Couscous Shakshuka

Couscous Shakshuka

Besides hiding from the heat, I've been doing a lot of cooking for one lately.

Cooking for one is one of those things that I don't remember how it feels like until I dive back into it for a while. It starts off with the excitement of trying something new and different. I'll peruse my bookshelf for new recipes to try or look up random ingredient combinations. I'm all about using up things in my freezer, fridge and pantry so if it includes that, extra bonus points! Then, it's a trip to the grocery store where I revel in the super high AC and talk myself out of buying too many things for one person to eat. These days, my weekends have been dedicated to cooking since it's nice to be able to heat things up during the week. Meal prep really does work! 

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Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

Pretty much the best egg tarts I've ever had.

But maybe because they aren't as traditional as the ones you find in a dim sum restaurant or Asian bakeries. Instead of the thick, soft, buttery almost shortbread like crust with a dense eggy filling that sometimes are way to rich for me, these ones have a crisp laminated pastry almost similar to phyllo dough and a light, soft egg custard. 

I was intrigued by Betty's video and post about laminated dough which I then learned was inspired by Mandy's fool-proof technique. I have to say, it's pretty genius. The key to a laminated dough is to have many, many layers of dough-butter-dough-butter and so on. One way to achieve that is to do that layer by layer like making baklava or a crepe cake but if you take advantage of rolling the dough into a tight log, achieving all of those layers is that much easier. 

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Egg Drop Soup

Egg Drop Soup

It's that time of year where I could do the following:

  • Reflect on all the instances in which I felt guilty about eating unhealthy foods in 2015.
  • Commit myself to a vigorous exercise routine.
  • Create a detailed plan of what amount of healthy grains, meats, fruits and vegetables to consume at exactly 7 am, 12 pm and 6 pm.
  • Eat a cookie and write this post.
  • Promise myself to eat only delicious food, not to stuff myself, continue to go to hapkido on the weekends, take walks and stretch.

If you guessed that I don't have a New Year's Resolution that revolves around eating healthier, you are correct! I've never been one to make New Year's Resolutions for myself, especially one that revolves around diet. There was a time in my life (hello, freshman year of college!) where I was sadly a little bit too concerned with my body image, eating habits and calories. I blame three things: 1) dorm food, 2) calorie count noted on each food description in the dining commons, and 3) the scale at the gym. I really don't want to know that this one pasta dish is 2500 calories, that that cookie is 500 calories, and that I weigh 3 more pounds than the last time I went to the gym. It's all really self-degrading stuff. As soon as I moved out of the dorms to an off campus apartment where I had to bike 4-8 miles a day and started cooking for myself, all of that went away.   

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