Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Eggs in a Basket

This dish was inspired by my friend SushiMonkee. Ok, so it's not an original recipe, but it's famous, and if you're not into cooking fancy breakfeast foods I still highly recommend trying this dish. It's quick, delicious, and tastefully presented.

The recipe is so easy I think even the husbands will be able to make you breakfast in bed. I made the hubby this the other day and being the healthy person he said it was too heart-clogging for his taste buds. Oh well, what does he know? I live for buttery and fattening food!
  1. Butter the frying pan, or you can use olive oil
  2. Cut the bread in the middle with a cookie cutter. You can make fancy shapes and try hearts as well!
  3. Place the pieces of bread into the pan and crack the eggs in the hole (Make sure you toss in the round pieces of bread too)
  4. Drop a tad bit of extra-virgin olive oil on top of the yolk, so when you flip it, the eggs don't stick to the pan

  5. Serve with pepper and the extra left-over bread

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Fruit Tart

One of my favorite recipes from my friend Joy of Food. She should just name her blog Joy of Baking, because I refer to her as the Queen of baking. I think maybe that blog name was taken already.

Fruit tart is my all time favorite desserts. This is the most simple and delicious fruit tart recipe ever. Pictured is my attempt without the nice fancy fruit tart shell, because baking the shell is considered to me as "too much work". In fact anything that involves baking from scratch is either too much work, or not considered real food to me. Below Joy of Food's crust tastes much better than mine. Since I'm constrained for time I used the pre-made shortbread crust from the supermarket.

For the filling:

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese or cream cheese
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tablespoons granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1) In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth
2) Add the heavy whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla and beat until soft peaks forms
3)Just before serving, spread filling into the tart shell and top with fresh berries or cut up fruit

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Dim Sum in Queens- Jade Asian Restaurant

If you’re ever in Queens NY, be sure to stop by Jade Asian Restaurant. It’s one of my favorite Dim Sum places to dine at. They recently renovated it, and I’d have to say the service is much slower than it used to be. The décor is very high-class, not your typical Chinese restaurant, you’d find in New York.

Dim sum is a Chinese cuisine which has a wide range of light dishes, almost like what westerners call appetizers. Best served alongside with teas. Normally, it’s offered in the mornings until about 2 pm. Dishes come served in a bamboo steam basket or tiny plates. They vary from shrimp dumplings (my favorite!), Chinese pastries, steamed chicken in lotus leaf, and even chicken feet.

Yes, I know chicken feet sounds gross, but it’s actually pretty tasty and has a fatty-like texture.