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什么是“想”

最近追了一部剧《庆余年》。这部剧呢,表面上看大多数时候都是轻松诙谐的,但仔细看,又会发现细节处见真章,隐藏了很多伏笔和小心思,而且时不时有些让人印象深刻的见解。

五竹叔是个很厉害的AI机器人,去神庙打架的时候失忆了。剧中它的口头禅就是“不记得了”,“不知道”。第二十八集的时候,范闲拿到钥匙,打开了叶轻眉留下的箱子,里面有一封给五竹的信。作为机器人,五竹是没有什么感情的。可是在范闲读这封信的时候,他一贯酷酷的,面无表情的脸上,竟然出现了温暖的笑容。

信的最后,叶轻眉说“这世界人来人往,可我依然孤单。幸好在我孤单的时候,都有你陪着我。小竹竹,我真的好想你。”念完了信,范闲问五竹“你想她吗?”。五竹很困惑地问“什么叫想?”

范闲想了想,说:“想就是你走路的时候,吃饭的时候,睡觉的时候,打架的时候,不管你在做什么,不管你身边有多少人,心里总是浮现一个人的样子,默念一个人的名字。听到很多人说话,但想听的,只有她的声音,遇见过许多面容,但想见的只有她的笑容。那就是想她了。”五竹叔听着,脸上第二次出现了让人心动的笑容,然后说:“那我想他了”。

这大概是我听过的关于思念最好的,最直观易懂的解释了。想起一首老歌“思念是一种,很玄的东西,如影随形。。。”,大概是一个意思。

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La Galbi (Korean Bbq Short Ribs) with Oven

Since no dining out, I have been wondering if I can make LA GALBI at home without using grill, as I don’t have a good and easy to use grill in my house.

After a couple of tries, I am quite happy with the results. The recipe below works both for wok fry and oven. I personally prefer oven, as it can make a big batch and is easy to clean. If you only make a small batch, wok also works.

Making the sauce from scratch (or use pre-made ones):

  • 2/3 cup chicken broth or water
  • 2/3 soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice wine, such as soju or vodka
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1tbsp houston sauce (opt)
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • minced garlic, chopped scallions
  • 1/2 kiwi paste

Kiwi helps making the meat tender. You can also add other fruits, such as apple or pear paste if you like more fruit flavor.

The sauce above is enough for marinating 15 ~20 short ribs. I use a zip bag to marinate the ribs for about 2 hours.

Oven preheat to 400f.

Protect your baking pan with foil. Use a cooking rack to let the oil and sauce drip white baking. Alternatively, you can fold a piece of foil like a paper fan to use for draining.

Bake for ~10 minutes, flip the meat in the middle. Broil each side 1~2 minutes. Adjust the time based on your oven and your preference.

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Orange Cookies

Cute, yummy and easy to make 👍

Recipe:

  • 4oz butter, room temperature softed, 1/3 cup sugar (this amount is for not very sweet), mix well
  • Add 1/4 tsb salt, 2 eggs (room temperature), 1tsb vanilla extract (opt), mix well
  • Add orange zest (opt), sift in 2 cups all purpose flour, 1/3 cup almond flour, 1/4 tsb baking powder, mix well
  • Put the dough between two pieces of parchment paper or wax paper, roll to ~3mm thick, let it cool in fridge for ~1hour.
  • Peel orange and slice it to think slices
  • preheat oven to 360f (adjust based on your oven)
  • Use a cup or cookie cutter to cut to circles that about the size of your orange
  • Dry the orange slices with paper towels, and put them on top of the cookies
  • Bake for ~20 minutes

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Soft and Buttery Cookies

If you like soft and buttery cookies, you got to try this 🥰

This recipe makes 2 dozens of cookies. I made 8 vanilla, 8 lemon and 8 chocolate:

  • Flour: 3.5 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp salt, 1tsp baking powder
  • Liquid:
    • 8oz unsalted butter, 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature softed
    • in a food mixer, blend butter till fluffy, then add the cream cheese, blend.
    • add ~2/3 cup of sugar (this amount is not very sweet, you can adjust based on your preference), blend
    • add 2 eggs, blend
  • Add the flour, blend
  • I am going to make 8 vanilla, 8 lemon and 8 chocolate with this dough. You can choose your flavor accordingly. So I split the dough to 3 pieces:
    • 1st: add 1.5 tsp vanilla, blend
    • 2nd: add 1.5 tsp lemon juice, blend
    • 3rd: add 1.5 tsp chocolate syrup, 2tsp cocoa powder, blend
  • let the dough cool and rest in the fridge for at least an hour
  • preheat oven to 375f.
  • shape the dough to balls or slightly flat the balls
  • bake for 12 ~15 minutes, adjust based on your oven.
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Sweet and sour cucumber

