This is a collection of easy recipes from my childhood, food from Taiwan, and dishes to make with kids. I mainly share simple recipes using basic ingredients and reduced sugar whenever possible. I never use artificial sweeteners.
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Cookie Play Dough Recipe - This play dough is edible because it's just cookie dough! Use this cookie play dough recipe to model Chinese characters or play with your moon cake molds, then bake and eat! Continue Reading Chinese Character Painted Cookies - Learn Chinese characters with this cookie painting activity. You can make your own cookie dough or use store bought cookie dough. The cookie paint requires just 2 simple ingredients and no added sugar. No sugary icing is used to decorate these cookies. Continue Reading Mango Lassi Boba Recipe - It’s been a rough start to 2020. Even though we are cooped up inside doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy one of our favorite treats. The kids sure could use a boba break in between all the homeschool worksheets. Here is my mango lassi boba recipe, sure to brighten up your day and bring the sunshine inside. It’s fast and easy to make too! Mango Lassi Boba Recipe Start to finish: 5 minutes Ingredients 1 cup mango puree (store bought or… Continue Reading Winter Warming Tea Recipe - We are a family of boba lovers. In the summer I often make our favorite drink—blended watermelon with boba—just two ingredients but so refreshing and cooling! During the colder months, I like to make a non-caffeinated tea which the kids enjoy warm with boba, a reward for reading Sagebooks. This warming tea recipe includes Chinese red dates, longan, goji berries, and ginger, but you can add or omit ingredients to your taste. We are recovering from the flu and the… Continue Reading Mango Coconut Tapioca Chia Pudding Recipe - The other day I went with my workmates to a Thai cooking class. We learned to make 3 delicious dishes but dessert was not in our budget. Since then I’ve been craving mango sticky rice so I decided to come up with this Mango Coconut Tapioca Chia Pudding Recipe. It tastes like mango sticky rice but healthier and with less sugar. I’ve been eating this all day and it’s kid approved! For a breakfast option, add more milk and raw… Continue Reading Best Pumpkin for Pie Experiment and Recipe - What’s the best pumpkin for pie? I have 3 pumpkins from Halloween that I’m going to roast and bake into pies for a fun cooking experiment. Two varieties I selected are common during the fall season, a sugar pumpkin and a white lumina. The third variety, kabocha squash, is frequently used in Taiwanese dishes. The Pumpkins The three pumpkins look very different on the outside. Each has a distinct taste, smell, and texture. The sugar pumpkin smells like your every… Continue Reading Chinese Bakery Frosting Recipe - My baby turned 3 years old today. She’s been telling everyone, “今天是我的生日快樂 (it’s my happy birthday)!” To celebrate, I baked a cake and cupcakes, both decorated with my Chinese bakery frosting recipe. What I love about this frosting is that it requires very little sugar and is so easy to prepare. Chinese bakery style frosting is basically stabilized whipped cream. Much healthier than traditional frostings which use butter and lots of powdered sugar. This recipe contains only 1 gram of… Continue Reading Fresh Berry Tartlets with Cream Cheese Custard - Wild blackberries are not hard to find in the Bay Area. My husband’s office is surrounded by wild blackberry bushes, heavy with their plump and shiny fruit. After an hour of berry picking my son came home with bowl full of juicy berries. He ran in the door and excitedly asked me, “Mom, what are we going to make?!” After a quick survey of our fridge I decided we had the ingredients to make fresh berry tartlets with cream cheese… Continue Reading Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread - My kids love to cook! Or maybe it’s the huge mess they make while doing it. Probably both! I’m preparing for our earlier mornings by exploring make ahead breakfast recipes. Last night we made healthy chocolate zucchini bread and served it this morning with some fresh fruit and cheese for a super quick breakfast. The results were yummy enough for me to share! Plus I had to learn some new baking vocabulary in Chinese. I try to cut out as… Continue Reading
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