Edesia’s Strawberry Cake

This simple yet elegant strawberry cake is a perfect example of my blog’s philosophy. It combines the baking techniques developed and perfected over centuries in some of my favorite parts of the world by people who know much more about cooking and baking than myself. My ideal version of a flavorful sponge cake comes from…

How to make crème pâtissière (French pastry cream)

Crème pâtissière (also known as pastry cream) is a rich, creamy custard made of milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla. While not an item in itself,  it is a key ingredient of many French desserts such as éclairs, fruit tarts, soufflés and mille-feuille. It is usually flavored with vanilla, but it can be easily refined…

Strawberry Slushie

A fresh fruity soft drink; just perfect on a hot summer day. It’s super easy to make. Give it a try!  

One – Hour Broiled Chicken and Pan Sauce

If you want to put a juicy, crisp-skinned roast chicken on your dinner table quickly, you might want to do it the American Way! The secret to getting a whole chicken roasted in just an hour is to butterfly the bird, start roasting it in a cold oven and then crank up the broiler.  

Roasted Potatoes

Whether it is a simple everyday family dinner or a fancy dinner party with friends, this is an easy way to turn boring potatoes into a fantastic side dish.    

Buttermilk Bread

This bread here is a simple wheat bread refined with buttermilk, which not only benefits the freshness of the bread but also the flavor. The delicate-sour note makes the small but subtle difference.  

Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing

A carrot cake suits every occasion but it seems like most people tend to serve it in the Spring, especially around Easter. This one is my favorite recipe for a homemade carrot cake. It has a touch of cinnamon and walnuts. It is easy to make, perfectly moist and topped with a creamy cheese icing….

Garlic – Crusted Roast Rack of Lamb

Roasted rack of lamb is a brilliant centerpiece dish because it looks impressive and this recipe here is surprisingly easy to make. It includes just five ingredients, but the result is terrific. The meat is simply rubbed with plenty of garlic, rosemary, olive oil and salt before roasting. I served it with my mushroom risotto. This creamy…