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Raw Food Flush: Day Two

I’m DYING! I’m not actually hungry, but I’m just craving everything!

I caved a little bit today and ate some bread. It’s weird, I’m not hungry because I can eat all of the veggies I want, but after awhile I just start craving carbs and meat like no other after about four in the evening. I finally had a slice of turkey, a little rice, and a bit of fish, and some bread. It wasn’t all that much in total, but still. I remember literally sitting at my office and just thinking about food.

Raw Food Flush: Day One

So I decided to do a raw food flush. For those who don’t know, it’s a diet where you only eat raw veggies. Obviously, you can’t survive on this diet for more than a few days (AND SHOULD NOT TRY), but this really flushes out the toxins in your body.

I’m cheating just a little bit. THis diet usually calls for fresh veggies AND fresh juice, but since I can’t really be wasting so much time and money in buying and  juicing all these fruits, I just have store-bought apple cider and orange juice. Also, I have opted to drink milk as well during this time.

Groceries: I bought edamame, sugar snap peas, spinach leaves, broccolli, whole carrots, and celery from Trader Joe’s for $17. Not bad considering it’s all organic. I also bought chocolate covered bananas as a last hurrah before I started my diet…. but that’s neither here nor there :P. The juice and milk were from my favorite market, Halo Farm (rave review about this place to come), $2 for each juice and 1.23 for the milk.

Experience: I never knew how much I loved edamame. This is also cheating a bit, since they’re not really raw when you eat them but boiled. But they’re super healthy so I figured they could be my “delicacy” for the day. It’s only my first day and I’m already half way through them!

Aside from that, all is going well. I don’t know if this is just a placebo, but I find myself with more energy already. And while I did crave snacks at first, it stopped really bothering.

I hit two snags today, though. I ate through most of my veggie breakfast without a hitch but, fifteen minutes later, I threw it all up quite violently. I don’t know what happened but I was quite fine after that. My second snag was taht my dad didn’t know that I was on this diet and made me dinner… so I had to eat a little bit or else risk offending him.

I had allowed myself in my original plan to eat one cookie at the end of every day that I was good, but… when I ate the cookie today, I found I didn’t really want it! What a surprise!

Sherry Yard

I don’t buy many frivolities as a broke college student and that includes cooking books. Why pay for recipes when good (and legal) ones are available for free? But I quickly snatched up this one when I found it. I have always wanted a detailed explanation of kitchen mysteries from a seasoned pastry chef. Author Sherry Yard has worked for Wolfgang Puck, cooks dessert for the Oscars every year, and (this one’s the clincher) gets the star of approval from my hero, David Lebovitz. I had to check her out!

I was pretty lucky to get it for 25 bucks because it’s out of print and most are selling it for well over the list price ($35) – some half.com users are selling it for over $120!

In any case, I can’t wait until it ships so I can bake up some deliciousness!

I’m in LOVE – Breville Stand Mixer Review

Stand mixers are like dishwashers. They’re a somewhat unnecessary expenditure (you could easily use a hand mixer or wash your dishes by hand) but they somehow revolutionize your life. I couldn’t have made the expenditure myself on my tight, broke-college-student budget, but I actually was lucky enough to win a Breville Stand Mixer from the awesome Cookie Madness. And as far as stand mixers go, Breville wins everything. I laugh at the face of Kitchenaid users. With its scraping ability, sleek design, and powerful mixing capabilities, this was love at first sight. If you have the budget, definitely invest in one because it will change your (baking) life.

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Taiwan and an Apology

I really wanted to update this blog. And then I didn’t. Blame it on school, blame it on laziness, blame it on the alcohol. Whatever way you spin it, it just didn’t get done. But here’s to a new year and a fresh start, with some old pictures.

Since I last blogged, two (food-related) important events have happened.

  1. I went to Taiwan. And it was delicious.
  2. I started living alone. And learned I hate cooking for myself.

Today’s blog will be on the first one. I spent a month in Taiwan doing work and eating, but mostly eating. You might be inclined to think that this little booger-sized country (seriously. I’m pretty sure New York is bigger than that whole island) has nothing to offer to the world of food, but you’d be surprised. Since Taiwan has been taken over by so much countries and cultures, it borrows from and tweaks so many different cuisines. And what’s sad is nobody really gets to experience Taiwanese-styled foods because they always get overshadowed by its Korean, Japanese, and Chinese counterparts.

