February 28, 2015

China 2009

February has always been a blah month – it's that time of the year where I am so ready for winter to be over. Cooking-wise, I am uninspired; all I want to do is curl up in bed and binge-watch television.


This has also been a reflective year. I'm at the point of my life where my friends are popping out babies and suddenly, I have the title of surrogate aunt. It's a bit of, "What am I doing with my life?" but mostly, "Where is my career going?" It's not like I’m power hungry and have the goal of climbing up the corporate ladder (though there's nothing wrong with that – Lean In, if that's your aspiration), but this job insecurity issue is stressful and ever-present on my mind. All I want is to not worry about being unemployed several months from now.


My travel lust is rearing up its head again. I have a friend who visited Patagonia this month and the gorgeous pictures she shared made me want to pack my bags and head there immediately. Or anywhere, really. I thought I was over my backpacking phase, but my yearnings are proving me wrong.



The last time I did real backpacking was China in 2009. It seems like a lifetime ago, but random memories stick out: my first attempt at climbing Tiger Leaping Gorge and failing because I was so sick that I nearly fainted and had to turn back; the most delicious hand-pulled noodles and lamb kebob meal from an Uighur restaurant; my hostel owner picking persimmons from a tree in the courtyard with a net contraption.


January 31, 2015

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins


Since it's the start of a new year, let's start off with something simple: muffins. More specifically, whole wheat apple muffins.


These are easy to make, coming together like a quick bread: combining the dry and wet ingredients separately, then gently folding the dry ingredients into wet ingredients. You throw them in the oven and voila, baked goods for the rest of the week.


December 30, 2014

Cuba


I spent a week in Varadero to soak in some sun and attend a friend's wedding. It was such a blast, filled with laughter and tears.



I also visited Havana for a day - so lovely, so vibrant. I must return to delve deeper into the city.


November 29, 2014

Fort Lauderdale

Work and life and work-life balance is kind of a hectic mess right now, but I did manage to sneak away to Florida to enjoy this:

October 31, 2014

Roasted Delicata Squash and Kale Quinoa


I've been seeing recipes with delicata squash for years but have never came across one. That is, until this month.


I always thought it was a west coast thing but never investigated further. Why bother when we have butternut and acorn and kabocha?