Food: Paella

Paella in a …paella pan.

PAELLA:

Pronounced: Pie-ay-yah (the two Ls, are pronounced like a y)

Paella is a Spanish dish (specifically Valencian) that consists of rice (calasparra or bomba), saffron, and olive oil. Most Paella is found with seafood mixed in – shrimp, mussels, lobster, etc. However, Paella can also be made with vegetables such as tomatoes and red bell peppers. Below are a few combinations you can try to make Paella with:

Seafood:

Since this was my first time making Paella myself, I pulled a recipe off of Food Network:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/seafood-paella-recipe.html

I can’t say it’s my “authentic” invention, however the recipe does work well! I made a few subtle changes such as more shrimp and less saffron (I was running out..).

vegetarian:

ALSO pulled off of Food network, I made this for a foodie party:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robin-miller/vegetarian-paella-recipe.html

I can’t say I like it as much as the seafood Paella – I couldn’t get as strong of a taste – but it was still alright. The few changes I made to the recipe was less asparagus (half a bunch), more zucchini (a cup and…a quarter), and a pinch more paprika. Note that these changes are suited to my tastes and not to yours so experiment until you find your ideal taste!

chicken/non-seafood:

To be completely honest, I made the Chicken Paella just by replacing the seafood/shrimp in the above Seafood recipe with Chicken. It actually turned out quite delicious so it’s worth a try!

Have a delicious Paella adventure 🙂

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Food: Dango vs. Mochi

People commonly get dangos and mochi mixed up – I can’t blame them. Dangos are related to mochis however the two are completely different:

Dango:

Dangos!!

Dangos are sweet dumplings made of Mochiko a rice flour. Dangos are usually served with tea and can be found year round (though there might be different varieties during different seasons). Traditionally, three to four dangos are placed on a skewer (as shown in the picture above).

Mochi:

Mochi with red bean paste filling.

 

A mochi is a Japanese rice cake. They can be any shape (molds are sold for specific shapes) and are usually eaten around the time of the New Year. The texture of mochi is sticky and there are usually fillings inside the mochi (usually red bean paste and taro). However, mochi isn’t always made of sticky rice! Ice cream mochi is another variety:

Ice Cream Mochi

 

 

Food: Oatmeal

The sight of oatmeal is enough to invoke shudders and nausea for those who do not appreciate bland healthy food in the morning. Not only does oatmeal look unappealing, the taste is also quite …tasteless. As someone who doesn’t enjoy breakfast much less oatmeal, a pile of gray slime is the last thing I want to have for breakfast. However lately, there have been many articles detailing the pros of having oatmeal for breakfast – lower the risk of heart disease, decrease cholesterol, weight control, and much more. Thus, I have decided to find some ways to spice up this boring breakfast item and spread the benefits of oatmeal.

Dried Fruits:

Dried fruits are a quick and delicious way of adding taste to oatmeal. Add whatever fruit you like!

nuts:

Nuts are a great way of getting healthy fats so why not combine it with oatmeal to make a delicious nutrient packed meal?

FRESH FRUIT:

If you’re feeling up to a slightly more time consuming breakfast, use fresh fruit! Though preparation time might be longer, you’ll definitely get more taste than dried fruit.

There are many many more ways to spice up your oatmeal (granola will work too!) so try a few on your own!

Food: Pie and Pi Day

It is March the fourteenth or more popularly known as Pi Day. For non-math lovers, this is probably the only day that they will actually appreciate math; after all, Pi Day means pie. Although this “tradition” of eating pie on Pi Day begins to wane as people grow older, I still find it nice to indulge myself in the decadent taste of pie – if not the “decadent” sights of math. Below is a link to several pie recipes for Pi Day pie:

From Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/14/pi-day-recipes_n_4942810.html

An amazing Pi Day pie – I do not own the picture nor the pie (unfortunately).

Let us revel in the taste of pie and take a day off from berating math (unless you enjoy math, then revel in both!).

A nibble of pi:

3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307816406286 208998628034825342117067982148086513282306647093844609550582231725359408128481

Food: Onigiri

I recently discovered the magic of onigiri. Onigiri is a Japanese food that’s made of rice, salt, and usually nori (seaweed) although there are other types of onigiri too. Onigiri can be found in any shape or form though it’s usually depicted as a triangle.

The “magic” of onigiri lies in that it’s a fairly low fat snack – definitely less than the bags of chips you dote on everyday – and can easily be made at home. I found my onigiri recipe online (link given below), but I usually add some other ingredients/seasoning to it.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Onigiri