March 30, 2015

One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes

Since winter is refusing to rid us of its presence, I'm doing a throwback post to reminisce about summer.


One of my favourite things about summer is tomato season. In general, the variety of produce during the warmer months makes me happier than a kid in a candy store, but for me, tomatoes are the cream of the crop.


Picking a tomato straight off the vine, warm from the sun, and biting into it so that the juices and flavours burst in your mouth - I am salivating just thinking about it.


I rarely cook with in-season tomatoes because I think they are perfect as is. Usually I'll just toss them in a salad or eat them like a fruit, but I was intrigue by this one-pan recipe. A tasty meal with minimal effort? Count me in.


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: