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Asparagus Cheddar Focaccia

I’ve been trying to perfect my bread baking skills for a few months. I still am not satisfied with sandwich breads, but I think I finally am able to say that I got the basics covered now. For me, baking with the yeast was really intimidating. I’ve done breads on and off, and they were great as they were “home-made” but an attractive magic word of “home-made” did not make me feel any better than how they came out. Mad Scientist’s been honest with the outcome and kindly called some of my previous creations “Rocks.” He was right. I think I never was eager enough to get good at it.

But let me show you the reason why I wanted to perfect my bread baking. (below)

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Green Tea Tapioca Pudding

I came to really appreciate the green tea when I moved to New York, about 17 years ago. Drinking a hot cup of green tea meant nothing to me growing up as it was always there, and it’s sad for me to admit that as I’m Japanese. My grandfather used to serve me a hot cup of tea with Japanese sweets that were pretty intricate while he was kneading the soba noodle dough. It came with the warning – not to touch the dough until ready. I used to ignore his words and poke the soft yet neatly rounded dough while he was not looking. And I loved it. Then 3 o’clock tea time with my grandmother, with my favorite Japanese sponge cake, Kasutera (or Castella). Some times, you have to be far away (physically) to realize what’s important and appreciate what you grew up with; the green tea for me happens to be one of them.

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Artichoke, Chicken, & Farro Salad with Sriracha Lemo-grette

I carry my black BYO lunch bag or some sort of insulated bag most of the time. It’s one of the tricks I’ve learned when I started to eat healthier – carry my own food. There are exceptions but it’s so easy to head towards the junk food highway where there seems to be no speed limit, especially when I’m at work. That pile of doughnuts, leftover truffles, coffee cakes, and a tub of bubble gum in the lunch room look like the Willy Wonka‘s Chocolate Factory and even feel magical when I pass nearby. Trust me, I like them all. But I have my bag with foods I love. 

Artichoke, Chicken, & Farro Salad with Sriracha Lemo-grette

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