Calm Cooking with Dumplings

February 18, 2018 § Leave a comment

Hi there,

Do you ever feel the need to do something and nothing at the same time? You want to rest but don’t want to feel like a bum? There are times that I want to relax but still want to be productive. It’s during these moments that I will spend the day making something that is more time consuming. Something that I don’t need to rush. For me making dumplings is calming. I prepare the ingredients, sit in front of my T.V. and start wrapping. A mindless activity that utilizes my hands.

Maybe it is the consistent repetitive motion that I enjoy, but I believe it is important for everyone to have a calming outlet. A time to themselves. A time to re-center.

The best part of this, is that I can cook the dumplings after and take a good satisfying bite. A bite that calms my hanger.  A proud bite that tells me I did something easy yet productive.

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Between work, salsa dancing and trying to make and maintain friendships, it has been difficult to find “me” time. I’m sure I’m not the only one who needs a calming outlet.

How do you release your stress productively?
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Breathe in…Breathe out…Wrap some dumplings…

Come back soon!

Heather

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Delightful Desserts

February 14, 2018 § 5 Comments

Who doesn’t like dessert? Well, I’m sure some people don’t. But I enjoy them. Valentine’s Day is here and I think everyone’s sweet tooth is going to get an exercise, if it hasn’t already.

When it comes to food, I like to try as many dishes as possible, that includes appetizers, main courses and desserts. Sharing is caring. The more people you eat with, the more you can taste. I’ve actually learned that the best number of people to eat with is 4-5. A large enough group to taste a lot of food but not so large that you can’t share or get to taste only a small bite.

I’ve shared each one of these desserts with at least one other person. It helps to share so you don’t overeat. Or at least overeat even more than you already have….

Some of the desserts pictured are from Houston and some are from Dallas.

Ginger & Fork: Ginger Parfait- light, smooth with a nice gingery kick.

Uchi: Fried Milk- delicious! I love fried milk and have never seen it in the States. This was great and the ice cream and chocolate and toasted crisp meringue.

La Table: Opera cake- so delicate with layers of chocolate and coffee and cream. Delightful,

Milk & Cream: A soft fluffy glazed donut with sweet lavender ice cream inside and fruity pebbles. A wonderful and dreamy dessert. A must share if you’ve already had a big meal.

Paciugo: Creamy gelato- I ordered the pistachio and another flavor that I cannot recall.  I enjoyed the pistachio very much.

Niwa: Panna cotta: creamy vanilla flavor with fruity coulis and matcha.

Bistro 31: Pear and mascarpone tart with amazing blueberry compote and ice cream. Yummm.

Whiskey Cake: Whiskey Cake with homemade whipped cream. Crunchy sweet pecans adding extra texture to this delicious dessert.

I hope you have a sweet day!

Heather

Sweet challenge 🙂

Dancing Prancing Dance Shoes

February 11, 2018 § Leave a comment

 

Dancing is something I’ve always enjoyed.  I’ve never gotten too good at it. Or stayed consistent even when I was young.

I remember my first ballet class. It was with my cousin, who at the time, was my partner in crime. We were attached at the hip. Class was fun because I could talk with her while all the other girls would talk to each other.  They all, somehow, already knew each other.  My cousin decided not to continue with ballet, but since dancing was something I liked doing, I continued taking the next semester of classes.  I only lasted a month or two.  I felt alone without my companion. I was shy and unable to make new friends with the other little girls.  No one made the effort to break out of their friend circles to chat with me. At the same time, I couldn’t build up the courage to speak with anyone. And so, I quit.  At times, I wish I didn’t but I understand why I chose to stop.

I didn’t end dancing there though.  In high school, I learned how to speak up and became more sociable.  I opened up and out of my shell. I joined dance groups and performed. By the time I got to college, I auditioned for a hip hop dance team and made it! I lived off of dancing. Three times a week we would start practice at 9pm and there were nights I didn’t get back to my apartment or dorm until 1-2am. There were times when I would dance so much and so hard that I couldn’t even walk for a few days due to exacerbation of a hip injury.  I absolutely loved it.  The high that came from dancing was euphoric.  Performing was an entirely different level of adrenaline. Some of the best times in college were from dancing and performing. I wouldn’t give up that time for anything.

