Dried cranberry is so easy to get addicted to snack on but fresh cranberry is too tart to eat directly. I passed by this galette recipe one day when I was craving for some buttery sweets and it reminds me the bag of cranberry there in the freezer sitting for a long time. Perfect timing to use the fresh cranberry for something simple and satisfying. The recipe uses all the ingredients for one galette but I divided them into two because I know I will quickly eat the whole thing without giving a thought that it contains so much calorie. So I baked one last night, together with a spaghetti squash in the same oven. And I don't feel guilty to have a big piece for breakfast :)
Sep 29, 2010
Sep 27, 2010
Stir-fried red pepper and broccoli, sauteed corns, braised pork,
shiitake, canned beans, steamed white perch, brown rice mix.
I went fishing with friends last weekend and we got a lot fish, most of them are white perch. I spent hours cleaning them and because of my hard work, the fish tastes even better :) The only way I cook perch is steam, the same method my grandma and mom use. The heat of the steam quickly cook though the fish which keeps the meat juicy and tender. Steam is the best way to keep the original flavor of the food.
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 24, 2010
These two bento boxes are almost twins. I am not working tomorrow, but gonna spend the entire day outdoors. It might be better to bring my own lunch instead of stopping at the McDonald's, in terms of both taste and health. Also, I volunteered to bring my friend a lunch box too, since I don't think she ever has a bento like this. It was fun to arrange the same food into two different boxes, my is more slim and the other is more for a regular lunch portion. I will see how my friend like it :)
Sep 23, 2010
There was a time that I was so fascinated by onigiri and addicted to make sushi rolls. I could roll a full plate for lunch and when comes to dinner, made another plate with different fillings and ate them all. Also, I made a lot of onigiri (rice balls) for breakfast. Now the passion has faded away a bit but sometimes, I still like to make these for fun, after all, the presentation of sushi roll is pretty and the shape of onigiri is simply adorable.
Remember the storm we experienced early this year? This broccoli tart was made at that time. I was extremely happy to those falling snow and how thick they were accumulated on the ground because then, I could keep staying at home, no need to work. Everything went well as I thought, until I finally realized that, the same reason also made me stuck in the house for five days, nowhere to go for fun. I started to feel bored, very bored. Thought of cooking some restaurant level food to kill time, but the refrigerate was almost empty, no way to get out for grocery shopping. In the end, the only fresh veggie I had was the broccoli. That's why this tart was made.Actually the recipe was based on Swiss chard tart but I didn't have it at the moment. The broccoli version was good though, and this was the first time I made the tart crust!!
Pan-fried swai fillet, stirfried cabbage with enokitake,
cherry tomato, steamed broccoli, carrot slices,
scrambled eggs, brown rice with job's tear.
It was the first time in my life making falafel, and might be the last one. It was delicious, but the process of making it is just too much. I try to avoid cooking method using deep fry, not only I don't know what to do with the leftover oil, but try to cut down the calorie intake.I can't recall if there was a recipe I followed, the chance is bigger that I made this from scratch. I was and, am still trying to eat more beans by cooking them in different ways. I know soy protein is good but have never been a big bean eater since I was born. Some how I got the feeling that I am chocked by swallowing them through the throat. It's funny, isn't it?
I remember clearly that day after work, suddenly I had a strong craving for beef stew, which might because of the cold weather in the winter. Then I googled trying to find some simple recipe for boeuf bourguignon. And I got one, also that was how I found the website I keep following until now, for Chinese readers only though. After putting all the ingredients in the pot and let it sit on the stove top, the apartment was gradually filled with the warm smell, it was heaven! My memory of the childhood was awakened, and that night, vividly reminded me the days with the family.
Lasagna does not have to be meat and tomato sauce. The taste of this vegetarian version of lasagna is superb and one of the dishes sitting on the top of my list. For me, lasagna is kind of dish that best to eat in cold days, and this one makes the perfect dish in terms of that. Especially in the winter, the cold weather makes the squash produce it's natural sweetness and creamy texture that can make this dish to wow the entire party. I used the no boil lasagna here, but it is much better to use the home-made fresh noodle, which absorb the liquid better and works perfect with the milk based cream sauce.
This is again a recipe from the Joy of Baking. Usually I can snack on a quick bread for something sweet. But when it comes occasions that I crave real sweets, this is a quick one I can put together. Especially when there are too many over ripened bananas sitting on the kitchen count. And I am telling you I LOVE chocolate. I add chocolate to anything that might work well together or use recipes that use chocolate as the ingredient.
I seems to remember this was supposed to be some healthy cookies because I planned to bake them and gave as a gift to a friend who was not supposed to intake too much calorie. Thought it had oatmeal as one of the ingredients, it ended up using tons of butter and became somehow shortbread like. Plus, there was melting chocolate drizzled on the top to make a nice presentation. It did taste very good but in terms of health, it was thumb down. I don't know if my friend ate all of them, he'd better share with others. I can't recall where the recipe came from.
This Pineapple Upside-down Cake is a twin to the cranberry upside-down cake, which I forgot to take a picture. Though the cake batter is the same, I prefer the cranberry version better. I like the tartness from the cranberry which works well with the sweet cake. Although I don't deny this pineapple version is good as well, especially the caramel pineapple on the top really brings up some lovely sweetness. If you have a big sweet teeth, this is your cake.
Sep 22, 2010
This recipe was got from one of my favorite websites-Joy of Baking. It is a great way to use the over ripened banana yet has a twist on the regular banana bread. The recipe calls for the Dutch processed coca powder but I don't have. The final product didn't turn out as reddish brown as it was supposed to be. But the flavor was still good. I brought it to the picnic and it was all gone.
|Stirfried cabbage with enokitake, stirfried red pepper and broccoli, |
Thai curry scrambled egg, veal chop, brown rice with job's tear.
Sep 21, 2010
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Sep 19, 2010
Brown rice with job's tear, pan fried veal chop and egg, tomato,
broccoli, some kind of noodle (leftover from a friend)
Sep 16, 2010
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Sep 2, 2010
Soba with cabbage, broccoli, budo mame, baked beets, meatball,
cucumber from backyard.
chicken, baby cabbage, budo mame, shitake, mini cabbage rolls,