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Earl Grey Macarons

Earl Grey Macarons

I decided to revisit macarons and try the recipe again to create non-hollow macarons. Every attempt looked like a perfect macaron, except when it was cracked open, it was hollow. After a few more attempts and more reading as to why my macarons were turning out to be hollow, I hit success. They weren't hollow anymore, but I had other issues with the macaron and it was mostly due to my oven. It was browning too quickly or it would be under baked. It took a while before I got to learn about my oven in my new place, but I've got it down now.

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Hosting Afternoon Tea

Hosting Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea party is such an fun and elegant way to get together with friends and family to celebrate a special occasion, or just an excuse to dress up. Hosting an afternoon tea party may seem daunting at first, but the overall experience is so rewarding! From the planning of the menu to the execution and to finally sit down to enjoy a good cup of tea with cake, it is all worth it.

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Matcha Cupcakes with Adzuki Bean (Red Bean) Buttercream

Matcha Cupcakes with Adzuki Bean (Red Bean) Buttercream

A girl friend had requested to replicate Uncle Tetsu's green tea Madeleines on my Instagram, not knowing it was not something I had made before. Upon request, I went to attempt these Madeleines at her place without the azuki bean filling in the center. I used my mini muffin pan to bake them. Surprisingly, it was a simple recipe and it turned out better than I had expected! 

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Ireland

Ireland

Ireland, a land full of culture and history, was a wonderful travel destination. It was refreshing to visit a country that valued and promoted the use of local produce and livestock. I admired the respect and appreciation the Irish have  for what mother Ireland provides them. Here, cows were fed grass, not corn; chickens were free-ranged and not pumped full of antibiotics; and sustainable farming practices were a commonplace rather than a luxury.

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