Soy Egg Nog and Holiday Movie Marathon

This week marks halfway through the month! Did everyone get everything done? Shopping done? Wrapping done? Well, I have wrapped up some holiday showcasing of my own and I’m ready to de-stress for the year. Well, one can hope, I suppose.

Oh, Bring Us Some Figgy Pudding…

Hurrah! The end of 2017 rolls around with lots of happiness, tears, and fears. While this year has been quite a roller coaster on all fronts, December becomes the designated month of reflection (while trying to sneak in some holiday shopping). But it’s also my month of holiday movie binge watching! While watching A Christmas…

Lentils with Corn and Nectarine

Last weekend, my friends and I took a trip to Warwick, NY to visit the great outdoor. While there, we stopped by some farms and picked up some fresh corn and nectarine. And they were so good! The corn was sooooo sweet that it felt like a dessert. And the nectarine was so juicy and…

Cherry Limeade

I love cherries but I can be a bit naive at the variety options. This week for our Harvest Astoria’s CSA, we got tart cherries along with black cherries. I know I love black cherries but what are tart cherries? They are exactly what they say they are.

Roasted Fennel, Carrot, Beet

This week’s CSA is the first time for fennels! I know it’s a hard vegetable to figure out what to eat with but I recently roasted it and it’s surprisingly very good. It softens it without losing the taste. I used beets and carrots but you can add potato or tomatoes and it’ll offer some…

Breakfast Quinoa

After spending the whole winter making overnight oats, I’m venturing out for other breakfast options that can be prepped ahead. I used to have arugula egg salad sandwich that I thought it might be interesting to use egg on quinoa with veggies as something to prep ahead.

Cherry Jam with no pectin

Summer is back and we are picking our CSA in Astoria again with Harvest Astoria! This year, we started a little late but our first fruits arrived this week! I was so excited for strawberries but I’ll have to pass them for some amazing cherries.

Ligurian Minestrone

Having recently returned from Italy, I had such an eat-ploration that it would be remiss if I didn’t share some new recipe I garnered from the local Bogliascans.

Dandelion Pork Dumplings

Summer officially starts for me when Harvest Astoria begins and a fresh batch of veggies comes pouring in! Well, technically, I have to go pick it up but it’s so great to actually have fresh veggies.


One dinner at Lincoln Ristorante by Lincoln Center, we ordered aperitif that was orangecello instead of the typical limoncello. It wasn’t our first time having a different type of sweet liqueur. In fact, our first trip to Florence, I had bought meloncello and fragocello (strawberry). I had never thought to make it until I ran…


Living in a Greek neighborhood, you learn to appreciate octopus as an appetizer. It’s rare to go to a Greek restaurant without ever ordering a grill octopus. It’s expensive but at least, not as expensive as in the city. Astoria is great for that: great food at decent price.

I Heart Victorian Sponge Cake

I’ve heard a lot about Victorian sponge cake since I love many historial romance but I don’t believe I’ve had one until my recent layover at Heathrow. It was 6AM but I had been up for 6 hours from a connecting flight and saw this beautiful frostless cake. I hate frostings so I gravitated towards…

Tom Yum Soup with Kale and Shrimp

Mr. D (aka David with an E) decided that he wanted to go on a mostly gluten-free diet. Knowing him (and many of the men in my life), I didn’t expect he’d be eating well cooked meals unless you consider yogurt 3x a day, awell cooked meal. So I decided to help out by preparing…

Tuna Tartare to Ring the New Year

It’s the end of the year again and I’m back in NYC, avoiding the crowds to have an intimate and quiet dinner whilst watching “You’ve Got Mail”. After indulging a bit much for the holiday travels, I wanted to keep a simple and light meal.

Tempura Shrimp & Vegetables

Boxing Day, which is typically a British holiday in which you open Christmas gifts, arrived quite warmly, cool breeze and partly cloudy weather. It is a rest day but we are invited to have lunch at an ex-UNEP employee’s home near Karura Forest.

Summer Squash Pancakes with Swiss Chard Salad

Sunday brunch at home was mostly trying to figure out what to do with all our CSA. It’s accumulated for the past 3 weeks and there were a total of 6 squash that I had to go through. I made a batch of baked zucchini frites yesterday, which are always amazing but I needed a…

Day 30: Veggie Burger Salad

Here’s to the end of my 30 days of salad challenge! Who knew I could make 30 different type of salads, some of which I enjoyed…some of which I could improve.

Day 29: Beets, Garlic Scape, and Quinoa Salad

This is the first time I’ve ever encountered garlic scape in person. I’ve heard it talked about, cooked with, and praised. I’ve just never bought one or seen one at the supermarket.

Day 28: Poached Egg Kale Salad

Nothing says weekend like breakfast in bed. CSA had included white kale and I really wanted to try this new recipe that my boyfriend got at Mar’s restaurant, kale and pickled eggs. I only started to pickle eggs the previous night so I decided to replace with poached egg for a breakfast meal.

Day 27: Fruit Salad

Friday tends to be my busiest day in the week. Meetings at work and meetings with friends and dinner. But the latter is always the best part of the day. Especially since this past Friday, I got to have Korean lunch at Hanjan with a dear friend I hadn’t seen in almost 3 years. So…