Homemade Gummy Bunnies!

We’re just getting back from a little road trip down the coast (LA) and into the southeastern interior of California (Mojave/Colorado deserts), Arizona (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon) and Nevada (Vegas)….

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Comment on whole-grain cinnamon swirl bread by Lexy

Made this twice, and first time was fabulous. Second time I was 4 days postpartum, overwhelmed with company and let it overproof – tasted good, texture was totally off. And totally my fault….
For any Canadians – Red River Cereal makes for a great whole grain portion of this recipe. It is cracked wheat, cracked rye, cracked and whole flax, for those unfamiliar. It cooks on the stove in 5 minutes, so I took a gamble that it would work here too. Now, going to use the “failed” loaves for bread pudding…
Thanks for the recipe!

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Will the Real “Jack Fah” Please Stand Up?

The beauty of going Teochew once in a while is the almost always predictable side dishes, yet every outlet seems to have that extra edge in some of their rendition of familiar dishes, plus the warm feeling of indulging in home cooked fares. The misleading title was never a question of impostor or generic wannabes […]
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Comment on chocolate peanut butter cheesecake by Savannah

I made your Chocolate Peanut Butter cake for my boyfriend last year for his birthday, and he loved it.

I know he wanted it again this year, and I’ve been really busy, so he told me not to worry about a cake. I told him I’m sorry I couldn’t make that cake for his birthday this year, which is tomorrow.

He doesn’t know I am currently making him this. I have a feeling he is going to be ecstatic!

I am using chocolate Teddy Grahams for the chocolate wafers, I think they will work perfectly! Thank you for yet another amazing post!

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Accidental Funnies – Summer is Coming Soon to China… Kids Wearing Watermelons

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It will soon be summer in China. Spring is over in a flash… there seems to be only about 2-3 weeks where one can hang up the winter coat and before the sweltering heat starts. I was on a business trip one year for 3 weeks and missed Spring entirely. No joke. But summer comes with its own pleasures and delights. In Shanghai the heat is sweltering thanks to near 100 percent humidity. And folks have lots of ways of coping. Some ways involve eating foods deemed to have cooling properties by traditional Chinese medicine…and others involve wearing foods? Here’s a little pre-summer food humor of kids wearing watermelons.






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Thai Basil Chicken

I’m not sure if we’ve had this conversation before.
You know, the one where I ask you what your favorite cuisine types are and you ask me mine and we both nod in polite acquiescence but continue to…

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Creating delicious food for all

Cooking for a group of people or for your family can be a daunting task, but as you’ve probably heard, it doesn’t have to be. If you tackle the culinary task with confidence, you can’t lose. The most feared meal to cook is Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner purely because the margin for error is massive. “What if the turkey doesn’t cook in time with the vegetables”, “will my roast potatoes work without Goose fat?”, “what if no one likes my honey roasted parsnips?” and so on. Then there’s always the possibility that something will burn, char, disintegrate, overcook, undercook or just taste like dirt. How can one cook overcome these issues?

  1. Preparation. ALWAYS BE PREPARED. That’s the number one rule, always have a backup plan. I’m in the mind-set that if you have a plan B then you know your plan A will fail – you’re setting yourself up for failure. However, a plan B is sometimes needed depending on the circumstances of why plan A might not go to plan. Anyway, plan and prepare until your heart’s content and you’ll win at cooking your meal.
  2. Get your timings right. Write them down if you have to, but it’s important when cooking a big meal that everything is ready at the end. No one wants hot potatoes and cold meats on their plates.
  3. Do a dry run. What have you got to lose by cooking said important meal before the meal date to see how you get on? It’s a great idea to run through the meal beforehand as this will flag up any problems you might face on the big day.
  4. Keep tasting. Keep tasting your cooking throughout the process. The gravy/bisque/jus is important for this, you can’t expect to serve it up and it be perfect without you at least sampling the taste beforehand, you’ll know then if you need more seasonings or whatnot.
  5. Get feedback. Ask for honest opinions to where you nailed it and where you went wrong.

If you think that cooking a meal is just too much to handle, why not go out for the big day to a local restaurant? Maybe try something different for a change. For example, you could try Johnny Wong’s, one of the most popular Chinese restaurants in Birmingham, they’re located here; 197 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RD, call; 0121 456 4333. Or look at using a catering company who will be able to deliver the food to your door. One of the finest London catering companies is Maven Foods, they can be contacted here; Maven Foods Ltd, Highway Business Park, Unit 27 Heckford Street, London, E1 9HR on 0208 988 1102. If you are the chef of a local restaurant and are looking to expand your kitchen, why not look to invest in some used second hand catering equipment for your needs? Companies up and down the UK offer used catering equipment for all kitchens, such as Abraxas Catering - why not call them today?