The French Macaron – 1

I finally did it. I finally sucked it up and attempted making those picky little sandwich cookies called the macaron. Oh, how I love the little guys but with the hefty price tag ranging from $1.75 to $3 per cookie, I had been wanting to try making them myself for quite a while. My wallet simply can’t support my love for macarons! The only thing that stopped me was how notorious the macaron is for failing (multiple times) for even the most seasoned bakers. However, I guess all it took was a new resolution:

Macaron 1

On my past trip to Asia, we stopped by South Korea and, subsequently, my old home of Daejeon. One of our stops was at an Italian restaurant called Flying Pan, which was one of a chain of restaurants owned by Sungsimdang, the oldest (and most famous) bakery in the city. When I came back, I told myself I would make whatever the month’s drawing was… and February was the macaron.

So, I was a couple of days late, but I still made it! Here are the few faces of my macaron babies (notice the cracked shell in the background, haha):

Macaron Set

This is not quite listed under recipe because I’m still trying it out. I would say this would be my online foray into what would be my cooking (in this case, baking) journal. I want to try out as many macaron recipes as I can until I can find one I am comfortable enough with to call my go-to macaron recipe (is there such thing??). It may take me years, but I will get there one day!  Continue reading

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[RECIPE] Christmas Shortbread

I’ve been on my holiday vacation for the past week and today was the first time I had time to do anything related to the kitchen. I decided that I needed a Me Day – and so I stayed home (minus the 15-minute run to the local market for last-minute ingredients) and decided to bake something new and do a bit of cooking.

I ended up settling on these pretty shortbread cookies. Christmas spiced, you say? Brown sugar? It intrigued me – and I love shortbread. The only reason why I don’t make it as much is the amount of butter you need. However, it is the holidays and in the spirit of the holidays, I present to you the following:

Shortbread

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[RECIPE] Vegan Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies

It’s been a long while and I feel very much deprived. I haven’t done much cooking or baking since I started working and within recent weeks, I have more responsibilities at work. Even so, it’s Labor Day Weekend and I took some time to finally have a little break and try something new.

There is a very tiny chance that I can ever be vegan (I love milk, cheese, and yoghurt too much to be able to give them up completely) but my sister is somewhat lactose intolerant although it doesn’t stop her half the time, so I do delve into vegan cooking and baking every once in a while. I found this recipe and I thought it sounded just delicious. Then the local Costco sold coconut oil and that set the ball rolling…

Vegan Vanilla Almond Crescent Cookies
(based on this recipe; makes around 40-50 cookies)

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