Raw Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Torte

Nowadays, in many cultures, families are getting so busy that quality family time is becoming a rare commodity, if not a special treat. Although time for shared meals and activities is often hard to orchestrate as busy schedules make it difficult to get together, family time is an investment worth making. We spend most of our… Read More

Chocolate Orange-Cardamom Cookies

When it comes to desserts, I’m not much of a cookie baker. I’m usually the cake maker, but I thought it’s about time I share a cookie recipe on the blog. So, I made cookies for you today. Flecked with orange zest and studded with crunchy pecans, these semi-crispy cookies are fragrant, full of cocoa… Read More

Vol-au-vent with Gianduia Cream and Prunes

When I first saw these little gems in La Cucina Italiana, the Italian kitchen magazine, I knew I was destined to try them in my own kitchen. French for “windblown,” a vol-au-vent is a small, very light and hollow pastry. They’re essentially made by cutting puff pastry into shapes, then cutting a hole in one… Read More

Of Love, Happiness, and Romeo and Juliet

Happiness does not come automatically. It is not a gift that good fortune bestows upon us and a reversal of fortune takes back. It depends on us alone.One does not become happy overnight, but with patient labor, day after day. Happiness is constructed, and that requires effort and time. In order to become happy, we… Read More