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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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 Apple Sandwich Recipe and DIY Food Picks - Get your kids to eat sandwiches with this apple sandwich recipe. Shhhh!!! Don’t tell them there’s also cheese and turkey! I remember when we just finished the puree food stage with my son and meal planning was such a chore. We were out on playdates several times a week and when lunchtime rolled around all of us moms would say, “I wish they would just eat sandwiches!” Well, this is the recipe that got my son to eat sandwiches. He’s… Continue Reading Chinese Food Cart - Seems like social media is all abuzz about Chinese New Year and the excitement is contagious. This year, I’m giddy to say we will be in Taiwan for the holiday festivities. While everyone is preparing with decorations and cooking, I am teaching my kids the characters for our favorite foods by creating a Chinese food cart. We are a family that LOVES to eat! My 4 year old dreams of owning a food truck, though the Chinese mom in me… Continue Reading Chinese Character Pancakes and Recipe - Kids love to learn Chinese with Chinese Character Pancakes. What kid doesn’t like pancakes?! Making pancakes from scratch is just as easy as making them from the box but they taste so much better! My son has been helping me make pancakes since he was about 2 years old. It’s messy but that adds to the fun (for the kids). It’s a great way for them to practice measuring, sifting, and mixing. Plus they learn about the ingredients and how… Continue Reading Steamed Live Crab and Garlic Noodles Recipe - Thanksgiving in Northern California means it’s DUNGENESS CRAB SEASON!!! I am sharing my steamed live crab and garlic noodles recipe that I have been making for years. We don’t have family nearby and it’s usually just our little family for dinner so roasting a whole turkey is too much food. And since it is a holiday, what’s better than celebrating with fresh live crab! Oh, and a lobster. Oh, and a tray of uni. Yum, Yum! The hubs and I feel… Continue Reading Rice Cooker Muah Chee Recipe - My son shares my love of muah chee, a chewy treat similar to Japanese mochi. We rarely make it out of the Japanese market without a package of mochi, which is expensive to buy but cheap to make at home. This rice cooker muah chee recipe is easy enough for my 4 year old to make and requires only 4 ingredients. To make Muah Chee, simply stir the Mochiko, sugar, and water in a bowl until sugar dissolves. You can… Continue Reading
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