All posts tagged: daily

Good Luck Veggie: Renkon (Lotus Roots)

It is a good luck vegetable so Japanese people eat Lotus Roots as part of special New Year meal.  Why is this root vegetable is good luck?  As you can see you can see holes of Renkon as photo shown below.  It is said that you can see the future.  Also, Renkon produces tons of seeds, therefore it means “productivity.”  Kind of clever, huh? I am fortunate enough to be able to buy Renkon at Asian market in International District so I keep it in my fridge often.  I usually simply sautée it with different kinds of seasonings each time.  Last night, I sliced it in ½-inch thick, sautéed with sesame oil (I love sesame oil by the way, so fragrant), sprinkle of salt, splash of fish sauce and dash of black vinegar.  I am very enthusiastic about black vinegar.  This is one of  several fermented seasonings that I am in love with.  Black vinegar is very smooth, malty and mellow, not stingy.  When you cook vegetables, any meat or fish, your dish ALWAYS come …

Lazy Blue Sunday: Raining Too

It is raining in Seattle.  I actually get so relieved when I hear sound of the rain.  This one tiny little thing has been bothering me for a while so I decided to have a very lazy Sunday.  Pajama all day Sunday.  My quality life however can’t be affected so I had: Starbucks Kenya Almond Cherry Pie from Seattle’s finest, High 5 Pie And Ginger, my overweight Chihuahua So I have to say, I still had a lovely Sunday.  I stayed inside all day but I am not regretting a bit. It is raining in Seattle.  I kind of like it too.

Dum Sum in the Evening: 飲茶 Yum Cha

Silk Road travelers.  They must have traveled under severe and harsh conditions but I can’t stop fantasize about the time period.  Transporting silks, gold, precious stones, fabrics, animal skins, exotic fruit on the back of camels… 飲茶: 飲=drink  茶= tea Dim sum is linked with the old tradition from yum cha (tea tasting).  Silk Road travelers needed a place to rest and teahouses were established along the roadside. Those teahouses offered food and tea…that’s a short history of yum cha. Dum sum is traditionally eaten during morning and late afternoon.  In Seattle Chinatown however, Chinese restaurants offer limited dim sum items for dinner as well (thank goodness).  I wanted to eat out but wanted it to be quick and easy.  Dim sum can be the perfect supper. Dim sum in the evening in Chinatown.  It could be a good place to take your date as well J

Confidence in Happy Cows: Skagit River Ranch

Betty said with her doubtful voice, “How can you eat meat you bought at the farmers market?  Is it even safe?”  I don’t know Betty well.  We just dance at the same dance studio and exchange not-so-deep conversations.  We were talking about my favorite farmers market and told her that I don’t shop at giant chain supermarkets anymore because I could find almost everything I need at the farmers market. There are at least three wonderful butchers at University Farmers Market.  Once I bought a huge beef lamp at Sea Breeze Farm, I asked George, owner of this farm, how I should store the meat and he said “keep in a fridge uncovered and it will last about a month.”  He also advised me “when you start seeing mold on surface, all you have to do is to wipe the mold with vinegar.  You can also enjoy raw.”  He was so right.  I enjoyed his beef in every way for about  3-1/2 weeks. Yesterday morning, I bought some beef from Skagit River Ranch for the …

My Kind of Meditation: Coffee, Cream and Sugar

When I feel like this (oh, life is so hard). I translate my body is asking for some happiness injection.  Gentle sugar intake.  I barely use sugar when I drink coffee since I want to enjoy pure flavor and taste of coffee beans but sometimes what you need is good quality sugar and happy cow cream. Inner beauty is important but outer beauty is also important.  I don’t know what it is but I have this huge love for mason jars.  Whatever you put in, they all look lovely.  I even put my  quinoa salad in one of my mason jars and bring it as my lunch.  Anyhow, coffee also looks good in that. I like to use rock sugar or raw sugar because it taste milder and rounder than refined sugar, to me anyways. Sometimes all you need is to take extra few minutes to grind beans, boil the water, and inhale fantastic coffee aroma while pouring water over the coffee.  Your life would be so much better after that.  It is sort of …

They Are a Great Start for Problem Solving: Flowers

It is true, flowers actually do not solve any one problem you may have.  However, flowers remind you that you are being thought of by someone, the beauty of life, that you are loved and to smile.  Someone special in your life, whoever that may be, is thinking of you, which lifts you up, not the flowers themselves.  It has been hard to accept that I am special to someone because I grew up convincing myself that I was an ugly duckling and no one cared about me. My friend Ayako Gordon, (also an artisan jam maker) made this gorgeous bouquet.   Archie goes to see Ayako every other Sunday at Marigold and Mint where she works as a florist.  She knows exactly what I like so he doesn’t have to tell Ayako what kind of bouquet he wants to get for me.  Every time Archie brings me those flowers, my heart gets filled so much and it almost explodes. The bonus to that is that when you give flowers to someone special, your best friend, …