March 2011

Blueberry yogurt mini cakes.

March 30, 2011

Blueberries don’t grow on this island. I’m always roaming the supermarket’s imported fruit aisle to see if there’s anything interesting and new. My dad and uncles grow mangoes, avocados, papayas, bananas and various types of melons so I get really happy whenever I find exotic-for-me fruits [cherries, peaches, blueberries] to eat or bake with. I […]

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Yeasted meringue coffee cake – Daring Bakers.

March 27, 2011

The March 2011 Daring Baker’s Challenge was hosted by Ria of Ria’s Collection and Jamie of Life’s a Feast. Ria and Jamie challenged The Daring Bakers to bake a yeasted Meringue Coffee Cake. There’s something therapeutic about working with yeasted doughs. You mix the ingredients and they magically transform into a smooth and elastic mass […]

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Scallops in caramel-orange sauce ~ French Fridays with Dorie.

March 25, 2011

The first scallop I ate was quite an experience. I had it at a sushi bar in Tokyo with my uncle who introduced them to me as “hotate“. I had never heard about this shellfish before and that day was a day of firsts: raw shrimp, raw squid and raw scallops which became my favorite. […]

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Olive oil carrot cake.

March 23, 2011
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I don’t know why I hadn’t tried baking with olive oil before. Don’t get me wrong, I  love baking with butter but after trying this moist cake on day 2 and 3 you’ll see what I’m talking about. After 24 hours the flavors in this cake get so much better and as days pass [I […]

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For Japan with love.

March 17, 2011

This Friday I will be joining in with the Bloggers Day of Silence: The aim is just raise awareness and respect and acknowledge the devastation going on in Japan.   I read about this on Rebecca’s blog. Please visit to make a donation or just send positive thoughts and keep Japan in your heart. This could […]

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Vegan and gluten free olive oil carrot cookies.

March 16, 2011

If you are friends with this panda on Twitter, you already know how much I love working out and taking care of my body. As a baker and food lover is really easy to put on weight [unless you have a magical metabolism which most japanese girls seem to have except me]. I’m always looking […]

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Grouper ceviche with mango.

March 14, 2011

Kathlyn of Bake Like a Ninja was our Daring Cooks’ March 2011 hostess. Kathlyn challenges us to make two classic Peruvian dishes: Ceviche de Pescado from “Peruvian Cooking – Basic Recipes” by Annik Franco Barreau. And Papas Rellenas adapted from a home recipe by Kathlyn’s Spanish teacher, Mayra. Ceviche is Peru’s national dish. I wrote […]

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Beggar’s linguine ~ French Fridays with Dorie.

March 11, 2011

Look at the photo above and tell me: do you see an appetizing dish made with all those ingredients? When I started making this recipe, my answer was NO. Nuts, dried figs, raisins and pasta? No way. I would have chosen a hundred recipes over this one, and thats what I like about FFwD: sometimes […]

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Bacon Mac and Cheese

March 8, 2011

Fun shaped pasta in a sea of ooey gooey cheese sauce. Who can resist it? When I was a kid I loved making mac’n’cheese from a box and instant ramen. Comfort [may I say junk?] food so easy to make even a kid can succeed at it. I never eat the boxed stuff anymore and […]

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Savory cheese and chive bread ~ French Fridays with Dorie.

March 4, 2011

This week’s FFwD recipe is a savory quick bread. Quick breads are almost-foolproof breads that use chemical leavening agents [baking soda/baking powder] instead of yeast. There is no kneading or proofing required, you just mix the ingredients and bake immediately. The term quick bread applies to cakes, cookies, pancakes, scones, brownies, muffins, biscuits, etc. This means […]

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