My kind of chick.

24 06 2012

While I generally enjoy beans – from refried beans to edamame – I was never too keen on hummus. I don’t know what it was about them, because I had nothing against chickpeas, but when they were in the form of hummus, I stayed far far away.

Until yesterday, that is.

I was at a local supermarket picking up some baby spinach, because my smoothies just did not taste the same without them (check out my smoothie post here). I came across a group of people who were lining up to sample something a jolly middle aged man was giving out. There it was on the sampling table, a box of rice cracker, with 6, maybe 7 different types of hummus. There was a specific one he claimed was his favourite, so I gave it a try; it was roasted garlic hummus. It was creamy but in a healthy way, with distinct garlic taste, although it was different kind than what you get from garlic bread. It was pleasant, clearly, because I was tempted to try the other flavours. I mean, why the hell not, it was there, for us to sample.

The second one that caught my eye was the roasted red pepper hummus.

It has clear red pepper taste, but not overpowering. It was flavourful while still maintaining its hummus characteristic. I definitely preferred this over roasted garlic, I think it tasted brighter, if you know what I mean.

Usually, getting a third helping is little awkward, but I guess the jolly middle aged man didn’t mind? Plus I was desperate to try this final one and I’m glad I did, because it was the winner.

What I liked about the caramelized onion hummus was that it went well with the natural chickpea flavour, the caramelized onion complemented it well. Don’t expect the sour cream and onion type of flavour though, it’s much more subtle and much less seasoned.

I am so new to the hummus world though, what do you eat them with? Rice crackers wouldn’t really be my top pick, I know they are usually paired with pita bread? And baby carrots of course? Veggie dip in general? Would tortilla be a good substitute for pita bread? I am so happy with this new found love of a healthier dip!

What is your choice of hummus? And what do you pair them with?

Also, happy one year birthday to my blog, two days ago! Yay!





Currently trying out…

17 06 2012

DIY hair mask!

I found this on the website of Stella Wish’s. I’ve seen a few like this one around, and since the reviews sounded convincing, I thought I would give it a try. I have thick, long hair, and the recipe was the perfect amount. If you have fine, thin, or short hair, maybe you could half it? It has been in my hair for 30 mins now and so far, so good!

The review warned that this might get messy – like, lay newspapers on the floor messy – but that wasn’t the case with me. I don’t think it’s any messier than store bought kind! I mean, I am waiting for the time to pass in front of the TV on my leather couch, so obviously it’s not too bad. As I apply the mixture in my hair, I could already feel it getting smoother and silkier, so I’m actually really excited to see how this is going to turn out!

Update:

After washing (I opted for conditioner too), towel drying, and sleeping on it, my hair feels average.. Slightly disappointed that it wasn’t a huge difference, but I guess just one time mask won’t make a big difference, which goes the same for store bought masks as well. Maybe I can give you a better feedback after trying it several times.

Do you have any hair mask recipe that did magic for your hair? I would love to hear all about it!





Surprising things that are making me fat.

15 06 2012

1. Pinterest

So true, couldn’t have said it better myself.

All the beautiful pictures and superb recipes, who can resist? I spend so much time on here, I don’t remember what I did with my time before I got hooked to Pinterest! And some of the recipes you find here are real keepers too, like the BEST brownie recipe known to my 20 something years of existence. I remember making them over and over again when I first discovered the recipe! The good thing is that you can find healthy recipes here, as well as real artery blockers! Hey, everybody needs to indulge once in a while…

Salmon pasta, mmmmmm…

S’mores pudding shots.

Korean style cocktail meatballs.

Green beans with shallots and goat cheese.

Pink champagne cupcakes. And so pretty too!

HolyCrapTheseAreAmazing Cookies. No joke, that is the actual name and hell yes, they do sound amazing!

Please, if you are not drooling by the end of this, you are wasting away one of the amazing senses that you are gifted with.

2. The Big Bang Theory

Yes, I know this TV show is far far farrrr from being a food show, but the food that appears on their show somehow gets my stomach growling! Especially their take out Chinese food, what is it about them?

3. A night out

Okay, I guess this is not as surprising, but have you thought about all of the hidden calories in a night out?

First, there’s the calorie you take in during the night.. Chances are, even if you dance all night, you might not burn all of those yummy cocktails unless you puke them all out. And that should never be your goal.

Thank God I’m not a beer drinker. That would be like a whole meal addition!

Spinach dip, one of my favourite bar foods. Along with wings, mozzarella sticks, ribs, nachos, calamari, and shrimp cocktail. Oh and onion rings.

