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We’re Alive, We Swear!

14 Dec

So some big things have been happening here at NWF which would explain our period of non-activity/silence. First, lil ole me (Nerf 1) got married to The Dude in October. Nerf 2 was my maid of honor (she was an AMAZING MoH) and Nerf 3 (Darlene) and Friend of Nerf (Jennifer) were my bridesmaids. I had 2 (count ’em, TWO) ceremonies and receptions, which drove me kind of crazy. It’s tough enough to plan one wedding, but it’s a whole ‘nother monster to plan two. We had a ceremony and reception in San Diego for a little over 100 people and then a tea ceremony and reception up in LA for about 250 people. Fun times, but I would not recommend this for the faint of heart and the short of patience.

Wedding cake from Extraordinary Desserts

Wedding cake from Extraordinary Desserts

Wedding pie from Julian Pie Company

Wedding pie from Julian Pie Company

Immediately after the two parties, The Dude and I hit up Fiji for our honeymoon! It was our first trip to Fiji and my first time out of the country (Rosarito back in college didn’t count since everyone spoke English and took American dollars). I had an amazing time and experienced a week in a world so different from the one I grew up in. We took a lot of pictures, so that post will be coming soon! I would highly recommend everyone to go to Fiji. It’s only a little more than Hawaii budget-wise, but worth the extra mile.

The sunrise from our villa's balcony

The sunrise from our villa’s balcony

While we were on our honeymoon, Nerf 3 (Darlene) moved with her Paul to Chicago. 😦  I have to admit, I was really sad that she was leaving since she’s my main cooking buddy. The good news is that she will continue to contribute to the NWF blog and tell us of her amazing adventures in the Windy City. Chicago is definitely a cool place to be if you like food. I’m looking forward to her posts on deep dish pizza, Chicago dogs, and the crazy weather there.

Thanksgiving came up quick, then I went with The Dude on his business trip to Seattle, WA. While The Dude was busy in meetings all day, I got to explore a lot of the city (in the rain) and what a great place it is! The air there is so crisp and it smells like winter and Christmas. I’ll have to admit, I kind of liked the rain. But I don’t know if I’d like it so much if it rained everyday for weeks and weeks. Once you’re in the city, it’s quite easy to get around and a lot of fun to explore. I went a bit Facebook Check-In crazy (sorry FB friends of mine) and that should help me retrace my steps and put words to my pictures.

At the Chihuly museum right under the Space Needle

At the Chihuly museum right under the Space Needle

So…keep an eye out for our new posts and thanks for still tuning in!

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Home Made Apple *non-explicit* Pie

28 Apr

Wow it has been a while since my last contribution. In celebration of my near perfect score on my Mycology exam I bring you Apple Pie. Sweet warm oral comfort… wait that sounds wrong. Scratch that last bit. Although this apple pie may induce a foodgasm, it is good for all ages. Hope this recipe brings you as much comfort as it brought me. *Warning this recipe has not been rated*

Apple Pie

Pie Crust (double deep dish)

  • 290g flour
  • 2 Tbs Sugar
  • 1 Tsp salt
  • 200 g ( 1 cup) shortening (cubed and frozen)
  • ¼ C ice water

Apple Filling

  • 6 Cups apples (about 8 small apples)
  • ½ C sugar
  • ¼ C Brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Glaze

  • 1 egg yolk beaten
  • 1 tsp sugar

*optional: raisins (1/4 cup)

Instructions: Continue reading

Mom’s not so secret anymore cake recipe

22 Aug

So my Mom had suddenly decided she needed to pass on her own secret cake recipe to me over this weekend. This recipe has been years in the making and in my Mom’s opinion absolute perfection. I do agree it is pretty damn good cake, but it is not like a lot of cakes out there.

This cake is a variation of a chiffon cake and is more like the cakes you get from the Asian bakeries not like the cakes bought at most American bakeries. My major issues with some cakes out there is the heavy denseness, the grainy and overly sweet flavor. The texture of this cake is soft almost like an angel food cake, moist without being heavy and not too sweet. Because the cake is not overly sweet by itself, it makes a good balance for that sugary frosting that is going to be slathered all around. I find this cake to taste quite good on its own. Here are some of the pictures taken through out the process. Continue reading

Fatty Delicious Premium Ice cream

21 Aug

Want to make ice cream that taste like you took it from a tub of Häagen-Dazs? Now you can! I took this recipe from Alton Brown on the food network. It turned out great. The texture is rich and velvety like a pint of 4 dollar ice cream. The recipe is for vanilla ice cream, but my family is not a fan of these Western flavors. Instead of vanilla we added durian. Yes durian, the tropical fruit that smells like death. For those of you who are not familiar with durian, this tropical fruit is the size of basketball with a very hard and spiked outer layer.  Inside are fist size pillow of fruit that has the consistency of a very ripe avocado, has a sweet buttery flavor, but the smell of death. The smell is definitely an acquired taste as it smell something like the odor additives in propane gas. The basic ice recipe can be changed to your flavor of choice, but this is for a basic vanilla. Continue reading

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