Hello Melbourne!: Mörk Chocolate Brew House (and the best brownies, ever)

Information: Mörk Chocolate Brew House  150 Errol Street, North Melbourne| Phone: (03) 9328 1386| Hours:  Tuesday to Saturday 8am–5pm, Sunday, 9am–5pm |Website: morkchocolate.com.au

One of my top travel activities is researching local ingredients for favorite recipes.  So, in addition to our leisurely brunch at Auction Rooms, our day also included a stop in Mörk Chocolate Brew House, located nearby on Errol Street.   Mörk (which means “dark” in Swedish) is  best known for their ethically sourced hot chocolate in Melbourne.

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Monthly Roundup for June 2017

I thought it would be fun to start a new series on the blog, detailing 5 things that I’ve been enjoying, using and reading this month.  Some bloggers do this on a weekly basis, but I think I will start with a monthly list and go forward from there.   Summer is in full swing here in Taiwan, and in June, I’ve enjoyed summer fruit and have been trying to get into some more healthful life habits.  時間真的過的很快, 忙著忙著 突然意識到,已經快七月了! 從這個月起, 我想開始一個新單元, 紀錄我這個月以來的生活點滴。

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Field Trip: Daylight 光合箱子 Brunch

Daylight光合箱子 (Dongmen Branch)| Address:  Chaozhou Street, No. 93, Taipei, Da-An District|Phone: 02-2322570| Hours: 9:00-18:00 | Daylight光合箱子 (Huashan Branch) Huashan Creative Park, Bade Road, Section 1, Number 1 |Phone:地址:台北市大安區潮州街93號|電話:02-23225703 |營業時間:9:00am to 6:00 pm|Daylight 光合箱子 (華山店) 地址:電話:營業時間:10:00 am ~ 09:00 pm

If this endless heat is wilting your appetite, I highly suggest paying a visit to Daylight 光合箱子~ a restaurant that specializes in enormous servings of fresh vegetables, freshly made bread and homemade yogurt.   For my first visit, I tried their salmon scrambled eggs, over freshly baked bread.  The plate arrived accompanied by the trademark generous serving of salad and roasted vegetables,  and a small serving of  handmade yogurt.

最近天氣真的開始熱了。 一到了這個季節 我就想過悠閒的日子~例如睡到自然醒, 然後再跟朋友們去吃早午餐。 最近發現了 Daylight 光合箱子 的 brunch~ 吃了兩次後, 非常推薦給大家。 喜歡他們超大份量的蔬菜 & 手工優格。

The entire plate was delicious. However, the star of the show was their handmade yogurt, which was creamy, with just a hint of tanginess, topped with brown sugar and assorted nuts and seeds.  This brunch kept me full, yet energized for almost the entire day~ from about 11:00 pm to 6:30 pm, through two meetings! Usually by the end of one of those meetings, I start craving sweets and coffee, but this time, I just sat calmly (and a bit smugly) in my chair, while the others ran out during the break to get their fix.

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Late Night Cooking Series Part 5: Lemon Frozen Yogurt~深夜食堂第五話:檸檬優格

The weather is definitely warming up here in Taiwan. Believe it or not, but I  finally figured out that while eating ice cream makes you feel chilled and refreshed, the making of the ice cream is actually a pretty hot process. So this summer season, my new order of operations is to make the ice cream mixture at night when the weather is cooler, and then let the mixture chill in the fridge overnight before putting it through the ice cream maker the next morning.

I love lemon flavored desserts, and so this time, I decided to experiment with Jeni’s frozen yogurt recipe. Before you get started, please remember that this particular recipe involves a bit of prep work. You need to drain the yogurt of excess water, so you won’t end up with too much liquid in your ice cream. The yogurt needs about 6-8 hours to drain thoroughly.  Don’t be tempted to skip this step, because too much liquid means an ice cream full of icy shards. I’ve noticed that Taiwanese yogurt is actually much “runnier” in comparisons to the yogurts I ate abroad, so this step is absolutely necessary! For this recipe, I used unsweetened yogurt from Matthew’s Choice, available at Matsusei, or City Super. After draining, this yogurt is wonderfully thick and creamy, almost like Greek yogurt in texture.

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The next step is to peel the lemons for zest.  Jeni recommends that you peel the lemon zest into long strips, so they are easy to remove from the ice cream mixture before freezing. I found that my Oxo vegetable peeler worked beautifully for this purpose. Next, make the lemon syrup which consists of lemon juice and sugar (please see below for the exact measurements). Then as with all of Jeni’s recipes, you have to prepare the cream cheese mixture and cornstarch slurry.  (In one bowl, combine the cream cheese with salt, in a separate bowl, combine the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of milk)

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Product Review: Philips Soy Milk Machine (Model HD2079) 使用心得:飛利浦全營養免濾豆漿濃湯機 HD2079 (Updated!)

Update: Recently, my soy milk machine stopped working~ and I had to send it in for repairs.  I was pleasantly surprised by how user-friendly the process was.  I dropped it off at a Phillips service counter of my choice (in my case, the Sogo department store in Taipei).  Then a technician called me a few days later to let me know what repairs would take place.  It turns out that water had accidentally gotten into the top part of the machine and damaged the control board. Luckily, the warranty on this machine is for two years, so my repair costs were covered by the warranty.  I received a text message a short while later and picked up my machine at my convenience.  Thanks, Phillips! 

Some of you may remember, my slightly nerve-wracking run with an older version of a soy milk machine, from this blog post.  After that experience, I decided to research and purchase a new machine. I finally bought one from Philips, and is the HD2079 model.  I purchased it during the annual department store anniversary sales in Taiwan, so it was quite a good deal. (I keep telling myself that it was worth it to brave the crazy crazy crowds that day)  I also wanted to use the machine several times before writing the post, so I can give you a thorough review.

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English Recipe Translations Basic Bread for the Panasonic SD-BMS 105T Bread Maker

A few months ago, I wrote a review about my experience using the Panasonic SD-BMS 105T Bread Maker, and I am so surprised that it is one of the most read posts on this blog!  As you know, my main issue with the machine is that I couldn’t find the instruction manual in English. One helpful reader, Adam, found the pdf version from a similar machine released in Hong Kong, and thankfully it’s in English! The wording in the manual is a little grammatically incorrect and there is definitely some confusing word choice, but it’s enough for me to gain an even better understanding of the machine and the ingredients. I love this machine for its ease of use, and I thought I would provide some translations so more people can use and enjoy this bread maker.

In this post, I would like to share with you the basic bread recipe for white bread.  I make this the most often in my kitchen, and I just vary it by adding in dried fruits, such as raisins or cranberries, or nuts such as walnuts or flaked almonds or pumpkin seeds.

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I had one fairly adventurous run with chocolate bread, but I only tried it once because I realized that I liked chocolate cake better 😀

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