This is my journey – things I’ve discovered along the way, people who have inspired me, books I love to read over and over again, recipes I create to feed my whole being, moments I simply want to share with you… my reflections!

The Balanced Meal

November 11, 2015

What constitutes a balanced meal? Believe it or not, I’ve been asked on many occasions. This question generally takes me back to my Asian upbringing, where balance is key to living a good life. Yin and yang—opposite forces that complement each other to form a whole—is what Asian cooks aspire to when creating meals, whether at home or in a restaurant setting. For us, it is…  Read More

Why, How and When to Cleanse

July 25, 2015

Why? There are several reasons why cleansing the body of toxins is a good idea. However, the purpose of a cleanse is not to give up everything you love, nor is it to lose weight (though you will at first). Rather, it can be a life altering experience where you start making more conscious and healthy decisions as a result of having noticed the difference while on the…  Read More

The Pleasures of Eating: A Rant

June 07, 2015

Eating engages our senses. It releases emotions. It is an art, which all too often we take for granted. We shovel and swallow, rather than savor our food. I am guilty. I too shoveled and swallowed food until I realized how much pleasure I derived in connecting with the very things that made me feel good. In the last few years I’ve gone back to…  Read More

Pickled Curry String Beans

December 16, 2014

Pickles. What’s there not to like? They’re refreshing, crunchy, juicy, and bursting with tangy, sweet, and savory flavors. They’re the perfect condiment. In a pinch you can serve them with cheese. They can be chopped and served over a bowl of rice, a humble meal served in many parts of Asia. They complement all sorts of grilled or roasted meat and fish proteins, and more….  Read More

Spice Up Your Food

December 04, 2014

… and I don’t necessarily mean with hot chilies, though in small quantities, that’s always nice! Spices are excellent for your health. They can be”warming” and are believed to help fight all sorts of illnesses from common colds to more serious cancers, diabetes and heart disease. So while many people might stick to salt and pepper, when spices are added to food, as is the tradition in many Asian food…  Read More

Roasted Chestnuts Braised in Red Wine

November 26, 2014

Chestnuts are one of my favorite treats. They’re filling, ever so slightly sweet, and taste just great. I love them in many ways including simply roasted till they crack open, or braised in red wine. During the holidays, when chestnuts are in season, I buy them once a week. I most often cut a slit in each and roast them in a dry skillet on the stove…  Read More

Holiday Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp

November 25, 2014

I see cranberries and I automatically think, “holiday.” I love their vibrant red color and tart flavor. And aside from my favorite cardamom-ginger infused cranberry sauce (a must during Thanksgiving), I love it when cranberries bleed into the fruit I mix them with. I love crisp anytime of the year, using all sorts of seasonal fruit. During the fall and winter, I have a soft spot for apples and…  Read More

Thanksgiving French Butternut Squash Tart

November 24, 2014

I’ve never been a fan of pumpkin pie. In fact I think I’ve tasted it may be once or twice. It must be the sweet dense texture and the fact that most of them are made from canned pumpkin mix that makes me shy away from this Thanksgiving classic. When it comes to pastries in general, French tarts are my go-to, whether sweet or savory. My…  Read More

Easy Mung Bean Soup

November 23, 2014

I grew up in an Asian family where soup was an integral part of the meal. Sometimes it was as simple as a fragrant broth to cleanse the palate and aid digestion between bites of delicious morsels. Other times, it could slightly thicker and creamy such as this mung bean and coconut milk (or regular milk, if you prefer) soup. Easy to make, use peeled and split…  Read More

What’s with Carbs and Fat?

September 29, 2014

A couple of years ago I gave up eating rice, noodles, bread, and such carbs on a regular basis. I eat these occasionally to satisfy my taste for them. I love slurping noodles, I love the chewiness of rice, and I also love multi-grain fruit and nut breads, and yes I love a good fruit tart or pie. I don’t have to have them every…  Read More

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