Posted in food

Easy Mango Mouse Cake

My little boy helped to clean the house today 😍, and as a deal, I am making him this mango mouse cake.

This is an easy no-bake recipe, and only take ~30 minutes to make. It’s light and fruity, very nice for summer time 👍

🍥Cake Base:

  • 120g crackers (I used the one below), crushed
  • 50g butter, melted
  • mix these two well, put in a ~7 inch cake mold, press flat.
  • let it cool in the fridge for about half an hour.

🍰Mango Mouse:

  • 4 mangos, peel and cut to cubes
  • put 3/4 of the mangos, 90 ml milk, 2 tbsb sugar in a blender and blend well. This will get you ~ 400ml mango smoothie.
  • 5 gelatin sheets, soak in water for 5 minutes, then use 30ml warm water (< 80°C ) to melt the gelatin sheets, and add it to the mango juice.
  • ~250 ml heavy cream, 2tbsp sugar, beat to very soft peaks (don’t over beat). Add it to the mango smoothie and mix well.

🎨Assemble:

  • take out the cake base from fridge.
  • pour 1/3 of the mango mouse, add some mango cubes
  • pour another 1/3 of the mango mouse, add some mango cubes
  • pour the rest of mango mouse on top
  • refrige for at least 2 hours
  • enjoy 🥂
Posted in music

化身孤岛的鲸🐋

六年前周深出道时唱的歌,六年后重新编曲演唱,算是纪念,也算是下一段旅程的起点吧。

喜欢这首歌的歌词和其中的故事。或许我们每个人都像这只孤独的蓝鲸,路过太多太美的奇景,有着太冷太清的天性,未有过滚烫心情,也未觉大洋正中有多么安静;却在遇到你之后,觉得你眼中有春与秋,胜过我见过爱过的一切山川与河流,希望能给你奔跑的岸头,可以陪我漫无目的的四处漂流,欣赏夜空最辽阔的不朽。

《化身孤岛的鲸》
我是只化身孤岛的蓝鲸
有着最巨大的身影
鱼虾在身侧穿行
也有飞鸟在背上停
我路过太多太美的奇景
如同伊甸般的仙境
而大海太平太静
多少故事无人倾听
我爱地中海的天晴
爱西伯利亚的雪景
爱万丈高空的鹰
爱肚皮下的藻荇
我在尽心尽力地多情
直到那一天
你的衣衫破旧
而歌声却温柔
陪我漫无目的的四处漂流
我的背脊如荒丘
而你却微笑摆首
把它当成整个宇宙
你与太阳挥手
也同海鸥问候
陪我爱天爱地的四处风流
只是遗憾你终究
无法躺在我胸口
欣赏夜空最辽阔的不朽
把星子放入眸
我是只化身孤岛的蓝鲸
有着最巨大的身影
鱼虾在身侧穿行
也有飞鸟在背上停
我有着太冷太清的天性
对天上的她动过情
而云朵太远太轻
辗转之后各安天命
我未入过繁华之境
未听过喧嚣的声音
未见过太多生灵
未有过滚烫心情
所以也未觉大洋正中
有多么安静
你的衣衫破旧
而歌声却温柔
陪我漫无目的的四处漂流
我的背脊如荒丘
而你却微笑摆首
把它当成整个宇宙
你与太阳挥手
也同海鸥问候
陪我爱天爱地的四处风流
只是遗憾你终究
无法躺在我胸口
欣赏夜空最辽阔的不朽
把星子放入眸
你的指尖轻柔
抚摸过我所有
风浪冲撞出的丑陋疮口
你眼中有春与秋
胜过我见过爱过
的一切山川与河流
曾以为我肩头
是那么的宽厚
足够撑起海底那座琼楼
而在你到来之后
它显得如此清瘦
我想给你能奔跑的岸头
让你如同王后

Posted in Chinese, life

居家期间的田园之乐

“结庐在人境,而无车马喧。”怎么做到的呢,你知道的,现在人人都很容易就做到了😉

院子里的两颗桃树,一颗是白桃,从五月底皓宝就开始摘,可以一直摘到七月初,他很乐在其中。今年小小一颗树,结了几百个桃子 (没有好好疏枝),有一颗树枝都压断了。到熟的比较好的时候,小动物会来抢。上上个星期还在愁摘不完,结果有天去看,一夜之间都被小动物搬走了。

另一颗是黄桃。成熟的时间比较晚,正好错开,可以从七月中延续到八月中。今年貌似更迟一些,我今天刚去看了下,还是生生的。这颗树结的没有白桃那么多,不过也有一两百颗了。看这次是皓宝摘的多还是小动物搬的多🤭

院子里这颗李子树,今年总算正儿八经结果了,还不是很密。有点病虫害,现在也只好随他去了。西红柿和黄瓜长势喜人,考虑是不是该多种点。

记录一下,算是足不出户的“年代”,普通人的“采菊东篱下,悠然见南山”的田园之乐吧。

Posted in Chinese, food

Sichuan Boiled Beef (水煮牛肉)

I love 水煮牛肉. However, the authentic version we eat at restaurants is too spicy for me, even after I asked for little spicy or mild 😅.

So here is the recipe I adapted to make tasty 水煮牛肉 at home that is really little spicy or no spicy at all.

🎨Ingredients:

  • 🥩beef: ~0.5lb, buy pre-sliced or cut to thin slices yourself (lion top, ribeye, new york, etc. all good)
  • 🥗vegetables: very flexible, you can use cabbage, bean sprouts, potatoes, or what ever you like. This time I used cucumbers and common beans (芸豆)as I happen to have them.
  • 🧄garlic, ginger, shallot cut to slices.
  • 🌶️chili crush, minced garlic, sichuan pepper (花椒, optional), adjust based on how spicy you like.

🧑‍🍳Recipe

  • 🥣Rinse beef with cold water a few times to remove blood.
  • Marinate beef slices with a little bit (1/6 tsb) baking soda, 1tsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsb corn starch
  • 🧄In a fry wok, add oil, garlic, ginger, shallot, and a few sichuan pepper (optional), cook for 1~2 minutes. Take the pepper out, and add 1tsp bean paste (豆瓣酱或者豆豉酱),cook for another minute or so.
  • Add ~2tbsp soy sauce, half cup of water, boil for 1minute, then add ~4cups of water.
  • 🥗After the water boil, add the vegetables, cook for a few minutes. 🧂Season with sugar, salt and sesame oil.
  • 🍲Take the vegetables out, put them into the bowl to serve. Also take ~half of the soup out to the serving bowl.
  • 🥩Add 1tsp oil to the beef to separate the pieces. Boil the beef slices, about 2 minutes. Take the beef out to the serving bowl, with a few tbsp of the soup.
  • 🌶️Put the chili crush, minced garlic, sichuan pepper (optional) on top of the beef. Fry 2tbsp of oil to very hot, and pour on the chili, garlic.
  • 🥂Enjoy!
Posted in Chinese, life, reading

在你委屈愤懑时

— 另一个角度看《邪症迷思——塞麦尔维斯与产褥热》

《邪症迷思》是朱石生《医学大神》系列里的一部。这本书读完让人唏嘘不已。

塞麦尔维斯是十九世纪维也纳的一个产科医生。那时候在医院接生的产妇,有~15%死于产褥热,甚至高于民间接生的死亡率。想想看,15%,这是多少家庭悲剧啊!

