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Salmonizer _Episode II. Salmon Mooncakes

Life is full of drama. It’s sunny and warm in the morning. then Thunderstorm and chill-to-the-bone at night. I tried very hard to maintain the peace and joy in mind.  Yes. keep that in mind. as always.

Let me just go into the business. Here comes the Salmonizer episode II:  The Salmon Mooncakes

Okay Okay I know I am a bit late in serving mooncakes at this point of time. but given the fact that I didn’t have chance to munching on enough mooncakes this year (the price is killing me! ) , I decide to be my biggest mooncake supplier this year. Yupp!!!

It’s a bit tricky to make these moon cakes. well, let me just admit it, it’s not merely tricky – it’s DIFFICULT! I once again have a very hard time to knead the dough. Guess what , this time I need two doughs ! (can somebody help me out here??)

IMG_9921So one dough on the top right is the “normal dough” with water, baking soda, and a bit oil.

and the dough on the top left is the “oily dough” with only vegetable oil ! ( I didn’t use the shortenings, veg oil is always a healthy option).

wrap with plastic wraps and put in the fridge for 1 hour.

Then when they comes out, your turn of labor work!!!

it’s NOT very easy (I am telling ya the truth) to knead two doughs together. The oily one had a very hard time to get along well with the normal dough. Well, I forgive you.

so, I almost give up “assimilating” these two doughs. let them be who they are. yeah. I’m fine with that.

IMG_9937And then comes the easy part:

1. make the fillings: salmon + pork + ginger + 1 tsp of soy sauce + 1 egg whites.

2. Wrap the filling and try your best to make it CLOSED and round it up with your hand – gently.

3. brush with egg yolk and sprinkle some black sesame seed.

4. Bake, at 350 degree oven, for 30 min, until you really can not control yourself any more because of that nice salmon smell and crispy wraps.

Here they are:

 

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I can’t help tried two. yupp. two. they are way too delicious for me to even think about the fatty dough. the oily dough. yeah. whatever. they are very yammy. If you love the layers of that crispy wraps, and the smell of Salmon, you would love this moon cake – salty version .

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it makes me home sicking again. I miss the days back home when we stand in lines and wait to buy those special meat mooncakes. I guess it’s just when we grow up, there are so many things out of our control.

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Bear with my photography hobby. I took quite a few of these cuties and feel obliged to share with you , my friends, when you are far away from your family, friends, beloved ones, there is only one way to make yourself stronger : understand why I am here , why I am doing what I am doing, and make all the effort worthwhile.

yeah, and of cause, having some mooncakes with me.

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Salmonizer _ Episode I. Salmon Cookies and Crunchy Glazed Salmon Steak.

I know that’s not a good name – Salmonizer – but it stuck in my head all day long , with Britney Spears voice, too.

I am not fanatic about Salmon. But when it’ on sale at 3.99 per pound, I quickly fake myself as a big fan of salmon. Thousands of recipes just pops in my mind, that make me feel obliged to write a whole episode of Salmon stories.

So today comes the episode I: Salmon Cookies and Crunchy Glazed Salmon Steak:

IMG_9920 Salmon is always so easy to cook, and, most importantly, no annoying fish bones that would stuck in throat and make me sick. seriously, I mean, really sick. I once had a fever because of that stuck fish bone. And I had been to the hospital TWICE to get the fish bone out in the last 25 years. So I’ve been quite careful , or to put it this way, I’ve been avoiding eating fish for a long time.  But after coming over to the States, I suddenly find out that I am not the only one who can not eat fish with bones . Hooray! Salmons, Tilapia, Cod, blah blah blah, they can all be majestically made with absolutely no fish bones. Yeah !

So I begin to eat fish. Not a lot though. But Salmon is my routine one that I have 100% confidence in making it delicious.

To marinate the salmon steak, I use:

1. 1 tsp of light soy sauce, 1 tsp of cooking wine, sprinkle some TJ’s seafood grill seasoning to get that fancy herbs .

2. put them in the fridge for about 2 hours, and then 300 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Don’t bake it too long – fish would dry out.

3.  The soy sauce would give it a nice red-wine like glaze . Top the steak with some finely chopped pumpkin seed, and mayo (just for fun, btw, I didn’t use light mayo :-P). sided them with greens ( I use snake bean with mayo ).

