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Fun week August 25, 2014

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 10:45 am

Project taking good care of myself starts with flying colors this week. Took the refresher driving lesson (got over my fear of driving since I almost killed myself crashing a car something like 4.5 years ago), got new contact lenses with stigmatism correction (so I can read music and books better), got a fabulous facial (and got complimented by my esthetician Barno Big Smile, being kind to people (learning to be more compassionate, patient, just to be kinder), visit MOMA as often as possible (check, check, check), starting yoga class (check). Next steps are, going back to my meditation class, getting my passport renewed, apply for US citizenship (yep, all that 21 pages of form to fill). I am on my way! Smile

Visited MOMA for some fun experimental live exhibition yesterday. Went home made some fabulous sous vide salmon with veggies from my local organic CSA box for my old student Ariel who is now all on her own and being stronger than any kid I know! I am so happy she reached out to me after all these years. The last time I saw her, she was a little kid!

Anyway, I am thankful, for everything. Just feeling thankful. Wish I could tell all the people that had been in my life that I thank them for enriching me, and for so many endless things that they did for me. I am thankful. Project taking good care of myself had given me a lot of clarity and I am also thankful for that Smile


Vermont 2014 August 20, 2014

Filed under: food,Travelog — Jung @ 12:36 pm

Another really fruitful music making experience at the Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival this summer. Like last year, I was the chef for the big gala, and played the gala concert right after — what fun!!

Got to perform from memory the piece that I wish to die performing on stage if I get to chose how it goes when the time comes — Rachmaninoff Sonata for Cello and Piano — with Peter Sanders. We played our hearts out of this huge romantic work, I couldn’t asked for more…

Also got to play with the amazing Arturo Delmoni in Tartini’s Devil’s Trills. And the three of us played Smetana’s Trio which was written after the death of the composer’s little daughter. What an epic and tragic composition… This has been one amazing time for me. I am humbled by the whole experience…

tons of love from me to this fascinating world of music <3 [nggallery ID=37] Here is the menu: Sous Vide Steak with Truffle Vinaigrette, Caramelized Onion, and Torched Heirloom Cherry Tomato Caramelized Fig with Mascarpone Cream and Prosciutto Shrimp Berger with Avocado Mango Salsa Porcini Mushroom Pizza with White Truffle Oil Rosemary Heirloom Tomato and Fetta Cheese Tart Sous Vide Chicken, Liver, and Smoked Pork Belly Terrine with Pistachio Kalamata Olive and Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade Grilled Eggplant, Tomato, and Yogurt Dip with Mint Sous Vide Drumsticks with Hoisin Ginger Glaze ps love love love my Nomiku sous vide machine!!


More Sushi!! February 16, 2014

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 6:04 pm

Making sushi with bff David & Kevin at mine, David’s sushi looks more like art work than food Smile

Sushi Rice Recipe:
4 rice cooker cups of uncooked sushi rice
3/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/3 cup of sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt

Cook the rice according to the rice cooker instruction. Mix the rest of the ingredients together well and pour it into the rice after the rice finishes cooking. Stir well, cover with a damp cloth.

Love my Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker that can even cook rice with coconut milk without ever burn the bottom!

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker

and my silicone sushi mat that I can toss in the dish washer:
silicone sushi mat


Student Recital/Pizza Making Party Winter 2014 :-) January 26, 2014

Filed under: food,Students — Jung @ 3:09 pm

Made mini pies too this time (thanks to Juanita for chopping all the apples so perfectly), forgot to take pictures of most of the pizzas we made. But this was one fabulous recital, I was quite moved by a lot of beautiful music making, I love my students <3

My pizza dough recipe:
1 teaspoon of yeast
1 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1 1/2 cup of bread flour
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cup of water more or less to make a dough on the wet side
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 tsp of kosher salt

love my mini pie maker too Smile

Mini Pie Maker


Sushi Party October 13, 2013

Filed under: food — Jung @ 3:53 am

BFF Mark and family brought an entire yellow tail along with a bunch of wild catch I prepared, we had a fab sushi making afternoon and ate like piglets Smile

