18 January 2015

The Moving Diaries

Hi all! It's been a while since I've updated, and we've been very, very busy. Some news.. we're moving!! It's not as exciting as it sounds, but I want to write more about this (and why we're moving) only after we move out of the current place. Meanwhile, I've been looking at DIY terrariums and ecospheres. I'm looking forward to the new place, if anything I hope to make it feel as homely as Natalie Jean's loft (can you say exposed brick!!!). Mm. But for now, I guess things will only get better after we finish packing. I don't know how my mom managed fit everything in our previous house into boxes–our place is tiny in comparison and I'm exhausted just thinking about packing up.

10 January 2015

A Day At The Capilano Suspension Bridge

Jenn and I visited the Capilano Suspension Bridge a couple of weeks ago. It only took me like, two years to visit that place.. I guess it was about time that I hopped on to the Seabus! We saw two corgis and got to pet a magnificent-looking husky who had the fluffiest coat and the bluest eyes.

On our way back from the North Shore, the sun had started setting and it turned the skyline of the city of Vancouver into a perfect silhouette. I wish I got pictures of that, all cast against the tangerine sky.

Some pictures:



(Ps: I had been looking around for a pair of black Roshe Runs since foreverrrr and I ended up scoring this pair from the kids section, because everywhere I looked, they only had Roshes in the most outrageous colours. The Tiffany Blue ones are pretty, I'll say). 

Cliffwalk 



This was a 1300 year old tree! Don't mind my hairy hands... 

We had to touch it so as to absorb the true full powers of a mystic tree, amirite?



The Suspension Bridge!! It was a lot scarier than this looks, mainly because I'm deathly afraid of heights and the ends of the bridge bob up and down a lot. I was also really afraid that my phone would drop down into the abyss of rocks and waterfalls while trying to take pictures that would garner likes on social media, which was pretty much what everyone else was doing. 


All in all, it was a good time and the Cap Bridge is definitely a fun touristy thing to do if you're visiting Vancouver (or in Vancouver) and don't really enjoy hiking (or the outdoors?) that much. Cap Bridge is to Lynn Canyon the way Whistler is to The North Shore Mountains.. does that make sense? 

4 January 2015

Pizza Toast!

Source: onetwosimplecooking.com

Hi ya'll! I started catching up with Brooklyn-Nine Nine and their pizza episode just had me wanting pizza... should that even come as a surprise? It was raining pretty heavily outside and I knew I'd feel pretty bad for the pizza delivery guy (and I wanted to save money, I guess) so I looked through our pantry and found two loafs of bread that we bought two days ago (on discount, I guess we didn't realize that it was already January when we bought them) that were bound to expire on January 8th. A quick google search led me to this pizza toast recipe and I thought I'd share! I used cheddar cheese instead, and also fried bacon to add on the toast before popping them in the oven. Perfect!

3 January 2015

ABC Soup Dduk Guk



I didn't really make any resolutions but I guess this year I just want to live simply, cook more, and explore more. (Give me a week and this new-year-new-me phase will blow over). The weather reports said it would snow today and the doggy daycare was closed, so we didn't head out.. instead, I woke up at 1pm, lazed around, and put Real Estate on loop. Our (very late) lunch was Dduk Guk, which is what we had on New Years (see post before this). I love rice cakes. I made the broth out of chicken, using ABC soup in fact. My mom used to make this soup a lot when I was a kid and I love it!! I had no idea it was this easy to make, or that it was called ABC soup because I was always told it was chicken stew. While watching Xiaxue's Guide To Life (hahahah) the other day, she made this soup for her husband so I googled it, and that's how I learned that this wasn't some recipe my mom came up with because she knew how much I loved potatoes. It's okay though. My grandma and my mom will always make the best food.

Anyway, this, like everything else I make, is really easy, and very delicious. Jw finished most of it, which is a very good sign. However, it is time consuming and requires at least an hour of cooking time, so you have been warned! If you don't want rice cakes, just leave them out and you'll have yummy soup to go with rice... or just a rainy day.

ABC Dduk Guk 
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1–1½ hours

Serves: 2 

Ingredients:
400g Chicken thighs, washed, cleaned*, etc. (I used 5 thighs)
1 Russet potato, cut into cubes
1 carrot, chopped into pieces
½ onion, sliced
300g Korean rice cakes
1.25l water
(optional) ½ broccoli, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, bring water, onions and chicken to a boil, cover and simmer for half an hour, or longer if possible. 
  2. Remove impurities from soup, add carrots, potatoes and broccoli in. Cover and simmer for half an hour. 
  3. Add in the rice cakes, leave for about 2 minutes, and serve! 


*I know you always have to clean chicken before you cook it, and everyone has different ways of doing it, but I always do an initial boil.

Ps: here's a short playlist I made for forest walking, imaginary or not.


1 January 2015

The New Year


Happy New Year!
I am currently watching Joggy (who got himself tangled UNDER the bedsheets), trying to figure out what the force that's holding him back is. Hello, elastic garters. Today on his walk he tried to eat fresh poop that a French Bulldog left behind, and then for the first time ever, he lifted his leg and peed to mark a tree. To which Jw commented, "I guess he's not a puppy anymore".  I felt a little sad when I heard that. Just keep your puppy face, okay Joggy? It's what keeps you out of trouble.

We kickstarted the year with a sleepless night, because our neighbour threw a rager that went on until 12PM this afternoon. The walls here are pretty sound proof, so just imagine how loud it must have been to allow a continuous 15 hour bass-line.

Our first meal of 2015 was dduk guk–Korean rice cake soup / good luck soup.

And that's how 2015 welcomed us.