EAT !  Please!  Topping dishes with chopped nuts is a great idea  - always love that little naughty crunchiness !.

The leftover salmon goes into my Salmon Cookies. They are surprisingly good. Look at the pics first – can u guess what is it made of ?

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Well, just can’t be more simpler.

These golden-ish cookies are No Butter, No flour, No Sugar, just a bit good fat (omega 3 from Salmon of cause). and Lots Lots of Protein.

Ingredients:

1. Salmon and Tofu. Mix them really well with 1 egg, and a bit seasoning (pinch salt), and ginger.

2. No oil , No sugar, No flour needed.

3. 400 Degree oven, for about 20 minutes.

4. Sprinkle some herb seasonings to make a good presentation.

IMG_9967Aren’t they pleasantly guilt-freely delicious? Tofu is full of flavor because of salmons. They absorb all the fat and juice of that fish, plus, 400 degree oven makes them really crunchy.  Hope that satisfy your cookie cravings. Bon Appetite Everybody!!!!

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Simply Delish. Warm Snakebean Salad. and Very Basic Scone. yes that’s its name.

I am a little bit down right now. Well, I’m pretty excited and delighted the whole day because of the fabulous weather and progress of my work.  Nice and productive day, favorite zumba class. Then I got a email from my advisor about the writing problem of my paper. He is really sincere in pointing out this problem for me. I’ve been doing pretty much match and programming all these years and didn’t involve myself with writing that much. Now I’m near the end of the program and need to be ready for the job market next year. Sometime we avoid the problem and thought we’ll get over it, well, in the end, we all need to face it. That’s my writing problem . it is finally here. I am a little bit hate myself not solving this problem earlier. On the other hand, I guess I’m really lucky to have someone bluntly raise this issue for me – hope it’s not too late and I decided to make a difference this time.

Okay, back to eats. (do I sounds really down??? sorry, I am. .)

I make some scone this morning. My virgin scone experience.  Since I need to make some really fancy ones for X’mas, this is the first small step . Also, this is the very first time I follow everything on the back of that flour package.

IMG_9888Big mess of my kitchen – never thought knead a dough would SO difficult ! it’s always so sticky !!!

I guess I use twice much flour as it instructed. whatever , finally it’s not stick to my hand !!!

Since this is a virgin-scone, I won’t bore you with the recipe . Nothing fancy in it, just flour, baking powder, salt, milk and butter.

see how fat they are??? I begin to doubt that 15-18 min instruction is enough for my big dough!!!

IMG_9901 So I leave it in the cozy oven for about 30 minutes.

First batch comes out pretty good – golden browned, buttery crisp outside , hot and fluffy inside.  Very very buttery – it says I need 1/3 cup of butter and I firmly stick with the rule.

My pinky friend is with me again today and I don’t mind share with her my scone at all!

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This is just the first version of my scones. it’s so simple and basic that I can not even think of a creative name for it. So I just name it as “VERY BASIC SCONE“.  do you mind?

I’m a bit going to extreme today – kinda depleted with my cognitive resources I guess, really being uncreative about the names. Because the food is simple. and they taste delish.

For lunch, I had a warm Snake bean Salad ( ooops, did I just go from extremely simple name to extremely scary name? )

This is a very easy to make warm salad, perfect for cold days, and rocks in its crunchiness.

IMG_9912Total cooking time is about 15 min.

1. cut tofu into small cubes , and boil them in hot water for about 2 min.

2. cut snake bean into your favorable chewy size . and boil them for about 10 min, until that funny bean smell go away :-)

3. 1 tsp of light soy sauce, 1/3 tsp of sesame oil.

4. finely chopped pumpkin seeds for the top.

Done.

Simply delicious. It’s light and crunchy. Makes me feel salad is not that bad in the cold days. huh.

Alright. Done with eats. Tomorrow I have very full schedule. Thursday, too. Friday, yes. well, all the following days, I guess I will be extremely busy. I need to fix my writing problem.

Good night every one,

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A Hummus You Will NEVER get bloated!! A Sweets You will NEVER feel guilt ! :-) Eggplant Hummus and Yam Pudding

After whole day of relaxation, my Monday actually doesn’t go so well as I expected… I was really exciting to show my prof the work I did last week , but suddenly we realize that there is one critical measure I forgot to calculate. BIG oooooops. Back home and start running the model , again. Well, now I’m really get use to it. Patience, Persistent, and Passionate are now the three words I need to constantly say to myself to keep up a good attitude :-) No big deal, I can make it pretty quick.

