Wednesday, June 30, 2010

today was nice... i had a job interview, went on a ride around boulder area, and hung out by the pool. i've been snacking on sugar snap peas and blueberries all day long, had a few bites of chicken fried rice, and this was my dinner
this doesn't have a name... it's sliced bananas, a drizzle of meadowfoam honey, scoops of plain greek yogurt, nutmeg, cinnamon, and almonds :)

i mashed up the bananas as i mixed up the dish. it was creamy, comforting, had a touch of sweetness from the honey (which is bought at the boulder creek festival! wonderful honey, nothing like the kind you buy in the store) and the almonds lend this dish a nice crunch. i think it might be nice as a power breakfast.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

*fresh blackberries with peach slices

today was a simple day.. with lots of fruit! Perfect chilled for the summer heat. I had some wonderful fruits after my expensive grocery store trips (sorry, dad :( )

blackberries pair very nicely with fresh peaches. sweetness from the peaches counters the tart berries. also a nice range of textures!

*summer smoothie

so hot in the apartment! even in the night.

a purée of ice, strawberries, mango, peach, whipping cream, lemon, sugar, basil

garnished with basil leaves... i think the strong punchy flavor pairs nicely with sweet strawberries. who would have guessed?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

today was such a hot day, it was difficult to move around. cooking is near impossible in sweltering heat! for me at least. for lunch i had subway (eat fresh eh?), and it was tasty... always simple yet satisfying. not to mention convenient!

after cleaning and showering, i finally got some garlic-herb focaccia going in the oven. such a simple yeast bread! perfect for breadsticks, sandwiches, or in toast form alongside pasta. or, on its own. you can find the recipe here. so easy and so versatile. i chose to add minced garlic to the dough, and topped it with oregano, basil, black pepper, and onion powder.

seeking a quick dinner, i cut myself a square, split it in half, and built an impromptu greek veggie sandwich.

plain greek yogurt, spinach leaves, fresh tomato, sun-dried tomato, red onion, feta cheese all stuffed into warm garlic-herb focaccia bread.

again.... simple, yet satisfying. of course if i had black olives, cucumbers, or pepperoncini on hand i would have tossed them in as well. maybe a drizzle of red wine vinegar

ps: once again, as a dead giveaway to the amateur nature of my "food blogging", i hastily snapped a picture after indulging in not one... but several, bites. ehhhh woops

Monday, June 21, 2010


presenting: kobe cake!

got a random urge to make a nice cake. here is my result.

in honor of LA winning the championship :).. and to practice my chocolate painting of course!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

happy father's day!

짜장면 noodles stir fried in sesame oil with mushrooms, red onion, spinach and garlic. drizzled with soy sauce and white vinegar, sprinkled with 고추가루 and black pepper.

there was a bag of leftover noodles sitting in the fridge, and i needed to eat lunch before i started cooking father's day dinner! (or i would eat it all before i could serve it). vegetables lend the crisp texture that pairs very nicely with these day-old, heavy starchy noodles. since designed for 짜장면, i thought these noodles would be well-suited by eastern influenced seasonings.

next time, i will use a tad less 고추가루, maybe a little more vinegar (perhaps rice vinegar?) . i think a little grated ginger would add more character to the dish, and maybe a sprinkling of sesame seeds would also be nice to highlight the nutty flavor of the oil...

[[cut to: later in the day]]

Father's Day Dinner, 2010

* grilled ny strip steak, red bell peppers and yellow onions

* pan-fried potato wedges with basil, oregano, and pepper

* greek-style salad with spinach, romaine, mushrooms, roma tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, sliced black olives

* homemade vinaigrette: extra-virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, freshly squeezed lime, sea salt, black pepper, sugar, minced garlic, oregano, thyme

Father's Day Dessert, 2010

I alternated white and semi-sweet dipped strawberries and designed them (somewhat crudely) to look like fish... since my dad loves fishing (though he does not like well, they were in the fridge)

served with fresh blueberries

and sadly, i didn't get a picture of the main dessert, which was peanut butter cheesecake brownies. they were especially delicious made with 'extra crunchy' peanut butter!

Friday, June 18, 2010

today for brunch

Chili-lemon tilapia with spicy garlic roasted vegetables and a side of mixed-bean hummus with cumin and parsley

(took this picture after taking the first bite ^^)