Oct 31, 2011

Dark Chocolate Tart with Pretzel Crust

If you like chocolate covered pretzel, you will like this tart. The crust is made with crushed pretzel and lots of butter, the rich dart chocolate filling is seasoned with tiny bit of salt and top with crushed pretzel too. It's sweet but a bit salty at the same time. The crust is rich and full of flavor. This will be a winner if you bring it to a party! The recipe is here. I did replace milk chocolate with dartk chocolate.

Suzy's Chocolate Cake

I have several recipes collected from Pierre Herme's chocolate book that never have a chance to make them. This week, I happen to have all the ingredients at hand, that there is no reason not to make this cake. Mr. Herms' friend Suzy makes this cake which is very dense like brownie. This cake has a very rich chocolate taste but not light. Will be a good cake to have when having chocolate craving. To respect the book's copy right, I won't post the recipe, but google "suzy's cake" will bring you to the instruction.

Oct 27, 2011


In the bento: miso baked salmon, broccoli, curry brown rice with sweet potato.

Oct 26, 2011

Oct 25, 2011

Oct 23, 2011


In the bento: sushi, ravioli, carrot stir-fried with egg, eel.

Oct 20, 2011


In the bento: broccoli lasagna, daikon stir-fried with shiitake mushroom, BBQ wings, sausage.

Broccoli Lasagna

I am addicted to the white cheesey sauce baked lasagna. This version I used broccoli as the filling instead of cauliflower. The result is the same delious lasagna. The top cheese layer is a bit crispy while the melted smoke cheddar in the sauce is creamy and gooey. See this post for how to make the dish.


In the bento: broccoli lasagna, stir-fried carrots with egg.


In the bento: stir-fried broccoli, pan-fried lamb chop, pan-fried sweet potato, carrots.

Oct 15, 2011

Pumpkin Tart (Pie)

Kept the tradition from last year, I got a pumkin from the Amish again last week. Since I won't use it for Jack-O-Lantern, it went without doubt into a pie. I used the same filling for the big pie, but saved some for this small tart. The recipe used is the same one from last year. We are close to holiday season!

Creamy Cauliflower Lasagna

I won't image just cauliflower and b├ęchamel sauce with a little smoke cheddar will create such a wonderful flavor combination.  But just as simple as only one veggie and white sauce made a wonderful lasagna that beyond my knowledge. I made this lasagna from scratch. The go-to filling-butternut squash was out of stock in my house but there happened to have a head of cauliflower waiting to be used. So I cooked the cauliflower and mashed them, layed the filling and cheese sauce on each pasta sheet. The very top was coverd with extra smoke cheddar. I loved this dish so much that will sure to make it again.


In the bento: stir-fried cabbage, broccoli, mayo baked salmon, daiko cooked brown rice with shiitake mushroom.


In the bento: couscous, stirfried cabbage with carrot, broccoli, seaweed tamagoyaki.

Oct 6, 2011


In the bento: brown rice, stir fried cabbage with carrot, mushroom, broccoli, roast chicken.

Oct 5, 2011

Peanut Butter and Honey Granola (Bars)

As title, this was supposed to be granola bar. When I took it out from the oven, the entire tray slipped from my hand. The baked bar all broke into pieces. I almost felt like killing myself. But things already happened, and I won't thorw all these good ingredients into trash can. So I put them back to oven for few more minutes and make them more crispy, like granola. The taste is good, just they are not bars. The recipe can be found here.


In the bento: brown rice, egg yolk, roast chicken thigh, carrots, broccoli.

Oct 4, 2011


In the bento: broccoli, sauteed mushroom, miso glazed salmon, brown rice.


In the bento: brown rice, stir fried cabbage, miso glazed salmon, sauteed mushroom, carrot.

Plum Tartlet

This wasn't a very successful tart. The crust baked faster than the prune plum thus when it's done, the filling hadn't been caramelized. Here I only mean I didn't bake it well, but I believe the original recipe should work. I will try again later.