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Recipe: pound cake, chocolate “milk” and more

Last Friday, before Star came back I baked two mini pound cake for him. What a great wife I am! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Ingredients:

  • 100g butter (room temperature)
  • 100g flour
  • 70g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 50g banana chips + almonds

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Beat sugar+butter+eggs until very puffy

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Soaked the banana chips with some warm milk, get rid of the milk and blend

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Pour the batter to two mini moldes

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bake at 350F for 35 min

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isn’t it pretty?

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I made again the black chicken soup. Something that I want to comment about soup. In chinese culture, soup is not just food, but also a “medicine”. There is actually a word for that, ่ฏ่†ณ๏ผŒmedicine food. It usually combines different ingredients that have medicinal values with everyday ingredients. The idea is heal or get healthier with daily food.

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For this soup, I added these: ้ป„่Šช (radix astragali) to invigorate Qi, ๅฝ“ๅฝ’ (Dongui) and red dates to build blood and dry shiitake.

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Stir-fry continued to be a staple for me. This one has broccoli, mushrooms, bamboo, green peppers and eggplant.

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Bok choy with smoked pork belly

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Star was working while I cooked and it was funny to see where he choice to do the conference call. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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oh… that’s Charlotte from Sex and the City! Yes, I’m watching it for the 1000000 times!

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Another stir-fry: chinese mustard greens, red peppers, chinese yam and bean curd stick

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Yam noodles with chinese cabbage, black fungus, shiitake, dry shrimp and a poached egg.

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For breakfast I’ve been having these two combos:

#1 oatmeal cooked with chia gel and pumpkin puree

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I made some almond butter

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#2 pumpkin bread with AB

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with homemade chocolate milk.

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I love Almond Breeze Chocolate but I don’t buy it anymore. Why? Because although I love how it tastes, it’s not very nutritious. So I make my own bean milk (soy bean, black bean, aduki and mung bean) and add 1-2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder. Voila…. a nutritious bean milk!

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The Big day!

Today is going to be a date to mark: My Professional Debut!

It’s 4.40AM

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and I am revising the presentation ๐Ÿ˜ฏ in my hotel bed

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Don’t let me start to describe my feeling now…. I don’t want to think/feel about it!

Let’s rewind to 24 hours ago. Yesterday I started my day with a 7.8km run, 38 min, 8.01min/mile. It was GLORIOUS! ๐Ÿ˜†

sweaty/showed ๐Ÿ˜‰

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a nutritious breakkie: puffed egg (1 whole egg beaten + 1 tbsp water)

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toasted Bagel thins + LC

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sliced pear + almond butter

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white fungus

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love egg sammie! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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oh… look who’s in the news? My co-authored and co-presenter today! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Okay. I’m tired and sleepy now ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’d better lay down for an hour or so before the presentation (9AM)! I need to recharge!!

Wish me luck!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Challenge J&J #14-15 & 2 reviews

J&J #14 @Eat Clean Cookbook:ย fresh berries in vanilla infused avocado oil

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I didn’t have avocado oil so here’s my version:

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DIVINE~~~ berries and coconut is definitely a winning combo! ๐Ÿ˜‰

J&J #15 @Eat Clean Cookbook:ย grilled asparagus with primavera sauce

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my version: grilled asparagus with poached eggs.

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Review #1: Maranatha Almond Butter

I bought it last weekend in Costco with a good deal and haven’t been having it with oat bran every morning since then

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Coco’s review: I have mixed feelings about it. From on hand, I like that it’s smooth and runny, even stored in fridge, no stir required, so it’s easy to eat/melt. From the other hand, its lack of body and creaminess let me unsatisfied, I also find it not salty enough. So, I think I won’t buy it again. Rating: 3/5.

I made a tortilla-free burrito. hehehe…. well, it’s just rice/bean chili that I made the other day topped with a bed of greens.

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I just started reading Country Driving: A journey through China from farm to factory

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Dinner featured another stir-fry of greens: romaine, broccoli, mushrooms with garlic and sesame oil.

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Review #2: Few days ago I received from Sahale Snacks 3 packets of their flavored nuts and they’re all gone!!! ๐Ÿ˜†

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#1 : SOLEDAD: This delectable snacking experience features almonds, apples, and flax seeds, tickled with date, balsamic vinegar and cayenne.

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Coco’s review: this is my favorite one. First because I love almonds. And then the combination of flavor is amazing, a bit sour, a bit spicy, perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the dates. Rating: 5/5

#2: Cashews with pomegranate + vanilla: a perfect combination of sublime flavors: Pomegranate, Vanilla, and Cashews. The whole roasted Cashews are teamed with Pomegranate and Apple, and balanced with pure Vanilla bean. Our light glaze adds just the right amount of sweetness.

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Coco’s review: this is an interesting combo, it tastes like dessert for me although a little bit too sweet. Rating: 4/5.

#3:ย Barbeque Almonds with Mild Chipotle + Ranch. Enjoy the harmony of classic tastes with an all-natural twist. The Barbeque Almonds are seasoned with a proprietary โ€œDry Rubโ€ spice blend and accented with tangy buttermilk ranch. Then, theyโ€™re slow roasted to a smoky, spicy-sweet perfection.

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Coco’s review: it sounds really good but I didn’t like the flavor. It was like eating a meal when I was actually snacking. I guess it would be a nice topping for salad (I should have saved it for that instead of just finishing the packet without enjoying it). Rating: 2/5.

Overall, I like their products, their creative flavor combos and the handy packet size. I definitely will buy them in the future.

Q: Do you like flavored nuts? If you can make one, what would be?

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