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rice cooker apple tarte tatin

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I don’t have an oven and it makes me sad. When I first moved into this place I didn’t think it’d be such a big deal to live oven-less but think of this: no fresh cupcakes with cream cheese icing, no fudgy brownies, no piping hot chocolate chip cookies. If I crave any of these things, I must buy them and <whine> it’s not the same </whine>.

Being ovenless means I have to make do with what I can get. When I came across this recipe I knew I had to try it. The prospect of a baked good in my home was too good to pass up.

All in all, I was happy. It’s not exactly a cupcake but it makes your house smell like cinnamon and it’s bready and fruity and probably good with whipped cream. That’s got to count for something right?

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March 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

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oh yes i did

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I had bought a bag of flour to deal with my pancake cravings and had also sprung for some scallions for the cha soba dish that I made. So here we are. Bag of flour. Bunch of scallions. Can you guess what happens next?

Scallion pancakes that’s what. I looked far and wide for an easy how-to and found one here. After a brief pep talk to ready myself for the task, I got down to business and ended up with these.

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April 12, 2009 at 9:55 pm

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what to do with cha soba

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True confession time again.

I’ve been to Daiso 4 times in the last 4 weeks. Obscene right? It all started off because I need a plastic bowl for my morning cereal. It has now morphed into a weekly, mostly innocent visit to pick up a peeler, a bottle opener, some tupperware. Whatevah. Then I started venturing into the food section at Daiso and it was all downhill from there.

Sometimes I buy things and have no idea what I’m going to do with them when I get home. Such was the case when I spotted some green tea soba at Daiso. For two dollahs I figured I didn’t have much to lose. I perused the internet (as is what often happens, you go to Google for life’s answers) and found two recipes that served as inspiration. One is from superfamous food blog Chocolate & Zucchini and the other from the Aussie mag The Gourmet Traveller.

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Written by joann

April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

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splenda(did) chip cookies

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My dear old Dad was diagnosed with diabetes a few years back. He’s lost something like 35lbs in these last few years. Takes a lot of will power to refrain from gorging on steamy white rice (speaking of rice, what is UP with the price doubling?!) and sugary desserts. Luckily he doesn’t have to never eat these things, he just has to enjoy them in moderation.

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April 13, 2008 at 3:52 pm

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lazy enchiladas

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I’m finally (cross my fingers) getting over the latest bug that left me bed bound for the last week or so. Thank goodness!

I first made this recipe two weekends ago when the LA crew was in town. The recipe below is based off that first go-round with the enchiladas. The pictures are from the rerun of the same but smaller portioned recipe.

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March 2, 2008 at 12:13 am

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nutella rice krispy treats

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I had a random craving for Nutella this weekend, but unless I could find a few recipes I couldn’t really justify investing in a whole jar of the stuff. Luckily, I found a few inspirations online and I trekked over to Safeway to pick up a bottle of the yummy chocolate hazelnut delight. During my Europe travels I enjoyed a lot of breakfasts with Nutella. It even came in small individual packets. I dunno why the US has not embraced Nutella as much as Europe has.

Anyway, I didn’t have eggs so I had to abandon my initial Nutella plans. That and I was feeling lazy. Instead, I present to you Nutella rice krispy treats.

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Written by joann

September 23, 2007 at 10:42 pm

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bibimwhat?

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Looks pretty good eh? So I *almost* invested in a stone pot but came to my senses because other than the random bibimbap what other use do I have or a freakin’ stone pot? Shockingly, I got the recipe for this one on Food Network. Apparently, courtesy of Bobby Flay. As usual, I used the recipe as more of a guideline and ventured off into other parts unknown (read: using whatever veggies I already had on hand). Here are all the parts of my masterpiece.

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Written by joann

September 10, 2007 at 9:26 pm

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