Copy Me That: Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies!

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Recipe | 0 comments

Have you ever spent hours searching for a recipe that you had previously saved? After doing some major, and I mean major, reorganizing of my photos, I realized there was something equally important that I should also organize — my recipes. No, I don’t mean the (somewhat questionable) recipes that I’ve come up with…well, I do, but I mostly mean the amazing recipes I randomly come across and decide to save to try out later.  It started out with marking up magazines and recipe books. I would tag them up with colorful post-it tabs and then I would have to go through every book and magazine later on, flipping through all the marked pages, searching for that one specific recipe. God forbid I forgot to put a tab on it. So I decided to keep a folder instead, then a notebook…and finally a binder. These quickly filled up with notes and copied recipes until I belatedly realized that the process hadn’t changed. I was still going nuts looking through everything for that one recipe. And then I discovered bookmarks on the internet. Whoa. It was like a whole new world had just opened up to me. (Yea, I’m a bit slow when it comes to technology. But that’s besides the point!) Now I could save every single recipe I came across, and oh, I came across quite a few thanks to the interwebs, in one handy dandy folder. Now when I wanted to find a recipe I just had to squint and look through my list of bookmarks…unless I couldn’t find it, then I’d look through every single bookmarks folder hoping I’d saved it somewhere else by accident instead of forgetting altogether. In hindsight, sometimes it may have saved me time to just Google. >.>;; Why did I just share that very long-winded story about how organized, yet unorganized, I am? Because I was recently introduced to Copy Me That, and I love it. You people out there. Yes, you sentient beings who are currently reading this babble of nonsense. If you are like me and have been plagued by the I-must-bookmark-every-amazing-recipe-I-come-across symptom only to then be tortured by the crap-where-did-it-go disease, you will adore Copy Me That. The interface is clean but cute, and it is quick and easy to use. Most importantly? It’s free. Basically, Copy Me That allows you to copy recipes from any website and save it. You can also edit the recipe with your own preferences and changes, an option that I really like having. Another feature that I like is how you can check off any recipe in your recipe box and generate a shopping list of groceries needed. Very handy! I like it so much, that I’ve slowly been migrating my bookmarks folder over. In fact, you can eventually find all of our Snacktime Munchies recipes over on Copy Me That; just follow us here! But this post isn’t just about gushing over my latest internet crush. I am quite proud to say that while I was -ahem- organizing my bookmarks and photos, I found a recipe that I had not yet shared. Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies. And honestly? These cookies are so good that I am quite ashamed of myself for not sharing it sooner. Let’s fix that, shall we? Earl Grey Shortbread Cookies Ingredients: 2 cups all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons loose Earl Grey tea leaves 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature Mix the flour, sugar, and tea together. Note on the tea: I wanted my tea to be a fine powder so I used a spice/coffee grinder and then sifted it. If you have a mortar and pestle...

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Blueberry Muffins

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Recipe | 4 comments

Hi everyone! I recently made these pretty little muffins for our July 4th BBQ, and they came out moist and delicious. These are so easy to make, and fun to modify. I cut the sugar by 1/3 cup since some of the elders have high blood sugar levels, and the sweetness was still perfect for me. Also added a bit of lime zest since I didn’t have any orange juice on hand. The hint of citrus flavor makes a huge difference I think, but I would still prefer orange juice in the future. Hope you guys can try out this recipe, and definitely let me know how it goes! Also wanted to give you all a heads up that I’m currently in Boston for the summer, so look forward to a lot more posts as well as exciting reviews on yummy eats I find here~will get the Boston series started soon! And here’s a completely unedited picture of the muffins, so you can get a better sense of the coloration and everything. I’m so happy with how the liners coordinate so well with the blueberries, teehee. Now on to the recipe:   Ingredients 375F, 25-30 min. Makes 12 1 stick unsalted butter, soft 3/4 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 2 1/2 cups blueberries 2 cups flour 1/2 cup milk 1/4 tsp cinnamon orange/lemon zest, orange juice Preheat the oven and get the muffin tins ready. Cream butter till smooth, then mix in the sugar and incorporate. Add eggs, vanilla, baking powder, salt and mix. In a separate bowl, mash 3/4 of the blueberries with a fork and add into the batter. Then add 1/2 the flour, mix, 1/2 the milk, and alternate until all added in. Fold in the remaining blueberries by hand. In separate bowl, mix 2 tbsp sugar with cinnamon (or just use cinnamon sugar if you have it). Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle on the magic touch-cinnamon sugar, and bake. Let cool and enjoy! Delicious warm and fluffy, or even for breakfast the next day.   – Jas :) Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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Chopstick Jam Cookies

