Sunday, February 2, 2014

新年快乐!Happy Lunar New Year!

Hello! I know it's kind of late, but Happy Lunar New Year everyone! 

Did you guys do anything to celebrate? Since I don't have a car, I didn't really go anywhere, but some friends from my church got together to have a little Chinese New Year Potluck! Sadly I didn't have time to make anything because of dance practice, but OMG... my friends are excellent cooks! They made dumplings, steamed fish (what sophomore in college knows how to make this?!?!), lettuce wraps, stir fry! Everything was amazing~



However, I was able to make some 年糕 (nian gao - Chinese steamed New Year cake) this New Year! My mom has made this numerous times before, so I had an idea of how to make it, but this time was my first time actually making it myself. 





The recipe is super simple, but super delicious! So, let's get started!
Ingredients:
1 bag glutinous rice flour
1.8 cups liquid*
2 cups brown sugar
Chinese dates
Directions:
  1. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Oil baking dish/ceramic bowl with vegetable oil, or in my case coconut oil.
  3. Pour contents into a baking dish/ceramic bowl, and decorate with pitted dates.
  4. Cover dish with aluminum foil and steam on high for 30-40 minutes. The nian gao is ready when the chopstick comes out clean!
  5. Enjoy!
*I used azuki bean soup which I made by cooking azuki beans in a slow cooker until the beans were soft. However, you can also use water or milk.
And that's it! Super easy right? They work as amazing gifts for friends and family as well. I know my friends enjoyed it! :)

If you've ever had nian ago before or if you try making this recipe, let me know what you think!

Love,
Fenni

Thursday, January 30, 2014

HEALTHY HYDRATES: Apple Cinnamon Water;

Hey guys! So sorry for the late post. The thing is, I had another post almost ready... and then I realized I ate the entire thing before I took any pictures... oops!

But you know what that means~

It's.
Really.
Good.

And no. I'm not going to tell you what it is. You'll have to wait and be patient while I make it for you all again haha. Ok, one hint: it's a SWEET YUMMMS!

Stay tuned!!

Meanwhile, I have something else for you all: a healthy, hydrating Apple Cinnamon Water! And it's super easy to make. All you need is literally apple, cinnamon, and water. I found the recipe first over at Lose Weight by Eating! but I didn't have any cinnamon sticks on hand, so I used ground cinnamon instead. I also made some other alterations to make the flavor stronger!








Ingredients:
1 TBSP ground cinnamon
5 cups water
1 apple (any variety is OK) 
Directions: 
  1. Pour water into small pot and add cinnamon. Bring to a boil and turn off heat.
  2. When cinnamon water has cooled, strain out the now gelatinous cinnamon particles into pitcher.
  3. Slice apples thinly. Throw into pitcher, add water until you reach your desired concentration, and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour before serving.
  4. Enjoy!

My Thoughts

To tell the truth, the first time I made this, I found the Apple Cinnamon Water to be... well let's just say interesting. The flavor by no means was bad, in fact, I really liked the flavor! I could taste both the cinnamon and the apple fairly well, not too strong like a juice but strong enough. However, one thing I noticed was that the water was too. . . thick. I think this is because the first time I added too much cinnamon, and because cinnamon tends to become somewhat gelatinous when boiled, it made the water somewhat thicker in texture even though I strained it out. Nonetheless, after the first cup, I got used to it. However, for those who may dislike this viscosity, it was fixed simply by adding more water to the mixture.

After the first time I made it, I made the Apple Cinnamon Water three more times, one pitcher (about 1 gallon) per day! However, that is not to say I didn't drink plain, unflavored water throughout the day as well. If you don't like plain water, feel free to make a big batch and bring it around with you!

So that's it for my thoughts on the Apple Cinnamon Water. If you ever have the chance to make it, comment with your thoughts on it as well! I'd love to hear back you all!

Love,
Fenni

Monday, January 20, 2014

My Goals for Love, Fenni

Hey guys! 

So I just wanted to write a post about what I hope for this blog. I'm kinda new to this whole blogging thing, so please bear with me. After following so many food blogs on Bloglovin, I've decided to create my own. I goals are to provide you readers with...

  1. Recipes, Recipes, Recipes--and healthy to be exact!
  2. Research-based information regarding food benefits towards health and beauty.
  3. Life--God, school, future, etc....
Another goal is to...
...update this blog regularly, as in at least once or twice a week!
Can you guys keep me accountable? So if it's been a week, and I've posted nothing on Love, Fenni... LET ME KNOW. Comment on any random post! 

haha

Thanks! That's all for now~

Love,
Fenni 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Take Me Somewhere! Caffe Bene

Location: 3287 Wilshire Blvd STE B, Los Angeles, CA 90010 (Koreatown)
Caffe Bene Website | Yelp ]
Caffe Bene is a super cute cafe with not only delicious drinks--you should try their Misugaru Latte!--but also every dessert you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. They have macarons, gelato, honey bread, waffles--their bacon maple waffle is a MUST!--and now... macaron ice cream sandwiches! But not only is their food delicious, Caffe Bene is also the perfect place to study. There is a entire room upstairs dedicated for those who need to get some work done, and don't worry, there are outlets and even a bookshelf full of random and interesting  books if you need a break from studying. So next time you're in need of some coffee, something sweet, or simply somewhere to study, stop by Caffe Bene!




So as you can tell from all my pictures, I really really love this place! If you've ever been, please comment below and let me know what you think about Caffe Bene! 

Love,
Fenni
 

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