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I had tapioca pudding for the first time 2 weeks ago in Mexico.

I’d argue that my childhood wasn’t deprived at all; it’s just that I grew up on a Chinese version of this. Sai mai lo (one of my favourite desserts since childhood) is a thinner, non-custard soup-like dessert served warm or cold. Taro is a common ingredient, there’s often coconut milk involved, and it’s sweetened with rock sugar. I’m adamant about the taro part, so I never make sai mai lo unless there’s taro in the kitchen.

Being in London, I haven’t gone out of my way looking for taro. Which means we have tapioca pearls kicking around in the cupboard. Which means I can make tapioca pudding! I gave this recipe a try after borrowing sugar from a neighbour (I’d finished soaking the tapioca and realised we had none), adding a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon. I didn’t care for it warm: too custardy (my bias for sai mai lo), too salty (I’ll half the salt next time), to milky (sai mai lo incorporates water). Chilled overnight, all of that unpleasantness disappeared. I’m looking forward to tweaking this till perfection…

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three times the cookie goodness. omnomnom!

Procrastination left me in the kitchen, again. This time, it was in avoiding a short 4 page essay for my class on personality. Seeing that 1) our cupboard recently acquired a new bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2) the no name PB has been sitting untouched because of its below average tendencies on bread, and 3) we still had about 1 cup of oats, I made a small batch of yummy yummy PB-oat-chocolate chip cookies. I used approximately:

1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup br sugar
1 egg
1/2 – 3/4 cup PB
a (large) splash of milk
splash of vanilla
3/4 cup all purp flour
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup large oats
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Cream the butter and sugar until homogeny, then add egg. Combine the remaining wet ingredients, and add the dollops of PB. Stir in dry ingredients, then the oats and chocolate. Bake the (10 goodly sized) cookies for about 15 minutes at 350F (until golden). Enjoy with tall glass of milk.