Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

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Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice
Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Make 12
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Make 12
Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice
Instructions
  1. Soak 3 cups of uncooked sticky rice overnight or for at least 2-4 hours. In a medium pot with 6 cups of water, bring it to a boil then add in the sticky rice. Stir frequently so it won't get stuck at the bottom.
  2. When the liquid is almost absorb, add in the coconut milk and sugar. Still stirring frequently. When the sticky rice is soft, turn off the stove. 
  3. Rip some foil papers into squares. You can also use banana leaves if you have some. 
  4. Put the sticky rice in the center. Fold the bottom up and roll then fold the sides. Becareful when picking it up because it's still hot.
  5. Put the folded sticky rice into the steamer and steam for 30 minutes. You will know it's ready when the sticky rice is soft. 
  6. While the sticky rice are steaming, cut up some fruits.
  7. Eat it as a snack or serve with fruits as a dessert. You can make a lot of these and freeze them in ziploc bags or put them in the fridge too. Enjoy!
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Sweet coconut sticky rice is a Southeast Asian dish that you can eat as a snack by itself or with with fruits as a dessert. Thai people like to eat them with mangoes while Hmong people like to add bananas in theirs. Most recipes cooks the sticky rice first and use palm or brown sugar in the coconut milk to pour it over the sticky rice. I have always made my sweet coconut sticky rice differently.

I like eating these sweet coconut sticky rice as snacks, sides, and desserts. When I was in college, I would make some and pack them so I can snack on it whenever I get hungry.

Ingredients:
  • 3 cups Sticky Rice
  • 6 cups Water
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups of Sugar
  • Mangoes, bananas, or other fruits.



Directions:

Soak 3 cups of uncooked sticky rice overnight or for at least 2-4 hours.

In a medium pot with 6 cups of water, bring it to a boil then add in the sticky rice. Stir frequently so it won’t get stuck at the bottom.

Sticky Rice

When the liquid is almost absorb, add in the coconut milk and sugar. Still stirring frequently.

Sticky Rice

When the sticky rice is soft, turn off the stove.

Rip some foil papers into squares. You can also use banana leaves if you have some.

Foil Paper

Put the sticky rice in the center.

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

Fold the bottom up

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

Roll and fold the sides. Becareful when picking it up because it’s still hot.

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

Put the folded sticky rice into the steamer and steam for 30 minutes. You will know it’s ready when the sticky rice is soft.

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

While the sticky rice are steaming, cut up some fruits.

Mangoes and strawberries

Eat it as a snack or serve with fruits as a dessert.

Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice

You can make a lot of these and freeze them in ziploc bags or put them in the fridge too. Enjoy!

Cheesy Taco Pasta

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Taco Pasta
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, boil some water and cook the rotini pasta.
  2. While the rotini pasta is cooking, cook the ground beef in another pot or skillet. When it is cooked throughly, drained the grease.
  3. When the rotini pasta is tender, drain the liquid. Combine the pasta and ground beef together. Stir in the taco seasoning mix, salt, black pepper, cheese, and salsa.
  4. Serve with optional toppings, if desired. Enjoy!
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I love tacos and pastas so I decided to combine them together. This cheesy taco pasta is simple and easy to make. Super delicious!

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • 1 Packet Taco seasoning
  • 1 cup jar mild salsa
  • 8 oz Rotini pasta
  • 1 ½ cups shredded Mexican-style cheese
  • Optional toppings: tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips, cilantro, hot sauce
Directions:

In a medium pot, boil some water and cook the rotini pasta.

rotini pasta

While the rotini pasta is cooking, cook the ground beef in another pot or skillet. When it is cooked throughly, drained the grease.

ground beef

When the rotini pasta is tender, drain the liquid. Combine the pasta and ground beef together. Stir in the taco seasoning mix, salt, black pepper, cheese, and salsa.

taco pasta

Serve with optional toppings, if desired. Enjoy!

taco pasta

cheesy taco pasta

 

Ambrosia Salad

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Ambrosia Salad
Instructions
  1. Cut the strawberries into fourths. If some pieces are big, cut them smaller. Slice the grapes in halves. Sliced the bananas. Drain the mandarin oranges. Put all the fruits in a big bowl.
  2. Pour in mini marshmallow, yogurt, and cool whip. Fold the fruits, marshmallow, yogurt, and cool whip together until mixed. Enjoy!
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One of my favorite dessert is Ambrosia salad. Ambrosia is a variation of fruit salad. It includes mandarin oranges, pineapples, strawberries, bananas, cherries, grapes, and miniature marshmallow. Some recipes include other fruits too. It is super good and easy to make.

A few years ago, a friend of ours told us that ambrosia is food of the Greek Gods. In the ancient Greek myths, ambrosia means immortality. It is often depicted as the “conferring longevity or immortality upon whoever consumed it.” Cool huh?

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb Strawberries, cut into fourths
  • 4 Bananas, sliced
  • 2 cup Grapes, cut in half
  • 2 can 11 oz Mandarin Oranges
  • 2 cup Miniature Marshmallow
  • 1 cup Strawberry Yogurt
  • 16 oz Cool Whipped
Directions:

Cut the strawberries into fourths. If some pieces are big, cut them smaller. Slice the grapes in halves. Sliced the bananas. Drain the mandarin oranges. Put all the fruits in a big bowl.

