Melrose Trading Post - Woodland Hills

 Photo Courtesy of Melrose Trading Post
When I was living in Australia, my mum and I would make frequent trips to the Fairfield Markets on Saturday mornings. After sleeping in until 10:30 and a couple of cups of coffee, we'd make our way over to the local equestrian show grounds which gets converted into a bustling outdoor market on Saturdays.

There we would browse, buy fresh produce, cheap clothes, get a kebab, buy nuts, beauty products, tissues, toilet paper etc. We'd come home and examine our our loot, with me trying on a bunch of stuff while she prepped all the veggies purchased.

So when I saw that the Melrose Trading Post opened at Taft High School I was eager to check it out.

09 May 2014

Drunken Noodles with Chicken

To say that I am obsessed with these noodles is an understatement. To me nothing is more comforting than noodles - long or short, thick or thin, pan fried, in a soup - it don't make no matter to me. I love me some noodles.

05 May 2014

Flat Tapioca Noodles

One of the reasons why I started this blog was because I didn't want cooking to be limited by obscure ingredients or fancy schamcy equipment. Cooking should be about the therapeutic process and the satisfying result, and while busting out my stand mixer and potato thingy is the norm in my house, it may discourage those who want to make it for the first time with their bare hands.

04 May 2014

Six on a Sunday & Shortcut Doughnuts

You know, at the beginning of Lent I told myself I'd blog every day, like I did before. I said I'd say it out loud (well, on the internet, which is the same thing) so that I would be held accountable. And I nearly did, until I deleted that one sentence.

But I'm saying it now: I'm implementing my blogging challenge again because I like blogging. I also like making excuses, but the former must, MUST win over the latter.

So here's something simple to start off with: Six random thoughts on a Sunday:

04 January 2014

Dig Deep and Donate

I know the holiday season is over is over, but I'm not the kind of girl who can get her ass together in time for seasonal blog topics, so I'm writing about this now because it's better late than never I say. ( It's a procrastinator's mantra)

17 December 2013

Chicken Empanadas

It was my birthday a couple of weeks ago, and Husband got me this book and this dumpling maker. Awesome and thoughtful gifts! I love it when I drop not-so-subtle hints about what I want

Anyhoo, today was Potluck Play date day, and I decided to make empanadas with my new nifty tool.

07 December 2013

Gettin' My Craft On - A Review of Favorite Asian Dumplings from Scratch

Photo courtesy of Andrea Nguyen

I have an appetite for instruction. I love to know where things come from, how they are made, the different techniques and the history behind it. Shoot, one of my favorite shows when I first moved over here was Unwrapped on the Food Network, and don't even get me started on the endless hours I spend watching cooking tutorials on YouTube. 

22 November 2013

10 Things That Made My Life Easier at Disneyland

Walt Disney Pic

It's been ages since I've updated my blog that I had to ask myself, 'are you still there?' And the answer is yes. 

But just barely. 

Sorry about that.

With the holidays around the corner and just a lot of every day stuff, it really beats you down and eats away at your day and by the end of the night, when the kids are in bed and the dishes are done, I have nothing left in the tank. But I'm going to change that, I swear! I may even have to start implementing my blogging challenge again.

So I looked around for something decent to share with you and found this - an article that I recently wrote for PJ Media's Lifestyle Section a while ago. When I started writing this I was researching like crazy on how to plan a trip to Disneyland with the two girl children. I found all the sites so very helpful, but I thought I'd throw in my two cents as well.

10 November 2013

Caramel Chocolate Hearts with Tutorial

I don't know what it is about heart shaped chocolate that makes me feel happy inside. They are the most perfect party favor, thank you gift or anytime treat. I love how whimsical they look when wrapped up, or how festive they look at Christmastime. And they make great gifts!