塞麦尔维斯通过自己的研究发现,引起产褥热(后来也叫败血症)的一个重要原因是医生的手没有好好消毒,他在自己的产室实行严格的洗手消毒后,发现产褥热的发生率降低了一半以上。

塞麦尔维斯认为他的发现一目了然,于是建议同行也怎么做。可是在上上个世纪,医学界对微生物致病还知之甚少。而且,从另一个角度解读,塞麦尔维斯的发现被认为是指责产妇的死是医生的责任,这深深伤害了一些人的自尊心。

所以,令塞麦尔维斯意想不到的是,他的这个“一目了然”的发现,竟然引来了很多同行的一致反对,这其中也包括他的上司和当时的一些大神。后来他遭到他的上司克莱因和当时的权威势力排挤,克莱因甚至动用自己的权利和关系,把他赶出了维也纳的医院。

塞麦尔维斯非常生气愤懑,他觉得克莱因就是虚伪不管病人死活的黑暗势力。其实这也没差,正常人都会这么想么。问题是你该做什么呢?

在当时,虽然他的发现遭到了很多同行的反对,但也还是有一部分同行支持他的。这些同行就建议他把他的研究发表,这样好临床交叉验证,也可以更有说服力。这个建议很正点,对不对?

可是塞麦尔维斯呢被委屈愤懑冲昏了头,他后面的很多做法都放在了对克莱尔和反对者的攻击上,在洗手消毒的执行上也过于极端,最后把自己逼到了一个众叛亲离的地步。后来过了十年之久,他终于出版了《产褥热的病因、概念和预防》。本来可以十年前,几页纸就说清楚的论文,他写成了600多页的一本书。为什么呢?因为他还是放不下个人恩怨,这本书与其说是写“病因、概念和预防”,不如说是写他和克莱因等谩骂攻击的故事。

可悲的是,塞麦尔维斯47岁的时候,因为精神问题而被送进了精神病院。两周之后,他的妻子收到了塞麦尔维斯的死亡通知。尸检报告显示死亡原因竟是他研究多年的败血症。

先哲的命运都是惊人的相似。在塞麦尔维斯死后不久,他的理论被越来越多的证实,人们重新评价他的贡献,给他平反,认为他的研究开了现代医学微生物病理研究的先河。人们扼腕叹息,又一位天才被传统势力扼杀了。

在几年前,我读到这样的评论,大概也会跟着愤世嫉俗一把。可现在我合上书,更多的是惋惜和引以为戒。我们都会有情绪,都会偶尔情绪化。可是塞麦尔维斯的悲剧是他一直陷在自己的情绪里,无法自拔。他把他的才华浪费在了对抗上,而不是怎样去做对的事,他让情绪完全左右了他的判断和选择的重点。

我们每天都要面对自己的情绪,帮朋友同事排解他们的情绪,在为人父母之后,要去感受和引导小朋友的情绪。学会认同这些情绪,找出后面的本质,然后引导这些情绪,是我们需要不断去做的功课。

最后推荐一下朱石生的这套《医学大神》系列。这是一套对近代三百多年医学史的科普和十几位医生的传记。朱石生自己曾经从医十几年,贵在他能深入浅出,把专业的知识用简练又风趣的语言表达出来,带你走近一个个医学大神,领略这三百多年医学发展的突破和艰辛。其中有科学的进步,也有人性的复杂,值得一读。

Posted in Chinese, music

周深B站11周年演讲 +《起风了》

很棒很接地气的一个“演讲”,或者说是分享吧。

《起风了》这首从B站走红,后来被不断翻唱的神曲,周深以最质朴的声音唱出来,居然莫名地戳中泪点🥺。这首歌写得太好了:

