for real this time! YUMMY!!! 餃子 Gyoza (potsticker dumplings)

A few people have asked me about my burn… thank you for your well wishes! It’s about half healed now! And to as what I was doing when I burned myself…

I was making gyoza! Gyoza are Japanese dumplings filled with pork & vegetables. I think they are similar to Jiaozi in Chinese cuisine, since the characters are the same – 餃子. Please forgive me if I’m wrong!

The finished product!!

I had some of the stuffing left over from the previous time I made them, which I had frozen. Yeah, actually I just ran out of gyoza skins last time hahahaha.
The stuffing contains ground pork, minced cabbage, and grated ginger (REALLY important to get rid of the porky smell!!!). I also add some soy sauce to mine. Typically, people add chopped nira (garlic chives) but since I put them in my bento… um, I don’t want people around me to say I have stinky breath!!!

I used the “regular” size gyoza wrappers. Since I crimp my gyozas closed, I can usually only put like a teaspoon of filling inside. If you just close them, you’ll be able to get about 1.5 teaspoons of filling in.

Oh, and the crimping? It’s not difficult, it just takes some practice. My practice comes from helping my mother from a young age…


But I never helped my mother to pan fry them, so I used to be HORRIBLE at this!!! I was never sure how to do it!

Preheat your frying pan and put a bit of oil inside.
Put the gyoza in the frying pan, and add some water so that the bottom of the gyoza is submerged. Put the lid on and cook the gyoza on low heat until the water is gone.
They are cooked through if the skins are translucent.

Then drizzle some oil around the edges of the pan and spread it around – this is what helps to make a crunchy bottom and to make sure they don’t stick to the pan!


I’m not good with non-stick pans and I’m not sure if cooking spray works for the last part!

YUMMY!!!!

I like making these because they keep well in the freezer and I can just pop a few into my bento.

What is your favorite recipe to make? What do you usually eat for lunch?

MY FAVORITE AGE IS 26…27?

I’m biting the bullet and joining Kristine’s contest. Click here for details!
MY FAVORITE AGE IS 26…27?
I turned 27 a few weeks ago. Last year was the best year of my life, but every year has been greater than the one before, so I expect this year will be even better.Sound cliche? Maybe, but it was really a fantastic year. I had so much fun at work and in my private life.

1. WORK
(for those of you who don’t know, I’m an engineer in a certain manufacturing company. I won’t tell you who I work for, but I’m 90% sure you have one of our products at home. I start up production lines)My 26th birthday was spent on a business trip to Germany, visiting one of our production sites. Since I didn’t know very many people there, I thought I’d spend my birthday alone. It certainly didn’t turn out that way – see the picture below!

One of the girls decided to throw a party for me (I’m 5th from left)


It was great working in Germany – very different from what I’m used to. I spent a month in a certain factory in a very small town in southern Germany!

Another thing that went great was that I finished my project in China! It went fantastically well, even though everyone I worked with was younger than me (HORROR!!!!), they all tried their best. The best part was that they made me feel very welcome and we were really one great team!

Me with my team



2. LIFE
My passion is traveling. Along with my business trips last year, I got to go to so many places and do so many things. IT WAS THE BEST.

Where did I go?

GERMANY

 

PARIS
(Eiffel tower, sorry I’m not in the picture since I was there alone!)

This is a biking tour through Paris – I highly recommend this!!
(I don’t know the people in the pic. They were just in the same biking group)
BEIJING
(Great Wall, and right before the Olympics!)

 

Tiananmen Square

Part of my pearl haul… only part of it!
(excuse the shine. Go to 紅橋市場 for great pearls and great bargaining!!)

 


TIANJIN

(China – I worked there on and off for nearly 6 months!)

HAWAII
(Yes, that’s me scuba diving with sea turtles)

GOA (India)
HONG KONG
(I took these pics from a moving ferry. Sorry if it’s out of focus!)

3. FRIENDS
I made so many good friends last year. Isn’t that the best thing ever?

Some are old friends…

Scott lives in Canada and I only see him rarely – but we met up in China!


Some are new friends…

Amber was one of the girls I worked with in China!


