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Foodporn Monday – Roast Duck and Colorful Meal Prep

Another great week of culinary adventures! Let’s begin.

Meatball sandwiches, I might have said this before but I really never understood them. The concept of it doesn’t sound anything special. Until Sir Atticus made me one to crush my doubts, and it was so good. And now I find myself craving for it for time to time. I guess any savory meaty stuff you put between a baguette can’t go wrong. I had some slow cooker meatballs in tomato sauce leftover from my previous lunch meal prep so I made a great meatball sub out of it. So good!

I’ve been getting into soups lately, quick and easy, fridge-cleaning kind of soups. I got a piece of steak, different mushrooms so I made an Asian style beef soup. With some chicken stock, lots of ginger and Chinese red vinegar and lots of coriander. I should save soups like these for the winter cos I was sweating bullets while eating this. But it’s so warming and comforting and so good.

 

My mom’s friends are visiting from the US so there have been many dinner parties lately. This time, the main star dish is the traditional Cantonese roast duck. In Canton, they usually use geese cos they are fattier. The secret for a crispy skin is the layer of fat underneath the skin and ducks are in such a good shape in Finland. It’s still delicious, you can’t really go wrong with roast ducks. I really should get the recipe from my dad. The picture on the right you can see other dishes. From top left going clockwise, there are black pepper pork chops, steamed lotus root and pork, shrimps with salted duck eggs, the before mentioned roast duck cut into pieces and finally, a unique Southern China dish – fried beef and bitter melon. Yes, the infamous bitter melon of which so many had done challenge Youtube videos. I don’t like bitter melon at all, but for some reason I really like the beef in this dish. Mixed with garlic and black bean sauce, they are really delicious and had a mild bitter taste that is oddly addicting. But I would be very careful not to get any bitter melon in my bite of meat cos that thing is nasty.

On Sunday, another meal prep. This time I tried to make one of the Whole30 recipe chicken cacciatore in the slow cooker. It turned out tasting different, kinda like sweet and sour chicken. 😀 Well, I don’t care, it still tastes pretty good. I tried to eat low-carb but I was in the mood of eating the chicken with rice, so I compromised. I used a two person portion bag of Mexican rice (yes instant rice cos they were on sale), mixed with chili kidney beans, chickpeas, corn and coriander. I have quite a lot of paprika and onion and mushrooms in my chicken, but I still want something green. I happen to have two big bag of kale in my bridge so I wanted to make a Southern collared greens kind of side dish from the kale, so I just fried up some prosciutto and mixed in some butter and fried the kale in the glorious mixture. It tastes pretty freaking awesome.

Have a decent Monday and hope you have a delicious week!

 

Jukebox Friday

Human – Rag’n’Bone Man

This song had been popping up everywhere in movie and TV show trailers, no doubt because of its powerful beat and lyrics. The best use of the song I’ve seen is in the upcoming ‘Inhumans’ TV show trailer. I mean, what can be a better song for a show called ‘Inhumans’ than a song called ‘Human’. Rag’n’Bone Man, the artist, possessed one of those rare deep and soulful voice that resonates throughout my very soul. I’ve ordered his album CD few days ago, and while I’m waiting for it to arrive, let’s hear the famous song ‘Human’. Happy Friday!

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Random Ramblings

Float to Calmness

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So yesterday I wrote about one of the two birthday presents I got from Sir Atticus. Today I will write about the other one: a gift of calmness, clarity, and zen. 😀 It’s this thing called floating. You go in a floating pod filled with extremely salty water to float for an hour. The pod can be closed, which would get the pod to be in complete darkness and with earplugs in, it’s an entirely sensory deprived environment.

Kuvahaun tulos haulle float kallioI’m not big on meditating, partly because I don’t know how to do it. I have one of those loud minds, I’m constantly thinking of something. I simply can’t quiet my mind to save my life. So while I’ve been interested in trying floating for a long time, just because sensory deprivation is an interested of mine, I didn’t believe in the meditation part one bit. I mean, I didn’t believe I would be able to do it. So Sir then bought me my first time at floating, and I went with an open mind to try something new. At this age, a completely new experience is the best gift ever. I went to this little place quite near where I live called Float Kallio. Kallio is a part of the Helsinki that is next to my neighborhood. It’s this stylish little place with only two floating pods but very spacious joint showers and luxury towels and cosmetic products provided. So basically, you don’t need to bring anything with you but a hairbrush. 🙂 The guy working there gave very good advises for first-timers and also tips to find the best position to float. For example for me, having my arms up next to my head felt more natural than the arms to my side position. I was nervous whether I could relax my neck, but surprisingly I didn’t even need the little floaty thing for necks that was provided.

Aiheeseen liittyvä kuvaMusic was playing the first 10 minutes and I spent it finding my position and turning off the light. Once the music stopped, the proper sensory deprivation began. The only thing I was hearing was my own breathing. And with its hypnotic rhythm, I slowly enter a state that was familiar in a distant way, it was like subspace except for this time it wasn’t sensory overload but the complete opposite. My head emptied out naturally, my mind calmed and nothing else but my breathing existed. I drifted off twice and I was woken up only by my own muscles jerking like they sometimes do right before falling into deep sleep. It was very very relaxing. An hour of floating felt longer, but I wasn’t bored at any point. My body felt heavy right after I got out but after 15 minutes of so, I felt more relaxed than after having an hour-long massage. The true benefits of floating, however, became apparent afterward. It’s been a week now, and my mind is still calm as water. I can focus better on what I’m doing right now and my mind won’t wander. I have this ‘everything-is-going-to-be-okay’ feeling throughout the week although I’ve been sick and should be feeling miserable. I guess even an one-hour shut-down of your brains can work miracles. And I imagine if I am stressed, floating would help me even more. And as an extra bonus, the salty water worked miracles on my skin and hair. It softens my hair and smoothes out my skin, the salt working as a gentle exfoliator without the actual scrubbing part.

I would definitely go back, and even consider making it a monthly thing. And if someone asks what Sir Atticus got me for my birthday, I can say that He gave me a peace of mind. 😛