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Banana-Date Cake- inspired by grandma

6 Sep


It’s so weird to be back! Equally weird to see that many of you, whom I used to follow, are still posting regularly. I guess I’m the only one who fell off the wagon. For two years.

I still reference this blog sometimes for recipes. That’s what happened today, I looked up Cold Asian Noodle Salad because my mom requested it for dinner. I, shamefully, have not cooked much for months besides quick quesadillas and sandwiches. I bake on a monthly basis though. Baking always came easier to me than cooking. Plus, there’s that sweet tooth.

Med school has kept me busy. I didn’t have a summer. Spent 6 weeks studying for my board exam, day and night, and thankfully passed. I started my third year in July with my clinical clerkships, or rotations. I work in the hospital for free (actually my tuition goes towards paying for my experience) and learn the skills of the trade as I “rotate” through different specialties. So far I’ve finished one month of orthopedic surgery and one month of family medicine (FM). I’m starting my next month of FM on Tuesday (thank god for Labor Day holiday!). I’m loving it so far. Minus the almost 2 hours of commuting daily and the exhaustion when I come home.

Anyway, on to the reason I’m posting today. I wanted to share and catalog this recipe for a Banana-Date cake. I watched my grandma make it last month when she came to visit us, and tried to replicate it as closely as I could. I was too lazy to take notes so I had to try making it a couple times before it came out right. Essentially, free-handing it. I looked at other recipes for dense cakes like this to make sure my flour to baking power ratio and number of eggs was okay. This time it came out very well so I’ll stick to this recipe from now on! Continue reading

Quick Asian-style shrimp salad

31 Mar


Disclaimer: Forgot to take a photo, so closest resembling photo above pulled from: http://iamahoneybee.com/2012/01/24/spinach-salad-with-shrimp-avocado-and-grapefruit-with-citrus-vinaigrette/

This is a really great salad that my mom has been making recently. It’s very quick to put together, sounds fancy, and tastes delicious- just how I like my recipes to be!  And of course, it’s very healthy and satisfying.


Quick Asian-style shrimp salad

  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 3 cups chopped lettuce
  • 1/2 avocado, cut into bite-size cubes
  • 2 medium oranges, cut into bite-size cubes
  • Dressing: 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon olive oil, drizzle of sesame oil, drizzle of hot chili oil, drizzle of agave nectar, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, splash of vinegar, 1/2 lemon juice

We buy a large bag of cooked frozen shrimp from Costco and thaw the shrimp in warm water for about 5 minutes. The rest is just chopping up the veggies, adding shrimp, and tossing it all with the dressing. And that’s it, you have a quick meal!  You can modify the dressing as you like, adding a little more of a certain oil or a little less of another. I find that you can have a really flavorful salad even with a drizzle of a couple of different oils! I like to make olive oil the star of the show since it’s good for you.  The agave nectar balances the salty taste. 


I try to eat healthy most of the time and save my indulgences for rich, home-cooked meals like thai curry and creamy pasta. Since a good chunk of my days is spent at work, I make sure to bring food from home and keep my cube/staff fridge stocked with healthy snacks. Recent snack has been flaxseed crackers from Trader Joe’s, peanut butter, and raisins.  This keeps me away from the vending machine. It’s important to keep your body nourished!

Anyway, good night and hope you had a lovely Easter!

Chickpea and Potato Curry

16 Feb

Chickpea and Potato Curry

Dear WordPress friends, it’s been too long! I’m here today to share a recipe for an Indian vegetarian dish that I made this past Wednesday. My mom wrote the recipe and wanted me to test it out to make sure it could be followed by a cook who is new to Indian cooking (i.e. me). As it turns out, my mom forwarded my blog information to a woman at her hospital who is putting together a cookbook with recipes from employees and their family. An “Employee Recipe Book” essentially, to raise money for the March of Dimes foundation. (Just as background, my mom is a pharmacist.) I’m excited to  have my recipes be part of a cookbook! They requested an Indian recipe from us as well, and so that’s why my mom wrote this recipe and had me test it out. I was happy to have another push to learn to make some yummy Indian food. 🙂

This Chickpea and Potato Curry is vegetarian and very, very healthy. It is packed with protein and full of flavorful spices, including a nice addition of ginger and garlic. (You could always make a ginger-garlic paste to use in recipes like this. I used one that my dad had made earlier in the month.) Fat content is very minimal. This dish can be enjoyed on its own with a side of plain yogurt, over a bed of rice, or with roti. I’ve been trying to cut carbs from my diet lately, so I just had it on its own with the yogurt. It’s very tasty! Sometimes if I have mini pita pockets in the fridge, I also pack one with my lunch so I can dip it into the curry. This is a nice option if you don’t want to make roti.  Continue reading

