Chai Tea Latte Recipe

Chai TeaWith the cooler weather coming in, few things are more refreshing than a steaming cup of tea. Green tea, black tea, herbal tea, white tea, oolong tea… I like them all! Chai tea is one of my favorites, though chai actually just means tea in many other languages. Chai in the states usually refers to black tea brewed with herbs and spices, which is the recipe I am giving here. Continue reading

Pumpkin Recipe

pumpkinThe first time I made this recipe was over the summer even though pumpkin muffins are associated with autumn. Still, when I saw this recipe I couldn’t resist giving it a try. And I’m glad I did! This recipe is a staple favorite now and I use it to make the flavors of fall year-round.  Continue reading

Need to Boost Your Vitamin B12 Levels? Try These Recipes

crabsHealth and nutrition are becoming an important factor is the diets of people across the globe. With this new focus on what we eat and how it affects us comes the realization that there is a nutrient deficiency problem silently affecting many people.

Vitamin B12 is a lesser thought of vitamin that helps to combat mental health problems, fatigue, anemia, and stomach issues. If you become deficient in Vitamin B12, you can lose cognitive function, damage your central nervous system, become fatigued and anemic, and develop depression. Continue reading

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

cherriesFor the last few weeks I have been on a bit of a cookie kick. I already have most of the stock ingredients like sugar, flour, baking soda, and the like laying around, so I have been doing a bit of experimenting. The recipe that follows was me trying to balance my desire to be healthy with my sweet tooth but the sugar and butter in these cookies aren’t exactly healthy. They’re still delicious though! (No surprises there…) Continue reading

Vegetarian Lasagna Southwestern Style

lasagnaRecently I met up for lunch with a vegetarian friend of mine. She is health and cost-conscious (successfully so, I might add) so she makes meals at home over the weekend to freeze for the week ahead. She told me about what she made in her last round of cooking and it sounded so awesome that I asked for the recipe to share here.

So I bring you… Vegetarian lasagna, Southwestern style! The beans, corn, cheese, and salsa layered between classic lasagna sheets give this dish a Mexican flavor. Whether you are vegetarian or not it is certainly worth trying. Continue reading

Magazines for the Taste Buds: Top 5 Cooking Magazines

food magazineIf you are guilty of watching Food Network on a daily basis, you have indeed earned the foodie label. If you visit restaurants and attempt to dissect each seasoning nuance, you’ve got a discerning palate. Finally, if your ultimate goal is to cook well enough to land on an episode of Cut Throat Kitchen or Chopped, you need these 5 magazines. Continue reading

It’s been a while…

gone awhileFinally, I started blogging again. This time around, I created a space which is more like a personal photo blog. Yes, can’t quit taking pictures. How about cooking? Still loves it but can only do food photography occasionally. Continue reading

Strawberry Bubble Tea and Sweet & Salty Popcorn

popcornRelaxing Sunday afternoon, mostly overcast sky with lucky sunny breaks in between, I revisited Finn Slough, a place not so far away from where I live, a tiny community with distinct looking wooden houses built along a marshy river bank. Every time I go there, I can’t stop imagining how life would be like in the old days when it was still a robust fishing village. The Finnish fishermen may be long gone, but what’s left are the remnants that merged with the landscape to create a unique place. Here are some of the pictures taken.

After a joyful afternoon with some new photos to process, I’d like to have something fun and refreshing as snack. Got a box full of local strawberries the other day. They were so juicy but still a bit tart. I also have some tapioca balls that I wanted to try out. So, I make some strawberry bubble tea, with all natural ingredients, no artificial milk and fruit powder as in a lot of other recipes suggested. Continue reading

Caribbean Chicken Wings

chicken wingsFinally got some time to finish off this post!. Once again, I rely on the food and its taste and color to make the bad weather go away. I am getting tired of this gloomy wintery spring. I want the bright and blooming sun, not the timid and shy one. I believe this Caribbean chicken can perform its magic. The sweetness and spiciness compliments each other perfectly, with the use of the citrus to brighten up the flavor, these chicken wings are scrumptious and addictive. Don’t be scared by the long list of ingredients. Just gather all the seasonings and put it in the food processor and the marinate is done. You do need some time to marinade the chicken, but the reward for waiting is big. The cooking process is hassle free. What can be simpler than baking and glazing!

I hope you will enjoy this easy recipe and let’s hope for better weather everywhere!! Continue reading

Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Sauce

Lemon and chocolate desserts are two types of desserts that I love dearly. Lemon cheesecake is especially light and refreshing. Well, ‘light’ in terms of its flavor and month feel. But it still a cheesecake. To cut down the calories, I made four small lemon cheesecakes. I put the other three in the freezer and will test out different toppings later. Continue reading