Acorn Squash Bread

It’s November already!!! Time seriously flies.. but not fast enough. Sigh.. that’s another story

I baked this 2 weeks ago. If you read my previous post, I got the Acorn Squash from my CSA box! Decided to try baking with it.. and I love the results!

This is my first time using squash in baking/cooking. I have to say that the squash is super hard. It took me awhile to slice the squash into half! It only became soft after roasting in the oven. By the way, I tasted the pureed Acorn squash and it is actually sweet!haha.. I actually think that it’s a good baby food! Since the squash is sweet and I added cranberries, I reduced the sugar in the recipe. The bread turned out perfect!


This is the recipe I followed:

Acorn Squash Bread recipe
(Taken from Simmer Boston)

1 small-medium acorn squash

1 ½ cups granulated sugar –> I used 1 cup of sugar

½ cup mild olive oil or vegetable oil

2 large eggs

1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground clove –> I omitted

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

1 tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

½ cup chopped pecans or hazelnuts (optional) –> I used dried Cranberries

Coarse sugar for sprinkling –> I did not do this

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the squash halves cut side down on a baking tray and fill the tray with ½ an inch of water. Roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the squash is very tender. Remove from the oven a cool. Once cool, scoop the squash from its skin and puree in a food processor (I used a blender) until smooth. Reserve 1 cup squash puree for the recipe and save any leftover for another use

In a medium size bowl, combine the 1 cup squash puree, the sugar, the oil, and the eggs. Mix well ( I used a hand whisk). Sift together the flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add this to the squash mixture and mix until no lumps are visible. Fold in the cranberries.

Butter and flour a loaf tin, and scoop the batter into the prepared tin. . Bake for 45-55 minutes* until set. A toothpick inserted into the center of the bread should come out clean. Cool, slice, and munch!


* My bread took about 60 mins to bake in a loaf tin. At 50min, use a sheet of aluminum foil to cover the top of the bread to prevent it from was browning too quickly
* If you are using mini loaf pans, it will only take 30-35mins!



Tiny’s Organic CSA box

I always wanted to try CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) – just waiting for a good deal. Finally, a livingsocial deal came up! The best part is it is from Tiny’s Organic ( a farm booth I frequent at the Farmer’s Market) and BH’s office is one of the collection points! there is also an additional 20% discount code which can be applied to the deal! Things can’t get any better!! 😀 We paid $25 for 2 boxes

The most exciting part about the CSA box is you don’t know what you are getting every week. I enjoy receiving a mystery box – gives me a chance to try new healthy food and cook new recipes!

My first box: 2 October 2013


The box contains tomatillo, tomatoes, carrots, fennel, apples, nectarine, prunes. Large box is supposed to feed a family of 3 but it’s just right for us 🙂

I have never worked with tomatillo! I spent ALOT of time looking for recipes to include this ingredient. BH and I are not chips&dip people so I was reluctant to make salsa. However, I gave in and made Fresh Tomatillo Salsa in the end. Sorry, no pics for this one 🙁 I used the salsa for baking salmon and it tasted really good actually!

Next, I have never worked with Fennel too!

After some research, I followed this recipe 🙂 Turns out to be pretty tasty!


As for the tomatoes, I used them for Tomatoes Eggs

My second box: 9 October 2013


This time the box contains apples, nectarines, prunes, huge heirloom tomatoes, kale and 2 acorn squash

haha.. I have not done anything exciting for this box yet but I plan to make the following:
1) Acorn Squash bread
2) Kale pasta salad
3) Tomato eggs ( Gosh.. we are eating tomatoes nearly every day now!)
4) Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes with Fresh Mozzarella

I really enjoy my CSA experience but decided to stop after these 2 boxes because it is quite costly with any vouchers. Hard to say goodbye and I hope another deal comes soon!

Blueberries Coconut Oil Banana Bread

Found this recipe as I was surfing around on Pinterest 🙂 I bought a bottle of Coconut oil a while back after reading that it is healthy and good for cooking and baking. Basically, you can substitute butter with coconut oil. Well, I also know that my sis feeds Bambi Coconut oil… haha.. so it is not only good for humans but good for dogs too!

Anyhow, this is my first bake using coconut oil and I am loving it! The recipe uses pineapple BUT i replaced it using blueberries. Please don’t be mislead that this is a ‘bread’ – it is actually a cake! super delicious and moist too! This recipe is going to be my favourite for a long long time!

FYI, stand mixer is for show. You don’t need a mixer in this recipe. In fact, just whisk by hand!



