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Mango Almond Cakes

I love mango pulp; it’s available from the internet, Indian specialty stores, and even in Whole Foods. In the summer I blend it with yogurt and ice to make mango lassi. The mango pulp gives these cupcakes a pretty color and great mango flavor. 

Mango Almond Cakes

  • 3/4 cup organic shortening or butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mango pulp
  • 1 1/4 cup almond flour/meal
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • sliced almonds to top (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°. Cream together sugar and shortening till smoothed. Then incorporate eggs one at a time, then almond flour, almond extract and then the mango pulp, mix well. Add flour, baking powder and pinch of salt, and quickly mix till incorporated. Line or grease muffin tin, fill equally and top with a few almond pieces. Bake for about 25min, it should just start browning.



October 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm 5 comments

sugarsnap peas from the garden

I had planted them late August in a small pot (a square foot) and crossed my fingers. I knew that peas grew best in cooler temps, in the last 2 weeks it really came into bloom and I haven’t even been watering it much since the start of October. While the bottom looks like some shriveled leaves and vines, the top is lush. I was so excited when I spotted a pod from my window, I rushed out to take a picture.

And my rosemary plant is huge.


October 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

because 30 is the new 20

This post is long overdue. Back in August, I turned 30. My mom felt that was a milestone in my life and that I should have a party. YAY PARTIES! My parents cooked tons of food. I helped of course, but most of what you see is above is my dad and mom’s doing. There was tons more food, but for art’s sake, I couldn’t fit them all into that montage above. I’ll probably get unlazy and make another one for all the other food =D

Starting from the top left:

-Grilled eggplant salad – A dish from Dad. I’m not the fan of veggies, much less eggplant, so I didn’t try it. Everyone else did, as it was all gone.

-Calamari – Dad again. He just mixed a whole bunch of stuff and seasonings and ta da…super yum and crunchy calamari

-Beef w/Chinese broccolli – Dad’s is the best. The addition of the tomatoes made it that much tastier.

-Pork Ribs – Really, what more is there to say about that? They were in the smoker for hours and they fell off the bone and were just sooooo tender. 3 racks of ribs. None remained.

-Woo table decor

-Chocolate chip toffee crunch bars – *Raises hands* I made that. I’m actually going to post that recipe eventually. It was yummy and gooey and crunchy and definitely chocolatey.

-Bottom row. In the center is a Filipino dish with tons of different veggies and you can add either pork or shrimp. However, I was in charge of the veggie cutting, therefore my ode to squash and green beans.

I had the yummiest cake from The Acadian Bakery ( It was the brownie chocolate mousse cake with a chocolate gnache on top. Oh. Their choco covered strawberries are the greatest. When I order cakes, I always ask for more strawberries =) If you need a cake for any occassion, please give them a call if you haven’t been there before. They deliver and you can also pick up. I usually call a day in advance and they’ll have it ready by 9am the next morning. May I also suggest their Fresh Strawberries & Cream cake? Love it.

And so…I’ve reached a new decade. wee!


October 17, 2008 at 11:57 pm 2 comments

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