Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes with Coconut Syrup (also Dairy free, Soy free, and Corn free)

Gluten free pancakes with coconut syrup

My friend Ann Marie recently discovered that she has become intolerant to gluten… AND soy, corn, and dairy!  Apparently, it is very difficult to find gluten free products and recipes that are also free of soy, corn, and dairy.  I guess corn is a hidden ingredient in many food products, as is soy.  Even regular [...]

Dan Bing (Taiwanese Pancake with Egg)

Dan Bing

On our recent trip to Taiwan, we stopped at “Yung Ho Restaurant” in the Linkou District of New Taipei City for traditional Taiwanese breakfast food.  This place (a popular Taiwanese chain) is open from the evening all the way through late morning – but closed during the afternoon (when they make all the food for [...]

Mung Bean Mooncakes (Mooncakes made with press mold)

Mung Bean Mooncakes (Made with mooncake press/mold)

Last week, I made homemade Chinese Mooncakes… freeform style (basically just hand shaped, using a flat acrylic stamp on the top).  Those mooncakes were fun to make… but I wanted to figure out how to make them a little more intricate – so that they looked more like the ones at the bakery.  So, I [...]

Homemade Chinese Mooncakes


In the Chinese (Lunar) calendar, the 15th day of the 8th month is considered the middle of the autumn season.  On this day, the Chinese celebrate the “Mid-Autumn Festival”, also known as the “Moon Festival” (as this is the time of year the moon is considered the brightest and roundest).  This year, 2012, the Moon [...]

Asian Avocado Milkshake

Avocado Milkshake

Here’s a quick and easy dessert… very popular in South-East Asia: Avocado Milkshake!  Just throw 3 ingredients into a blender with some crushed ice, and about 30 seconds later, voila! To people unfamiliar with avocado flavored desserts, trust me – it’s delicious and not at all strange; avocado is a fruit, after all!  You can also make [...]