Monthly Archives: February 2012

Epic Breakfast Egg Toast & Pao de Queijo!

I love great food. Healthy foods that make you feel good. Foods that you prepare and cook yourself is always a little more enjoyable than something that you order or buy. This weekend, I had a beloved friend who came to visit me. She is quite a health nut – a devoted supporter of eating organic local, and a permaculture fanatic – needless to say, she can make some of the best hearty healthy home meals 🙂 Breakfast is her specialty: we made an epic omelet toast on the first day…

Prep: grape tomatoes & basil

Le Chef Emily

Ta-daa!: whole grain toast from local bakery w/ butter; lettuce; basil; grape tomatoes; scrambled eggs with peppers & red onion

And And the final product…. mega egg toast/sandwich:::

Garnished with sea salt & fresh ground black pepper

That night, we had a little soirée at home. We made little appetizers and Emily made her cheese bread a la Brazil, where she just spent a year abroad at.

tomatoes, mozzarella, basil; balsamic dip

aAnd the feature dish you’ve all been waiting for::: Pao de Queijo (aka Brazilian cheese puffs)

These were so deliciously chewy, cheesy, and buttery – it was a gluten lovers’ (aka me) heaven. The thing though, is that this bread is gluten free! – That’s right, it’s made with tapioca flour instead of wheat or other flours. Tapioca flour, also known as manioc starch or tapioca starch, is made with root starch derived from the cassava, or yuca plant. It is a staple in many Asian desserts to create that chewy, sticky texture – I love it!!!

This Pao de Queijo was actually extremely easy to make. Here is the recipe that we referred to. It was my first time ever eating this Brazilian delicacy, so I don’t know if it was anything close to what it’s supposed to taste like, but nonetheless, it was awesome 🙂

If any of you have ever tried this cheesy bread, let me know about your experience! Alternatively, if you have any great recipes for  easy hors d’oeuvres, post them in the comments below!

Happy munching!

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Fashion Quirk #12

(Oversized) Mens Dress Shirts.

This is the outfit I threw on first thing in the morning.

What’s wrong with a girl wearing these? I know I know, they’re associated with the so-called “Walk of Shame”, having to wear your hook-up’s shirt after a night of regrets and well, …. shame? Well, I wouldn’t know, but I suppose I would wear his clothes if I had access to some fashionable dude’s expensive closet…

But anyway, I’m putting my two words into supporting wearing mens clothes. Just because I own mens clothes doesn’t mean:
1) I have a boyfriend (and I stole his clothes), or
2) I have boyfriend (and I borrowed his  clothes)
3) I have ex-boyfriend issues and is still wearing/ keeping his clothes

And it certainly doesn’t mean:
3) I had a hookup and stole his clothes, or
4) I had a hookup and he left his clothes behind

It really just means:
5) I love mens clothes so I actually bought them

No, it doesn’t mean
6) I bought them at the store because I want to pretend I have a boyfriend/ significant other, or
7) I have an insatiable itch to shop (although my mom would beg the differ)

So, for the record, guys – I  1) am single, 2) DO NOT do one-night stands, 3) do not have problems being single, and 4) I love mens clothes, and mens-inspired fashion 🙂

So, what do you guys and gals think? Are girls clothed in over-sized mens’ shirts more slutty than fashionable? Maybe there’s a problem with society that girls are thought to be more slutty than fashionable. Maybe people just don’t understand fashion as an art form, a way to experiment, a way to express yourself.
A few months ago, I came across this video a friend shared with me, and I just thought it was pure genius!

(I got so excited after this, I tried to replicate. Lets just say this girl has a special talent :P)

So in all honesty, I don’t think there’s problem with girls wearing mens clothes at all. In fact, if you’re a fashion geek like myself, you’ll have noticed that there’s been a trend for mens-inspired womens’ clothing. All the more reason to get your mustache on! Hehe.

“the truth is, a great mind must be androgynous” – to me, great, versatile fashion is not only stylish and functional, but androgynous as well!
Here are a couple of my mens-inspired clothing for women, or just straight up from the men’s section! 🙂

Pleated trousers & suspenders!
Mens surf tank, worn as dress. Navajo cap
Mens canvas backpack, my FAVE boots!

Other things in my wardrobe that some people think are “questionable”

  • Billabong board shorts (mens) – they were just so much more comfortable than womens’
  • Ties
  • Rugby shirt
  • Oxfords (Lordy, of I would only fit mens’ shoes, I’d be in trouble!)

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Portuguese Egg Tart Heaven

This south-east Asian dessert is found in all kinds of restaurants and street bakeries in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Mainland China, and many other Southeast Asian countries. Because it is called the Portuguese tart, I did a little bit of research and found that it’s origin is actually from Lisbon, Portugal. I believe it made it way to southeast Asia when Macau became colonized by the Portuguese. Hmmm, I wonder if we Asians have made this our own rendition of the yummy dessert from Europe…

The Portuguese egg tart (葡撻) is not to be confused with the Hong Kong/ Canton invention of egg tarts (蛋撻), which not only does not have the bruelee-ing on top, but the texture tastes a lot different too. The Portuguese egg tart has a heavy, creamy/ custard-y taste, which, when in your mouth, the eggy part melts together with the greasy crispness of the flaky shell. In contrast, the the Cantonese egg tart is less creamy, and has a texture more similar to steamed egg, or (燉蛋, another Asian egg dessert, but that is another post topic).

Just for fun, I researched the process of making these little yellow delights. Surprisingly, all the recipes I came across were quite simple. Here I’m including links to two recipes I found: Jamie Oliver’s Quick Portuguese Tarts Recipe, and a recipe from an Asian Recipe Website.

I haven’t had the chance to try these recipes yet (even though I’m having trouble keeping my mouth from watering just writing this blog), so if you you’ve made Portuguese tarts before, or if you are going to try one of these recipes, please share your experience in the comment box below!

Happy baking & eating!

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If I Were a Dude

I’d be a Paul Smith shoes kinda guy. Their shoes are just so baddass!!

And if my feet were big enough to buy these shoes, I’d totally wear it too. So it’s probably a good thing they don’t make mens’ shoes in my ladies size 5 feet… or I’d be broke.

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