Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds | Preventing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, stocking up on omega 3, providing excellent source of fibre and protein are just a few reasons why you should include chia seeds in your diet. Chia seeds, when mixed with liquid, becomes gelatinous, similar texture as tapioca. These seeds are so flexible, you can add it in any kind of liquid you prefer, even water, and let it expand as they absorb the liquid. Overnight oats is another way of enjoying chia seeds. Overnight oats are simply oats that are soaked in glass poured with any liquid of your choice but normally people use milk (almond milk, soy milk, yoghurt etc.) and cover it and stick it in the fridge overnight and eat it the next morning. This is just the base recipe and the toppings are countless! The toppings range from fresh or dried fruits, raw cacao nibs, nuts, peanut butter, granola, flaxseed and the list goes on. You may add your toppings overnight or right before you eat the overnight oats.
5 tbsp. rolled oats
2 tbsp. chia seeds
1 tsp. agave syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups of unsweetened soy milk
Combine everything in a 16 oz jar or glass.
Mix well and put in the fridge to soak overnight. The mixture will thicken as the chia seeds absorb the liquid.
Rita Ora for ELLE UK May 2014 Issue | I spent my 20 minutes reading the ten-page full spread article of Rita Ora for Elle UK May issue. The article aims to give an intimate insight into a star as she talks about her audition for UK Eurovision in 2009. She got selected but others advised her that it wasn’t the best way to progress her career, so she did not take it. In retrospect, it seems it was the right decision for her opting out of Eurovision as she’s now headed for bigger things. She was spotted by Jay Z’s Roc Nation label and received a phone call inviting her to meet Jay Z and the next day she flew to New York, met Jay Z and has signed her.
It’s a no brainer that Prince and Oprah love her and her music. I admire her for being an independently minded person. She moved to Brooklyn herself at 18 and said “I had no idea what I was doing, I couldn’t even cook.. I had to grow up really quick.” She’s Albanian and she says any Albanian woman is strong. She recalls that Albanian families are very traditional – “Get your degrees, get a job, find a husband. I was used to that lifestyle, but something in me was bursting to go left, so I did.” She also opens up about her relationship with Calvin Harris, saying that she is in love for the first time. She doesn’t want to talk about it too much because it’s her personal life but she assures us that she is extremely satisfied and happy. I am amazed that in short span of time, she has sold thousands of copies of Ora and then sold more copies of it in 2012. She is now omnipresent on the fashion scene; she has modelled for Madonna’s Material Girl Collection, Moschino catwalk, DKNY catwalk at New York Fashion week in September 2013, and the new face of DKNY Resort 2014 collection alongside with Kate Moss and Georgia May Jagger. And now, she has just released her new single “I Will Never Let You Down” produced by her other half. She’s also up to making her new album and her appearance on the upcoming film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
No-Bake Energy Bites | After a long hiatus, I started running/walking again and I figured I needed something to eat that is high in carbohydrate and protein for my pre-workout meal. The issue is that I don’t have time to prepare and cook meals so I stumbled on this site, Smashed Peas & Carrots and tried the recipe. And the good thing about this is that it’s very adaptable, if you wish to omit some ingredients and add another substitute, be my guest!
1 cup (dry) oatmeal (I used rolled oats)
2/3 cup mixed nuts
2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup ground flaxseed or wheat germ
1/2 cup chocolate chips or cacao nibs (optional)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (I used agave syrup)
1 Tbsp. chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Yield: 12-14 balls
Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
Foie Gras by Rougié | On our last day of our lab class, we had a seminar about Foie Gras courtesy of Rougié in France. Foie gras can either come from duck or goose livers that are fattened by force-feeding them. In the seminar, we were shown how to deveine a foie gras and different ways of cooking it. Foie gras can be cooked in sous vide in which ingredients are cooked inside an airtight plastic bag and cooked in a water-bath or in a temperature-controlled steam environment. It can also be cooked in a form of paté, terrine and my favorite approach, pan fry, especially paired with glazed onion on a baguette. Sweet condiments such as glazed onions and chutney are great accompaniment to Foie Gras as the sweetness from the condiments complements the richness of the Foie Gras. (Photo by JB Galguerra)
Chilled Taho | It was the day I was going to present my proposed business in one of my major subjects under a fussy professor who beats the shit out of his students whenever we make a mistake. I was nervous despite the fact that I was prepared. So before heading to school and to calm my nerves down, we went to Mr. Bean to order my choice of snack these past few days, chilled taho. I know we’re all used to being served hot taho but chilled taho is something you can get used to as well and probably like more than hot taho. Mr. Bean is located at Venice Piazza, Mckinley Hill but if you don’t have time to go there, you can just buy from a taho vendor that passes by your house in the morning then put it in the refrigerator and by afternoon you can eat it for your snack. As for my presentation, it went so smooth my finicky professor said it was spotless and on point. He barely had any questions to ask me because he found no error in my presentation. My perfectionism has served me well. Personally, I think being a perfectionist is not all bad. Sometimes it’s a bad thing, sometimes it’s a good thing. You just have to learn to put it to good use. And I think the taho helped me compose myself therefore if there’s anything we can learn from this, that is to have taho before doing a presentation because it is said that soy and tofu help reduce anxiety but you can eat whatever, it’s up to you.