ngọt: gingery sweet beans dessert recipe / chè đậu gừng

Hopefully I did not lose you at beans for dessert. Stick with me on this.Bean desserts are common in Vietnamese cuisine (che đậu). Lots of variety and add-ins (pandan, coconut, tapioca pearls). They likely started with digestive benefit in mind, which for this recipe is hypothetically applied given the ginger (gừng). You should just eat […]

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Seasonal Dessert Idea: Rhubarb Custard with Meringue

This is a seasonal rhubarb recipe that is a departure from the standard and delicious rhubarb crisp or jam. Decidedly different, this recipe uses a generous amount of this ambidextrous vegetable. Although some varietals still have the poisonous leaves, many modern varietals have edible leaves. However, most recipes just use the petioles or stalks (celery looking […]

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Carrot Ginger Fig Cake: An Updated Classic

Motivated by the ingredients in my fridge, many acquired in excess because I forgot I already had them… oops, but who hasn’t done that before (insert Mom’s Mustard story). Made with fresh ginger, organic carrots, orange zest, dried figs and a white chocolate frosting, this dessert is a crowd pleaser. The recipe was inspired by a Bon Appetite […]

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Cucumber Ginger Salad – Crunchy Pow Pow

Crunchy. Pow Pow! Is the sound this quick and fresh salad will make in your mouth. While it sounds and tastes decidedly Asian, I actually came across this simple quick pickle (quickle?) salad idea in my Scots Cooking By Sue Lawrence book, tucked underneath with a roast beef recipe. This recipe is one of those […]

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Upside-Down Cake: Blueberry Ginger or Classic Pineapple

Sticking with the tradition starting in 2013, I made pineapple upside down cake to celebrate Chinese New Year. For the Year of Horse, I upgraded the recipe from last year (no more mixes!) and made two versions: one in the celebratory colors (red and yellow) and another using some of my preserved summer bliss, aka […]

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Carrot Ginger & Apple Soup Recipe

You can just feel the antioxidants wafting off this creamy smooth yet quick and simple soup. Shown below topped with a fine truffle and a dollop of yogurt or crème fraiche. I based the recipe off of the flavors in a parsnip soup I enjoy. However, the carrot version is more healthy as it does […]

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