Frosted Winter in Stockholm

Photos from Stockholm during Christmas time. Though I complain so much about how cold it was, it was actually quite beautiful when trees were all covered in frost. Frosted winter wonderland, so long till we meet again. Advertisements

One Delicious Pecan Tart

Ingredients: Tart: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar) 1/4 tsp. salt 1 stick plus 1 tablespoon (9 tablespoons) very cold (or frozen) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1 large egg yolk Filling: 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 cup packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon…

Forest Flower Bouquet in a Pre Wedding Photo Session in Stockholm

Taking pre-wedding studio photos is a norm in East Asia. It’s quite similar to the concept of taking engagement photos in the America. The purpose of such is to capture more romantic moments in a quieter setting as opposed to photos taken on the actual wedding day which is mostly about putting on a show…

Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Chewy by Alton Brown

Ingredients 8 ounces unsalted butter 12 ounces bread flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 2 ounces granulated sugar 8 ounces light brown sugar 1 large egg 1 large egg yolk 1 ounce whole milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips Directions Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan…

Chocolate Chip Cookies: The Thin by Alton Brown

Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 egg 2 ounces milk 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 sticks unsalted butter 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips Hardware: Ice cream scooper (#20 disher, to be exact) Parchment paper Baking sheets Mixer Directions…

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Bobby Flay

Ingredients 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup dark brown muscavado sugar 1/3 cup light brown muscavado sugar 2 large eggs 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 (5-ounce) block semisweet chocolate, chopped into…

My Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies by Tyler Florence

Ingredients 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 cup white sugar 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 2 large eggs 1 (8-ounce) block dark chocolate, coarsely chopped Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F….

Giving an old lamp shade a BRAND new life

I found a old lamp shade in the closet. It had a hole on it. I was about to throw it away. But I gave it a second chance and managed to find a way to give it a BRAND new life. Literally, brand names are now all over this lamp shade. Here’s what you…

Le Salon Jacques Borie

Yesterday, we were at Le Salon Jacques Borie located on the 4th floor of Isetan Department Store in Tokyo. They had a cartful of traditional(at least they looked so to me) French desserts. Some I had seen, some I had never seen and some I felt like I may have tried before but couldn’t remember….