Monthly Archives: June 2015

White Cake with Buttercream Frosting

As someone who loves to bake, I get intimated by fancy cakes that require layers, frosting, and decorating. But when your kid requests a cake, and you can’t deter her with donuts, cupcakes, or even a croquembouche, you bake a cake.  What I didn’t realize was how forgiving cakes can be with a little frosting. It’s just when you cut into it, that you can view some of the flaws. But by then, people are too busy judging the taste. And this cake will have no problems distracting any flaws of its formation. It’s definitely worth celebrating for.

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Birthday Six

I must be crazy. I don’t know what I was thinking when I decided to set C’s sixth birthday party 30 hrs after we returned from a 28-day trip to Japan.  It definitely crossed my mind to postpone the party to the following Saturday- if anything, to buy more time and get myself readjusted to the time difference, but also since C got an ear infection 10 days before in Japan.  Since C wanted her baba-chan at the party and she was in town for just a few more days, I decided to keep things simple and plow through. I looked like crap for the party- no make-up, hair pulled in a ponytail, my gosh, was it even brushed that morning? And an outfit thrown on at the last minute. Pretty moms who looks all nice and purdy for their kid’s party – major clue that they outsourced the menu or had more than 31 hrs to prepare. The great takeaway from this was that I now know that I’m capable of cranking out a decent spread, if anything, I can specialize in shot-gun party planning.

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Cold Brew Coffee

Being from Seattle, I should get coffee snob rights. Even though I don’t consume a lot of caffeine, when I do want coffee, it has to be superb or else it’s not worth drinking. And I like my coffee like my…. dessert- rich, creamy, and sweet.  And that’s why I enjoy cold brew coffee. It can transform ordinary beans into sublime coffee. The slow steeping process in cold water (vs. contact with hot water) lowers the acidity from the coffee grounds, releasing its natural oils, creating a smoother finish.  Start with a good medium roast bean. I tend to like beans from Ethiopia or Costa Rica. Just remember that cold brew does have more caffeine than regular iced coffee because it’s concentrated. You can easily dilute with water, ice, milk, or cream.  Just be sure to take a sip to observe the flavor in its natural state before adding the extras!

Ingredients

This will make 2 cups of concentrated coffee

  • 4.5 ounces coursely ground coffee
  • 3.5 cups filtered water
  • simple sugar (1c turbinado sugar:1cup water heated then cooled)
  • ice (optional)
  • half and half, milk, non-dairy milk or water

In a large coffee press, add the coffee grounds and water, Make sure all the grounds are submerged into water. Let sit in refrigerator for a minimum of 12 hours with the press up. You will observe how the water has decreased – I guess that is why caffeine can take away bloat. Hm. To serve, plunge that french press and fill each cup with coffee. For optimal enjoyment, I sometimes will prep the ice with coffee in lieu of water so that when the ice melts it doesn’t dilute the coffee. Serve with simple sugar and milk. It’s stupidly simple. The only problem is that I often forget to prep it at 8 p.m. to drink the next morning at 8 a.m. so just set a reminder on your phone!