Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gruyere Popovers



This recipe is so simple and delicious. The Gruyere cheese topping brings out such a rich flavor and it's best served piping hot!




Ingredients
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
2 cups whole milk
4 large eggs
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 1/2 cups grated Gruy√®re cheese 

Place popover pan or ( 12-cup muffin pan) in oven. Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk flour and salt in medium bowl to blend. Heat milk in heavy small saucepan over medium heat until very warm. Whisk eggs in large bowl to blend. Gradually whisk warm milk into eggs. Gradually stir flour mixture into milk mixture just to blend.

Remove hot popover pan from oven. Spray pan with nonstick spray. Spoon 1/4 cup batter into each of 12 popover pan. Top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese. Bake until puffed and deep brown, about 40 minutes. Do not open the oven until this point, or the popovers might deflate. Remove popovers from pan.  Serve immediately, with jam or for the extra indulgent – butter.  I liked them best plain, but jam was great too.




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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just a few of my guilty pleasures in life...

Mozzarella Sticks- deep fried goodness!  I can't stop craving for them

3 Layers Hummus from Whole Foods-  I tend to eat the entire tub quickly.  They make a great combination of cilantro, red 
pepper and garlic hummus.  Goes great with pita bread or any kind of flatbread.

Wine-  filled with goodness and high in calories.  It's something I indulge once in a while to help me fall asleep...

Chick Fil-A chicken sandwich with waffle fries  ( we went there for our anniversary last year) lol 

Brie Cheese- top with green apple.  So simple and tasty.  Love it!

So what are your guilty pleasures in life? Feel free to share..
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Soba Sesame Noodles


I make these super light but very satisfying cold sesame noodles, made with fiber-rich soba (buckwheat noodles), toasted sesame seeds provide a light crunch and tons of flavor, while crisp scallions give the dish a nice pop of color.



























Ingredients
8 oz. soba noodles
1 tsp fresh grated ginger (optional)
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil 
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp rice vinegar
1 tsp honey
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 scallions (green onions), chopped
Serves 2-4.




























Cook the noodles according to package directions. Rinse under cold water until they feel cool. Drain and transfer to a bowl.
Whisk together the sesame oil, ginger, soy sauce,  rice vinegar and honey. Pour over noodles and toss well. 
Toss dressed noodles with sesame seeds and scallions. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick Update

I apologise for the lack of posts in the past week.  How's the week treating you so far?  Things are going well here.  John and I started on healthy living last week and so far we're loving the results.  Healthy living is making us feel great and have a lot of energy.  I've  been cooped up all winter and I'm really longing to be outdoors more.  Only thing is its still a bit cold so I'm really hoping that spring decides to show up soon. Anyway, I'll be back with some new foodie posts and recipe towards the end of week.  Until then, just a few recent outfits from my iPhone.

outfit 1: f21 blouse, f21 skinny jeans, bcbg shoes
outfit 2: jcrew lady day coat, burberry scarf, tory burch reva flats, lucky skinny jeans, f21 blouse
outfit 3: a&f sweater, ann taylor top, ae jegging, rebecca minkoff purse, michele watch, tory burch flats









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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

J'adore...

I have always wanted a Kitchen Aid mixer for a long time, but I can't never get myself to spend the money, finally got one about a week ago.   I found a great sale at Kohl's and had a 30% off coupon so I decided to treat myself to one.  I chose the ice blue finish and love it! It looks awesome on my counter top.





















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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wearing now and Anticipation

a&f jeans, express silk shirt, tory burch sandal
on another note.... come back soon I have some exciting news to share :)


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Mint + Peachy

I'm all about minty green and peach right now.  What's your current crush color? I think beige would be a great accent with this peachy/mint combo don't you think?





















top row: topshop, christian louboutin, alexander mcqueen
middle row: anthropology
bottom row: chanel, coach, chloe Pin It

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Happy Tuesday and Outfit of the Day

Morning lovelies, a gorgeous new week lies ahead.  Hope all of you had a delightful weekend.  This weekend felt quiet and relaxing--I spent the majority of it at home.  It was pure bliss.

Hope your week is off to a perfect start!

What I wore Sunday outfit: f21 t-shirt, f21 navy skirt, h&m belt, tory burch reva flats



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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Random Things About Mai

- She believes that a king size bed is too small.
- She enjoys playing with her toes during deep thoughts.
- Her favorite shows involes some sort of crime drama, which I started to enjoy.
- Everything involes Milo. EVERYTHING.
- The first face she see's in the morning is Milo's.
- She dreams of one day owning a pair of white jeans.
- She wants own a bakery. We shall call it Milo's.
- We secretly High-5 each other because its geeky. Team Khot******!
- I want to start a website caled Mai's Toes because she's got hot toes!
- Our favorite state is Colorado.
- She challenges herself by baking or cooking new things.
- She goes crazy over British English accents.
Your #2 in Life
John
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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Strawberry Mojito

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I love to make mojitos. This is a refreshing cocktail.  Would you want it? What's your favorite drink?


Ingredients

1.5 ounces of simple syrup

3 fresh strawberries
5 fresh spearmint sprigs 
soda water
1/2 lime
2 ounces of light rum

Directions
1. In a chilled glass, muddle the simple syrup, strawberries and mint leaves together with the back of a spoon or muddler. Crush the strawberries and mint leaves well.
2. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass, add the rum and stir well. Fill glass with ice and top off with soda water.
3. Garnish with mint sprigs or strawberry slices. Makes 1 drink.
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Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy weekend. A place of relaxation !!

Ah yes,  that sounds perfect!  Personally, I love relaxing at home on weekends and having no plans.  I am a happy little home body and that is what I am looking forward to about this weekend.  I will catch up on some reading, ( love to read magazines for inspiration, fashion, decor and mindless reading (like People or US weekly) sip some wine and just be.
Here's to hoping that things are going to be alright in Japan.   An 8.9 earth quake and tsunami's to worry about.  Praying for them. Pin It

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bitter Melon Soup ( canh kho qua)



Two medium length bitter melons
6 cups of water or chicken broth
1 green onion, thinly chopped
1 peeled shallot
Pork Stuffing
1/2 lb ground pork
1 tsp fish sauce
1 tsp ground pepper
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 minced shallots or small onion, diced
1/2 cup bean thread noodles, soaked in warm water about 10-15 min, drain and cut in 2-3 inch length
1/4 cup wood ear mushrooms, soaked in warm water about 10-15 min, drain and cut thinly

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the pork, fish sauce, sugar, pepper, salt, shallots, wood ear mushrooms, bean thread noodles and mix well. Cover and set aside.
Slice melons cross wise into 1 to 1.5 inch pieces. Using a table spoon or knife, drive it between the green outer flesh and the center white pith. Hold the bitter melon in one hand and spoon/knife in other, and slowly core out the pith and seeds with a circular motion.

Add the peeled shallot to the water/stock and bring to boil. In the meantime, stuff the bitter melons with the pork stuffing. When boiling add the stuffed bitter melons and cover reducing heat to low, cook for about 20 minutes or until the center of the pork is done. Season with some salt to taste. Transfer to soup bowl and garnish with chopped green onion . Serve with jasmine rice.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Currently lusting after these ....

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy March! Is it spring yet?

 Its the time of year when season change is in full swing.   I look around our neighborhood and it looks like it is hung over from a good winter.   Everything is still dead.  Where are the blooming flowers?   I simply cannot wait for some pretty green to photograph.


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