This is a popular appetizer you often see in Chinese restaurants. It’s very healthy and tasty, so I also like to make it myself at home:

  • Cut cucumbers to even length sticks, add 1~2tsb salt, marinate for 20 minutes
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce: fry sesame oil, ginger and shallot for about 3 minutes; add 1/2 cup sugar, 2tbsb chinese vinegar, 1/2 cup water, boil for 2 minutes; then add 1tsb white vinegar, 1tsb soy sauce, cook for 1 minutes.
  • Let it cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Quickly rinse the cucumbers to get off extra salt. Add the sauce and mix well.

Tips: you can make a big portion of this and use it for a few days.

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Mooncake – 月饼

做了各式各样的月饼🙂:原色,巧克力,抹茶,紫色(taro的颜色)和粉色(strawberry的颜色)。

馅料也可以千变万化:比较费时的红豆馅和莲蓉馅,我买了现成的;奶皇馅和五仁馅,可以自己做,简单又新鲜。另外我还准备了些栗子,核桃,还有菠萝,跟红豆,莲蓉和奶皇搭配,增加些变化。不过变化太多的结果也会眼花缭乱,做的时候没有好好做标记,现在完全不知道哪个是哪个。

这么多组合,总有一款适合你😉。我和老公比较喜欢抹茶红豆的,小朋友非常喜欢奶皇菠萝的。我自己还很喜欢这个素五仁的,可以根据自己的口味搭配,也不会有肥肉和甜食混在一起😏。

做月饼跟捏橡皮泥差不多吧,只不过这个泥巴捏的好不好对饼皮的软硬要求有点高,太硬了捏不起来,太软了又粘的一塌糊涂。饼皮做的好,这个捏的过程可以很疗愈,饼皮做的不好,也会很让人抓狂。我把自己的一些经验整理一下:

饼皮:
饼皮需要软硬适中,第一次做没经验的时候,宁可软一点,有经验了就知道什么叫“适中”了🤭。所以下面的比例仅做参考,因为每一种成分的不同都可能影响湿度。

  • 1 cup flour
  • 4.5 tbsp honey
  • 2.5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp “soda syrup”
  • Mix soda syrup, oil and honey well, then add flour, mix well.
  • wrap with plastic food wrap, cool in the fridge for 1+ hours.

这个量可以做12~16 个50克模具的饼皮。

“Soda syrup”,中文叫枧水,可以使皮发黄色,同时增加风味。自己在家里可以这样做:

  • 1tsb baking soda + 100 ml water
  • biol for ~5 minutes

包:

  • 饼皮取出来后,大约分等分即可。然后轻轻揉成圆球
  • 馅料也轻轻揉成圆球。饼皮和馅料的比例大约4:6
  • 如果饼皮太软,可以洒点面粉。粘手不好操作,可以放在food wrap中间按压成饺子皮大小的圆形。
  • 饼皮包住馅料,轻轻推挤,封口。洒一点干粉防粘。

整形:

  • 用你喜欢的模具就好了,记得先在模具里洒干粉防粘。
  • 包好的面团可以先轻轻搓成稍细的形状,方便放进模具。

烤:
烤的关键是要分多次 烤 + 凉快降温。

  • preheat oven 390F
  • first 5 minutes: spray a little bit of water to the cake, bake for 5 minutes. Take out, let it rest and cool for 5 minutes
  • lower temperature to 325F
  • second 5 minutes: brush egg yolk very gently, (only need for the white colored ones), bake for 5 minutes. Take out, let it rest and cool for 5 minutes.
  • repeat 2 more times.

吃:

Let it cool and rest for a day or a night at least, then it will taste much better.

