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Monday, 19 December 2011

Music Monday

Since I haven't Posted any tunes in a while...

My most recent acquisitions...
aka: I don't know why I need 20GB when I only listen to this handful of songs on repeat...

aka: My Most "Overplayed" Songs

  • Florence And The Machine - Take Care (Drake Cover)
  • Kirko Bangz - Drank In My Cup
  • French Montana - Shot Caller (Remix) (feat. Diddy & Rick Ross)
  • Ace Hood ft. 2 Chainz - Luv Her
  • Slim Thug, Paul Wall - Creepin
  • Wale & Rick Ross - Ambition
  • Common - Celebrate
  • Drake & Rick Ross - Lord Knows
  • Jeezy ft. Trick Daddy - All We Do
  • Kirko Bangz - Play Me
  • Summer Leather Vest - What Yo Name Is
  • Katy Perry ft. BOB - The One that Got Away
  • David Guetta & Sia - Titanium
  • Lights - Flux and Flow
  • Skrillex - First of the Year
  • Afrojack & Sidney Samson - I'll Be There (Marzie Remix)
  • Steve Aoki & Rivers Cuomo - Earthquakey People (The Sequel) (Original Mix)
  • Beck - How Come you Never Go there (Feist cover)
These are the In-the-Gym, In-the-Car, In-my-Head list... not any particular order/fluidity

Hope you Like 'em!
Mia - xo

Motivation Monday

Since we're coming into the New Year...

and the Resolution Rush is about to overtake us, I have been meditating a LOT on why it is that people always need a Waiting period before making a change. I suppose it is FEAR, partially. And, LAZINESS. Human traits, conquerable, but only when you realise that limits and deadlines are SELF-IMPOSED.

Here are a couple quotes that I found resonated LOUDLY with me >>

“Don't wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more successful.”
- Mark Victor Hansen


“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
- Winston Churchill

A quick vid for FITMAS...

For those of you who were asking via Twitter / Email >>

I can post a few vids for what the exercises are for Fitmas, just let me know which ones sounded confusing!

Here's the demo of proper/improper crunch position

- Mia xo

Meatless Monday

So I saw on my Twitter Lines, that it's Meatless Monday & I realised that I haven't posted a recipe, at least not a Vegan/Vegetarian one, in a while...

Here is one of my FAVE DimSum dishes "Turnip Cake" (*or Daikon Cake, if you prefer to use that)
also known as Long Bok Gaw or Daikon Mochi - they're usually eaten on Chinese New Year, which is when I first had it... and normally it has Chinese Bacon or sausage in it, or even dried Shrimp, but my friend's mom doesn't eat meat, so she made it without.

Vegan Long Bok Gaw

This amount of batter will make a square cake that yields about 48 little cakes.
Each. about 50-60 calories depending on how much oil you use to fry them in.

  • 4 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 200g / 7oz (about 1 1/4 cups) rice flour
  • 200g / 7oz (about 1 1/4 cups) sweet or glutionous rice flour or mochiko
  • 1 small to medium daikon (mouli) radish, yielding about 4 cups (880ml) shredded
  • 1 Medium carrot, shredded
  • 1 cup boiled edamame (beans only)
  • 3 tablespoons white miso
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 cup drained canned white or cannellini beans
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro (fresh coriander) leaves (optional)
  • 1 Tbs. sesame oil
  • Vegetable or olive oil for frying the little cakes
  • Additional soy sauce or hoisin sauce, optional

  • A frying pan, with fitting lid
  • Suggested: Food Processor

Prep. Method
  • Soak the shiitake mushrooms in enough warm water to cover, until they are softened.(I just put them overnight in the refrigerator in cold water.)
  • Combine the rice flours in a bowl.Peel the daikon radish and shred them with the fine shredder attachment of a food processor, or by hand with a grater.(You should end up with around 4 cups)
  • Squeeze out by hand (use cheese cloth) and reserve the liquid
  • Shred the carrot & Chop up the green onion and coriander finely.
  • Drain and squeeze out the shiitake mushrooms and reserve the soaking liquid.
  • Take the stems off the shiitake mushrooms and slice thinly.
  • Heat up a wok or frying pan with the sesame oil, and briefly stir fry the vegetables (except the daikon), white beans and edamame until it’s all coated with the oil (you can add some red chili pepper flakes or fine chopped fresh chilli if you want spice)
  • Add the soy sauce, stir around a bit and take them off the heat
  • Dissolve the miso in the mushroom soaking liquid.
  • Stir the daikon into the rice flours & Add the mushroom soaking liquid with the dissolved miso.
  • Add the sautéed vegetables.
  • Slowly add the reserved daikon liquid until the batter is like a very thick pancake batter (*shouldn't be runny at all)

Cooking Method - Quick Version
  • Heat an oiled frying pan to Medium/High (until you see some light smoking)
  • Portion out & drop 1-1.5tablespoons of the batter onto the pan & lower the heat to low
  • Cover with Lid & steam-fry until the bottoms are a golden brown
  • Flip & steam-fry until both sides are browned
*Takes about 5-7mins per side

Typically, you would portion it out, set it into a mold, steam for 1hour, refridgerate overnight (to set glutens) and THEN fry when ready... but I am FAR too lazy, for that... so I asked for a faster way to prepare it & as I am not Chinese, the fact that they aren't perfectly square/equally portioned for division during New Year's dinner doesn't bother me ONE BIT! :)

Hope you like it! It's a "cake" but not a dessert, it's a glutenous side dish.