Recipe from Averie Cooks
(Makes 1 regular loaf and 3 mini loaves)

-2 large eggs
-1/2 cup coconut oil, melted (canola or vegetable oil, or browned or melted butter may be substituted)
-1/3 cup buttermilk (1/4 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream may be substituted) > I used honey greek yogurt
-1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
-1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
-1 tablespoon vanilla extract
-2 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, optional but recommended
-pinch salt, optional and to taste
-1 to 1 1/4 cups mashed ripe bananas (2 large or 3 small ripe bananas)
-1 cup pineapple, diced (I used frozen; mango, peaches, nectarines, strawberries or blueberries may be substituted) > I used frozen blueberries


1) Preheat oven to 350F. Spray two 8-by-4-inch loaf pans with floured cooking spray; set aside.

2) In a large bowl combine the eggs, coconut oil, buttermilk, sugars, vanilla, and whisk to combine. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, optional salt, and stir to just incorporate; don’t overmix because the gluten will overdevelop and bread will be tougher. Stir in bananas. Stir in pineapple (if using frozen, just add it frozen, no need to thaw it first. If using fresh or canned, make sure it’s well-drained or it could water-down the batter).

3) Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for about 45 minutes, or until top is golden and set, a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (banana bread is gooey and it may not come out perfectly clean). If bread is browning too fast on the top, you may wish to lower your oven temperature to 325F in last 15 minutes of cooking, or tent the pan with foil

4) Allow bread to cool in pan for about 15 minutes before removing and transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling. Bread will keep for up to 1 week in an airtight container or large Ziplock at room temperature

-I only have enough batter for 1 loaf and 3 mini loaves. I followed Averie’s instructions on storing the bakes – wrapped in cling wrap and put in airtight container ( I usually don’t cling wrap my bakes) and it does make a difference! The cakes still taste fresh after 3 days and i could slice it nicely with little/no crumbs.

– I reserved 1/2 my my regular loaf and freeze it. This is saved for emergency cravings. haha..


Steamed egg cupcakes [Minions, Ladybirds, Bees]

I came across a interesting video by Angela Chia on Facebook and decided to give her recipe a try… Oh… the results…. Super cute cupcakes!!

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(Makes 12 cupcakes)

180g plain flour
180g fine sugar
6 eggs (room temperature)
brown coloring (I can’t find brown colouring, so I mixed my own)
red coloring
yellow colouring

– 2 piping bags ( purchased disposable one from daiso)
– Pot with steamer ( using my Happycall big pot)
– Cupcake pan ( used disposable aluminum ones as it fits my steamer nicely! If not, you can use ramekins instead)
– Cloth , optional (to wrap the pot’s lid, so the water don’t drip onto the cupcake and ruin the designs)
– Ice-cream scoop to scoop batter into muffin liners

1) Beat eggs n sugar till light and fluffy.

2 Gradually add in the sifted flour.

3) Scoop 1 tbs of the batter into a piping bag. Snip a small hole and set aside.

4) Scoop 7 tbs of batter into another piping bag. Add brown colouring and mix well

5) Divide the remaining batter into 2 equal bowls.

6) Add red coloring (for ladybug’s body) to one of the bowls, mix well. Scoop 1 teaspoon of red batter into a small bowl ( for the bee’s cheek)

7) Add yellow colouring( for bee’s body) to the other bowl, mix well.

8) Line paper cups in the muffin tray.

For Ladybug:
9) Fill the cups 3/4 full with the pink batter.

10) Use the brown batter to draw a ‘T’ , to divide lady bug’s body.

11) Draw brown dots on bug’s body

12) Fill upper part of bug with brown batter

13) use white batter to make b/g of bug’s eyes.

14) Put brown dot to mark bug’s eyes *DONE!*

For Bee:
15) Fill the cups 3/4 full with the yellow batter.

16) Use the brown batter to draw 2 lines for bee’s markings.

17) Draw brown dots for bee’s eyes and mouth

18) use 1 chopstick, dip into the small portion of red batter to make bee’s cheek. *DONE!*

For Minions:
19) Fill the cups 3/4 full with the yellow batter.

20) Use the brown batter to draw outline of minion’s eyes.

21) use white batter to make b/g of minion’s eyes.

22) Put brown dot to mark minons eyes

23) Draw minion’s mouth with brown batter , if u still have any *DONE!*
24) Bring water to boil and lower cakes into pot or pan. Steam under medium heat for 15 minutes.