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《无问》

“你问我为什么还是不敢放下,明知听不到回答。。。”

这是毛不易的一首歌,后来周深在我是歌手里演绎过。当时毛不易淘汰了,他可能也是想选一首他的歌表达纪念和敬意吧。

因为疫情的关系,周深的这次演唱是在自己家里录的,没有绚丽的舞台,大型的乐队和专业的录音设备,有的只是一面墙作为背景和一个近乎简陋的话筒。

但我反而极喜欢这个版本。周深的表演,更像是自己在跟自己对话。这首取名无问的歌,其实整首歌都是提问,只是这些提问都是无奈或无解的吧。而如果仔细听,周深的演绎是给了答案的,至少我是这样理解的:

“你问我为什么还是不敢放下,明知听不到回答。。。”

他在最后,改了原歌词,两次重复唱:“你会让我想起/我的归途”,一次是情感的高潮,一次是内敛而坚定,处理的非常妙。

可是“他”还是不能放下,所以最后他明知听不到回答,还是在问“如果光已忘了要将前方照亮/你会握着我的手吗/如果路会通往不知名的地方/你会跟我一起走吗”。。。

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黄桃的N种吃法🙂

上次说黄桃大丰收,收了200多个。因为隔离,也不好到处送人,大概一半送了附近的朋友,还剩了一半,我就绞尽脑汁想怎么消耗掉。

这里面最受欢迎的是第一个,Peach cobbler。我还没来得及拍照已经被吃得只剩一个角了。这个做法还非常简单,准备十分钟,烤45分钟就好了。做法在这里

其余的,做了一大瓶果酱,Peach pie,果冻,还有各种有酒精或者没有酒精的smoothie,soda,总算是物尽其用了。

院子里的果树给生活增添了很多乐趣和记忆,即使是跟松鼠战斗也是乐在其中的。我小的时候,家里也有一个院子,种了桃树,杏树,苹果树,梨树,还有各种蔬菜,至今我还记忆犹新。也希望现在院子里的这些快乐能成为小朋友童年记忆的一部分。

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Peach Cobbler

这次没有完整的图,因为太好吃了,还没来得及拍照就被小朋友们瓜分地差不多了😅。

Recipe is very easy and fast. Prepare time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 45 minutes:

  • Oven preheat to 350f
  • Put ~6oz butter into a baking pan. let it melt in the oven. Don’t over brown
  • 6 peaches, peel and slice
  • in a sauce pan, add the peace slices, 2tbsb brown sugar,1 ~2 tbsp sugar, a pinch of cinnamon. Cook for ~2 minutes
  • in a big bowl, mix 1cup flour, 2tsb baking powder, a pinch of salt, a pinch of cinnamon, 3/4 cup of milk.
  • Add flour mixture to the baking pan, gentally spread. Then add the peace slices on top.
  • Oven preheat to 350f, bake for ~45 minutes.
  • Take picture before kids seeing it🤭, and enjoy🥂
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Sweet and Sour Rib – 糖醋排骨

Sweet and Sour Rib is a very tasty and popular Chinese dish, served in many different types of restaurants. The interesting thing about this simple dish is that if you try it in 10 different restaurants, you likely taste 10 different flavors 😅, although hopefully each one is still great.

With that said, this recipe is my style of Sweet and Sour Rib.

❓Before I start, one question to think is what can “color” the meat to that deep red-brownish color? The most common way is soy sauce. But in this recipe, it’s actually sugar and vinegar.

🧾Now the steps:

  • 💦Cleaning: put ribs in water with a bit of salt for 10 minutes to remove blood; meanwhile boil water in a pot and parboil (焯水) the ribs to further remove blood, add a bit cooking wine.
  • 🍳Stir fry the ribs: oil should be on high temperature to get this done quickly, I will also add some ginger while frying.
    • If you have star anise (八角) and peppercorn (花椒) and would like to add a subtle flavor, you can also add some while frying, but remember to take them out before the oil gets too hot, otherwise it gets bitter and too strong.
  • 🖍️Sweet and sour sauce and color: 1 tbsp oil, 2 tbsp sugar, stir fry constantly until the sugar is melted and start to turn brown. Add the ribs, and stir well, then add 2 tbsp vinegar (镇江香醋). The sugar and vinegar will cook to a red-brownish color, and the ribs will be colored.
  • 🍲Stew: add 2 tbsp cooking wine, cook for 1 minute, then add water to almost cover the meat. Let it stew on medium heat for about half an hour. Stir and flip the ribs in the middle.
  • 🧂Seasoning: add 1 tsb soy sauce, about half tsb salt, 2 tbsp sugar. Adjust based on the ribs portion and your preference. Here the amount is for a half rib rack. Stew for ~10 more minutes.
  • 🏁Finish: add 1 tbsp vinegar, test and add sugar or salt if needed. On medium-high heat, let it cook till the broth becomes thick.
  • 🍽️Plating: put ribs on the plate, garnish your way, add a little bit roasted sesame seeds.
  • Enjoy 🍻