Hey everyone, the husband here! I realized that I haven't written an original post here in quite some time. I have been busy with new role of Lynn support coordinator! I do a majority of the cleaning and cooking around the house, as my hours at work at much more flexible than hers. So what better post than a food post!
The kitchen I have in our new apartment is absolutely perfect! I have broken it in with bread, donuts, muffins, and a whole slew of home cooked meals but the one I will be writing about today is extra special. This is a dish that we first tasted in the streets of Portland at a little shop called Nong's Khao Man Gai. Khao Man Gai is a very simple dish from Thailand (one that we had on our honeymoon and it was absolutely spectacular). The ingredients in this dish are very simple and clean, but that is what makes it so good! Essentially it is just chicken over rice with vegetables and sauce, but it is by far one of my all time favorites! So why isn't this meal in my weekly rotation? Well, the sauce is what brings the entire dish together, and I have been unable to recreate it.
We have talked about many of our favorite foods here on C,C, & C, but there is one food (well drink) that has been strangely absent. That sweet, creamy, frothy tea drink from Taiwan, Pearl Milk Tea. Sometimes called Milk Tea, Boba Tea, Boba, but you know what it is, it is the perfect social hang out drink. "What should we do?" "Want to grab boba?" "Sounds awesome!" Just about every single one of my college friends have had this conversation.
The downside of this magical elixir is the price. Ranging from $2.75-$5.00, the cost of this habit can add up rapidly. I have tried in vain before to make my own, but never found success. Until now that is. When Lynn and I took our road trip to Portland (I know I have said that opening a lot, but it was an awesome trip). We started to consider what life would be like if we lived there. As we strolled around a street fair, perusing the booths of crafts and convections, we saw a girl walking towards us holding a tea drink with the signature boba fat straw. It stopped us both cold in our tracks. "What about milk tea? We can't live in a place with no milk tea!"
We visited a milk tea shop later that day and were sorely underwhelmed. That is when a fire was lit under me. I had to craft the perfect milk tea from scratch, in the event that I ever left the Bay Area!
Below are the final results of many rounds of testing. Enjoy.
"I'm the breadmaker, you're the breadwinner"
For our first blog post we decided to talk about one of our favorite new hobbies, baking (and eating) bread! Eating bread has always been a hobby of mine. Actually, it has been more of a lifestyle. Ask anyone in my immediate family what my favorite food is, it’s bread. The one thing I would push back against in the Bible is when Jesus says that man cannot live on bread alone. Obviously, that doesn’t apply to me, because bread is every layer of my food pyramid. But you get the point.