Monday, August 17, 2009
I came across this very simple 4 ingredient Beer Bread with Cheese recipe from Almost Bourdain. I had some cheddar cheese I needed to get rid of and the recipe looked so simple and the bread looked so beautiful, that I really wanted to try it out.
The original recipe called for sunflower seeds, which I didn't have any of, so I omitted it from the recipe. The bread was one of the easiest baked items I have ever made. It came out pretty tasty. I especially love how the cheddar cheese on top turns into a crust for the bread.
I had to do a couple of measurement conversions. Here is the modified recipe I used:
- 3 cups self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 can of beer
- 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 400F. Grease and line a 9 x 5 loaf pan.
- Combined flour, sugar and 1 tsp salt in a bowl. Add beer and stir until combined.
- Spoon mixture into pan and sprinkle top with cheese.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when base is tapped.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Boudin at Fisherman's Wharf
160 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94133
Being from the Bay Area, I've been to San Francisco countless times. Every time someone is visiting, my family will take the person to the big touristy spots like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, etc. Apparently, I thought I'd been to all the main touristy spots, but somehow I missed out on Boudin at the Wharf. My family has never paid Boudin a visit.
Last week, Baby Brother went there for the first time with some friends. While Boudin is a chain of sour dough bread cafes that can be found in multiple locations, the Boudin at the Wharf includes a Baker's Hall and also a museum/tour. Baby brother took tons of pictures of the beautifully sculpted bread animals made by Boudin. I was amazed by the pictures he took. Had I known about this place earlier, I definitely would have been excited to visit and would have purchased a few of these beautiful breads.
Since I didn't actually go on this tour, I don't have much to say. I'll just let Baby Brother's photos do the talking.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Orange Tree Yogurt
21267 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste 310
Cupertino, CA 95014
On my last visit home, I noticed a grand opening sign for Orange Tree Yogurt. You would think with so many froyo places that this wouldn't interest me. But I feel compelled to go to almost every single new place I see if I'm in the area. I wasn't very impressed with the name. There are so many yogurt places with cute names. Not sure how they came up with Orange Tree.
Orange Tree is your typical self serve yogurt place. For the grand opening special, the yogurt is .30/oz. They had about 8 flavors, and toppings including fresh fruit, jellies and mochi. Not nearly the amount of flavors or toppings offered at some other places, but enough to keep me satisfied. The one thing that stood out about this place is that they had green tea and mango flavored mochi, which I haven't see anywhere else yet. Every other place I have been to only offer regular mochi.
The yogurt was pretty creamy and more on the sweet side than tart, which I like. I especially enjoyed the taro. I enjoyed the green tea and mango mochi but found them to be slightly hard, as if they were a bit stale.