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Food: dinners and KABOCHA is back!

Dinners had to be quick because I was always tired when I got home, just wanted to eat and visit my couch!

#1: oatmeal, veggie tofu stir-fry

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this one has celery, black fungus, tofu, oyster mushroom, seasoned with tamari and sesame oil.

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#2: Tortilla pizzas, chopped tomato

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#3 porridge and spicy-sour cabbage

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cabbage sautΓ©ed with oyster mushroom, black fungus, seasoned with chinese vinegar and spicy sauce

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#4 Wonton! Let me show you how I made it. My mom prepared the filling before she left so I just need to wrap them

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used this seaweed soup for the base

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put the wonton in boiling water, cook for about 3-4 min

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prepare the soup, add more seaweed and boiled romaine lettuce for extra veggies

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top with tons of white pepper. The whole dish wouldn’t be the same without white pepper!

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#5: porridge, celery salad and soy bean pancake

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For the salad I simply boiled celery and dressed with tamari, vinegar, sesame oil and 1 tsp sugar.

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Yummy pancakes!!!

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And the biggest NEWS is KABOCHA IS BACK TO MY LIFE!!! After not having it for over 5 months (pregnancy aversion), I finally love it again!

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Every night I had a bowl of roasted kabocha for dessert, sooooo good! I don’t think I like it steamed yet (as I used to) but I do love cinnamon roasted kabocha. It reminded me grad-student life, when every night Kabocha was my companion. πŸ˜‰

I still can’t eat steamed corn. I had it once and felt nausea afterwards. I guess the 5 packages that I have in the freeze have to wait a bit longer. πŸ™‚

Q: Have you reunited with any of your past food love recently?

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Tour to my fancy gym & 2 macrobiotic meals

Yesterday I had a very productive day… one that I haven’t had for a long time! πŸ˜€ It was intense but short… just 6 hours was enough to make my day πŸ™‚

3 hours in the morning at Caribous

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and 3 hours in the afternoon in another Caribou πŸ˜‰

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I always worked at home but lately I found working at cafes with all the noises actually helpful to concentrate on my thing πŸ˜‰

By 5.30PM I was done with work so I went to the gym. All right… I’ve been going quite often since I joined… but yesterday I went to parts that I haven’t visited yet: the shower, the pool and the steaming room πŸ˜† to confirm that it is really a fancy gym πŸ˜‰

Take a look:

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Da da!!! Let me introduce you the stationary swimming pool

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1 pool per person. This is the quit water

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and there are two buttons and a speed regulator

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one button makes water coming out from sides

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the other one makes waves, which is actually the one used for swimming. Basically it works like a stationary treadmill, you swim against the waves.

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It looks like easy… but it is not! πŸ‘Ώ It kept hitting me to the walls! It’s hard to find the right spot to swim at so the waves work perfectly against you. If you deviate a little from the course, the wave throw you to the sides. I “struggled” for 30 min and called it a nice debut. I might try it one more time.. but so far I’m not convinced that it really works.

and then I went to the steaming room

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it felt soooo good!!! πŸ˜† I should definitely go there more often. All my pores were opened and clean after just 10 min πŸ˜€

Free clean towels are provided

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the shower

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Free body soap, shampoo, conditioner and body scrub πŸ˜€

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the cardio area

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and the weight area

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Oh…. I started making meals from the macrobiotic book and LOVE it!!!

First I made a stir-fry rice

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Ingredients: broccoli, mushrooms, onions, tofu and egg (the original recipe calls for tempeh and no egg)

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brown rice

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seasonings: rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce and S+P

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An easy, filling and delicious meal made in <15 min

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For dinner steamed veggies (kale, okra and Brussels sprouts), roasted kabocha topped in a mushroom sauce

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a closer look

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the sauce was amazingly good!!! I’ll post about the recipe tomorrow, hopefully with the full review of the book πŸ˜‰

Q1: Do you like working at cafes?

Q2: What do you usually order at cafes? I’ve tried a couple of tea with cinnamon, quite interesting πŸ™‚

Alert: check out Thanks & Giving that Krista is organizing. What a great cause! πŸ˜€

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Perfect rice!

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

I have three delicious meals to share today, so let’s start. πŸ˜‰

Breakfast: fage + aduki beans + coconut butter.

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

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Lunch: mashed cauliflower + baked salmon + sauteed mushrooms

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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! πŸ˜€

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

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choose brown rice option

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about 2 hours later.Β the 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,Β Maggie.

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

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

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

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all to the food processor + 1/2 cup water

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done

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heat the sauce in a wok

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add steamed veggies

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cook for 5-10 min until veggies are done.

Serve

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

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

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

 

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