Cookie Butter Taiyaki (Fish-Shaped Waffle)
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by Amy
7M ago
[Edit: I drafted this post back in the beginning of 2022 (!!) and forgot to publish it. So I have had my taiyaki pan for quite some time now and I still love it!] A taiyaki pan has been on my to-buy list for the longest time. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a piece of bakeware for such a long time without acting on it. But that has recently changed and I’m now a (very) proud owner of a taiyaki pan. Since getting it two weeks ago, I’ve made about 8 – 10 batches of taiyaki in attempts to perfect my ideal taiyaki batter. I’ve been working on a classic taiyaki recipe and a mochi one and I must tel ..read more
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No-Bake Cherry Blossom Jelly Cheesecake
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by Amy
10M ago
I started making this cherry blossom jelly cheesecake about three or four years ago. Every year when cherry blossoms start blooming, I would revisit the idea of this cheesecake but it never turns out perfect enough for me to share the recipe. I share a photo of each year’s version on Instagram but it never successfully becomes its own blog post. After a few years of less-than-perfect cherry blossom cheesecake (often due to a murky jelly layer), I’m happy to report back that we did it. We figured out why the cheesecake never sets firm enough (too much whipped cream), why the jelly would turn m ..read more
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Hanami Cherry Blossom Picnic ?
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by Amy
11M ago
Cherry blossom season is in full bloom here and I can’t think of a more beautiful time of the year. The soft pink petals flutter in the wind and everything looks so effortlessly romantic. Having a hanami (Japanese for “flower viewing”) picnic under the cherry blossom trees has not become an annual tradition yet, but I’m making more of an effort to make bento boxes filled with springtime sweets and sakura snacks for enjoying under the blossoms. People in Japan take their hanami bentos very seriously but for my first all-homemade bento, I thought I would start with something for manageable and ..read more
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Recreating The Rebel Within Muffin
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by Amy
11M ago
It has been eight years (what?!) since my last trip to San Francisco, but I still remember certain parts of my trip so clearly as if my last trip wasn’t in 2015. I met Michelle of Hummingbird High for the first time on that trip and we bonded over waffles and coffee. Then I tried Tartine’s lemon tart for the first time, which is now my favourite lemon tart of all time. Another standout (of course it’s food related) was going to Craftsman and Wolves and ordering everything in their pastry case with new friends Jenn, Susannah, and Dafna. Everything was great but I was on a mission to try their ..read more
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Peach Mango Pies
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by Amy
1y ago
I’ve never had fried chicken from Jollibee (I haven’t had chicken in almost five years!) and it wasn’t until a few months ago that I had my first fried peach and mango pie (don’t roll your eyes at me!). Vancouver got it’s first Jollibee location a year ago but I wasn’t ready to brave the crazy long lines just for the pie. The line eventually died down so I’m here to report back that I’ve finally had the pie and we’re going to recreate it today so you can have peach mango pie at home whenever the craving hits. I’m not going to start claiming that this homemade recipe is a “copycat recipe” or i ..read more
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Pistachio Latte Sandwich Cookies
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by Amy
1y ago
I don’t know how I’ve lived for so long without a Costco membership. My partner and I got one recently and our weekly Costco trip (on Mondays in the late afternoon to be exact) is always a highlight of my week. The one thing that makes or breaks my Costco trip? The free sample stations. I will shamelessly try everything Costco is sampling that day and I might even get seconds (embarrassing, I know) if I really liked the product. My latest free sample that evolve into an obsession — Pisti Pistachio Cream. The lady at the booth was giving out quartered pieces of whole grain toast smothered in t ..read more
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Whole Mango Mochi
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by Amy
1y ago
Find yourself a friend that would spend their Saturday morning lining up for fresh mango mochi for you because that is the true testament to true friendship. This isn’t just normal mochi you can get at the grocery store, but whole mango mochi that when you search ‘mango mochi richmond’ on TikTok, you will notice that it has more than 620K views. It is being sold at the most unassuming place — a food court stall in a somewhat neglected (*neglected in it’s pre-mochi era) Chinese mall that specializes in… rice bowls? This rice bowl stall generates a ridiculous line every day that weaves througho ..read more
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Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies
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by Amy
1y ago
Welcome to my unofficial Valentine’s Day baking series! I feel like I’ve been neglecting the blog lately with my 12 Days of Christmas Cookies and 10 Days of Lunar New Year series being almost exclusively shared on Instagram. We are changing that with the next few recipes which were developed with Valentine’s Day in mind, but there are good for any time of the year. We’re starting off this unofficial series with these sparkly, crispy-yet-chewy (cookie buzzword!) stuffed red velvet cookies. What are they stuffed with? You can tell your Valentine that the cookies are stuffed with love, but here ..read more
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Salted Honey Pistachio Tangyuan 湯圓 Rice Balls
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by Amy
1y ago
My favourite thing about Lunar New Year is all the food, especially all the sweet treats that are shared among family and friends. What makes Lunar New Year sweets superior to all the other types of desserts out there is that everything! is! so! chewy! The main character of Lunar New Year celebrations is the nian gao (年糕), or new year cake, which is a steamed glutinous rice flour-based cake (which you then pan fry!) and it is the chewiest of them all. New year cake symbolizes progress and growth, making it a popular gift to give when visiting family and friends during the holiday. My family u ..read more
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Gingerbread Snoopy’s Skating Rink
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by Amy
1y ago
I know this isn’t a gingerbread house, but it’s something better! If you have been following along my gingerbread journey for a while, you might already be familiar with my yearly gingerbread houses. If not, here’s a little recap: Gingerbread Greenhouse 2019 Gingerbread Greenhouse 2020 Gingerbread Farmstand 2021 Gingerbread Storefront 2021 Gingerbread A-Frame 2021 In the past few years, I’ve always made a house or building of some sort so I wanted to challenge myself to make something different this year. My partner has always been telling to make a diorama or a scene from a classic movie so ..read more
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