WARNING: Cupcakes do have a eggy taste/smell. Reduce the no. of eggs if you prefer not to have the smell

[UPDATE] My cupcakes did become a bit hard after it cooled down (still edible) – not sure if it’s me or is it the recipe 🙁 Will steam it before eating

Review: Black Bottle Postern (Bellevue)

BH and I recently found a good restaurant that we love and it is really near our current place. [Thanks Alina for introducing this place to us first 🙂 ]

We dined at Black Bottle Postern with our friends and just fell in love since then. haha.. it’s funny coz we always drove by but nv get to come in and try the food here.. So, this place is really great for big groups as the food is meant to be shared. The ambiance is really nice – a mix between modern and rustic. I feel that it is rather charming.. and quite romantic 🙂 Imagine chilling out, drinking wine and just chatting

One Sunday, BH and I decided to do just that ! I was feeling particularly good because I finally caved in and bought a nice Lululemon top which was on sale (but still expensive) – love how the top shapes my upper body and you don’t have to wear a bra! hehe.. perfect for the warm weather now! Opps.. sorry.. I digress..




Back to the food~~

The thing that I don’t understand about this place is “Our unfussy, rustic dishes are intended to be shared….” (quoted from their menu) Like seriously?! Are you kidding me?! The food is so good!!! I just want the whole dish to myself!!! How to share!

Anyhow.. My favorite is the bread pudding.. I really love the buttery taste of the bread pudding… and crave for the bourbon sauce .. . Food was as amazing as the first time we dine here. This time we ordered:

-house duck sausage rainbow chard shiitake mushrooms( Our new favorite!)
-bulgar wheat harissa lamb meatballs & paneer
-Broccoli blasted (Of course!!! How can I get sick of this! It is super delicious! shall attempt to mk this one day)

As it was Sunday, there’s 1/2 off bottle of wine! We had a bottle of Riesling ($15) to go with our food. This is life!
Will definitely go back again very soon!!!

Minions craze!

minions and cake

I am still collecting.. hope to have the whole set ( 8 minions) soon! 🙂

P/S: Luckily, the McDonalds here allows u to buy the toy (~US$1.90) w/o the meal!

Re-exploring Ballard

*This is an outdated post*

16 June

BH and I wanted to take Mr Hyde on a ride .. so we decided to head to Ballard. Well, Ballard is a little like Kirkland – it’s filled with cafe and restaurants, vintage/consignment stores and a huge Sunday’s Farmer’s market


It was a very sunny and pretty day. Perfect to walk around! I love such relaxing Sundays 🙂

We chanced upon a nice cafe and sat down for some refreshments – Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery

Love cafes which are tastefully decorated. This cafe is popular for its molten chocolate in a mason jar! If you are a chocolate fan, you need to visit here.

baLLARD 3We ordered the Dark Decadence molten chocolate cake. wah.. it’s sinfully delicious… and extremely refreshing when the weather is warm! haha.. ordered a Vanilla bean milkshake so that we don’t get chocolate overdosed


Next up… we went to The Walrus and The Carpenter for their highly raved Happy Hour menu.


This place will no longer have Happy Hour specials on SUNDAY from July onwards. Lucky us! We managed to enjoy the 2nd last Sunday Happy Hour 😀 Happy Hour starts at 4pm but we were in line at 3.30pm! It was a wait and not very worthwhile in my humble opinion

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Once again, I like the deco and the feel of this place. This time we took the seats at the bar – it was nice to see how food was prepared. I just felt that the service was a little slow – maybe that’s their strategy for the ‘long lines’ and curbing the ‘happy hour discounts’. For happy hour, 4-5pm there’s 50% off oysters, 5-6pm 25% off oysters. The best part about this place is … oysters are local and very fresh, other than that, it’s over-hyped

Ok, so we had 12 oysters of four different varieties. Would love to blog more about the oysters we ate but I can’t rem the names anymore. You see, that’s the problem with an outdated post  :/ This post is going to lack depth. Blah.. you get the point.

A very nice chef took the initiative to take a nice picture of us -we don’t get that often 🙂


We also had the scallop tartare – it’s basically raw scallops mixed with lemon juice and herbs. It tastes great, feel like some Japanese cuisine. hmm… we are quite glad that we didn’t order steak tartare (which is supposed to be really good!) – but I can’t picture myself eating raw beef?! BH also ordered Fried Oysters, which was alright – I stopped eating it after the first piece as I bit into a piece of shell and tasted sand. Bh loved it though!

Sadly… we didn’t have room for desserts 🙁

That’s all for our Ballard trip! We will be going on a Dog walk/jog (without a dog) on 4 July, Independence day! Hope to take more pictures and blog about it soon!