Posted by on Feb 24, 2013 in Recipe | 0 comments

Hey everyone! Let’s get straight to the point. This past winter break I made a couple hundred of these cookies. Why? Well yes, there was the fundraiser we did, but that’s besides the point. It’s because these cookies are absolutely delicious. Plus, they are simple to make and only require a few ingredients. Mix and match different jam combinations! SO MANY CHOICES. SO MUCH FUN. Get a couple of people to roll the cookie dough and press the squares and it’ll be relaxing therapy time. End result? Nutty pecan goodness that is meltingly crumbly from the confectioner’s sugar, offset by the tangy sweetness of jam. Mmmmmmm. Ingredients (adapted from Hungry Native) 350 degrees, ~20 min, 1 batch of small 1 inch balls of dough makes ~38 cookies 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup confectioners sugar 1 1/2 cup butter 1 1/2 cup pecans 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups and 2 tbsp flour This cookie is basically butter and sugar held together by flour. And it is oh so delicious. Begin by mixing the salt and sugar together. Then in a separate bowl, mix the butter with the pecans until fluffy. Add the salt sugar mix and the vanilla extract. Mix until well incorporated. In parts, blend in the flour until smooth dough forms. If you like chunky pecans, then you can add some bigger chunks of pecan here. Then roll the dough into neat balls of dough and place on baking tray. It is important to well roll the dough between your palms to make sure the dough is not lumpy or cracked in any areas. If you had refrigerated the dough to use for later, this step is very important!!! Then, using the end of a chopstick holder, gently press into the dough to form an indent, and then fill with jam of your choice. I have tried using cranberry, strawberry, and orange marmalade. All came out great! Try experimenting with different combinations :) The nutty pecan flavor complements almost everything. Enjoy guys! – Jas Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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Blueberry Rare Cheesecake

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Recipe | 0 comments

           Sometimes, I just get this intense desire and craving for cheesecake. You know- when you dream of stuffing a whole glob full of cheesecake into your mouth and get that sighing of pleasure when you feel the heavy, creamy, artery clogging deliciousness traveling down your stomach? Oh wait. That doesn’t sound so pleasant.          Well, that is why for those people out there who actually care about such things (I for one ignore the thought of calories when the food consumed is designated for the “dessert” stomach), I shall share this super simple recipe for making Rare Cheesecake! That’s right, you can be lazy and not even pop it in the oven if you want to be even healthier and have it without crust. The cheesecake comes out light and fluffy, not too sweet but still completely satisfying. Plus, you can use it as a base for literally any flavor. Here’s my blueberry version- full of healthy antioxidants!  Ingredients less than 1 pack graham crackers (eyeball this according to how thick you want your crust) less than 2 sticks butter (also eyeball) fruit of choice (blueberries, 100 g) 125 g cream cheese 100 g fresh cream (heavy whipping cream) 3 tbsp fresh milk 30 g sugar 1/4 tbsp lemon juice (I tend to add much, much more- aka almost a whole lemon) 2 1/2 tsp gelatin (a pack of the store bought gelatin works) 1/4 cup hot water whipped cream or fruit to decorate Now here’s when you all read and be amazed. Literally four easy steps :) 1) Crush graham crackers into a semi-fine texture. It helps to put around 1 pack of crackers into a big ziploc bag and sealing it, then to use a rolling pin to smush them to oblivion. Mix in the softened butter until incorporated. Then pat the buttery crust into a cake pan- it makes things easier later to line the bottom and edges with parchment paper! Now pop into 350 F oven for around 20 min or eyeball it- when it looks baked and golden brown on top. 2) Mix all ingredients EXCEPT gelatin, hot water, whipped cream and fruit.  3) Now mix gelatin with hot water and immediately pour into batter. Make sure it is incorporated. 4) Pour batter onto cooled crust. Now you can decorate the top with fruit or whipped cream if you so desire. Here I simply put blueberries in a blender, spooned it on top, and added some whole ones for decoration. Then just put your creation into the fridge until the gelatin has set (a few hours) and eat and enjoy!   Hope you guys enjoy this simple recipe, try it out and have a nice relaxing afternoon tea! – Jas Photographs taken by Jasmine...

