Sunday, September 21, 2014

Organic African Nectar Tea


Trying out a new tea and I'm loving it so far! This is Organic African Nectar tea from Mighty Leaf. It's made with African Rooibos leaves, rose petals (marigold flowers), hibiscus leaves, mallow blossoms, and spices. All ingredients are organic. This is my first time trying rooibos tea (or red tea) and it definitely has a unique flavor that I'm not accustomed to. I usually drink green tea, and will occasionally have black, white, or herbal tea. The African Nectar is unique in that it has an exotic, light, smooth, and rich flavor that's lacking in the other teas. It's an herbal tea so it doesn't have any caffeine (not meant as morning pick me up!). There's a stark contrast compared to the herbal teas I've tried before which have more of a stronger fruity taste that can become too sour for my liking (the Bigelow herbal teas). This tea is meant for a quiet night in, as it promotes calmness and is known to protect the heart and prevent stress. You can find this tea at your local drugstore or online at Amazon. You can even find it at Paris Baguette Cafe! :)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Spinach & Chive Linguine Pasta


Topped with Parmesan Cheese. Looked a little simple, so added...

Tomatoes!

Okay, so it still looks pretty simple. But I think the tomatoes add an extra little something something! If anything, it adds color to the otherwise all-green ensemble. The reason why it's mainly pasta (and carbs) is because I'm carbo-loading for a race tomorrow!
Ingredients:
  • Spinach & chive linguine pasta 
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pinch of salt
  • Tomatoes

Directions:
  1. Boil water in a pot and add a pinch of salt in the water.
  2. Pour in the pasta when the water is steaming.
  3. Continue to stir every minute or so.
  4. Cook until al dente, and drain the water.
  5. Add parmesan cheese and tomatoes.

Done!


FYI: I've heard you can make your own spinach pasta. One day, I will attempt to do that! :)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Fuji Apple Crab


Fuji Apple Crab

Made a crab out of one Fuji apple the other day. Originally intended to do a lobster, but decided to go with a crab since it turned out to look more like the latter. It can even pass for a spider because of its pointy legs!

I've realized that apples are pretty easy and convenient to create fun food art designs. And not to mention, they're always laying around in the kitchen! All you need is one apple. :)


Fun Facts:

  • Fuji apples are a hybrid between 2 different apples: the Red Delicious (from Iowa) and the Virginia Ralls Genet apples (from Virginia) and crossbred in Japan! 
  • They are sweeter, lighter (in color & taste), and juicier than Red Delicious apples.
  • Supposedly, they can remain fresh for a whole year without refrigeration!
  • Fuji apples are the most popular type of apple in Japan.
  • The term 'fuji' came from the the town Fujisaki, Aomori, Japan, not Mt. Fuji.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Teddy Bear Toast


Teddy Bear Toast

Saw a couple pictures floating around Pinterest and other social media outlets of a cute teddy bear toast art and decided to do my own. It's easy and quick to make, and it adds an adorable addition to your breakfast!


Total time: 5 minutes, 2 slices of 'teddy bear' bread


Ingredients:
  • Slice of toast
  • Sliced bananas
  • Milk and white chocolate chips
  • Cookie butter spread


Directions:
  1. Spread cookie butter over the toast. Make sure the spread fills the entire bread.
  2. Cut slices of bananas and put three on the slice of bread, with two as the ears and one as the nose.
  3. Use chocolate chips for the eyes and nose.

Done!


So easy, right? 

I was actually going to use creamy peanut butter but I ran out just a few days ago so I used cookie butter spread instead. It's a darker brown, but it's still a shade of brown and it works! For the chocolate chips, you can substitute raisins. They're still a relatively black color so it won't be very different. I substituted white chocolate chips for the eyes because milk chocolate chips are hard to see against the dark cookie butter.

Definitely give this a try and make it for breakfast! Guaranteed to put a smile on anyone's face! :)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Roses and Bows <3




A bouquet of beautiful pink roses with fuchsia tips wrapped in a lovely layered ribbon bow. <3