Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pasta with Corn, Burrata, Pancetta and Chilies

Everything about this pasta screams SPRING! It's in the middle of winter and I'm making a pasta that is vibrant with color and delicate in taste - in other words, perfect. 
In the midst of winter, this pasta was like a bright shining light. I used frozen corn since corn isn't in its peak right now and it still tasted fantastic. The combination of basil, corn and pancetta was so freaking delicious. Sadly, I couldn't find burrata! I normally get it from Trader Joes but I think they stopped carrying it. I love Trader Joes but the most frustrating thing about that place is that once you bond with one of their products, they'll remove it from their stock!
Anyways this pasta is amazing! Light, fresh, and delicious. 
Pasta with Corn, Burrata, Pancetta and Chilies
Yields: about 4 servings
Original recipe here.

1/2 lb. dried or fresh wide noodles, like pappardelle or fettuccine
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, plus more to garnish
1/4 tsp. sea salt, plus more to season
extra virgin olive oil
1/4 lb. pancetta
2 ears of corn, kernels removed
4 dried red chilies, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup Parmigiana Reggiano, shredded
1/4 lb. burrata

Cook the pasta according to the directions, to al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid. While the pasta is cooking, prepare the breadcrumbs and sauce. For the breadcrumbs, place the panko, basil, and salt in a food processor and grind until small. Drizzle the breadcrumbs with 1 tbsn. of olive oil and pulse until well incorporated. Using a non-stick skillet, toast the breadcrumbs until lightly browned and dry, set aside. To make the sauce, heat up a large skillet and add 2 tbsn. of olive oil. Add the pancetta and cook for 2 minutes or until slightly caramelized. Add the corn and chilies to the skillet and cook on medium heat for 5 - 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Deglaze the pan with some of the cooking liquid if necessary. Finally, turn off the heat and add the pasta, cheese and cooking liquid to the skillet. Combine well using tongs. Top with a generous dusting of breadcrumbs and several hunks of the burrata. Garnish with torn basil leaves.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Guest Post: Meringue-Kissed Raspberry Pots

Of course, you guys know I've been a long time reader of 6 Bittersweets for a long time. I'm obsessed with her creativity and she has a knack for finding the most delicious recipes around - I just made her Ricotta Blueberry Hotcakes and I was in heaven! I literally can't wait to find the perfect event to make her sesame & matcha cupcakes. I was so excited when she agreed to do a guest post on my blog and I hope you all enjoy - it's a real treat!

When Michelle invited me to guest post on her blog, I was giddy with excitement. It's not every day one gets asked to contribute to such a gorgeous collection of food, fashion, music, and photography! Especially after she shared those amazing cinnamon cupcakes with my readers, I knew I had to bring her a special treat. Thanks so much to Michelle and all of you for having me!
One thing you should know about me is that I love fresh fruit. Whether at the supermarket or farmers market, my basket is always brimming with whichever fruits are in season. But they taste so good out of hand that I just eat them right up. They rarely survive long enough to show up in a blog recipe 8). Then I found these stewed fruit pots topped with pretty meringue. And they are really worth having a little patience for.
What I like most about this dessert is that it looks fancy but can be whipped up so quickly. Couldn't we all use more recipes like that? But what about the taste? Well plums happen to be a fruit I find yummier when cooked. Here they're quickly stewed to coax out more sweetness and a silky texture. Combined with a delicately toasted meringue topping and almond cookie crumbs, the pure fruit flavors are enhanced but not at all masked. These pots were a great change of pace from my usual cupcakes and cookies and would be lovely for any get-together.

Meringue-Kissed Plum Raspberry Pots [Printable Recipe]
Adapted from 
Serves 6

NOTES: Feel free to swap out the fruit here for any fresh seasonal or frozen fruit you like or have on hand! You can also make the fruit filling in advance and complete the pots with meringue right before serving. Amaretti biscuits should be available at fine coffee shops and in specialty food stores/sections. But if you can't find them, an equal amount of crushed almond biscotti should suffice. Or you could even bake your own!

3/4 cup PLUS 1 Tbsp sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup PLUS 2 T water
8 to 10 small plums, stones removed and each cut into 8
1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries, unthawed
8 amaretti biscuits, crushed [about 1/3 cup]
3 large egg whites, room temperature

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place 5 Tbsp of the sugar, cinnamon stick, and vanilla in a medium sized saucepan with water. Gently heat until the sugar dissolves. Add the plums to the pan, bring to the boil, then simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the plums have softened. Remove from the heat and stir in the frozen raspberries. Leave to stand for 5 minutes, then remove the cinnamon stick.

