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What I eat everyday

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What I eat everyday

I put whatever ingredients I want in pancake - banana, nuts, carrots, raisin, dry berries, sweet potato, eggs, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cocoa powder, peanut butter and just a little bit of brown sugar and flour - they are all optional please don't put everything in one pancake! There's no recipe. You just got to experiment. It's gonna be good anyway.

After snow season, I would bring pancake when I go hiking.

After snow season, I would bring pancake when I go hiking.

(Top) Berries smoothies. Squash with cinnamon. Squash with cheese and egg. Veggie pizza. (Bottom left) Veggie scramble eggs. Roasted carrots and squash. Pancake. Pineapple juice? (Bottom right) Japanese style fried pork loin - alright this one is not so healthy but it's very delicious.

(Top) Berries smoothies. Squash with cinnamon. Squash with cheese and egg. Veggie pizza.
(Bottom left) Veggie scramble eggs. Roasted carrots and squash. Pancake. Pineapple juice?
(Bottom right) Japanese style fried pork loin - alright this one is not so healthy but it's very delicious.

I started to pay more attention on cooking since I moved to Niwot, CO and lived with a very nice roommate. It's kinda painful to see someone having unhealthy diet or same meal everyday. I guess the easiest way is just offering them healthier option. My roommate loves what I cook (almost) everyday. Well, sometimes he's just being nice.

sashimi don

sashimi don

I usually don't follow any recipe either in cooking or baking. I already have lots of guides and rules in work (design.) Cooking is the time for relaxing. But I do find inspiration in Netflix series Chef's Table. 

Beets with squash hummus

Beets with squash hummus

When I go grocery shopping, I usually don't buy processed product. I just don't trust them. When I studied chemical engineer, I learned that few drops of organic chemicals can make your food taste "wonderful". I prefer do everything from scratch and plant herbs by myself.

Cucumber, ginger, lemon, mint mix

Cucumber, ginger, lemon, mint mix

I used to be a vegetarian for a while, then vegan. Now I just can't afford it. I still keep plant-based diet.

Walnut, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple oatmeal

Walnut, strawberries, raspberries, pineapple oatmeal

"You are what you eat."

Fruit tart (strawberries were macerated with lime zest and juice, mint and sugar) Some sort of nutty cake with banana ice cream and strawberry Sweet potato tarts Taiwanese red bean pancake - Doraemon's favorite!

Fruit tart (strawberries were macerated with lime zest and juice, mint and sugar)
Some sort of nutty cake with banana ice cream and strawberry
Sweet potato tarts
Taiwanese red bean pancake - Doraemon's favorite!

Alright I made too much dessert. Most of the time I would share with neighbors or coworkers so I don't need to eat all of them!

Apple pie sauce with spiced rum

Apple pie sauce with spiced rum

I think cooking/baking is same as design - it's a creative trial and error process. Now I like cooking/baking more because I'll eat it anyway. It's also because it's not my career - it can be more playful I have more fun with it! (Once I take something seriously, I would start to feel frustrated.)

Dumpling shape apple pie - easier to carry to friend's place

Dumpling shape apple pie - easier to carry to friend's place

I don't like to make the same thing over and over again. I always modify every time I make it. I'm not looking for the consistency. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm making.

Lemon zest truffle

Lemon zest truffle

I did follow recipes when I just started to bake 10 years ago with my mom. At that time I would put everything on the scale and carefully measure the portion. Then I stopped baking for about 6 or 7 years. I still have the basic knowledge and some experience which might help.

Custard strawberry pancake

Custard strawberry pancake

What makes me want to pay more attention on cooking or baking is the people I care. To be honest, I wouldn't spend so much time making this if it's not for my roommate (he's really nice like my father) or my friends. I even made an instagram account for my no-recipe food experiment lab.

Apple sauce with greek yogurt

Apple sauce with greek yogurt

If you're patient enough to keep reading, check out my previous cooking article here.

I was thinking about merchandizing my healthy pancake but I'm not sure if people would like it since it is not like a traditional American pancake. It's too healthy.

Just in case you're curious about the camera I used - NIKON D5100 and iPhone6. Of course I want a professional DSLR but I just don't have any money. So I'll keep making my pancake until I can buy one haha.

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Tina's kitchen - Video tutorial of making Taiwanese dumplings

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Tina's kitchen - Video tutorial of making Taiwanese dumplings

My friend as well as my roommate, Tina, was making dumpling yesterday. While standing there waiting for eating, I helped her video recording for her personal project. From the preparation, I found her cutting and mixing ingredients meticulously. She folded the dumplings carefully and consistently. (I was like whatever as long as it was edible if I was making dumpling) The great attention to detail brought the good results in flavor and presentation. The only thing can be improved is the dough she bought in 99 ranch. It was not thick enough. After enjoying the delicious dumplings, I made this video quickly (like 3 hours) to thank her hehe.

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Eat Pray Fun @ Bangkok Thailand

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Eat Pray Fun @ Bangkok Thailand

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This trip happened when I was studying in INSEAD, Singapore earlier this year. (It's a 4 month exchange program) The flight from Singapore to Bangkok was dirt cheap and we stayed in hostel which cost like nothing. We tried different sorts of street food and took tuk tuk or public transportation. The trip didn't cost much and the experience was amazing.

Here's the list I would recommend you to try in Bangkok:

I don't recommend transgender show because I'm not into that and I watched it when I was a child. (I've traveled to Thailand several times.) 

I also have to put something straight: there are lots of scams in Bangkok. TONS! Taxi drivers, tuk tuk drivers, random people on the street, travel agency, jewelry store, hospital... That really pissed me off after a rough day of being scammed. Most people are nice and it's safe in general. Just do some research on google (such as *tuk tuk / jewelry / scam*) and you still can have fun in the trip.

Definitely take a train to Ayutthaya! The package offered in travel agency is overpriced and they will tell you it's impossible to rent a motorbike there. (I asked them why and they couldn't answer.....)

I would recommend renting motorbike because it's pretty hot there. I often rode motorbike when I was in Taiwan so it was lots of fun for me!

Cooking class was lots of fun! The teacher was funny and explained every ingredient patiently. I'm not gonna lie: the dishes I made that day were so delicious! But I never try to make it by myself afterwards haha. (They also provided the printed recipe.)

Silom Thai Cooking School @ Bangkok

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