 

Here are some pictures I took of lesser known foods from Taiwan:

 

HOT POT

the MEAT SHELF! 😛

This picture looks like it’s part of the meat section of the supermarket, but it’s actually a part of a HOT POT restaurant near Taipei. Hot pot is like the Asian (and WAY better) version of fondue. You have your own personal pot and stove, with some light broth, and you pick your own raw meats and veggies to put into it (that’s what this shelf is holding). This way, everything is REALLY fresh, and you can tailor it to your own liking. Seriously, this is like one of my favorite things to eat!

I think it’s borrowed from the Japanese sukiyaki which is pretty much the same thing but with their own style of condiments. One thing I think only Taiwanese people do is eat it with raw egg as a dipping sauce. Dangerous, you say? I say, salmonellicious. For those of you who are horrified, let me tell you that Taiwanese people just aren’t that stringent about food safety. I mean, I’ve never had a problem, but I’ve also seen raw chicken and other meats hanging outside 80 degree weather for sale. And I’ve never gotten sick from anything, but maybe it’s just in my blood :P. But if you can’t handle living life on the edge, you can also do without the dipping sauce.

 

 

My personal hot pot

 

SOUPY DUMPLINGS (Shanghai Buns)

This is the right way to hold soupy dumplings. Do NOT jab it with a fork!

These are Shanghai Buns but I think it’s more accurate to call them soupy dumplings. They look just like any other dumplings but inside they’re filled with REALLY, REALLY, REALLY SCALDING HOT SOUP (so she learned the hard way). And the way to eat it is NOT to jab at it with a fork but to lift the top “knot” up with your chopsticks and place it gently on an Asian soup spoon (so she also learned the hard way).  I could be wrong, but I’m guessing Shanghai Buns are from Shanghai, not Taiwan. But I’ve had them from Chinese and Taiwanese restaurants, and I feel like the broth used is a bit sweeter in the Taiwanese ones.

 

“FAST FOOD”

For America, “fast food” would be the McDonalds and Burger King type joints. Taiwan actually has those chains too, but they’re mostly in the city and I’ve yet to eat in one of them. If you live in the hick parts of the country, like I did, the staple food joints end up serving really rustic Taiwanese food. Instead of burgers, you get… noodles, soups, and rice dishes.

Rice Noodles and Fish Paste Soup

Fish Paste Soup only sounds disgusting because I have no idea what the English name would be for the food. But it’s AWESOME. It’s like Fish tempura, cooked in a delicious clear broth. Rice noodles… meh. I’m not a big fan, but then again I’m not crazy about noodles.

 

 

Seasoned Meat and Rice (Taiwanese people need to be more creative with their names...)

This is one of the most common rustic foods. Again, the name is misleading. But it’s pretty much ground meat that’s stewed with this unknown mystery sauce, and simmered to perfection. I’d be more descriptive, but I myself do not know how to make these things and it’s way cheaper and more delicious just to buy it off the street than to make it yourself (You can pretty much sustain yourself food-wise on $5 a day)

And… Everything else.

 

 

Everything else...

This is the way that Taiwanese people eat. It’s never one or two big entrees, but like a thousand little dishes, all family style. Maybe we have commitment issues.

 

 

Chicken feet!!

Yeah… we’re weird. We eat chicken feet. And chicken butt on a stick. and (congealed) chicken blood on a stick.

that -itis.

Ooh, I got that -itis. Not the one where I’ve eaten too much (although that’s probably true). The one where I love, love, love good food. I love eating it, I love making it, and I love sharing it with others.  I am forever in search of a good meal.

I thought I’d start this blog for two main reasons. First and foremost, I’m narcissistic enough to love hearing my own thoughts, especially when I think I sound clever. I want to share my experiences and opinions as food maker and food eater because, of course, people all over the blogosphere care about what I think. Y’all would love to know what I think about restaurants I eat in, what I make in my kitchen, and funny or stupid stories about my eating/cooking experiences. Second, as I am forever learning more about food, I’d love to stop and record recipes and knowledge I pick up, both for my own sake and for others. I’ve picked up invaluable tips and stories from other food bloggers and the narcissistic part of me hopes that others can share in my experience as well.

This should be fun!