Only Seventeen

Posted by on Sep 6, 2010 in Miscellaneous, Recipe | 17 comments

To most of you out there, today’s Labor Day – the holiday that occurs every year on the first Monday of September. However, to the Hwang family September 6th holds another meaning as well. While it may not always occur on a Monday, it usually happens close enough. Today, my baby sister turns seventeen. =] For those of you who attended the birthday bbq yesterday, you already know this. For those of you who couldn’t make it… Happy Birthday Jasmine~! Holidays are meant to be celebrated grandly, and birthdays are no exception. This means pulling out the nifty little trinkets to fancy things up a bit. For breakfast, I attempted to beautify boring old waffles and pancakes with molds…and completely failed with the eggs. With the help of a few purchases that I obtained in Taiwan, I was able to mutilate transform pancakes into unnatural star and heart shapes. The recipe for the batter? I’ll admit it, I cheated and used Aunt Jemima’s instant mix – with an added splash of cinnamon and nutmeg. But hey, Aunt Jemima knows her stuff when it comes to pancakes and waffles! As for the misshapen eggs? I was trying to squish them into star shapes but it turns out that either: the mold I was using was too big or the eggs were too small because the closest thing I got to a star were really round flowers. Yea… Now that I’m done stating my failures, let’s move on to the actual stars that appeared after brunch! Being a tea fanatic (just a little) I had the idea of making cake with tea. I was sure I’d stumbled across sweets like that before but couldn’t remember where and so I turned to Food Network and was rewarded with Tea Cakes with Earl Grey Icing. Mmm, sounds like a winner already. Now to put it to the test. As with all recipes, I tweaked it a bit and since I wasn’t making cupcakes but actual cakes the baking time was quite different as well. The end result? Take a look for yourself and then tell me if you want the recipe or not. ;) Looking good ain’t it? I think so too. So, without further ado, here’s S.S.Munchies’ first recipe from yours truly. Chocolate Cake with Earl Grey Icing Ingredients For the Cupcakes:   3/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 4 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract For the Icing: 1 cup sugar 4 egg whites 2 bags Earl Grey tea First thing’s first, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Boil some water in a pot and then let it simmer. Mix the chocolate and butter in a glass or ceramic bowl (metal works too but it’ll get hot) and place the bowl over the pot. Make sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the surface of the water! This works as a makeshift double-boiler and the chocolate and butter will melt slowly and evenly. Mix the sugar and flour in a separate bowl. Add the eggs one at a time and soon you should have a creamy batter. Vanilla extract comes last (and I always like adding a little bit extra). Pour the chocolate concoction in and make sure to mix well…and your cake batter is done! I used little individual cake molds but it’s really the same no matter what you decide to bake in. Keep in mind that you should always only fill the pan 3/4 full as it will rise while baking. If you’re not...

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Additions to S.S.Munchies

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Thanks to a few suggestions from some readers, I have added some things to S.S.Munchies that had completely slipped my mind before. The Recipe tab is currently still a work in progress, however, underneath the Recipe tab is an option for ‘Reader Recipes’! For all our creative readers out there who have delightful recipes they’d like to share, feel free to post as many as you’d like for the rest of us to add to our own little cookbooks. Photos are now steadily being added with each new post made. Photographs for each post can be found in the drop-down menu under the ‘Photo’ tab. If you’ve found one post in particular catches your interest…try looking at the photos to see what else was on the menu! Not all photos will be posted on the front page of the blog due to cluttering so readers may view the meal in its entirety by looking for each posts’ picture tab. =] A suggestion tab has been added as Jas and I would love to hear your opinions! Tell us what you think of the blog so far, what you like and what you think could be improved on. Not only that, we are always looking for new foods and places to try out so leave us a tip as to where to go next! Last but not least, I have added a rating function to the blog after I realized that many readers will visit but are too shy to post a comment. With the rating function, we’ll be able to know your thoughts on our posts/comments/etc and you will be able to keep your anonymity. 160 views on the first day. Wow! Jas and I will try our best to keep you all interested and coming back for more~ Please comment and subscribe (or rate!) but most of all…pass it on and look forward to the next food experience. Thanks! ~ AJ...

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S.S. Munchies: Grand Opening! ^o^

Posted by on Aug 2, 2010 in Miscellaneous | 0 comments

Hello all! Welcome to our food blog: Sister’s Snacktime! Here, we will share our various food experiences, thoughts, and opinions of the things that we see and try while traveling. This will be a shared blog, run by myself and my Jie (big sis), AJ. Of course, we have different tastes, though I have to say we pretty much love the same things. Hope you guys enjoy and feel free to leave comments telling us your ideas or recommendations as well! =] – – Jas Currently, Sister’s Snacktime will be covering the wide range of delicacies found in Taiwan. Local street food to must-have dishes, perhaps even throwing in a few scenic views to be enjoyed. Look forward to a brief trip through Japan until finally returning back to the States. At that time, S.S. Munchies will be reaching out to its readers for their own opinions of what tastes great! Food that makes a person’s tastebuds dance for joy and just needs to be shared – well, we’re here to help you spread the word. From places to go and try out, to recipes that end with contented smiles, my sister and I will be more than happy to hear them…and try them out one at a time~! ~ AJ...

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