Divide the crushed biscuits among six 6 to 7 oz.
 ramekins, and then spoon the stewed fruits over.

In a clean, dry bowl, whisk the egg whites until it holds a soft peak. Gradually whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and continue beating until you have a stiff, glossy meringue. Heap some meringue onto the top of each ramekin. Use a spoon to spread the meringue to reach the edges of the each ramekin and then to make pretty swirls ^_^. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until the meringues are golden but still soft inside. Serve immediately.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Ballerina Project

Stumbled upon this today from The Rockstar Diaries. In love... so, so gorgeous.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tailored Tuesdays


1. Giles & Brother "Chevron feather pendant necklace"
2. Vanessa Bruno "Silk blouse"
3. Giambattista Valli "Cashmere and wool-blend skirt"
4. Christian Louboutin "Bianca 140 flannel pumps"
5. Fendi "Limited edition selleria large peekaboo tote"

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Bill Granger's Ricotta Hotcakes

After my trip to New York, I've been desperately trying to re-live my glory days. Glorious food days that is. I miss everything about the city from the stuffy subways to the gorgeous foliage but of course the one thing I miss most is all of that food!! One thing I'll always remember fondly are the pancakes from Clinton St. Baking Company, ohhh the pancakes...
I made Eggplant Parmesan the other day (recipe to come soon) and I had some extra ricotta left over. I decided to make these precious little hotcakes. The eggs are separated and the whites are whipped to airy perfection and then gently folded into the batter. If that isn't enough, ricotta is just barely mixed into the batter, leaving little chunks of ricotta goodness all throughout. Yep, it's true.
To top it all off, and to fully re-live my Clinton St. days, I made a maple butter syrup. The saltiness of the butter and the sweetness of the maple was enough to drive me over the edge. Make these and you'll be looking over the ledge soon yourself!
It's not so obvious, but that little white blob is a chunk of ricotta goodness!!

Bill Granger's Ricotta Hotcakes
Yields: about 12 large hotcakes
Original recipe here.

For the hotcakes:
1 cup ricotta cheese
3/4 cup milk
4 large eggs, separated
1 1/4 cups flour
2 tbsn. sugar
dash of salt
2 tsp. grated lemon zest
1 tsp. baking powder
1 - 2 cups blueberries or other berries, if desired 

For the maple butter syrup:
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup salted butter

Pour the milk into a mixing bowl, then add the egg yolks; mix until combined. Add the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and mix well. Add the lemon zest and mix. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry peaks form. Gently fold throughout the batter, leaving some streaks of white. Lastly, add the ricotta and mix gently (take care not to overmix as you want it to be slightly chunky). Heat a non-stick or cast iron pan over medium heat, then grease lightly with butter or oil. Pour 1/2 cup of the batter (per hotcake) into the pan. If using berries, sprinkle the top of the hotcake with a few berries. Cook on one side until little bubbles appear, about 2 minutes, then flip over and cook on the other side for about 1 minute. Serve with more fresh berries. 

To make the syrup, combine the syrup and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat until the butter is melted and everything is thoroughly combined. Remove from heat and serve alongside the hotcakes. 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes & Being a Guest!

I made some lovely Cinnamon Swirl Cupcakes, which you all MUST try since they are uberly delicious!

Be sure to check out my guest post on 6 Bittersweets for the recipe!

Thanks again Xiaolu for hosting me :D

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'd like to introduce to you, my new love! Impossibly soft pumpkin cookies kissed with the perfect amount of chocolate.
I've heard everyone rave about Joy the Baker's soft pumpkin cookies. I made these cookies months ago, but haven't had the chance to post them until now! It wasn't even technically fall yet, and I had already pulled out my pumpkin puree and fall spices! I love the fall, with its beautiful light and chance to cuddle up in bundles of coats and knitted scarves.I slightly adapted the recipe by substituting whole wheat flour for the all purpose and by reducing the sugar and oil. It did nothing, and I mean NOTHING, to the taste of these babies. That's what is so great about all things pumpkin; it's so forgiving! The cookies were still incredibly moist and with the chocolate chips, the sugar wasn't even missed. So basically, when you munch on these monstrous cookies, there's no need to feel any bit of shame. Just let that pure joy wash all over you!

Soft Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields: about 16 large cookies
Slightly adapted from here.

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper, set aside. Stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices together in a medium bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar until smooth and lightened in color. Next, mix in the oil,
pumpkin and vanilla until well combined. Mix in the flour to incorporate. Mix in the chocolate chips.
Using an ice cream scoop (1/4 cup size), scoop mounds of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 2 1/2 inches apart. Use a thin metal spatula to smooth and flatten the rounds. Bake until tops feel firm and an inserted toothpick comes out clean, about 16 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tailored Tuesdays

Mmm layers!

