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Lemongrass Clay Pot

Recipe adapted from here! I’ve been loving one-pot recipes lately because they’re so, so easy and convenient. (I have no time to cook. ;_; )

Lemongrass Clay Pot


-2 cups short-grain brown rice
-3 Chinese chicken sausages, sliced
-8 oz shittake & cremini mushrooms, sliced
-1 tbsp ginger, diced
-1 tsp garlic, grated
-3 fresh lemongrass, cut into long, skinny strips
-1/2 cup chicken broth
-2 tbsp soy sauce

1) Rinse rice with water a few times in the rice cooker and drain. Fill with water/chicken broth to the 2-cups-of-rice mark and add everything else into the rice and gently mix.
2) Cook the rice!
3) If you want it to look pretty, garnish with fresh cilantro when it’s ready to serve.

Before I pressed “Start.”


One-Pot Veggies & Brown Rice

I’ve been growing my one-pot recipe collection because of boards studying. This is a super, super versatile recipe, so have at it with the experimentation! Feel free to throw in an egg or two for protein. I didn’t only because they were back at my apartment, and we had a lot of grilled chicken, fish and steak to consume. :O

One-Pot Veggies & Brown Rice

-2 cups brown rice
-1 bag frozen stir-fry vegetables
-3 cloves garlic, minced
-1 tsp ground ginger
-1 drizzle sesame oil

1) Wash rice and add into the rice cooker bowl.
2) Put all other ingredients into the pot. Feel free to throw in an egg or two for protein! Hit “start!”
3) Season with your choice of hot sauce.

I came across a bunch of “Would you rather?” questions over at Daily Moves & Grooves, and liked them a lot, so I’m transporting em’ here! :P I can completely see how answering these in a vlog would have been a better idea, but me + filming = not a good idea, at all, so BAM! Mass of text it is!

  • Speak another language or get a higher degree? Since I’m already working on my 4th degree right now, I think speaking another language would be awesome. Preferably Spanish, because then mayhaps California will want me back!
  • Have a beautiful singing voice or be a fantastic dancer? This is a difficult one, as two of my pipe dreams happen to be (a) singer and (b) cirque du soleil performer. I may actually have to go with fantastic dancer right now, because it encompasses several of my hobbies, as opposed to just one. (That and the fact that I’ve been told that I have a beautiful singing voice. I just lack the ability to project. :x )
  • Be a CEO of a huge company or run your own small business? Run my own small business! I feel like it’d be easier to accomplish my goals while still holding onto my values and morals.
  • Fly like a bird or teleport? Teleportation, hands down! I’d start a delivery company so I could earn enough to pay off my student loans, be able to go anywhere in the world for food…
  • Eat only sweet food or only salty food for the rest of your life? Sweet. I’m not a fan of super-salty things.
  • Do yoga or lift weights? I like them both, but…lifting weights! I want to set some state records.
  • Be a SUPER fast runner be SUPER strong? Super strong! Then I could beat some national records. >_>
  • Have 8 kids or no kids? Ahahahaha. No kids is what I want by default, so I’m most definitely sticking with that.
  • Have a small, older home with character or design a big brand new home? I want an awesome kitchen and a dance studio + fruit trees and a vegetable/herb garden in my future house. Does the “character” in the smaller older home mean that? :]
  • Watch the Today Show or Good Morning America? (I don’t think I’ve ever watched either…) I’m gonna arbitrarily pick the Today Show.
  • Watch only sports or watch only BRAVO? So…I live under a rock and had no idea what BRAVO was, so I looked it up. Based on the fact that it seems to include something-something-housewives, I’m gonna go with sports, even though I give absolutely no shits about/never watch sports (other than gymnastics).
  • Cook a romantic dinner at home or go to the nicest restaurant in town? Dinner at home! I think cooking with hypothetical romantic-partner-person would be more fun (and would also save a bunch of money).
  • Drink beer or wine? I think I am lacking in acetaldehyde dehydrogenase, so I’m gonna go with neither. If I absolutely have to choose one, I will go with whatever my company happens to want, haha.
  • Eat cookies or eat cake? Cookies because they usually don’t come with frosting. :O
  • Have only brothers or have only sisters? Brothers! That’s basically how I was raised and it was pretty awesome. I can’t really imagine having a sister.
  • Go to Africa or Asia? Most definitely Asia.
  • Eat sweet potato fries or regular fries? Sweet potato fries!
  • Own an SUV or a sports car? Mmm…for practicality purposes, possibly an SUV. But gas-guzzling! :[ Augh!
  • Have a personal chef or a personal trainer? A personal chef who’d divulge their recipes to me. I am my own personal trainer. :O
  • Sleep for 9 hours every night but no coffee, or sleep for 6 hours a night and have coffee? I sleep for 5-6 hours a night without coffee. I need more hours in a day.
  • Read a book or watch a movie? Mmm, at present, watch a movie.
  • Live on the east coast or west coast? I miss California. West!
  • Have your toenails painted or your fingernails painted? Toes! I hate feet and since I play piano, I can’t really let my fingernails grow much anyway.
  • Go to the beach or the mountains? Beach! I live in the mountains right now and it still feels weird to be landlocked.

If you’d like, join in and answer some/all of these in a post or the comments! :]

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Recipe ReDux: One-Pot Mushroom Veggie Rice [sponsored]

My study hibernation has been going as well as can be expected. In my efforts to remedy the fact that we combined our refrigerators/freezers and are now constantly playing Tetris with our stores of food, I’ve been doing a lot of kitchen experiments lately. What’s doubly awesome about the rice creations is that there’s almost no effort involved. (This has been working out really well because some days, I feel guilty about even taking a break to eat.)

