In Transit

It’s currently 5:34am in Beijing (that’s 2:34pm yesterday at home), where I’m sitting at the airport waiting until my flight leaves at 7:30. I can’t get on the wifi, so I’ll have to post this later. I’ve almost made it to Hong Kong!

Probably the only time the Beijing airport will be this empty. Kind of creepy.

This blog is about to become very different. For one, I won’t really be cooking. Mostly just eating. But more than that, I probably won’t get to be vegetarian. Everyone I’ve talked to says it just won’t happen, I’ll starve. I’ve been mentally preparing for that, but when they handed me beef and broccoli on the plane I just couldn’t do it. I’m not ready for that just yet. Baby steps. Eventually I know I’ll have to do it; I don’t really have a choice. But I haven’t eaten meat in nine years!! NINE YEARS!! I know I have to do it, and I’ll be vegetarian again when I get back, but I certainly wasn’t ready for it on the plane. And definitely not as breakfast. I picked out the broccoli and ate the rice – even that is a huge step for me, eating something that’s been all mixed in with meat. Like I said, baby steps.

Anyway, I had about two and a half days at home after I left Google. It was sad to say goodbye, but I was ready to be done I think. I wish my internship had been shifted back one week though, because the turnaround was so fast! I barely had time to do anything at home since it was all so rushed.

I do have a recipe for you though! This is probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made. Monday morning, one of my mom’s friends called saying her freezer broke, so we quickly filled our kitchen with her food. She had shrimp, lobster, ahi, and all sorts of other things in danger of going bad. We were already having my cousin over for dinner, so we decided to make it a party and grill up all of their food! We made fish tacos (beans for me) plus the shrimp and lobster tails. At the grocery store earlier that day, a 2lb bag of peaches was on sale for $0.98! I feel like I completely missed out on peach season this year, so I had to get them. I’ve had some peaches, but normally I stuff myself with them.

Grilled Peaches
(Originally from here)

Ingredients
5-6 ripe peaches, cut in half
Greek yogurt
Almond slivers
Honey
Freshly squeezed lemon juice

Instructions
1.
Grill your peaches. I did mine on a pan on the stove, but you can do it on the barbeque too. Just lay down some foil first. They took about 5 minutes – you want them soft, but not gushy. Flip them over for a bit, but for the most part you want the pit-side down. You can give them a little bit of olive oil if you want, but I didn’t use anything; for the most part, the juice will keep them from sticking too much.

2. While the peaches are going, make your syrup. Use about a 3:2 honey to lemon juice ratio. Just mix it together until the consistency seems right.
3. Serve! Put a dollop of yogurt on the peach, then drizzle with the syrup and top with almonds. So summery and delicious.

Enjoy the last of the peaches for me, since I won’t have any :(

Disasters in Food

Let me preface this post by saying that I’m moving out in a week. A few days after that, I’m leaving the country. So the last thing I want to do is collect things in my kitchen.

I really wanted to bake today, but I only had about 2/3 cups of flour left and I didn’t want to buy more. I found a recipe for strawberry lemonade cupcakes I wanted to try, and decided to cut it in half – only make six cupcakes. My mom always says sometimes things can go wrong when you scale down a recipe even if you keep the proportions the same, but I figured, hey? It’s just cupcakes. It should be fine.

So I got my fruit…

 

And I made my batter…

And I baked my cupcakes (look, that’s me in the teapot!)…

And then I took the cupcakes out of the pan. This is when things went wrong. See, I really like using silicone pans – you don’t have to use paper liners or grease it or anything. If I had baked these with regular paper liners, all would’ve been fine. Sure, they would’ve been pretty messy to eat, but they would still taste good. But with this, when I took them out of the pan, they fell apart. The top half completely separated from the bottom on every single one! I even tried transferring them to individual silicone liners, but it still didn’t work right. But the cake still tasted good, so I decided to go ahead and crumble up the cake for cake pops. I should’ve quit while I was ahead.

So I crumbled…

And I made the strawberry lemon buttercream frosting, so delicious…

And then, as cake pops usually go, I mixed the frosting into the cake. Unfortunately, still flustered over the previous mishap, right off the bat I put way too much frosting into my cake. It turned to mush. But I thought, it’s okay. It sucks, but it’s okay. Let’s put it into the freezer for awhile and see if it helps. And it did! It helped a lot. So I made my cake balls, dipped them in white chocolate and had cake pops. I even photographed them all pretty.

Then I ate one. It was like sugar-butter on a stick. No wonder they were so mushy.

The moral of the story: Don’t cut already small recipes in half. And when you do, use paper liners.

Gonna be honest, I didn’t cook this weekend.

Not really, anyway. On Saturday night I threw some quinoa in the rice cooker with vegetable broth, spinach, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. That’s all.

That’s because this weekend was JAM PACKED. Thursday night my boyfriend came for my birthday, so we were busy all weekend. Friday we just hung out, but then on Saturday we went skydiving up by Sacramento…

That’s my tandem instructor, not my boyfriend. Just making sure that’s clear.

Then Saturday night was my birthday party! The theme was children’s fictional characters. We dressed as Aladdin and Jasmine – quite successfully, I think.

Then on Sunday we biked across the Golden Gate Bridge. It was so beautiful and an amazing experience! Definitely something I think everyone should do. I only wish that we had more time – we had to turn around right at the other side of the bridge so we could make it back to the bike rental place before they closed. I would have loved to explore Sausalito.

It was an amazing weekend, even if I didn’t have any time to cook!

Oh, and p.s. I added a Google +1 button on here today. Look at me, such a good employee!