Monthly Archives: December 2011

another new hobby

Sam found a pretty awesome D2 mod called Eastern Sun that’s basically like an entirely new game and is perfect for packrat 100%-completionist gamers like yours truly. Needless to say, we’ve been staying up past 4 a.m. playing every night (well, morning) because we’re full of awesome and stuff. This has wreaked all sorts of hell on my immune system, since I’m also concurrently trying to hang out with/see everyone and everything again before going back to the east coast, so in addition to being completely sleep-deprived and somewhat crippled-feeling thanks to my back, I am also mildly sick. Good going, Farrah.

Last Thursday was my would-be 5-year high school reunion. I’d been toying with the idea of going with a couple friends for a while, but it was really only for the curiosity factor, since I’m still in touch with everyone I want to be in touch with from high school. Whitney, Becca & I had blocked that day out to hang out a couple months ago, so we figured we’d go if we felt like it.

If you know me well, you’d know that my weakness when it comes to shopping does not involve clothing stores. Craft stores and bookstores, on the other hand? I’m a goner. Our plans that day had included making awesome things, and by the time we got everything we wanted to get, it was evening-ish. We basically opted to ditch the reunion in favor of this:

Yeah, you saw that right! I skipped my high school reunion so I could learn to knit. :O Don’t judge. Once upon a time in high school, Becca tried to teach me and I failed miserably. It was so depressing, I vowed never to do it again. This vow was short-lived though, because I actually managed to get the hang of it this time around (hooray!). I chose a somewhat ambitious project for my first knitting project ever, but it’ll be okay.

My brother told me I was like a grandma and says I’m well on my way to spinsterhood (first the cat(s), then the knitting…what next!?).

But this will be kinda cool. I’ll have something to do for my 6-7 hour flight back to NJ, and it’ll be productive and useful since the stuff I make can actually be used to keep me from dying of the cold when I go back. :O Hooray!

Unfortunately, I have not yet learned to cast off yet, so it is sitting there and being unfinished until tomorrow. :[

西湖牛肉羹

This is one of my favorites of my dad’s concoctions! :D

西湖牛肉羹

Ingredients:
-beef, shredded
-1 tbsp cornstarch
-1 tbsp chicken essence
-soy sauce
-sugar
-sesame oil
-salt
-frozen vegetables (e.g. corn, green peas, carrots, etc.)
-rice cakes
-tofu

Instructions:
1) Shred beef and marinate with cornstarch, soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil and chicken essence for at least half an hour.
2) Fill pot halfway full with water. Add salt and chicken essence. After it boils, add the frozen veggies. When it boils again, add the beef. After it boils yet again, add the tofu.
3) Add rice cakes and serve.

Pesto Pasta, Veggies & Smashed Potatoes

I wrote this elsewhere about 1.5 years ago and don’t feel like editing it because it’s still how I feel. :O Just pretend you’re traveling back in time.  :]

Over the past weekend, Jun randomly called me up after I finished overloading my brain from class and asked if I was free. Needless to say, I was rather overjoyed, since I thought he’d been planning on just staying in Davis until we were all forced to move out, kicking and screaming. What I’d had planned for the weekend entailed watching all 30 episodes of 金枝慾孽 over again, which, I admit, I still want to do sometime, but I’ll take human company over “煲帶” [almost] any day (depends on the series and depends on the people).

So imagine my surprise when he gets to my front door, it’s him AND Rey! :O :O :O (Nadia had to work. :[ But I will see her this weekend!)
F: :D!!!
I ended up staying over for the weekend, and since his brother was in Las Vegas for the weekend and his parents were in HK, we got a small glimpse of what it’d be like if we could all live in the same house together. In a word, fun. :] I think we like each other/enjoy each other’s company a little too much, but that’s perfectly fine with me. If Rey and I could get into the same school, it’d be freaking awesome. :D She says that with my personality, I will easily find other people to replace them, and I will be like, “Rey? Who’s that?” But I refute with this:
F (to current roommates): Is your name Rey? >:O No? GTFO. :O
If I couple it with a fob accent, they’ll have to take me seriously.

