Author: tasteofraine

No Churn Matcha Ice-Cream

It’s summer here in Vancouver. Some days have been hotter than others but I still crave ice cream every single day. Whether its in screamers (slurpees with soft serve) or parfaits, or just a hot fudge sundae at McDonald’s I simply love the coolness of the cream that send shivers down my spine. If you got some heavy cream at home and happen to have condensed milk as well, you’re 100% making this. It’s so easy and the results are pretty satisfying. Perhaps not to the level of your favorite Italian gelato cafe but I mean this is no-churn. If you can’t afford a ice cream machine like me, this will do for now. The condensed milk makes the ice-cream creamier. If you leave that out, and put sugar instead, it will turn more icey. Like you’re eating ice-milk. Nobody wants that. You can pretty much add in whatever flavors you like. Or simply just make it vanilla with adding vanilla from a bean. Obviously for me, I’ll be making it matcha. Give this a …

Matcha Earthquake Almond Balls

Wow. It’s been a while since I made these and I can’t wait to dig my teeth into these sugar coated matcha almond balls. As the name suggests, these baked goods are not made with flour. The “flour” is made with grounded almonds. Its slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and chewy in the center. The sticky texture inside comes from the mixture of whipped egg whites and granulated sugar (so basically, meringue). It’s basically a cookie that is relatively healthier (no butter or flour), but does not fall short of the definition of delicious. The matcha pairs really well with the almond flavors and offers a nice balance to the sweet meringue. The signature of this cookie comes from the cracks on their surface midway through the heating process. Now, get going with these super simple and easy to make, Matcha Earthquake Almond Balls! Yield: 24 Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout. Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups almond flour (sifted ground almonds) 1 cup granulated sugar 1 …

HK Style Baked Pork Chop on Rice

I grew up eating this pretty much in every Cha Chan Tangs (HK Style Cafes) in Richmond. It seems like a bold statement but honestly, its not that crazy. Unlike the bustling streets of Hong Kong, Richmond has only a few HK Style Cafe’s. On the top of my head, I can count only around ten. Okay, thats not a few, but still. If I were to say I’ve eaten at every Cha Chan Tang in Hong Kong, then that would totes be a different story. This is a classic HK Western dish that will only make you come back for more. Juicy, fried pork chop coated with tomato-garlicky sauce and lotsa and lotsa melted cheese. All embedded on white jasmine rice. Fried rice would definitely be more authentic. But we’re talking Simple TOR Recipes here. So I’ll go with the fast and simple approach. It’s good either way! I mean, you might wanna feel extra tonight, who knows? Yield: 4 Ingredients: 2 cups rice, cooked pork loins, pounded to ~1cm thick in height (marinated: …

Butter Garlic Prawn Linguine

Oh hello helloooo! Thanks for dropping by! It’s been a heck of a week for so many of you, and you may be feeling frustrated about all that’s going on. Whether you or your loved ones are affected physically by this COVID-19 or your major life event (ie. marriage, graduation) had to be postponed or cancelled. Or maybe there just wasn’t any ice-cream left when you were at the grocery market today. Out of all this uncertainty, I just pray that you will find hope and peace, and that God will comfort and strengthen you. I hope these recipes will serve you well and help you at least a bit throughout this difficult time. Aside from all the gloomy news, this linguine dish is one of my all time favourite pastas to make. No linguine? No problem. Any pasta would do. This is one of the simplest recipes I created, but definitely one of the best. It’s garlicky, lemony, buttery, and tomato-y. All the good things. Secret? A splash of white wine will do. Trust …

Matcha Mochi Bars

On Chinese New Year, I made these lovely matcha mochi bars. They’re essentially the traditional Chinese rice cakes you can get in pretty much any Asian supermarket except these have a modern Japanese twist to it. First of all, these have a beautiful outer crust. Contained inside are red bean paste and mochi. Second, they’re matcha-flavoured which makes it a great take from the original flavored rice cake. And third, they’re home-made with looove. Cheesy, I know. But it’s quite true especially when you’re talking about the Lunar New Year. Yield: 9″x 13″ pan Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout. Ingredients 1 pack (400g) glutinous rice flour 1 tbsp matcha + 1 tsp for the layers 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 can (400 mL) coconut milk 350-400g sweetened red bean paste (coarse) Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9″x 13″ pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil. Mix dry ingredients (flour, matcha, baking powder, sugar) in one large …

