So I was at the Asian Market yesterday (Uwajimaya’s in Bellevue, WA.) buying some aloe vera stalks (more about this in another post).  I used to make smoothies using the flesh but sometimes it would be very bitter.  That was quite a few years ago but recently I happened upon a video of this guy filleting aloe vera and then soaking it in water for 5 minutes.  He said that you need to rinse the yellow-ie part as it is an anti-nutrient and it makes it bitter.  So I tried it again and my gut really seemed to be happy that I did. While there I just couldn’t resist the organic dragonfruit, laying there all neon pink and everything.  I figured out it would be close to $7 and had a hard time deciding.  It seemed super ripe but not overly so.  Anyway, it is super juicy but you’d think it would taste just like it looks.  It doesn’t really.  I wanted some sweetness.  It had none.  The texture was nice though.  Kind of like a giant kiwi but flat on flavor.  Still, this fruit would look killer in so many things.  I suppose if you treated it as you would […]

How I Start My Day

When my web guy asked me for my different blog categories, I didn’t realize I could have different blogs.  I immediately said “food” “life” and “art”.  But then I was thinking about the fact that the 3 are always intertwined.  And I want this blog to be about anything.  So, when I started thinking about food, I thought I’d share what I eat for breakfast every morning.  This is what gets me out of bed and makes me happy.  I have the same exact thing every morning and never tire of it.  Anyway, to start, here is my little rice cooker.  It can make a max of 3 cups.  I have a larger one than can cook up to 10 cups of rice which is great for a large gathering.  Many times, I will put the rice on and whip up a batch of curried lentils.  It makes a nice, homey tummy full for a crowd of guests. I would highly suggest buying a really good brand.  The one above was about $79 but it’s perfect.  I put my rice into it the night before, add water and set the time to 6:30am.  This means that the rice will be […]