Friday, April 28, 2017

Unicorn Frappuccino – With All-Natural Coloring



Last week, Starbucks introduced a special drink that was only available for a limited time.  Yes, it was offer to the general public for less than a week only!   Many of my friends and family rushed to their nearest Starbucks locations and lined up for this specialty drink: The infamous Unicorn Frappuccino! Were you one of them who tried?

Unicorn Frappuccino–With All-Natural Coloring   http://uTry.it

Unfortunately, the review and feedback of this drink was not as positive as the enthusiasm of the Starbucks fans!  It was quite a mixed review, I must say.  Some described it as a refreshing sour mango-flavored drink.  Some said it was a waste of money and tasted too artificial, etc.  I guess, the artificial came from the coloring of the drink?

Unicorn Frappuccino–With All-Natural Coloring   http://uTry.it

Hence today, I’m sharing my sort of copycat version of the Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino with you!  Why “sort of”? Because my version would probably taste nothing closed to the original version of this drink.  But the look and color is definitely a replica!  Only, I’m using all-natural coloring in my recipe!

Unicorn Frappuccino–With All-Natural Coloring   http://uTry.it

Yes, all natural color in my recipe, including this gorgeous hue of blue!  If you haven’t watch my video tutorial above, what are you still waiting for?  You’ll discover the secret ingredient that I used to create this gorgeous blue color!  It was truly magical to see the transformation of the color! 

Unicorn Frappuccino–With All-Natural Coloring   http://uTry.it

My homemade version of the Unicorn Frappuccino is a Blue Vanilla Frappuccino, layered with Purple Blackberry Frappuccino, topped with cotton candy and edible gold stars!  It’s whimsical, magical, refreshing and oh so delicious!  The sweetness from the Vanilla Frappuccino balanced really well with the tangy Blackberry Frappuccino layer!  Of course, you can top these with whipped cream instead of cotton candy.  But I think the cotton candy adds a layer of dreaminess to this special drink!  If you’re hosting a Unicorn themed party, this drink will definitely be the star of the show! 

Unicorn Frappuccino–With All-Natural Coloring   http://uTry.it

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Leave me a comment below and tell me if you’ve tried the Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino and what did you think about it?  If you tried my homemade version, be sure to let me know as well!  I would love to hear from you!  Stay tuned for more fun and magical recipe next week!


Tools and Ingredients used:
Star-shaped jars (Click here for more information)
Rainbow Cotton Candy (Click here for more information)
Edible Gold Stars (Click here for more information)
Blue Paper Straws (Click here for more information)
Gold Stirring Spoon (Click here for more information)
Baking Soda (Click here for more information)
Ninja Blender (Click here for more information)
Agave (Click here for more information)
Ice Cream Scoop (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (Click here for more information)
Strainer Set (Click here for more information)


Friday, April 21, 2017

Spring Break 2017–Time Lapse Video of 8 Hours Overnight in 49 Seconds!



This week, we’re on Spring Break!  The video above is a time lapse video that we took at the window of our hotel room to show you what happened for 8 hours overnight in just 49 seconds!  Make sure you watch it until the end as the clouds movements were so gorgeous and mesmerizing!  If you follow me on Instagram, you can see other videos and pictures of our Spring Break as well. 

Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

We stayed in JW Marriott, Las Vegas this time and loved it so much!  When we visit Las Vegas, we usually stay in hotels on the L.V. Strip but it's nice to get off the beaten path for a change.  Our Family definitely enjoyed the nice and quiet + gorgeous view, and much less traffic in the area.

Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

During the trip, we watched the “Michael Jackson One” show by Cirque de Soleil.  Although I’m not an Michael Jackson fan, I think the show was quite nice and enjoyed it a lot.  The picture above was taken before the show starts. 

Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

On our way home from Las Vegas back to Los Angeles, we stopped by the Seven Magic Mountains for pictures.  It was so windy that we couldn’t stay long.  Maybe that was the reason why there were not that many people there when we took pictures!  The art work will be there until May 2018.  So if you’re planning to visit Las Vegas, you can stop by quickly for a few shots.

Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

We also took the Kids to the “Happiest Place on Earth”, a.k.a. Disneyland!  After the parks, we went to Napa Rose for dinner.  You can check out my previous restaurant review by clicking here!  Apparently, they changed the menu, but the food was just as delicious!

Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it
 Smiling Tiger Salad - with Tempura-fried Lobster, Spicy Beef, Asian Greens, and Coconut-Lime Vinaigrette


Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

Seared Duck Breast




Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

Kids Dessert – Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and caramel sauce.




Spring Break 2017   http://utry.it

Valrhona Chocolate Tart with Chocolate Stout Ice Cream




That concludes our Spring Break for now.  The regular recipe and video tutorial will resume next week!  Stay tuned for more yummy Spring time recipes!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角馬彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕



If you want to see something magical, such as an unicorn flying over the rainbow, you’ve come to the right place!  Check out my video tutorial above and you’ll see that magic!  Okay, maybe I’m not really a magician, but I can certainly make a magical cake!

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

Have you been seeing everything Unicorn lately?  I sure have and there’s one particular “Unicorn Treat” that I saw on Pinterest that I couldn’t forget!  Yes, the Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake! 

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

According to the posts that I saw on the internet, there’s an unicorn themed café in Thailand that serves this unicorn cake.  It’s dreamy, whimsical, and definitely stole my heart!  Since I won’t be travelling to Thailand any time soon, my only solution to ease the craving is to recreate this stunning cake, based on the pictures I’ve seen on different social media websites.

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.itUnicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

Let me reassure you, this cake tastes amazing and just as magical as it’s look.  I don’t know how the cake in the Thailand café tastes like, but I sure know mine tasted wonderful and all these layers are made with natural ingredients! 

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

I’m not great in cake decorating, so I tried to keep the design of this cake rather simple, just like the one I saw on the internet.  But with the interior of this cake being so stunning, it’s better to keep the outside of this cake simple.

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

It’s so exciting to cut into this cake to reveal all these different colors and layers!

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

There are 4 different flavors in these layers of crêpes.  The pink ones on top are strawberries, follow by lemon, then matcha green tea, and last but not least, blueberries on the bottom.  If you eat the crêpe layers separately, you can definitely taste each of the different flavors.  If you taste all these layers in one bite, you’ll get the hints of berries, along with the earthiness of the matcha, and a very refreshing citrus flavor from the lemon.  

Unicorn Rainbow Mille Crêpe Cake 獨角獸彩虹法式薄餅千層蛋糕  http://YouTube.uTry.it

If you have a spring party, celebration, or know someone who is crazy about rainbow or unicorn, you’ve got to make this cake!  It is somewhat time consuming to cook all these crêpe layers, but nothing too difficult at all.  If you follow my tips on the video tutorial and use the right tools, your crêpes and cake will turn out just as beautiful!

I hope you enjoy today’s post and tutorial.  If you haven’t done so, please subscribe to my Youtube channel here.  That way, you won’t miss out on any future videos and you’ll be the first to know when I have a new tutorial published.  Stay tuned for more fun and delicious recipes!



Link to All Natural Red Food Coloring Video:
https://goo.gl/qs4phF



Ingredients and Tools Used:

10-inch Ribbon Cake Stand (Click here for more information)
Marshmallow Twists (Click here for more information)
Pastel Color Butterflies Sprinkles (Click here for more information)
Mascarpone Cheese (Click here for more information)
Microplane for lemon zest (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (Click here for more information)







Saturday, April 1, 2017

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs 親子烟熏三文魚復活蛋 - For Easter



Are you enjoying your Spring Break so far?  For those of you who haven’t gotten any time off (just yet), hang in there!  My kids have been waiting for the longest time to get some days off from school as well.  If you’re having gatherings and looking for Easter Sunday Brunch ideas, you’re in luck today.  Check out these Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs 親子烟熏三文魚復活蛋!  Aren’t they gorgeous?  Let me tell you, they taste just as fantastic as they look, too! 

