Category Archives: Food

Commercial of the Day

Pay me in Gum Dove Chocolate?

Imagine if someone just went around tipping people in Dove Chocolate…

Some people would be presently surprised,

while others would be downright pissed.

I’ve tipped people in cookies before…

Hey, sometimes a girl just doesn’t have any cash on her!

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I almost forgot one

Love the Goat…especially when it screams.

Just priceless.

Happy Monday!

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Hong Kong Egg Tart Recipe

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Mark really liked the Egg Tarts when we were in Hong Kong so I thought, hey why not make them at home?

So I got my Nordic Ware Tartlette Baking Pan in the mail a couple days ago from Amazon so I thought it was the perfect time to try making some Hong Kong Style Egg Tarts at home!

So I looked for a recipe online but there were some things that I changed and will note in the recipe.

So this Tartlette pan is a little smaller than the average tart mold so please keep this in mind.

They were the perfect size for the egg tarts but the recipe online has slight variations and I’m sure this recipe works well with either the Tartlette mold that I have or the regular sized Tart molds.

So here are the ingredients needed:

Crust

  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 eggs, beaten
  • 1 dash vanilla extract

Filling

  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 9 eggs, beaten
  • 1 dash vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned evaporated milk

And let me say this now, the portion for the filling is way too much. You do not need this much filling, especially if you are using the Tartlette mold like I was. I only needed a tiny fraction of what I ended up making overall.

You could use this new adjusted recipe for the filling and still make out okay.

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4-1/2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 dash vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup and 2 tablespoons and 1 teaspoon evaporated milk

Don’t worry too much about the 1/2 egg and the precise measurements of the evaporated milk. A close enough amount will work just fine.

The directions also say that you have to sieve things but I didn’t have one, so I didn’t do it. So if you guys don’t have a sieve, don’t worry about it. My egg tarts turned out just perfectly without it.

Directions:

1. What I would do first is take the sugar for the filling and boil it with the water until the sugar is completely dissolved. Once it is dissolved take it off the stove and cool to room temperature. If you’re pretty fast at working through recipes I would put the dissolved sugar water either into the fridge or the freezer so that it cools down faster.

2. Next preheat your oven to 450 degrees F.

3. In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar and flour. Powdered sugar and Confectioner’s sugar is the same thing for those of you who weren’t sure. I had to double check at one point too…

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4. Mix in butter with a fork until it is in small crumbs. Stir in the egg and vanilla until the mixture forms a dough. The texture should be slightly moist. Add more butter if it is too dry, or more flour, if the dough seems greasy. So butter usually comes in these small 1/2 cup packets and they were just the perfect amount for me. Just open up the sides, pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds and then it should be soft enough to mix. Keep an eye on it, it shouldn’t melt but just in case.

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5. Shape dough into 1 1/2 inch balls (or depending on pan size may have to adjust size), and press the balls into tart molds so that it covers the bottom, and rises up a little over the edges. You can basically mold/press it into the mold so that it takes shape of the crust. You can make it thicker/thinner depending on your preference. Works and tastes great either way. Use your fingers to shape the dough into the mold. And ladies, try to be delicate if you have longer nails, I know how it is.

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6. Strain the eggs through a sieve, and whisk into the sugar mixture. Stir in the evaporated milk and vanilla. Strain the filling through a sieve, and fill the tart shells. And again like I said before, I did not use a sieve because I do not have one and they turned out just great anyways! So don’t stress too much about it otherwise! I just made sure to whisk everything really good. I used these small 5 fl oz cans of Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk and it was just about perfect for the full filling recipe. 2 cans of these are a little more than 1 cup total. So if you are using the adjusted recipe one can should be more than enough!

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7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown, and the filling is puffed up a little bit. I ended up baking them for close to 19 minutes. You can check up on them but if you’re not sure how they are you can take an oven mitt and slightly shake the baking pan to see if the egg custard is still mostly liquid, which in that case you can give it a couple more minutes. If you see it puffing up, don’t be alarmed! It will settle down again and it will taste just as delicious!

