Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chinese Coconut Buns

Asian Bread.


Asian Bread Balls.


Whenever I translate things from Chinese to English...something always gets lost. 




I have a lot of favorite things to eat in Taiwan. 


(In my opinion, there are really two things to do in Taiwan. Eat. Shop. Repeat.)


But one thing, without fail, that I have to eat for breakfast...or snack...is Asian Bread! More specifically, the ones with coconut inside! 



I remember shuffling to the heavenly bakery around the corner from my grandparents' house and pointing out to my mom which ones I wanted to eat. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sneaky Snickers Cookies

One week ago: miserable.
Today: oh so happy. *I wrote this a couple of days ago. Oh how things have changed already...

Having the impending doom of an exam definitely dampens the spirits...
But having a weekend to do absolutely nothing certainly lifts them as well!

It was a perfect weekend after some intense studying and a new found fear of getting a crazy disease -bugs&drugs, you win! 

Baking coconut buns (coming soon!) and banana bread with friends, watching girly movies, and just having a life outside of my books is probably the best thing I could ever ask for. I'm already waiting for the next weekend...

What else makes me happy?



These snickers cookies. 


In general, cookies make me happy. But these are on another level!

Obviously combining candy and cookies is possibly the best idea anyone could ever have (those Chunky Twix Cookies were pretty amazing).  


But really, these cookies are totally delicious and perfect for anyone who loves peanut butter and snickers!



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Big Pot of Chili

What's for dinner? What's for lunch?


Chili-i-i-i-i-i. 


Not a baking recipe? Whaaat?

Yup, that's right.  Em&M are branching out.

Actually, it's just me.  Em's currently enjoying (or not) lovely convenient dorm food. 

I'm a fan of cooking lots of food on the weekend and then living off of it until... well, until it runs out. So a nice big pot of chili was cooking away in the kitchen last weekend a few weekends ago!


Even though this chili is perfect for a rainy day, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, and my tomato plant isn't either!


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Chocolate Chip Streusel Bread

3 day weekends are the best.


That one extra day definitely makes things so much happier. There's so much more time to have fun, relax...and maybe study a little. It helps that Sundays stink a little less and the dreaded Monday is happy instead!


We literally wrote "HAPPY WEEKEND" on our calendar. We're super cool like that.


At least it's only 4 days of class. One day closer...until the next weekend!


Honestly, Saturday can't come any faster. Is it possible to already feel overwhelmed?



I had bookmarked this bread a long time ago. The recipe seemed super easy and I would always have all the ingredients -so no need to run to the store!


With all the chocolate and streusel topping, it's definitely more dessert-like than any normal type of bread.

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