Sweet Potato and Spinach Mac and Cheese

7 Jan


If this sounds delectable then you are right, it is exactly that. I like to spend some time on the weekends perusing other people’s blogs, hopeful that I will be inspired or maybe find a new favorite recipe. I found this one on a blog called Naturally Ella. Maybe you have seen this blog before, it is pretty darn awesome and I’m sure to visit it again. This dish is a low fat mac and cheese that Erin from Naturally Ella created, and it has a nice helping of sweet potato in it. Can you believe that I’ve never cooked with sweet potato before? Well, it’s true, this was a first. Continue reading

Indian Porridge- “Dalia”

3 Jan

Delicious bowl of dalia

My life has been a whirlwind these past couple of weeks, as I expect all of yours have been during the holiday season! A lot of it was excellent fun, which I am very thankful for, and yet yesterday was somewhat of a slow start to the New Year as I rested at home due to what I presume is a viral infection. It has progressed somewhat and I woke up today with a terrible headache. I still have horrible memories of my last illness in November, when I got body aches/chills and felt so miserable that I could barely get out of bed. It’s not so bad this time. I think I bolstered my immune system with Vitamin C/herbal supplements and fresh fruit packed with antioxidants, such as pomegranate. I’m not completely out of the woods yet, and I’m back at work, but I’ll try to sleep early tonight and get some rest.  Continue reading

Run, run, run!

8 Dec

Swapped out boring old laces for hot pink ones!

Today was a good workout day for me. I think I was especially motivated by the bag of goodies I received in the mail from my New York blogger friend, Megan at runlikeagrl. I donated to a brilliant fundraiser she put on to raise money for Staten Island residents who were hit hard by recent the hurricane Sandy- she raised $900! And I was lucky enough to receive a prize in return, what a sweet gesture from Megan. 🙂 Continue reading

Cold Asian Noodle Salad, revisited

23 Oct

I cooked tonight! Woo hoo! I was forced into it actually. There’s been some talk around the house that I’m better at eating than at cooking. (This is true for the most part. My parents are amazing cooks, I can’t help it!) So now I’ve been allotted 2 days of the week to prepare meals of my own for the family. That’s perfectly fair, and it will give me some material for my blog posts too. And hey, maybe I’ll whip up a new favorite someday! Today, I made an old favorite: Cold Asian Noodle Salad. There’s a link to it in my sidebar of Featured Posts as well. Can’t believe that it’s been months since I made this! It’s so delicious and easy to prepare!

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Friday night “fast food”

7 Sep

I’m always thinking of you bloggers and all the wonderful recipes, tips, and stories that you share with me and the world. And so I thought, even on Friday night when all I want to do is bum out in front of the TV, I would skip the drive-thru, cook up something special, and write a post. I have written a post about this dish before, so please reference this link if you want the recipe. Continue reading

Eat Your Veggies!

20 Aug

What’s the easiest, tastiest way to eat your veggies? Toss ’em up in a stir fry with your favorite Asian sauces! I cooked the veggies first and then tossed them in noodles. The noodles I didn’t even have to cook, because I got a pack at Safeway- you just cut a hole in the package, throw it in the microwave for a couple minutes, and then rinse the packed noodles loose with some cold water.

I have done stir fry posts in the past so just click on “Asian” above and reference one of those recipes.

These are all the veggies I used: onions, broccoli, chopped broccoli stalks and carrots, sliced red bell pepper, and shredded green cabbage. Wowza! Made enough for dinner for the fam and leftovers for lunch the next day. 

What’s your favorite way to eat your veggies?

Lemon Yogurt Cake with Fruit Jam Sauce

18 Aug

Hello world, yes it is me, I am back! I am making food again, after a long hiatus. I think I’ll have to visit each of your blogs to remind you that I’m still here, as it has been quite a while since I posted an actual recipe. Enough of these random photo posts, time to get cooking and baking again!

Do I have excuses for not updating my blog? Yes. Is it worth sharing? Not really, we all lead busy lives and this is just another example of how you neglect the fun, but enriching, areas of your life to tend to other things on the never-ending to-list of life… Wow, that was quite eloquent huh? 😉 Continue reading