Saturday, March 12, 2016

French Langues de chat (Cat tongue biscuits)

With just 2 days to White Day, I wanted a quick and easy recipe for cookies up. But that was assuming you'd celebrate White Day. What if you don't know what it is?

White Day - 14 March, exactly one month after 14 February. On Valentine's Day women in Japan hand out chocolate to the men (I explained it before here). Exactly one month later, it's up to the men to return the favour. Usually they give out cookies, marshmallows or chocolate. Just like the women a month earlier, men are expected to give presents to colleagues, as well as their girlfriends. They should also man up and return at least as much as, but preferably 3 times the worth of the Valentines present! 

Honestly, these cookies are reason enough to bake them. It's an easy recipe and the cookies are simply delicious (simply - easy, get it?). I bet you have all the ingredients you need in your house right now!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

English Tea Loaf

From the same people that invented tea cakes, tea time and high tea: the Tea Loaf. It honestly deserves the capitals, because this kind of cake is right down my isle. I can't see why it shouldn't be down anyone elses. It's got raisins and spice and it calls for tea and a moment of relaxing. It calls for lazy weekends too. It also screams of a moment of happiness during busy weekdays. (YESS!!)

The tea loaf is a traditional British spicy fruit cake. The key to this cake is the currants and raisins that are soaked in tea overnight. The tea flavour really adds character to this cake. Another reason it's called a tea loaf is because it's best served with tea. A good cup of Yorkshire tea - with milk, save the sugar for coffee.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mik's Mostly Original Tiramisu

For one of the first posts I wanted to throw in something that is years old, but so super reliable I couldn't leave it out. The pictures (which I think are terrible) keep flying by and this recipe holds so many memories - I just had to include it here.

Incidentally, this is also a lot closer to the first and very original Tiramisu than my version. My version, for instance, is egg-free, more refreshing in flavour and it's quite versatile (think substituting coffee and liquor or adding extras). On the other side, the original version depends heavily on the coffee and amaretto. It also contains raw eggs. If you're getting scared - quickly head over to this lovely version of tiramisu.

If you're ready for some REAL Tiramisu, then keep on reading...

Monday, February 15, 2016

Chinese New Year: Pineapple tarts

The past two years I've had a rough time blogging. Through my masters research, an overly busy apprenticeship, graduating, struggling with my health, moving, being utterly useless to eventually finding a job - my life has known so many ups and downs in that time that my blog often had to be put on hold. Slowly now I'm picking myself back up, but I'm terrified of starting my blog up again. Because what if I somehow get stressed again, and have to set my blog aside to cope with it? Somewhere I'm not sure I can take failing something I care so much about again.

So here's to that brave big step - right into a new year on the Chinese calendar. I've made pineapple tarts: a type of cookie that you really can't be missing out on during the Chinese New Year. A cookie that is said to bring lots of good fortune.