Running the model and waiting for the result , well, I need to ease up the anxious with food related labor. Open the pantry and see my cumin ! however, I neither soak the chickpea the night before nor have the chickpea can in that pantry (oh yeah, I searched , but in vain). but I do want some hummus !  see, this is me, for food, I seldom plan ahead, since I never know what my stomach is craving for the next day!

For those of you who like me, always feel a bit bloated after eating beans, especially chickpeas, this would be a bloat-free hummus. Chickpea is a healthy food without doubt. It is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber(50% 1cup), Protein and Copper, and a very good source of Folate and Manganese.  Yet here comes a bit annoying measures : 1 cup of chickpea have 7.9g sugar ? ?? oh yes ! and 269 cal ??? oh yes!! surprise surprise surprise !! em, now I find a good excuse not soaking those peas last night – well I intended to have a lighter hummus!

This light hummus is made with eggplant. IMG_9873 If you happen to have tahini and cumin at home, this would be a really easy dish. We need:

1. eggplant, make several slices on the eggplant

2. 1 tsp of cumin.

3. 1/4 cup of soymilk ( I replace the oil with soymilk, make it a bit lighter).

4. 2 tsp of Tahini

5. 4 Peppers- your choice of which kind.

Firstly, roast the eggplant for about 30 min to give it a nice smoky flavor: IMG_9874 see my purple queen just changes coat!!!

wait till they cool down, and peel the skin off  - oh that was nice and easy.

then, come on my food processor , do your duty of mixing ingredients 2-4 with the roasted eggplant , on high speed for about 2 minutes till its really smooth.

oh, forgot to say, we need to roast the pepper too, no need to spray on oil , just roast them at 350 degree oven with eggplant for about 20 min.

Then, Serve !

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You can either dip the pepper in the hummus, or stuff the pepper with the hummus. When the pepper is roasted, the pungent spiciness just went away, only left with a very soft texture. You may see that I didn’t cut the tip of pepper or eggplant off, since I am a firm believer of that “in defense of food” book — every food, should be eaten as a whole to maximize it’s nutrition value.

did I say that eggplant is only 35 cal per serving? (sorry I’m being a bit nerdy here :-))

IMG_9882To make it taste even better, I first time be VERY patient with food !! I put them in the fridge for about 1 hour. Hooray!! Great move! The hummus now is so cool, and the spiciness of pepper completely went away ! I stuff the roasted pepper with that fabulous hummus, -guilt free and bloat free hummus for a great mid-east dinner!

btw, I tried to eat the skin of roasted eggplant – not very easy to chew , just fyi.

Also I would end my sweet potato series dish with a Light Yam Pudding.  I’m deeply addicted to sweet potato and this addition is reinforced by many blogger’s food creations. They are in season !  (I hope this statement is correct).

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Light and Sweet.

1 egg + 1 cup soymilk + sliced potato. ( does that remind of Häagen-Dazs five Ads?)

400 degree oven, 30 minutes. Done.

when it’s in the oven, the whole apt is full of that sweet soymilk and egg smell.

I just couldn’t wait long enough to get all edges of that sweet potato browned. But they are surprisingly sweet and light, light and sweet.

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Bon appetite, my dear friends :)

I hope ya can bear with my sweet teeth.

Today’s workout:

1. power walk 40 minutes.

2. zumba 1 hour. my fav teacher is here!!! great cardio workout!

3. 8lbs *2, 10 lbs weights. 3 groups.

I just find my model estimation is done ! yeah!! go back to work now :-)

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Sunday Sunday!!! Crispy Oatmeal and Light Crunchy PB Squares

First of all, thanks to my cousin ! we talked over the phone today about my blog – well, especially about the blog name.  A good blog name should be easy to pronounce and easy to remember , yet Toutou, plus that sachertorte, is a pain in the xx for her to pronounce. Well, take back my little fanatic about those chocolate cake and unwillingness to express it in a plain way, I will change my blog name as ” Light Delight with TouTou”. I would like to keep TouTou because that’s a very important name for me. And thanks to the prevalent cuisinart marketers, I decide to describe this blog as ” a cuisine art with a slimy twist. My inspiration of these names just explodes while I was on that treadmill, so 30 min passed incredibly quickly today!!!

