29 October 2014

Tuna and truffle pesto pasta


Today was a stay-at-home and roll around in my blanket cocoon kind of day.. you know. It's midterm and essay season and I've not been very good at keeping up with my workload this semester.  For dinner I made pasta with tuna and truffle pesto. I liked it, so I'm here to share!  You can definitely use regular pesto with this recipe, but we had truffle pesto in the fridge so this tasted a little more earthier (I googled 'what does truffle oil taste like' before I typed out that sentence. I'm not very good at food critique)

This literally took me ten minutes to make! After that I lay on the couch watching 30 Rock with Joggy, exhausted from a jog, resting his head on me. Speaking of earthy... His paws smell earthy too. Jw and I love the smell of his paws. Mmmjoggypawssssss...

Tuna and truffle pesto pasta 
Serves: 2
Time: 10 minutes (including prep)

Ingredients

  • 1 can of tuna (about 130g) 
  • 2 cups of pasta 
  • ⅓ cup pesto 
  • 1 ½  tbsp lime juice
  • ¼ cup water 
  • black pepper (optional) 
  • salt (optional) 
  • 1 tbsp olive oil (optional) 
Directions 
  • Boil the pasta
  • In the meantime, combine tuna, pesto, lime juice and water in a separate bowl. 
  • When the pasta is al dente, drain it, and set aside. 
  • Pour in tuna-pesto mix into a pot and stir on low heat for about 2 minutes. 
  • Add in pasta, mix, and if it feels a little too dry, add in olive oil. 
  • Add black pepper and salt according to your preference. 

I have yet another essay on Plato due midnight, so that's something I have to get back to.  Enjoy this! I feel like this would be great on a summer evening because it's a little tangy.. but we've got about 8 more months to wait out before summer comes again, heh. 

27 October 2014

Indoors.



I finally have a bit of time to spare and I know I haven't been updating as often as I'd like to, unfortunately schoolwork consumes me and I recently started making music again for fun and it's mostly what I've been preoccupied with (along with rewatching 30 Rock) if I'm not doing school stuff. I've recently become a contributor for 604 Now, a website about everything that's happening in Vancouver and I'm pretty pleased about that as well.

We haven't been out exploring as much either because of the recent storms–there's one coming in tonight, apparently. To make matters worse, someone climbed into our porch /terrace area and made off with all of my shoes, leaving behind my beloved Havaianas (thank you for leaving them, they are my favouritest footwear in the world).. I just hope it was someone who really needed them because she was cold so then I wouldn't be this mad. Anyway due to my lack of shoes and the heavy rain, I wasn't able to head out to get a new pair so we spent most of our week indoors having lots of warm food.

You really can't go wrong with nutella and bananas.

What I'm excited for though, is halloween. People never really go trick-or-treating in Singapore so I never got to do that when I was a kid. Jw told me that in Texas he got two full baskets of candy that lasted him a month when he did that!! I'm too old to do that now but this year we're going to hand out candy to kids who come to our door so I'm going to get allllll sorts of candy. Especially screme eggs. halloween is about screme eggs and their alien goo coloured fillings. And sugar. (Last week at a halloween party we served a mountain dew / blueberry koolaid mixture with gummy worms floating on top AND twirler straws. if it wasn't a halloween party i don't think i'd have drank it if it was any other day.. that thing was 100% sugar).

I started writing this post because I felt a little bummed about life lately but this turned into another 'my daily life' kind of thing.. I guess i don't know how to write about it. The weather has got me feeling down. These days there's a looming sense of anxiousness stirring within me, i think part of it has got to do with winter approaching, but another part of it is different– my palms are always sweaty, i'm always feeling stressed out about things i shouldn't even be worrying about, and I feel homesick for places I've never called home...

17 October 2014

Life right now.

Fall is here! The days are getting shorter, I've been waking up to drizzle, and I've finally and am now precariously treading in Basic waters because I caved and tried a #PSL last week, and that's all I want these days. (For those of you who don't know, PSL is the reason why fall exists. PSL life is all about warming your hands with your coffee cup on your way to class. It is about standing in line and having the girl in front of you smell like PSL even before she orders her coffee because PSL runs in her veins and like you, she bleeds Pumpkin Spice Latte).  I can't really tell you where you can find the best pumpkin spice latte in Vancouver because all I do is support global coffee instead of local coffee. I.e. Starbucks.


