Archive for June, 2013

As of Friday afternoon, I am back in ole Aberdeen and in my own room feeling a bit tired but strangely relieved to be back. Going on vacation back home is more exhausting than I thought.

In any case, in a weird sense of productivity and having not cooked in three weeks, it was really gratifying to be back in a kitchen and cooking again.

Avocado and Shrimp Endives

I stumbled onto this recipe online about endives (go figure right?). You could find it on at Endive.com. I altered it a bit because of my taste and just the general way that I’m used to cooking. It’s a fast and refreshing appetizer and incredibly easy to do.

1 Ripe avocado
1 Lime
1 Endive (I couldn’t find any so I substituted it with chicory which is from a similar family of plant)
Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Heat up a pan and melt a bit of butter in it. Toss in the shrimp and a bit of chopped coriander until cooked.
2. Chop up avocado into small pieces. Squeeze in a bit of lime juice and mix it with some chopped coriander. Add salt and pepper according to taste.
3. Cut off the ends of the endive/chicory so that the leaves make a convenient scoop.
4. Mix the avocado mix and the shrimp together and make sure they’re well mixed.
5. Place it into the tips of the chicory/endive leaves. Garnish with coriander and squeeze a bit of lime over.

And voila! 🙂

I’ve also started an instagram account so you can follow all the food recipes I’ve been experimenting with and general pictures of life up here in Aberdeen.




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So. I am currently back in Vancouver and has been for the last two and a half weeks as a short impromptu visit.

The weeks before I arrived, Vancouver had AMAZING beautiful sunny weather. And of course, being that it is me, I brought back the Scottish weather with me.

It has been raining for the last two and a half weeks that I have been here.

Yesterday (Saturday), was the first time that the sun finally came out and being the sun-starved individual that I was having been living in Aberdeen the last 9 months, I immediately stripped down and ran around in celebration.

Not literally of course… because that would be technically illegal and I don’t want to be arrested for indecent exposure.

In any case, since it was a nice weekend, a trip down to the Richmond Night Market was planned since it is the 2nd week that it has been opened. After an arduous drive out and a HORRIBLE line, it was two hours later that we finally shuffled in like half-starved zombies into the actual market itself.

Then we attacked the foodstands in the earnest.

The interesting thing about the market this year is that there is a theme that has been set up that seems like it’s based on the giant rubber ducky art exhibit in Hong Kong.

And of course, no giant rubber ducky is complete with a random rubber ducky throne.

Game of Thrones, Rubber Ducky Redux.

And so continues my challenge to overdose on Asian cuisine/food before I leave for Scotland the coming Thursday.


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