Graduation 2012

Few snapshots of this year's graduation...... :)
Carla's graduation @ La Sierra University..I did the above cake/ dessert set-up for her :)
Loma Linda University Graduation...
Congratulations graduates! :) You did it!

Cooking w J. & Turnip Cake ( Luo Po Gao)

It was a relaxing Saturday so J. and I made some dishes, with whatever I had in my refrigerator...
Kabocha ( Japanese variety of winter squash) Stir-fry with several slices of ginger, a whole red onion, salt, pepper, sugar and sesame oil.  
 Taiwan lettuce with garlic, ginger, vegetarian oyster sauce, pepper and salt
~ Luo Po Gao ~ Turnip cake ~
My Taiwanese friend shared this recipe and I love it!
1 Daikon, shredded
3 cups Rice flour + 3 cups water
4 shitake mushrooms
3 T Fried onions

Place the mushrooms in water and soak them until soft. Remove them from the water ( but do not throw away the water) and slice them finely.
Chop few pieces or garlic and shallots. Heat the wok with oil and add the garlic and shallots. Once they become crispy, add in the mushrooms. Season with vegetarian oyster sauce, pepper, mirin and soy sauce. Add in the mushroom water and let it boil for a few minutes.
Add in the daikon and cook for few minutes. Toss in salt and pepper and once it becomes soft, add in the rice flour water. Constantly stir and once the mixture thickens, turn off the fire and place the mixture in a pan. 
Steam for 30 minutes. Cool it and place in the refrigerator over-night.
Cut into slices. Pan-frying is optional.
Serve with Kecap manis sweet sauce and vegetarian oyster sauce mixture.  

Happy Fathers' Day ...

to my one and only Papa! I just want to say how much you mean to me and I love you. You are a gift to the world, and to many others like me. You have been the center-point of my life in many ways, reminding me of who I am and sharing your bits of advice to guide me through life's maze. I will not be where I am today without you. You taught me the importance of doing my best when I commit to a project and finish it well.
It was my first debating competition in Secondary 3. You knew that I was nervous and stayed up with me until 3 AM to refine my debating speech. This gave me the confidence I needed to win the best speaker award and our team to victory. You had my back.
Even thought it was 13 years ago, I remembered this clearly. It was my first quarter in the USA at La Sierra University, and I took a class which required Shakespeare reading of 12th Night. You bought these books in Singapore and read them up on your own to share ideas on how I can better my final paper. I did not expect you to do it but you did it. You gave so much of yourself to me....

Thank you...

Life is short, I constantly have to remind myself to express my love and thanks to those around me.
I made these vanilla and chocolate cupcakes for church's father's day potluck, a friend's birthday and a graduation party. They are relatively easy to make and I really like the lightness of the cupcake with a chocolate ganache.

Here is the ganache recipe. I replaced light corn syrup with honey ( corn syrup is not good! ) and soy milk for whole milk.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup soy milk, warmed
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips ( i used Ghiradelli)
2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

Heat soy milk on the pan. Once warmed, add butter, honey, and vanilla until butter is melted. Decrease the heat to low, add the chocolate, and whisk until melted. Turn off heat, add the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Place the mixture over a bowl of warm water and dip the cupcakes immediately. Top with berries. Allow glaze to set for 30 minutes before serving.
Happy Father's Day to all dads around the world! :)


It's been a couple of months since my last blog entry. ( But I'm back!) 
 My guilty obsession with ice -cream will be a never-ending journey that I hate to confess. Ever since my first visit to A La Minute Ice Cream place on my birthday in May, I have been there a few more times over the last couple months. This ice-cream is made to order and frozen on the spot using liquid nitrogen. The cream base is organic and products are locally sourced.
orange honey  

espresso chip 
 Avocado w/ ginger snaps :( not nice..
my new favorite! Jamaica Hibiscus Flower with Flower honey and edible flowers 

Also, we went to Ferrel's Ice Cream for my birthday...
 And Ranu restaurant...
 Celebration at work with cake and indian food!
 more cake..
 and dessert!
I guess this post about my birthday is not too late since I just received a belated present today---- It's a cake pops book by Bakerella!  :)

Disclaimer: All the recipes posted are for my personal references and/or adapted from mentioned instructors or books. They/I reserve the rights to it. Please remember to cite your sources! Thank you.