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Banana Peach and More Muffins

22 Jun

I had some old fruit left over so I decided to put them all together into a muffin. It came out quite delicious. I had a banana, a peach, a nectarine and an apricot. I don’t have a food processor so I just chopped everything up by hand.

Banana Peach and More Muffins

1 ripe medium banana
1 ripe peach
1 ripe nectarine
1 ripe apricot
1 cup flour
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a muffin pan or line with paper liners.
2. Wash, peel and chop the fruit finely, almost to a mash.
3. Mix together the dry ingredients.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients.
5. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until it just comes together. Don’t overstir or you will get tough muffins. Stir in walnuts with the dry ingredients or sprinkle them on top.
6. Spoon into prepared muffin cups.
7. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 20 minutes. If they brown too fast, turn down oven to 325 F for the last 5-10 minutes.

I forgot to show you guys our weekly CSA box so here it is. We got some yummy stuff as well as some new stuff we’ve never tried before.

CSA share week 4

spinach – smaller bunch this time
summer squash – more?!!!?!?!?!? we haven’t eaten any since weeks ago.. I hope they’re still okay since I finally found a recipe that I want to try.
fennel – got 2 because I didn’t want beets and there was fennel in the trade box, for some reason I thought I’ve eaten it before but I was thinking of leeks instead.. made a dish with green beans, basil and tomato.. not bad.
salad mix – cool
carrots – yay! more pickled carrots!
green beans – so fresh and yummy
chives – such a tiny little bunch! I was expecting a lot more since Chinese people eat a lot of chives (dumplings, etc)
strawberries – weekly yum, not sick of them yet since they’ve been super delish every week, never like the tasteless watery cheap ones you get in NY.

We visited my grandparents in Oakland and took them out for dim sum. Unfortunately, we didn’t eat much since we’re small eaters and they’re small eaters but the food was good. On the way home we stopped by Oakland’s farmers market and I managed to spend $18 on string beans, a walnut wheat sourdough loaf, a pound of fresh handmade parsley garlic spaghetti, super sweet cherries and tomatoes on the vine. Fresh food tastes so good, I love it. That night, we got all dressed up to go to Brian’s company party only to find that it was actually NEXT week. Only slightly embarrassing.. haha. So Brian took me out to a nice Italian restaurant and we splurged on some nice food. I got smoked salmon pizza with caviar and Brian got veal medallions in mushroom sauce with mashed potatoes and green beans. The pizza was good but really salty. I don’t eat veal so I can’t tell you how his dish was.

On Sunday we biked to Coyote Point. The park was filled with BBQ and picnic parties since it was father’s day weekend. We packed leftovers for lunch. The area we lunched in was filled with eucalyptus trees! It was very pretty but pretty crowded. Lots of Spanish and Asian families and TONS of food on everyone’s tables.

Nothing much more interesting to say so here’s some food pictures from the past week.

Ugly picture but it’s the first time I made beef hau fun (hor fun) or stir-fried broad rice noodles with beef, onions and scallions. This used to be one of my favorite Chinese restaurant dishes because it’s my favorite noodle. It’s a really difficult dish to make because the noodles are sticky and it’s hard to make it not greasy due to the need for oil. Luckily I found a super nice non-stick (non-traditional, I know, I know) but it heated up really hot and I got good “wok hei” out of it. Yum. This picture was taken after we took two servings out.

We bought extra organic strawberries from the San Mateo farmer’s market on Sunday to make this pie. It was good but not amazing. There’s a cream cheese layer on the bottom. The crust tastes like cardboard because I bought a pre-made one. No recipe because it’s not worth posting. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to make a better strawberry dessert by the end of summer.

I had a lot of zhong leftovers lying around in the fried so I mixed them all together and steamed it all up in a pie tin because that was the only thing that fit into the pot so I could steam it. I chopped up some Chinese sausage, scallions and the dried shrimp, added more soy sauce and mixed in some fresh green beans in the end. Tasty, chewy dinner.

Picnic at Vasona Lake

16 Jun

We crashed got invited to a picnic outing/biking event at Vasona Lake Park on Sunday. It was a party consisting of several families who’s parents knew each other from college. Everybody brought food, bikes and other fun things to do. It was a gorgeous hot day and there were lots of people enjoying the park. The park was big enough that it didn’t feel crowded at all. One of the families went super early to reserve a bunch of picnic tables that were right by the lake yet under shade. They set up a bunch of chairs right in front of the water and the breeze felt so good.

bikes mounted to car, ready to go!

our tables loaded with food

the lakeside deck

our view, we could walk into the water if we wanted to

You could even rent peddle boats and kayaks for $15/hr along with other stuff. People were paddling surf board type things while standing and there was a sail boat. There were lots of dogs in boats too!

chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake

I made chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes. The cookie dough was from scratch, the cake and frosting from a box/tub. They came out great! The key is to freeze the dough completely and then not over bake so the cookie doesn’t cook. I followed this recipe. After food some of us played ultimate frisbee but most of us were out of shape that we only scored 2 goals (tie game) before we quit. It was too hot to keep going anyway.

water guns = refreshing

Then water guns came out to cool everyone down. After more food, drinks and sunblock, we biked around the lake. We went about halfway then turned back because not everyone was experienced enough to go all the way. After relaxing on the deck and playing with bubbles, we started a water balloon toss. Once we had a winner, it was free for all. For some reason my balloons don’t pop when they hit people, they just bounce off them!

