Banana Bread with Sourdough Starter (Recipe Review)


Growing up in the bay area, I knew and loved my sourdough bread. I recently learned about making your own sourdough starter. I have been following the guidelines from Maurizio at The Perfect Loaf. His guides has everything one needs to know on how to create and maintain a sourdough starter. I use a 50/50 flour mixture of dark rye flour and all-purpose flour. This is the flour that I use - Bob's Red Mill Organic Dark Rye Flour, 22 Ounce (Pack of 4). I buy it off of Amazon because the flour isn't readily available in my local grocery stores.

With the sourdough starter, you have to routinely discard part of it to keep the size manageable. Maurizio has a few recipes here that use up that discard instead of throwing it away. Why throw something away that you can use? I decided to make the banana bread recipe since I had a few bananas to use up anyways. The bread turned out wonderful. I didn't make any significant changes. The original recipe in italics & my notes/adapta…

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies (Recipe Review)


Finally, it is summertime! I have been done with studies for awhile. Catching up on baking, er blogging! With school done, my significant other and I went to get ice cream at a local late-night shop. They serve their ice cream sundaes with two Famous Amos-like chocolate chip cookies.

The cookies sparked up a conversation about favorite cookie recipes. This chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe came to mind. I went through a phase where all I baked was variations of chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Some times there were nuts or raisins, but the base was always the same. The recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction is my favorite for chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, pretty easy to add nuts and raisins if desired. The only semi-significant change that I did was the order of the steps. From my experience, combining the dry ingredients first is better so the butter and egg mixture doesn't sit too long. I am pretty slow and meticulous about measuring everything, so that could just b…

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (Recipe Adaption)


I bake whenever I'm stressed out. I can't help it. If I have butter, flour, sugar, and eggs with approaching assignments, I'll find something to bake. Usually, the end product is banana bread because I forgot to eat them throughout the week. Sorry, mom.

I was craving chocolate chip cookies, even though I consumed way too much raw Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough over the weekend. Cause maintenance calorie date night. I don't think I want to see any chocolate chip cookie dough for awhile.

Plus, I wanted to make cookies for my family and work.

I wanted the cookies to turn out kind of crispy and chewy. Came across Alton Brown's The Chewy recipe to use as the base cookie recipe. I decided to apply some techniques from SeriousEats' J. Kenji L√≥pez-Alt's Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to Brown's recipe. I wanted to have the dough rest overnight. Chilling the dough overnight allows the flour proteins and starches to break down. This results in…

Leftover Easter Ham? Make Ham and Cheese Scones! (Recipe Review)


<3 I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend.

I wasn't expecting to have ham on Easter since I didn't even know we were doing anything. You know how families are, random holiday lunch. :) It was nice and cozy. Because it was unexpected, I decided to take a day off on the calorie deficit and eat at maintenance calories. I may have pigged out on King Hawaiian rolls and this amazing mango/avocado salsa. Honey ham on Hawaiian rolls, drool.

I have been eyeing this recipe from SeriousEats' BraveTart, Stella Parks. I decided to not stuff myself with ham and make these scones! They're amazing and so easy to make. My notes and changes in regular print, italics is the original.

Ham and Cheese Scones - Recipe from SeriousEats' Stella Parks Ingredients9 ounces all-purpose flour (255g), plus more for dusting 
1 tablespoon (12g) baking powder
2 teaspoons (8g) sugar
1 teaspoon (4g) Diamond Crystal kosher salt
2 ounces cold unsalted butter (4 tablespoons; 55g), cut…

Homemade Hot Dog Buns

It has been forever awhile! I am still a college student that spends way too much time not studying. I always find something to distract myself with. Cooking, baking, reading lore on some random game or series, trying to meal prep for the week - the list goes on and on.

A new thing that I want to incorporate into my blog posts - calories. I hesitated to count calories for when I bake because all the ingredients add up in one way or another. That extra little bit of butter, those chocolate chunks I add in at the last minute, whether I use fancy ultra-filtered nonfat milk or regular nonfat milk. I realized that calorie counting when I bake is the same when I cook. It helps me keep accountable. I can totally have a piece of cake, just need to figure out how much of that piece. (Pst, a food scale helps tremendously in the kitchen, whether you're counting calories or not.)

Now on to the actual topic of this post! Homemade hot dog buns, which are pretty amazing.

A few months ago, I …

Photo Essay 1 - GenCon 2015

[Warning: This post is long overdue, oh well. I wasn't really in the mood to organize tons of photos. <3 Better late than never.]

GenCon 2015 - July 30 - August 2, 2015

So, I'm not at all a big board game player or a big gamer at all. I play a ton of League of Legends and some small mobile games and that's about it. Oh I guess there is Hearthstone too. Yeah, I went to a table-top game convention with the intention of trying out a bunch of board games and spending time with my friends.

I had no idea how big this convention was going to be. Sure, I saw statistics and heard comments about last year's. But I never actually been to the location. Oh yeah, first time being in Indianapolis much less Indiana. It was a huge occasion, but it had its dense and not so dense areas. There were a few conjunctions where it was hard to maneuver. It wasn't so bad though. ;) My friends were a bit annoyed at me for always taking the stairs instead of using the escalator.

All the diff…