It is pretty obvious that I like to cook..okay, maybe Love is a better word. It all started in the kitchen with my mom. And in honor of her memory, and I have been putting together a book of memories and recipes. They are all Lao comfort food to me and their flavors link to moments in the past. Those of you who are excited about me writing a cookbook, thank you! But its not the stuff you see me cooking on instagram. Those meals I find on the internet and try to cook because it looks good. And I will probably share with you here.
The recipes in the book are things I couldn't find on the internet. They are dishes that I've had to collect from aunts and other family, who basically just tell me the ingredients and I have to figure out and remember how my mom did it, and how she made it taste. There are personal moments, and pictures shared in here. I am doing this to have something that I can refer back to, to cook for my future children. I hope that maybe one day too, when they are older, can remember their times in the kitchen with me, and the stories I tell about their grandma, who they will never get a chance to meet.
So thank you for your wishes of luck! But please know that I'm not selling this book publicly. I am self publishing, and if you would like a copy (whenever I am done, which could be forever) please contact me and I will tell you how to get one! Thank you for your support!
So it’s crunch time. Well in my mind anyway. I set a deadline last year, for me to get my drafts done to edit by Thanksgiving, and ready for print by Christmas, and available for purchase after the new year. Considering how much I have done already…it’s pretty ambitious. But I gotta keep trucking.
I finally made the list of foods that I wanted to share, in the chef stylings of my mother. And on that list was her banh bao. She called it Galapao, which is the Lao word for it. The white steamed bun was filled with a piece of Chinese sausage, a quartered piece of egg, and a pork filling.
Since this was my first time EVER. I enlisted the help of Vitya, who’s helped her mom make it too, in case I needed a second opinion. She was super helpful in forming the dough and beautiful buns. I was struggling with the sticky dough. On the second go round, I used extra cake flour and it worked out just as well!
This first trial was to perfect the filling, so for the dough, I just used premixed packages that you can get from the global grocery store. Next time, I will make it from scratch. Wish me luck!
A triple dose!
Feb. 12. 2012: 43/366
I love sushi.
Crazy busy weekend, to include taking a tiny pet to the vet. But better late than never!
Feb. 5. 2012: 36/366
I’ve had such an intense craving for these lately, you might be sick of looking at them by now! Continue reading
Jan. 29. 2012: 29/366
My friend brought his hamster Alvin over, and Alvin bit my Theodore, so to help him heal faster, I gave him a little milk.