Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Rice Peanut Milk: A Chinese Vegetarian Recipe

rice peanut milk

  • 1/3 cup of uncooked rice

  • 1 cup of peanuts

  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar

  1. Rinse rice
  2. Soak rice with cold water for 1-2 hours

  3. Deep fry peanuts until slightly brown

  4. Blend the rice with 1 cup of water until it becomes puree

  5. Blend the peanuts with 2 cups of water until it is puree, please do it separately from the rice puree

  6. Sieve out the rice and peanut puree into a big pot and add in 2 more cups of water

  7. Medium heat with the puree until boiling

  8. Turn off the heat and add brown sugar

Note: Make sure you sieve out those big crumbs of rice and peanut, especially the rice crumbs.
If you keep the big crumbs of rice, your milk may come out like congee or porridge.
During the boiling, keep stirring and prevent the bottom from getting burned.

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Tofu Burger: A Healthy Recipe

tofu burger

  • 1 box of tofu

  • 1/3 cup of sweet corn

  • 4 Chinese dried mushrooms, soaked

  • 1 clove of garlic, pressed

  • 1/2 cup of flour

  • 1/2 cup of corn starch

  • 1 tsp of white pepper

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 1 small red onion

  • 1 tomato, sliced

  • Some baby spinaches

tofu burger

  1. Smash the tofu and set it aside

  2. Have medium heat with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil and then cook the mushroom and garlic for 1.5 minutes

  3. Take the dried ingredients mix well together with tofu, flour and corn starch

  4. Add white pepper, salt and veggie broth for taste

  5. Get 2 tbsp of the whole mixture, roll it in hand to help it stick better and then make a buger TK shape by your palm gently pressing the center

  6. Repeat step 5. until all ingredients being used

  7. Preheat the wok with 4-5 tbsp of vegetable oil and high heat for deep frying

  8. Place the tofu burgers into the preheat wok until they are done or lightly browned

  9. Prepare the veggie burger with onions, vegetables and tomato slices

tofu burger

Note: Please soak Chinese dry-preserved mushrooms for 20 minutes or till tender for ready-to-use.
Instead of deep frying, you may bake at around 350 degrees on a very lightly oiled cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes
and turn them once.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Creamy Peach Dessert: A Chinese Vegetarian Recipe

peach soup

  • 1 peach peeled, uncored and sliced into 1*1-inch chunks (or you may use papaya instead)

  • 10 pieces of dried longan

  • 10 dried red dates

  • 3 cups of whole milk (soy milk or coconutmilk for vegans)

  • 1 tbsp of rock sugar (2 tbsp if prefer)

  • 1 cup of water

  1. Boil a cup of water together with rock sugar until it is melted

  2. Put all ingredients into steamer and cook for 15 minutes

Originally, the recipe comes with papaya. The recipe is very popular in Asia, such as Taiwan and Hong Kong. Papaya is extremely good fruit to women for those expecting breast enlarged and breast milk enriched, since the food therapy has been proved by the Chinese herb medicine for past thoudsnads of years. Peach is proven to be very good to your lung and blood circulation.

Note: If your steamer has the outward and inward pots, then you may just cook until the extra water you put in the outward pot is gone or until the switch jumps up.
If your steamer is not the type as above, then add 1 more cup of water into your peach milk. Because when you cook the milk directly with the heat, the milk will easily become clot-like or the sugar may get burn. To add some more water is to release the risk.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Teriyaki Veggie Chicken: A Chinese Vegetarian Recipe

Teriyaki Veggie Chicken

  • 1/2 box of gluten

  • 1 table spoon of vegetable oil

  • Some slices of ginger root

  • 2 gloves of garlic

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce

  • 2 tbsp plum sauce (or rock sugar or regular sugar)

  • 1 table spoon of rice wine (not necessary)

  • 1/3 cup of cold water

  • 1 teaspoon of white sesames

  1. Cook some cold water until boiling

  2. Let the gluten into the boiling water and cook for 1-2 minutes

  3. Take the gluten out and cut into less than 1-inch pieces

  4. Have vegetable oil in wok and put in garlic and ginger for 1 minute

  5. Now have gluten mini chops in the wok until both sides of gluten are light brown and slightly crispy

  6. Add in all the sauces (plum sauce or sugar and soy sauce and rice wine) and 1/3 cup of cold water, then keep stir-frying for 3 minutes until all the juice is absorbed

  7. Place it on the plate and have sesames on the top

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Dewy Beauty

Catus is one of my dear's favorite plants. This catus is only 3 inches high. When the blooming season comes, the catus flower contributes another 0.8-1 inch for the little guy. This one is probably the smallest in our home catus garden, but it blooms first with surprising beautiful lotus-like petals.