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs 親子烟熏三文魚復活蛋 -  For Easter   http://uTry.it   http://YouTube.uTry.it

If you have had your fair share of deviled eggs in the past, you’ve got to try out this recipe for a change.  The wild smoked salmon in this recipe truly bring this classic party appetizer to a whole new level!  The smokiness and gourmet flavor of smoked salmon is amazing.  The mild onion aroma from the chives and the lemony dill are just perfect companies to the salmons. 

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs 親子烟熏三文魚復活蛋 -  For Easter   http://uTry.it   http://YouTube.uTry.it

Of course, I didn’t just stop there either!  These decadent Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs are topped with salmon eggs (roes) for the finishing touch!  As much as I love sushi and sashimi, I’m not a big fan for salmon eggs in the past!  That was true until after I had my very first bite of this gorgeous treat!  The salmon eggs add a little pop and saltiness to these creamy and silky deviled eggs.   The flavors and aromas are well balanced in this little jewel-like appetizer! 

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs 親子烟熏三文魚復活蛋 -  For Easter   http://uTry.it   http://YouTube.uTry.it

If you haven’t watch the video tutorial for this recipe, you’ve got to click on the link above and check it out.  I spelled out the little tips and secrets on how to make the perfect hard-boil eggs, which is the basic/foundation to make deviled eggs; as well as piping tips and fun facts!  So, be sure to subscribe and watch the tutorial!  I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and video.  Stay tuned for more fun and easy recipes next week!  

Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs 親子烟熏三文魚復活蛋 -  For Easter   http://uTry.it   http://YouTube.uTry.it



Tools and Ingredients Used: 


Pastry Bags  (Click here for more information)
Large Open Star Piping Tip (Click here for more information)
Deviled Egg Platter
 (Click here for more information)
Ceramic Egg Tray 
 (Click here for more information)
Japanese Mayo 
 (Click here for more information)





Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mixed Fruits Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕):



Spring is finally here!  I hope you’re enjoying the warmer weather of the season like I do.  Today, I’ve a whimsical and super fun recipe prepared for you to welcome Spring!  Check out this Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕) recipe.  It’s gorgeous, refreshing, and definitely a perfect treat for your tea party or any typical afternoon tea!  It’s gorgeous enough for gatherings and simple enough to prepare even on a weekday!

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

This is a 2-layers dessert, the bottom layer is a Sakura (Cherry Blossom) milk jelly layer.  I used Sakura paste to flavor this layer and enhanced the color with my homemade beet root natural food coloring.  I’ll list the ingredients and link to the beet root color recipe at the end of the post for your convenience.  In this recipe, I used some milk in the Sakura layer.  You can substitute with soy milk or almond milk for a vegan version.

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

The top layer of this dessert is a simple clear jelly.  But before I added the jelly, I arranged some mixed fruits in between the 2 layers.  I used strawberries, blueberries, green grapes and tangerines for a variety of colors and flavors.  You can simply choose any fresh fruit that you enjoy. 

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

If you’ve already watched my video tutorial, you’ll see the Jelly cake mold that I used for this recipe.  It’s originally made for creating “sushi cake”!  Of course I couldn’t help but used it to make a dessert dish with this mold first! However, I think a sushi in cake form would be something different and just as refreshing and delicious too!  What do you think?  Interested to see a tutorial on that?  Simply leave me a message on this post to let me know and you might get your wish granted! 

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial.  Thank you for reading and stay tuned for more fun and easy recipe next week!