这一路上走走停停
顺着少年漂流的痕迹
迈出车站的前一刻
竟有些犹豫
不禁笑这近乡情怯
仍无可避免
而长野的天
依旧那么暖
风吹起了从前
从前初识这世间
万般流连
看着天边似在眼前
也甘愿赴汤蹈火去走它一遍
如今走过这世间
万般流连
翻过岁月不同侧脸
措不及防闯入你的笑颜
我曾难自拔于世界之大
也沉溺于其中梦话
不得真假 不做挣扎 不惧笑话
我曾将青春翻涌成她
也曾指尖弹出盛夏
心之所动 且就随缘去吧
逆着光行走 任风吹雨打
短短的路走走停停
也有了几分的距离
不知抚摸的是故事 还是段心情
也许期待的不过是 与时间为敌
再次看到你
微凉晨光里
笑得很甜蜜
从前初识这世间
万般流连
看着天边似在眼前
也甘愿赴汤蹈火去走它一遍
如今走过这世间
万般流连
翻过岁月不同侧脸
措不及防闯入你的笑颜
我曾难自拔于世界之大
也沉溺于其中梦话
不得真假 不做挣扎 不惧笑话
我曾将青春翻涌成她
也曾指尖弹出盛夏
心之所动 且就随缘去吧
晚风吹起你鬓间的白发
抚平回忆留下的疤
你的眼中 明暗交杂 一笑生花
暮色遮住你蹒跚的步伐
走进床头藏起的画
画中的你 低着头说话
我仍感叹于世界之大
也沉醉于儿时情话
不剩真假 不做挣扎 无谓笑话
我终将青春还给了她
连同指尖弹出的盛夏
心之所动 就随风去了
以爱之名 你还愿意吗

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Tomato Beef Pot( 番茄牛肉锅)

This is my go-to scoops of comfort. It’s very delicious and easy to make.

Ingredients:
Tomatoes (4), beef steak ~1lb, mushrooms, celery (opt) , garlic, ginger, shallot

Recipe:

  • 🍅Wash the mushrooms, cut tamatoes, celery (opt)
  • 🧄Cut garlic, ginger, shallot.
  • 🥩Cut the steak to thin slices. I used ribeyes, other types will work too. Rinse with cold water a few times to remove blood.
  • 🥣Put beef in a bowl, add 1/4 tsb baking soda, 1tbsp soy sauce, 1/4 tsp white pepper, 1/2 tsb corn starch, mix well
  • 🍅add oil to a pot, fry the tomatoes to fully cooked, and put it in a bowl to use later.
  • 🧄Fry garlic, ginger, shallot, add a bit of the mushrooms, fry for ~1min
  • 🍲Add a cup of water, let it boil, then add the cooked tomatoes, add ~3cups of water. Let it boil.
  • 🥩Add 1 tbsp oil to the beef, to avoid sticking together. Put the beef slices to the boiling soup, piece by piece. It should only take ~2mins to cook, during this time, add the following:
  • 🥗Add the rest of the mushrooms, and celery (if you use).
  • 🧂Add salt, sugar, 1tbsp rice wine (or whatever you have, or skip), 1tbsp sesame oil.
  • 🥂Enjoy!

A small tip:

If you like to rinse out the blood in the meat more completely, you can use a bit starch to rub the meat and then rinse well.

Posted in Chinese, music

情是何物 (What is Affection)

Another beautiful song by Charlie Zhou (周深).

太美了!周深的演唱配上这首千古绝唱,真是完美的享受。广阔无边又缠绵婉转,有一种人歌合一的感觉。

This song is from a very famous Chinese Poem about Affection. If you are interested in learning what he is saying, here is the original poem and the English translation:

《摸鱼儿·雁丘词》- 元好问问世间、情是何物?
直教生死相许
天南地北双飞客
老翅几回寒暑?
欢乐趣,离别苦 
是中更有痴儿女 
君应有语:渺万里层云 
千山暮景 只影向谁去? 

横汾路,寂寞当年箫鼓 
荒烟依旧平楚 
招魂楚些何嗟及 
山鬼暗啼风雨 
天也妒,未信与 
莺儿燕子俱黄土
千秋万古,为留待骚人,
狂歌痛饮,来访雁丘处 

Affection, oh, of what is affection comprised?
Where from and how has it got the power like that
To impel you to live and die just side by side?
Though travelers flying across those terrains wide,
What lots of summers and winters you’ve spent in flight,
While going thro’ common pleasures, parting plight!
No wonder abiding couples are found thereby.
Alone, whit the idea: “No point those troubles taking,
Laboring ‘gaisnt clouds unending, o’er mountains dark’ning,
So lonely, a single shadow alongside casting.”

