Quick and Easy Delicious Oatmeal Recipe

Banana Nut Oatmeal Recipe

On most school days(which is almost everyday), I feel pretty darn accomplished if I get a chance to run a brush through my hair before dashing out the door in the morning.  Needless to say, my breakfast usually involves caffeine and whatever else I have lying around on the kitchen counter- in the past, there have been instances of peanut butter cups, potato chips, and other unmentionables.

I am guilty as charged of consuming junky breakfast.

As much as I inspire to be the girl who starts her day with fresh fruits, whole grains, flax seeds, and great hair, time equals money.

both of which I have none of in the morning.  or anytime otherwise. Continue reading “Quick and Easy Delicious Oatmeal Recipe”

How to Cut and Eat a Pomelo (or Pummelo)


So what in the world is a Pomelo anyways?

You’ve seen it at the Grocery store around this time of year hanging around in the citrus section next to the lemons and oranges.

Yep, the humongous, green, leathery round mass claiming to be an obese sibling of your familiar Ruby Star grapefruit.

The pomelo has a thick, rubbery outer skin that resembles a basketball.  Pick one up, and you may have a sudden urge to chuck one at the person walking by, or dribble it around on the ground.  Yes, cute as they are, but are these things actually edible? Continue reading “How to Cut and Eat a Pomelo (or Pummelo)”

Ginger Pork Fried Rice

ginger pork fried rice

The other night I prepared a big pot of rice for dinner with the bearfriend only to change our minds and eat out at the last minute in order to catch a late movie.  So into the fridge went the big pot of rice, and whaddaya do the next day with a big pot of cold rice?
That’s right, you make fried rice.

Contrary to popular stereotyping of Chinese people, when I was growing up fried rice was not prepared that frequently in the household.  It was really only prepared when there was a lot of leftover rice and miscellaneous ingredients in the fridge.

It is the quintessential recycled meal. I prepared this one with some leftover ground pork and frozen veggies in the fridge, and the result was delicious not to mention economical. Continue reading “Ginger Pork Fried Rice”

Oatmeal Rasisin Cookies and Toaster Oven Woes

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

There are alot of things that I have learned to lived with ever since I moved to Los Angeles:

I have learned to coexist with the homeless and their shopping carts who roam my dumpster in the early mornings.

I learned to take public transportation, aka Big Blue Bus, and to hold my nose during the stinky bus rides.

I have accepted the fact that no matter what time and day, it takes 20 minutes to get ANYWHERE in LA, and finding parking is equivalent to winning the lottery.

I have come to terms with the fact that my tiny and old apartment in LA costs twice as much as a luxury apartment in other parts of the country. Continue reading “Oatmeal Rasisin Cookies and Toaster Oven Woes”

Pancake Troubleshooting 101

blueberry pancakes


I am quite ashamed to admit that I used to eat out for breakfast frequently and order pancakes.  Living in Los Angeles, a plain stack of buttermilk pancakes can easily run you $10, and that is without a side of fruit.

Little did i know how easy, tasty, and cost-efficient it is to whip up your own batch at home.  I mean seriously, flour costs like.. nothing in a land where we happily line up for $4.00 coffee.

However, nothing hits the spot like a warm, fluffy stack of blueberry pancakes on Sundays, and the best way to go about that is to find the absolute best blueberry pancake recipe.. and then try to replicate it at home.

hmmph.  that’s easier said than done.  At least from my experience. Continue reading “Pancake Troubleshooting 101″

Quick & Easy: Vegetarian Japanese Nabe Hot Pot

japanese soap

I know that we’re spoiled by the good weather in California so much that we’ve all become a bunch of sissies that complain as soon as the weather drops below 65.  But I’d be lying if I said that I’m not affected by this poopy weather and have been for the most part sedentary(aka, sitting on my butt eating peanut butter out of the jar).

It’s easy sometimes to feel uninspired(lazy) to cook, especially when you live alone.  It’s so easy to find excuses not to cook in order to justify greasy take out.  On a cold and drab day however, nothing warms my spirits up like a nice bowl of homecooked soup(nope, not even pad thai, orange chicken, or pizza).

This Japanese-inspired dish is quick, easy, and tasty even if you’re eating alone. Continue reading “Quick & Easy: Vegetarian Japanese Nabe Hot Pot”

One Bowl Meals: Chicken Teriyaki Recipe

chicken teriyaki

Here is a good weeknight standby: the good old teriyaki chicken bowl. This is a one bowl meal that is quick and easy to make, and quick and easy to eat!

I find that one bowl meals appeal very strongly to the male species for several reasons:

  • you can hold the bowl with one hand, and hold the remote control with the other.
  • it only requires one utensil to eat, preferably a spoon to efficiently scoop and swallow.
  • they are loaded with meat and rice.
  • less dishes to wash!
  • last but not least, they are just plain simple and tasty

Continue reading “One Bowl Meals: Chicken Teriyaki Recipe”