Recipe Review: Pecan Delight

So quick happy tangent before talking about this recipe. Started up kickboxing classes again. OMG SO MUCH FUN! It’s my third new instructor since I started in Freshman year, but she’s just as intense & enthusiastic as her predecessors. My new teacher is less “dancey” with her instructing technique, and more athletic and tone-based, but I like it.

I love that the flow of kick, jump, lounge, jacks, and furious punching still come second nature to me, no matter how tired I am. The new portion with the 9lb weight bar threw me off a bit a first, but once I started pretending I was training like in Mulan when the “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” montage goes off, all bets were off and I was so in the zone. Looking forward to the next classes. Even if I don’t lose weight, the empowerment of how my body feels coordinating together to do complex moves, and feeling my muscles pump makes the pain worth while >.<

On to Pecan Delight! Nothing like something fattening after something healthy 🙂

Recipe can be found here:

I actually took progress photos this time! Another straight forward procedure to follow.

Crushed pecan shortbread cookies & butter, baked for about 10-15mins for the underlying crust.

Here’s the ungoldy amount of caramel syrup and cream cheese the recipe called for. Don’t worry, the recipe on the side written is actually for stuffed mushrooms haha.

Post “creaming” together the cheese and caramel.

Whipping up some vanilla pudding.

Putting everything together to make the frosting/custard part of the cake thinger.

Plopping the cream onto the crust.

TADAAAAA!!! I tried to make the drizzling of the caramel on top of the pecans prettier, but the recipe called for so much caramel to top the cake (I only used like 1/4 of the amount, and it was STILL too much).  Plus, I think my refrigerator is at a weird angle in the apartment, probs made the caramel mobilize to the sides or something.

As for taste, like I said I typically don’t like the recipes with pre-made/store bought ingredients that I make, but my roomies said it tasted yummy like a pecan-y & caramel topped cheese cake. Who knows, try out the recipe and let me know.

On a side note, how ADORABLE are the mixing bowls Naomi got me? Make cooking so much more fun! You shall see more of them hahahha.







Make Cookies With Candy!

This is probably a great idea for leftover Halloween candy, but I actually went to the grocery store with the purpose of making these:

Snicker candy bar cookies! The recipe yielded great results, though upon taste-testing were missing something. It is basically mini Snickers melted and gooey forged within a soft & chewy peanut butter cookie dough. Topped with semi-sweet baking chocolate drizzled on top, they were simply yum.

No photos in progress or of results of my own as usual. I need to learn how to take out my camera faster.


Sakura Sunday – A Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival

I’m so behind on my blogging! But it’s nice that I have a huge surplus of topics to write about lately.This past Sunday, my dear friend and former roomie (but now current apartment mate) Megan had volunteered at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia as a Crafts Assistant.
It’s actually been running from March 4 to April 15. However two of their main events, the 5K Run and Sakura Sunday occurred on April 9-10. The event is hosted at the Horicultural Center, a 20-25 minute bus ride away from University City. Just $10 for entrance and your transportation fare.

Quite honestly when Megs asked me and John to arrive in the morning at the opening at 10:30 am, we were skeptical. What were we going to do for almost 6 hours in a small outdoor area?

The answer was a pleasant surprise.

First of all, just looking at all the different varieties of cherry blossoms took up a huge chuck of time & was ever so enjoyable. Some science behind the beautiful flower bearing trees:  The ones referred to as “sakura” trees are from the genus Prunus. According to the site there were over 10 different species of cherry blossoms there.

Besides gazing & photo taking fun, there were a ton of vendors selling Asian and Japanese merchandise or themed items. I came out with a slightly aching wallet, but a lot of loot. I’ve posted a few below, and the rest you will see in a month or so after a certain someone’s birthday  ;D

John got a plant and a practice sword we couldn’t stop playing with haha.

Also, there were many donation sites for Relief in Japan from the earthquakes. In one of charity booths, there was a really cool display of giant origami.

John was also able to participate in his very own origami as well. Meet Dilbert aka Dilly the crane.

Of course we went over to visit the crafting goddess, Megan. She was at the calligraphy table. Me and John tried our hand at the ancient art of brush strokes.

John’s says Samurai, Hope, & Japan I think. My paper says Samurai & Ninja. Hopefully our blotchy characters don’t translate to something offensive.

