Coconut and Mango Yogurt Cheesecake

November 10th, 2014 · 54 Comments · Cakes, Custards, Recipes

Mango Coconut Cheesecake
 

Now that it's officially holiday season (no, I don't have Christmas decorations up yet, but yes, my Halloween decorations are down), that means holiday vacation is almost here. Last year we made our first trip with Isabelle to Hong Kong for Thanksgiving. Unfortunately this holiday we're staying in town, so Asia will have to wait until next year.

Since that means no Hong Kong pastries for me in the near future, I'll have to make do at home. Noosa Yoghurt asked me to make a dessert inspired by either my local culture or my heritage. Although I grew up in the Bay Area, I've been lucky enough to visit Hong Kong numerous times in my life and connect with my extended family there and indulge in the glorious kaleidoscope of Hong Kong cuisine, from dim sum to street food to British high tea. I'm particularly missing the east-meets-west pastries they do so well there, which led me to make this tropical flavored cheesecake.

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Banana Cake with Passionfruit Caramel and Coconut Meringue

September 20th, 2013 · 8 Comments · Cakes, Cookbooks, Recipes

Banana Cake with Passionfruit Caramel

I'm all about soft, mushy foods these days; funny how a baby starting to eat solids will change your grocery shopping habits. Isabelle is a little foodie-in-the-making: although at eight months she's still got no teeth (I'm sure the moment I write this there will be one popping out) it hasn't stopped her from taking to solids with gusto. There hasn't been anything she's turned down so far - we're steadily making our way through pears and papayas, to apples and avocados.

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Cherries, Coconut, Cream, Summer

June 19th, 2012 · 29 Comments · Custards, Fruit, Pastry, Recipes, Tarts

Cherry Coconut Cream Tart on dessertfirstgirl.com

So I disappeared without leaving word, and came back without making a peep as well. I thought about hanging up a “Gone to BlogHer Food” sign here, but didn’t get a chance to do so before I flew off to Seattle. For those of you that didn’t know, I went to BlogHer Food a week ago  – if any of you went, I hope you had as fun a time as I did!

I was invited to BlogHer Food as a speaker along with Stephanie, my fellow sated collaborator. Together, we assembled a presentation on past and current photography trends, and how to apply them to tell different stories about food. As a first-time speaker at BlogHer Food, I was pretty happy with how we did – we had some great interaction during the talk and we got some great feedback afterwards. I always love going to BlogHer Food because I always meet so many new, amazing people there – not to mention seeing old friends or meeting dear virtual friends for the first time in person.

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Pandan and Coconut: Snapshots from Vietnam

March 19th, 2012 · 12 Comments · Candy, Ice Cream, Personal, Recipes, Travel

pandan coconut ice cream

Apologies for not posting last week, as I was getting ready to teach a cookie class at Tante Marie’s and prepping for the 2012 SF Blogger Bake Sale announcement. As amends, I hope you enjoy the extra-abundance of photos in this post, where I share a few snapshots from my trip to Vietnam. While I was in Hong Kong over the holidays, we made a quick side trip to South Vietnam. It wasn’t nearly enough time to do this beautiful country justice, but I hope the following shots give you a little taste of my experience!

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A Busy Weekend Including Bake Sale for Japan

April 5th, 2011 · 21 Comments · Cakes, Recipes, San Francisco, SF Events

Coconut Cupcakes with Yuzu Buttercream

I had an over-the-top, amazingly full weekend, the kind that starts on Thursday afternoon and doesn’t end until you’re catching your breath on a wickedly warm Sunday evening. Too much to share, and some bits I’m saving for a future post, but I did want to talk about a big part of my Saturday: the Bake Sale for Japan.

A series of bake sales around the Bay Area organized to raise money for Japan, this event brought together amateur and professional bakers in a happy mashup of cookies, pies, jams, and all other forms of baked goods. I stopped by one of the San Francisco bake sales, located at Bi-Rite, with my contributions (more on them below) and snapped a few pictures of the bounty on display:

 

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