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Green Tea and Red Bean Mochi

Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Recipe | 0 comments

Happy Lunar New Year everyone~! I hope everyone made it through Nemo alright. I, personally, was thrilled to wake up and be greeted by 27 inches of snow…and miraculously still have power intact. I think our neighborhood is the most beautiful during the winter, especially when covered by snow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Lunar New Year, today (2/10/13) is the first day of the first month of the year of the snake…according to the lunar calendar. [insert moment of enlightenment: “Oh, so that’s why it’s called Lunar New Year!”] There are fifteen days dedicated to rest and relaxation and celebrating the new year. Our family only really observes three of those fifteen days. Considering how the United States doesn’t recognize Lunar New Year as a holiday, celebrations here are nowhere as big as they are in Asia — but we make up for what’s missing in the streets in our own homes. Traditionally, the eve (which doesn’t count as one of the fifteen) is spent with family in a big, celebratory, reunion dinner. Besides the good food, most children are more concerned with receiving red envelopes at the end of the night. The first day of the Lunar New Year is a time to honor one’s elders. The second day is when married daughters return to visit their birth parents. Since my grandpa has four children, my dad being the only son, I’m sure you can imagine how this becomes yet another big dinner. On the last day of the new year celebration, also known as the Lantern (yuan xiao “元宵”) Festival, we eat tangyuan — which roughly translates as “round [balls] in soup”. Although there are several legends as to why we eat tangyuan, our family sticks to the reason that it symbolizes the end and beginning of a new year, of how everything has come full circle and begins anew. This brings me to today’s awesomely simple recipe! Tangyuan are very similar to mochi. It’s the soup version of mochi. Mochi is a traditional new years dessert which is basically a sweet rice cake, typically covered in sesame or sugared peanut powder or with filling inside. It’s almost always a big hit with the older folk. I have no idea why, but this particular gooey sweet hits a soft spot in their hearts. Since my grandpa loves all things red bean and is forever requesting some sort of red bean dessert (he’s also perennially asking why I don’t put red bean in my cheesecakes) I decided to make red bean mochi.   But, being who I am, just regular red bean mochi wouldn’t be any fun. I wanted cute mochi…pastel mochi!  Ingredients: Filling: ~ 16 oz adzuki beans 1/2 cup water 1 cup sugar 2 tbsp vegetable oil Cook the adzuki beans until soft and tender, then mash them into a paste.  In a separate pot, add the water and sugar and bring to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Mix the simple syrup and vegetable oil with the mashed red beans. This should give you a very mildly sweet paste. Add more sugar to taste. Mochi Skin: 1 1/2 cup glutinous rice flour 1/4 cup sugar 2/3 cup water 2 drops green food coloring 1/4 tsp matcha green tea cornstarch Note: You must use glutinous rice flour! Other types of flour just won’t work as a substitute. You can find glutinous rice flour at Asian supermarkets. Although this is usually mixed and cooked over the stove, the mixture eventually gets so sticky and hard to stir that it may end up burning on the stove. So instead,...

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