When balloons hit me though, they popped.. 2 on my shorts! Brian wasn’t playing and was taking pictures instead. After a group photo, one of the adults took a water balloon that he saved without anyone knowing and popped it while pretending to give Brian a hug. Since I was standing right by him, I got splashed too.. gee thanks!

the aftermath

Thanks Amanda for inviting us to the picnic!!!

And here are some pictures of what we ate on Saturday at Maru Ichi in Mountain View.

hiyashi chuka - cold noodle salad

kuru ramen, california roll, gyoza

Both were really good. Kuru Ramen is blacked or roasted garlic soup based ramen. The pork was super soft and melts in your mouth. The cali roll wasn’t great but the pot stickers weren’t bad. Beware, that yellow stuff on the side of the hiyashi chuka is horseradish/wasabi. I didn’t know what it was so I tasted it. It buuuurned. Not smart.

Biking to Foster City

6 Jun

First off, food I made for Friday lunch were avocado summer rolls. They had avocado, sprouts, Thai basil, rice noodles, red butter lettuce, and pickled carrots.

avocado summer rolls

For Friday dinner, I got to visit Google!! I had some fantastic food and ate lots of snacks. I didn’t take any pictures because everything was new to me and I didn’t want to seem more out of place than I already was with my visitor sticker. We ate at No Name Cafe, which features a seasonal vegetarian menu. Since it was dinner service, they also had meat. The vegetarian theme was Thai food and their curry and coconut rice were amazing. I also had shrimp scampi, stir fry broccoli, green peas in shell, buttered toasts with Manchego cheese and goat cheese brie, cherry chocolate chip cookies, whipped Greek yogurt mousse with honey and blackberries, and some vegan mango smoothie. Everything was yummy and from fresh ingredients.

approximate path, the whole trip was 14 miles!

On Saturday, we went biking. Starting out I was full of energy. We biked through the streets of San Mateo until we reached the start of the Bay Trail where we were able to leave traffic (biking in traffic makes me nervous). The area by the trail head was great for picnic-ing because there were grassy areas, picnic benches and even a man made sand area with shaded spots. There were lots of families out enjoying the sun.

The trail was great! Not crowded but not desolate either and most importantly, not hilly. It’s right by the water so the scenery was nice and there was a great breeze. Although the water was pretty brown when we started out (low tide), it turned a much nicer blue as it got deeper. We could see many wind surfers and kite surfers in the water since it was a super windy spot.

there were probably 3x more in the water than this pic

Our destination goal was Foster City because there was a park there where we were going to have lunch. To our delight, we found a festival in that very park! It was a pretty standard festival/street fair/carnival set up with kiddie rides, booths to shop at, food stands, local community organizations, etc. We got to explore an ambulance, look at all the compartments of a fully stocked fire truck, shop around and finally we found a nice gazebo along the lake away from all the noise to have lunch. Luckily we brought our own food because otherwise we would be tempted to get expensive unhealthy carnival food like funnel cake!

foster city festival

Here’s the food we brought with us. We got it in a supermarket in San Mateo so it was cheap. The spicy tuna sushi was really, really good because it had masago (fish eggs) and scallions in it. We also got spam musubi, a salmon onigiri and a kombu (seaweed) onigiri.

sushi lunch

While lunching we watched a dragon boat team practice rowing. They didn’t have a drummer so the guy was yelling his throat out counting the strokes for them.

We saw a flag that looked like a fail whale so we called it the fail whale boat. Someone should make a fail whale boating company.

When we were biking home, the wind had picked up considerably. It was pushing against us so it was a really difficult bike home. We were really tired and my butt was killing me (crappy bike seat). It was such a relief to make it home. I was sweating so much that I immediately changed into my swim suit and took a dip in the pool. It felt amazing.

For dinner we went over to Anya’s potluck cheesecake party. We made a Korean spinach side dish because had a whole plastic shopping bag full of fresh spinach from the CSA share. Look at how much spinach there was.

After blanching it, squeezing it dry and mixing it with the sauce, we were left with a much smaller volume. We followed Maangchi’s recipe for sigeumchi naumul.

We finished our meal with the strawberry parfait cheesecake that Anya spent hours making. It was amazingly good and put everyone into a food coma.

strawberry parfait cheesecake