RECIPE: CARROT CAKE WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

Carrot Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Where do I begin… Well, I recently left Taipei and moved to London. I know, bad timing considering the Brexit. But I believe that you have to stay positive, trust your gut feeling and stick with your decision. Nothing is ever as bad as it seems. And even if it is, have a “cuppa” and a slice of cake and think about your next steps.  Speaking of cake, this weekend I felt like whipping up some carrot cake. Everyone has their personal preferences regarding the density of their carrot cake. People here in the UK prefer a more dense one. However, this […]

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RECIPE: SHIITAKE MUSHROOM RISOTTO WITH GREEN BEANS

Shiitake risotto with green beans

After enjoying a delectable risotto alla milanese with ossobucco so tender that it melts in your mouth,  I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. If you happen to be in Milan and would like to know where I enjoyed this epic Italian meal, check out my Milan travel post.  Back in Taipei, I decided to make risotto with local ingredients. Yup, when I was in Italy I actually managed to forget to buy a bag of arborio or carnaroli to bring back. And of course, I was too cheap to splurge on imported ingredients and therefore decided to cook my […]

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RECIPE: EGG IN A HOLE

Recipe for Egg in a hole

It is really embarrassing but recently I have been so busy that I didn’t even have the time to go to the supermarket. When I opened my fridge on Saturday morning, I noticed that I had nothing but some toast, butter, eggs, pea sprouts and tomatoes. Therefore, I decided to go for some really simple and easy breakfast and made Egg In A Hole. I love how the name is so literal.  The eggs I had in my fridge were organic eggs by the black boned chicken which are very tiny, therefore I had to use 2 eggs to fill one […]

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RECIPE: TAIWANESE THREE CUP CHICKEN 三杯雞

Living in Taiwan has one major perk: FOOD. The abundance of tasty and affordable food is crazy. As a foodie, I would say I am in heaven. Wherever you go, there is something new to try. At almost every street corner there is a tiny stand selling filled pancakes, dumplings or other Taiwanese snacks. Let’s just say, you will definitely not starve in Taiwan. Also, if you consider going on a diet while making a trip to Taiwan: Just don’t.  Even with all the temptation of all the ready-made meals surrounding me, I still enjoy strolling through the supermarket and buying some […]

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RECIPE: TAIWANESE SCALLION PANCAKE 蔥油餅

©nowaddsugar When I was an exchange student at National Taiwan University me and my friends would frequently take the bike to Shi-Da Night Market 師大夜市 and eat our way through the street vendor stands. One of our favorite snacks were the flaky Taiwanese scallion pancakes 蔥油餅 (cong you bing = onion oil pancake) that are also known as 葱抓饼 (cong zhua bing = onion pinched pancake). You just have to love their texture. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. Another plus is that they are pretty cheap. Each one costs 20 NT$ (about 66 cents), 25 NT$ […]

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