20140720

crochet socks

I found this adorable idea at LUTTER IDYL's crochet socks for furniture. I recently bought drawer from IKEA that's definitely going to scratch the wooden floor so this is best time to try making them.

So easy to make, I will continue making more for my other furniture that has feet!
I used thicker yarn for this but I will try finer string that will look more elegant like what Lutter Idyl has.

 chair foot socks

chair foot socks

chair foot socks

20140713

Chili

Made chili for the first time!
I like how easy and simple to make. It makes quite a lot so it can lasts few days. You can pretty much put anything you like is what I like the most.

Chili
- 2lb lean ground beef
- 1 box mushroom
- 1-2 onion, sliced
- 1-2 green pepper, chunks
- 2-3 celery, sliced
- 1 28fl oz/796ml tomato sauce
- 1-1.5 tbsp chili season mix
- 1 bottle of your favorite beer
- 1 cup of parsley

-1 green onion, finely slice(for garnish)
-2 large bun, for dipping or make into soup bowl.

1. Cook onion until tender. Add ground beef until fully cooked.
2. Add all veggies/herb with season mix, tomato sauce, and beer. Mix.
3. Simmer until the consistency that you like. (if it gets too thick just add more tomato sauce)

chili

20140630

Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing

Made this simple and easy to make noodle that goes very well with anything as side dish. But I love it enough that I had it by itself.

Got it from one of my favorite recipe site Simply Recipe for this refreshing meal. Very simple to make, you just cook noodle and saute the mushrooms. Mix those 2 in large bowl, add the dressing and toss.

Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing
Lemon Ginger Dressing:
- 3/4 tsp Chilli powder
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tbsp squeezed lemon juice
- 1 inch section of ginger, grated
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar
- 1/3cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp sesami oil
- 3 tbsp olive oil

Noodles
- 9 ounces noodle(used pasta instead of soba)
- 7 ounces mushrooms
- 1 1/2 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp minced herbs(parsley, green onion, cilantro, or basil)
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds



Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing

Noodles with Mushroom & Lemon Ginger Dressing

20140608

t-shirt drawing

First time using fabric markers to draw on T-shirts. It was a lot flexible to draw on fabric more than I expected. It gives that sketchy look that I like on paper.

I went to 8 years old girl's birthday party where they had craft session to decorate your shirt and make necklaces. The birthday girl has younger sister so I drew their current favorite movie, Frozen characters on extra t-shirt they had for the party.

This gave me an idea to draw anything I like on old tanktops to dash it up so I would wear it more often.

t-shirt drawing with fabric markers

elsa drawing

anna drawing

20140427

Tomato Radicchio Bucatini

Another recipe I found from freshjuice.ca!

I'm not a alcohol drinker but I do love using beer, vodka or wine in my food so finding recipe that uses those excites me!

Tomato Radicchio Bucatini
- 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 1 large radicchio, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup prepared roasted red peppers
- 1 onioin finely diced
- 4 anchovies
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4tsp salt
- 1lb extra-lean ground beef
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1lb bucatini pasta
- 1/4 cup parmeasan cheese, shaved or grated
- 1/2cup parsley

1. Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Bake tomatoes and radicchio with 1 1/2 olive oil and roast for 30min.
2. Puree half of roasted tomatoes and radicchio with red peppers and set aside.
3. With remaining olive oil saute onion for 2min, then add anchovies, garlic, chipotle peppers, red pepper flakes and salt. Stir in ground beef and cook for 5min. Stir in red wine, tomato radicchio sauce and reamining roasted tomatoes and radicchio and simmer for 10min at low heat.
4. Cook pasta until al dente, drain and toss with sauce. Serve garnished with parmesan and parsley.

 Tomato Radicchio Bucatini

20140420

ramen

One of my favorite food is Ramen. Real one, instant one, snack pack one they all tastes so good!

Here is store bought-homemade ramen you can have at it at home. They sell it at J-town in the freezer section, wrapped in clear plastic bag with yellow paper typed out in black text. I'm describing all this because I have no clue what the brand name is, they've been using this simple packaging since I was little.

You have choices of plain ramen with no soup base, shoyou or miso soup base. Follow the instruction and put anything you like for your topping. I put mine with  teriyaki chicken with saute mushroom/carrots and shredded green onion. 

If you have a chance to drop by at J-town, also try their cold ramen in freezer section. Good to eat on hot summery day!

ramen

20140330

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

My first attempt to use squash to make soup!

This year of Spring is not quite yet warm enough to say Spring is here. Roasting vegetables really makes warm and cozy soup that's perfect for cold weather.

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil.
- 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cubed.
- 2 carrots, cut into thick rounds.
- 1 large parsnip, cubed
- 2 leeks, thickly sliced
- 1 onion, quartered
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 thyme sprigs
- 3 rosemary sprigs
- 5 cups veg stock
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, soured cream to serve

1. Preheat oven 200C/400F. Pour olive oil into bowl and toss all veggies until evenly coated.
2. Spread out veggies on baking pan. Tuck the bay leaves and thyme and rosemary sprigs amongst veggies.
3. Roast veggies for 50min until tender, tuning them occasionally to make sure they brown evenly.
4. Discard herbs and transfer veggies into large pot.
5. Pour the stock into the pot and bring to boil and simmer for 10min.
6. Blend the soup with food processor/blender until thick and smooth.
7. Season the soup with salt, pepper, sour cream(optional) and serve.

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup