Archive for June, 2009

Apologies for the not so pretty picture (^_^;)
If you didn’t know, it is difficult to find pre-made applesauce in my city, so silly me, I had just been going without! Then a friend, 3 huge Fuji apples, cinnamon and a blender came and showed me the joys of fresh homemade applesauce. I like it so much that I may never buy the premade kind again 🙂


  • 3 large apples, peeled, cored, and diced (i like Fujis)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • optional 1/4 cup brown sugar, if needed

1. Combine apples, water, cinnamon, and sugar (if you like) in a medium pot. mix well, and then bring the water to a boil on high heat. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15-20 minutes until apples are tender, stirring every 5 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.
3. Blend in small batches in a blender (or immersion blender if you have one) until smooth. Be careful if the apples are still hot when blending!

Eat while warm, or refridgerate. makes 4-6 servings.


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Who knew a dessert with just three things could be so amazing? Shaved ice, uji syrup and condensed milk. Yes, folks, it is officially hot enough for kakigori かき氷! I was lucky enough to go to Taketomi Island, a teeny island that is a part of the Yaeyama group in Okinawa. Since the weather there is summery and beautiful, I couldn’t help but get my first shaved ice of 2009 ^_^.

“Uji” syrup is a simple syrup flavored with powdered matcha green tea. A small mountain of freshly shaved ice is topped with the syrup and a generous drizzle of condensed milk. The slightly bitter sweet syrup, creamy condensed milk, and chilly shaved ice was perfect! Refreshing, and I’m already looking forward to my next kakigori (or pat bing su, ais kacang, raspado, cendol etc…. )

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