“By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by The Mushroom Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

I’ve been exclusively scouting Kroger’s manager’s specials because times are tough and life is rough, and I happened upon two boxes of mushrooms (a cremini/oyster/shiitake blend) that would go perfectly with my mission! In they went!

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One-Pot Mushroom Veggie Rice


-3 cups short-grain brown rice
-1 1/2 tbsp oyster sauce (optional)
-2 tbsp soy sauce
-1 tbsp mirin
-drizzle sesame oil
-2 4 oz. boxes cremini, shiitake + oyster mushroom blend
-2 eggs
-1/3 bag frozen vegetable soup mix (okra, peppers, corn, onion, carrots, peas)
-freshly ground black pepper, to taste
-dash of sea salt

1) Rinse off the rice and fill it up to the 3-cup mark with water (or vegetable broth, if you so desire).
2) Add all other ingredients into the pot and give it a little mix.
3) Press start!
4) After rice is finished cooking, crack eggs over the cooked rice and mix. Cover it again and let stand for another 5 minutes so the eggs can cook.

Before pushing start. :O You can mix it around a tiny bit if you’d like! I think this is tad blurry because I was super hungry and assumed it was a clear photo. My apologies. :[

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腊肠饭 (One-Pot Lap Cheong/Chinese Sausage with Rice)

I’m often jokingly called a failure of a Canto person because I can’t eat pork. (Half the dimsum out there probably has pork in it, in some shape or form.) Such as it is, I can never eat 腊肠饭, which smells gloriously wonderful (and is probably terrible for you and super-fatty, so I guess it’s not the end of the world). My mom happened upon a store that sold chicken Chinese sausages. :O!!!

She sent me back here with a pack of it, so I decided to make a pot of it for our surprise potluck for Kosina (part II of her birthday since we were no longer slaving over that quiz). Again, I didn’t feel like going home, so guess where I cooked it? (Yes, at school.) I checked the rules on the wall and while it said it didn’t allow space heaters, personal microwaves or refrigerators in these rooms, they said nothing about rice cookers. I realize this is probably because I’m like 1 out of 8 Asians every year, so they didn’t see a need to be that specific, but meh! Works for me!

The recipe was adapted from here! I thought I brought an actual knife with me, but apparently I did not, so I used what Adam calls my “hobo fork” (it’s a fork/knife/spoon/etc. contraption that I absolutely adore) to cut it up and kept sneaking covert glances at the window because I felt like a criminal for cooking in my study room (2nd time in a span of 2 days! D: ). About an hour into the cooking (it takes almost 2 hours for my rice cooker to make perfect brown rice), I came back from retrieving something and opened my door. It smelled so amazing, I went to the next room to tell Mike to follow me. (The last time I did this, Sean and I managed to scare him (score!) but Sean almost got punched in the face.) He followed me willingly anyway, and when he walked into my room, he contemplated ditching all his friends to stick around for “when my rice cooker sings.” I felt like this would be a bad idea, so if there are leftovers,  I’ll have him try it later.

Failing at being a creeper. (I happened to turn around.)

We’ve gotten a little more creative with our “Keep out” signs. It’s kinda hard to read, so it say: “Beware all ye who enter here…” (M) “Trespassers will be eaten for dinner.” (F) “^ yea.” (M)

腊肠饭 (One-Pot Lap Cheong/Chinese Sausage with Rice)

-3 cups brown rice
-1/2 onion, diced
-1 1/2 tsp chicken essence powder
-black pepper, to taste
-1 clove garlic, minced
3 lap cheong (Chinese sausage), sliced
-1 egg

1) Put everything other than the egg into the rice cooker + add enough water to cook the rice (I just follow the markings on my rice cooker.
2) Crack an egg over the cooked rice + mix.
3) Cover rice cooker + let it stand for another 5 minutes for the egg to cook.

窩蛋牛肉飯 (Eggs & Beef Over Rice)

My parents were pretty worried that I was going to starve to death in grad school, or that I would die of malnutrition because I wouldn’t have time to make food for myself. Hence, they alerted me of the wonder that is known as rice cooker meals. (And what Asian household is complete without a ricecooker?) Although I guess, technically, it isn’t actually an all-Asian household, but we take our shoes off at the door, use the dishwasher for storage, own a ricecooker, and use the heater as sparingly as possible. It’s close enough for me.)

I will admit, though, this is pretty freaking awesome. I knew you could make congee with a ricecooker, but for some reason, I never stopped to think about the fact that you can use a ricecooker to make things other than, or more than…rice. Who woulda thought?

窩蛋牛肉飯 (Eggs & Beef Over Rice)

-½ lb ground beef
-2 tbsp soy sauce
-1 tbsp sugar
-1 tsp cornstarch
-1-2 tbsp cold water
-½-1 tbsp oil
-preserved vegetables (if none, add ½ an onion, minced, and/or sparing amounts of salt)
-1 egg

1) Start cooking rice. Combine beef, sugar, cornstarch, soy sauce, vegetables and oil. Compress into cake-like form.
2) Add beef mixture into rice cooker (make sure there’s still water in rice cooker to steam the beef). Break an egg over the top while the rice is still hot. Wait until rice is done cooking, then serve.

A variation of this can be done with chicken, 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp cornstarch, 1 tbsp sugar, and green onions. Just marinate the chicken overnight, or at least for a couple hours.