As you know, I celebrated my birthday last week along with Joggy. We don't know when the exact date is, but we know he was born in October, so he got an extra special day (and lots of treats. Of course.) We got birthday hats and I got a sparkler candle even!! It was a sunny day, and I pet a cardigan welsh corgi (sorry Joggy), so that made things even better.


 The day after I went for The Drums, and during the set the people right in front of me got into a fight / brawl thing and I got shoved around a little. It obviously wasn't a good feeling but it also feels like, I can finally cross off 'saw a brawl' on an imaginary bucket list. I really hope I will never have to see one again though, I was really nervous the whole time. The opening band was Beverly, and their music was a little weird on stage because of the sound system, but I gave them a listen when I got home and I like them! One of my favourite tracks is All The Things.


Thanksgiving was a simple affair: I made pesto pasta with mussels, roast chicken, and garlic bread. We were planning on making turkey but went with chicken instead because we prefer it. Then we sat ourselves on the couch and spent the evening watching Pixar movies. There are a lot of things I should be thankful for, but I think the most important one is that I am incredibly lucky and thankful for my family– the little one I have here, and the one I miss in Singapore. 

This morning was chilly and Joggy was sleeping soundly as usual. I love watching him sleep.  I know I'm obsessed but he is seriously the most perfect pup to me! My fur mommy heart swells every time I think of him.  We had guests over that day and the moment I stepped into the house he ran to me and welcomed me for a good five minutes, before going on to meet his new friends. I think I've said it before but coming home to a waggy tail and an excited pup is really one of the best things in the world.


10 October 2014

Twenty Two


Joggy and I each turned a year older yesterday! (Not so much wiser). 
Happy first, Joggy. Happy 22nd, me. 
I got cake. Joggy got a doggy doughnut. 
It was a happy day. 



8 October 2014

Kimchi Pasta


The weather won't make up its mind this autumn and that's okay with me–I love sunny days and the sun because which tropical creature doesn't? Unfortunately, today wasn't one of those days and the rain and cold air meant warm, comfort food. I made kimchi pasta  because any form of pasta is my comfort food.  Also, I like cooking pasta because it's generally easy and fuss free, and requires little prep.

Kimchi Pasta  (REALLY EASY) 
Serves 2
Time: 20 minutes, including prep

Ingredients:
300g pasta (I usually use elbow macaroni or spaghetti)
1 can of tuna
150g kimchi (or more, depending on what you prefer)
2 tbsp gochujang
1 tbsp soy sauce
Olive oil

Directions:

  1.  Boil pasta as directed on packaging. 
  2. In a pan, heat some olive oil and fry the kimchi and tuna. 
  3. Mix the gochujang and soy sauce in a small bowl. 
  4. When your pasta is ready / al dente, drain it, and toss in pan with kimchi and tuna.
  5. Add in the gochujang soy sauce mixture, stir well, serve. 

The drink right there is sprite and blueberry cocktail mix, topped with mint leaves. The mint makes a world of difference! 

Life lately: 'date night', and Joggy.




Ok. Before I begin I just want to say that I have never used the word 'date' with Jw. No 'saturdate', or 'fundate'. The word seems so cheesy and cringeworthy and I don't think that's our style.. but yeah. Yesterday was the first time we had 'date night' and it sure felt like it, kind of like on TV shows or blogs I follow where a couple leaves their kids with the babysitter and goes out for the night. Except instead of kids we have Joggy. You know how getting a pet means that you need time and commitment for it? People never talk about the part where you get anxiety from being away from your dog. Not because you're overly attached (I kind of think I am), but because you worry about how the dog is coping, if the dog has gotten into any accidents, or whether he's getting a panic attack by being away from you. This is how I feel when I'm away from Joggy. He is crate trained and we crate him whenever we go out without him but there's always a little nagging 'what if' at the back of my mind..so anyway for the past month we haven't really had 'us' time, for the two of us. Ever since we got Joggy we spend all of our 'us' time with him. (psst!If anyone can give us recommendations for dog-friendly cafes and coffee shops in the Cambie / Mt Pleasant area please do!)



