I’ve been craving meat lately but haven’t really had time to cook anything properly. By the time I get home from work or German class after work, it’s super late and I’m just wolfing down whatever I can get my hands on from the fridge and cupboard.
Taiwanese beef stew (紅燒牛肉)
So this is where my slow cooker comes in! I recall my mother telling me I could use the Taiwanese spice packets she gave me to stew some meat, so I decided to throw in some beef chunks into the slow cooker this morning before work, add a spice packet, top with some soy sauce, rice wine, and water… and then let magic happen while I was slaving away at the office. ;) Continue reading
Berry-Smash Muffins (Strawberry Muffins)
It’s a lazy Sunday evening. After finishing two loads of laundry and my weekly Skype session with my mother, what’s a girl to do next? I suppose I could have cleaned my apartment… jumped on my exercise bike to get some exercise… or done my German homework. >.<
But instead of any of these things… I decided to make some strawberry muffins. ;) Continue reading
Yummy, gooey, fluffy Nutella cake (after I consumed about half the mug already)
After making ratatouille and chicken noodle soup today, I was craving something sweet and decided to make another microwave mug cake. After all, the last one was a cinch and quite yummy, so I decided to search for a Nutella version this time. I found a recipe on Kirbie’s Cravings that only uses four ingredients, which looked simple enough. She had a good point in saying that Nutella already has sugar and oil, so why add any additional amounts to the cake?
Well, I tried following the recipe to a T… and it exploded in the microwave! :O Continue reading
Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
I’ve been sick all weekend, so that means holing up indoors and stuffing my face with food. I think the only productive thing I did all weekend was two loads of laundry today. My YouTube music of choice today is The Rolling Stones. It’s been interesting, because I never thought I liked rock, rhythm, and blues… and now their music is kind of growing on me. It must be my old age. Or perhaps the fever is getting to my head. :P
Actually, I don’t think I have a fever (not that I actually checked), because you know the old saying, Feed a cold, starve a fever? Well, I’ve fed myself nonstop all week… so I must have a cold, not a fever. ;) In fact, my belly is so full now, it’s actually hurting. But that’s another blog post. (Stay tuned for dessert right after this. ;)) Continue reading
Ratatouille up close
I bought an organic eggplant the other day. It was just so beautiful sitting in the produce section… fat, plump, and purple… I just couldn’t resist. So I brought that baby home and then realized… I’ve never cooked eggplant before! I had no idea what to do with it. :O
So… scouring one of my favorite websites, Pinterest, I discovered that it could be used in ratatouille! Awesome. I liked the movie with the rat, so why not? ;) In fact, I had never even heard of this dish until that movie… so you never know what enlightening things you can learn from watching cartoons. ;) Continue reading
Spaghetti with Ricotta and Walnut Pesto, Truffle oil, and Rucola
Just the other day, I was admiring all the pretty colors of fall–oranges, yellows, reds, browns–and I thought to myself, I should walk around town and take pics, à la my springtime blog post… but suddenly–all the xmas decorations are up in the city, and it’s SNOWING! :O I guess winter came and smacked me in the face without me even realizing.
I guess I do realize it, because with the shorter days and colder weather inevitably comes the hacking, winter cough. ACK ACK ACK… it started off as a sore throat on Monday morning and then transmuted into a killer headache with a hacking cough for the rest of the week. Now it’s Saturday night, and I’m miserable at home alone, not feeling well enough to go to my friend D-‘s goodbye party. :'( Oh well. Continue reading
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake–so light and fluffy! :)
I’m on a roll today… after making both Vegetarian pork sung sushi (素肉鬆壽司) and Paleo Slow Cooker Pot Roast, I was still craving a little sumthin’ sumthin’… so I started browsing mug cakes online. ;)
I’ve looked at mug cake recipes before and have read some horror stories about how they come out soggy and undercooked–not like REAL cakes at all. However, then I stumbled upon this little number from The Novice Chef: Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake! In her blog post, she describes how delicious this cake was–and the secret was NO EGG. Interesting… Continue reading