Love my silicone sushi mat:
silicone sushi mat


Chinese New Year 2013 :-) April 8, 2013

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 1:32 pm


Last minute New Year’s Eve party :-) April 7, 2013

Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 2:19 pm

Haven’t written anything for such a looooong time being swallowed by life, here is my very very first post, last minute New Year’s Eve party this year. I had a ball Smile

Thanks to ©Junah Chung for the amazing photos <3


Gnocchi and Wild Mushroom with Sage Butter and Truffle Oil September 28, 2011

Filed under: food — Jung @ 10:52 am

Was just thinking of posting this recipe when Emily asked me for it on FB — I knew I have to share it. This is a recipe that I concocted after reading about 10 or so mushroom sauce recipes for Gnocchi. None of them was exactly what I really wanted, but I learned some crucial technique regarding cooking mushrooms that made this possible, and my god, it was soooo good that even I ate it (I don’t usually eat my non-vegan dishes).

GNOCCHI:
a package of store bought gnocchi or make it fresh

Charlie Trotter’s gnocchi recipe has the fluffiest texture that I adore, it is better than any other recipe I have ever tried:
1 egg yolk
1 large Idaho potato (about 8 ounces) peeled, cooked and riced
1/2 to 3/4 cup flour
Salt and pepper

Mix the egg yolk into the potato and knead in enough flour so that the dough is not sticky, season to taste with salt and pepper. Roll it out into a long cigar shape and cut the roll into small pieces. Use a gnocchi board to shape if you like it pretty, and it holds the sauce better Smile

Nathaniel (Yangco) got mine for me, I miss him, RIP…

MUSHROOM SAUCE:
olive oil
about 2 cups of mixed mushrooms, finely chopped (I used a combination of White Bottom, Portobello, and Porcini Mushrooms)
1/2 medium sized yellow onion, finely chopped
1 garlic, minced
2 cup of chicken broth
handful of sage julienned
1 tablespoon of butter
1 tablespoon of truffle oil
Salt and Pepper
Parmigiano Reggiano

Heat a saute pan over high heat. When hot, add oil, and then sprinkle in the mushrooms. DON’T STIR! Let the mushrooms sizzle and caramelize for 7 to 8 minutes. Stir and season with salt and pepper (watch for the amount of salt if your stock is salty). Add garlic and cook, stirring for about 1 minute to release its fragrance. Add the 1/2 of the julienned sage and onion and cook until they release their fragrance, add broth, reduced it by at least half. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and truffle oil.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil while you are making the sauce. Add a little olive oil to the water and the gnocchi. They are done about 1 minutes after they float to the surface. Lift them out with a skimmer and mix them well with the sauce. Sprinkle with the rest of the sage and grate some fabulous aged Parmigiano Reggiano on top. ENJOY Smile


L’amour fou May 20, 2011

Filed under: Film,food — Jung @ 9:10 pm

Saw L’amour fou at my fav Paris Theater this afternoon, found Yves Saint-Laurent’s depression inspiring (and rousing)… I too wish to live that almost pretentiously civilized manner, depressed or not, all out in its most dramatic way, leaving the most striking and flamboyant mark — need to drop everything. pack my bags and move to Paris at once! So a girl can dream… Blush

Had some yummy Afghani food afterward at Ariana, enjoyed their baklava and black tea spiced with cardamom. The rain stopped finally on the way walking back. Spotted some wild mushrooms on the sidewalk, I wonder if they are edible… The film, the rain, the grey sky, makes this one beautifully melancholic New York May day…

btw, very impressed with the mobile ticket from fandango and can’t believe Paris Theater is now so high tech!

mobile ticket L'amour fou

baklava at Ariana

wild mushrooms


Making Ice Cream and Cones :-)) May 15, 2011

Filed under: Books,food,Toys — Jung @ 10:54 pm

Finally using my waffle cone maker and pizzelle maker for the first time, it was really fun! And Of course nothing beats my most fab Lello Gelato Machine with the self contained compressor freezer… Love all the toys in my kitchen Smile

BTW, “Vice Cream” is the most fab little vegan ice cream book in my collection, everything is so creamy and rich that it is so great for a non dairy eater like me Smile


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