July 5, 2017

Baumkuchen (Tree Cake)

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Baumkuchen

I've seen homemade Baumkuchen (tree cake) on several Asian blogs many years ago but never had the energy to make although I have a rectangular tamagoyaki pan.

May 16, 2017

Fava Beans Salad

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Fava Beans Salad 

Fava beans are supposed to be nutritious and therefore good for you. I like them because of their buttery texture and good flavor. They are available fresh still in pods at Korean grocery stores but when aren't in season, I get the frozen ones usually from India or Portugal. I steam them for 3 minutes, peel them, then leave in the refrigerator until I'm ready to season them in butter, garlic, and sea salt.

April 25, 2017

French Tarragon And Chicken

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French Tarragon Chicken 

French tarragon herb is hard to find in the stores. Once in a while stores sell the bland Russian or Mexican tarragon and they aren't as good as the French variety which has more slender leaves than the 2 mentioned. One time I found a true French tarragon and it was a bit of a head-scratcher because it came from Morocco or maybe Turkey.

March 28, 2017

Malted Walnut Pie

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Malted Walnut Pie 

Nut pies don't appear often in my house. I made pecan pie once and was not wowed. I love nuts as snack but not in a pie. Until today.

I was clearing the cabinets of old stuff and discovered a jar of barley malt syrup leftover from making bagels many years ago. I've never used it as sugar substitute for baked sweets or desserts. The thing is super thick and very verrry sticky. Taking it out of the jar for measuring takes extra effort.

 
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