1. MCQ "Double breasted wool blend coat"
2. Rag & Bone "Greville alpaca and wool-blend sweater"
3. Paul & Joe "Un carre contrast-trim shirt"
4. Fendi "Peekaboo large leather tote"
5. J Brand "Houlihan low-rise skinny cargo pants"
6. J. Crew "Perforated-leather oxfords"

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Monday, October 18, 2010


I've been known to cook/ bake on a whim. Crave chocolate cake? Okay, I'll bake it. Crave some kimchi fried rice, that's easy! I'll whip some up real fast. Hoecakes? Hmmm, hoecakes. Well, I've never made those before...

I was watching True Blood the other day and in the episode, Sam, one of the characters cooks up some hoecakes using bacon grease and it sent my tummy rumbling right away! I've heard of hoecakes before, but never tried them nor made them - but I knew I had some bacon grease that I reserved on hand, so I set forward to making them immediately.
I found this recipe from Paula Deen, and with the simplicity of the recipe and all of the rave reviews, I knew I had to make them. They were as simple as can be, just mix all together, fry them up and then enjoy! I think the bacon grease is imperative; it adds this salty dimension and the hint of bacon flavor is simply divine with the maple syrup.
The hoecakes themselves are toothsome and hearty. They're opposite to a pancake completely! They're not fluffy but rather thick and heavy due to the cornmeal, but in a good way. I enjoyed mine with some maple syrup but these are wonderful because you can enjoy them sweet or savory.

Yields: about 18
Original recipe here.

1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup self-rising cornmeal
2 eggs
1 tbsn. sugar
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup + 1 tbsn. water
1/4 cup bacon grease (or vegetable oil)
oil or butter, for frying

Mix the flour, cornmeal, eggs, sugar, buttermilk, water and bacon grease until well combined. Heat the oil or butter in a medium or large skillet over medium heat. Drop the batter, by full tablespoons into a hot skillet (use about 2 tbsn. of batter per hoecake). Fry each hoecake until brown and crisp, then use a spatula to turn the hoecake and brown the other side (about 3 minutes per side). With a slotted spoon, remove each hoecake to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
Simple, homely hoecakes.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Spring 2011 RTW

The latest & greatest of Spring 2011 ready-to-wear!
There was too much to love, really, too much.

Of course, Marc never fails. Ever since becoming head designer of Louis Vuitton, I really respect how incredibly versatile of a designer he is, it is truly amazing. Once you think you have him figured, he pulls another one of his classic 180's and dishes you something you would have never expected... amazing.
The soft tones of Alberta Ferretti were so beautifully romantic. I feel like the models need to be on horses, galloping on the beach with the wind in their hair or something!
Luisa was filled with girly pinks, and even though I don't love pink, I absolutely loved it in this collection.
When does Gucci ever fail to impress? The collection presented a strong, fashion forward and confident woman and it was wonderful to see.
Gosh I love Oscar. His pieces are always wonderfully structured but romantically soft at the same time. He really just knows how to dress a woman.
I will always have a special place in my heart for lace. It's classic, feminine, delicate and gorgeous - and Erdem really did perfect it in this collection!

Monique's color scheme was sooo perfectly Spring! I loved the pop of red along with the mint green, one of my favorite colors! She really knows how to dress a woman.
I am absolutely enamored by that coat from the end look! It's so chic and effortless.
I loved the earthy tones and the cutouts at Rodarte!

Chris Benz is always, always one of my favorites. His work with color is always phenomenal and I love his quirky designs.
There are so many Asian designers out there now! And I love ALL of them. Maybe it's because I'm Asian and we have the same aesthetic but nonetheless, gorgeous vision, design and execution. Loved the lightness of Thakoon's runway.Oh Derek, you never seem to disappoint, do you? A perfectly spring color palette with pieces that look incredibly easy to wear, yet still look like you could rule Manhattan.
I looooved Adam's color palette, but then again, I'm a sucker for neutral colors! What I also loved was his play on proportions - I mean look at those black trousers! They make the model look a million miles long and I adore the flair-ed bottom.

Close second as my favorite was Malandrino. I loved her work with textures and knit. It was wonderful how she had every color in the rainbow, yet delivered a collection that still had a uniform vision. It's the perfect wardrobe for vacation wear.

My ultimate favorite though, was definitely Jason Wu. I mean, I couldn't even bare to limit myself to 5 - 6 looks; it was impossible. Everything was incredibly chic, feminine, glamorous and had this incredible luxe look. I loved everything!! A pure celebration of the woman figure.
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