My favorite craft of all was the fish paper kites we got do. Hosted by the Philadelphia Art Museum, their booth was a huge hit. I waited like a creep til the last minute to do a fishy because A) I was slightly embarassed and more importantly B) I wanted as many kids to make theirs before supplies ran out. Lucky for the three of us, there were plenty of templates left!

Meet my darling Tuna Can, who I revamped after the Sakura Sunday to look like an Olympics mascot (by accident). And here is Megan’s swirly Miss Salmon! Finally, John & Bob, the flower-filled eye hole fish!

There were also a lot of events I couldn’t take photos of because I was too short and it was crowded: like drums & dance presentations, martial art expositions, a Harujuku inspired fashion show I sadly missed. I was able to see some cosplayers and  a few really well dressed sweet lolitas, however. I sadly didn’t catch my favorite group on  film because I didn’t want to disturb their lunch time XD

But the main event was one from home!

Megan’s homemade bentos! Not only did this girl go and give her time to volunteer on a Sunday morning, but she woke up at 6am to cook these up.

Absolutely delicious, made from love, and tots free! I’ll let the beautiful pics do the talking! Fruits, veggies, onigiri, shrimp, egg and sweet egg (tamago) and dinosaur shaped chicken and a rabbit shaped apple!

A wonderful display that was great to consume & look at. Love this girl.

So all in all, a superb Sakura Sunday!

Another Quick Baking Post: Oreo Cake Recipe – ver. 1

This time I could have taken a picture of it, but I was embarrassed to whip out my camera in front of Aniket & his roomie.

This is one of the many variations of oreo cake you can make. I personally like the Cookies & Cream vanilla cake version better, and I will post what I think of that whenever I decide to make it.

Pretty straightforward. Comprised of 2 layers of angel food cake (chocolate). The creme filling is whip cream, cream cheese, oreos crushed, and some sugar. It’s topped with a melted butter/semi-sweet chocolate mix. Pretty simple and fast to make. In my opinion, it’s good and sweet, but nothing too special. Also gigantic in size! Looks like a huge oreo cookie!

Hope to update with something science-y or at least fun that isn’t baking soon. Hectic end of the term-itis!

P.S. Had an interview with GlaxoSmithKline today. Seemed to go well, but I’m so nervous. I want the job so bad! >:D

How to Make a Giant Cookies & Creme Chocolate Bar-like Food

Cookies & Creme White Chocolate Fudge

The link:

With some tin foil, a pan, condensed milk, oreos, and a whole ton of melted white chocolate, you too can have a gigantic Hersey’s cookies & creme bar to share with all those you love!

Did this on Saturday. Aniket fell in love with it, while Naomi & Megan died at the thought something like that was allowed to exist in the world. Meanwhile, I’m pretty sure just smelling everything while I was cooking it gave me diabetes.

Great gift for any white chocolate lover!

Being the scientist I am, I created a makeshift double boiler after shuffling around looking through all the pots & pans. Good thing organic chem lab taught me to think of my feet by never having enough equipment for everyone haha.

Quick post due to school breathing down my neck.

Pumpkin Apple Streusel Muffins

A post-Valentine’s Day update!

So apparently the baking-bug has bit me because after making a rather fail quick mix banana creme pie, I decided to make Pumpkin Apple Struesel Muffins in bread loaf as per request from Aniket yesterday.

As usual, I can never take a picture of my finish product, but here is a picture from the recipe I used. Highly recommend! Even includes a great crumb topping recipe 🙂

Pretty straightforward, mix all ingredients together and throw it into the oven. A little time consuming (especially when you treat cooking recipes like laboratory protocol procedures. Maybe that’s why my baked goods taste so yummy though :D) The pumpkin puree makes a killer fluffy batter and one deliciously filling bread slice (with slices of apples that don’t turn mushy >:D).

Aniket was nice enough to buy not only the ingredients for my baking fix (as well as make me a delicious din-din of lamb chops with a side of sauteed spicy spinach & mushrooms), but also ice cream.Cookies n’ Creme are his fav and mine is Mint Chocolate Chip.

We came upon the agreement that the mint after taste was perfect with the Pumpkin Apple Streusel bread. He gobbled it up happily, and unfortunately the 3 loaves I made may not reach to see Thursday. That boy eats too much. Thank God I was able to save a few pieces for Naomi & Megs.

A day of relaxing, listening to The Beatles, a half movie and foodles. Sounds like an unintentionally romantic wonderful Valentine’s Day to me haha.