These dance shoes are clearly not for hip hop, so when did this style of dance come in?

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These are my salsa shoes.  A cousin of mine (not the same as the one I mentioned before) took me to a salsa club one night and I took the lesson then danced all night.  Afterwards, I decided that when I got my first full time job, I would start taking lessons.  And I did just that.  I took lessons and become obsessed with dancing salsa.  I would go out on the weekends and social dance. I would take two to three classes up to four times a week.  I’ve gone through quite a few dance shoes since then.

Over all of these years, my personality has evolved, my dancing has evolved, even my dance goals have evolved, but one thing that hasn’t changed is my passion for it.

I talk about eating all the time and how much I love it. I also love dancing. I use my physical activity to enable me to eat more food. I tend to eat well most days, so I don’t feel guilty when I go out and splurge a little. Quality of life is important. I want to enjoy the good and the bad. I want to eat good food and sometimes those foods aren’t the healthiest, but I don’t feel guilty eating it.  I don’t feel guilty because I live a fairly active lifestyle. I don’t feel guilty because I have a healthy relationship with food.  I don’t feel guilty because I shouldn’t feel guilty about sometimes eating something I enjoy that may be unhealthy.

I want to promote health overall.  Health of the body and health of the mind.

Enjoy life, eat good food, dance good dances, live a good and healthy life. These are my goals.

Thank you for reading such a wordy post.

Heather

 

Korean Food in Houston

February 8, 2018 § Leave a comment

Ohn Korean Eatery

I have been exploring Houston’s food scene and have plenty of food to share. To start, Houston’s Korean food, in my opinion, is eh. No comparison to the Korean food offered in Dallas. That being said, Ohn Korean Eatery, is fantastic.

Go with friends and share the deliciousness.

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Blueberries Baby, Dutch Baby

February 5, 2018 § Leave a comment

 

Blueberry Dutch baby

A breakfast post. Breakfast is a very important meal. Is it the most important? I’m not sure, I believe every meal is important. Although, generally, by the time you wake up, you haven’t eaten anything for over 8 hours. That is, of course, if you’ve slept 8 hours and didn’t snack right before bed. Either way, I anticipate at least a 5-6 hour gap before your previous meal or snack at night and breakfast.

Before work, I normally eat some sort of yogurt. On weekends I have more time to actually cook something delicious.

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Catching Up

February 3, 2018 § Leave a comment

Hello!

Now that I have a food post out of the way, here’s the update on my life.

I’ve moved halfway across the country from living in New Jersey and working at a children’s hospital in Philadelphia to living and working in Houston, Texas.

I’ve been here for two years now (wow does time fly)! I am still adjusting to life here. I do miss home, I miss the walkability of Philly, I miss my friends, I miss my family.

But, Texas is not what all the stereotypes are about. Houston is extremely diverse, the most diverse in the U.S. (yep, that’s right). Despite the diversity, I still miss Chinese food from Philly. Houston has become a transplant city, and it’s not difficult to find someone also from the Northeast.

For the most part, I enjoy my life here.  I continue to enjoy cooking and dancing. How did I get the courage to move to a city where I knew no one, you ask? Because I knew I could dance anywhere. Dancing is social. Be nice to others and others will be nice to you. I knew I would make friends eventually.  The most difficult part is making true deep friendships when you’re an adult. Friendships take time, effort and then some.  As an adult it seems more and more difficult to find people who are on the same wavelength as you and also to find the time to make the effort to develop a true reliable friendship.  I miss my friends back home but continue to be excited about my current journey.

On that note…food is always better with friends and family.

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I’ll be back with more later!

Heather

I’m Back with Spaghetti

January 30, 2018 § Leave a comment

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for disappearing. Life got busy and with each passing day, it became more difficult to start up my blog again.

I’m going to start back up with something simple.

Spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

 

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