Then, there’s the cravings that you get because  you’re drunk! You get hungry, and most likely, you will be craving for those fatty cheesy stuff like burgers and pizzas, fries and gravy. And since your judgement is impaired by the alcohol, you wouldn’t think twice about inhaling all of those fatty goodness. Being business savvy, food cart owners sure know where to park their carts around the time the clubs close too.

The morning after, you are hungover and crave even more unhealthy food. Seriously who wants to eat celery stick at this stage? It’s all about the love affair between you and your choice of hangover food. And since the only physical activity you are capable of is sleeping and catching up on your TV shows, there goes a trip to the gym lost.

I love me some hearty bowl of noodles the morning after. These aren’t too unhealthy right?

Ever thought of why you crave what you crave? After seeing all these amazing pictures of food, I’m so curious what you are craving now! Do share!





Grab hold with both hands.

11 06 2012

In one of my recent posts, I briefly mentioned how unimpressed I was by the graduation speech at the convocation ceremony I attended at my Alma Mater. No matter where you went to school, the underlying messages are all the same in these speeches, and I was getting frustrated because it sounds a little bit like an empty guarantee of some sort. Seriously, someone needs to tell these grads that just because you did the work and paid your dues for that piece of paper we call credentials does not mean the hard part is over. Yes, you are now more equipped to face the world, but you still have to face the world and you will lose sometimes, it’s inevitable.

Then today, I came across this article about David McCullough, a high school teacher from the United States that did just that – he told the truth and only the truth. This is my favourite part from his speech:

As you commence, then, and before you scatter to the winds, I urge you to do whatever you do for no reason other than you love it and believe in its importance. Don’t bother with work you don’t believe in any more than you would a spouse you’re not crazy about, lest you too find yourself on the wrong side of a Baltimore Orioles comparison. Resist the easy comforts of complacency, the specious glitter of materialism, the narcotic paralysis of self-satisfaction. Be worthy of your advantages. And read… read all the time… Dream big. Work hard. Think for yourself. Love everything you love, everyone you love, with all your might. And do so, please, with a sense of urgency, for every tick of the clock subtracts from fewer and fewer; and as surely as there are commencements there are cessations, and you’ll be in no condition to enjoy the ceremony attendant to that eventuality no matter how delightful the afternoon.

The fulfilling life, the distinctive life, the relevant life, is an achievement, not something that will fall into your lap because you’re a nice person or mommy ordered it from the caterer. Don’t wait for inspiration or passion to find you. Get up, get out, explore, find it yourself, and grab hold with both hands.

Yes, this is a little wordy but these are good words. If you want to read the entire thing, you can find the article (with his entire speech) here.

And to make up for the wordiness of this post, I thought I would further showcase my inner nerd with these *ahem* beautiful dance moves.

Yes, I love Calculus. I may have majored in Math in college if there were more I could do with that degree other than being a teacher. And maybe then, I might have eventually turned in to those teachers that think their students will all change the world and write these unrealistic speeches. I guess I’ll enjoy my math elsewhere..





They say raw foods are the healthiest.

1 06 2012

Have you heard of that too? That raw foods are the healthiest because you get the most nutrients out of it? Don’t worry, I am not about to embark on raw food diet when I am still trying to figure out eating wheat free here.. But I do have something special and mouth watering to share with you on this joyous occasion of National Doughnut Day!

I first came across this new type of donut in a Japanese magazine a while back and I have been dying to try it. They are called Nama Donut, which translates to raw doughnut. Maybe your first reaction was “ew!”, with the image of raw, uncooked doughnut dough, but maybe you’ll change your mind once you see how pretty they are!

Looks like doughnut? I think so.. But a little shinier, are they more glazed? I really can’t seem to think of a better way to describe these, other than how they do look a little less solid… A little raw.

The story behind these “raw” doughnuts is that they are not baked nor fried, but chilled. Apparently they are products of sponge cake, mousse, and either fruits or jelly incorporated together and chilled in the doughnut mold. From those that are fortunate enough to have tried these innovative creature, they say that as soon as you bit in to the doughnut, it melts in your mouth. DAMN that sounds good. I guess they are basically mousse cake?

Here you see the three main ingredients: sponge cake, strawberry mousse, and strawberry jelly? And here I thought it might be wheat free…

Originally they only came in 12 flavours, but since more and more places have started making them, I don’t know if it’s possible for me to track down all of their flavours. Am I the only one though, that thinks it is technically baked, since the sponge cake must have been baked first…?

Either way, Happy National Doughnut Day everyone! What is your doughnut of choice?