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Pumpkin Mousse

I feel like every blogger loves pumpkin (1 secrete I discovered!)

Pumpkin makes great soup, dessert, latte, or just eat them straight from the jar like I did in the past few days.

Or, make a little twist , transform them into a pumpkin mousse:

It just can’t be easier:

Ingredients: can of pumpkin, milk, 2 egg, cinnamon.

I bet you have all of them!

Mix them all together REALLY well. Avoid any pumpkin lumps. Bake them at 350F for 30 minutes.

Sprinkle some coconut flakes, if you like:

It taste nature. Yes. Nature sweetness from pumpkin and coconuts. Nothing beats that.

A very healthy dessert for you, dear friends:

Enjoy your day!!

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My Appetite Flares up!!!Flower Radish Cake

Finally the allergy cleared up, and I can enjoy the spring now! my poor stomach , which has suffered in the last two weeks , now need a fix!!!! I am craving for some very Chinese food today!!! M’mmmm, even it normally takes longer time for me to prepare a real Chinese meal, but, worth the effort 🙂

I spend 1 hour making this dish ( normally I ONLY spend 15 min!!!) – Flower Radish Cake

This is a very traditional dim sum , but I made a slight twist – without steaming and frying , which saves lot of trouble. And, it is actually called radish cake instead of FLOWER radish cake. but I feel like call it so !!!!

Ingredients:

1. 1 medium sized radish, shredded in the food processor.

2. 1/3 cup of Edamame, coarse chopped.

3. 3 shiitaki mushroom, which brings nice smoke flavor. Miced.

4. Chinese Sausage , smoked, sweet flavored, with lots of good fat :-D. Miced

5. salt, white pepper , and 2 tsp of sesame oil.

6. 1/2 cup of flour ( or rice flour).

Steps:

1. Mix everything together, give it a good stir.

2. spray a muffin pan. scoop the mix in the pan, and then, don’t forget to spray a bit more oil on the top of the “muffin” , to prevent it dried out in the oven.

3. 350 degree oven, for 25 minutes, they are sizzling inside!!!!!!!!

Then, let it sit for about 5 min, take it out with care. unless u put enough amount of flour, this flower radish cake gonna collapse! 😀 handle with care, please!

I definitely love this delicate flavor from radish and Chinese sausage which are lightly sweet, along with the smoky flavor from shiitake mushroom, and nutty edamame, just melt in your mouth 😀

M’mmm, it just made my day!!!

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A Gooda Gooda Friday ~~~~

Finally I know why I got allergies this spring, obviously its because of my dissertation work!

We got T-storm last night, and the temperature coming back down to 60 something (from 90F!!!, can u believe it , in April, in Maryland!) my skin allergy gets better, and my car is free of yellow pollens , woooohoooo!!!!!

and, what make the life sweeter, I got the chocolate bar from Aletheia !!!

a 70% organic chocolate with gingerbread ( Oh yeah GINGER BREAD! GINGER BREAD!GINGER BREAD! my FAV!!! that x’mas is not over yet, hehe), cranberries and Mandarin. it just made my day. I feel soooo much better from long day of work and seminars and meetings, and finally get into the Friday mood!

I met with Aletheia here, on my food blog, when I just started it last October. We kinda see each others’ “path” on the food blog. thoughts, comments, emails,  and food creations, bind us in a unique and amazing way. I have never met her since she is so far in Canada, however, I have a feeling that if we see each other one day, there will be endless chatting and laughing between us. why? I don’t know. Sometimes I just got the instinct that we are totally “matched’ type of people. Alethia is a very thoughtful young girl ( yeah, much younger than me ), and she does the blog just for the blog instead of something else. If you got chance, please stop by and say hi to this sweet girl !!!

Dark chocolate, my cup of tea. forever. Never get bored savoring a piece of chocolate.

I add this precious gift to my chocolate collection:

while, actually I am a bit over -do in the chocolate collection:

haha…

em….don’t misunderstand me, i am not living on chocolate. I still eat normally food:

This is the last post of my salmon series: Simple Asparagus with Smoked Salmon.

Sauté the asparagus with pinch salt. add smoked salmon.  that’s it. like 5 min meal!  I like the soft texture of smoked salmon, and of cause its very special flavor. Yet it is a bit salty eating it directly. I think use it as pizza topping, or in sandwich might be better.

Blogging adds color to my life , and brings REAL friends to my life. Thank you all, dear blog friends. I hope every one has a wonderful weekend!!!!

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I need a pick-me-up: Mantou Pudding or Bun Bun Pudding?

Remember this week is spring break, and I have decided to stay here to work on my essays? yeah – time flies by , my model still gives me crappy result. That really makes me feel down, down, down. It’s hard to make complains nowadays, to my parents? no, they don’t really understand what I am doing and how much painful this model estimation process will be. To my friends? maybe not a good idea – those who are doing their PhD are already immersed themselves in this pain-in-the ass process and hearing more complains would reminds of their bad days… those who are not doing their PhD probably don’t have to worry about the model estimation at all , and they are wondering what the heck are you doing right now??!!! To professors??? maybe ….yet they are hoping I could get something out by the end of spring break.

