russian spoken here.


Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on January 5, 2010

Today was an interesting day.

Not only was it the first day of school, but S and I also successfully made our first batch of pasta from scratch !

Over winter break, a good friend introduced me to Williams-Sonoma…and there is simply no resisting that lovely, beautiful store. While perusing the fondue section, I passed by a doodad with an eye-catching metallic shade of red – “Imperia Pasta Machine” – it read.

I promptly returned the jeans I had bought for S, and purchased this cute little old-fashioned gadget as a fun gift for my food-loving boyfriend.

So in celebration of having nothing to study yet, and of 2010, we did a quick stop at Trader Joe’s to pick up some ground beef, onions, marinara, and a back-up pack of pasta should our little endeavor fail.

Imperia Pasta Machine

Rolling, rolling.

feeding it into the machine's mini-rolling pin

noodles coming out !!

fresh pasta!

Seriously, that was one of the most satisfying experiences ever (:

But of course, the beginning didn’t go as smoothly as expected. Our first try at making the dough resulted in an egg explosion…with an epic failure of runny yellow stuff with white chunks dripping off the dining table and onto the floor. However, that did not deter us, and it all worked out in the end!

the end product, with a bottle of Happiness !

Our freshly made pasta was actually quite delicious ! It has a chewiness to it that leaves me wanting more, and of course to top off our fun meal we had Trader Joe’s “Bottle of Happiness.” Isn’t that bottle something ?

Happy New Year everybody  ~ 2009 was superb, and I can only hope that 2010 will be just as sensational.


My Life in France

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on September 23, 2009
My Life in France by Julia Child

My Life in France by Julia Child

So recently I have been meandering through Julia Child’s lovely book about her travels in France with her hubby, all their foodie adventures as well as life lessons, and I must say…it has been one amazing journey.

Over the years I’ve gotten into the habit of zipping through books, often finishing them faster than what would be considered healthy. But with this one, I took my sweet, sweet time. And boy was it worthwhile ! Her stories are so chock-full of delicious little details and tender memories, it seemed only proper to slow down and enjoy them. As I plod along night after night in my bed with le cheelds, the other half of the book gradually thins…and I’m filled with a certain sadness, knowing that this wonderful journey will come to an end, soon. But not quite yet !

(: So let us rejoice, by learning how the French deal with extreme inebriation.

Julia Child

Julia Child

What to do if you are passed out on the floor from over-consumption of alcohol, according to the French:

“…[Chef Verge, a good friend of Julia Child’s, recalls how his aunt would cure his uncle of extreme alcohol consumption] We’d start eating and drinking around ten o’clock Sunday morning, and we wouldn’t stop till about five. At that point, the men would all troop out into the village, where they’d spend an hour or two in the cafe drinking aperitifs.The women washed up and began cooking dinner.

Julia Child and Chef Bugnard of The Cordon Bleu

Julia Child and Chef Bugnard of The Cordon Bleu

One of my uncles – he must have been seventy-five at the time – would get so drunk that he’d fall on the floor. When the eating and drinking started up again, my aunt would take a pair of scissors and cut a vein in his ear. By the time he’d bled enough, he’d get up and join right in with the rest of us!”


(: bleed it out hm ?

risotto, wine, brie, and football.

Posted in Uncategorized by litingyu on September 19, 2009

Happy weekend !

Sunshine came up to visit from San Diego this weekend: it was great to see her again and gab over the beautiful tragedy of the DeTambles and Julia Child’s magical kitchen.

To celebrate, the boyfriend decided go all out and make a most delicious Leek and Pea Risotto with Shrimp.

Using home-make chicken stock helps ! But…we didn’t have any, so (:


Prepare and thoroughly wash the leeks ! Saute them with asparagus, and thaw out the green beans.


Laugh a little while you’re rushing around the kitchen with your girlfriend getting in the way !


Peel the shrimp.


Don’t crowd the shrimp !


Put the greens in 😀


Then the shrimp. Pretty colors ~


Ladling, serving ~


Ta-da ! Delicious. Good job boyfriend !


And all the while watching UCLA champion over Kansas State. Cool ! Go Bruins ~

Have a happy Sunday !