Archive for September, 2012

a drunken state: lots and lots of alcohol

…candy and alcohol – an experiment for two.

A friend and I decided to make drunken gummy bears and vodka infused with jolly ranchers for a birthday party – the both of us were clueless so we decided to play chemist and make different concoctions.

After reading an immense amount of recipes on drunken gummies, we decided to soak Swedish Fish and Gummy Bears for 1 day, 2 days, and 3 days (we also did an experiment with putting them in the refrigerator: DO NOT put them in the refrigerator, it makes the gummy bears hard). After 1 day, the Swedish Fish turned white and murky and fell apart – DO NOT use Swedish Fish, they are not meant to withstand alcohol.

We completely immersed the gummies in alcohol and that is a big mistake, because it tasted too much like alcohol and not enough Gummy Bear flavor. When it came to our “real” batch, we put all the Gummy Bears (omitted the Swedish Fish) in a large container and poured vodka (cheap Costco vodka) just enough so that the Gummy Bears were not immersed in the vodka.

We would churn the Gummy Bears every couple of hours so that all the Gummy Bears have a chance to soak in the alcohol since we did not immerse the Gummy Bears in alcohol. After 3 days, the Gummy Bears no longer tasted like vodka, but like yummy puffed up candy (it’s deadly because you eat too much and it hits you hard).

Sorting Jolly Ranchers (boy were they sticky).

We ended up adding more vodka because the Jolly Ranchers stopped saturating and just sat at the bottom of the container. Adding more vodka worked and it ended up saturating fully. Everyone at the party loved the vodka infused with Jolly Ranchers (beware, grape tasted like Robitussim DM.


p.s The birthday party was a hit and we played King’s cup and drank bacon infused vodka (which killed me the next day, I was dry heaving the whole night because of the bacon vodka). My favorite was pudding shots with creme de menthe, it tastes just like my mint chocolate chip cookies, it did not taste like alcohol at all!


expressivesole cooks: peach salad and baked seafood soup with puff pastry

Peach Salad:
1/2 peach (but the peach was humongous, so may need to use 1 whole peach)
1/2 avocado
1 tomato
4 slices of turkey bacon (baked)
garden salad
2 eggs (boiled)
shredded cheese
Mix all together and serve (I would leave the mozzarella and vinaigrette on the side)


Baked Seafood Soup with Puff Pastry
I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out like heaven, it’s easy and delicious. The only thing I did change was I put the butter in after I had already semi-sauteed the onions, it was because I had forgot about the butter. For the white wine I used chardonnay from Trader Joe’s (it was only 1.99) – it’s such a small about of white wine that there is no need to pay for an expensive bottle. The seafood mix I used contained baby scallops, mussels, and shrimp.

Mr. Best Boyfriend and I agreed that the puff pastry still needed to be baked a little bit more because it still tasted a bit doughy, but overall the meal was delicious. I still have a lot of puff pastry left, peach puff pastry dessert next?


nothing can beat the iPhone 5

Friday September 21, 2012
After Diablo 3, it’s the iPhone 5.
Let’s say goodbye to Mr. Best Boyfriend for a couple weeks,
his new and improved baby was delivered safe and sound by the UPS stork.

(exhibit A, he can’t wait to snuggle up next to his white glossy iPhone 5)

–expressive sole

p.s. It’s all in good fun, I enjoy new gadgets too!
p.p.s. Mr. Best Boyfriend is putting his iPhone 5 away back into the iPhone box. He “accidentally” dropped it too hard and yelped out a “Noooo, I dropped it too hard!” So silly, is this what I do to all my new shiny pretty things too?

expressivesole cooks: shrimp orzo risotto

Ever since Mr. Best Boyfriend and I have started our daily at home meals, we have decided to try to use up all the ingredients we have bought in two weeks, incorporate them into two different meals. For example, one week we will use mushrooms in a risotto and the next week we will use the mushrooms as a pizza topping – this ensures that we don’t waste food or money.

Shrimp Orzo Risotto
I did not use an exact recipe for this dinner but instead just used my senses.  I know the ingredients I used included: mushrooms, red bell pepper, onions shrimp, orzo, heavy cream, salt and pepper, shredded parmesan, and chicken broth.

I boiled the orzo until soft and while that was cooking, I sauteed the mushroom, red bell pepper, and onions. After everything is cooked, I pour the chicken broth into the saute pan along with the mushroom, red bell pepper, and onions, and then I add the already cooked orzo into the saute pan. After it boils, add ~2 tbs of heavy cream and bring to a boil while stirring. I then season the shrimp with pepper and salt to taste and cook until pink. I think chop up the shrimp and add to the orzo. Done! A perfectly yummy dinner.


p.s I am getting really good at this thing called cooking.

a congratulatory message: Giants 5k Run


On Sunday September 16, 2012, “The Giant Race” was held in San Francisco at AT&T Park – Mr. Best Boyfriend along with his friend ran the 5K (there was also a 10K and a half marathon). I am extremely proud of him because 1) he woke up at 6:45 am (the 5k race starts at 8:00 am) when he usually wakes up at 10:00 am for work – oh lucky him, 2) he finished the race without stopping at ~28 minutes, even though he said he really wanted to stop and start walking 3) HE DID IT!

I can not be any more proud of him, now it’s onto the Firefly Run, I am extremely excited! Mr. Best Boyfriend asked me if I was more excited about the costume contest or for the run, I thought about it for a minute and responded with, “I’m more excited for the run!”. I’m sure I will feel extremely rewarded after running the 5k and finishing it!

Congratulations on The Giants Race
I am infinitely proud!


expressivesole cooks: shrimp quesadilla and guacamole

Baja Shrimp Tacos: I used this recipe for the shrimp but omitted a lot of ingredients and eyeballed the ingredients

~1lb shrimp
eyeballed: garlic powder, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper
2 tsp olive oil
(toss everything into a zip lock bag, shake, and marinate for ~30 minutes)
After marination, cook shrimp until pink and set aside

I baked the tortilla for ~2 minutes to get it semi-crispy and then take it out and place shrimp and shredded mozzarella on the tortilla, fold it in half, and then bake the quesadilla until I get the outer tortilla nice and crispy with a semi-brown coloring.

Quacamole (everything is eyeballed and to my taste)
1 avocado
lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
Mix everything in a bowl and keep tasting until your liking

p.s the Baja Shrimp Taco recipe is divine as well.


a proud “running” moment: 5K in under 30 minutes

I started actively running again ~3 weeks ago (3x a week) in search of being able to run a 5K under 30 minutes – Mr. Best Boyfriend and I (along with some friends) are running the Firefly run and it’s a 5K, which is why Mr. Best Boyfriend and I had a goal set in stone of running it under 30 minutes. ~3 weeks ago I would have never thought that a 5K under 30 minutes could be possible, especially when I haven’t ran actively in over a year. I’ve ran here and there, but I never did a timed run.

Well, on Thursday September 13, 2012, I ran a 5K in under 30 minutes, 28 minutes to be exact. After the run, I was so proud of myself and I was also quite proud of Mr. Best Boyfriend. He didn’t know if he could run a 5K nonstop, so he was pretty sore after it all, but it was all worth it. We were basking in our 28 minute run and giving each other high fives. I don’t think I could ask for a better running partner (well, most of the time I run  by myself, but it was because I was running with him that I was able to keep my pace and never fall behind). I think that a running partner really motivates you when you want to stop. Hopefully I will be able to challenge myself more in the future.

“I am not as good as my last run, I will be better, and I will do better, I know I am better than my last run!”