Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring Break - part II

A long due post about my cooking attempts during Spring Break.

This is the ingredient for "Quail soup" ... I got the idea from here. Since I didn't have chicken ready at that time (and to lazy to buy one =P), I substituted it with squid balls and meat balls! LOL That's something that I always have ready in my refrigerator.

I shaped the carrots like little flower. Eniwei, my substitution decision turned out to be a disaster. I forgot my husband doesn't even like the smell of squid balls. He complained that the soup tasted fishy =( Well for me, this was still a good soup, but I might be biased since I like all kind of soupy dishes. Next time, i will stay true to the original recipe and use chicken. I want to know the original taste. Oh, i forgot to take the finished picture =P

The second recipe here, come from a very talented little chef which happens to be our friend =)

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus 
Ingredients:
  • asparagus (2 stalks for 1 person) - (not too thick and not too thin)
  • bacon
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • olive oil
Direction:
  • Wash asparagus and dry with paper towel, cut the ends off.
  • Cut each asparagus in half
  • Sprinkle the asparagus with kosher salt, black pepper and drizzle with olive oil (don't put too much salt as bacon is salty)
  • Wrap two halves of asparagus (one whole stalk) with bacon, cut the bacon in half if it's too long, seam side down
  • Refrigerate until you're ready to fry it.
  • Drizzle the pan with olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat, put the bacon-wrapped asparagus, seam side down on the hot pan in one layer.
  • Don't move it around so get you get a nice caramelization and brown color. Turn it over once you get a nice color (only turn it once)
  • Transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate, cover with  al foil to keep it warm
these are pictures of my failed attempt LOL i somehow couldn't make them stay wrapped. The taste was still good though! =)

The wrapped asparagus drizzled with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper
  
Frying the asparagus
I honestly tried my best not to move them in the pan but still they unwrapped themselves to my disappointment =(

Only 5 out of so many, survived the pan battle =P
 That's all i tried to make during Spring Break. Most of them were tasty =) ... although they didn't look that good *hehe* Will try some recipe again if i have the time.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Amazed

I just got back from my first U.S. camping trip. This trip is the highlight of my 2011 Spring Break. Happy? Yes. Tired? Of course! What i really really want to do right now is sleep...

Well, but first i need to look up for my schedule online and copy it. Or else I'll be clueless tomorrow. Tomorrow is the first day of the new quarter in De Anza. It is also the rush week for bookstore. In addition to two classes, i'll have a long shift tomorrow up until 10 PM...gosh ...I'll be super tired.

But you know what ... when i look up for my schedule, right below the link there was this check my grades link. I checked this link several times last week but nothing was there. Somehow i was swept by intense curiosity at that time and i clicked it. Surprise~! The winter quarter grades were available!!

And God ... amazed me once again just now. That's why despite I'm feeling so tired right now, i feel the urge to write this down right away. I really don't want to forget the feeling. Thank you God for the very good grades! I feel like i'm not deserved to get all that grades...but who am I to judge? Thank you Lord! I know this is purely a blessing from you and not my own work. Please help me to be humble and never boast about this.

Gosh ... i feel like i'm going to burst because of gratefulness =)