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A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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Love love love green onion buns, so meaning to try baking it myself. This batch lacked the green onion flavor. I knew I didn’t have green onions to begin with, but too lazy to get more, so I ended up using whatever I had. I will try again!IMG_9839Boys don’t seem to mind it (they’re not big fans of green onions). IMG_9850

Fresh baked bread right out of the oven. Mr. Piggy was hovering my shoulders this morning waiting for this to come out of the oven. I had to tease him a bit when I took my lovely time to snap a few pictures. These were all gone in one sitting. Not enough to go around for another day.IMG_9748IMG_9751

These past few days have been record high in the city, almost to the point it was unbearable. And of course, I had to pick this time to bake. I was thinking to take advantage of the heat for getting the dough to rise quicker. It sure did, but that was when I realized I had to put them in the oven. Yikes! The entire kitchen got even warmer. At least the boys had fresh bread for breakfast!UntitledUntitled2Untitled3

I’ve always loved lemon poppyseed pound cakes. That’s the first thing I’d go for if I see it in a platter of pastries. I think it’s about time I learn how to bake it. My food critics gave it a thumbs up while enjoying it for breakfast.   IMG_9624

We got to spend some time with some college friends today. It was a potluck, and I made salad, coffee rolls and fruit tarts. Since these are a bunch of foodies, I was under pressure to perform 🙂

Of course, the more pressure, the more nervous I get to make things perfect. I had to make two coffee rolls (because the first one cracked). This shell of this fruit tart was under baked and the pastry creme didn’t have the perfect consistency. I’ve made these before and never had this problem. This time, I just got anxious and scooped it up to the bowl. The trick to baking is to willing to accept failures. I know exactly where my mistakes were. I will keep trying, keep practicing until I get this right again. After all, “mistakes are proofs that you are trying…”IMG_9077

Now that the boys are off to camp, I have all the time in the world! What to do? Baking bread of course! Garlic and cheese bread…Love the smell of fresh baked bread.

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Had some middle school friends over today and cooked up a storm. There’s always endless topics to talk about with this group of friends. So when we go out, we always get kicked out before we can all share our stories. That’s why we decided to have it in one of our homes so we can talk/laugh without anyone constantly coming over asking if we wanted anything else. *wink* IMG_8695

It was supposed to be potluck, but somehow I did most of the cooking. One friend brought small pot of tofu soup, one brought drinks, one brought fruits, and my sister brought chicken wings and garlic enoki mushrooms.

For me, I made some rose dumplings, mini mango tart, egg leaf salad, japchae and green onion pancakes. My friends have been wanting to try my homemade bread, so it’s right there on the table! Since it’s an Asian themed brunch, I made name cards using each person’s chinese name.

gatheringfood Happy for the company, grateful for the memories, and glad everyone left with their tummies satisfied.

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Breakfast I made this weekend for Ah Lo and myself (Mr. Piggy is not a big fan of porridge). Oh well, more for us!IMG_8647Baked some fresh bread on Saturday morning to load up Ah Lo with carbs for his triathlon.IMG_8602