HONEST GATHERING. SOULFUL HOUSE. DIVINE MEALS.
Oh, hi there! “Where have I been, you ask?” Well, friends, like the last time I was absent for a little while, I was… well, busy. Glued to my chair to complete a series of my studio’s project deadlines, I was gasping for air towards the end of last week. I needed a break. Bad. To see my friends. To recharge. To “gather.” All summed up in the word ‘play.’ Who doesn’t love to play, right?
THE PROOF IS ON THE DRESSING.
When Eric and I were just dating, we didn’t really have much. There were many evenings we wanted to go out and have a great restaurant meal, but just couldn’t afford it. I lived in a small, old apartment close to the downtown area and leased a pseudo sports car. I said “pseudo” sports car, because it really was 😀 And Eric… He swam in a sea of student debt.
NOT MEANER, BUT DEFINITELY LEANER… AND CLEANER.
There are so many different renderings on one of the Phillipine’s most beloved dish: Adobo. Adobo, in short – so I don’t bore you too much – is a cooking method to keep food longer, by cooking meat immersed in vinegar and salt. However, I’m not going to do it the traditional way. I want this dish to be as complex as the authentic Pork Adobo, but don’t want to completely immerse the meat in an ungodly amount of salt or vinegar!
BE READY TO GET LASSOED
Heads up friends… This would be my most picture-packed post. Well, it’s almost Valentine’s Day, so why not have sweet pictures to go along the sweet treat my sweet friend Cindy made, right? That’s taking sweetness to a whole new level! Sweet 🙂
NO RICE FOR YOU?! THAT’S NOT NICE…
Okay, what’s with the name: Forbidden rice? Right? Well, many moons ago in China, legend has it — this ancient grain was only consumed by their emperors and royalty. The masses were pretty much “forbidden” to eat it due to its superior nutrition, therefore ensuring longevity and enriching health. Well thank God, those days are over!
HERE FISHY, FISHY, FISHY…
Hey guys, Chinese New Year is in less than a week! Yes, it falls right after the Super Bowl. So, does a “cleaner” meal after all the fun, calorie-loaded game food sound good? It does to me. So, here’s a simple, but deliciously complex tasting; clean but thoroughly satisfying Asian influenced-meal for the week after the testosterone-filled day. You’re welcome.
INCREDIBLY GLUTEN FREE
Here it is again. This time of year, we’re bombarded with all Valentine’s day marketing for everything! From romantic gifts to I love you so much I’ll let you put on weight kinda presents. Yep, those kind. So cruel. We’re talking about our struggle in losing those 10 pounds we’ve collected over the holidays. Heart shaped chocolates, cakes, cookies. Cookies? Oh, yum! I don’t mind putting on some weight 😉
Happy Hump Day you guys! We’ve been having great weather the last few days here in Denver. (Sorry my friends in the East Coast). It’s wonderful, therefore my spring fever has kicked into high gear. Yep, spoiled 🙂
CALLING ALL ANCHOVY KILLJOYS…LET YOUR MIND BE TRANSFORMED
Transformation of the mind. Sounds serious doesn’t it? I see people religiously wearing their Fitbit™, the first couple months of the new year. Coming from a different country and culture, I observed that Americans — at the end of every year without fail, set a big resolution for themselves. To shed 30 lbs. To run a marathon. To go back to school. To eat healthy, and therefore cook more at home, etc., etc. Interesting.