Mixed Fruit Jelly Cake (櫻花雜果大菜糕)   http://uTry.it


Ingredients and Tools Used:
Jelly Cake Mold (Click here for more information)
Sakura Cherry Blossom An Paste
 (Click here for more information)

Agar-Agar Powder (Click here for more information)

Edible Gold Leaves (Click here for more information)






Friday, March 17, 2017

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes



We’ve been enjoying the warmer weather of Spring here in Southern California.  Well, it’s actually more like Summer temperatures!  It’s nice to see some sunshine rather than rain storms for sure.  Today, I have a fun and adorable recipe to share with you to welcome Spring!  Check out these Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes!  Yes, they sure are perfect for the Easter celebrations as well.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

Check out my video tutorial above if you haven’t done so.  I’ll walk you through, step-by-step, on how to make these cuties, including the Bunny Butt White Chocolate decorations on top of these cupcakes.   They are filled with Oreo cookie crumbs inside!  Just the white chocolate alone makes a delicious treat.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

The base is a Vanilla Bean Cupcake that I made from scratch.  These cupcakes are surprisingly easy to prepare and they turned out fluffy, light, and moist!  Best of all, this recipe makes exactly 12 cupcakes!  You can easily double or triple the recipe if you’re making them for a party. 

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

These cupcakes are topped with a Sweet Vanilla Bean Frosting.  I piped the frosting with a Wilton Grass piping tip to mimic the fluffy fur of the bunnies.  I’ll list the tools that I used at the end of the post for your reference.  If you have a sweet tooth, this is a wonderful smooth and sweet frosting that you’re going to love.  But if you prefer a not-too-sweet frosting, you can actually use my Swiss Meringue Vanilla Bean Buttercream recipe instead.  Click here to check out that recipe if you’re interested.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

See how light and fluffy the cupcakes and frosting turned out!?  Each bite is packed with vanilla goodness.  You’ll be amazed by how combining a few simple ingredients can turn out to be something so scrumptious!

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

Here’s the inside look of the Oreo filled white chocolate bunny (see picture above).  As I said, it’s super cute and delicious on its own.  But they sure make the most adorable topper for these cupcakes.

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial!  Stay tuned for more fun and festive recipe next week!

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it


How to temper chocolate
http://goo.gl/xLE6kn


Ingredients and Tools Used:
Vanilla Bean Paste (Click here for more information)
Oreo Cookies (Click here for more information)
Kerrygold Butter (Click here for more information)
White Chocolate Chips (Click here for more information)
Cake Flour (Click here for more information)
Wilton Cupcake Pan (Click here for more information)
Bunny Butt Candy Mold (Click here for more information)
Easter Cupcake Liners and Picks Combo Kit (Click here for more information)
Heat Proof Measuring Cups (Click here for more information)
Measuring Spoons Set (Click here for more information)
Rolling Pin (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)





Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes:
Makes 12 cupcakes

Ingredients for the Oreo Filled Bunny Butt White Chocolate:
6 ounces of white chocolate
6 Oreo Cookies, finely crushed
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/2 teaspoon pink luster dust

To Prepare the Bunny Butt Chocolate:
Temper and melt the white chocolate (https://goo.gl/Tevin2). Fill the bunny candy mold with a teaspoon of melted chocolate. With the back of a spoon, spread the melted chocolate to coat the mold.

You only want a thin layer of chocolate, carefully spoon out any excess. Let it set at room temperature for a few minutes. Apply a second coating of chocolate into the cavities of the mold.

When chocolate is completely set. Fill each cavity with half a teaspoon of crusted Oreo. Top the Oreo with remaining white chocolate and let chocolate set completely. Invert the mold and the chocolate should come out easily.

In a small dish, mix the lemon extract and luster dust with a small cake decorating brush. Paint the paws of the bunny chocolate with the pink luster dust mixture. Store in air tight container until ready to use.

Ingredients for the Vanilla Cupcakes:
1 3/4 cups cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
a pinch of kosher salt
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon plain yogurt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

To Prepare the Vanilla Cupcakes:
Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners.

In a large measuring cup, add milk, oil, butter, yogurt, egg, and vanilla bean paste. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Turn mixer on low speed and mix for a minute to combine.

Add the milk mixture into the stand mixer in a slow and steady stream. Scrape the sides and bottle of the bowl and mix for another 20 seconds.

With a large ice cream scoop, fill each cupcake liner 3/4 of the way. Bake for 20-25 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on a wire rack completely before frosting.

