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Sun-dried tomato with chives cream cheese spread

November 2, 2018

This is an incredibly simple recipe with only 3 ingredients.  In addition to using it on toasts and bagel, you can also use this cream cheese spread to thicken and add creaminess to your pasta sauce.   Yield – 1.5 cups Ingredients 1 package/8 oz of cream cheese (in room temperature) 2.5 tbs of chopped chives 3-4 pieces of sun-dried tomato Preparation Using the purée function, combine cream…

Body & Mind

Homemade hair shampoo and conditioner

October 22, 2018

I started developing psoriasis in my early 20s.  It sprung up from a small patch in the back of my head where I usually had my hair tied up.  I didn’t know what psoriasis was and never saw someone with that skin condition. So, I thought I just had an itchy and flaky scalp.   After I graduated from school, I was able to afford “better” hair products.…

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Traditional Chinese Rice Dish – Loh Mai Fan (Sticky Rice)

October 13, 2018

Loh Mai Fan (Glutinous rice) is a rice dish I grew up eating. It’s possible that I am not looking hard enough, but I can’t find this dish in any Chinese restaurant’s menu. I’m so glad I came across this recipe and can make it myself! To make this, you’ll need: Equipment Instant pot Dry Ingredients Glutinous rice (1 cup unsoaked) Dehydrated shiitake mushrooms (5 pieces) Dehydrated/dried shrimp…

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Simple Ginger Bug Recipe

September 21, 2018

I stumbled into soda making when my partner introduced me the book “Make The Bread Buy The Butter (affiliate link).”  Given the title of the book, the rebel in me attempted making butter first. The successful first attempt in making butter gave me an extra dose of confidence.  So I flipped over to the Table of Content for additional inspiration. And I landed in Ginger Ale/Soda. Again, it…

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Simple Homemade Probiotic Orangina

September 21, 2018

Besides Coke, Orangina is the other soda my partner’s go-to soda.  With a 1.75L of Orangina costing $3.50+, it adds up if you drink two of those a week.  But if you have a jar of ginger bug ready to go and 4 oranges sitting at home, I’ll show you how you can make two 1.25L bottles of Probiotic Orangina at the convenience of your home. Even if…

Cleaning

How To Clean Your Instant Pot

August 20, 2018

I live in a tiny apartment.  Needless to say, I don’t have the luxury of having multiple of the same appliance.  So, if I want to use my Instant Pot again immediately after cooking something, I need to clean it first.  But what if I need to cook something that will result in a burned bottom? Well, that’s what this video is all about. In under 15 minutes,…

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Homemade Tortillas and Chicken Quesadillas

March 19, 2018

I love making as much of my food as possible. Homemade food tastes exponentially better than the ones you buy from the supermarket and depending on how refined your palate is; homemade food is also more economical. That is why I make my own tortillas.  Although I live in San Francisco – a city that offers a plethora of options for fine food – but for the price…

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Probiotic Lemongrass Lemon Soda

February 26, 2018

This probiotic lemongrass lemon soda (any kind of probiotic soda for that matter) is our household’s guilty pleasure.  Yes, it is soda and it has sugar in it.  But you have control over how much sugar to add.  With it being probiotic, this delicious, refreshing soda will add healthy bacteria to your digestive tract, help to regulate your systems.   Ingredients: 1/2 cup of Ginger Bug liquid 6…

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Fresh pasta with creamy tomato sauce and prawns

July 21, 2017

Sometimes it’s laziness, but I think the real reason behind people eating out is that it’s hard to cook for just two people.  So, for most of my recipes, you’ll find the portion is perfect for two people.  Here’s a delicious, quality creamy seafood pasta dish perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Ingredients: 7-8 prawns 2 sheets of homemade pasta cut into your favorite size (or 8-…

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No-churn homemade ice cream – Green Tea, Strawberry and Mocha

May 9, 2017

Ingredients: 1 pint of Straus’s Family Creamery Whipping Cream 1 can of condensed milk Three one-pint Mason jars Ingredients for different flavors Green tea – half a tsp of matcha powder Mocha – 2-3 tbs of strong mocha coffee (see below for instructions) Strawberries – 3 tbs of freshly pureed strawberries Steps Put your Kitchen Aid mixing bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes.  If your freezer…