August 28, 2016

Grapefruit Amaretto Shandy

Though September is right around the corner, the weather would have you believe its midsummer.  The sun beats down onto sweaty foreheads.  Hot, humid people fan themselves with whatever they can find. 

The only thing keeping everyone from cowering inside air conditioned houses is that cold glass in their hand.  The condensation drips down onto sandaled feet.  The cool liquid soothes hot lips. 

This is that cold drink.

August 07, 2016

Bolo Bao (Pineapple Bun) Ice Cream

The bolo bao or pineapple bun is a confusing pastry.  Mostly because there’s no pineapple in it at all!  The Chinese bakery we get ours from actually specifies this on the sign, probably so that customers don’t complain about the lack of fruit filling.  It’s actually called a pineapple bun because the crunchy, yellow topping that sits on each bun kind of, maybe, looks like a pineapple… if you squint. 

I love bolo bao – that sweet, dense pastry.  My favourite are the ones filled with coconut.  So clearly, I made it into an ice cream.