Red Hook Beer tasting weekend

last weekend, we went beer tasting at Red Hook Brewery at Woodinville. It was a great experience. BH and I went to Red Hook previously and wanted to take the tour, but missed the last timing. [By the way, last timing on Saturday is 5pm ] We were really glad that we managed to do so this time round with our friends

We paid $1 each for the tour and had about 6 small glasses (2 oz) of beer. It was worth it for the tasting. The guide was a good looking ‘Justin Timberlake’ kind of guy ;D I think we didn’t really learn much about the beer making process. Maybe it was the alcohol – the tour was filled with jokes of sexual connotations?! haha.. i mean.. it’s all for the name of fun!

Just for records, my favorite beer is Audible Ale. It tasted better than Heineken. I find it light and easy to drink, no bad after taste – lower alcohol content too 🙂


By the way… we get to keep the glass (retails for $2 each)!!! How cool!

After the beer tasting, we had dinner at Red Hook. Food are mostly burgers. I think the beer makes me so full.. I shared a salad with Jo instead. No pics of the food :/ However, I am very glad that they had fries to go with their burgers now! It used to be chips when I came last year

Some random pics taken at Chateau Ste Michelle. Loving my new hi-low skirt .. haha 🙂 ohhh… and there’s a interesting event going on this coming Sunday – will drop by if we have nothing better to do


To end this post – More apartment woes: (1) bedroom door fell off – door detached from hinge!!! so dangerous! (2) dishwasher screws came out – now the dishwasher might topple anytime (3) silverfish issue still around :/ The REAL pest control will be coming in on Thursday to examine the issue. Landlord is also getting a repairman to come in. Both BH and I are upset about our staying conditions  and is considering moving out…. we just can’t find another suitable place 🙁 In the mist of all these annoying issues, I am glad that our landlord is proactive in solving them even when he is not in town

A reminder to me…


what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… smile 🙂

Qdoba House Party!

It’s amazing that I got selected as a House Party host once again! Thank you Houseparty!

This time round, I am blessed to be selected f0r Qdoba House Party!

Party pack arrived on 26 April via Fedex. Look at the goodies!

Party pack includes

  • (1) Qdoba certificate good for a 20-person Catering Bar 
  • (1) Bamboo spoon
  • (1) Bamboo tong 
  • (1) Tote bag 
  • (1) Apron  
  • (12) Plastic margarita glasses for each of your guests for drinks or as a unique serving dish for salsa and guacamole
  • (4) Molcajetes to make and serve guacamole
  • (12) Qdoba rewards cards for each of your guests loaded with one free entrée

Much better than my previous party pack 😀 Thank you Qdoba!

Party was held on May 10 at Dave and Jo’s place. Thank you DJ for the venue!

3 days before the party, I called my nearest Qdoba (Redmond branch) to place order. At first, the person who answered the phone didn’t know what I was talking about. I had no choice but to email the Qdoba house party contact person. Within 3 hrs, a Qdoba rep contacted me and told me that she spoke to the manger at Redmond branch – ordering should be no problem! Love such great customer service! I called the Qdoba branch again and placed my order smoothly! Great start to a perfect party!

On party day, BH and I collected our food at 6.30pm. Sure enough, the food was prepared and waiting for us!


Setting up the catering bar was easy! Qdoba provided the stands to place the food,matches,heating elements, utensils and paper bowls, tongs, napkins etc.


I ordered the Naked Burrito Bar. The food looked and smell good! However, the amount of food was probably enough for 12-15 people. It’s too little for 20 :/

What’s a party w/o drinks right!?


and.. what’s a party w/o the pretty bebes? fun and furry friends?!


Finally…. most of people arrived!

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Fantastic food… great company.. successful party! Thank you! 🙂

Do try out Qdoba catering if u have a party in future.. fuss free and easy to order!

Kirkland on a Sunday

Recently, BH and I had been feeling kinda bitter that we didn’t move to Kirkland 🙁 well.. maybe if we moved to Kirkland, we won’t be faced with such a irritating pest problem

For the past week, the weather had been superb. I’m just so glad that we get to spend time together… just chilling out.. I feel so blessed 🙂 I really thank God for such simple pleasures..

It was a relaxing weekend.. BH and I decided to swing by Carillon Point for a walk + happy hour/Dinner

BH brought me here when I just arrived in the US.. hahaha.. here’s a pic of us in 2008.. how do we look?! haha


Anyway, it’s nice to visit this place after so long 🙂


Walked around and decided to enjoy Happy Hour at Bin on the lake


We had a lot of food while chatting and enjoying the view.. so romantic! Love such days!

fdGuess.. u eat more when u r happy? haha


Last but not least..a reminder to all of us..