Sweet Cherry Pie

Fresh cherries were first pitted then cooked in a pot along with sugar, water, tapioca, and lemon juice. The filling was poured into an unbaked sour cream pie shell, covered with a lattice top, and baked. After removing from the oven a sugar glaze was applied to the center and the edges of the crust.

Beverage:  The Tea Table’s ‘Crime of Passion' green tea made into an unsweetened iced tea with pitted cherries stirred in and a single whole cherry served on top.


Devil’s Food Cake

Originating from the United States of America this dark, airy, moist, and sinfully sweet chocolate layer cake has a devilishly decadent rich chocolate frosting in-between the layers and covering the entire cake.

(Ghirardelli® unsweetened cocoa powder was used for the cake and Ghirardelli® semi-sweet chocolate chips were used to make the chocolate frosting.)

Crumpet and cream scones

On the left side of the plate is a single homemade crumpet that’s been toasted and served with a pat of whipped butter. Next to the crumpet is a pair of homemade cream scones that have been split and spread with strawberry jam and a dollop of ‘mock clotted cream’.

[The combination of hot tea and warm scones served along with clotted cream and jam (traditionally strawberry) is known as cream tea and originated from England. The method of how the cream tea is prepared and presented depends on the region.]

Beverage:  Upton Tea’s ‘No.1 Tippy Orthodox GFOP Darjeeling' tea sweetened with sugar and a splash of milk.


冰皮月餅 【黑芝麻和白芝麻】  / Bing pi yue bing (hei zhima he bai zhima)

Snow Skin Mooncake (black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds)

a.k.a. Ice Skin Mooncake, Snowy Mooncake

A homemade, no-bake, snow skin mooncake filled with sesame seed paste and a coconut white chocolate truffle in the center.

To form the base of the truffle the ganache was chilled for a few hours, gently rolled in shredded coconut, then dipped in Ghirardelli’s eggnog flavored white chocolate. The gooey ganache itself is made from Ghirardelli white chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and coconut oil.

Beverage:  China Cha Dao’s ‘2011 Douji - Hong Da Dou' raw pu-erh. Unsweetened.

Орешки, Пряники, Медяники, Хворост, Печенье снежки
Oreshki, Pryaniki, Medianyky, Khvorost, Pechene snezhki

(From left to right)


  • Walnut shaped cookies filled with a mixture of chopped walnuts and caramelized condensed milk.


  • Russian ginger bread decorated with powdered sugar.


  • Ukrainian honey cookies decorated with a single almond slice in the center and white and blue colored sugar crystals.

(a.k.a. Russian twig cookies)

  • Fried, crispy cookies sprinkled with powdered sugar.

Pechene snezhki
(a.k.a. Snowball cookies, Russian tea cakes, Mexican wedding cookies, butterballs, and countless other names.)

  • A mix of toasted ground walnuts and pecans were used to make these cookies. Generously covered in powdered sugar.

Beverage: Ovation Teas’ ‘Русские Поцелуи / Russkie Potselui' tea sweetened with sunflower honey.


Pannkakor (med florsocker och lingonsylt eller hjortronsylt)

Pancakes (with powdered sugar and lingonberry jam or cloudberry jam)


Swedish pancakes

Thin pancakes that were loosely rolled-up, dusted with powdered sugar, and topped with fruit preserves. The first pair of pancakes pictured were topped with lingonberry jam and the second pair were topped with cloudberry jam.

Beverage: Lindqvist of Sweden’s ‘Cloudberry Tea' sweetened with sugar. A splash of milk was added to the tea in the second photo.


(15th century rice pudding)

Cooked short grain rice boiled in almond milk and honey until thick. Garnished with a single almond.



Take a porcyoun of Rys, & pyke hem clene, & sethe hem welle, & late hem kele; þen take gode Mylke of Almaundys & do þer-to, & seþe & stere wyl; & do þer-to Sugre an hony, & serue forth.


Take a portion of Rice, & pick it clean, & boil it well, & let it cool; then take good Milk of Almonds & do there-to, & boil & stir it well; & do there-to Sugar and honey, & serve it forth.

[Austin, Thomas. Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books. Harleian MS. 279 & Harl. MS. 4016, with extracts from Ashmole MS. 1429, Laud MS. 553, & Douce MS 55. London: for The Early English Text Society by N. Trübner & Co., 1888.]

[English translation by Gode Cookery.]


Gỏi cuốn tôm thịt với tương đậu phộng

Vietnamese shrimp and pork spring rolls with peanut sauce


Fresh spring rolls, summer rolls, salad rolls, rice paper rolls, nem cuốn, bánh tráng cuốn.

Rolls of rice paper filled with green leaf lettuce, bean sprouts, cilantro, mint leaves, cooked rice vermicelli, cucumber slices, cooked and thinly sliced pork loin, cooked shrimps, and chives. Served with a homemade peanut dipping sauce topped with crushed peanuts and finely sliced bird’s eye chilies.


花生饼 / Hua sheng bing

a.k.a. Chinese Peanut Cookies

(Made this for the Chinese New Year as these cookies are traditionally served during the Chinese New Year celebration.)

Sweet, melt-in-your-mouth peanut cookies with an egg yolk glaze and decorated with a single peanut on top.

Beverage:  Heaven Dragon’s ‘Ti Kuan Yin' oolong tea. Unsweetened.


牛肉刀削面 / Niu rou dao xiao mian

Beef knife-shaved noodle soup

Corned beef brisket (traditionally beef brisket or beef shank is used to make this beef noodle soup, but I chose to use corned beef brisket) was cleaned, braised, seasoned, and then cooked in a slow cooker overnight making the meat tender to the point of falling apart. Ingredients such as rice wine, soy sauce, sliced ginger, crushed garlic cloves, star anise, black peppercorn, and chili paste were added to the broth and further cooked. The liquid was then strained and bok choy was added in.

For the noodles; all-purpose flour, rice flour, baking powder, a dash of salt, and water were combined and kneaded into a dough, then sliced into long strips directly into a pot of salted boiling water.

This lightly spicy bowl of soup was served with the homemade knife shaved noodles, slices of the corned beef brisket, and topped with freshly chopped scallions and cilantro.

Beverage: 天仁茗茶/TenRen’s Tea ‘Osmanthus Green Tea’. Unsweetened.