Juggling Academics and Appetite — A Few Tips

We all have experienced that hungry moment: After long hours of homework, you suddenly crave a snack — something handy, tasty, and ideally, somewhat healthy.

Here are a few tips and suggestions for quick snacks that will boost your energy and satisfy your appetite during stressful times:  Continue reading

Juxtaposition

Same ingredients, different looks Same taste, different expressions

Same ingredients, different looks
Same taste, different expressions

When I made a cupcake with mango, raspberry, nasturtium, and matcha, I happened to have some extra ingredients. I had an idea.

Using the same ingredients, I made the dessert on the left side of the plate. Suddenly, the ingredients that made up the cupcake became vivid and vibrant.

There are countless ways to combine ingredients. There are endless possibilities to explore creativity, even with the same resources. And many times, a little ingenuity will lead to surprisingly transformative results, just like the juxtaposition on this plate shows.

Wish you a creative 2017!

Seared Sablefish in Yogurt Sauce

There is a famous proverb about cooking fish: “Fish, to taste good, must swim three times: in water, in butter, and in wine.”

Today, I defied this tradition by cooking a sablefish fillet without butter or wine. I tried to cook the fish with something new—plain yogurt.

Seared Sablefish in Yogurt Sauce

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Matcha Green Tea Lava Cake with Caramel

Matcha – powdered green tea – is popular because of its stress-reducing and immune-boosting benefits as well as unique flavor and is central to Chinese and Japanese traditions. It is most often used as a drink ingredient.

How about using matcha to make a dessert? Health benefits aside, matcha’s emerald color will add an interesting personality to any dessert plate. It is the perfect combination of Asian flavors with a traditional dessert.

Today I tried making a well-known dessert, a lava cake, with matcha. Below is the completed dish, served with mango sorbet, caramel sauce, and fresh raspberries.

Matcha Green Tea Lava Cake with Caramel

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Snapshots from the San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Alice Waters, the chef credited for pioneering the California cuisine’s “farm-to-table” philosophy, once said, “My Saturday morning trip to the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market is one of my most beloved rituals.” Today, I visited the famed Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco.  Continue reading

Ready-to-Make Meals — A New Trend in the Food Delivery Industry

Have you ever craved the convenience of a delivery meal but was concerned about its freshness?

Today, I tried Munchery, a San Francisco based on-demand food service that delivers professionally prepared meals to homes. It offers customers the option of ordering a ready-to-cook kit which contains pre-measured ingredients along with cooking instructions (Munchery also offers the option of pre-cooked meals).  Continue reading

Crispy Duck Breast with Sunchoke Purée, Charred Onion, and Rainbow Carrots

Crispy Duck Beast

While scanning through online news today, I came across an interesting proverb: “A man who waits for a roast duck to fly into his mouth must wait for a very, very long time.” The adage mocks those who always sit around waiting for good things to fall upon their laps without taking any real action. It evocatively reminds me that whatever we hope to achieve must come from our own initiatives and hard work.  Continue reading