Posted in March 2013

weekend: happy easter!

weekend: happy easter!

I recently posted this photo of me on Facebook and it received some good responses, so I thought I ought to show it in a post here: Don't ask me why I took this job. (The job being playing the Easter Bunny at a country club brunch). It was from a couple years ago, and … Continue reading

chinese soul food

chinese soul food

My mum was born and raised in Hong Kong. She came to the U.S. at 18, where she met my father and soon introduced him to the simple deliciousness that is Cantonese cooking. Contrary to what you get at Chinese take-out joints, most Chinese food is very simply prepared, relying on fresh ingredients and zesty … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

OlĂ©! It's time to go to Spain with the 2011 La Granja Tempranillo. Here's the nitty-gritty with this one: $3.99 Lots of alcohol up front. Give it time to breath before diving in Medium-bodied, round, soft, and lip-smackeringly juicy Fruity, uncomplicated. Reminds me of Welch's grape juice – but not in a cheap, derogatory way … Continue reading

quinoa con ceci e nocciola

quinoa con ceci e nocciola

Quinoa con ceci e nocciola. Quinoa with chickpeas and hazelnuts. Why does everything sound better in Italian? O bocca bella, o sole mio, volare o…They all have a nice ring, don't they? Once in college, while practicing some Italian aria during my piano lesson, I stopped abruptly to ask my teacher, a petite Italian firecracker, … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

The 2010 Comique RĂ©volution Blanc looked promising. $4.99 for a blend of Roussanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Marsanne, traditional southern French grapes, but from the Central Coast, it was sure to deliver. Deliver, it did not. It wasn't horrible, just, well, meh. No revolutions here. No comedy either, so I really don't know where that … Continue reading

tuscan lamb loin chops

tuscan lamb loin chops

Meat is rarely featured on this blog, as meat is rarely eaten in our house. It's not an ethical thing (although I used to be a vegetarian) it's a budget thing. Meat can be pretty pricy! Buying a surplus of beans, lentils, grains and eggs enables me to get much more meal mileage than a … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

Ciao! Come stai? I've been in an Italian mood as of late because this summer I'll be cruising with my family through the Mediterranean! (So excited! Thanks Mum & Pop!) The boat will take us to Napoli, Roma, Venezia, Firenze, as well as some other really amazing destinations. And what better way to prepare for … Continue reading

weekend

weekend

No recipe post today, just a quick hello and check in! Hope everyone's weekend is going great. Though I've always been a freelancer, and thus have always had odd work schedules, I LIVE for the weekend! Most of us do, well, except Maggie Smith, but everyday is a weekend for her! Sometimes you have to … Continue reading

wino wednesday

wino wednesday

This week I bring you the 2011 La Cheteau Vouvray from the Loire Valley. French wines are crazy (and fabulous). I say crazy because it can be crazy-hard to wrap your head around what a French wine actually is. Unlike in the States, most French wines are named after places, not the grape from which … Continue reading