When it started coming out from its parent, it looked just like a tiny pink lint. I had no idea how long that would take it and how the bud would be. One or two days later, the bud kept growing out with the shape of fist like. The texture of the whole thing was sort of firm and the petals were thick and juicy and kept closed. The touch was very different from the softness and fragileness of rose petals.

Another day passed, the little pink held her fist tight like a baby grabing a candy with fear of being taken away. I was wondered when she decided to share her beauty with us. Surprisingly, next day during my break I took a glance at window and found that she was smiling widely toward me! Jeez, she looked so much a like our favorite lotus.

I was very impressed of her dewy beauty. Each petal around the center from its bottom to top turned into incrediably faerie-rosy. The rest part of it was so visibly lucid which made you barely believe the ravising beauty was belonged to the desert. She must cherish much the once-a-year blooming. Her insistence to present the most gorgeous look seemed to honor herself the great achievement during her struggle growth.

Thursday, April 06, 2006


"Do you need my coat? You look frozen! Come to our place, we will serve you food and keep you warm." "No, no, no, you dont have to pay us anything. Just share your story or talk to us as friends, if you like. That is good enough."

We have been given so much from people around us. Wish we could return something to the world.

The pictures were taken in the Metropolian Meseum of New York. The sculpture was described that most time the artist blended her own appearance to her sculpture. This one was pretty much presented the outward of her delicate face and body shape. My dear seemed to be touched somehow by the specific masterpiece. He tried to figure out what she was thinking at the time of creation and what her message was intended to deliver to others.

I assumed that the loneliness and the desire of warmth or help could be the message that she wanted to express. She probably needed not much of others, but needed just some concern, some warm hugs and smiles, some attention of her lonesome situation. Maybe she suffered cruel treatment or something she could not share with anyone else but herself. Perhaps, the society isolated from her and she was disappointed of not being understood or she just expected a friend's companion.

This sculpture may speak for you or me or anyone. If you find someone in loneliness, no matter physically or spiritually, please open your arms to keep her/him warm and spend some time to talk and listen to her/him.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Same Missing in Two Different Places

Mom called me this morning. On the phone, she said she missed me so much and sometimes she wished she could had forgot me and then she could had stop missing me so much. I could feel her tears wet her eyes.

Technology is more advanced than ever, however, it still can not bring us any closer than we used to be. Mom always says that now only telecommunication service helps us connect together, and I am like the kite. If she does not hold that string carefully, I could just fly away to somewhere she can not reach me and can never find me. She worries and worries if one day the string will be broken for some reason or one day she can no long hold it tight and the kite will be gone of her life forever.

She gets extremely anxious if she could not reach me. To her, the kite is away to the sky toward the opposite direction of her, and it also towes out her heart to go with.

Sorry again. On the same day, in different countries, two people connected in blood share the same missing.

Monday, April 03, 2006

That feeling is called "Missing"

Today I opened my picture files, my mom's picture came to me. That was the field trip we had been together last May when I went back to Taipei. Don't know why I stared at her in the picture for ... some minutes. Then, I realized the feeling I had in my heart was called "missing." Yes, I miss her very much.

My dear told me that he felt he took me away from my mom. It is true since now we are apart in two different countries which will take 22 hours by flight. At that moment, I was totally in such happiness and enjoyed my marriage life. I barely understood my mom's heart was bleeding and crying hard for living apart from her baby probably for the rest of er life. It is so difficult to reach each other whenever you want to see each other. Even though the transporatation and communication are convenient nowaday, we still need plan ahead for such long trip or wait for half day until each other wakes up or gets out from the work. One day I chatted with my mother-in-law that my mom was expecting if we could go back to Taiwan for work or something. My dear's mom immediately responded with sort of fear that "Please do not do that, my heart will be broken..." At that moment, I realized that was my mom's face I did not see behind the phone and that was why my mom got so depressed when she missed so much.

Love you, mom, and I am sorry for my leaving so far away and for my carelessness not to understand you sometimes.