Second, the day light saving time finally comes!!!! I woke up at 7:06 this morning, with no guilt at all! The morning just seems prolonged for me :) What’s for breakfast? Well, I’ve been eating liquid plus flour for 6 days, I need a change for Sunday brunch!!!!

So I make this Crispy Oatmeal :

IMG_9831you may wondering: what’s CRISPY about it??????

well, it’s the sweet potato flakes !!! I baked those sweet potato flakes at 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, with absolutely NO oil, NO butter, JUST sweet potato. Then they come really crisp.  What a perfect topping!

Then I take out my special mixed oat meal — I pre-mixed the plain oat meal with : sesame seed, wheat bran, pumpkin seeds (chopped), almond slices, flex seeds, cranberry. So I don’t need to scoops all these ingredients every time I make my oatmeal breakfast.

Microwaved it with 1 cup soymilk for 1:30 min. adding my crispy toppings, and unsweetened coconut flakes — done !!!

IMG_9828 I totally surrender to the nature sweetness of the sweet potato. They are just so crisp and sweet, plus the oats with multi-seed and multi-fiber, make it really chewy!!

I have done with my work with three professors, well, at least for this weekend, no new tasks yet :) So today is a really relaxing day. I read my freakonomics book and can’t stop laughing when they talk about the architectures and prostitutes’ wages. Well, just consider the demand of these two type of career , the author put it this way:  of cause the prob of architectures would hire a prostitute is much higher than the other way around :D.

While reading the book , I was thinking about food, again!!! haha – does that mean I was bred to be a chef or something???

So my constant foods thoughts turns into this Light Crunchy PB Squares

IMG_9815 Oh no no don’t get me wrong – PB is NOT peanut and butter, but it’s peanut and bananas!!!

” When sally met harry ” it creates a romantic story, while when “peanut meats bananas” they create a crunchy but light flavor!!!

The cake is very light – I only use :

1. 1tsp of butter,

2. 2 egg

3. 2 tsp of sugar.

4. chopped peanuts.

5. 1 banana!

6. 2 cup all purpose flour + 1/2 cup of corn starch + 1 tsp of baking powder.

it’s kind of cleaning leftover cake – but taste surprisingly light, fluffy, and crunchy!!!!

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Here is how I make it:

1.beat egg whites until stiff peaks form – thank God I have my handmixer it only takes 5 minutes!!!

2. Mix well of the egg yolks, sugar, banana , flours, and then slowly stir it into the egg whites.

3. Finely chop the peanuts, and top the batter with this “red-skin” peanuts !! (haha – somebody would be crazy about it here!!! )

See how it looks before goes into the oven:

350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Until the peanuts are beautifully browned. Oh it taste just soa soa soa soft and crunchy!!! strong banana and peanuts flavor , what a great combination!

IMG_9811I try to cut into small squares — but I’m too greedy!! Every piece is BIG !! haha:)

Finally in the afternoon the sky begins to clear up. And I decide to go to my favorite store – pier one in silver spring, to get some nice plates and mats. And I do find a great mat!!! Since most of my plates are white, I take a colorful red one. The store is full of X’mas flavor right now, everything is red and green – are we there yet?? never too early to celebrate!

Then of cause, Whole food , B&N, some clothes stores, and finally Panera bread.  Finally unwind with a cup of chocolate in hand and take out my freaks again. btw, I saw she is adding cream, adding chocolate syrup, on my hot chocolate !!! lots lots of them and I even spilled it over to my shirts !! well, hot chocolate is for indulgence (hmmm, excuse 1). I just can’t help dip into those chocolate syrup and taste them – oooops, some one just sneak a peak at me !!! hey I can’t just be blind of those chocolate syrup, can I ? (excuse 2).

I ends the day with a gym trip too:

30 min running.

20 min Crossramp

10 stretching.

5 rowing machine (oh man! my muscle is so sore! ).

and a light dinner :

IMG_9852Sauteed something like beets but white and purple ( ? don’t know the name, first time I tried this – taste just like the radish )

and  a seaweed soup.

oh, that’s my NEW table mat !!!

Hope ya all have a wonderful relaxing Sunday, Sunday!!!!

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