Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fortune cookies for sister nr. 2

Shocking News: Fortune cookies are 100% Non-Chinese. It was the Americans!

"WHAT!?!" - I know what you're thinking. Why would Americans invent such a thing? Why would anyone invent new food to convey a traditional feeling?

So honestly, it's all the Japanese fault. They started it! Apparently the Japanese had a cookie that was slightly -just a little slightly- similar to the modern fortune cookie. When a few Japanese moved to the U.S. they brought the recipe with them and used it in their restaurants to appeal to the public - which worked. They also included little fortune slips that can be found in temples and shrines in Japan. That still leaves me in awe at the fact that it became a symbol of China.

Although the history of fortune cookies is a bit vague - with so many laying claim to it's origins - and it seems to have been invented by the Japanese (/Americans), fortune cookies were mostly sold to Chinese restaurants. Since they were greeted with so much enthusiasm there, they became a symbol of the Chinese cuisine and China in general.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Bibimbap - 비빔밥 for my sister

Do you ever have periods? No, not those! I know what you're thinking. I'm talking about being 'obsessed' with something for a while. Like, at some point I'd only eat breakfast bars for breakfast. At another point, I'd cook Thai food for dinner every single night. There was a while in which I craved instant noodles whole days long. Or I'd suddenly have a coffee obsession. Or I'd be fascinated by Greek bakeries.

You know what I mean right? Ever experienced something similar?

Anyway, the point was: at some point I was fascinated by the Korean cuisine. Which led me to try bibimbap. And to my surprise my sister became obsessed with it - she LOVES the egg in it. Together with the stir-fried vegetables, rice and sesame/soy seasoning it was totally her thing. So I made it more often (I really liked it too).

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spiced Bread for my mom

Since I'm no longer home to cook and bake for the family, I occasionally get questions on how to do things when someone feels adventurous enough to make one of my recipes. Or any recipe.

This recipe is for my mom, who loves the spiced baguettes I keep making. They go with any kind of occasion. We've served them on barbeques, fancy dinners and filled them like sandwiches for a lunch. Even my mom's made a few and she's pretty good at it too. She just forgets the recipe.

Don't you dare forget it now!

Friday, May 1, 2015

That one warm day - Iced Coffee Chocolate Parfait

I have a confession. Sort of.
I really don't understand how some (inspiring, wonderful, amazing, etc.) bloggers manage to make posts on dinner. Or even bread. In this house, literally - and I'm not kidding you - things are gone as soon as I make them.

Making a spiced curry loaf? We like them fresh and warm thank you. Finished cooking a thai minced meat salad? We'll eat it straight out of the pan while it's hot. Made a Viennese coffee? Fascinating, we'll have that too. And don't even think of taking pictures of those brownies, because they look - I'm sorry, I didn't see any brownies. What do you mean I ate them?!!