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 Sweet Sound of Silence

July 18, 2016

Silence has a beautiful sound. It’s a matter of allowing yourself the time and space to experience it. A friend asked me recently, “why haven’t you blogged lately?” My response is that I don’t always have something to say. It takes me a while to take in experiences before I can form a point of view that is not influenced by someone else’s opinion but truly…  Read More

Let the White Space on the Plate Be A Reminder to Breathe

June 06, 2016

I never really know how an audience is going to react to what I share.  Over the years, I have become a vegetarian (and vegan for months at a time). I don’t necessarily advocate this lifestyle, but I do know that I feel better than ever. I breathe better. I have more energy than ever, and so I can only speak from my personal experience. I’ve…  Read More

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