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Easter Sunday Brunch May 1, 2011

Filed under: food,Friends,HuaHua — Jung @ 6:40 pm

Had a total of 27 people in my little nest last sunday for brunch celebrating SPRING. The forecast said it would be a rainy day since 10 days ago, and even 7 am when I woke up on easter sunday, it still said that it would rain…

For some reason, I BELIEVED, and kept believing that it would be a perfect sunny day to show off my beautiful apartment with 3 sides of windows of the most beautiful blue sky, and my little piece of the river… So, not only it didn’t rain, but it was so sunny and bright just as I had envisioned it would be Smile

Now that makes me wonder if I should BELIEVE in other more important things than just having a sunny day… hah, I am so enjoying living in the moment that I don’t think I have thought much about my playing or anything bigger in scope for quite a while… CAN SOMEONE KICK ME IN THE BEHIND AND MAKE ME WORK?!

Big thanks to Cyrus for making sure all the guests were happy and had what they needed, for working so hard on switching the electric surge back on over and over since there are too many plugged in toys in my house on top of a huge AC running (the situation was finally fixed by me making waffles in the bathroom Laugh), and for putting up with me when I was under pressure. Heart


  • White Light Tini (green tea, lemongrass, ginger juice, lime juice, unfiltered sake, and vodka)
  • Pink Spiced Tini (green apple, pear, beet, and ginger juice, with sake, vodka, and cinnamon stick)
  • Raspberry Thyme Tini (raspberry, thyme, sake, champagne, and vodka)
  • Hot Crab Dip with Sharp White Cheddar, Cream Cheese, and Old Bay Spice
  • Roasted Eggplant Mascarpone Cheese Dip
  • Baked Whole Wheat, Tomato, and Spinach Tortilla Chips
  • Chicken and Waffle with Grainy Mustard Thyme Cream Sauce
  • Shrimp Burger with Mango Avocado Salsa on Homemade Egg Bread
  • Sliders on Homemade Buns and Chipotle Mayo
  • Banana Walnut Bread
  • Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato
  • Homemade Tomato Bazil Pizza and Caramel Pop Corn for the Late Comers (no picture)
    R & J, Linda & Dariusz, Alistair & guest, Sycil & Ava, Wendy, Beowulf, Hank, Caroline & Brian, Arman, Joey & Eveline, Georgette & Garo, “Kyu, Pitnarry, daughter, & Orion,” “Conway, Aidan & Carter”

    I was so happy to see bff Conway and his 2 sons, and I hugged a giggly baby (Carter) and I liked it Grin

    Kyu and Conway must have set such great examples for their sons (of course so do their mommies Pitnarry & Emily), both Orion and Aidan are such wonderful boys, I really can just eat them up!

    Dinner last night April 27, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 11:05 am

    Decided to make dinner last minute yesterday morning. Went to the local butcher shop got a nice looking lamb shank, slowly braised it at 275 degree with red wine, mirepoix, and roasted garlic — I couldn’t believe how good it was — so worth the 6.5 hours of heat in this 81 degree weather today Razz Fun night Smile

    a week recap April 4, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 10:40 am

    Another really busy and fun week. Made pho dinner plan for us with bff R & J last Wednesday night per R’s request — slowly simmered the stock for 7 hours while teaching, running to 1st Ave midtown for a meeting, back teaching another student until on the dot at 8:30 pm, as planned, started with 2 versions of Caipirinha, one ginger, one passion fruit (the sudden interest of Brazilian cocktails triggered by new friend Barbara), ended the dinner nicely with the best pho I have made so far. It was exhausting but fun. I made sooooo much that I was actually able to pack them up and feed Cyrus’ quartet the next day when they had their rehearsal Smile Spent the next 2 days finishing up a website I designed, and on Saturday Cyrus drove us so smoothly in his gigantic “truck” to Baci & Abbracci in Brooklyn hanging with Barbara & Tom and a bunch of old and new friends, the food was really good! Next morning, I tagged along with the quartet to their concert at Delaware Valley College, the Chausson Piano Trio was totally my kind of bubbly super hormonal and romantic piece Wink Love the road trip, we stopped at Frenchtown, NJ for lunch, it was the cutest and most colorful little town ever!! And Ayano, Catherine, and Joey were fun to hang with Smile

    Oh, and for all the kids in Taiwan, happy Children’s Day today!!

