Friday, January 30, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I came home to Victoria for Chinese New Year and mama made Roasted Pecans!! They are absolutely delicious and addictive. You cannot help eating a second one after you've eaten the first; and so forth. Basically, you cannot stop eating.
When you buy pecans in a pack from the grocery store, they feel hard but they aren't crisp. People often use them in baked goods, which is fine. When you are eating them by themselves, this is definitely the way to go.
Preheat oven to 200F
Wash a pack of pecans with cold water and drain
Bring 1/2 cup water and 1 tsp salt to boil. Pecans should be placed in some sort of strainer. Pour salty water over it. Swish it around and drain them really good
Bring 1/2 cup water and 2 tsp sugar to boil. Pour over pecans and drain.
On a large flat pan/cookie sheet, put a piece of parchment paper. Spread the pecans on the parchment paper. Let them roast for 20 hours. Yes, 20 hours. Stir a couple of times during these hours.
and yes you can leave your oven on over night when it is at 200F!
The reason for roasting them this long is to make them flavorful and crisp all around. If the heat is too high, they will get crisp unevenly and may even burn.
My mama is a huge fan of nuts with the exception for peanuts. When she goes out, she often gets mixed nuts from Purdy's for snacks! This is such an easy, though time consuming, way to roast pecans. It's unbelievably wonderful.
This is the first time that I've been on the Coastal Celebration since its first sail sometime in late October or mid November. It's a very nicely designed ferry. There is a lot more seating spaces and the seats are more comfortable too! The cafeteria and the buffet are located at each end of the ferry to avoid chaotic lineups that form in the old ferries that block other passengers walking by. The outer deck is located on the highest deck and there is a huge open space to walk around, as well as seating areas with patio furniture at each end of the ferry.
I took the 5pm ferry and was lucky enough to see a serene sunset. Because it was extremely windy and cold, I got a lot of blurry photographs.
I like this photo because the ocean looks so surreal and the colours are very soft. You can even see a bright star, perhaps Venus, at the top.
It is kind of nice to observe all these things by yourself. You reconnect with yourself in a bizarre kind of way.
I was sitting in my room yesterday and felt a gentle warmth on my face. I looked out my window and couldn't believe how beautiful the day was. The sunshine was hinting that the warm seasons were about to commence. This is better than good news. I have had enough of the cold, bitter winter Vancouver has been getting.
I made this bookmark couple of days ago at the SUB during a session of UBC Beads and Crafts Event. I like the colours, but the silver wire wasn't my original choice. One of my clovers looks funny because near the end of my project, one piece broke off. Since I didn't have enough wire to make it all pretty again, my clover leaves aren't all the same sizes.
I am finding time out of my busy engineering school work to do a lot of arts stuff, such as photography, sketching, fashion drawing, crafts etc etc...
I like the colours of this picture. The blue is so mesmerizing.
Friday, January 23, 2009
2009 is the year for change. On January 20th, Barack Obama not only made the american citizens proud, but he also brought confidence and hope to people all over the world.
Optimism spreads from word to word, mind to mind, and from will to will. This is the year to reinvent and redefine ourselves. With all the possibilities of opportunities and challenges ahead, we must remember to keep our backs straight, our heads high and march forward with a determination for victory.
Reality can sometimes be cold and harsh, and we are forced to stand in the same spot. We must remember how we were as children, who seek possibilities with imagination. We look. We explore. We discover. And that, is my new year resolution.