Archive for the ‘Confectionary’ Category

Aunty Khar Moi’s Pandan-Skin Mooncakes

In Biscuits and Cookies, Confectionary, Snacks on November 10, 2009 at 5:11 pm


You know you’re walking into a hardcore kitchen when the first thing you see is stacks upon stacks of boxes filled with gorgeous home-made mooncakes.

The women on my Dad’s side of the family in Singapore — they’re fearless cooks.

Pineapple tarts, bak-zhang (glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves), black vinegar-braised pig’s trotters? They could whip those together with their eyes closed.

Recently, however, the task at hand was Chinese mooncakes, eaten to mark the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls this Saturday … [read more]

From A Tiger In The Kitchen


Cashew (Coconut) Joy

In Chocolate, Confectionary on October 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm


The trouble with “recreating” classic candies that will strike a chord with both nostalgic adults and sweets-seeking kids, is that I was never really ate many of those original concoctions in the first place. After every Halloween conquest, my sister and I had a very specific ritual, painstakingly lining up our plunder on the living room floor, making what we would later call a “candy parade” … [read more]

From BitterSweet

Taffy Crabapples

In Confectionary, For Children, Fruits on October 27, 2009 at 11:59 am


I am always amazed when stores start displaying Halloween merchandise in August. A part of me grunts “don’t rush it people! Enjoy the rest of the summer!” while I secretly start to giggle at the prospect of gobblins and witches knocking at the door on Halloween night. Halloween is not part of our rituals where I am from … [read more]

From Tartelette

Maple Pecan Popcorn

In Confectionary, For Children, Snacks on October 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm


Have you heard?  It’s autumn.  Officially autumn.  There may still be a few heirloom tomatoes resting on your counter, in all their shiny glory.  They might even be sitting next to a bowlful of downy peaches throwing off their luscious scent.  But, listen, the calendar is clear: it’s fall … [read more]

From The Kitchen Sink

Snow-Skin Mooncakes with Cherry Almond Filling

In Biscuits and Cookies, Confectionary, Snacks on October 3, 2009 at 9:46 am


I walked into the K-Mart store near Penn Station in New York last week and discovered to my horror that the Christmas section is already fully stocked with artificial Christmas trees, holiday decorations and ribbons. I had to check the date on my New York Times to make sure I had not completely missed Columbus Day, Halloween and Thanksgiving. This senseless commercialization sent shivers up my spine … [read more]

From Red Cook