Ambrosia Salad

Pour in mini marshmallow, yogurt, and cool whip.

Ambrosia Salad

Fold the fruits, marshmallow, yogurt, and cool whip together until mixed.

Ambrosia Salad

Enjoy!

Ambrosia Salad

 

 

Swiss Buttercream Recipe

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Swiss Buttercream Recipe
Instructions
  1. Place the egg whites and sugar in the metal bowl of the stand mixer. Put the bowl on top of a pot with boiling water, not touching the water. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and not grainy anymore.
  2. Place the bowl on the stand mixer and whip on high until it forms a stiff peak. About 10 minutes.
  3. With the mixer on low, beat in the butter. After all the butter is added, increase the speed to medium high and mix until smooth.
  4. This buttercream can be stored on the counter for a few days or in the refrigerator. If store in refrigerator, bring it to room temperature before using.
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Unlike regular buttercream, Swiss Buttercream is more refined and not too sweet. This recipe uses granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. You can easily adjust the sweetness of the buttercream by adding less or more sugar. I like this recipe because the buttercream is thick and holds its shape well.

Ingredients:
  • 5 Egg Whites
  • 1 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 4 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temperature, cut into Tablespoons
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch of Salt
Directions:

Place the egg whites and sugar in the metal bowl of the stand mixer. Put the bowl on top of a pot with boiling water, not touching the water. Whisk constantly until the sugar dissolves and not grainy anymore.

Place the bowl on the stand mixer and whip on high until it forms a stiff peak. About 10 minutes.

With the mixer on low, beat in the butter. After all the butter is added, increase the speed to medium high and mix until smooth.

This buttercream can be stored on the counter for a few days or in the refrigerator. If store in refrigerator, bring it to room temperature before using.

Swiss Buttercream

Swiss Buttercream on a cake that I made this past weekend.

Swiss Buttercream cake

Steamed Cabbage Rolls

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Steamed Cabbage Rolls
Cabbage Rolls
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
Cabbage Rolls
Instructions
  1. Fill a large pot with water half way. Bring it to a boil. Rinse the cabbage and cut the bottom in a square shape around the root. Some people like to take out the bottom root, but you can keep it on. Put the cabbage in the boiling water. This will help the cabbage leaves come off easier.
  2. While waiting, shred and cut the carrots.
  3. Flip the cabbage using a thong every 5 minutes. Be careful, it's HOT!
  4. In a medium bowl, soak the bean thread noodles in warm water until the noodles are soft and loose. Drain and cut them shorter.
  5. Combine the ground meat, carrots, noodles, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, salt, and black pepper.
  6. Using a thong, remove some leaves from the cabbage. Cut the hard stem off the cabbage (in a triangular shape).
  7. Put the fillings on the leaf. Start rolling by folding the bottom to cover the fillings, then the sides, then roll it.
  8. Put the cabbage rolls in a steamer and steam it for 30 minutes.
  9. Serve with sweet and chili sauce, peanut butter sauce, or hot peppers. Enjoy!
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Steamed cabbage rolls are a healthier version of egg rolls. It is a healthy and low carb dish that is very easy to make. Great to eat when I want something light and to lose weight.

Cabbage rolls are cooked cabbage leaves wrapped with fillings. There are many variations of this dish. It’s a common cuisine that has spread throughout Europe, Asia, and US.

Ingredients:
  • 1 Large Cabbage
  • 1 lb Ground meat of choice (pork, beef, turkey)
  • 1-2 Carrots
  • 3 Bean Thread Noodles bundles
  • 1/2 cup Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • Salt, to taste
  • Black pepper, to taste
Directions:

Fill a large pot with water half way. Bring it to a boil.

Rinse the cabbage and cut the bottom in a square shape around the root. Some people like to take out the bottom root, but you can keep it on.

Put the cabbage in the boiling water. This will help the cabbage leaves come off easier.

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While waiting, shred and cut the carrots. You don’t have to cut the carrots after shredding. I just do it because I have braces on and it makes it easier for me to eat it.

shredded carrotsshred and cut carrots

Flip the cabbage using a thong every 5 minutes. Be careful, it’s HOT!

cabbage

In a medium bowl, soak the bean thread noodles in warm water until the noodles are soft and loose. Drain and cut them shorter.

bean thread noodlesbean thread noodles

Combine the ground meat, carrots, noodles, oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, salt, and black pepper.

cabbage rolls stuffing

Using a thong, remove some leaves from the cabbage.

cabbage leaf

Cut the hard stem off the cabbage (in a triangular shape).

cabbage leaf

Put the fillings on the leaf. Start rolling by folding the bottom to cover the fillings, then the sides, then roll it.

cabbage leaf and stuffingcabbage roll

Put the cabbage rolls in a steamer and steam it for 30 minutes.

cabbage roll

Serve with sweet and chili sauce, peanut butter sauce, or hot peppers. Enjoy!

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