Ingredients for the Fluffy Vanilla Bean Frosting:12 tablespoons softened unsalted butter (room temperature)
3 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

To Prepare the Fluffy Vanilla Bean Frosting:
In a large bowl, sift powdered sugar and set aside.

In the stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the softened butter for 5 minutes until fluffy and pale.

Add half of the powdered sugar and whisk well. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add in the remaining half of the powdered sugar. Add milk and vanilla bean paste. Continue beating the frosting for another 5 minutes or until light, smooth, and fluffy.

To Assemble:
Place frosting into a large piping bag fitted with the Wilton #233 grass icing tip. Fill the pastry bag with frosting and pipe frosting onto the cooled cupcakes. Top with decorated bunny chocolate and bunny ears tooth picks. Enjoy!

Easter Bunny Vanilla Bean Cupcakes  http://uTry.it

Friday, March 10, 2017

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫)



St. Patrick’s Day is only a week away!  Today, I want to share a fun and easy recipe with you.  Check out these Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫)!  I love the natural green hue from the matcha powder and the festive shape of the waffles!

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it

The waffle batter is quite simple to prepare.  Check out my video tutorial above if you haven’t done so.  The key to make a beautiful waffle is to use room temperature ingredients so that your batter will be nicely incorporated.  It’s okay to have a few small lumps in your batter.  Because if you over-mixed your batter, your waffles might turn out chewy, and there’s no way to fix it!

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it

You can serve these waffles for breakfast, snacks, or afternoon tea.  The green tea flavor in this particular recipe is not overly strong.  If you want a more pungent matcha aroma, you can add up to 1 tablespoon more of matcha powder in your batter.  I personally don’t want the matcha flavor to be too strong though, especially when I am also dusting additional matcha powder on top when I serve them.   No matter if you like the aroma light or strong, serving these waffles with the warm maple syrup is a must!  The slightly earthy flavor from maple syrup compliments the green tea aroma nicely.

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it

As you can see from my video, I recently order this waffle maker online.  The shape of the whole waffle reminds me of the shamrock. Alternatively, you can cut them into smaller heart shapes!   Best of all, the machine is easy to use and the waffles came out nice and crispy!  Check out the link at the end of this post to find out where to get yours!  What special treats are you making for St. Patrick’s Day?  Leave a comment below to let me know.  I can’t wait to hear from you! 

Crispy Matcha Green Tea Waffles (香脆綠茶窩夫) for St. Patrick's Day  http://uTry.it
 
 
 
 
Tools and Ingredients Used:


Heart Shape Waffle Maker (Click here for more information)
Heat Proof Spatula (Click here for more information)
Grapeseed Oil (Click here for more information)

Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)

Tapioca Flour (Click here for more information)

Matcha Powder (Click here for more information)
Baking Powder (Click here for more information)
Baking Soda (Click here for more information)
All-Purpose Flour (Click here for more information)



Friday, March 3, 2017

Coffee Jelly 咖啡啫喱



Have you ever tried Coffee (flavored) Jelly?  It’s a popular treat in Asia Countries, especially during the warmer seasons of Spring and Summer.  The very first time I had it was years ago when I traveled to Japan.  By following my video tutorial and recipe, you can easily make it at home now!  Much easier than flaying across the globe, isn’t it?  Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy travelling!

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

This Coffee Jelly is a light and refreshing treat to prepare for parties and/or everyday enjoyment.  I like my homemade version because I can control the sweetness in my dessert and use the coffee beans that I love.  I usually like my coffee dark, strong, and with low acidity level.  After all these years of drinking coffee in the morning (probably the only way to really wake my mind up), I realized grinding the coffee beans right before brewing yields the best earthy and rich aroma from the beans.  If you’re not doing that yet, I really encourage you to invest in a coffee grinder and grind up the beans right before brewing!  It’s totally worth the time and efforts!

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

 As always, I don’t like my dessert overly sweet.  Therefore, the sweetness in this Coffee Jelly recipe is only minimal.  If you prefer a sweeter taste, you can add a little bit more sugar to adjust it to your own preference.  Or even add a splash of agave before serving. 

