Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Thai Iced Tea

Thai tea during the summertime is LIFE. I am an avid coffee drinker, but during the summertime, I like to sometimes sub my coffee for an ice cold, refreshing glass, of this Thai iced tea. Kick it up a notch by adding in some homemade boba (tapioca pearls). You can find that recipe here.


4 cups of water

1 cup of Panthai Iced Tea Mix

3/4 cup of brown sugar


half n half or milk of choice


Boil 4 cups of water in a medium sized pot. Add in your Thai tea mix and brown sugar. Boil for 3 minutes. Turn off, remove from heat, and allow the tea to steep for an additional 40 minutes. Strain tea leaves from the tea. Pour into tall glass with ice. Add in your "creamer" of choice and drink immediately.


Don't walk away from your tea while it's boiling on the stove. If your pot is too small, your tea may boil over!

Homemade Boba in Vanilla Syrup

Homemade boba aka tapioca pearls taste amaaaazing!! My husband, who isn't a fan of boba, loves the homemade version! I can literally eat it, on its own, when it's soaked up in some vanilla syrup! It's that good! And why am I using so many exclamation points! Does it sound like I'm yelling?!? LOL.


3/4 cup of boba (I recommend the brand Bolle)

6 cups of FILTERED water


1/2 cup of water

1/2 of sugar

1/2 tsp of vanilla extract


Into a saucepan, add in your water and sugar and bring it to a boil just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and stir in your vanilla. Set aside and allow to cool down before using.

Boil 6 cups of filtered water. Add in your tapioca pearls. Boil your boba until they've all floated to the surface (should take 2-3 minutes,tops). Turn heat down to low, and cook for an additional 20 minutes (making sure to stir every 2-3 minutes to prevent your boba from sticking to the bottom). Turn the stove OFF, cover the pot with a lid, and allow the boba to cook for an additional 25 minutes. Do not remove the lid during this time. Once done, remove lid, stir, and check for doneness. If not cooked to your liking, cover with lid, and cook for additional 5 more minutes. Strain in colander, and run some cold water through the boba, using your hands to lightly separate them. Place boba into a bowl, and add in your cooled down vanilla syrup. Allow to soak for 2-3 hours.

I LOVE to add boba into my Thai iced teas! Click here for the recipe!


You must use filtered water for the best boba! Using unfiltered water will make your boba clump together, and they won't separate well. Only make as much boba as needed, per day. Once refrigerated, the boba hardens and loses its chewiness. This recipe makes enough boba for approximately 6-8 tall glasses (more or less depending on how much boba you add per glass!)

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Potato dinner rolls

As much as I love Asian food, I can also survive, alone, on bread and butter. Homemade bread is such a lost art these days; if you want to impress anyone, then this recipe is the way to go! It's perfect for a big family dinner, church potluck, or plain JUST BECAUSE. Even for a novice baker, this recipe is pretty fool-proof. Try it out, and see for yourself! :)


2 1/2 teaspoons of active dry yeast

1/4 cup of sugar

3/4 cup of lukewarm WHOLE milk

4 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

8 ounces of mashed potato (about 1 large russet potato)

2 teaspoons of salt

6 Tablespoons of softened unsalted butter

2 large eggs, lightly beaten


1 egg plus 1 Tablespoon of water

some vegetable oil

cooking spray


13x9 inch (preferably aluminum) pan


1. Wash and scrub your potato. Pat it dry. Using a fork, poke holes all over the potato. Place your potato into a microwave-safe dish, and microwave on high for 5 minutes. Flip your potato over, and microwave the other side for 3 more minutes. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before touching. Once cooled, remove all of the skin. Mash up your potatoes using a fork, and then using a kitchen scale, weigh out 8 ounces of mashed potatoes. If you don't have a kitchen scale, then measure out 1 cup of lightly packed mashed potato.

2. Heat up your milk in the microwave until lukewarm. (In my microwave, it only takes about 30-40 seconds) Make sure it isn't too hot, or else you'll kill the yeast! Sprinkle in your yeast and sugar. Mix well and set aside until foamy (about 5 minutes).

3. Into your stand mixer (or by hand), add in your all purpose flour, salt, mashed potatoes, butter, and eggs. Once your yeast mixture has bloomed, at that in as well. Using your dough hook attachment, turn mixer to "stir." Mix until dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, about 4 minutes.

4. Dump your dough onto a clean work surface. Knead with your hands until you've formed a smooth ball. Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, toss to coat, cover with saran wrap, and allow for it to double in size. Could take you anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hour.

5. Fit your baking pan with some aluminum foil. Spray generously with some cooking spray. Set aside.

6. Once your dough has doubled in size, place it onto your clean work surface, gently deflate it, and begin to roll it out into an 18 inch long log. Cut out your dough into 18 equal pieces (cutting them 1 inch apart).

7. Roll out each dough, one at time, into a nice smooth ball. Cover any pieces that aren't being used, with a clean towel, to prevent drying. Place your rolls into your greased pan, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and allow for them to rise until doubled in size.


8. Coat each roll with your egg wash and bake for about 15 minutes. Rotate your pan, and bake for an additional 7-10 minutes, or until golden brown on the top.

9. Remove your dinner rolls from the oven, and then turn them out onto a wire rack.

10. Serve immediately!


-This recipe makes 18 large dinner rolls. Feel free to make the rolls smaller to feed little mouths.

-Freeze any freshly made dinner rolls to enjoy later. I wrap each dinner roll, individually, in saran wrap and then just thaw them out on the counter before eating.

-Aluminum baking pans bake your dinner rolls more evenly, but you are free to use whichever kind of pan you have on hand.
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