I was really frustrated and depressed. Wondering what to do in the next step.

well, I know I really need to get myself out of these bad mood. when I was wandering in my room, I came across this piece of paper that has been hang on the back of my door for 2 years, yet I seldom give it a read. It says:

I am blessed with everything I need

My happiness depends on me

Life is beautiful

My life is complete

I am wise and experience

I have a lot of love to give

I am a loyal and fun friend

I am a faithful and committed lover

I love being myself

I know what I want

I am satisfied with who I have become

I have great friends and family who love me

I have a great heart and warm spirit

I don’t want anything from anyone

Only I can change my life

I can change unhappy situations

I am a beautiful and strong woman.

well said. I can change unhappy situations and I am a strong woman. There is nothing could beat me down. I will face the problem and find the way out. Suddenly I feel so much relieved. I am blessed to be who I have become now, and I believe everything will be alright. Tomorrow, is another day.

Okay, after rumbling for so long , let me bring it back to food. I really need a pick-me-up today. So I made this sweet treat: Mantou Pudding.

It’s not bread pudding, its the Mantou pudding, or Bun Bun Pudding! In China, the Buns is called Mantou 😀

I got quite a few buns from coco, (thank you!! ) that was really the softest Mantou I have ever eaten here ! after devouring it for several days in its plain form, I decided to exploit its maximum utilities.

So I use:

FIVE eggs (Five!!! oh mine, this is the largest amount of eggs I have ever used in my recipe).

about 1.5 buns, and 4 slices of whole wheat double fiber bread.

1/3 cup of Tj’s blueberry ( I need to recommend this: its huge blueberries!)

Unsweetened coconut flakes ( optional)

and NO sugar needed since the buns are slightly sweet.

Procedures:

Cut the mantou and bread in cubes, beat the eggs, mix them all together and sprinkle the coconut flakes:

alright, easy enough huh 🙂 send it to the oven, 350 degrees for 30 min.

the edges come out really crunchy. and the roasted coconut flakes makes the whole room nice and sweet.

I feel,

Life is short – have some dessert.

Life is short – let’s appreciate what we already have.

Life is short – let’s be proud of what we already achieve.

Lief is short – let’s find that strength, joy, and peace in mind.

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Craving for Cheese, Simply Say Cheese :) Cheese Cookies

is there a moment in your life that you are CRAVING for some food, for no reason????? at that moment, you are not thinking about the damn calories anymore, but only that food that makes your appetite calms down…..Today I was craving for cheese, maybe I haven’t had dairy for quite a while!

so I made some pure cheese cookies:

with PURE CHEEEEEESE (hey say cheese here :-D)

Ingredient: 1 CUP of 6 Cheese Italian ( or any strong flavor cheese you ‘d like to satisfy your tastebuds)

1 Cup flour; 1/4 cup of flaxseed. and that’s it.

add soymilk till it become cookie dough texture ( I add about 1/2 cup of soymilk).

spray the pan with oil. (ooooops, too much!), and gently press the cheese dough. Send them to the oven, 350 degree for about 20 minutes, till they looks like this:

you really need to watch out – don’t want to get burned cheese cookies :).

Surprisingly, I didn’t put any baking soda in it. the texture comes out like this:

like bread, very fluffy and airy, with a really cheesy smell! haha

alright – now fun time!

I got an award from a super sweet girl Jessie . Thank you for giving the time of telling some lies guilt-less! haha

so here is the rules:

Tell up to six outrageous lies about yourself, and one outrageous truth.

alright , here we go:

1. I am a night owl. I stay up REALLY late….

2. I can ate the whole jar of almond butter in one day.

3. I take good care of my car – no dent at all!! I am a great driver!

4. I call my parents ( they are in China), once a week.

5. I don’t like talking while I am having dinner.

6. I had never blogged before.

7. I updates my status on facebook every day!

– so which one is true??!! hahaahahha have fun guessing, my dear blogger frieds!

i will make the nomination in the next post:)

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Still, Happy Lunar New Year…with POMOCHI

Hey Dear blogger Friends, do you know that the traditional lunar new year celebration actually last for the whole week ?!?! and you have every reason to celebrate it till the Lunar Jan 15th 😀    So today I am gonna make another traditional Chinese New Year food. The Chinese name is called ” Nian Gao” , which literally means ” higher every year”. In Japanese, this kind of food is called ” Mochi”.

So what the heck is POMOCHI????

haha, it’s POM + Mochi = POMOCHI!!! (since POM + Nian Gao = POMIANGAO…..that’s doesn’t sounds very appealing to me:-P , thus I am gonna adopt Japanese way of Nian Gao) .

making POMOCHI is a lot of fun. Because the main ingredient is the glutinous rice….you got an extremely sticky dough to play with. That reminds me of the time spent with my Mom making them several years ago!!!!