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

In today’s video tutorial (see the link above), I demonstrated 2 ways of serving this Coffee Jelly treat.  One is in the small individual serving glass, topped with freshly whipped cream, a coffee bean, and a spring of mint for garnish.  It’s gorgeous enough to serve for parties and gatherings, but extremely easy to prepare.  It’s such a delightful dessert that serves the duty of both after meal coffee and dessert at the same time!

How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it

The second way to serve this Coffee Jelly is to chill the mixture in a container, cut it up into small cubes, and add a splash of evaporated milk to serve.  I personally prefer the later version because I always love a little creaminess in my coffee.  Notice the pinch of salt that I added in this recipe?  This will help balance the flavor and to offset the acidity in your coffee.  I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and tutorial.  Stay tuned for more fun a delicious recipe next week!


How to Make Coffee Jelly 咖啡果凍   http://uTry.it



Tools and Ingredients Used:
Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Unflavored Gelatin (Click here for more information)

Pastry Decorating Tip Set
 (Click here for more information)

Pyrex 2 Quart Measuring Cup
 (Click here for more information)

Vanilla Bean Paste (Click here for more information)

Powdered Sugar
 (Click here for more information)

Glass Dish Set with Lids (Click here for more information)

Libbey Mini Glare Glass Set (Click here for more information)



Friday, February 24, 2017

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖



Have your kids started their Spring Break yet?  I know my kids couldn’t wait to have some time off from school.  They want to feel free and not have to worry about homework, exams, book reports, etc.  Today, I’ve a super fun and cute recipe for you to welcome Spring Break!  Check out these Strawberry Milky Lollipops!  Aren’t they the cutest things you’ve seen lately?  Best of all, they are really yummy as well.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

I made these Strawberry Milky Lollipop over the weekend with my Baby Girl.  If you’re looking for some fun activities to do with your kids on their days off, this recipe would be a fun and delicious project.  These lollipops are also a perfect treat if you’re planning a kids party as well.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

The flavors of these homemade Strawberry Milky Lollipops remind me of these Strawberry and Cream lollipops that I loved when I was young.  Better yet, my homemade version is made with real strawberries and no artificial flavors or coloring.  Since there are only a few ingredients in these lollipop candies, the strawberry flavor truly comes through. 

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

If you haven’t done so, be sure to check out my video tutorial at the top of this post on how to make these cuties!  I’ll show you step by step on how to make the traditional lollipop shapes and the strawberry shaped ones as well.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

An alternate to shaping the lollipop is to cut the rolled candy into tiny dots (as shown in the picture above.)  I personally prefer these smaller ones as they are perfect for 'portion control!'  I’ll list all the ingredients and tools used in this recipe at the end of the post for your reference.

Strawberry Milky Lollipop 士多啤梨牛奶棒棒糖  http://uTry.it

If you haven’t done so, please subscribe to my Youtube channel here.  That way, you won’t miss out on any future videos and you’ll be the first to know when I have a new tutorial published.  Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a fun and sweet Spring Break!


Ingredients and Tools Used:
All Natural Beet Rool Coloring Tutorial: https://goo.gl/uWBS7D
Sweet Rice Flour (Click here for more information)
Organic Honey (Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets 
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Silpat 
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Unsalted Butter (Click here for more information)

Organic Sweetened Condensed Milk (Click here for more information)
Organic Vanilla Extract (Click here for more information)
Freeze Dried Strawberry (Click here for more information)
Lollipop Sticks (Click here for more information)
Infrared Thermometer (Click here for more information)
 


Friday, February 17, 2017

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒):



Tonkatsu - Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒) is one of my family’s favorite savory dish.  We used to order it a lot when we dine out.  The key word here is “used to”!  After trying my recipe at home, you can enjoy this dish at home whenever you feel like it! Why order out when you can make it tastier at home, right?

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it

Tonkatsu is a pork cutlet that’s breaded with Japanese breadcrumbs (Panko) and deep-fried to golden brown perfection.  It’s quite irresistible because the flavor is wonderful.  The crust is super crispy and the pork chop inside is tender and juicy.  Instead of deep-frying the cutlets, I usually opt for a shallow fry as a healthier version.  If you haven’t watch my video tutorial, be sure to check it out because I’ll show you the tips and tricks on creating this amazingly crispy crust that stays put during the frying process.

