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Asia Diary: January 19, 2014

Life flies so fast.. It seems like only last week I was in Asia but alas it has already been a month since I have returned to the states… but I have been running around and sick so I only have had the chance to recap now. So enjoy the some of the foods I ate in Tokyo and Hong Kong. I can’t wait to return for more.

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Noodles Round #1 – Tokyo
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Noodles Round #2 – Tokyo Sumo Eats style
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Spicy Pork Meal – Tokyo
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Breakfast and a view of Hong Kong Island from the hotel in Kowloon
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Best pork bun Ever – Tim Ho Wan – Hong Kong

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Four Score and Seven…Oh Wait Just 4 Years

My New View at night
It feels like a life time since I moved to New York City but in reality it has only been 4 years and today marks that anniversary…. Also as a surprise it happens to be the one year anniversary of this blog. I did not realize I started it on my moving to New York anniversary last year but while looking through my archive I noticed it this past weekend…
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Moving to NYC was a big, huge, monumental change in my life and after all this time here I feel like I still have so much to do yet at the same time I long for some change of scenery. We will see where this next year takes me but what I know I will continue with is this blog. In starting it I created a reason to cook new things all the time and to improve my skills and while I have been a bit sporadic in my posting, mostly due to lack of good photos and the will to write, it has defiantly influenced my cooking and eating for the better. When I am out I have been trying new things and at home I have been trying to eat more healthy and make more interesting food… In this upcoming year I plan on continuing to do the same and sharing as much as I can here.

Just for a bit of fun I thought I should share my favorite Gratuitous Photo Photos from the past year

Mushroom ToastMUSHROOM ENGLISH MUFFIN

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EARLY FALL EATING: DEAR BUSHWICK
Granola Bars
GRANOLA BARS: THE MASTER RECIPE

Caprese
SUMMER BOUNTY

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San Francisco Day Trip: December 26, 2013

SF Dec 2013Le Grand City by the Bay

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Tasty appetizers at the Golden Lotus in the Tenderloin Area

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SF Dec 2013My Favorite back ally fortune cookie place in SF Chinatown.. I somehow always stumble upon it.

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Granola Bars: The Master Recipe

Granola Bars

Over the past year I have been working on perfecting a Granola/ Oat bar recipe (Like here and here) and I think I finally managed to perfect my master recipe. I have been tweaking it a lot but I think I have finally  solid reliable recipe that I can easily change out the components as my pantry allows and as I wish.

The key to this base recipe and technique is using very overripe bananas. As I have, pretty much everyday weekday, for breakfast I have Greek yogurt with banana and flax seeds I tend to have bananas that get a bit ripe for me to eat as is (I like them more on the unripe side). When this happens I put them in the freezer to keep them for later and then just defrost them to make these granola bars. This ensures they are extra soft and easy to mash but any over ripe bananas work just fine.

GRANOLA BARS

As this recipe is a master recipe the key ingredients are the Oats, Bananas, Dates, Soy Milk, and Salt everything else can be adjusted from those, see the some variables options below.

Makes 8 – 1 1/2″ x 4″

2 Cups Oats

2 Overripe Bananas (or frozen and defrosted to make sure they are soft)

6 (about a cup loosely packed) Medjool Dates diced into 1/4″ pieces

1/3 Cup Soy Milk

about 1/4 Cup Goji Berries

1/4 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Flax Seed + Some for dusting

2 Tbsp Wheat Germ

1/4 Tsp Cinnamon

1/4 Tsp Fresh ground Nutmeg

Non stick spray or butter

Medium mixing bowl

7 “x 8” baking pan

Granola Bars

TO PREPARE

Preheat oven to 350F Degrees.

In your medium mixing bowl place the banana’s with out the skins and mash them up until they are all combined.

Mix in the oats and combine together with the banana.

Add in the Soy Milk, Dates, Goji Berries, Flax Seeds,Wheat Germ, and Salt. Mix everything together until fully combined and everything is distributed evenly amongst the oats.

Spray your baking pan with your non stick spray or grease the pan with butter.

Pour in your oat mixture and spread evenly in the pan patting it down with your hand our utensil of your choice to make sure the top is even.

Sprinkle on the top of the oat mix some flax seed to your liking, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Press the toppings into the mix gently with your hand.

Place in your preheated oven and bake for 20min or until golden brown at the edges.

Remove from the oven and let cool completely then cut into squares and serve. Cover this will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator.

Granola Bars

VARIATIONS

You can swap the dates for dried figs or add diced almonds, diced walnuts, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, dried diced apricots, or chia seeds amongst other things. If you are adding in dried cranberries, dried apricots, or any other dried fruit you should reduce the amounts of dates you add or else the mix will be too wet.

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Amsterdam & Germany: May 11, 2013

Breakfast in Amsterdam
Mini Pancakes for Breakfast

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Beers in the sun at Cafe Kalkhoven

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Brunch time
Eggs Royale
Greenwoods, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Apple Cake at winkel
Apple Cake and Coffee
Winkel, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Gouda & Tomato Open faced Sandwich

Beurs Van Berlage Cafe, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Pork Shoulder, Sauerkraut, and Kloss
Traditional Franconia Restaurant in Pottenstein, Germany

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Gratuitous Food Photos: Asian Style

If you follow me on twitter @grahamandcook you have probably seen these photos, if not you should follow me to keep connected. But regardless enjoy this Asian food edition of the regular feature Gratuitous Food Photos!

Ramen time at Totto Ramen

Totto Ramen, Theater District, NYC

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Fried Rice From Mission Chinese Food at the Lucky Peach McNally Jackson Event, Soho, NYC

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Noodle Bar NYC, West Village, NYC

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