The Little Epicurean

Mar 27 2017

Filipino Egg Pie

Filipino Egg Pie

Filipino Egg Pie: custard pie slowly baked in a flakey butter crust.  For most people, “pie” evokes childhood memories of warm apple pie served with vanilla ice cream or sweet summer strawberry pie with a dollop or whipped cream. For me, this Filipino Egg Pie comes to mind.

Mar 20 2017

Chocolate Yellow Cake

Chocolate Yellow Cake

A birthday classic: three layers of yellow cake frosted with chocolate buttercream and topped with rainbow sprinkles. I’m on the hunt for the perfect birthday cake. Alex has a BIG birthday coming up this summer. He’s turning 30! On my eve of my 30th birthday, he proposed to me at Walt Disney World. Now, I feel

Mar 02 2017

Blood Orange Earl Grey Tarts

Blood Orange Earl Grey Tarts

Blood Orange Earl Grey Tarts: little pâte brisée tart shells filled with earl grey pastry cream and topped with blood orange segments and crushed pistachios.  I am currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, and Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.  Three completely different stories, ranging from serious and thought provoking

Feb 26 2017

Ube Swirl Bread

Ube Swirl Bread

Ube Swirl Bread: soft yeasted dough filled with a sweet coconut and purple yam paste. It’s a Filipino variation on a classic cinnamon roll. Purple yam. It’s called ube (pronounced ooo-bae) in Tagalog. It’s a super popular tuber in the Philippines, widely used in desserts. While purple yam is a relative of sweet potato, they’re not

Feb 21 2017

Baked Kimchi Cauliflower Rice

Baked Kimchi Cauliflower Rice

Baked kimchi cauliflower rice: this healthier version of “fried rice” transforms roasted cauliflower into a savory and hearty meal.  For months, my best friend tried to convince me to eat cauliflower rice. I firmly refused several times. I like white rice, thank you very much. Eventually I wore down. My curiosity for this healthy rice alternative