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it

To keep the pork chops juicy and tender, I used a half brining and half marinating method.  It’s important to let the pork chops to marinate overnight.  That way, they have a chance to absorb the moisture and flavors from the marinate.  You’ll be amazed by how juicy and tender your pork chops turn out!  Give this a try and you won’t be disappointed!  The list of ingredients for the marinate may seems quite long, but they are all pretty basic pantry ingredients for Asian cooking.  I’ll list the link of the products that I used at the end of the post for your reference.

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it

I hope you enjoy today’s video and recipe.  Give it a try soon, I’m sure you and your family will love this dish as much as my family does!  Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Tonkatsu- Japanese Style Pork Cutlets (日式吉列豬扒)   http://uTry.it


Ingredients and Tools used: 
Homemade Orange Marmalade:
https://goo.gl/lRjIra
Tonkatsu Sauce (Click here for more information)
Light Soy Sauce
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ShaoXing Cooking Wine (Click here for more information)
Sesame Oil
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Grapeseed Oil
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Chicken bouillon powder 
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White pepper powder
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Corn starch
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Zojirushi Rice Cooker (Click here for more information)
Cooling Racks (Click here for more information)
Baking Sheets
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Chicken Broth
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White Pepper Powder
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Japanese Panko Bread Crumbs
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Heavy Duty Copper Pan (Click here for more information)

 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea



Valentine’s Day is only a few days away!  If you’re still searching for a dessert recipe for to celebrate this special day, you’ve come to the right place!  This quick and easy Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream recipe is all you ever needed!  It’s so decadent yet so easy to prepare that I make them all year round for my family! 

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

Have you ever came across the situation of everyone in your family fighting over the crispy edges of your fresh baked brownies?  I am just as guilty in leaving the soft center of the brownie all lonely!  Well, with this Individual Skillet Brownies recipe, your family will finally get to enjoy dessert in harmony, once again!

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

This individual cast iron skillet will produce the kind of crispy brownie edge that everyone loves!  The ratio of crispy edges to soft and tender center is just right.  Best of all, it’s a perfect size to share with your sweetheart, but I’m not going to judge if you decided to enjoy it all by yourself!  My kids can easily finish one whole skillet all on their own!  Trust me, when dessert this delicious, you might not want to share either!  I got these individual cast iron skillets online, and I’ve also seen them in specialty baking stores as well.  But they’re actually cheaper online.  I’ll share the link at the end of this post for your convenience.  

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

Imagine this, crispy and slight warm chocolate brownie topped with a scoop of cold and silky vanilla bean ice cream….each bite is heavenly!  It’s a delicious contrast of textures and temperatures!  It’s a feast for the eyes, as well as your palates!  I prepared this homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream the day before, but you can also use store bought premium quality vanilla bean ice cream as well.  I'll post the link to my vanilla ice cream video tutorial below, just in case you feel like making a batch from scratch!  

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy today’s tutorial and recipe.  I hope you’ll head to the kitchen soon to bake up a batch of brownie for your family and loved ones!  Wish you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day!  Stay sweet!

Individual Skillet Brownies with Vanilla Ice Cream – Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipe Idea  http://uTry.it


Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Tutorial:
https://goo.gl/vnViTc

Ingredients and Tools Used:
 

3.5-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet (Click here for more information)
Ghirardelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
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Trader Joe’s Colombian Instant Coffee (Click here for more information)

Cooling Racks 
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Baking Sheets 
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Organic Vanilla Extract
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Kitchen Whisk Set (Click here for more information)

Mixing Bowl Set 
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Measuring Cup Set
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OXO 4-Piece Mini Measuring Beaker Set 
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OXO Measuring Spoons Set
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Silicone Spatula for Folding Ingredients 
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Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream
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Pastry Decorating Tip Set 
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