Lemon Bars

I am normally a chocolate person when it comes to desserts, but I love a good lemon bar. Lemon Bars are always a good idea and this lemon bar recipe is easy to make and the end results are amazing. The lemon bars have a thick, buttery shortbread crust …

I am normally a chocolate person when it comes to desserts, but I love a good lemon bar. Lemon Bars are always a good idea and this lemon bar recipe is easy to make and the end results are amazing. The lemon bars have a thick, buttery shortbread crust with a luscious lemon curd filling…

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Avocado Egg Salad

We make hard boiled eggs every single week. They are a great healthy snack to have in the fridge. I also use them to make egg salad, deviled eggs, and this healthy Avocado Egg Salad. Adding creamy avocado changes everything. Avocados really do make eve…

We make hard boiled eggs every single week. They are a great healthy snack to have in the fridge. I also use them to make egg salad, deviled eggs, and this healthy Avocado Egg Salad. Adding creamy avocado changes everything. Avocados really do make everything better! I promise you are are going to love this…

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Egg Salad

Easter is on Sunday and that means we will be up to our eyeballs in hard-boiled eggs. We always dye way too many eggs, but it is so fun! Plus, I love having extra hard boiled eggs to make deviled eggs and Egg Salad! I love making Avocado Egg Salad, but…

Easter is on Sunday and that means we will be up to our eyeballs in hard-boiled eggs. We always dye way too many eggs, but it is so fun! Plus, I love having extra hard boiled eggs to make deviled eggs and Egg Salad! I love making Avocado Egg Salad, but classic Egg Salad is…

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Monstera Cake Roll with Pandan Whipped Cream & Kaya

Hello, springtime! This springy, spongy, stenciled cake roll is filled with a layer of rich kaya (coconut jam) and fluffy pandan whipped cream. If your piping skills aren’t up to snuff, stencils make for gorgeous prints and patterns with minimal effort… like screen printing, but with cake batter. This monstera leaf design is achieved with […]

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Hello, springtime! This springy, spongy, stenciled cake roll is filled with a layer of rich kaya (coconut jam) and fluffy pandan whipped cream.

If your piping skills aren’t up to snuff, stencils make for gorgeous prints and patterns with minimal effort… like screen printing, but with cake batter. This monstera leaf design is achieved with 3 different colors of green batter for a water-color like effect, on a pale pink background that’s perfectly on trend.

Pink cake roll with stenciled monstera leaf design, sliced to show the spiral of green pandan whipped cream filling

This recipe is the product of months of dreaming and weeks of testing. It’s something I’ve been planning for quite a long time (I actually bought the monstera stencil before the wood-grain stencil from my holiday cake roll), but ended up waiting until spring when the design would better match the weather.

The idea for the design popped into my brain and has remained pretty much unchanged (and the fact that the final result matches my vision so closely… well, I’m pleased as punch).

But that still left me with the question of… what do I fill it with?

I knew I wanted something green, to match the monstera leaf design. And I also wanted something a bit different than my usual green-go-to’s (aka matcha and pistachio). The perfect solution came in the form of Pandan: a grass-like leaf native to Southeast Asia which is often used in flavoring sweets and desserts.

I also added a thin layer of Kaya, a coconut-egg jam popular in Southeast Asia (especially Malaysia and Singapore), to give it an extra kick of flavor and sweetness and again, to make it a little bit different from my previous cake roll recipes. The punch of coconut is a perfect pairing for the subtle vanilla notes of the pandan. I simply adore this combination and couldn’t be more delighted with how the final product turned out (although, I’d maybe be slightly more delighted if it didn’t take me 5 rolls to get it just right…)

Two slices of Monstera Stenciled Roll Cake on rectangular plate

As is the case with this recipe, I am often inspired by Asian ingredients, flavors, and techniques, and I try my best to show my appreciation for the origins and cultural histories of these amazing and diverse foods. I truly believe we can all enjoy these unique recipes and ingredients, while still appreciating the cultures from which they hail and without laying claim to them as our own (there is a fine line between appropriation and appreciation, and I try very much to fall under the later with my recipes).

I simply didn’t feel comfortable posting a recipe like this one, inspired by Japanese techniques and Southeast Asian flavors, without addressing the increasing violence and hateful rhetoric directed towards Asian Americans in this country. Sadly, it is nothing new: Asian-Americans have been discriminated against in this country since before it was a country, even. This Twitter thread is rather eye-opening; did you learn about any of this in history class? Because I sure didn’t.

Talk is good and all (the more we can create awareness about what’s happening, the better), but I’m committed to putting my money where my mouth is, as they say. So I’ve committed to donating 100% of the ad revenue from this post to the AAPI Community Fund, which aims to address the urgent issues that face the AAPI community as well as broader, systemic problems through grants issued to trusted AAPI organizations working to rectify the racial inequalities in our society.

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Spinach Quiche

This Spinach Quiche is one of my favorite recipes to make when I am having friends and family over for breakfast or brunch. Everyone loves quiche and this one is exceptional. It has a flaky crust, silky custard egg filling, hearty spinach, garlic, onio…

This Spinach Quiche is one of my favorite recipes to make when I am having friends and family over for breakfast or brunch. Everyone loves quiche and this one is exceptional. It has a flaky crust, silky custard egg filling, hearty spinach, garlic, onion, and melty Gruyere cheese. A few shortcuts, like using store bought…

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Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are a classic, iconic appetizer for springtime and Easter. It’s the perfect recipe for using up hard-boiled Easter eggs. But deviled eggs go way beyond Easter, they are a great appetizer or side dish for any and every day of the year…

Deviled Eggs are a classic, iconic appetizer for springtime and Easter. It’s the perfect recipe for using up hard-boiled Easter eggs. But deviled eggs go way beyond Easter, they are a great appetizer or side dish for any and every day of the year. I think every party, potluck, and special occasion should start with…

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Coffee Cake

Don’t you love a sweet breakfast or brunch recipe?! Count me in! I love including something indulgent with the most important meal of the day. This Coffee Cake recipe is an absolute favorite of anyone who tries it. It has a classic, comforting fl…

Don’t you love a sweet breakfast or brunch recipe?! Count me in! I love including something indulgent with the most important meal of the day. This Coffee Cake recipe is an absolute favorite of anyone who tries it. It has a classic, comforting flavor and fills your home with the smell of buttery vanilla and…

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Homemade Fish Sticks

Did you know that it is easy to make fish sticks at home? YEP! And I promise they taste way better than frozen fish sticks you buy at the store. Plus, they are healthier because they are made with fresh and simple ingredients and they are baked and not…

Did you know that it is easy to make fish sticks at home? YEP! And I promise they taste way better than frozen fish sticks you buy at the store. Plus, they are healthier because they are made with fresh and simple ingredients and they are baked and not fried. The recipe is simple and…

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Salted Malted Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I make A LOT of cookies, an obscene amount. Chocolate chip cookies will always be my favorite to bake and eat. I adore the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe in our cookbook, but I also love trying new chocolate chip cookie recipes. I was playing aro…

I make A LOT of cookies, an obscene amount. Chocolate chip cookies will always be my favorite to bake and eat. I adore the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe in our cookbook, but I also love trying new chocolate chip cookie recipes. I was playing around in my kitchen one day and came up with…

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