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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