|study food.. |
dumplings courtesy of my mother
|3 shots later.. it's gonna be a long night.|
(demitasse from IKEA)
|From Fauchon Paris!|
|From Laduree New York :)|
|This was after baking the 2 loaves.. the dough was extremely sticky so it was pretty difficult to shape into anything. Also in the photos from the recipe I used their loaves were long & skinny.. the way I did mine was basically as you see in this photo; they did not really spread out too much.|
|I cut really huge biscotti apparently|
|laid out for the 2nd baking|
|flipped to bake the last side|
|the end pieces hehe|
|see those whole oysters in there??? there is nothing that tastes like this in the world.|
|my beauteous plate.|
|Pumpkin Cheesecake with gingersnap crust and cinnamon-maple whipped cream :)|
|"Holy trinity" of diced green bell pepper (4 cups), onions (4 cups) and celery (5 cups)... plus some garlic (half a head) and 1/4 cup green onions.|
Sautee with 5 tbsp butter over medium heat until softened and a little browned. It's always amazing how much the volume of veggies shrinks after 15 minutes of cooking.
|The spice mixture: 2 tsp salt, 2 tsp garlic powder, 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper, 2 tsp sweet paprika, 2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp onion powder, 1 tsp dried oregano leaves, 1 tsp dried thyme leaves|
We sprinkled these seasonings into the sauteed veggies gradually as they browned.
|Then you pour the liquid of the oysters into the pan. We also poured half of the oysters in the pan and broke them up with the spatula. Added a couple dried bay leaves too.|
|Beautiful oysters! |
For this recipe you really need to buy fresh oysters that come shucked already like this so all the liquids are also there. I know that they sell oysters like this at Whole Foods Market but these were specially brought from out-of-state by my friend's grandfather.
|Then we added a mixture of regular unseasoned bread crumbs and panko bread crumbs to dry up the excess moisture. We ball-parked it but it should be about 1 cup. You can also use homemade bread crumbs! Obviously throughout the cooking process you should be tasting everything to make sure the seasoning is how you like it.|
|Finally, pour into a buttered casserole dish.|
|Put the rest of the oysters in and just make sure they are mostly covered by the dressing mixture.|
|Sprinkle some bread crumbs on top and then bake it in the oven for about 1 hour at 350 degrees. I think you can also make this the night before and just stick it in the oven the next day when the feast is.|
|The finished product. This might not look like much but there is so much flavor in here; I could seriously eat this whole pan by myself.|
|left--fresh ginger, right--ground ginger|
|Before mixing the dry & wet ingredients together: left is ground ginger (hehe you can see the spices in sifted flour), right is fresh ginger|
|ground ginger cookie dough|
|fresh ginger cookie dough -- so soft I had to refrigerate it for about 2 hours before I could roll it into balls|
|Before & After on the cookie sheet|
|On my makeshift cooling rack (which is just one of our extra oven racks haha) -- I really should invest in a cookie dough scoop so my cookies are more uniform in size. I tend to get impatient by the end and start rolling larger balls of dough to get through with it!|
|By the time these finished, the sun had set, so the lighting of this photo is artificial.|
Also, notice the blobs these cookies turned out as. I did not foresee them to flatten and spread out as much as they did since the last batch had no problems of that kind.
|Bath bombs! Satsumo Santa, Sex Bomb, and So White. I have only tried So White before, and it is by far my favorite so far. It has such a distinct apple scent to it. I absolutely love it. This is only available during the holidays so I got 3 of these. Then I decided to try Satsumo Santa. I'm not a really big fan of the really seasonal & christmas-y smelling bath bombs so this one caught my eye. It has a citrus-y scent and supposedly turns your bath water red-orange. Finally, I really wanted to try Sex Bomb since it seems to be so popular. I love the smell of Jasmine so I don't think you can go wrong with that.|
|Bubble bar - Pop in the bath. I am the biggest fan of bubble baths. They are just so fun and relaxing. This one was recommended to me by one of the people working in the store because I told them that I love The Olive Branch shower gel. This bubble bar is supposed to smell identical to that. I kind of got a really unattractive-looking one though, didn't I? They came in various color combinations. Despite the lack of visual appeal, I know I will love using this.|
|This was a major reason I wanted to stop by Lush. The way I've been using this Colour Supplement is by taking a smaller than pea-sized amount and mixing it with a pump of my moisturizer. Then, I buff it into the skin on my face with a stippling brush. After using this for about a week and a half, I am loving it. There is a great amount of coverage without feeling heavy at all. It is very soft in texture and leaves your skin very smooth looking. I do have very oily skin so I make sure to powder over it to set it. The dark yellow color matches perfectly with my skin; it especially helps because you can adjust the pigmentation depending how you mix it. It seems like a really small pot for $16 but I can see it lasting a while.|
|Then I got a facial cleanser. This was one of those things that the employee pretty much convinced me to get. Dark Angels, it's called, since it contains charcoal and pretty much looks like it. I have to say this creates quite the mess on your bathroom counter so you have to be careful. To use it, you break off a small piece (which is really easy to do, it's really soft) and lather it with some water before working onto your face. There are sugars to exfoliate your skin in here as well as a minty feeling. I was told that I could leave it on my skin like a mask for a minute or so before washing it off. So far, I'm really liking it. I don't use it every day because I don't want to be exfoliating my skin so often. It does contain avocado oil so that is supposed to replace the oil that is taken away by the charcoal, which leaves your skin very moisturized afterwards.|
|Mask of Magnanity. I got a sample of this mask, offered by one of the employees. It's supposed to be good for oily skin and has some exfoliating stuff in there. You do not need to refrigerate this, and I think it lasts up to 4 months. It is pretty similar to the Love Lettuce fresh mask (especially in appearance), except this one has a minty feeling to it and it is not as moisturizing. I'm not sure I would buy a whole tub of it though.|
|Beer choices for the month. I love the fall seasonal beers. So. Good.|
|New Shoes! Got these from Nordstrom Rack. I thought they were so cute -- I have been wanting some nude-colored shoes for a while now. I love the thick chunky heel on these.|
|Got another candle from Bath & Body Works.. |
this has such a refreshing smell -- definitely brightens any day, being stuck indoors recently because of never-ending rain!
|Coach Poppy Flower perfume. Being someone who never wears perfume, this one really caught my attention. I smelled it one day and for the rest of the week, I couldn't stop thinking about it so I had to go back an buy it. It is a definitely very light girly scent, a great combination of floral & fruity. It makes me feel very happy wearing it.|
|This Madison wristlet is so nice to have on hand. I love the bold red color and the soft material it is made of. It is the perfect size to use as a clutch on a night out. It has a lot of pockets inside with compartments to put your ID/credit cards so there is no need to use a wallet in there. I've also been able to fit a small point-and-shoot camera, cell phone & car keys in here with no problem.|
|Fun & easy nail design I wore to a masquerade ball. |
Zoya Helen is the nude color and OPI You Make Me Vroom is the red.
|Masquerade! BOO! |
I love Halloween particularly because you get to dress up. so much fun.
|Halloween nails inspired by this.|
The orange underneath the design is Hi Def from Sephora by OPI, and I used the Kiss Nail Art Paint polishes with the long skinny brushes to make the plaid design.
|And I didn't forget my toes! Hehe if only my toenails were larger I could do more with them.|