Dinner for one

Few things tug the cords of nostalgia in the hearts of second-generation Asian Americans/Canadians than bubble tea and and Shin Ramyun. The former being what tided us over the 3PM hunger at hang-outs with schoolmates until dinnertime rolled around, the communal consumption of which was a proxy for one's social acceptability. The latter was what… Continue reading Dinner for one

Coping with Disappointment

For various reasons, people tend to think I have my dumplings together. I am here to assure you of precisely the opposite. An inconvenient alternate hypothesis, you might say, and I would agree. I am not the smartest one in the room. I am not exceedingly gifted in any discernible fashion. I am not the… Continue reading Coping with Disappointment

Menu – October 2019

If you know me at all, every few months (especially in the fall when the days are getting shorter and weather is getting cool enough that I want to cook again), I'll think up a multi-course menu to feature my region's best produce and seasonal vibes. I'll invite a friend or friends plural to dinner… Continue reading Menu – October 2019

The Art of Doing the Same Thing Again and Again

As infants, we learn first to recognize patterns. Hungry and silent? You stay hungry. Hungry and loud? Food appears. As children, still, patterns. Draw the same squigglies on a piece of paper enough times and they one day magically grow into meaning. Words. As adults, nothing new. Patterns - bigger ones, less fun, more devastating.… Continue reading The Art of Doing the Same Thing Again and Again

Rhubarb and Mascarpone

I'm in a Starbucks, sitting at a window seat from which my field of vision spills out like the sun onto a lightly bleached lower Spadina. It's hard to believe the Thursday rain, the February pain. It feels, even if it's not the case, that summer's speaking. It just feels that way. But I still… Continue reading Rhubarb and Mascarpone

Ube Cheesecake

Ube Cheesecake with Toasted Coconut Crust and Blackberries

Quickie post today, recipe only. Ube Cheesecake with Toasted Coconut Crust and Blackberries Makes a moderately tall, 9-inch cake - serves 12 Toasted Coconut Crust: 1 c unsweetened dessicated coconut 1 sleeve Maria biscuits, roughly broken up 1/3 c coconut oil, melted In a skillet, stir the coconut over medium heat until golden, crisp, and… Continue reading Ube Cheesecake