So anyway, last night we traipsed along Main Street, just the two of us, and we ended up going to Toshi Sushi on 16th and Main. Toshi Sushi came up when we searched for an all-you-can-eat on Google, and the reviews made that place sound stellar, so of course we headed there. When we got there the place was buzzing, and we were made to write our names on the wall (you kind of have to wait around the whole time. They don't call and they give the table to the next person in line)... and we were finally seated we asked them if they had an all you can eat menu. The lady very nicely told us no (we were just a little embarrassed) but the people at the table beside us shot us a dirty look, I guess because they were insulted that we'd think people like them would go to an all you can eat, because they don't appreciate free flow oyster robata or dynamite rolls. Anyway we stayed on and that was the best sushi I've ever had in Vancouver. When the salmon sashimi arrived Jw looked at it with his mouth agape because we couldn't believe what we saw. It was beautiful. The other table beside us (nice people) ordered a box sushi set and it looked amazing, I think we'll have to go back and try it! Anyway Toshi Sushi is a nice compact little sushi joint and their staff are nice and friendly. They also serve really, really good food. Have I mentioned that? Their pricing is pretty reasonable for the quality of the food they serve. (about $16 for a bowl of chirashi, and 7.95 for 4 pieces of beautiful, thick-cut salmon sashimi). A 5/5 in my books!





After that we went to Miura Waffle Milk Bar for waffles!! They serve waffle sandwiches ('sandos') and their menu looked pretty interesting (i mean, bulgolgi waffles???) but because we already had sushi, we ended up ordering dessert waffles, which were really yummy (and messy!) I got a vanilla ice cream and teriyaki sauce waffle and that is one combination of food that will no longer be weird to me. The waffles were a little pricey but if you're up for wacky food combinations, go for it.


... and then we went to the supermarket like grown ups do to pick up food and snacks because i insisted on a chick flick marathon, and came home to an extra waggy Joggy. I love the way he wags his tail and welcomes us when we get home, it moves about in circles and sometimes I just want to tie a handkerchief to it and watch it wave like a flag. Then we made extra buttery popcorn, had lots of pop, and watched Legally Blonde, The House Bunny and the likes.  It was a pretty perfect night.


And in Joggy news: We managed to get a better understanding of Joggy's past. We noticed he had separation anxiety, a little bit of socialization problems, and a couple of other things. We were also wondering if he really was a purebred Beagle (separation anxiety and slight aggression are Beagle traits!) because he doesn't look like the Beagles we see on the internet. He has a slimmer but longer built and his face is narrower and sharper than what we've seen– to me, he looks like a lemon treeing walker coonhound. We spent a whole night combing through 300+ pages of adopted animals on the Montreal SPCA page but couldn't find his profile, so we sent them an email and they responded the next day. It turns out that this is Joggy's fourth home, and his first owner bought him as a one month old puppy and had him for less than a month. We didn't have his microchip number, but his vaccination dates matched up with their system and they told us that he "loved eating garbage" so we knew for sure it was him. Also, he is 100% Beagle! Not that we'd have minded if he wasn't anyway. It is good to know what his past was like, so we understand him better. We love you Joggy, even though you've managed to destroy nine pairs of underwear your first month here. Joggy is also truly Canadian: he was born in Toronto, raised in Montreal, and he's now in Vancouver. AND he's only a year old! #ADVENTURER

(ps: just because Joggy has to work on some things doesn't mean that all shelter dogs are the same. My first dog was a shelter dog and she was as loyal as could be! Jw's jindo was rescued (from the cook, in fact) and she is the perfect companion.  All dogs are friends no matter where they come from).

Also, my post on adopting Joggy got featured on the Steller app's 'Pets' section. My handle is tajo, and you can check it out here if you'd like!

I still have visuals from Europe and a couple of recipes to be posted up and I hope to do so soon, in the mean time I have an essay on Socrates in love to worry about. Thanks for reading!