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Putting veggies first – a mini tip

It’s been a busy summer so far with kids out of school and getting distracted by all the fun summer activities to be had here in NYC. I’ve also been diving into a holistic nutrition course to educate myself on a topic that I’ve been passionate about. The course has given me the focus I need and so far it’s been enlightening and inspiring. I hope to incorporate more of what I learn here! Eating more greens and vegetables is a no brainer for optimal health – and is a common denominator in most dietary theories. As I’m trying to be more intentional about incorporating vegetables at the family dinner table I find that I need a better strategy than habitually keeping greens an afterthought, scrambling together a crudite platter for dinner. Nothing wrong with some raw veggies and dip, but I know I can do better. With two little kids, there is a very small and unforgiving window of feeding time, as many parents know. So my goal is to have the veggies ready along …

Golden milk two ways: sleepy time and afternoon tea 

On my good days I try to switch up my afternoon coffee routine with a cup of golden milk. When I first heard about this traditional Ayurvedic medicinal drink made with tumeric I was intrigued and was willing to give it a try for all its great health benefits. Tumeric has anti-inflammatory properties and combined with the other ingredients it’s a powerhouse of a health elixir. And the name, golden milk drew me in – sounded like a luxurious way to kick off my late afternoon to tide me over before the dinner prep frenzy. Some people might think this process is a bit involved and it’s defnitely not as simple as brewing a bag of tea, but since I make my coffee using the pour over method, this recipe has a familiar ring of ritual. Gathering the various spices, warming up the milk in a pot, whisking the coconut oil together to melt it all into a golden cup of goodness is all part of the experience and perhaps part of its health benefits. It forces you to slow …

EATING IN KOREA

We recently came back from a quick 9 day trip to Korea to visit my dad’s side of the family. There are lots of facets to look back on this memorable trip but it was an interesting experience seeing the country and its food culture through the eyes of my Japanese-American husband and two American children. I’ve visited Korea before and grew up in an immigrant household where we mostly ate Korean food so culture shock was not expected, but traveling as a mom of two kids was definitely a far cry from my last visit as a care-free college student. With my companions (hubby, a toddler and preschooler) in tow, here are some of my observations about eating in Korea. + Abundance is a word that comes to mind when thinking about eating in Korea. There’s an abundance of what’s on the table – a stimulating sensorial array of small side dishes (banchan), bubbling stews, pungent pickled things. You can also expect to eat in abundance and not ever feel like you will miss a meal …

WEEKEND LINKS

It’s a sunny weekend here in the Bay area – we’ll be spending it going to BBQs. Enjoy soaking in the summer days – we’re in the thick of it! Here are a few interesting things I spotted this week. Round-up of beautiful kitchen gear  Bone broth to-go please Reduce food waste Taste of Syria in Paris Daniel Boulud’s Aioli on everything  The philosopher chef and Buddhist nun

LINKS FOR THE WEEKEND

Hope you had a nice short week and enjoy the weekend coming up.  I promised my four year old we would make pizza tonight so I  stocked up at Trader Joe’s who makes it so easy with their pre-made pizza dough. Toppings requested are pepperoni, mushrooms and cheese. Classic. Have you ever wondered why prices for produce in Chinatown is so low? I’ve always been baffled by this and questioned its quality from time to time but this article helps explain. We just got a charcoal grill and my second thought (after Galbi – Korean BBQ) was Yakitori (Japanese BBQ). Do you own a rice cooker? Do you cook other things in it? I’ve seen my mom steam dumplings but that’s about it. Apparently you can do a lot more according to this cookbook that’s on my wishlist.  There’s a farmer’s market happening everyday in the bay area. One of the reasons why I love it here.   Here’s a schedule if you’re in town. And while this blog is really an escape and creative outlet …

FRIDAY LINKS

Happy Friday! Thought I’d start a series sharing links (instead of hoarding them on my bookmark tab 🙂 ) that caught my eye this week. If you’re taking a break, you can check them out below. The easiest way to de-stem Kale I’ve ever seen! No Knife needed. Demo starts at 1:40 mark in video. This looks like a fun project – Drawing daily purchases. Nice to see recyclable disposable coffee pods. Farmer’s market fruit salad recipe for the weekend. Weekend decluttering mini-project. It’s officially summer. Are you making cold-brewed coffee yet? Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, the Musical at Children’s Fairyland. If you have a toddler, you probably know this beloved book by heart.  

MA-PO TOFU

It was one of those week nights I was stumped on what to make for dinner. I could possibly describing most week nights! But I stood numbly in the kitchen and tried to come up with something before hanger crept into the house. In the fridge I saw tofu and some ground pork I bought for meatballs and then boom! ma-po tofu came to mind which is interesting because … meatballs to ma-po tofu? Plus, I’ve never made it before nor have I pinned it, which is the next best thing, right? Ma-po tofu wasn’t a staple take out or chinese restaurant dish for my family growing up.  My husband actually introduced me to the dish during our dating years. Little did I know the sauce came from a little instant pack from the Asian grocery store where all you have to do is add the fresh ingredients. AKA bachelor food. I was actually quite impressed, because he’s great at visual presentation so it possibly made up a lot for the taste. And hey, I was in …