Sweetened condensed milk cupcakes: lessons learned


When Sam asked me to bake something for dessert last night, I begged off. Alex chimed in, they really wanted something sweet, but I spent a long time preparing lunch (two sets — vegetarian and non-vegetarian), and I was exhausted physically and mentally. I told them that I only had enough reserve energy to prepare dinner.

Their response surprised me. They said we could have sandwiches for dinner which Sam volunteered to make if I would relent and bake something. Not a bad deal — so long as it was a simple baking project.

Sam proceeded to her computer, went straight to Pinterest, asked me to go online and, over chat, she started sending me links of recipes I could bake. The options she gave me all looked delicious, we didn’t have the ingredients for many of them (we’re out of baking chocolate) and some required too much work. But there was one recipe that looked both simple and delicious — sweetened condensed milk cake. I chose that one but baked cupcakes instead. »

Sweet and spicy bar nuts


When I was in college, very rarely did my friends and I enjoy the luxury of having finger food to go with our beer. Most of the time, we had to content ourselves with salted peanuts -- the greasy kind with skins on.These sweet and spicy bar nuts … »

Applesauce and walnut ice cream


I've been making ice cream for months now and I've always followed the basic recipe for making the custard base -- egg yolks, sugar, cream and whole milk. A couple of days ago, on a whim, I decided to replace the sugar and part of the whole milk with … »

Banana walnut cupcakes


There is a banana walnut cake recipe in the archive but this is not the cupcake version of that recipe. This is an entirely new recipe and I like this better because the cake is softer and more moist. The walnuts were not stirred into the cupcake … »

Lemon chicken with walnuts


This dish was inspired by a recipe called tangerine beef which I found in one of my cookbooks. I don't have access to fresh tangerines but I like the idea of adding nuts to deep fried meat coated in a sweet sticky glaze. I substituted lemon for the … »