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Perfect rice!

I’m in love with my new kitchen toy: the rice maker. It makes the most delicious brown rice ever!!! 😆

I have three delicious meals to share today, so let’s start. 😉

Breakfast: fage + aduki beans + coconut butter.


It is delicious and filling. Coconut and aduki is a magic combo. It reminds me the aduki aduki mousse.


Lunch: mashed cauliflower + baked salmon + sauteed mushrooms


mashed cauliflower: 1/2 head of steamed cauliflower, 1 tbsp butter, salt, pepper and 2 tbsp of almond milk. I don’t like mashed potatoes, but I love this! 😀


And the brown rice. 1 cup of brown rice, fill water just at the 1 cup line for brown rice


choose brown rice option


about 2 hours laterthe best homemade brown rice ever!!! And I didn’t even soak it! 😯 I was really amazed. Usually I’d soak the rice over night and still don’t get this. I’m soooo happy with this purchase. Thank you, Maggie.


and then I wanted to recreate the squash tofu that I had in Soeun


I forgot the tofu and used only veggies that I had: 2 mini eggplants, chinese cabbage, broccoli and kabocha


steam it for 10 min while I made the sauce: white miso paste (1/4 cup), tahini (2 tbsp), ginger and garlic


all to the food processor + 1/2 cup water




heat the sauce in a wok


add steamed veggies


cook for 5-10 min until veggies are done.




Dinner: veggies in miso-tahini sauce served with brown rice


It was really good (although still not as good as Soeun’s). I enjoy it so much! 😆 I thought I didn’t like rice anymore… I was wrong. Now I want to eat rice everyday!!! 😆

Q: Have you re-fall in love with any food recently?



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Post Race feast!

After the race, I rewarded myself a nice sport massage 😆 at this calming place



It felt great. The massage therapist used the deep pressure technique on some key big muscles. It felt a bit painful at first but definitely helped to relax the muscle. 🙂

I had a dinner to prepare, so not too much time to nap. but I was super excited because I haven’t cooked a chinese feast for a while.


I made 8 dishes and a soup for 7 people including me and Star. They’re new co-workers of Star. 5 hungry young guys to fed! 😆


蚂蚁上树 rice noodles with shredded pork in a spicy sauce


鱼香茄子煲: eggplant with pork in a sour spicy sauce


红烧肉: this the favorite dish of ALL time and for EVERYONE, made with pork. It was a big success again this time. In just 5 min after dinner started, it was gone! 😉


辣椒小抄: green and red peppers, chili and pork a la Sichuan


山药排骨汤: pork and chinese yam soup


凉拌海带: kelp salad with garlic and chili


蒜泥黄瓜: japanese cucumber salad with a lot of garlic


家乡鱼: fish cooked with chili, garlic and ginger.


I thought it was a lot of food but you know what? These guys finished them ALL!!! I was so happy to see all the empty plates! 😆 Second accomplishment of the day! 😀

I bet these dishes are new to you because they’re not usually served in restaurants. So if you’d like to know the recipe or how-to, let me know, I’d love to spread the word about real chinese food. 🙂


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New running shoe, yoga and a review!

#1 Early Grey tea giveaway!

#2 Last day to enter Virgin Coconut oil giveaway!

Sit tight, this post is going to be long!

My new running shoe arrived!!! Look this $130


after I ordered it online I was concerned that maybe it might not fit well, for example too wide. But when I tried it, it fits perfectly, like specially designed for my feet! 😆


I craved trying it “on the road” but I resisted the temptation (I’d better rest after the long run), instead I did Power Vinyasa #2 (45 min) with a slight modification: DO IT WITH EYES CLOSED!!! It was way more challenging and it allowed me to focus more on the present!!! Really fun! 😉

One of the reason that I like having oatmeal at the breakfast is that it forced me to slow down and read the newspaper, otherwise I’d burn my lips. I’m so impatient, if it’s a sandwich, I’d finish it in 2 min.

Few days ago I got a package from French Meadow Bakery


Their mission includes:

One Body, One Planet. Eat Well.

Since 1985, French Meadow Bakery™ has used only top-quality all-natural and organic ingredients, old world bread-baking techniques, ancient healthy grains and seeds, and cutting edge performance foods research to create baked goods the world loves. Here are four reasons you’ll fall in love with us, too.

Our ingredients are all-natural.

Our skilled artisan bakers turn all natural, sustainable ingredients into tasty baked goods. We avoid using ingredients that contain genetically-modified organisms, which impact biodiversity in the plant world and have an unknown effect on human health.

We’re certified by top agencies.

As a small company with sound practices, we’re unwavering about standards of quality. We’re certified organic by the USDA and Quality Assurance International, certified Gluten-Free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization, and certified Low Glycemic for Diabetics by the Glycemic Research Institute. Search for Gluten-Free, wheat-free, and low glycemic index products.

Our foods taste good and are good for you.

We go beyond basic nutrition by using all-natural and organic ingredients that boost your health. Performance foods like hemp, sprouted grains, and flaxseed provide important vitamins, minerals, proteins, and good fats that help your body prevent and treat disease.

We’re committed to sustainability.

Since its beginning, French Meadow Bakery™ has used ingredients and processes that help maintain the biological diversity and productivity of our world’s resources. We use only certified organic grains and all natural ingredients grown in balance and harmony with nature. We support small farmers, the cornerstone of a natural, sustainable food system. And we’re committed to educating our customers on the lifelong benefits of organic foods, which protect not only the planet, but our bodies and minds as well.

Hemp Tortillas



I used it to make breakfast pizza.

Coco’s review: I had it heated and it was crunchy like crackers (+). Other than that, it’s pretty similar than standard tortilla. In term of nutritional value, comparing to La Tortilla Factory’s, this one is slightly higher in term of iron 10% vs. 4%, others values are pretty similar. 3/5.

Sprouted Grain Tortilla




I rolled it up with leftover veggie stir-fry



Coco’s review: I’ve never tried other brand’s sprouted tortilla, its texture is very different than standard tortilla. It’s thinner and chewy. But it tastes rough, like grass or too much fiber in it. Its nutritional value is similar to Ezekiel’s. 2/5 (improved later)

Women’s bread



With 14 grams of protein and 2.6 mg of soy isoflavones per serving, Women’s BreadTM contains key nutrients for women’s health.  Sprouted grains bursting with vital nutrients and vitamins are easy to digest. Dried cranberries provide an antioxidant boost.

I tried it plain first


and then with almond butter


Coco’s review: It sounds a great bread for women. I like its texture since it’s dense but I don’t like how it tastes because it’s kind of sour even with added AB. Nutritional value (for two slices): 14 g protein, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar and 10% iron. Overall, I’d give it 3/5.

I wasn’t satisfied with how sprouted tortilla turned out at lunch, so I give the sprouted tortilla a second chance at dinner. I roasted an eggplant with some sea salt and olive oil as spread


A vegan pizza made with sprouted tortilla, Mae’s tomato sauce, roasted eggplant, roasted bell pepper, tofu and nutritional yeast.


made a salad dressing using: Tj’s fat free balsamic vinaigrette, olive oil and mustard




salad + pizza is the perfect combo! 😀

The sprouted tortilla tasted much better this way, so I upgraded it to 4/5!

Q: Do you like sprouted bread/tortilla and why?


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