I made a black sesame filling POMOCHI. The ingredients are : 1 cup of glutinous rice flour, about 1/4 cup of POM juice , grind black sesame, coconut oil from coco 😛 (thank you!) , coconut flakes,  sweet-scented osmanthus, and a about 1 tsp of sugar.

For the glutinous dough: mix the POM and 1 cup of rice flour. See that nice cute pinky color??? I fall in love with it instantly!!! Steam them for about 10 minutes , and cool it down completely.

For the fillings : mix 1/4 cup of grind black sesame, 1 tsp of coconut oil, 1/2 tsp of osmanthus, and  1 tsp of sugar. Stir till they become little sticky crumbles.

Now comes the tricky part: making the mochi. Some tips I just find ( didn’t realize it was so difficult when I made them with Mom!!!

1. spray some oil on your hand ( yes!!) it makes the dough less sticky to your hand and easy to round it up.

2. make a ping-pong sized ball first, then “dig” a small hole for the filling (please don’t be greedy in terms of fillings…) , and seal the top. Then start to roll the dough in your hand till its really round and smooth.

Great Pinky POMOCHI already!!!

yes its ready to eat. But I would like to add more Chinese flavor:

Dip the pinky into a bowl of unsweetened coconut flakes. sprinkle some osmanthus for garnish 😀

coconut flavor crust, sweet scented osmanthus, nutty, delicate crunchiness from black sesame fillings, and POM rice dough. Oh.that makes my day much better. Enjoy , and again, and still, happy Lunar New year!!

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Finally I make something “pickled”!! A Korean/Chinese Style Pickled Radish, and Applebee’s New Menu item trial

The first week coming back has been crazy…but so far so good. Catching up with friends give me excellent excuse of dinning out….although my stomach is kinda satiated from all the authentic Chinese food at home. I am a bit slacking in cooking at home…but totally open to lunch or dinner outside. obviously my belly is calling for some variety….Dinning out always ends up with food replication or recreation at home for me 😛

My friend and I went to a small but cozy family style Korean restaurant. As a big fan of kimchi appetizers, as always, my appetite is totally flared up. Man. how come I become ready in front of food so quickly even though I know I just gained several pounds at home (don’t ask me how much, I am not dare to weigh myself yet!!! haha)

I can barely turn my eyes away from a small plates of sweet and sour radish. it’s pretty light, not as its spicy companions. it suddenly reminds me of the traditional pickle radish in China. Our pickled radish is normally darker than this one, and saltier. This one is sweeter. Can I make some at home and have little bit every now and then?

pickled stuff always sounds intimidating to me due to its complex procedure. But somehow I have the confidence that this one gonna be really easy. So if you got some radish and happen to have white vinegar at home, this recipe is for you!!!

cute it into desirable size.

Procedures:

1. about 1/4 cup of salt, rub into the cubed radish, and wait for about 15 min till the excess water comes out of the radish.

2. Mix in 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of white Balsamic vinegar (which also adds a bit sweetness).

3. Store in the fridge over night.

Ready to eat!! it’s surprisingly fresh, light, slightly sweet and sour. Like its delicate taste. It’s such a wonderful accompany for dinner table 😀

The other day my previous roommate come back to U.S from Japan. She obviously miss American food!! Since she already have hamburger and Chipolet  , we decided to give Applebee’s a try since in that way, she would have much more varieties to choose from. Applebee has some new menu items that look really enticing…..

Spicy Shrimp Diavolo

the waitress is impressed how I correctly pronounced D-I-A-V-O-L-O as a Asian NOT born in America.  I have absolutely no idea of what does that word mean. but I am always over-adventurous in trying out new items on the menu. this one is no exception.

So I do some research later:

Fra Diavolo (Italian for “Brother Devil”) is the name given to a spicy sauce for pasta or seafood. Most versions are tomato-based and use chili peppers for spice, but the term is also used for sauces that include no tomato, or that use cayenne or other forms of pepper. According to chef Mario Batali, the spicy sauce is an Italian-American creation and is rarely served in Italy.

Yupp! that’s exactly the sauce I had in that pasta. The shrimp was grilled to its perfection, and the chunks of fresh tomatoes gives lots of surprise!!! it’s been a long time since I had pasta. This one definitely rocks. Perfect portion if you decide in the beginning to have some dessert.

maybe I kinda frightened my friend’s with my tolerance level of sweetness. But May I recommend this triple chocolate melt down to my dear blog friends if you need to impress your accompany the sweet endings :

Chocolate lava (not that sweet but very chocolaty), chocolate cake, and melting hot chocolate that flowing out of the chocolate mountain.  Sided with icecream, the bipolar temperature of two sweets just make the ending conversation sweeter and warmer !!!

Life is short, so have some dessert.

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