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And for those of you curious to see how much “filling” I had left over from the original recipe, here it is:

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It was ridiculous how much I had left over! Shows me for using Jumbo eggs. Oh yeah, DON’T USE JUMBO EGGS!

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It doesn’t affect the taste, just your sense of waste. Haha. The recipe for the dough was pretty spot on. I had a little more dough left over so I ended up making about 8 more egg tarts after the first batch. I didn’t really mind since I had so much filling left over.

And I had to face my never ending battle with saran wrap…but I swear, someday I will be victorious!

Does anyone still make saran wrap that still works? I swear it won’t stick onto any surface!

And after about 15-20 you should have some beautifully tasty Hong Kong style Egg Tarts!

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Enjoy the recipe!

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Rookie Couponing…Try #2

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So I “tried” couponing again today.

Not REALLY HARDCORE or anything since I only took in one physical coupon that was for $0.30 but I still gave it my best try…

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First I got a $10 coupon (for spending so much money). #CouponFail

For anyone who lives near a Safeway, they are doing a promotion where if you spend $75 you get a $10 coupon for next time!

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And then I got a $2 coupon for any two Splenda products.

Hey, at least it’s more than 30 cents.

And for the record, no I do not use Splenda, Mark does.

2013-01-30_14-42-25_113Mark likes to take Cashews to work but they are SO EXPENSIVE in Hawaii but I got a steal on these!

Normally they are $20.39 but the store was having a sale where they were $2.40 off so $17.99, BUT I had a Safeway eCoupon (which you can also get by checking our their website. Safeway.com and registering for an account. All you need to do is add the eCoupon to your account and it automatically deducts the coupon once you scan your club card or type in your phone number while in the checkout line). SO I got an additional $3.00 off these bad boys making them only $14.99. (Which is still a ridiculous price for Cashews, if you ask me).

1. Register at Safeway.com.
2. Click on “just for U”.
3. Click on “Coupon Center”.
4. Go through the list and add what you want (you might as well add everything since it doesn’t hurt).
And they’ll be ready to use without any unnecessary hassle!

Easy right?

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Bought another Land O Lakes Unsalted Butter. I used the coupon that you see on there (that I got last time) to get 30 cents off my purchase. I usually buy Salted butter but I’ve been cooking a lot and it’s better most times to use unsalted so I’ve been getting in the habit of just buying unsalted butter, just in case I need it to bake cookies or what have you.

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These were on sale for buy one get one free!

Who DOESN’T like breakfast sausages??

So normally for two of these boxes it would be $11.98 but I only paid $5.99! Score! We’re eating good tonight! Hahahaha. I kid.

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And how much do you think I paid for this box of 200 Splenda packets? Originally it’s $12.99 but they were $4.00 off so I only paid $8.99 for them.

Although if you think about it, I could have just taken multiple trips to a nearby coffee shop and just lined my pocket with Splenda but who am I kidding? I’m not Chinese.

I’m just joking people. Other Asian people do it too…don’t worry.

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Mark also likes these Builders Protein Bars but they’re usually pretty pricey.

(Yes, they can be cheaper at Walmart but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with the hassle of what is Honolulu Walmart).

The peanut butter ones are originally $10.39 and the chocolate mint ones are $10.19. Why the peanut butter costs more than the mint, I have no idea.

But I got them both at $7.99 a box (which is pretty good since they usually sell for like $2/a piece).

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The Flipz White Fudge Pretzels were also buy one get one free!

Cha-ching!

Seriously, score of the day! (Well this and the breakfast sausages…what? They’re good!)

So normally they would both be $9.58 but I only paid $4.79 for both.

These things are addicting!

I have stopped buying things that I could make at home but I don’t think I could make these as fast as I could eat them.

Good thing I’ve been hitting the gym lately.

And I bought a few other things with minor savings but I didn’t think they were worth the post.

