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Hi everyone! Did anyone notice the new header? I’ve been meaning to create a better header image for agessss, and I finally came through with it today. My friend, Yee Fen, did the handwritten characters for the banner, so cake pops to her!

Life is busy, and I’ve actually picked up another personal project. It’s been busy with this new project since it involves a lot of Twitter translations…but the problem is that the people I’m translating are in Japan…13 hours away. Imagine some sleepless nights/mornings…

Back to this blog’s main interests though…Food!

When I saw these on Tastespotting, they stayed on my mind, and, one day, I just took a chance one day and “popped” the question.

The question of whether or not I could make a matcha version of course. And I did!

The recipe from Bakerella is fairly simple, but I made notes for how I might personally change the recipe if I did it again.


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A miracle?

Almost.

I got this recipe off of Lifehack because the mere idea of making bread usually terrifies me, but this recipe made it seem so ridiculously easy that only an idiot could mess it up.

Wait. Did I say only an idiot could mess it up?

That’s funny…because I messed it up. OTL

My funny story with this ciabatta was that I ought to learn how to read packaging labels. The recipe called for 0.25 tsp of dry yeast. I poured in 7 grams. In case you didn’t realize…7g>0.25 teaspoon.

I didn’t realize my mistake until I poured it all into the warm water and decided to read the package. Unfortunately, I had no way of remedying this since I was in a rush to get to work, so I just dumped everything together and followed the instructions before running out. I was a bit worried that I’d have some sort of giant white monster in my hands, but to my surprise, although the dough had grown, it wasn’t anything close to monstrous. After baking, the bread was actually fine, but had a bit of a yeasty beer flavor.

Since then, I’ve tried experimenting with the recipe a bit, making tastier adjustments to add flavor.

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Lately, I’ve been obsessed with using yogurt in everything.

This includes chip dip.

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Here’s some exciting news!! If any of you follow my Tweets or know me on Facebook, I’m sure you may have already heard me spazzing out about this. Last week’s post, about Restaurant Week in Ann Arbor, actually got picked up in an article by Edward Vilmetti on AnnArbor.com. I was excited, of course, since I’m not even a pro-blogger, and honored for being featured in the article.

Moving on, as many of you may know, I’m a University student. We’re supposed to live off of caffeine when we aren’t having instant noodles or pizza or something of the sort.

Well, coffee in my system is a very dangerous thing. My friend, Laura, happened to witness it once when I mistakenly added coffee, which I assumed was decaffeinated (for some reason), into my milk, resulting in a half coffee/half milk drink. This resulted in me rocking in my chair in class for an hour and a half, complaining about “caffeinated caffeine” that irresponsible people gave to poor college passer bys. Needless to say, the next time we went out for bagels together, I was forbidden from touching coffee.

Even if I can’t have it straight up, I did find another way to enjoy coffee. I had these at a restaurant once, and their process was much more complicated, involving simmering and such. I chose to do it the quick and easy way.

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My apologies for the long long absence! Once again, school was frying up my life as I scrambled to get everything under control and find some time to sleep as well. It also didn’t help that my computer was broken for about a week over New Year’s (when I actually had time to post…) But everything’s slowed down (just a teeny bit) and fixed so I can post about my experiment today!

There is a small chain of restaurants here on my campus called “No Thai!” I normally go there when I’m craving some nice “Asian” noodles. Asian in the sense that it’s Asian American, kind of like how “chow mein” is Asian (aka, not really Asian).

About two weeks ago, I went to No Thai and ordered Pad Thai since I had gotten the “Drunken Noodles” last time. I wasn’t particularly impressed, but then again, what could I expect from a chain semi-fast food store?

So, today, I thought I’d give my own (inauthentic, probably) version of Pad Thai a try. I was craving for something that reminded me that sunny snow-less places still exist somewhere out there.

I used this recipe from Thai Table and modified it for myself.

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HELLO EVERYONE!

I’ve missed you all! I’ve missed 食べ物 eXploZion! I’VE MISSED GOOD FOOD!!

It was finals season, so I didn’t have the time to post what I wanted even though I did cook, so there’s a bit of a backlog of food hahaha. Although, I still must’ve had instant noodles at least 5 times in the past 2 weeks…

But it’s been snowing lately, and what better to recover from this cold cold winter and the horrendous exams than a nice warm galette with your tea (or coffee if you still have exams)!

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A lot of you might have realized that my food isn’t really fancy, and with my kitchen, a Thanksgiving dinner might really just consist of a pitiful roasted chicken drumstick or something of the sort.

So I thought I’d do y’all a favor by asking for a guest cook to come and spice up 食べ物 eXploZion for the Thanksgiving weekend!

And so…-drumroll- I present to you Sara Kosuth, who will be today’s (first!) guest blogger/super chef, as well as her mouthwatering Coconut Almond Tart, which is sure to amaze your guests and their taste buds.

Sara is the College Cooking section editor at Wolverine CuiZine, University of Michigan’s cooking blog. A current undergraduate student, she plans to attend culinary school after officially becoming a UM brainiac and to strike “fear into the hearts of Iron Chefs across the world.”

Although I’m not an Iron Chef, I think she struck something in my heart (or my stomach) as I tried to resist that tart that was sitting right in front of me in her kitchen…

But without further delay, I officially present Sara Kosuth and her method of making a fabulous Coconut Almond Tart.

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When I say an accident, I mean it.

I had a salad the other day, and I felt like making something other than the dressing I used in the Apple and Breaded Chicken Salad, so I thought I’d come up with the “brilliant” idea of making a miso-based dressing. Honestly, it wasn’t too bad…I guess. Separately, the dressing and the salad probably would have tasted better. So it might not be unsurprising that I had a lot of this murky dark dressing leftover.

As I was doing the dishes, I was trying to figure out what to do with all this leftover dressing. I didn’t have enough vegetables leftover for a salad, and I just couldn’t figure out what the taste and texture reminded me of.  And then it hit me! I had jajang myun for the first time a few weeks ago, and I figured by adjusting the flavor a little would give me the same type of taste (if not the color). I then added glops of peanut butter to thicken the mixture and poured it all on top of a bed of rice noodles before topping it with some cooked slices of pork shoulder butt, shallots, and nori.

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So I had a friend staying the night and I told her I’d make dinner for her and one of my roommates, Maggie. When I asked the visiting friend, Mikuni, what she’d like for dinner, she replied with “Asian food!” and, surprise surprise!, I made Asian (style) food.

I’ve tried these pork wraps before, and they aren’t particularly difficult except for when you’re actually combining everything together into the final piece. My previous attempt also included cooking everything all at once together, but I’ve learned my lesson…that isn’t that easy and it’s just darn difficult!

Luckily, I’ve learned from my mistakes, and here is now an easier-to-make and maybe even tastier version of the wraps from the past (hey it rhymes!…kind of)

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I think salads might just be one of the easiest college meals ever. All you have to do is wash and cut (or bake, depending on what you want), and it’s relatively healthy if your dressing is made with the proper ingredients. You can also adjust the flavor to fit what you need and want, so it’s nearly 100% customizable.

In other words, make what you want and eat what you want, without the guilt that normally comes from doing either or both.

My guilt-free meal came in the form of a large salad with fresh ingredients after a few hours of grocery shopping.

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