Easy Banana Walnut Loaf

banana walnut bread

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller….. ~ “Stronger”, Kelly Clarkson Life has a way of throwing a curveball when we least expect it. Self-help gurus will tell us to ‘stay positive’, ‘shift your perspective’, the advice goes on. What really happens is we don’t read (or write) blogs, we face […]

Ethiopian Cabbage

Ethiopian Cabbage

Good music goes with good food. ~African Proverb Ever since stumbling on an Ethiopian restaurant, we have been going back there and persuading friends to go with us. Eating is very communal in the culture and we unabashedly and awkwardly tucked in using our right hands, as Ethiopians do. Ethiopian food incorporates lots of earthy and aromatic spices, […]

Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins. ~ Laurie Colwin, ‘Home Cooking’ Today I attended my first trunk show. I had never been to one before, so when a friend asked whether I was interested and assured me there would be no pressure to buy anything, I agreed. Fast forward a couple of […]

Golden Turmeric Milk

Golden Turmeric Milk

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. ~Woody Allen The rains have finally ceased. Blue skies span the astral fabric, interwoven by threads of winnowy clouds. Spring birds begin to come out from hiding, stretching wings and voices, bringing light-hearted songs in the wind. Something that helped carry our household through […]

Spinach Linguine in 15 Minutes

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Life is a combination of magic and pasta. ~ Federico Fellini Around here, great Italian restaurants abound featuring cuisine from every region in Italy.  While I do not imagine to come close to the superb standards from these establishments, I do enjoy a simple pasta in the comfort of home. I have perused dozens of recipes, tried […]

Buddha’s Delight 罗汉斋 ‘Loh Han Jai’

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You don’t stumble upon your heritage. It’s there, just waiting to be explored and shared. ~ Robbie Robertson The period of celebration for the Lunar New Year is over, culminating with a gathering over Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆 ‘Tang Yuan’ with Black Sesame Paste. Buddha’s Delight is a vegetarian dish that is cleansing and easy to […]

Glutinous Rice Balls 汤圆 ‘Tang Yuan’ with Black Sesame Paste

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No matter where you go, there you are. ~ Confucius Last week I shared our Turnip Cake ‘Loh Bok Gau’ recipe, a traditional dish eaten on the first day of the Lunar New Year. It seems fitting now to share our Glutinous Rice Ball ‘Tang Yuan’ recipe. ‘Tang yuan’ is mostly commonly eaten during the […]

Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Kale and Sweet Potatoes

Winter sports takes on a new meaning. Just how much longer is the cold and wet spell going to last?  Skiing has been good with all the snow but enough with the rain already, yes? Looking for that silver lining, we are all hoping that the rains and storms we have seen will bring an end […]

Fried Tang Hoon 炒粉丝 (glass noodles)

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Updated from original post on May 26, 2016 Tang hoon, also called vermicelli, glass noodles, 冬粉 (dong fen, meaning winter noodles), is a light version of bee hoon, typically made from some kind of starch. Most commonly found are ones made of mung bean starch, often referred to as ‘mung bean thread’. Compared to bee hoon, which is made […]

Sunday Morning Tomato Basil Frittata

Sunday Morning Tomato Basil Frittata

“A journey into a new year begins with a Sunday Morning frittata served around a warm hearth.” As I was preparing to write this week’s post, I hesitated over which story to share. The Gregorian calendar stands poised at the cusp of a transition and Earth is about to embark on another orbit around the Sun. Past and […]