Salmon Guacamole Chips – A Snack Experiment

We all have that “hungry” moment: walking home after a long day of school, the stomach craves a tasty snack—as tasty as possible.

Experiencing such a hunger attack today, I opened the fridge and created the following snack.

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Arugula Chicken Sandwich—A Healthy and Easy-to-Make Lunch


unused-ArugulaSandwich.Image2Arugula, also known as Eruca sativa, salad rocket, garden rocket, rocket, roquette, rucola, rugula, etc., is often used in North America to make garden salad. This leafy green plant, low in calories but abundant in anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals, can also add taste, color, and rich nutrition to sandwiches.

Today, I used fresh arugula to make chicken sandwiches. I seared chicken breasts, roasted pancetta, made the dressing, and added arugula and tomato to complete the sandwiches—all within 20 minutes. Not a bad experience for making a healthy, tasty, and convenient lunch on a time-crunched day. Continue reading

Rabbit Braised in Homemade Garlic Ginger Chili Sauce

IMG_1There was an old person whose habits,
Induced him to feed upon rabbits;
When he’d eaten eighteen,
He turned perfectly green,
Upon which he relinquished those habits.
Edward Lear, English artist, writer (1812-1888)
known for his ‘literary nonsense’ & limericks

When I read the above limerick as a child, I thought that eating rabbits would help me get rid of my bad habits, at least the ones my mom always scolded me for. Well, I did not get a chance to eat rabbits. My problems stayed on.

That was then, this is now. I am glad to report that many of my childhood unpleasant habits are gone—not because I’ve eaten eighteen rabbits. I try to eat everything available to me in a healthy and interesting way, which helps me develop fine and uplifting habits.

Today, while shopping at Whole Foods Market, I caught site of some frozen rabbit meat. Remembering my childhood fancy, I decided to try cooking rabbit meat—in a healthy and interesting way.  Continue reading

A Colorful Stew without Gravy

Image-MainStew often comes with gravy—thickened with flour, starch, oil, or other added sauces. Making stew is usually a slow-cooking process. What if you want to have a warm, hearty stew dish but you are short of time? What if you want to stay away from the heavy gravy which can pack a lot of unhealthy fat and salt?  Continue reading

A Warm Salad in Less than 20 Minutes


After a long walk home from school in the rain, I opened the fridge, craving for something that can warm me up. Making a hot soup is a good idea, but I really needed a healthy plate of vegetables and fruits to make up for the vitamins I missed all day. So I decided to make something new – a warm salad. And it needed to be ready quickly as I had very limited time to spare before preparing for tomorrow’s tests.

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Shrimp Pancake – A Fast Fusion Fare

In North America, pancakes are usually served at breakfast with toppings and sides. In oriental cuisine, pancakes are usually served as a main course at lunch and dinner without any topping or side item but with plenty of savory ingredients inside the pancake itself. I like the ease of making North American pancakes. I also enjoy the aromatic flavor and rich texture of oriental pancakes. To draw the best from the west and the east, and to make sure I complete the whole task within 20 minutes, I came up with the following easy and fast recipe: Continue reading