Top left to right clockwise: soba noodles with soy ginger and scallion sauce; barbeque pork ramen; home-made sun-dried tomatoes; chinese coconut "cocktail" buns
Not that I never cooked when I was living at home, but ever since I moved out on my own I've really stepped it up in the kitchen. I've always had a love for cooking and baking, and my food board on Pinterest has actually been quite useful for dinner ideas and inspiration. I like to try a few new recipes every month, and luckily I've only had one or two dishes with lacklustre results. Last night I used some of the sun-dried tomatoes (okay, they were oven-dried, but still amazing) and blended them with toasted chopped almonds, Parmesan, and garlic to create an amazing pesto-like pasta sauce. It was so tasty but also felt so healthy because it was made from scratch and I knew exactly everything that went into it. We've been trying to eat healthier and exercise more. So far it's been great. I'm so thankful for the free fitness classes at my work, which allow me to workout during the day, as we all know we don't always feel like working out after a long day at work. I also took the plunge and purchased a bread maker. It's not only been great for making our own whole wheat sandwich bread, but I love the Dough function which helps me make the softest, fluffiest Chinese bun dough ever. Knowing how to make coconut buns probably wasn't the best idea considering I'm trying to slim down a bit in time for the wedding, but what can you do. I love carbs too much!