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Dashing through the Rain, Kitchen Adventures, Simple Gift, and an Upcoming Facelift

21 Dec

It’s ALMOST Christmas and we’ve got LOTS OF RAIN here in Los Angeles!

Los Angeles sky has been like this since Friday!

Been raining NON STOP since Saturday! Weather forecast said it’ll be like this until this coming Wednesday.

I don’t mind rain, actually but just hate it when I have to go out and drive! I’ve seen accidents and road closures.

Parents just left last night (changed of plan from Thursday because my brother suddenly felt nausea (I called this Nausea Breakdown Syndrome).

He had been having nausea on and off before (digestion problem) and it might occur again because he’s been on a lot of TB meds for the past 6 months. Good news is the doctor finally reduced the meds from 4 to 2. 4 more months of treatment and hopefully he’ll be FULLY recovered.

I gave my parents a little Christmas gift: Wrote a Christmas card telling how I appreciated their help all this time here and also our differences in the beginning since I have been independent for the past 10 years. Plus a small Godiva Dark Chocolate truffles and our pictures with them while they were here.

Simple gift yet full of thoughts. I wrote a lot in the card. Hopefully they like it.

My co worker gave me and my fellow colleagues a box of cookies!

These are SINFULLY good! Not too sweet, yet crunchy and sort of melt in your mouth cookies! I only had ONE. These cookies are not from here btw. They travelled all the way from Hongkong homemade bakery according to her. šŸ™‚

I’ve been a little adventurous in the kitchen lately.

Like this Cauliflower “Fried Rice”.

3 Ingredients:
1/2 of cauliflower (pick the most white and big looking one!)
3 garlic cloves – minced
3 stalks of green onions-chopped (separate the green and white part)
Salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
1 Tbsp olive oil/butter/lard/coconut oil or whatever oil you like!
Optional: curry powder for a little kick, paprika etc the choice is ENDLESS!

Steps:
1. Chopped the cauliflower and ground them in your blender/food processor until they look like this

2. Minced the garlic and green onions (reserve the green parts for later use)

3. Heat up the non stick skillet with 1 Tbsp oil (I used olive oil)

4. Saute the garlic and the white part of the green onions until fragrant

5. Mix in the ground cauliflower

6. Seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

7. Mix in the green part of the green onions

8. Ready to devour!

Cauliflower Fried Rice!

It's healthy, grain free and nutritious!

Finally, after reading so many raw/vegan cookies on the blogsphere, I decided to try making them my own:

Raw Almond Cookies!
(vegan and gluten free)

Ingredients (I didn’t measure everything exactly)
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup golden roasted flaxseeds
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
2 cups of raw almond butter (I used my homemade almond butter- super easy!)
2 pitted medjool dates

Directions:
1. Lightly toast the almonds and walnuts in your oven for about 4 minutes

2. Put all ingredients in your blender/food processor and grind until the nuts are coarse (not too much or it’ll become nut butter)

coarsely grounded

3, Mixed the grounded ingredients with the almond butter

4. Shape into whatever you like! šŸ˜€ I didn’t have any cookie cutters so I just shaped them into flat cookie.

5. Chill them in the fridge so they’ll harden a bit

Optional: Bake the cookies for 15 minutes (I might want to give this a try)

These cookies are VERY RICH, so be mindful of the portion size.

Oh not to forget I also made Vegan Tofu Eggplant Stir Fry.

In the mix: tofu, eggplant, bell peppers and button mushrooms

Super easy and healthy! You can always customize this and turn it into a different kind of stir fry! I LOVE STIR FRY!

On another note, I have a BIG plan for this blog and it might take me quite sometime to actually put together. A little hint, I might merge my other blog content into this one. We’ll see how things go.

Last but not least, I really want to win this iHerb Giveaway!

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone!! Be safe and be merry!

Question:
What’s your latest cooking adventure?

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16 Comments

Posted by on December 21, 2010 in food

 

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16 responses to “Dashing through the Rain, Kitchen Adventures, Simple Gift, and an Upcoming Facelift

  1. katshealthcorner

    March 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I love that your Cookies are NO SUGAR ADDED!!! šŸ˜€ YAY! šŸ˜€

    xoxo
    Kathleen

     
  2. Ameena

    December 24, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I can’t believe how much that cauliflower looks just like rice? It really looks delicious. Thank you for the wonderful recipe – I can’t wait to try it.

    I wish you and your family a fantastic holiday season Jos. I’m so glad he is doing better! And I hope he realizes what a fantastic, devoted sister he has!

    Happy Holidays!

     
    • Jos

      December 25, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      You’re welcome and hope you enjoy the recipe.

      Thanks for your sweet comment and enjoy this Christmas weekend with your family as well šŸ™‚

       
  3. Kath (Eating for Living)

    December 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    That cauliflower “rice” looks amazing! šŸ˜€ And the cookies … Yum!

    I still have to do the baking … But I will. šŸ™‚

     
  4. tra

    December 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

    i got my roasted cashews at Target- i think they might have big tubs ofraw ones, check it out! trader joe’s has raw as well. šŸ˜€

    and don’t worry, i’m slowly…or quickly…getting over it. šŸ˜€ on to the next, as my friend says.

     
  5. tra

    December 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

    i hate this rainnnnnnn ughhh!!!
    but that tofu dish! looks DELICIOUS!!!! i heart tofu stirfries.

    So nice of you to give a nice gift to your parents. i made a nice one as well for my mommy šŸ˜€

     
  6. Sagojyou

    December 22, 2010 at 6:54 am

    That’s so nice of you to do that for your parents! They’ll love it for sure šŸ™‚

    Does the califlower actually taste like rice? (it could be made raw, so I’m curious if it has the “rice” taste) Stir fries – you’re so Asian right there šŸ™‚ I’m okay with them, but I prefer rice and miso soup more lol

    Good luck on your big plan! Hope to see the change soon!

     
    • Jos

      December 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

      Cauliflower still tastes like cauliflower (according to my mom) šŸ˜€ I think only the look makes it look like rice (white etc – but on the healthy side of course)

      And yes I’m so proud of being Asian loving stir fries..but I also love soups as well (watery type, not creamy)

       
  7. Babygirl

    December 22, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I think when I saw Godiva I melted in my seat lol.. Very nice post

     
    • Jos

      December 22, 2010 at 6:35 am

      Hi and thanks for stopping by my blog! šŸ˜€

       
  8. squigglefloey

    December 21, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Gah, I know I seriously can’t believe it hasn’t stopped raining for such a long time. WaAHhhBaahhh!
    And DAMN that tofu looks good! You need to send some over my way :)!

     
    • Jos

      December 22, 2010 at 6:36 am

      Relax, one more day of rain!! Today supposedly the last day..hehe.

      Er, sure I can..but I won’t guarantee the taste tho..haha j/k

       
  9. lequan

    December 21, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I love trying different recipes from other bloggers. Your 3 dishes look great, but the last one has me drooling. I’m a big eggplant fan, but hubby hates them so I don’t make them much.

    Your gift to your parents was very sweet and thoughtful. Hope you and your family have a happy holiday and a very merry Christmas!

     
    • Jos

      December 22, 2010 at 6:37 am

      Yay, another eggplant fan..me too, hubby not so much but he’s open to give it a try.

      Have a merry Christmas to you and your family as well!

       

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