Seared Beef with Monkfish Liver

I recently saw some fresh monkfish liver at the grocery store, which caught my eye! Monkfish liver is often compared to sea urchin as well as foie gras. It’s salty, briny, and earthy, just like the sea! I decided to pair the creamy flavor of the sea with some well marbled beef, with both glazed in a simple ponzu sauce.

Ingredients:

Zabuton American wagyu beef sliced, Cooked Monkfish liver, chives, garlic

Procedure:

I plated the dish with the beef slices at the bottom, topped with the marinated monkfish liver pieces and the creamy monkfish liver sauce, complimented with a little more of the ponzu glaze, baby spinach, and thinly sliced garlic. Sort of a play on surf and turf, the tender beef goes well with the briny liver. A very enticing and exotic dish, perfect for the end of summer!

What were some of your favorite ingredients or dishes you made this summer? I’d love to hear some of your recipes!

A Trio From the Sea

I really love seafood, I’ll eat any I see. Recently, I experimented with three raw and cooked preparations which are relatively simple and delicious. The taste really depends on the freshness of the ingredients used. The sea is a blank canvas that can be delighted with all types of flavor combinations, so the possibilities are many.

Octopus Ceviche with Coconut Milk, Cilantro

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Exploring a Healthy Way to Make Blondies

While we all enjoy the rich, creamy taste of desserts, most of us are concerned with their fatty and sugary ingredients. Can we replace the traditional ingredients of a dessert with more healthy ones while keeping the delicate and delicious taste of the dessert?  

Today, I tried two different approaches to make blondies: Continue reading

Four Reasons I Love to Visit the Farmers Market

It’s Sunday again. Strolling on a street filled with stands of savory produce on a sunny Sunday is always a good idea. At the farmers market, I can pick up fresh produce at a bargain price and get tasty and healthy ingredients for cooking. But aside from taste and health considerations, there are more why I love to visit the farmers market.  Continue reading

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!

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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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