I’m a terrible person. But I think, if it all came down to that, I’d just sublet my place and move out to live with them.

Anyway, we made dinner together! :D

Pesto Pasta with Meatballs

Ingredients:
(Pesto Sauce)
-2/3 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil (harvested from Suzanna’s backyard)
-1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
-1/3 cup olive oil
-2 tbsp pine nuts (which we recently learned, is also called “pignolias” wtf)
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 clove garlic, peeled
-pepper, to taste

Instructions:
1) Combine all ingredients and blend/process in blender/food processor.
2) Boil pasta. Boil meatballs (from Suzanna’s uncle; they were delicious and full of awesome; sadly, I know not where he obtained them from).
3) We also added chopped heirloom tomatoes to add even more goodness to the pasta.

Broccoli & Mushrooms

Uhh…
Ingredients:
-Porcini + white button mushrooms, sliced
-broccoli

Instructions:
1) Honestly, what more can I say? :\ Cook em’ and throw em’ in with the pasta! :O

Smashed Potatoes

Ingredients:
-garlic powder
-sea salt
-pepper
-EVOO
-pesto sauce
-rosemary
-thyme
-potatoes

Instructions:
1) Boil potatoes and bake in conventional oven with olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, pepper, rosemary and thyme.
2) When they’re done, smash em’! :O And drizzle with pesto sauce.

Colorado

Well, I have always said that I wanted to visit/spend time in Colorado…so here I am! I didn’t quite imagine it as sleeping over at the airport at the time, but I hear this is one of the best places you could be in though, in terms of needing a place to chill until the next flight. (Newark airport was uncomfortably warm, and after spending 8 hours there, 2 hours of which were in lines, you better believe I was ready to leave. :o ) I got to see snow again though! I hope it doesn’t affect my departure…)

20111222-021553.jpgI’m a little too fat to sleep horizontally on these chairs though. :[ I found that rather disheartening. (The fact that I couldn’t sleep on the chairs, not the fact that I was too fat.)

Technically, I was supposed to be back at home 3 hours ago, but my flight got delayed by 6 hours. I’d get periodic updates from Southwest on my phone (you are such a tease), and this is the best that I could find.

But! At least I’m spending the night here and not the whole day! As of before my flight finally departed last night, I’d been running on approximately 7.5 hours of sleep in the past 60 hours. (That was a horrible idea.) How I was still standing is somewhat of a mystery to me. I spent the morning cleaning and doing laundry, then walked/dragged my giant suitcase ~a mile to the train station (I was too cheap to pay 6 bucks for a taxi). I was rather worried that my suitcase would be too heavy. (Guess who grossly underestimated the weight of her textbooks and notes?) I am super cool though, so I emptied enough for it to register at exactly 50 pounds. Hells yes! My workout for the day, I guess? The guy standing behind me on the escalator commented, “That suitcase weighs more than you do.” lawl.

I’m ready to be home! <3 I’ve missed you lots, California!

Guacamole

If avocados weren’t so expensive, I’d hella make this all the time. :o

Guacamole
Sorry about the picture. :/ I should’ve turned on flash…and perhaps also not waited until we’d finished half the bowl/it’d been sitting for a while. :[ It was amazing though, just so you know.

Ingredients:
– 3 Haas avocados (halved, seeded, peeled)
– 2-3 limes (depending on how lime-y you want it; juiced)
– 1 tbsp finely chopped cilantro
– 2 cloves of garlic (add more if you like stronger garlic taste), minced
– 1/2 of one medium sized onion, diced
– 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
– 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
– 1/2 tsp of cumin
– 1/2 tsp of kosher salt

Instructions:
1) Put scooped avocados into a mixing bowl, pour (or squeeze, if you didn’t juice) lime juice over avocados evenly (to prevent avocados from browning/give them more flavor).
2) Drain and reserve the lime juice. Add the cayenne, cumin, and salt, then use a potato masher (or spoon+fork) and mash the avocados.
3) Fold in cilantro, onion, and tomatoes. Add reserved lime juice.
4) Let sit at room temp for 1 hour, and serve!