Valentine’s Banana Muffin

Valentine’s prepping this year was lots of fun because I was on a baking mission. I hardly bake because I don’t have an oven at home and because I’m more on the savory food making side, but I borrowed my mom’s kitchen (aka my fav and most beautiful and practical kitchen of my liking, not…

Smoked Salmon and NY Bagel from Allium, Chicago

There’s just something about smoked salmon and bagels – it’s such a great combination, I cannot get over it. My mother claims that my siblings and I started having a liking for smoked salmon during summer 1998, when we had a family Euro trip. To think back, I was only 8 years of old – what…

16 Grain No Yeast Buckwheat Bread

Bread – something I had started eliminating (and switching to rice). I do though, find these delicious looking bread on Instagram and wanted to try making bread myself. The only other time I baked bread was for the Easter buns. Maybe it is this time of year when winter is slowly ending and reaching blooming spring…

Amalia’s breakfast: fresh fruit juice and superfood omelet

This is the last of Amalia’s fiesta series, at least for now… Hopefully more to come in the future…! As I’ve mentioned in many posts, Amalia cooked with the freshest ingredients picked up from the farmers market and local supermarkets. Her cooking involved lots of superfood, which I think contributed greatly to my overall health…

Gluten free raspberry brownies

Valentine’s Day always brings lots of sweets and chocolate (I especially like the chocolate part). There are several anecdotes about Saint Valentine, but the one that is from the 18th century of European history is what I associate most closely: as an event for loved ones to exchange gifts. Romantic gifts -though this definition could…

Berry fruit tart by Iris

Iris made a beautiful berry fruit tart and brought it in the office for a farewell surprise. The fruit tart was perfectly symmetrical and it was a thing of beauty. She made everything from scratch! I must say that best part of the tart was the crust, and I will also be honest that I am…

Buckwheat flour banana bread/cake made in rice cooker

To give a secret away, or maybe it is not a secret, the most popular post I have on Plates of Art is my “Brownies made in rice cooker” post! Find it here if you’re interested! To speak about this brownie post, I was studying abroad in Shanghai, China back in 2010. I cooked almost…

Hot cross buns! Homemade

Happy Easter everyone! Saturday morning, I woke up with a sudden urge to bake hot cross buns. Well, I had been wanting to bake and I think hot cross buns came to my mind because of Easter. I actually had a baking session last Wednesday night and (attempt-) baked savory scones, which sadly did not…

Georgetown Cupcake, Boston, MA

Their opening weekend, the line was SO long outside Georgetown Cupcake, their Boston location. I asked and the line was a two hour wait on their first day when I passed past noon. Majority of the people in line were female, but I spotted couple of men who I assume were dragged by their girlfriends…

Mini Cheese Biscuits

Like cheese? Then you’ll love eating and making this! I had never made them before, but I had Trader Joe’s parmesan and romano grated cheese in the fridge that I wanted to somehow use. I also wanted to bake, so that combined, I decided to make mini cheese biscuits. This is a healthy version without…

Mini cinnamon rolls

One night, I just really wanted to make cinnamon rolls. This feeling had never hit me before, I had never made cinnamon rolls before, so where did this feeling come from? I don’t know, but I made them! Well, I couldn’t really make normal-sized ones because my pantry is missing one of the main ingredients…