March 3, 2019

Curried Lentil Soup with Garlic-Butter Naan

My friend Gabby sent me a few photos of the spring that's blossoming on Emory's campus in Atlanta. I'm still stuck in soup weather, so here's yet another vegetarian-friendly, lentil soup recipe that'll hopefully make you feel all warm & fuzzy inside - even on a busy weeknight! 

February 24, 2019

Minimalist Baker's Lentil Fesenjān (Pomegranate Walnut Stew)

One of my Spanish professors this semester is visiting from Argentina, where they're currently experiencing summer, and I gotta give her kudos for braving Cornell's winter. She arrived a week before our -20*F days! When the sun's rays finally peaked out and kissed our window, she jumped up to celebrate. Profesora comes in everyday with a weather report (in Celsius, of course), and I always leave her class with a cheshire cat grin plastered on my face. She's incredibly accomplished, so sitting next to her in our small class of 6 students keeps me in awe. No matter how regular our conversations before class are, I marvel at how personable she is - she, too, loves walks in nature, and you bet your bottom dollar I gave her a list of "bucketlist" places to visit during her semester here. 

The recipe I'm sharing in this blogpost is adapted from Minimalist Baker's Vegan Lentil Fesenjān. Dana, the mastermind behind Minimalist Baker, couldn't have titled her blog more appropriately. Minimalist Baker's brand is marked by its simple, fuss-free and feel-good recipes. I, on the other hand, tend to further minimize recipes out of laziness or frugality, so here's my take on Dana's Fesenjān. I've also rearranged some cooking steps to help maximize this stew's depth of flavor.

This flavorful-while-simple recipe makes me think of my wonderful professor - someone who's renowned in her field, well-rounded (I've never taken a physics class and here I am, recalling thermodynamics and "entropy" from previous P-Chem units, in a contemporary Spanish literature and art class), and pure genius, but at the very core, is wonderfully human and down to earth. Esta receta es para ti, Profesora! 

February 17, 2019

NowForager's Spiced Pumpkin Muffins

Sweet treats and good friends, they're all you need!

Back in December and January, my two friends, Sophie and Nikki, were initiated into the world of baking homemade muffin through this spiced pumpkin muffin recipe. I don't kid when I say that they were natural pros; all I did was talk as they measured and mixed. These muffins were so good that Sophie's boss, a chef on West Campus loved them! 

February 3, 2019

An Evening at Cargot Brasserie

Food unites nutrition, agriculture, and the culinary arts, three of the things in life that make me tick. 

Two years ago, I sat in my communication professor's office telling him about my lofty dreams to combine photography, writing, and food into a project that's bigger than my blog. But what's the name of this job that I can work towards? Who's looking for someone to do this? 

January 20, 2019

9-11 Memorial Museum and The Frick Collection

11 am or so: The skies were clear blue, cloudless and bright. My doll jostled inside my oversized Tweety bird backpack with each bouncing step my 3-year-old feet took. Preschool ended early and abruptly. Our teachers shuffled quickly to steer us to the entrance of P.S. 128. I was the last to be picked up; it must have taken some time for the school to contact Mom who then had to call Grandpa at home. My tiny fist in his leathered hand, we rounded past our favorite corner pizzeria. Tugging on 爷爷's sleeves, I pointed to a thick, charcoal puff condensing above the distant skyline. "What is that?" Oh, it's probably a small fire somewhere. Don't worry, he patted my hand. I didn't.