Archive | September, 2007

Eating China blog…

27 Sep

Lots of recipes… kumquat tea, Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup (my fave!!!)…. etc…. I just hope they have more posts and are more regular!

AND…. they have a project where they travel and eat!

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If I were to get a tattoo…

17 Sep

I’d definitely get it from this guy…

Tashi Mannox – or

A bit of his bio: TASHI MANNOX was born in England and has studied an eclectic range of artistic disciplines within both the Eastern and Western traditions, in his Journey as a painter and calligrapher.After gaining a BA[Hons] degree in Fine Art, TASHI became a Buddhist monk of the Tibetan order, at the age of 22. For seventeen-years he apprenticed under the direction of a master of Tibetan art, studying temple decoration and the sacred art of Thanka painting and directing his own artistic projects TASHI MANNOX entered a Buddhist retreat, where he stayed for four years, working on ancient Tibetan texts and training as a scribe in the highly-disciplined, multiple forms of Tibetan calligraphy.Traveling to India, he was privileged to study under a master of ancient Sanskrit – an artistic form preserved by only a handful of practitioners in the world today. Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training – and a highly-developed, spiritual awareness, formed through years of practicing meditation and Buddhist philosophy.Since laying down his monastic robes in 2000, Tashi has built on his disciplined training – and a highly-developed, spiritual awareness, formed through years of practicing meditation and Buddhist philosophy.

The beauty of his talent… and the type of work I’d like done:

More about tea…

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(above is how to make milk tea in Chinese)


There are a lot of stories about how to make this silky-smooth favourite cup from this buzzing oriental city. We don’t pretend to be the experts, but we can tell you this: absolutely elementary ingredients for this tea is English Breakfast and evaporated milk.

Make 2 cups
1 tbsp English Breakfast
1 tbsp Assam Black tea
1 tbsp Irish Breakfast
1 tsp Pu-erh
1 tsp Lychee black tea
2x 1/3 cup of evaporate milk
2x 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk
2 teapots

Steep all tea leaves in 400ml boiling water for 5 minutes.

Strain and pour the tea from one teapot to another from about a forearm’s height to aerate the tea (this can be quite messy – best do it in the kitchen sink).

Pour it back and forth between the two teapots for 3-4 times. Little bubbles will form in the tea as you aerate the tea.

Get two cups, pour in each cup 1/3 evaporated milk and 1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk. Then add in brewed tea. Ready to enjoy.

Sweetened with sweetened condensed milk or sugar if desired.

Want it:
More fragrant: add 1 tbsp Ceylon Classic OP
More “caramelly” or Redder brew: add 1 extra Assam black tea
The Brew darker with a stronger overall taste: use more irish breakfast or more broken leaf tea leaves


HK style milk tea – an elusive secret

8 Sep

 Making Hong Kong Milk Tea

Experiment with various combinations of Ceylon (“English Breakfast”) and Assam (“Irish Breakfast”) teas. I personally like the redder, warmer flavors of more Assam leaves, but many prefer the darker, more robust Ceylon. If you use a large mesh ball or one of those muslin tea brewing bags, it’ll be easier to strain loose tea leaves. Of course, teabags sidestep this entirely.

Bring a small pot of water just to the boiling point, but do not let it actually bubble up. Lower the heat to as low as possible. Add three times as many tea bags or twice as much loose tea as you would normally. Cover and leave the tea to brew for at least 10 minutes and up to 30 minutes. Strain out the tea leaves or remove the teabags; for this, it’s okay to squeeze teabags to get the extra boost. Stir in evaporated milk until the tea is the color of caramel, then bring the tea back to very hot serving temperature.

Divide the tea among several cups and invite your guests to stir in a spoonful of sweetened condensed milk or sugar.

Yum yum… chinese egg waffle thingies

8 Sep

Gei Dan Jai 雞蛋仔: olde worlde Hong Kong style waffle

Buttermilk-Honey Banana Bread (from Seattle Bon Vivant!)

6 Sep

Buttermilk-Honey Banana Bread

2 large eggs
¾ cup sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup honey 
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter loaf pan with a teaspoon of melted butter and lightly dust with flour. In the bowl on a Kitchen Aid beat the eggs with the sugar on medium high until thick and light–about 5 minutes. Add mashed bananas, buttermilk, walnuts, honey, dates, oil, remaining butter and vanilla.

Add sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt mixture to the wet ingredients and beat just until combined. Transfer batter to pan and bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean and top is golden brown (about 1 hour). Turn bread out onto rack and cool.

*Next time I am switching the buttermilk for homemade yogurt and see how it comes out.*

*Sub dates for figs*


5 Sep

Straight Stars – August 30-Sept 5th, 2007

Pisces: The last-quarter square of the moon on Sept 3rd, along with the planetary aspects, are indicating a choppy day. Watch for accidents and incidents, as they could occur easily. Love and romantic energies come alive, and a lover from the past comes knocking sometime in September.

*** Read on Sept 2nd at camp. Freaked out b/c the last time it said a lover came back, he did. Didn’t stick foot in fire on Sept 3rd. Didn’t go up mountain Sept 3rd and headed straight home. Night of Sept 4th – #4 called 3 times***

*** Updated Sept 17th, 2007 – Called last night, 2 times last week, and once the week before. The last time he called when I was recanting the horoscope to a friend. ***

MacStars online for September 13 – 19, 2007:

Pisces: Read Aquarius as the gist of it fits Pisces as well. The solar eclipse in your opposite sign Virgo on September 11 along with the planetary positions are hinting at movement and change. Challenge and excitement fire you up and get you in the mood to experience all kinds of exotic and unique life style changes. It certainly does not have to be a series of negative experiences at all. If anything you should anticipate the future with excitement and enthusiasm. Jump in and learn to swim now. Sink or swim, what will it be?

Aquarius: Venus in Leo and Neptune in Aquarius continue their slow dance. They will be in opposition throughout the rest of September. This is a good thing but it has its problems as well. On one side of the coin, this combination may inspire you as never before. You experience a love that you never thought possible or attainable. It may also be a time in which you seriously weigh everything and make great and positive changes in your life. On the other side of the coin you can party down, stay stoned and keep witling away your time mired in alcohol or whatever your fancy may be. Confusion and mistrust, deception and disillusionment could be the case. It is time to work it out though. Stay to the high road.