The paste: I soaked the beans in water overnight in the fridge. It still took 3 hours to cook the paste though (with the blender at the end). The bread: I slowly got better at shaping (I tried two different … Continue reading →
I saw a chef making epi shaped bread on TV. He made it look really easy. So I defrossed an Americana Pizza Dough (Peter Reinhart, American Pie) and shaped it into an epi. My shaping skill definitely needed improvement. But the bread tasted … Continue reading →
I decided to keep the total 2 cups of flour in the recipe. Since my first try procuded dryer bread, I added 2 Tbsp. of milk this time. The result was moist and soft banana bread. I loved it! Whole … Continue reading →
During one episode of Fox’s Master Chef, Chef Ramsey praised contestant Monti’s soda bread. My husband asked me what’s soda bread. I said it’s a type of Irish bread made with baking soda. I searched for a “soda bread” recipe … Continue reading →
Dear Zoo This is both my daughter’s and my favorite book. My daughter loves lifting the flaps to see the different animals. She especially likes the snake, because I’d make the snake sound which she thinks funny. Now she makes … Continue reading →
I saw the Red Bean Buns post on Yeastspotting and felt very tempted to make red bean bread. After all, red bean is one of my favorite sweets. (The Asian type of small red beans, not the U.S. red beans.) … Continue reading →
I have been baking. In fact one reason I have not updated this blog for so long is that I got behind on chronicling the breads I made, then I felt overwhelmed and gave up. Then I got lazy. Or … Continue reading →
We had 2 overripe bananas at the house, and my husband asked me to bake banana bread. I was in a whole-wheat kick, so I decided to change the recipe I had been using. Since I only had 2 bananas … Continue reading →
When I saw the beautiful buns at C Mom Cook’s website, I was in awe with her creations. They were like art! I tried changing the recipes twice because I didn’t have confidance in making brioche dough. Those two attempts … Continue reading →
Recipe from: Betty Crocker Baking for Today When I saw this recipe’s picture, I decided that I definitely needed to make it. It’s so cute! It’s a yeasted bread, however the recipe only gave 10 minutes for bulk fermentation, and … Continue reading →
I recently wrote a reply letter to a lady who shared her story with me. I could talk more about my conversion, but I had to keep it in one page.
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I grew up surrounded by Buddhists and atheists. My father was especially hostile against Christianity, and I picked that up from him. I was a liberal atheist but I believed in freedom of religion.
When I first came to the U.S. during high school years, I met some gossiping and judgmental Christians who mistreated me badly. But I also met other nice Christians who cared and loved me no matter what. Many things happened and I started reading the Bible to see what it really was. Then my life hit rock bottom. Everyday was agonizing, suffering from other people’s sins and my own share of guilt. I wanted to die, but the prospect of hell never seemed more real at that moment. I knew other religions would do nothing for me. Then I finally understood why Jesus died on the cross—to save sinners like me who would be hopeless on my own.
I accepted Jesus. I begged him to save me, to give me a second chance, to let me find a way to continue living in a cruel world. I have heard many people’s testimonies that they had instant dramatic change. My transformation took a long time probably because I was really ignorant about the whole Christianity thing. Life was still hard and full of heartbreaks, but I did have new hope and strength to keep on going.
Long story short, because of God’s grace and mercy, I am able to live in peace and joy today. And I have become a much better person because of the Holy Spirit. There are still challenges in life and I get depressed here and there. But I know no matter what happened on earth, He sees everything. He takes care of me and has blessed me in many ways. He has a plan for me, and His plan is always the best. The Bible is the source of wisdom and comfort. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Pain de Mie from Bread Making by Lauren Chattman The book recipe had a typo, printing 1.5 Tablespoons instead of 1.5 teaspoon. My first attempt was horribly salty. Then I realized the typo after reading the weight of the ingredients. This … Continue reading →
I love the softer, chewy type of “Onion Oil Pancake” served in restaurants. However, the recipe from Betty Crocker Baking for Today called for deep frying, which would result in crispy flatbreads. I did not want to deep fry anything … Continue reading →
I love the sound of organ. It started with the beautiful hymns performed by a college music professor at the first church I attended. The majestic sound of organ glorified God so well. I loved singing with the organ (although my own voice was horrible). The doxology often moved me to tears.
I had since tried several churches with vastly different musical styles after graduating college and leaving my beloved college town. From rock concert, pop music performance, hybrid of traditional and modern, to a cappella. My favorite is still the organ. But organ is a thing of the past, at least in the context of church music. Even churches with organs are turning to modern music. I know I probably will never be able to experience the same thing again.