So yeah, last year was truly a fantastic year for me! I’m gonna do my best to make sure that my 27th year is better than my 26th so that next year I’ll be able to say “My Favorite Age is 27…!!”

EOTD: Purple and pink

Sorry for being totally MIA… I’m trying to catch up on all the blogs in my reader!!!!

Wow, an actual EOTD! I’m just as surprised as you!!
I am a total newbie when it comes to e/s application…

Since I’m going to work today and I’m still a little scared of wearing bright e/s to work, here’s something that’s very soft with only a hint of color:


I used the Kate Gradical Eyes Palette in PU-1, a purple palette.

  • Base – Cream shadow (Daiso)
  • Lid color – C
  • Inner corner – dark pink color from Daiso palette
  • Outside corner – A, blended with B
  • Liner – Kate gel eyeliner in BK-3 (Black with blue sparkles)
  • Mascara base – Daiso
  • Mascara – Cover Girl Volume Exact Waterproof mascara in Very Black (not sold in Japan)

It was a total PAIN to get a good picture of my own eye.

For all my beauty blogger sisters, how do you take your EOTD pictures?

Nosey visitors and OUCH!!!

(non-beauty related blog, sorry!!!)

Pic of the day – I burned myself badly as I was making Gyoza (potstickers). But at least the gyoza was GOOD!!!

And yes, this is a rant.

My best friend from jr high / high school suddenly texted me on Friday night asking if she could stay the night on Saturday. We haven’t talked in like 10 years and she lives in Tokyo (300 miles away), so obviously I was very, very surprised at this sudden request.

Of course I said yes. She came to my house… and wow, that was tiring. I’ll keep my complaining to a total minimum, but I really need to let out steam!!!

Let’s just say that I spent an evening listening to her complain. That is a total understatement.

She also felt that it was OK to look through every cabinet that I own. She criticized me on where I keep my toilet paper, how many different kinds of spices I own, what CDs I have, and that my house is old. Even my parents aren’t that nosey.

OK, my rant is over!!!! Hope your weekend was better than mine!

Awards!

Wow, I’ve been super bad about updating… But then again, I haven’t bought anything recently!!! LOL


My best friend from middle school emailed me yesterday asking to come over TODAY. She lives in Tokyo (500 miles away) and I haven’t seen her since I graduated from high school. Obviously I’m in a rush to clean my house!! I am so excited to see her later today!

My first award from MiuMiu! Thank you!!!
Rules:
List 7 things that you love, and then pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you love! Be sure to tag them and let them know that they have won. You can copy the picture of the award and paste it on your sidebar letting the whole world know…you are Kreativ!
1. Makeup & skin care, even though I’m still learning
2. Traveling! I went to India in February. It was FUN!
3. Shopping!!!!
4. Eating!!
5. Cooking / Baking!! (it goes hand in hand with 4 hahaha)
6. Jewelry!!
7. Talking!!!

Thank you valiohh for this next award!
This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.
When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!”

ten things about myself;;
1. I drink my 2 liters of water daily. It is entirely water or tea. I try not to drink sugary drinks!
2. I have a very big collection of pearl jewelry (bracelets, necklaces, and earrings). I bought them at a market in Beijing, China. Bargaining is the best part – I got most of my stuff for under $5!
3. I moved to Kobe from near Tokyo. This area is similar to the southern US – it is a totally different culture! (and I LOVE it!!!)
4. I read all the blogs in my blogroll daily… but I can’t seem to remember to update daily…
5. Headaches are a part of my life. I love Excederin and I stock up on it when I’m in the US. Recently L introduced me to Aleve. It may be my new love.
6. When I put on my makeup in the morning, I’m usually watching a DVD of CSI.
7. I don’t own a TV. I don’t miss it at all.
8. The first beauty product I ever bought was mascara.
9. I love to see everyone’s EOTD. I try to copy your eyeshadow techniques but I’ve got a long way to go since I used to only wear very natural eyeshadow
10. I recently found my holy grail of pinky-beige lipsticks. LOVE
I’m not tagging anyone since I think everyone has done it already!
Since I’m not wearing any makeup right now (HORROR!!!!), here’s my jewelry from yesterday.