Fluffy Matcha Pancakes

I cannot be more excited to share with you the most amaaazing pancake recipe EVER. Since so many of you were asking about the recipe, I thought it was too cruel of me to keep this a secret all to myself. These pancakes are everything. From crispy around the edges to light and fluffy in the center. They’re soft, moist and oh so good. The best thing? They come together with the simplest of ingredients and in less than 15 minutes, you’re ready to serve the most heart-warming breakfast ever. And guess what? To achieve the fluffy texture, you don’t even have to whip up egg whites till your hand falls off. (You’ll soon know what I mean.) Oh oh, and did I tell you about this magical batter? I was testing to see if these pancakes still taste delicious after the batter was left in the fridge for 4 days (cause yenno, leftovers happen). And man, I’m telling you – the taste and texture did not change one bit. (Only downer was the color …

Matcha + Earl Grey Sugar Cookies

Did you even celebrate Christmas if you didn’t bake sugar cookies? Well, in all honesty, this was actually my first year ever making sugar cookies AND decorating them with icing. Though it took me longer than expected, I had no regrets. ZE-RO. It was REALLY fun! Hopefully it’s not too late for you to start stirring up a batch for a thoughtful gift to give or just indulging them simply for enjoyment. Better yet, share these with your loved ones over a nice cup of coffee or tea beside the fire. It’ll definitely be a sweet holiday memory. Cheers, and wishing everyone a bright and lovely CHRISTmas! Yield: 24 cookies Save 15% OFF all Matchaeologist products when you use code: TASTEOFRAINE at checkout. Ingredients: 1 1/8 cup butter, room temperature 1 cup granulated sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 3/4 tsp vanilla 2 3/4 cup flour (+ extra to work with dough when rolling) 2 tsp baking powder 1/8 tsp salt 1 earl grey tea pouch 1 tsp matcha powder   Directions: Preheat oven to …

Earl Grey Belgian Waffles

These waffles. They’re everything. After trying countless waffle recipes out there, I have finally developed one that I am truly in love with. No joke, I have made these over and OVER again. It’s not a perfect waffle if you don’t get those light crispy edges with a soft fluffy interior. But I am finally proud to say this recipe combines the best of both worlds. The secret? Fluffy beaten egg whites.   Yield: 4 waffles Ingredients: 1 cup flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/8 cup sugar 1/8 tsp salt 1 egg 1/4 cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil) 1 earl grey tea bag + 1 cup milk 1/4 tsp vanilla Directions: Microwave milk for 1 minute. Steep tea bag in milk for at least 10 minutes. Let milk cool. Combine dry ingredients together in a small bowl. In a separate mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Set aside. Combine egg yolk, earl grey infused milk, oil, vanilla and mix in a separate large mixing bowl. Add dry ingredients into wet mixture. …

Fruit Salad

This is one of my favorite homemade salads of all time. It’s so refreshing and flavorful– a perfect dish for a summer potluck or mini gathering with friends and family.   Yield: 4 Ingredients: 4 apples, diced ~2cm cube (I prefer ambrosia or pink lady because they taste better in my opinion as they have that nice crunchy feel when you bite into it) 2 avocado, diced ~2cm cube 8 strawberries, cut in half or slices ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped, and toasted Sauce ¾ cup mayonnaise (I use Hellmann’s) ½ lemon, juice it all out! 1½ tbsp granulated sugar sprinkle of salt   Directions: Combine all sauce ingredients in a big salad bowl. Mix until well incorporated. (Adjust ingredients if you want it sweeter, tangier, or have more flavor, etc.) Toss diced apples into salad bowl and cover them with the mayo dressing (this is to prevent the apples from browning too fast) Toss in avocado and mix with the apples until well combined. (Make sure you don’t crush the avocado – we don’t …

Summer 2018 Bake Sale

As promised, the Taste of Raine bake sale is finally here! Woot woot!! Thank you for all your patience this whole time! Please get your orders in by Wednesday, August 15, 2018 via Instagram direct messaging, contacting me personally, or via this Google Form. Quantities for each item are limited – so order soon! When each item is sold out before the deadline, it will be announced on Instagram and here on the blog. All products will be baked, packaged fresh and ready for pick-up on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 in Richmond [location will be announced later].   -MENU- [quantities doubled due to high demand; updated as of 7:48am, Aug 8, 2018] ALL GOODIES SOLD OUT! Thank you for your love & support!! Cookies [$2.50] + matcha white chocolate [SOLD OUT] + earl grey dark chocolate [SOLD OUT]   Panna Cotta [$4] *served with berry compote, topped with chia seeds* + matcha [SOLD OUT] + thai tea [SOLD OUT] + earl grey [SOLD OUT] Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact me personally or via direct messaging on Instagram.