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Saturday, May 31, 2014

pizza day

beautiful card came in a mail
another pizza day here
simple with olive kind of taste

summer favorite: red perilla juice

if you like to try
red perilla juice to boost your energy during summer
red perilla: 300g
water :1000ml
sugar: 300-500g (depending on how sweet you like)
vinegar: 200-250ml
1.  rinse perilla carefully, then boil water
2.  add perilla in boiling water and let it simmer for 5min on low heat
3.  remove perilla leaves
4.  add sugar
5.  just before you turn off the gas, add vinegar
let this cool down and you can delute this with either water or
sugar free soda(becasue perilla juice is already sweet enough).
put some ice cubes and garnish with mint leaf

i could't resist with the beautiful color.
i made some jello today.

Friday, May 30, 2014

amazing !

i was watching TV about how much trash we dispose
and all kinds of different system to handle those garbage
in various countries.   this is pretty amazing story.
take a look!

tortilla dinner

it is becoming almost like annual event to me and
my sister as we get big bunch of red shiso free from
our neighbor around this season. 
red shiso (perilla) juice i made today.
today, the temperature rose up to
around 30℃, too hot.  i watched american movie
and ate tortilla dinner like i used to do with frozen
margarita with friends together often
during hot days like this. 
mm, i miss america
and my friends over there.

one egg /day

my mother used to do this and put it in our lunch box
when we were little.   i will do better as i practice
when making daily lunch.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


 2yrs ago, i made a wish of having                     
pink garden in my balcony and many of you have                     
sent me variety of seeds.  some of them didn't do                     
well in our humid climate but some did well.                    
it was fun experiment to try all different kinds of                     
seed from all over the world and it helped me                     
learn lots of gardening techniques.  thanks to                     
all my friends, my garden remains with some kind                     
of pink flower throughout the year now.                    
thank you to all of you.                    
one of Asian flower:
this blooms before rainy season here. it means
our long humid wet season will be here soon.

white nemesia and thyme.
whether it is my imagination or not,
this nemesia smells like vanilla ♫

thank you olga


alicia, your flower survived our winter
it feels like you are here
for a long while, i've had a crave for homemade fresh
fruits&vege juice.  i finally got the blender for this
purpose and am going to take an advantage
during the hot season by experimenting
new recipes daily.  today, i had all those
above with some milk and bit of yogurt in it. 

 good day everyone


morning walk ; neighborhood

m.... she finally made it to under the tree
$5.00 !

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

happy dessert

 yesterday, i went to get annual physical exam.  it includes
EGD via nare which i felt like a torture to me with only
local anesthetic.  but all this is free from work and
i should take an advantage of early detection if there
are anything need to be treated.  after a long three hours
of examination of entire body, they give us free lunch ticket
which is worth for about $30.00.  to comfort myself,
i chose delicious hamberger lunch set.  at the end of the meal,
this beautifully arranged dessert was served.
it was totally unexpected.  beautiful decoration made me
very happy and remind me the love of cooking i always have. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

having less

having less might  make your life richer. 
today, i watched this. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

morning garden

good morning lily
your seed flowered this morning.  it is always
such a joy to see someone's seed grow well
in my own garden. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

summer salad

i like the combination of carrots and raisen in my salad.
ups, i forgot to put some nuts on top...
today, i sowes lots of seed, coriander, dill, parsley,
carrots, mustard, rucola, and chives. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

taste of summer squash


nothing could be better than homemade, fresh
meal.  i used smoked salmon, summer squash, red pepper.
marinade sauce:
vinegar, sugar, olive oil, & black pepper
i also added capers in the end.  keep this refrigerated
for 1-2hrs before you eat.

Friday, May 16, 2014

shade of the day

sometimes, i find more comfort in shade
than actual plant.  the day started with quietness and birds
stop by occasionally and also they seem to
introduce my garden to their off springs. 
little ones are so cute
my very first strawberry from balcony garden

Thursday, May 15, 2014

minus to plus

photos :
-flowers in the bathroom is a good thing for you
-another eye resting spot in the bathroom
-today's evening garden with jasmine in full bloom,
 nostalgic lovely scent around here and there
-raind all day today
-happy herbs after the rain
-gifted umbrella from dear friends to me two decades ago still intact
for a long while, i have been trying to convert negative thoughts
to positive ones. this attitude had helped me go through difficult
days at work, dilemma in job search, relationship with others.
this idea had been a great thing for me that i feel content
and strong and even feel good about myself.
just keep in mind:   change minus to plus ✿

Friday, May 9, 2014


two slices would be enough.  i initially thought so,
but it was too good and tempting

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


         good morning everyone

             my summer plants