Cookies are one of my favourite things to bake. You just need a few basic ingredients and you can pretty much create any flavor cookies you like. But there are times when my cookies didn’t turn out the way I want them to. All the cookie’s disasters, whether it be burning them to turning six cookies into one big massive cookie because they all got stuck together when baked, I’ve encountered them before.
But after a bit of tweaking and learning as I baked, here are a few tips for you on how you can improve your next batch of cookies.
Seoul, Korea is a great place to go for a short girls’ trip. I recently went with my cousins and we had such an amazing time. Aside from the crazy shopping of clothes and Korean skincare and cosmetics, we treated our stomachs very well with out-of-this-world Korean food! From the very local joints to the more ‘east meets west’ restaurants, Seoul has it all. One thing that we couldn’t get away from (and why would you want to get away from it) is their delicious fermented side dish, kimchi. Kimchi is the dish that is served in all restaurants whether you want it or not. This side dish is part of Koreans’ every meal and some restaurants even offer unlimited servings of them.
I love cooking with wines. But a lot of people get nervous when it comes to cooking with wines because they are afraid they might choose the wrong ones to cook with. There aren’t any hard and fast rules when it comes to putting wines in your dishes, but one rule that you do hear a lot is “Don’t cook with wines that you won’t drink”. This is because you are concentrating the flavour of the wine when you cook it. There are a lot of decent and reasonably priced wines out in the market that I would drink so don’t worry, you don’t need to use expensive wines at all.
It is always a good idea to eat according to the season. As the weather changes so does the fresh produce that is available. Each season offers a wide selection of beautiful fresh produce that are fresher and sweeter because the fruits and vegetables have been naturally ripened on the vine or the tree and harvested at the right time. This also means that they are more flavourful, nutritious and much cheaper since the crops are harvested in large quantity.
I really love autumn. As the weather is starting to cool off, we get to spend more time in the kitchen, making slow cooked stews, braising meats and baking delicious warming desserts. From beautiful figs and juicy pears to dark leafy greens to sweet root vegetables and squashes, who could resist these seasonal goodies? Everyone should make the most of what they can find at the markets this autumn and cook up the best dishes that this season has to offer.
Here are some of my favourite autumn fruits and vegetables: Continue reading