    Linda <3 February 5, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends,HuaHua — Jung @ 8:01 pm

    Haven’t seen Linda for ever, so happy she is here today for brunch. And HuaHua is spoiled rotten with all the new toys from her and Michael Smile

    Black and Tan longhair Chihuahua

    Happy Chinese New Year! February 3, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 6:40 pm

    My tradition of roasting two Peking Ducks for the Chinese New Year’s Eve party continues this year, grateful that I have so many friends to celebrate it with Smile

    Happy Chinese New Year! It is in soooo many ways, a whole new beginning of my life Big Smile

    New Year’s Eve Food Porn January 10, 2011

    Filed under: food,Friends — Jung @ 6:45 pm

    Bacon Wrapped Date Stuffed with Smoked Almond

    Shrimp Burgers with Mango Avocado Salsa

    Raw Vegan Ginger Carrot Soup

    Chicken Yakitori

    Tuna Tartare with Spicy Mayo

    Seafood Paella

    Raspberry Creme Brulee

    Little things that make me happy :-) January 6, 2011

    Filed under: food — Jung @ 1:28 pm

    Just some little things I did in the kitchen, and finally put up those little magnets of Magnetic Poetry — need my buddy Arman to make up some twisted lines for me Wink

    Quite nice, aren’t they? Smile

    (All the art work on the fridge is from my cutest pupil Zoe)

    Pan de Bono — Colombian Cheese Bread December 18, 2010

    Filed under: food — Jung @ 10:50 pm

    Pan de bono

    Since Calle Ocho opened in upper west side, I sooooo loved their little cheesy buns served at the table. Bugged chef Alex Garcia for recipe a few years back, he gave me a recipe card using their “flour mix” which he gave me 2 buckets of it (grateful). Felt this yuca flour concoction is so rare to come by that I would not ever use them — so I kept going back to the restaurant for dinner in order to get these buns and always asked to bring a basket home (silly me Smile )

    Finally googled for the recipe and found out what that secret flour is made of. Making pan de bono for the first time tonight using recipe I found online combined with the recipe chef Garcia gave me, came out perfectly using an ice cream scoop to shape levitra canada online. I am taking advantage of my new neighborhood where all these ingredients are EVERYWHERE! BTW, this is a gluten free bread. THEY ARE ADDICTIVE!!

    1 cup yellow masarepa (precooked cornmeal)
    1 cup tapioca (cassava, yuca) flour
    1 teaspoon of baking powder
    3 cups grated queso fresco, (or farmer’s cheese, or any mild white cheese)
    1 tsp of milk
    1 egg
    2 teaspoons sugar
    salt to taste (1-2 teaspoons depends on the salt content of the cheese you get)


    Cooking, long hair style :-) November 29, 2009

    Filed under: food — Jung @ 5:25 am

    Having lots of fun cooking last Friday Smile



    Jung Lin
    Seafood Red Curry Vermouth Bouillabaisse

    Jung Lin
    Raspberry Créme Brûlée Napoleon with Green Tea Anglaise and Peach Juice Reduction

    no pictures… July 21, 2009

    Filed under: food — Jung @ 11:07 am

    Slaved all day back and forth from the kitchen to the piano since 5:30 in the morning yesterday throwing a big party after performing at the IKIF last night, and there is not one single picture to show for it… UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! None of my usual girls could make it to the party, so no one was there to remind me to take pictures… hah, I really feel like whining for the rest of the century amoxicillin 500mg… Guess I have to throw the same party again… =P

    But kisses to new friend R for staying in the 500 degree kitchen with me for all those late night hours helping out and sharing my secret stash of some really fabulous bubbly that is for the “kitchen crew” only Smile

    Here is the menu (my attempt in continuing the tradition of serving pizza at the after event receptions at the festival founder Rose’s, just these were not delivery pizza, but my handmade brick oven thin crust pizza Smile ):

    White Bean Hummus, Caramelized Onion, Arugula, and Asiago Pizza
    (Todd English’s award winning recipe that paid for his son’s summer camp during a financial difficult time — love the story…)

    Classic Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, and Parmesan Pizza

    Rosemary Fig Jam, Prociutto di Parma, Scallion, and Gorgonzola Cheese Pizza

    Spinach Pizza with Oregano Marinated Tomatoes, Caramelized Red onion, and Feta Cheese

    Portobello Mushrooms, Porcini Mushroom Purée, Truffle Oil, and Fontina Cheese Pizza

    Spicy Shrimp Pizza with Caramelized Leeks, Scallion, and Tomato Sauce

    Red and White Sangria, and Lemongrass Pineapple Saketini for drinks

    Made 9 trays of 6 different kinds of pizza, only have empty trays, and dirty glasses to show the head count…



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