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Can the Average Joe Make Decent Homemade Soba Noodles?


This post is humbly dedicated to my Japanese friend, Takami

DSC_1714_5759-2 Summer Soba Noodle Salad: cold soba noodles, green beans, fresh green onions and grilled chicken on a bed of fresh baby greens, garnished with strips of roasted nori.

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and connect a wide array of ideas
from different fields of study and disciplines.

~ Robert Green

A Culinary Experiment: Making Soba Noodles

My partner and I are not professional cooks, but we do enjoy a fun culinary challenge. We’ve wanted to try making fresh homemade soba noodles since we came across a recipe for them in our pasta-making cookbook. Soba (そば or 蕎麦?) is the Japanese name for buckwheat. It is synonymous with a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour. Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup (Wikipedia).

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Roti Kukus


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Roti Kukus an Indonesian steamed bread.

Roti Kukus literally means steamed bread (roti =bread, kukus=steamed, pronounce:rotie koekoes).  Although  its called bread but strange enough with this recipe you don’ t use yeast. So actually it looks more like a cake. When we were little and we came home for lunch break our mother sometimes made this Roti Kukus for us. Once she was making it, she made a few of these delicious bread and gave it also to our neighbors. They loved it! You can make it in different flavors and colors. Or you can even make little roti kukus, and there you have sort of cupcakes! Our favorite is Roti kukus with chocolate (of course what else hihi) and Roti kukus with cinnamon.

Here is the recipe:


  • 5 eggs
  • 220 grams granulated sugar
  • 300 grams flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 100 cc Sprite (7Up)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • pinch…

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Dough Balls with Garlic and Herb Butter

Homemade With Mess

I made these with a little leftover dough I had from my previous pizza post, so I couldn’t say exactly how many dough balls this would make. I realise that this is perhaps not very helpful so I should probably try them again and let you know; in the meantime they were so good I just had to share them with you right away!

I have always had a slight obsession with Pizza Express, infact I never order pizza from any other menu as they just don’t come close in comparison. Beside the great pizzas, Pizza Express is pretty famous for their dough balls and I thought it about time that I try my hand at making my own. I have to say I was damn impressed, and these could definitely prove a very worthy competitor against the mighty Pizza Express; I may be bias but I think mine would…

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Simple Shrimp Tacos | Easy & Delicious


Hello Foodies!

I have been craving shrimp tacos ALL week! On Cinco de Mayo I had fish tacos, but it didn’t satisfy my craving. Since I was off from work today, I decided that I was going to make them for dinner! My fiancé gets fish/shrimp tacos just about any place we go out to eat! So I made these tacos based off of what he usually get in his tacos and threw some ingredients together. Just because these are shrimp tacos does not mean they are fancy by any means. They take me less than 10 minutes to prepare. Who doesn’t love delicious, easy recipes after a long day? I know I do!

Let’s get started!

You will need:

– ½ to 1 pound of shrimp

– Small corn or flour tortillas

– Shredded cabbage or cole slaw mixture

– Mango salsa

– A lime

– kickn’ chicken seasoning

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Almost Famous Blueberry Buttermilk Scones

Real Food, Please.

Hello again my lovely followers!  Let me start this post by saying that this is the most requested recipe that my friends and family ask me to make.  I started making these babies when I was in third grade and the recipe has stuck with me ever since. In elementary school, my mom taught the cooking elective, and as you can probably imagine, I was always first in line to cook and taste every dish we made.  I kept the scone recipe that we used, and have been baking these ever since.

When I was studying abroad in England (spring of 2012), I made about seven or eight batches of these scones because my friends just kept asking for more.  When I returned to Clark for my final two years of school, I baked these for anything from dinner parties, to nights of tea and Netflix.  They just go with everything!  This…

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Compression garments: do they actually work? 

Is it healthful?

What do pregnant women, athletes in training and people on long haul flights have in common? Apart from the likelihood of suffering nausea along the journey, the link is compression tights – wearing compression tights specifically. So are compression garments healthful, or are they merely overpriced, ultra-tight pants that would make the most groin grabbingly restrictive jeggings blush? Well this might depend on who you are.


Compression garments reduce post-exercise muscle soreness (DOMS), increase muscle strength and power moderately for 72-hours following exercise – meaning they do not directly improve performance during sport (1). However, the moderate effect on post-exercise recovery may enhance training performance during this time, thus indirectly improving sport performance in the future. Get it? So do I.

Pregnant women:

Compression tights improve leg symptoms, such as heaviness, pain and numbness experienced during pregnancy, but do not alter leg swelling or the presence of…

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