Mini Matcha Meringue Layer Cake with Strawberries and Coconut Whipped Cream {gluten free}

May 10, 2015 in Cakes , Uncategorized | 10 comments


You know that season that’s supposed to be warm and breezy outside (aka my fav season evar –spring)? Yep, it doesn’t exist where I live. Somehow, we skipped it and it became summer again. Summer and tennis season hasn’t ended (aka everyone dies in the heat –>figuratively even though we say it so many times, you’d expect us all to have passed out already) and we’re doing conditioning in the HOTTEST OF ALL WEATHERS. Ugggggg

However, school’s about to end (yay/no!) and teachers are really lightening up on the projects because apparently, they’re all “in class.” HAHAHAHAAA. no. such. thing.

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Nut-free Sesame and Matcha Macarons

May 3, 2015 in Cookies , Uncategorized | 17 comments



It’s no secret that I love combining asian flavors into more traditional desserts. I mean what else do you expect from an average Asian teenager living in America? Chocolate chip cookies? Nah…

However, I’m surprised that these macarons worked out as well as they did. I’ve experienced a million failures with a bunch of different recipes but I think I’ve finally found one that works! It’s from here, via Linda’s beautiful blog, Call me Cupcake, and it’s the most simple recipe that I’ve used! The recipe is basically 1 part egg whites, 2 parts powdered sugar, and 1 part almonds. Can it get simpler? I think not.



I wonder though, what is the definition of a macaron? Can I say I made macarons even though I accidentally only used powdered sugar and egg whites? Technically, I made a bunch of really sweet meringues but they still had feet so…

So, yes, I made macarons with two ingredients… it’s the result of being absentminded; I’m blaming it on the lack of sleep. 6 hours every night does not suffice even though my brain’s gotten used to it and now I can’t sleep more than 6 hours.



Anywho, back to the macarons. They taste exactly like Chinese tang yuan (which basically translates to soup rounds), but don’t be scared away because of the name. It’s a chewy rice ball that flows out sesame sesame lava…
Oh and the matcha buttercream??? Hahahaaaaa… Try keeping your finger out (or don’t, you know… it’s your choice).
Hey dear sir, tea with your macarons? NAH there’s tea in my macaron… (But to be totally honest, I totally drank tea with this)

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Marbled Brownie/Blondie Cookies

April 26, 2015 in Cookies , Snacks , Uncategorized | 8 comments



Do I ever make anything typical??? Well, these were going to be chocolate chip cookies… But um… How do I say this… I didn’t want to make chocolate chip cookies.


For one, there’s like 2 million recipes of them on the internet so why add to them?
Also, I find chocolate chip cookies only good with enough (and good) chocolate. I didn’t feel like going out and buying a baking bar.
Oh and I didn’t feel like making chocolate chip cookies.



At my school we have orchestra preformances termed “cookie concerts,” meaning you really should bring cookies and then stuff your face full of other cookies that people brought because you didn’t eat dinner. There’s always 2 dozen selections of chocolate cookies. I don’t want to be normal. Instead, I’m bringing these interesting, swirly, marbley cookies. Oh and did I mention that they’re made of brownie/blondie batter??

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Cinnamon Roll Pretzel Blobs + Scallion Pancake Pretzel Blobs

April 19, 2015 in Breads , Snacks , Uncategorized | 10 comments



Blobs. I feel like a headless blob (is a blob with a head even possible?) wandering heedlessly through life, gradually being eaten by stress.


This week went by so fast, especially since one teacher decided to point out that there’s only about 25 (school) days left until finals, or 28 days left until summer. TWENTY FIVE DAYS. This is way too surreal and scary…

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Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Popcorn

April 12, 2015 in Snacks , Uncategorized | 19 comments



This recipe has a lot of adjectives. Let’s break it down shall we?

Peanut butter caramel: You thought that was two components? Well, kind of. It’s more like caramel with peanut butter stirred in.
Chocolate: because chocolate makes everything in life improve (I think I’ve already told you this x2000)
Popcorn: I don’t mean the kind that you microwave ewww. Freshly popped in fragrant coconut oil




And I thought peanut butter cups were good.

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Pistachio + Pepper Brownie Muffins

April 5, 2015 in Other sweets , Uncategorized | 23 comments




The chocolate supply in my house dwindles down very, very, very fast during times with huge amounts of projects and FINALS. Though it’s not quite time for finals yet (yay!), projects have been piling on like water on the foot of a waterfall, except this pool doesn’t empty its water quite fast enough. Obviously, this would lead to a breakdown (figuratively and emotionally), but we don’t need to get into that today.

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Chai Hot Cross Buns {a step by step tutorial with .gifs}

March 29, 2015 in Breads , Uncategorized | 16 comments


For some reason or another, every time somebody mentions hot cross buns, I think of the song we had to memorize in third grade. I believe it was part of a new music teaching system to get us to learn how to play an instrument well instead of staring off cluelessly into space. So, everyone had to learn how to play the recorder. The way they did it was with books and little strips of cloth modeled after the martial arts system. The highest one was, of course, a black belt, and the song that you had to be able to play was called “hot cross buns.”


I didn’t realize until this year that “hot cross buns” was the name of a roll commonly eaten during Good Friday.

A few days ago, titles involving ‘easter’ started appearing. It totally took me by shock since Easter is usually in April, but there’s still snow falling outside my window. It descends as easily as it does in January, yet it’s the end of March.


So, I guess it’s absolutely understandable I want something warm and toasty to eat as a snack after I arrive at home from school. These have been my rolls of choice so far… They’re so soft and tender, yet wonderfully filling and pleasant because of all the spices! (Plus I get to say that I baked something seasonal/themed)!

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Mochi + Red Bean Popsicles

March 19, 2015 in Other sweets | 18 comments



Last week Pi Day and also my 1 year blog-averary!!! (Yes, I started my blog on Pi day… It’s nothing strange!) I can’t believe it’s already been a year, since when I didn’t have this blog! Though I can’t say I’ve been posting much the last few weeks (I’m sorry!), but it’s really been fun!!

Anywho, onto the food now shall we? Yes, they’re popsicles. But they’re not any popsicles! They have red beans in them and mochi!

So, beans are healthy, mochi is basically rice, and popsicles are frozen and since I have a sore throat right now, these are perfectly acceptable as breakfast, non? Oh and they have (condensed) milk!!! They’re perfectly healthy, trust me.

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Chewy Coconut Granola Bars {vegan, gluten free}

February 27, 2015 in Breakfast , Other sweets | 8 comments


You know that thing that schools seem to love to do? Make lunch after a morning of fun, but amazingly difficult classes!

Fun classes? Yes, definitely!
Difficult classes? Of course!

But then the problem comes when you’re trying to solve a difficult geometry problems and you can’t think.

Grumble says your stomach.
Area of triangle ABC plus the area of triangle ABF should equal… Nope that doesn’t work. When’s lunch?
Stares hungrily at the clock. Oh, only an hour away!
Grumble, complains your stomach for the hundredth time.

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Healthy Chocolate Covered Coconut Balls aka Mounds Bars {vegan, gluten-free, raw}

February 22, 2015 in Other sweets | 4 comments



Yep, I’m still here.

You’d think I would be done with all my endless piles of projects and assignments by now right?





All of these projects are due the. exact. same. week. in. march.

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