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I also got some Cream of Tartar so I could make some Snickerdoodle cookies this week. It was on sale but it wasn’t.

Let me explain.

All the spices were Buy 2 Get 1 Free but spices are so expensive and I didn’t think I needed another one…

Although thinking about it, I’m kicking myself right now because I could have bought some more Cinnamon (which I use more than anything else) and then gotten some Thyme for free…

But no matter now! What’s done is done!

There will be more sales!

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And the last thing I didn’t buy because it was on sale.

(Although it also happened to be on sale).

Mark loves Sweethearts (even though I think they are the most horrid thing since black licorice) and when we tried to get a bag in Minnesota they weren’t the ones that he liked so we ended up chucking most of it (which was fine by me). So when I saw these at the market I thought, why not? Plus it’s almost Valentine’s Day and I’m sure he would like these in his little lunch bag. (Although he might just leave them at home and devour at a later time).

For all three the regular price was $1.77 but I got $0.27 off so I paid $1.50 for all three which is about 50 cents a piece which is pretty good.

Spent more money than I had intended but I got some good deals out of it so I’m a happy camper.

Yay! Hope you enjoyed the post!

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Homemade Almond Jello

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I finally made that Almond Jello that I had bought earlier in Chinatown!

It’s pretty easy. All you do is add the mix with 4 1/2 cups of water and bring it to a boil and once you do you can divide it into cups or put into a shallow pan to let cool which takes about 2 hours.

And because I’m such a klutz the water boiled over spilling all the sugary water onto my new stove top so I had to desperately try and scrub it off after the stove had cooled down. I think I got most of it but I know I’ll have to go at it again soon.

I put mine in a shallow brownie pan and it worked out perfectly!

Then you just slice it up and serve with fruit! I keep forgetting to buy fruit to eat with it so I have just been eating it by itself…but I’m not complaining! It’s delicious!

For those of you who like it, you can make it at home! They probably sell the mix at your local Chinese and/or Japanese food market.

Yummy!

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My Saturday

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I went to the KCC Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning but without any cash whatsoever. Why I did that? I have no idea.

I guess I just assumed that there would be an ATM there but I was greatly mistaken. And the only ATM on campus is in the cafeteria that was closed because it was the weekend. Some stands took cards but there was only one thing I wanted…Strawberry Mochi and besides ignoring me for 5 minutes he said he didn’t take cards. DARN IT!

I left dismayed and hungry so I decided to go get a drink and some breakfast at The Tea Farm near campus. I got my usually Matcha Green Tea Lemonade, which is DELICIOUS by the way, and a blueberry bagel with cream cheese. Yum!

And then I picked up a friend and we went to go see Lincoln. We both got lost along the way but we made it eventually. And like I said in the earlier post, the movie was SPECTACULAR! Go see it everybody!

And I finished my Basic Instinct paper so I was pretty happy about that as well. Got most of my homework and reading done so all in all a pretty good Saturday.

What did you guys do?

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Korean BBQ Before and After

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Mark wasn’t sure what he wanted for dinner last night so we went to Korean BBQ two Thursdays in a row!

Not that I’m complaining or anything.

I LOVE Korean BBQ. I think I could eat it for every meal, every day of the week if I had the option to.

It’s the only time I get to eat raw meat. Or practically raw meat. I’m like old white men who like their steaks BLUE!

One time when I asked for my steak “blue” the waiter thought I was asking for bleu cheese.

Made me laugh but worry about my steak at the same time. But luckily they had gotten it correct and it was JUST the way I like it.

Mmm…raw beef tongue! So good! Don’t diss it till you’ve tried it.

And I started working out again yesterday since I’ve been such a slob lately and I feel much better!

I wish I had my partner in crime to exercise with…but alas Los Angeles is not within driving distance of Hawaii. Although Google Maps has directions for you to do so. It just tells you to go to the pier (with your car) and then to proceed onto a boat which will take you across the ocean to California. If only things were so simple.

I’m also going to do some book & movie reviews so you guys can look forward to that too.

