Matcha Red bean paste Macaroon

Surprisingly, there’s expiration date on almond flour. The almond flour bought earlier this year must be used before the 21th of the September. This is a call for macaroon! Macaroon has been a miss and hit for me. Sometimes it turns out right sometimes it cracks. I haven’t made any for awhile and this time, I’m using Amanda tastes recipe with some addition of my own, I present to you Matcha Red Bean Paste Macaroon.

Recipe:

3 egg white (room temperature)

75g sugar

120g Almond flour

150g powdered sugar

1/2 tsp of matcha green tea powder

green liquid coloring

red bean paste (for filling)

The methodology is the same as for any macaroon and it is widely on the internet. Combine and sift the almond flour, powdered sugar and matcha green tea powder together in a bowl. On the other hand, beat the egg white with sugar until it reaches a soft peak. Once it reaches a soft peak, add 1 to 2 drops green coloring. Fold in the flour with the egg white mixture until it reaches consistency. Pipette the mixture unto a parchment paper and hit the pan of batter unto the table to get most of the air bubbles out. And lastly, let the batter sit for 30-1 hrs until the top is dry. Once the top is dry, it is ready for the oven. I preheat the oven for 300 degree F and lower it to 275degree F before I put in the batter for 15minutes. As for fillings, I use the ready made red bean paste from the supermarket. It was much of a success with only a few cracks.

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Sweet Chats in French Asian Styles

There’s a saying that sweets lightens your mood. I’m completely agreed with this saying as I love desserts in any form at any given time. I also enjoys dessert no matter what mood I am in to satisfy my sweet tooth.  A year back, there’s a local advertised french asian style cafe opened down the street from where I lived. Personally, I was very excited about this new addition to the neighborhood. When they finally open for business, I was so eager to try but couldn’t find the time. Those that have tried had mixed reviews, most said it was mediocre. Last year, I finally find a time to give it a try not once but twice before they closed for new management this year (2017). It was a small cafe with some interesting dessert choices of egglette, toast and ice cream. On top of dessert, they also serves lunch and dinner with a few choices of burger and tacos. The first time I was there, we had mocha coffee, banana split and tiramisu egglette. We spent a nice amount of time chatting recent events and talking about the future road during a rainy night (ironic isn’t it). My second and last time to J smile was after a workshop event that tormented us for a week and also to celebrate one coworker’s anniversary and another one’s birthday. It was a nice short gathering to celebrate all three special events (kill 3 birds with 1 stone LOL). We tried the humongous toast which turns out to be quite delicious, the slider and taco was so-so, the egglette was unique in the area. Overall, I thought the food was very presentable.

Chicago Restaurant Week Jan27-feb9,2017

Chicago Restaurant Week has become a tradition for Chicagoan food lovers. The number of restaurants participating in this event has increased, food varies from European to Asian fusion style dishes served from brunch to dinner. During restaurant week, restaurants that are participating will offer a special menu at a fixed price in addition to their regular menu option.

This is our( at least my) 2 or 3 anniversary in partaking the restaurant week to try out different types of food and crossing out some of the bucket list. First stop was Mago Grill, a Mexican type restaurant right next to Roosevelt icon theater, for brunch. When the waitress offer me a restaurant week menu as we sat down, I was taken by surprised that they were one of them. Overall the food was descent, size portion was abit smaller than I expected. However, their drinks was superb! It was juice mixed with champagne as what we were told, but we couldn’t pronounce nor remember the drink name.

Last stop was Catch 35 on upper Wacker Dr for dinner. This place serves seafood and premium steak. The decor was modern with displayed seafood freezer near the front of the restaurant. It was almost a full house on that super bowl night, we were seated all the way to the back of the restaurant and their washroom was all the way in the front next to the coat service. I felt unease giving a catwalk just to use the bathroom. Before our food arrived, we were told that one of our acquaintance tried this place last year said the portions were small and weren’t enough to satisfied her appetite. So we held unto this type of expectation.  Once the main entrees arrived to the table, we thought to ourselves either our acquaintance had a super big stomach, went to the wrong place or we are super special that they served us more as we were super full half way through our entrees. We were unable to completely finished emptying out the plates. We finished the night with some delicious desserts, you know what they say: there’s always room for dessert no matter how full you are. Again, we don’t understand how someone of our figure wasn’t full with so much food 😉