Posts Tagged 'personal life'

My Mostly Failed Garden

As you know, I’ve been trying to grow green beans since I’m basically addicted to them. After over 60 days of nurturing, they did not turn out so well. In fact, they were kind of disgusting. And I mostly blame one thing: the dirt. When I planted the seeds, I noticed the dirt wasn’t very dirt-like, but I didn’t know why. After the first big storm here, I went to water my plants and found that the dirt had completely hardened. It was like the earth was trying to suffocate my plants! As I explained my story to my manfriend’s parents, his mom nodded and said to me “Yeah, that Georgia clay.”

Clay. How can I possibly grow delicious and nutritious food in clay? Whenever I have time and money, I will build a garden box with good soil. The bugs were also an issue, but moreso with the sunflowers. They’ve been fighting to survive, and one has finally successfully blossomed!

this sunflower says "screw you, bugs! i do what i want!"

So those are my gardening adventures. I learned about the importance of dirt, and hope to make a beautiful garden full of yummy vegetables another time.

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I LOVE Green Beans

I don’t know if you already knew this, but I love green beans. I could just snack on raw green beans all day. Granted, I get that weird green bean breath, but I don’t care. They’re so delicious and nutritious and crunchy and tasty and perfect. So I decided at Lowe’s the other day that I would buy green bean seeds. At first, they took their sweet time blooming. I thought “What am I doing wrong? Are they not planted deep enough? Is the weather too hot? Is it too late in the season?” But then last week they began to sprout. I left on Friday to visit my manfriend, and when I returned home this evening, they looked like this:

my green bean plant! it has canopies for ants! not that i want many bugs hangin around my beans...

They had grown SIGNIFICANTLY since I had left. I’m so excited!!! My only fear is that they don’t have enough room to grow. I’d re-plant them in our backyard, but we haven’t had a chance to clean it up and redo the soil and all that jazz. We just don’t have time. I also looked up whether or not I needed to give them a stake or wire or something for them to grow around, and I conclude from my research that they do not. Apparently there are some green beans that grow that way, and some that don’t. The ones I bought did not say I had to provide something for them to grow around, so…I will not provide it.

So I’m pretty psyched for these green beans to grow. Stay tuned!

Shabu Shabu fail

Last week there was a crazy storm in Atlanta, which took out my power for almost 3 days. I wanted to make this beef shabu shabu recipe, but in addition to the fact that I didn’t have all the right ingredients, I couldn’t really make it because I didn’t have internet. I could’ve written it down at work before I came home, but I forgot. I tried to make it from memory (I only read the recipe a couple times), but it just didn’t work. I’ll definitely try it again – hopefully the next time I go to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market so I can get shabu shabu and thai basil.

This week I’ve decided to try a Two Day Detox again, but this time with a vegetable-based juice. It’s called pH Solution: cucumber, celery, spinach, parsley, lemon, and distilled water. I’m still a bit skeptical, but so many people have been coming to Arden’s Garden asking about the TDD that I feel I should give it another try. Also, I made jook again this week since I had a bunch of leftover stuff from last week. That’s the downside of cooking for yourself: all the yummy meat and produce you buy will go bad if your electricity goes out.

Wish me luck!

Jook: Chinese Porridge

Kudos to my Auntie Mei for helping me with this. I really had no idea how to start. The recipe she sent me was:

1 1/4 cup rice
3qt chicken stock
2 green onions
1-2 slices ginger for taste (isn’t it always for taste?)

Of course, since it’s jook, I can pretty much do whatever I want. so this is what I did…

my jook! it looks like it's smiling at me (kind of retardedly)! so proud of myself.

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Cooking Asian Food is Hard

Let’s be honest: one of the main reasons Asian food tastes so delicious is because they add MSG to it. Another reason is probably because every restaurant has a family recipe or a certain way of making things. That’s how I feel about pho restaurants. Almost every place I’ve been to has had a unique broth, which can make all the difference. And those are the reasons why I didn’t enjoy my own pho. I bought a standard pho buillion, but of course it’s nothing like the restaurants. Sure, it smells the same for the most part, but there was just so much flavor missing from it all.

these are all my pots: tendon, noodles, and broth. insane.

I’m not going to include my recipe because it will vary depending on the ingredients you use. (Plus, the noodles and the buillion came with directions.) The only thing that I really learned was how to cook soft tendon: boil it for 2 hours, then cut it up. Considering how soft and chewy and delicious it is in the soup, it takes a long time for it to get that soft (that’s what she said?).

my lunar new year dinner: custard dumplings, rice and chinese sausage, and thai iced tea with pearls. YUUUUM!

Anyway, instead I’ve decided to share with you the two almond cookie recipes I tried for the Chinese Lunar New Year. I’m also not going to post these recipes because they’re slightly different. Ultimately I’ve learned that, as much as I love Asian food and embrace my Chinese heritage, I will never be able to cook as well as my grandfather did. I wish I had a picture of him to share with you. He was such a big, happy man who was always so excited to cook for me. I have a fuzzy memory of being in his kitchen while he was cooking, and he showed me what he was doing. My dad tells me that, when he knew we were coming to visit, he would cook a ton of food and just wait for us to arrive. Whether or not he actually did, I can completely imagine it being true.

I’d like to think that Grandpa watches me and cooks with me and is proud of me for eating and cooking all that I can.

Pho #1 (Seriously) and Hi, Auntie Mei!

First, I’d like to say hello to my Auntie Mei. She’s always telling me about the awesome food she’s cooking, and I’m excited to get her recipe for jook! Yummm.

Anyway, last week I finally made it out to Buford Highway where there are tons of Asian restaurants and markets! It was really exciting. I almost peed myself when my boyfriend and I walked into Pho #1. I ordered a large bowl of pho with flank steak, eye of round, and soft tendon, and a thai iced tea with tapioca pearls. It was heaven. I was only disappointed in two things. First, the bean sprouts were kind of sad-looking, but I’m guessing it’s not easy to find fresh bean sprouts in Atlanta. Second, I didn’t get as much tendon as I wanted, but that could be for any number of reasons.

so so so so delicious. it's like a bowl of happiness with a side of awesome.

After lunch we went to the Buford Highway Farmer’s Market. I’ve learned that farmer’s markets here are not the same as the ones in California. Why? Because they’re basically big grocery emporiums and not actually markets for local farmers to showcase their products. Regardless, it was an awesome time. And for next week, I bought pho buillion cubes, pho noodles, eye of round, and tendon. That’s right: I will attempt to make pho. Prepare yourself, ladies and gentlemen.

Recipe Exchange: Beef Stroganoff and Squash Stew

December was a busy month for all of us, I’m sure. I made two recipes from my recipe exchange: beef stroganoff and a squash, chickpea and lentil stew. The beef stroganoff was delicious, but today I want to blog about the stew. I promise you I did indeed take a picture, but it was with my phone, and looking at it now it’s just not worth posting. Instead, I’ll post a picture of the delicious chicken & rice I had while visiting NYC for new year’s:

chicken & rice. SE corner of 53rd and 6th. it's the same guys as on the SW corner.

I also made a beer brined pork loin from Chili Cheese Fries for my manfriend when he came to visit. It was a-mazing. I’m always afraid of drying out pork, but this was juicy and perfect. I cooked it in the oven, but I definitely want to try grilling when it’s warmer! Tomorrow I’m going to make this recipe for Brunswick Stew, a traditional dish from Georgia (with German roots?). I also think that “Get a Husband” is a ridiculously silly title for it. I will definitely take a picture of it, but I can’t promise I’ll post about it this week. I’ll try!

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