I want to make Hong Kong egg tarts next but I just have to order the tart molds on Amazon so I’m going to do that now before I do anything else. Wasn’t sure if I should get the tart mold that looks like a cupcake tray or the individual tart mold containers because the latter option is just so much more expensive…

Decisions…decisions…

So many baking tools that I want but I don’t know where to start!

And everyone really liked my cookies so that made me pretty happy too.

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Peanut Butter Cookies with White Chocolate Chips Recipe

PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES WITH WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIPS

Baked some cookies tonight so I thought I would share the recipe!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons water

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl mix the butter, peanut butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth.

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3. Beat in eggs one at a time.

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4. Next stir in the honey, water and the vanilla extract.

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5. Combine the flour, baking soda and the salt in a separate bowl.

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6. Slowly stir in the flour mixture into the peanut butter mixture. It is easier if you do a little bit of flour at a time in order to incorporate it better into the wet mixture.

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7. Stir in white chocolate chips.

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8. Drop spoonfuls (or small ice cream scoops) onto an ungreased baking sheet.

9. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until the edges are golden. This recipe makes about 2 dozen cookies.

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10. After you pull the baking sheet out of the oven allow the cookies to cool for 1 minute on the sheet before removing to wire racks to cool. You can also use newspapers but because I don’t have either, I put them on paper towels and they seem to cool just fine.

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Enjoy!

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Extreme Couponing…Fail

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I was watching extreme couponing yesterday and it kind of intrigued me yet at the same time made me sick to my stomach.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS SOMEONE GOING TO DO WITH 94 PACKETS OF CROUTONS OR BOXES OF CAT TREATS WITHOUT A GOD DARN CAT?

People without children will stock up on “cheap” diapers. They will store toilet paper under their children’s beds and some of them will even design their own shelving units to make sure no can expires on the shelf.

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If these people aren’t hoarders, I don’t know what they are.

So I thought I’d look up some coupons last night and literally after 2 minutes I was bored out of my GOD DAMN mind.

I mean the only time I would think this would be a good idea is if:

A. The world was ending and I had a bomb shelter I could put all this stuff into

or

B. There was an imminent depression coming and there wouldn’t be any food left on the shelves. I guess this could work if there was a zombie apocalypse coming too…

BUT STILL! THESE LADIES ARE CRAZY!

WHAT DOES ONE DO WITH 75 BOXES OF CEREAL???

“Oh yeah I just saved my family $40,000 last year in groceries.” Really? Really people?

I can’t even be bothered to cut coupons let alone remember that I have them the next time I go grocery shopping. Not to mention, it’s embarrassing pulling out 2,500 coupons in A SINGLE TRANSACTION or going around a supermarket pulling 6 carts all by yourself.

One couple was at the supermarket for 5 HOURS! 5 HOURS! I don’t want to be there more than 30 minutes let alone 5 GOD DAMN FREAKIN HOURS! They put a limit on how many coupons each person could use so this lady had the nerve to CALL HER FRIEND so that she could COME TO THE SUPERMARKET and buy shit for her.

Wouldn’t it have been easier to just COME BACK? Aren’t you wasting precious money and time by just BEING at the market for that long?

These people let their friends and family go “shopping” in their little home made mini marts.

So anyways…when I went to the grocery store I tried to be a LITTLE more conscious of what was on sale or not. And no I did not bother to bring any coupons with me. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a Hawaiian newspaper with coupons in it.

I saved $14.04! Which is 13%! Whoop de doo! Now I can…go to Starbucks and get my small soy hot chocolate 4 more times then I would have? *Shrug*

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The Orange Creme Cookies weren’t on sale but I’ve never seen them before  so I thought I’d be adventurous today and try something new! I hope they’re as good as they look. Sorta reminds me of Mexican Wedding Cookies / Russian Tea Cookies. I’ll let you guys know how they are.

We’ll see if I can get into using coupons or not. Do you guys use coupons?

Do most people use bring in coupons?

