Almond Pound Cake with Amaretto Glaze

Last week when I cleaned up the pantry I saw this amaretto (almond liqueur), still 3/4 bottle full. Last time I used it was for mocha cake.  I wasn’t thinking about making any cake as it usually needs extra work and time which is what I’d prefer to skip since I have my little M, but this recipe is so simple and tempting … I made it as it is and it’s delicious. Find the recipe here.

I don’t have detail pictures step by step but I’m sure it’s so easy it doesn’t need ones.


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Drunken Snapper Soup

I have this red yeast rice  wine that’s been sitting in my fridge for almost 5 years. My aunt gave me to be used in her fish soup recipe. This recipe here is my own version which tastes as delicious as hers.. I think 🙂

This soup is very oriental, specially because of ginger and gojiberry.

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Serving 4 medium bowl

1. Prepare 1 lb. yellow tail snapper fillet (or red snapper), 1/2 C cooking rice wine, 2 tbs red yeast rice wine, 1/4 c gojiberry (rinsed), 1 C sliced radish, 1/2 C sliced ginger, salt to taste.

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2. Pan fried the snapper fillets in +/- 5 tbs vegetable oil, set aside, leave the oil in pan.

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3. Saute the ginger, add red yeast rice wine and rice cooking wine, stir until the alcohol reduced. Meanwhile cook the radish in 5 C water.

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4. Pour the ingredient in the pan and gojiberries into the boiled water,  add salt to taste, cook for about 5 mins before add the snapper fillet, cook for another 5-8 mins to get all the flavors in the soup.

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5. Bon appétit.

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Lemon Basil Chicken Satay

It’s been months since my last post about cooking. This recipe is inspired by the basil I just planted 🙂

Lemon Basil Chicken Satay

The ingredients are for 1 chicken breast.

1. Cut chicken breast into small pieces.

2. Seasoning: 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tbsp chopped basil leaves, 1/2 tbsp lemon juice, 2 tbsp brown sugar, pinch of salt.

3. Combine chicken and seasoning, put into ziploc bag for 2 hours in the fridge.

4. Grill with skewer, add sweet soy sauce when serving.

5. Bon appétit

Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor

I’m sure you’d agree with me that Pinterest is a fantastic source for ideas and inspirations. I could spend hours just looking at tons of pictures there, well that’s before I have my little M … now I’d be lucky to be able to visit it once a day :). There was a pin in home decor section using embroidery hoop for wall decor, the inspiration for my project to make DIY wall decor for my baby’s room, so here it is hopefully it inspires you too!

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1. Attach the fabric background onto the hoop. I used plain creamy fabric to get vintage look.

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2. Print & cut the letters, trace & cut the felt.

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3. Stitch the felt letters to the fabric.

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4. Satin Peonies.

You can find many videos in youtube about how to make fabric flower with this technique. To get a nice layer I used more than 1 color, cut them in 3 diameter sizes, cut the edge into 5 parts,  slightly burn it, then stack them together and secure by stitches. I made these flowers last year, actually I was thinking to make them as headband, so I don’t have photos showing details step by step, sorry :(.

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5. Cute butterfly

To add contrast to the pink color theme I used aqua blue scrap fabric from last batik project, wire for the wing frame, and crocheted gray yarn for the body.

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6. Put all together.

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