Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Extended Side Angle

I was sitting at my desk for hours reviewing abundant requests (extra requests during QA stage!) from a client. Just before my get-off-work time, I felt a mild lower back ache, felt like getting a back massage but too bad I don't have the time for this luxury.

Soon it was class time. After a couple for hip-opening and twisting poses, I felt much better, so much relief for the lower back.


I love Yoga, for its self-therapeutic effect.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Stuffed cucumber

It was one of the main dish of my lunch today. I wanted to follow the recipe but failed because of laziness :p I just took the rough idea of this dish and made it my own version (I didn't even follow the measurement, I just estimated based on my own liking). Looked nice, tasted not bad too. I think I shall follow the full recipe another time and it will be much nicer.

Original recipe:

Cucumber 1, large
Corn flour (cornstarch) 1 Tbsp
Soft bean curb 300g, mashed
Dried Chinese mushrooms 6, soaked to soften, stems discarded and minced
Water chestnuts 45g, peeled and minced (I couldn't get this so I replaced with potato)
Carrot 1, small, peeled and minced
Salted vegetable 30g, soaked in water for 30 minutes, washed and minced (I skipped this as I try to cut down on preserved food, but definitely will taste nicer with this in it)
Cooking oil 75ml
Vegetable stock 180ml (Didn't make this, I replace with some 'mushroom water' - the water I used to soak the mushrooms + soy sauce + sesame oil + salt)
Sesame oil 1 1/2 tsp

Seasoning A
Salt 2/3 tsp
Dry mustard 1/2 tsp (I skipped this)
Corn flour (cornstarch) 1 Tbsp
Egg white 1

Seasoning B
Salt 1 tsp
Ground white pepper 1/2 tsp

-Peel cucumber and trim off ends. Cut into 2.5cm thick rounds and use a small round cutter to cut out the soft centres (I don't have small round cutter so I used butter knife to cut manually, not smooth edges but it won't be seen). Wash cucumber rings and pat dry with paper towel, Dust inside of tings with corn flour.

-Mix mashed bean curb with all minced ingredients and seasoning A. Mix well. Heat 2 Tbsp oil and stir-fry mixture for 2 minutes (I skipped this step). Pack into cucumber ring.

- Heat remaining oil in a frying pan and lightly cook stuffed cucumber rings over medium heat until just browned.

-Pour vegetable stock over cucumber rings and bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer very gently for 20 minutes until cucumber are tender. Add seasoning B and sesame oil. Transfer to a deep serving dish and serve hot.

Quoted from Chinese Vegetarian mini cookbook.

I skipped the whole last 2 steps. I poured the stock + seasoning into the plate with stuffed cucumber rings and steamed it for 10 mins or so. Haha, much easier!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


It looks very much entangled, but it helps me loosen the knots in my body.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

My private Yoga corner

Finally I've cleared up the space and claimed this corner of the house as my private Yoga corner. A place for my home practice. A place to seek quiet and peace.

Since I've not joined any Yoga center for my practice, Yoga Today is now my guidance and companion.

My next target: fixing a big mirror here.