Relaxing 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
Finally 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 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
My mom used to call me “rice bucket” when I was a kid. In Chinese, that means a person who like to eat a lot of rice. I could have lots of plain rice with just a little amount of other food. Rice was not a side dish to me, it was my main dish. But, this was no longer true. Having too much rice in the past made me opt for other type of staple food whenever possible. Until one day, I found out that there were so many other ways to cook different types of rice in other parts of the world. The result is usually extremely flavorful rice with distinguished texture depending on the type of rice you use. Having rice is not boring anymore. And once again, I become a “rice bucket”. Continue reading
When I was young, I owed very little. All my precious things could be put in a shoebox. They were some stickers I exchanged with my friends, some letters from friends, some cassett tapes and sheet music with songs I loved. I told myself at that time that, they were the things that would be taking with me if there was a fire at home.
As you grow older, your belongings grow with you as well. Besides the basic necessities, I have all these things spread around the house. Continue reading
Took an afternoon walk. The warmth of the late summer evening sun was soothing and comforting. All my stress accumulated through the week disappeared.
You don’t have to travel far to find beauty. This community farm around my neighborhood looks differently under different lights and weather.
Wish the summer color can last forever. Continue reading
Just finished two rounds of golf today (Sunday). An “All You can Golf” day for $25 at a nearby golf course has given me so much excitement and disappointment, so much fun and frustration, and so much joyfulness and soreness. Absolutely love this game! You have to be in focus in every single shot. You have only one chance to hit each shot. Clear your mind, relax and feel your body movement, try to duplicate what you have learned from driving range practice, but do not over-think;. swing and hit with a rhythm, and when you hear a sharp and crisp metal sound, your chance of having a pretty good shot is high. Continue reading
We’ve been having a streak of good weather in Vancouver lately. Blue sky, light breeze, 20-ish temperature; all the complains of gloomy cold wet weather in early summer were gone. On days like these, it is very hard to keep working in the office. All you think about is to get through the week as quickly as possible so as to enjoy the weekends outdoor. This is also not the good time to sit in front of the computer retouching pictures and composing blog posts. Yes, I admit that I’m a little slow in updating my post. But, in times when I’m not blogging, in between working and golfing, I’m still actively seeking inspiration for photography, trying out new recipes and thinking about what to eat and what to post. Continue reading
Lately, I have been making lots of bread. Making bread is a satisfying experience. Unlike desserts, bread is an essential part of the meal that you do not feel guilty for eating too much of it. And the smell of fresh bread is wonderful. I did not have much experience with yeast bread before. I usually just followed the recipes in Best Recipes closely and they never failed me. This time, however, I was curious to try out the Japanese bread making recipes that have been very popular among the Chinese food bloggers. Continue reading
I am not a planner. I do not like to plan things ahead. Except for work related stuff, which I am paid to do and trained to do, I never good at planning anything. Even vacation, I did not like to do the planning until N asked me several times and got mad at me. I know, this is bad. But don’t you think that things happen outside of your plan is more excited? Things that come out of a sudden burst of idea, things that do not follow the usual path. Like, when I first started this blog, I just followed my sudden urge to do it. No plan, no preparation, no research. Just go for it. I still feel so amazed and so full of gratitude that there are visitors/readers who like what I posted. Continue reading