Pad Thai and Mango Smoothie

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

Japanese Sweet Bread

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

The Unexpected: Cocoa-nana Bread

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

Salmon Teriyaki and Miso Soup

I do not think that we have enough fish consumed in our diet. Don’t know why. May be because I grew up in Hong Kong where fish were bought fresh, fresh in the sense that they were alive in the fish tank and killed by fish monger immediately after you bought it. Continue reading

Buttermilk Bran Muffins

Hooray! It’s the first long weekend of this year. I can finally have time to do my new blog post, plus tons of other housework. This is one of the ways to enjoy my personal time. I mean the blogging part, not the housework.

Whenever we have time on weekends, we like to make a big deal for breakfast. I personally not a big fan of big breakfast but N likes his to be like a brunch. I enjoy the making of it. Pancakes with sausages, waffles, scones, are our favorites. Yesterday, however, instead of making the usual with butter, I, for the first time, used applesauce as a baking ingredient for muffins. Continue reading

Zucchini two ways: Saute Zucchini with Corn, Zucchini with Dill

I did not hate vegetables when I was a kid. But I was not really fond of them either. I just did not have any special feeling about them. They were just there in every meals, as an essential dish in a traditional Chinese meal. And the ways that they were cooked by my mom were very similar; stir-fry plain by itself or with some meats, adding some soy sauce or oyster for seasoning, or adding salt only. Sometimes, my mom also liked to boil, not steam, the vegetables in some flavored broth or salted water. When they were tendered, just poured some soy sauce or oyster sauce on top. That is the quickest and easiest way to make cooked veggies Chinese style. Continue reading

Chicken Tikka Masala and Naan

Since I have gone back to work, time is becoming more precious. On a working day, I can hardly find time to make any special food for dinner. Our week night dinner is filled with quick stir-fry, pasta, and weekend leftover. Although quick and simple food are delicious too, sometimes you just want a little more spice in your daily life. Continue reading

Back to Work Granola

How to make my work day a bit more fun? How to settle my growling stomach in the office? I need some sweet and healthy snacks! This granola is perfect for breakfast or snack at any time. It is with different varieties of nuts, maple syrup and honey as sweetener, and just 2 Tbsp of butter. I have been experimenting with different proportion of dry ingredients, sweeteners and oil for a long time. Continue reading

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For the past month, I have been living in my dream world.  Cooking, baking, making food looks pretty and taking pictures of pretty food, sharing those pictures with others. It has been so much joy.  But somehow, incident just happens that pull one back to the reality. An opportunity came. It was one of those that you would regret and feel guilty about it if you do not take it. It was a no-brainer decision. Continue reading

West Lake Beef Soup

Usually when I have no idea what to cook for dinner or if I need to whip up something really quickly, I go for Chinese food. You can almost stir fry any type of vegetables, put some meat in, and you have a dish in no time. But Chinese soup is different. The ones that my mom likes to make, with meat, vegetables and Chinese herbs, usually take 2 to 3 hours to simmer. And it is said that those type of soup have medical value. Continue reading