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Cottage Pie: Making Something I’ve Never Tasted

Cottage Pie: Making Something I’ve Never Tasted

Last month, I attempted to make some Shepherd’s Pie. But since I only had ground beef on hand (Shepherd’s Pie is with lamb), it turned into Cottage Pie. The only problem? I’d never eaten one before, so I didn’t quite know what it was supposed to […]

Japanese Croquettes/コロッケ:You Can’t Say No to Fried Potato Patties

Japanese Croquettes/コロッケ:You Can’t Say No to Fried Potato Patties

Yesterday, le bf and I made korokke (croquettes)! I made the potato filling the night before, with a “regular” version (just potatoes, beef, onions) and a “curry” version with curry powder added to the “regular” mixture. Recipe (makes about 25 korokke): 4 Russet Potatoes 1.5 […]

Sundays are for Baking: Aya Kneads Dough for the Very First Time (Matcha-Azuki Twists!)

Sundays are for Baking: Aya Kneads Dough for the Very First Time (Matcha-Azuki Twists!)

Sundays are for baking! During (f)unemployment, I’m doing my best to create + learn new things. Today’s task was trying this recipe from Peaceful Cuisine. I had some koshian (mashed azuki/red bean paste) in the fridge and was looking for some recipes to try when […]

Pasta for Two: Delicious Mushroom Linguine

Pasta for Two: Delicious Mushroom Linguine

In the past few weeks, I’ve been craving the buttery mushroom sautée that a friend made several years ago. So, today, I decided to make a buttery mushroom pasta for two. I enjoyed it and my mom did too (I think). It’s super easy, and […]

Pain au Chocolat, Chocolatine, Chocolate Croissant: Whatever You Call It, I’ll Eat It

Pain au Chocolat, Chocolatine, Chocolate Croissant: Whatever You Call It, I’ll Eat It

I have many food weaknesses, but pain au chocolat is probably in the Top 10. A delicious, flaky pastry surrounding a rich strip of chocolate. Who can refuse? Not me. My addiction began while studying abroad in Paris. Although I’ve always been a fan of cakes, […]

Painting Postcards

Painting Postcards

In another bout of summer creativity, I’ve taken to painting/penciling postcard versions of some of my favorite photo shots. So far, I’ve made cards featuring the sunset in Pinole and the lighthouse at Point Reyes.   I used to dislike the watercolor aesthetic for some […]

Foggy San Francisco

Foggy San Francisco

I feel like whenever people find out I’m from California, they assume blue skies, warm beaches and sunshine all the time. I hate to disappoint, but I’m from NorCal and San Francisco, in particular, often looks like this: foggy, grey and windy. A few weeks […]

Macaron Mania: Discovering the Secret

Macaron Mania: Discovering the Secret

After baking 4 batches of macarons in the span of 24 hours, I now know with the ultimate macaron-baking secret! Okay, maybe I’m being a little too dramatic, but I do have some tips on how to make your homemade macarons bake well. My parents and […]

Nightly Sketch: Open Mic Edition

Nightly Sketch: Open Mic Edition

I’ve been going to my local cafés open mic’s recently. I love to sing, and it’s been a great, supportive community of folks from a wide range of backgrounds. Last night, I sang Adele’s Turning Tables. I was extra nervous for some reason, and it […]

Summer Harvest!

Summer Harvest!

Today’s summer harvest! Grape tomatoes, mini eggplants, green peppers, yellow squash. Also picked some Perilla leaves, but they aren’t pictured. It’s funny, my mom didn’t plant any Perilla seeds this year, but they must have been leftover from the previous year or something. Side story: […]