
Now for the anticipated confession-chat dinner menu: Vegetable Cracker Baked Alaskan Halibut, Lemon Garlic Fingerling Potatoes, Baked Carrots with Chipotle Pesto, Cookies with Pomegranate Ice Cream
Vegetable Cracker Baked Halibut
1/2 cup crushed vegetable crackers
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp flour
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 halibut fillets Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine crushed vegetable crackers, garlic powder, and paprika together on a plate. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together in another plate. Whisk egg in a bowl. Pat both sides of each cod fillet with lemon juice before seasoning with salt and pepper. Dip only one side of cod fillet in the flour, shaking off excess. Then, dip the fillets in egg. Press each of fillets into the cracker mixture coating only the top side. Place encrusted cod onto a sheet pan and bake for about 15 minutes.
In the pan.
Lemon Garlic Fingerling Potatoes
4 ounces fingerling potatoes
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp pine nuts
Salt & Pepper
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup sliced scallions
Boil potatoes until tender. Combine lemon juice, olive oil, pine nuts, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Drain and slice the potatoes in half and toss with lemon sauce. On high heat, cook minced garlic until fragrant. Sautee marinated potatoes with garlic in skillet for five minutes on low heat until edges are crisp. Let potatoes cool and top with scallions.
Baked Carrots with Chipotle Pesto
Handful of carrots
1 Tbsp olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Trim ends of carrots after washing and slice into thin strips. Toss olive oil, salt, and pepper with carrot strips in a baking pan. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.
Pomegranate Ice Cream
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups heavy cream
Combine pomegranate juice with powdered sugar and whisk to dissolve. Whisk in the cream and keep whisking until soft peaks form a smooth pink cream. Spoon and smooth the ice cream into a large plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Freeze for at least 4 hours or overnight. Scatter the pomegranate seeds and blueberries over the top when serving. (Adapted from Nigella Lawson)
The poison of choice.
The final product.
Baked fish is always tender.
Must have the sweets!
I throw two thumbs up signs.
March 19, 2008
Chicken & Spinach Lasagna
Eggplant Parmigiana with
Crispy Crab Cake with Brown Butter Hollandaise & Sauteed Spinach
Pine Nut Honey Tart (Flaky Sweet & Savory Pate Sucree)
I had to take another shot.
Utilizing all resources in the Shen-Park kitchen.
Saltine, Spicy Chip Encrusted Chicken served with a side of
I always need my caffeine fix in the morning.
My giant coconut macaroons with dark chocolate blackberry sauce & chopped walnuts; they were said to bring inspiration for painting and uniting an uncommon marriage between a duck and the gas mask man.
Say hello to
I couldn’t resist another macro shot.
Only the best soul mate, edamame pea in a pod a girl could ask for, and check out her devious stance.
Steamed vegetable dumplings that look way better than they taste.
With a hungry belly right off the plane, my parents rushed me for an emergency feed at Bread Winners. Note: Breakfast is not my thing, but this one was a must.
An afternoon snack at
I swear my parents forced me to eat dinner! La Duni’s Choripan (Grilled Argentinean Sausage in a Popover). I won’t even explain the rest…
I didn’t want to overdose on pictures though I probably already did. Sadly, these pictures don’t even cover half of what I ate. WHAT A BEAST.
March 15, 2008
Crocodile Skin Lined Menu
The first time I asked for extra olives (that says something).
Grilled Hanger Steak with Crispy Fries and Roasted Garlic Butter (and a stuffed Roma Tomato, was it supposed to be there?)
Herb Grilled Lamb Loin with Fontina Cheese Grits and Mint Chimichurri
Pan-Seared Sea Bass with Spring Onions and Shaved Asparagus
Trio of Pies (Lemon Meringue, Pecan, Fresh Berry a la Mode)
The Vanilla Bean Ice cream paired with my Cranberry Bread Pudding (they just never look too pretty).
Best dinner and chat with the parents. What a way to end the night (with a side of speed shopping and pairing mismatched outfits)!
March 6, 2008
Granny Smith Apples.
Mixing the frosting for a rosy pink.
The first layer topped with candied walnuts.
The product shot one.
The product shot two.
To Jen: We will stumble upon many more interesting adventures and characters and continue our gracious "philanthropy" in the city. Love you.