Binging on Beignets

One of my favorite desserts here in the U.S. are beignets. They’re light, fluffy, crunchy, and quite possibly the most addictive things you can eat. I think it might have something to do with the fact that it reminds me a little of Chinese Fried Dough (Yau Char Kwai), but in a sweeter, and lighter way. So naturally, when I found out a few of my old MUWCI friends were moving to Boston, I decided to take a stab at making this dessert.

Overall, I was surprised at how simple this recipe was! Although I have to say, the next time I’m making this, I’m going to get a piping bag and fill each little beignet with chocolate. Glad I could cook for these bunch of people!

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Soup for the Soul

I find winter to be a bitter-sweet season for me. On the one hand, you get weather like this, which makes you reconsider life decisions such as moving to New England. img_2015

On the other hand, it’s the most satisfying weather to cook soup in. Growing up in Malaysia, I’ve always thought of soup as an after-meal substitute for water. A savory way to wash the flavors down your throat. Being here in the U.S., however, has shown me that soups can be a lot more than a simple broth with some vegetables. It can be a truly rich and delightful dish to have, especially when it is cold outside.

I’ve been experimenting with a Christmas gift I received a few years ago. It was an immersion blender (I received the gift along with a molecular gastronomy kit… but maybe chemistry isn’t quite for me). Yet – I’ve never quite known where I would use this contraption (apart from making a 1-minute hollandaise sauce). After a series of Tasty videos though, I’ve learnt to harness the power of the portable blender and create some tasty concoctions of my own! Behold the following recipes:

1.) Potato leek soup – Yukon potatoes, leeks, chicken stock, bacon bits, and chives.

2.) French Onion Soup – Onions (lots of it), cognac, beef stock, mozarella, bread and cheese

3.) Mushroom soup – Mushrooms (lots of it), garlic, onion, flour, heavy cream