Savory Apple Hand Pies

Savory Apple Hand Pies

With mushrooms, rainbow chard, onion and Gruyère cheese but that title was way too long.

I was inspired to do these for Pi Day but wanted to take a stab at something savory because all I make are sweet pies. Hello, Yuzu Meringue, Cranberry Apple Ginger or Mini Apple Hand Pies!

One of my friends spent part of January in Australia/New Zealand where he was obsessed with their meat pies. Granted, these are not meat pies but I had a similar flashback to all of the meat pies I consumed when I studied abroad in the UK. I decided to start with a vegetarian version because this flavor combo is a tasty one. But, really, the cheese is what makes all of the difference. 

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Ratatouille

Ratatouille

Like Remy's from the Ratatouille movie.

The first time I made ratatouille was during my sophomore year in college. I was pretty new to cooking at that point and hadn't quite discovered my passion for food. I had a few friends over and they enthusiastically suggested making ratatouille. I don't exactly remember how it tasted but I do recall the joy in putting it together amongst the company of friends. 

The second time I made ratatouille was again with friends where we arranged it in a similar manner as above. However, I've never made it with a mandoline. Obviously, a mandoline christening requires something like ratatouille to be made. I have found that a mandoline works very well for more firm vegetables like zucchini and summer squash. It also works well for peppers but the eggplant was a bit too squishy to yield whole slices all of the time. That was okay because it was all going to be cooked together in the end and the slicing did make the process a lot faster. 

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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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Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

Cauliflower Soup with Croutons

Sometimes I feel like my spirit animal is a duck.

There's an amusing line from one of my favorite radio shows, Cabin Pressure where one of the main characters Martin Crieff nervously describes himself as so:

"I'm paddling like hell on top, but I'm very calm underneath...Oh no. On no! I mean, I-I'm like a capsized duck."

Let's pretend that Martin intended to describe himself as a swimming duck; one that's calm on top but frantically paddling underneath. That's me. Incredibly calm on the outside but on the inside it can sometimes be like a drastic scene where all of the feelings from Inside Out are running around in a frenzy.  

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Let's Talk...Cashew Basil Pesto

Let's Talk...Cashew Basil Pesto

I've been trying really hard to keep my basil plant alive and well.

It would be easier to just get a bunch of basil at the grocery store but I've found that you might as well just get the plant. It's either the same price or just a bit more and doesn't result in sad wilt-y, dried, black leaves buried in the back of your fridge. 

My history with basil plants has been short-lived and gloomy. Last summer I decided to get one and left it outside to grow. The first few weeks were great. I added basil to tomato sauce. I put basil leaves in my salad. But then it got covered in dust from leaf blowers, eaten to bits by aphids and ended up suffering without enough sun. And I'm pretty sure I forgot to water it way too often.

I generally have a pretty bad track record when it comes to taking care of plants. Why is it so hard to remember to water something daily?

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