On the site where Emperor Hanwu crossed the Fen,
No more are there his barges and music of his band.
Remaining dismal woods by a dim mist screened.
“Come back, you spirits!” we call again and again,
While lonely Maid Yao crying ‘mid winds and rains.
With devotion envied by God, you’re not she same
As oriole and swallows mortal, bound to decay.
In order that future poets raise their drinks to you,
The Mound I build here, a memorial to love so true!

Egg tart and Pies

Freshly baked egg tart, smells so good and tastes so good 😘

Bonus, the same dough can be used to make many other cookies, such as Apple Pie, Banana Pie, Sweetheart cake (I like this translation. In Chinese this is called 老婆饼),etc.

🍪Making the dough:

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 3tbsp butter, softed
  • 100ml water + 1tsp sugar + 1/3 tsp salt
    Mix and knead well.

With a rolling pin, roll into a rectangle shape, spread ~1.5tbsb softed butter evenly on top. Fold vertically for 3 layers, then fold horizontally for 3 layers (see pictures). Wrap in food wrapper, let it chill in the fridge for half an hour.

🏃‍♀️During this time, you can get some exercise and then come back 😉

🍪Take the dough out, gently press it to make it 2x of the size, then roll to a rectangle shape again. This time the shape is more narrow. spread ~1.5tbsb softed butter evenly on top. Fold horizontally for 3 layers (see pictures). Wrap in food wrapper, let it chill in the fridge for half an hour.

💃Go and relax for half an hour 🙂

🍪Take the dough out again. Similar as last step, gently roll it to a rectangle shape. This time wider and thiner.

Now you have two choices: use the dough all for egg tart (making ~18 tarts) or half egg tart half cookies. I chose the later. Cut the dough vertically to 2 piece. Half of it spread butter, and then roll it to a cylinder; the other half also spread with butter, and then fold horizontally for 4 layers. Wrap in food wrapper, let it chill in the fridge for an hour.

🧑‍🍳During this time, don’t go and relax, we need to prepare the filling:

🍥For the Sweetheart cake:

  • ~half cup well cooked red beans, slightly pressed.
  • 2tbsp sugar
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 2tbsp flour
    Mix well and let it chill in the fridge.

🥚For the egg tart:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar (this amount makes a not very sweet taste, you can add more or less based on your preference)
  • 3tbsp startch
    Mix well.

In a sauce pot, boil 1cup heavy cream, 2/3 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract. Watch the side of the pot, when you see bubbles starting to come out, turn off the heat. Don’t let it boil!

Pour the hot cream into the egg mix, mix well. Transfer the egg mix to a larger measure cup or some other container that is easy to pour the mix to egg tart mold later, using a sieve to remove the lumbs. Let it chill in the fridge.

🍌Prepare the banana filling at the last because of color change:

  • simply cup a banana to small pieces, and 1tsp sugar.

⌛Baking Time!

Preheat oven to 375f, roast setting (both up and bottom heat).

🥚For the egg tart:

  • Cut the dough to 9 pieces (for 2.6 inch egg tart molds, adapt according based on your mold size)
  • Put each piece in a mold. Use your fingers to gentally press and shape it to fit in the mold.
  • Pour the egg mix to each egg tart mold, fill about 85%
  • Bake for 25 minutes (may need to adjust based on your oven)

🍥🍌For the pies:

  • Roll the dough to rectangle shape again.
  • Cut out ~12 circle shapes
  • Make 6 sweetheart pie and 6 banana pie.
  • Brush with egg yolk, spread some sesame seeds.
  • Bake for 15 minutes (may need to adjust based on your oven)

😍 Time to enjoy!

If you can’t finish, the next day you can simply heat oven to 350f, and back for ~4 minutes.