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Pumpkin Night

Carving pumpkin with plastic knife??? I am suspicious….

But Getting a pumkin  carving set in the kid’s aisle? I definitely feel growing younger!!

Alright, based on my zero pumpkin carving skill, this is a big difficult…

So I end up with this two ghost…

Not bad for a first timer, yeah?

🙂 as for the pumpkin / halloween night, I also cook up some weriodo~

Beer Quail Eggs!

Ok. They are basically small eggs, has all the necessary nutritions from the regular egg, while not blow your cholesterol away. Plus, they are really cute.

Ingredients :

Beer (of course), soy sauce , boiled quail eggs, and an air-tight lock&lock container (we are going to marinate this in the container for 2 days, so have to avoid all possible bacteria growing)

It taste very good after 2 days. Makes a perfect appetizer!

Have you tried something ‘weird’ on halloween?! :))

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My Little Basil !!!

Finally….I settled down in my new apt . It was a lot of work! The best thing ever happened to me , as a chef, is that I now have  a balcony! (maybe most of you have a large back or front yard 🙂 ) To fully exploit my little balcony :
I grow some sweet basil , jalapeno pepper, banana pepper, Arugula , and green onion! can you believe it only take 4 weeks for the basil to grow this big?! It makes me feel I am an expert ! haha:)

can’t wait to enjoy it !

With tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, grapeseed oil, pinch salt and pepper.

M’mmmmmm, freshness that I can smell!

and, save the rest of the basil leaves in this air-tight container from Lock&Lock:

 

and….if it is not too late ~ Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all my dear blog friends!!!  this time, with real moon cake !

With salty egg yolk, and lotus seeds puree:) sweet and salty – just like the one I remembered!

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Miso Soup ….M’mmmm Yummm!

Do you like Miso Soup?

It is “traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called “dashi” into which is mixed softened miso paste”.  Although high in sodium (over 400% DV), one cup (275 g) of miso paste is an excellent source of dietary fiber (59%) and protein (64% DV), as well as a good source of minerals . Miso paste is also high in amino acids, the basic building blocks of protein. An excellent source of vitamin K and a decent source of riboflavin (38% DV), miso also provides small amounts of other vitamins. One major benefit of miso is its extremely high omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid content. (source)

I like miso soup because of its delicate flavor, and they are so easy to make! All you need is miso paste, seaweed, and tofu:

Do you know the ‘correct way’ to make the miso soup? A trick of the tray to avoid lump in your miso soup:  we should dissolve miso paste in a smaller cup of hot soup separately, and pour it back to the pot 🙂

It is ready within 10 minutes, and with this colorful pot from Lock&Lock, I can place it directly on my table!

It goes well with almost any dish: I just quickly sauteed some pearl onion and edamame.

And finish the meal with a cup cake :

Enjoy ! Hope you have a cool summer !

 

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Good Chef Needs A Good Frying Pan

Not the one that gets sticky all the time!!!

I ruined my stainless steel pan 2 months ago by caramelize onions for 20minutes. It became BLACK. Literally, changing from this:

to THIS:

I am not joking. I would be much happier if “black” in my stainless steel pan means “non-stick”. Unfortunately, it STICKS all the time.

So you can imaging how excited I was when I open the Lock&Lock supporter package last week!!!!

It is an awesome, fancy, hip, ceramic (and I assume it means non-stick), flower patterned frying pan!!!!!!!!!

Sorry I keep on bombing you with the pan :-p, but this is where the food comes from!!! I can not wait to try:

With just a little bit oil, I sauteed some pork . It is totally Non-stick !!! according to manual, the flowering pattern at the bottom of the pan prevent the food from sticking, and the pan is made with Non-toxic, eco-friendly coating materials. Well, I have to say, the color is an awesome addition to  my kitchen too!

I made this: snow pea with pork:

and I love the color so much , so I just use the frying pan as another plate!

My happy meal : brown rice, egg tomato with black fungus, snow pea with pork!

I am really happy with this frying pan – because I want to be a terrific chef !

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If you are tired of meatballs…You can try Fishballs!

Hey everyone! How is your spring going ???? now Maryland finally warm up, and my appetite is warmed up too :-P!

So I took out all my weapons in the kitchen and made this fish ball!

So you see all the ingredients here:

Fish Fillet, 1 egg, minced ginger, rice wine, roasted sesame oil, salt, and most important : white pepper

Combine everything together with the help of food processor. You may want to do it around 5 minutes so that the fish ball taste chewy.

now , bring the water to boil, and then simmer (not rapid boil! it will break down the balls!)

Make fish balls with a spoon, slide them into the simmering water, till all of them floating happily ~

It is very tasty (as I always brag about my food). and goes well with any soup! like this “winter melon and seaweed soup”.

How simple is that?  🙂 Hope you like it!

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Fermented Rice – Sweet with a touch of Alcohol (Jiu Niang)

Yes, a touch of Alcohol!

Fermented rice is a popular dish in Asia. It contains high concentrations of pro-biotic bacteria. “The enzymes degrade anti-nutritive compounds and thereby make edible, with enhanced flavour and aroma, things that otherwise would be indigestible and/or unpalatable.” (Source).  From a traditional Chinese medicine’s perspective, the fermented rice increases the blood circulation, which is especially beneficial for women.

For me, it is another type of comfort food and makes me a bit nostalgia. Through thousands trials and failures, finally I am able to make this fermented rice exactly the same as I had back home! I can not wait to share with my dear blogger friends this recipe:

what you need:

Sweet rice and Ferment rice starter (or yeast ball, which you can get in Asian supermarket)

An airtight container, such as “lock and lock”. Airtight container is very important: the first half of the fermenting process needs oxygen to generate ‘sweetness’; while the second half, which generates ‘alcohol’ taste, should be absolutely absent of oxygen.  

Steps:

1. Soak about 2 cup of sweet rice at least 6 hours.

2. Steam the sweet rice for 40 minutes; then, rinse them in the running cold water for 1 minute.

3. in the mean time, grind the yeast ball really well, so that it can be well mixed with the steamed sweet rice.

4. Mix the starter and the sweet rice ; sprinkle the rest of the starters on the top of the steamed rice:

5. Close the lid, put the container in the warm place (about 60 – 70 F will do).

6. Wait, patiently, till you see the ‘rice wine’ comes out of the sweet rice chunk. It may take up to two – three days.  Then , it is time to enjoy!

As I said, it is sweet, a bit creamy, and tinged with a wine aroma.Please please please, don’t have it if you will drive or operate machinery…It DOES make you DRUNK!!!  🙂

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My Secrete Weapon for Exams!!!!

I know it is mid-term exam time again! Although I haven’t been bothered by exams for almost 3 years, I keep the tradition : having tomato-egg noodle soup before any big event! It is my Mom’s strategy to calm me down when I was young. Surprisingly, I am still rely on it now!

It is incredibly easy, and can be done within 15 mins! Fits in your midterm crunch very well 😛

Egg, sliced tomato, and egg noodles (or, any kind of noodles you like )

Steps:

1. Heat oil in a pot, scramble eggs till they get some browny points.

2. Add tomatoes, sautee for about 2 min, till it is a bit softened.

3. In the same pot, add water, and noodles . Wait till the noodle is well done , add salt and white pepper (works really well in this soup) to taste.

EAT, before you go to exams, interviews, or presentations.

If you still feel uneasy, finishing up with a slices of comforting Tiramisu.

Then I am sure YOU ARE READY!!! 🙂

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