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Food: descovering new combos

Last week I’ve been exploring new food combos. I forgot how fun is to try new combos and new tastes. I’m glad I did. ๐Ÿ™‚

I haven’t had sweet oatmeal for ages!!!

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I made this bowl using 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup silk vanilla and 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

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topped with a big spoonful of almond butter.

The next day I had savory breakkie

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1 WW english muffin (Tj’s), 1 wedge of LC and 1 fried egg

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together with a glass of silk vanilla. I had this combo four times! ๐Ÿ˜† I guess I still prefer savory combos.

And then I had a chinese breakfast today

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1/2 cup oatmeal cooked with 1.5 cup water

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the red paste is fermented tofu

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and 1 vegetarian dumpling!

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I like this combo, I’ll definitely have it more often.

For lunch one day I had grilled salmon with assorted veggies and baked acorn squash

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another day I had baked tilapia, broccoli, bok choy and soba noodles

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For dinner I asked my mom to make wonton for me. Sudden cravings were satisfied ๐Ÿ˜‰

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it was made with greens, smoked tofu and shrimp

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YUM YUM YUM~ I had three times, 15 each time, full belly, happy Coco! ๐Ÿ™‚

Food exploration has started! ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned!

Q: Have you tried any new combo lately?

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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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A colorful post

First, few personal notes:

  • I fall down two days ago and now my right hip hurts whenever I make a movement ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
  • I did my first run in 2011! I’ve been wanting to run outdoor for a long time but the weather and the knee problem hold me until yesterday. I only did 3 miles and I felt them!!! How easy to lose resistance so quickly? (well…. 4-5 months). Bad news: my knee is still not okay. I didn’t feel sharp pain as I used to have after running just 1 mile, but at the end, I could feel that the pain was coming. So I’ll go to the doc and hopefully she can figure out what’s going on.
  • New challenge: cut back on coffee. From now on, I’ll be having only 1 cup (half mug) of coffee in the morning (I was having 3-4 cups daily). I’d like to eliminate caffeine completely but the reality is I like coffee too much to take it away completely from one day to the other. If this goes well, in a month or two, I’ll cut it to 1/2 cup.

Okay. Let’s start this colorful post.

Breakfast: orange + red

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oatmeal cooked with pumpkin puree and 1 beaten egg, topped with bean curd with fermented red date

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Lunch: black, red, green and purple

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sauteed black fungus, asparagus, shiitake, red peppers and vegetarian chicken

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brown rice, purple cabbage and edamame cooked in the rice cooker with miso

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Dinner: green, red, yellow

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stir-fry chinese mustard, mushrooms, red peppers and fresh bamboo (I’m loving it, you’ll see them more!)

What’s missing in this palette? Blue! I consumed it in form of movie. Blue Valentine

Are you a big fan of The Notebook as I am? Do you like Ryan Gosling? I love him! He’s my favorite actor and he’s the perfect lover!

I went to watch it thinking that it’s going to be another love story. Well… yes, it is a love story, but a sad one. If The Notebook is too romantic to be true, this one is the opposite. Itโ€™s an elegy for love, a monument to heartbreak.ย ย Blue Valentine understands love, processes it in ways we see in our own lives more than we do on the big screen.

After I watched it, I can’t get it out of my head. Itย is both sweet and emotionally devastating. The drama is about a couple whose relationship is warm and fuzzy at first but then grows cold and bitter over time. It is a reality check and it shows precisely what I talked about yesterday, marriage is not just about passion and feelings; if other things don’t match, failure is guaranteed.

Maybe not everyone wants to see a reality-check movie, one that shows the dark side of love and marriage. But I really like it. If you decide to watch it, I wouldn’t recommend you to go with your loved one.

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