Now that the arrowhead, a kind of root vegetable is in season, I have made chips out of them by deep frying them.   This was one of my childhood Chinese New Year snacks.  I wanted to share with my children.


Chinese vegetable: Arrowhead





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Happy 2012! (I baked cookies again!)

Here comes my baking trial again.  Another try for my elder son who is going back to university on Tuesday..  The chocolate chucks look funny, I just added in for my son cause chocolate is his favourite.



  • 1 cup blended almonds
  • 1 cup all-purpose floor
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 ounces good-quality dark chocolate


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Lower oven to 325 degrees F.

Blend  butter and sugar together with a wooden spoon until smooth. Blend  in egg and vanilla. Gradually beat the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Add the chopped almonds and mix until distributed evenly throughout.

Form into approximately 1 1/2 -inch ball and place on greased cookie sheets. Bake until firm, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on racks.

Place chocolate chunk on top of cookies.


Happy Holidays – My Christmas Bead Tree!

I have a lot of passion for beading.  Here are some projects that I have previously made at my leisure – just to share!

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I baked cookies today (first time ever!)

Today I made cookies.

Here is the recipe:

For 15 pieces.


Unsalted butter – 40 grams
Brown sugar – 30 grams
Egg yolk – 30 grams
All purposes flour (pre-sifted) – 80 grams
Whole wheat flour (pre-sifted) – 20 grams
Almond crumbs – 1 tablespoon

For decoration:

Egg white
Whole piece of almond – 15


  1.  mix the butter into creamy texture
  2. add the sugar to the butter mixture
  3. add the egg yolk (in separate four to five times) to the butter and sugar mixture and blend it
  4. add the all purposes  flour to the mixture and fold evenly
  5. add the whole wheat flour to the mixture and fold evenly
  6. add the almond crumbs to the mixture and fold evenly
  7. pinch out about 1/2″ dough and roll it into a ball and put each ball in the greased baking cookie pan with 1 1/2″ apart from each other
  8. flatten the cookies by pinching them down, brush them with egg white and put a piece of almond on top of each one
  9. place the cookie tray in the preheated oven of  160 °C for 15 to 18 minutes, turn the cookie tray in the mid of the baking to get even colouring.
  10. put the baked cookies in the cooling rack.