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Interests: Enjoying life's small pleasures (bubble tea, noodles, chasing pigeons, cats, looking for whales); taking pictures; being with my family and friends; being a good wife (cooking, managing the household, and love...ing); blog-writing and reading; and of course... information design
Expertise: Analyzing and finding coherency and meaning, especially in... information; human interactions with people, products, environments; movies and songs; language; and how anything and everything fits into God's "grand scheme of things."
Occupation: Interaction/Information Design
Industry: User Experience Consulting
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This isn't an original answer, but I stumbled upon this quote by Michael Michalko (author of Thinkertoys) and it resonated with me. How many of these things am I afraid of? How many times do I sense people's fear of these things? What should we do about it?
"Americans are also the most fearful people in the history of the world. Never before in history have a people who have so much been so much afraid. We are afraid of eating the wrong foods, drinking the wrong liquids, being on the wrong diet, being overweight, being ugly, being old, being friendless, being poor, not having the right house or car, losing our jobs, having a wrong job, being polluted to death, reading the wrong publications, becoming homeless, being attacked by the homeless, being hit by drunk drivers, being hijacked on an airplane, being mugged, being car jacked, being killed in a random act of violence, being beheaded by a religious zealot, of someone smoking a cigarette near us, and even afraid that we are not physically endowed enough to be in a physical relationship.
We are afraid we won't have enough money for a decent burial or that we don't have adequate insurances for our survivors. We are afraid our children will hate or embarrass us. We are afraid we will have to take care of our parents. We are afraid no one will take care of us in our old age. We are afraid other countries will hate us. We're afraid of terrorists killing us. We're afraid to act in our best interest for national security because of what the world will think and we're afraid not to act because of what the world will think. We're afraid of being sued. We’re afraid to get too close to our neighbors. We’re afraid to greet and talk to strangers. We’re afraid not to vote even when there is no one that we feel is worth a vote. We're afraid of ruining the environment, we are afraid of causing global warming, of being responsible for all the miseries in the Third World, of being responsible for all the criminals and murderers among us, and for all the sins of the world’s history. We are afraid of nuclear power. We are afraid to drill for oil and we are afraid not to drill for oil. We are afraid to speak freely and openly about how we really feel. We are afraid to be proud to be an American. We are afraid of being politically incorrect. We are afraid of being called racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, anti-feminist, religious, fascist, radical, ignorant, or prejudiced.
We are even afraid to wish each other a Merry Christmas."
I realized I was a grown-up when I started feeling the urge to walk around places like Williams-Sonoma.
In the past year, my love for creating great experiences through food has really taken off. It feels weird for me to say I'm into "cooking" -- which to me suggests homey and domestic -- so I tend to describe what I enjoy as "recreating favorite foods." It's not about preparing meals as much as creating interesting eating experiences, to me. The best foods are the ones that evoke experiences -- the ones that taste like a Autumn day (pumpkin pie bread!) or the foods that made me smile in Korea and Japan (like the delightfully spherical takoyaki).
On that note, here's a list I've been keeping of interesting foods I attempted to recreate in the past year, from foreign to familiar, in approximately reverse-seasonal order.
-Mango Sticky Rice
-Ebelskivers (Danish Filled Panckes)
-Dense, Chewy Gingerbread Cookies
-Spaghetti & Meatballs (Decorated) Cupcakes
-Waffles and Waffle-Yaki
-Orange Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
-Apple Pie Mochi
-Pumpkin Pie Loaf
-Pumpkin Pie Bars (aka Ice Cream Mixer)
-Pumpkin Pie Mochi
-Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream
-Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter
-Sweet Potato Fries
-Kabocha Yellow Curry
-Pumpkin and Banana Tempura
-Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches
-Zucchini "Carrot" Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
-Mexican Rice Pudding
-Smoked Salmon Pizza
-Rice Krispy Treats
Anything you'd like to try? Come on over!
When I was maybe 5, I sold brown eggs laid by my 20 Rhode Island Red chickens for $1.00 a dozen.
Then when I was 8, I sold miniature American Girl doll-sized food that I handcrafted out of Sculpey for $20.00 a set.
In junior high, I sold small businesses custom designed websites for up to $3000.00 a site.
And then I decided to be a designer.
So Long Astoria by Ataris
A farewell song... "So long, Astoria... I found a map to buried treasure... and even if we come home empty-handed... we'll still have our stories, of battle scars, pirate ships and wounded hearts, broken bones, and all the best of friendships"
Would You Go With Me by Josh Turner
A journey song (for two)... "Would you go with me? If we rolled down streets of fire... Would you hold on to me tighter... as the summer sun got higher... And would it be okay, if I didn't know the way."
San Francisco by Vanessa
A homecoming song... "And now... I feel the ever after... Over red wine on the eve of summer... The buzz... The buzz of the city... As we settle in it's majesty."
|From the moment it turned Autumn, I have been craving PUMPKIN. Visions of pumpkin milkshakes, roll cakes, ravioli, souffle and more have been dancing in my head non-stop. So I picked up a pile of winter squashes at Berkeley Bowl on Sunday, and had Seth chop up the Kabocha pumpkin for me. With half, we attempted tempura (FAIL! but the batter made a great funnel cake) and with the other, I set out to make a mouth-watering curry.|
While Thai Curry isn't a particularly traditional autumn treat, this curry came out SO creamy and delicious that I just had to share! With reference to lots of yellow curry recipes found online, I finally created a delicious pumpkin curry that is as good or better than what I've tried at Thai restaurants! Here's my recipe...
PUMPKIN YELLOW CURRY
Makes about 6 half-cup servings, less than 250 calories per serving (not counting rice)!
3/4 cup jasmine rice (makes 6 quarter-cup servings)
1 cup of sliced zucchini
1 cup of baby carrots
2 cups of diced kabocha pumpkin (Japanese pumpkin)
1 can Chaokoh Coconut Milk
2T Mae Ploy Yellow Curry Paste
2 cups Chicken Stock (buy or prepare from chicken boullion)
1/4 cup orange juice
2T brown sugar
3/4 cup jasmine rice (1/4 cup dry = 1/2 cup)
Prepare 2 cups stock from boullion if needed
STIR FRY IN LARGE POT TIL DRY AND PASTY:
2T coconut milk (skim the cream from the top of the can)
2T yellow curry paste
ADD AND REDUCE UNTIL DROPS OF RED OIL BEGIN TO SURFACE:
2T chicken stock
ONCE OIL SEPARATES, ADD:
Rest of coconut milk
1 cup of broth
REDUCE UNTIL OIL SEPARATES AGAIN, THEN ADD:
Chopped winter vegetables
Additional broth as needed to achieve desired consistency
BOIL TIL VEGGIES ARE SOFT AND ADD, IF DESIRED:
1/4 cup orange juice (to taste)
2T brown sugar (to taste)
SERVE OVER RICE AND ENJOY!
P.S. This is a Kabocha pumpkin... Thanks Jirat for pointing me to the right pumpkin!