Posts Tagged ‘baking’

The boyfriend just came back from his business trip to Amsterdam and brought back…

Tulip bulbs!

A little history lesson: even though tulips are virtually synonymous with the Netherlands, they actually originated from Central Asia. They made their debut in Holland during the late 1500s, and  it’s become one of the Netherlands’s most important exports, with 3 billion bulbs produced each year! These captivating, cup-shaped flowers were the ultimate status symbol for 17th century Amsterdam, and caused quite a frenzy during that time, rightfully deemed “tulipomania”. The demand so far exceeded the supply that bulbs were selling for as much as an exclusive canal-front home, and traders in the bulb business were making up to $35,000 a month!

The beautiful floating flower market in Amsterdam

I didn’t want to get my hands dirty, so I quickly volunteered to be the photographer while my boyfriend planted the bulbs. Hee.

I hope we’re doing this right

Don’t they look like garlic bulbs?

We had a bit of a dilemma with these bulbs– tulips bloom in the Spring, meaning, they should be planted in the Fall. But my boyfriend was advised to plant them IMMEDIATELY….so we did, reluctantly. We’re not really sure what’s going to happen with them, the guy at home depot said the stalks will grow but they won’t bloom until next Spring. Boo! I guess we’ll just have to wait and see..

After all the hard work of taking pictures and planting flowers, it was time for dinner—our anniversary dinner!

I opted to fix dinner for this special occasion instead of going out to eat, and I made our favorite thing: SUSHI!

Our favorite is the chirashi bowl, which is a bowl of sushi rice topped with assorted sashimi. Here I have white tuna, hamachi (yellowtail), salmon, ikura (fish roe), and uni. It was delicious! We even had leftovers to make 2 additional bowls of chirashi, which I will be happily gobbling down for lunch.

I also bought some meat from the Korean market and marinated them.

It smelled so gooooood.

Left: Beef short ribs. Right: Black pork belly

Cooking at home is so much cheaper than eating out, but the dishes that pile up really is a sight for sore eyes.

Since it’s midterms week for me, I haven’t baked at all. But my last midterm is tomorrow, so I plan on whipping something up Thursday! Yay! As of right now I want to take a whack at making green tea creme brulee, but the only thing holding me back is the leftover egg whites that will be sitting in my fridge. What shall I make? Macarons? I made lemon meringue tart last week so I don’t want to repeat that…..time to do some recipe research!


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Hello! Welcome to my first post! I guess I’ll start off by telling you a little bit about myself…

I’m a 23 year old student living in the Bay Area. I was born in Hong Kong, but moved to America when I was about 6-7. I lived in Los Angeles my whole life until I moved to the Bay Area 2 years ago.

I’m currently still in school and work part time as an optometric assistant, but mainly I’m just trying to figure out what I want to do with my life!

Baking is a destresser for me. Whenever I’m stressed, the kitchen and fridge are filled with desserts. I usually don’t even eat very much of it, most of it usually goes to my coworkers, in which they happily gobble down anything I put in front of their faces.

I’ve been watching food network since I was 16, I think that’s where I got the motivation to start baking. When I was at that age though, I wasn’t allowed to use the oven due to overly strict asian parents. In protest, I resorted to using a toaster oven to do my baking, but eventually decided it was not as fun.

Fast forward to about 6 months ago, where I began baking again. I’m currently getting over my cupcake phase, and starting a panna cotta stage. I’m just a beginner baker experiencing, and of course, making a mess in my kitchen, all the while having fun. Please don’t judge my baking too harshly!

One reason I created this blog is to keep track of my baking bucketlist! I’ve got so many things on that list right now I don’t know where to begin. Here’s my list:

Venesa’s Baking Bucketlist


Strawberry lemonade cupcakes
Tiramisu cupcakes
Lemon meringue tart with candied lemon peels
Roti bun
Lemon blueberry tres leches cupcakes with toasted meringue frosting
Early grey berry tart
Tres leches cupcake
Chocolate raspberry cupcakes with almond swiss meringue buttercream
Banana tarte tartin, with homemade vanilla ice cream
Banana cupcakes with vanilla pastry cream
Some sort of danish
Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
Vanilla green tea creme brulee
3 layer neopolitan cake
Red velvet cheesecake
Some sort of bread pudding
Tiramisu cake
Banana cake roll
Chinese egg tarts
Molten chocolate cake
Green tea white chocolate mousse cake
Passion fruit tart (If I can ever find passion fruit!)
Caramel frappucino cupcake
Tonka Bean Vanilla Cakes with Molten Chocolate Framboise Ganache
Dinner rolls


Ramen broth
Spaghetti noodles
Xiao long bao
Seared scallop salad
The perfect risotto
Foccacia bread
Bolognese sauce, chinese style
Salmon and Bagel Egg Benedict


Vanilla ice cream
Vanilla panna cotta with strawberry mousse and gelee
Mango panna cotta verrines
Coffee ice cream with chocolate freckles

After all this rambling, I’m going to end this post with some visual stimulation for you guys…it’s a picture of a lemon meringue tart that I made last week!


I would usually pipe the meringue all around the tart but for this picture’s sake I wanted to show the lemon curd as well. Bon appetite!

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