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All I do is eat…

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So yesterday I woke up a little early so I could go get some breakfast pastries for Mark, myself and Olivo.

I drove down to Liliha Bakery which is pretty close by if I use the freeway. I’m sure there are other bakeries in the neighborhood that I need to try out but I always get so paranoid about trying to go to new places because I’m always worried I’m going to overshoot the actual location and have to make SEVERAL loops around the block to find the place AND/OR there is no parking ANYWHERE!

I have a legitimate reason to be paranoid because I feel like not having a parking space and overshooting a location is all I do in my car. I’m usually VERY good with directions but everything is on a one way street that like either leads to a freeway on ramp (that I do not want to go on) OR there is no opportunity to turn around to get back to where I was.

I got some donuts, a chocolate cream puff, an eclair, an apple turnover AND MY FAVORITE a sweet potato crescent. I swear I only get like two things at this place. The blueberry scone and the sweet potato crescent. It seriously reminds me of my time in Japan and I just love it!

Also testing out some photo apps on my phone. I feel as though I’m not sufficiently Asian enough to have already mastered every photo app out there to make my skin brighter or my eyes wider but I’m working on it! Hahaha.

But after chillaxing at home Olivo and I decided to take a walk down to Chinatown to look around and to see if there was anything worth buying from the Macy’s that is closing.

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I was SO excited once I got to the little Chinese markets. I felt like I was back home again! They had all my favorite foods!

I bought two packets of instant noodles that Olivo SAID were spicy (because I love spicy food) BUT they weren’t spicy at all! She lied! I had to put a shit ton of Sriracha into it before I could eat it.

Also bought Strawberry Cakes! Olivo brought me all different flavors and I just loved them! They’re kind of like Fig Newtons but better! Tastier with a wide range of flavors!

I also bought a bag of peeled roasted chestnuts and needless to say I had finished it way too quickly. I absolutely LOVE chestnuts! I think I could live off of them if I had to. My mother and grandmother always bring them when they come to visit but they never last very long. But now that I know I can get it in Chinatown I am definitely going to go by more often!

AND I also bought Almond Jello Mix! They serve it as dessert in Chinese restaurants and it is SO DELICIOUS! I usually don’t care for Jello but I’ve always loved getting this at the end of every Chinese meal! I can’t wait to try it at home!!!

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And this morning we watched the end of the Lakers vs Raptors game as well as both NFL games. And of course I wake up to the Lakers losing…to a team that is not even anywhere near playoffs! It just hurts to be a Lakers fan right now… I think I might start up a:

“NO DWIGHT 2013”

campaign soon.

But I also made some Cinnamon Tortilla crisps this morning since I hadn’t in a long time. Also made an experimental tortilla pizza with salsa, parmesan, mozzarella and pepperoni and it turned out pretty good! The only issue was that the salsa I used was SUPER SPICY so the pizza ended up being super spicy so I just need to be mindful of that next time.

I can’t believe both the 49ers AND the Ravens are going to the Superbowl. I guess you got your birthday wish Austin.

We’ll get there next year Broncos! I believe in you Peyton!

After that Mark and I went to Walmart and got our groceries for the week and when we came home Olivo was back so we decided to go out and get dinner.

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Olivo wanted to get a Loco Moco so I thought we could try Like Like Drive Inn. I’ve always driven by it but I’ve never been there so I’m glad I had an excuse to go. Olivo got the Loco Moco and I got the Oxtail which came with a soup, salad, drink and dessert!

Surprisingly my dish was pretty good. I do love Oxtail and I haven’t had any since I was in Hong Kong. The dish itself came with mashed potatoes and corn (which I also very much love). I gave the salad to Olivo since I despise the very existence of salad and I had the spinach soup as an appetizer. The soup wasn’t bad but I’m not quite sure what to think about it. It was…different. And for dessert I asked for a recommendation and she brought me the blueberry ice cream. I usually don’t like ice cream but it was actually really flavorful and surprisingly smooth.

I really do need to start back at the gym…

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