Tag Archives: Desserts

Grapefruit Pound Cake

Grapefruit cake
A finished slice of the cake

The other day my husband did the grocery shopping for me and brought home a grapefruit.  While I love grapefruit, it’s not something I eat very often and it’s been languishing in the fridge.  Fortunately, I have been struck by a sweet tooth nearly continuously lately and have been trolling in the internet for small cake recipes far more than I should. Continue reading Grapefruit Pound Cake

But I shouldn’t…

Mini cake
It’s tricky to see the scale of it, but it’s only four inches across.

When it comes to personality, I’m a planner, I don’t like risks, and I’m extremely organized.  If that sounds not very fun, that’s sometimes true!  One thing I’ve noticed is that I often have a long list of things I feel should do, although no one expects me to do them except for me.

The past month or so I’ve been trying an experiment of anti-should.  If I feel I should do something, but I don’t really want to, I don’t.  If I feel I really shouldn’t do a thing, but I want to, I give it a try.  Continue reading But I shouldn’t…

Tiramisu cupcakes

Tiramisu cupcake
Tiramisu cupcake!

I began studying Japanese in 2000 and one thing I heard as a recent-ish current event about Japan was that there was a craze for tiramisu.  A lot of my information about cutting edge Japan was influenced by books about Japanese culture written in the early 90s or late 80s when Japan was a big mysterious deal.  Lots of business etiquette, flashy hair bands, street fashion, and tiramisu.  Turns out tiramisu really hit its peak of chicness in Japan in 1991, so my information was more than a little behind the times and the hair-band-and-street-fashion scene was pretty drastically different when I went there a few years later in 2003. Continue reading Tiramisu cupcakes

Lime-blueberry bars – Limefest pt. 2

Lime blueberry bars
A lime bar in the wild
Cornmeal dough
Mixing the cornmeal dough

As I mentioned in my first exciting post about Limefest, I have a very small piece of land and a lime tree on it that grows honest to goodness fruit.  This year I made a lot of lime-related dishes, but still was left with about ten limes that I didn’t know what to do with.  So I juiced the limes, resulting in about 3/4 of a cup of lime juice.  I tossed it in a glass jar and then into the freezer.  Limes on demand.

A while ago I stumbled onto this recipe for lime bars with blueberry glaze and I was immediately mesmerized.  (I suspect I did something like googling “things to do with limes.”) Continue reading Lime-blueberry bars – Limefest pt. 2

Summer foods: Horchata

A few weekends ago, after seven years living in Houston, for the first time I finally had a truly Southern dish:  chicken and waffles.  We got up early because there is often a line and had breakfast at a famous Houston breakfast joint, the Breakfast Klub.  I was shocked by how awesome it was!  I’m not a fan of fried chicken, particularly wings, but these were tasty.  Spiced perfectly and somehow they stayed hot for our whole breakfast.  This was truly masterful frying in action.

Finished horchata

It wasn’t really ideal summer food, but other project for the weekend was:  homemade horchata.

If you’re not familiar with it, horchata is a sweet rice/nut milk sort of drink that is a part of many cuisines, but in Houston it typically is associated with Mexico.  I had never had it until recently when a friend gave me a taste of an alcoholic version and then I wanted to try the real thing.

It has a milky texture, is very sweet, and is spiced, usually with cinnamon.  It’s super delicious and perfect for hot summer weather.  Once I had real horchata for the first time I immediately thought — I wonder how this is made?

Fortunately for me, the internet exists to find out! Continue reading Summer foods: Horchata

Limefest 2015

Fish tacos

My house is on about .05 acres of land, so that means I have two flower beds and that’s about all.  But I do have one lime tree and once a year that means…agriculture!  All year I’ve been looking forward to my summer lime harvest.

In the past I’ve made limeade and not-key lime pie.  This year I decided to really get creative, particularly because I had more limes than ever, about 30.
Continue reading Limefest 2015