Friday, February 26, 2016

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Sorbet

Well, well, well. Look what I found sitting in my drafts page... a complete recipe that I never got around posting! 

I still remember that day when I bought a kilo of strawberries from a street vendor downtown and all these ideas of what to do with them were running through my head. I wish I had half of the creativity I had back then, 青春啊~~ Now I'm satisfied just by browsing through food blogs or skimming through a cookbook... absolutely have no urge to make it myself. 

I bought a Kitchenaid ice cream maker attachment 2 years ago and made coconut mango ice cream that ended up sitting in my freezer, untouched. That may be because I lost my sweet tooth, or maybe my metabolism slowed down and I can no longer eat without consequences. Whatever the case, I can't believe I spent 3 hours making this sorbet with a handheld mixer and won't even pick up my ice cream maker now because I'm just too.damn.lazy. Maybe when Nolan's old enough to appreciate my cooking/baking/churning then I'll finally get my motivation back. Looking forward to that day, BUT OMG PLEASE DON'T GROW UP AND BE MY BABY FOREVER.  OK BYE, LOVE, MOM. 

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Sorbet
  • 1 pound (450g) strawberries, rinsed and hulled
  • 2/3 cup (130g) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vodka or kirsch (optional)
  • 1 cup (240g) plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Slice the strawberries into small pieces. Toss in a bowl with the sugar and vodka or kirsch (if using) until the sugar begins to dissolve [picture 1].
  2. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours, stirring once in a while [picture 2].
  3. Transfer the strawberries and their juice to a blender or food processor. Add the yogurt and fresh lemon juice [picture 3]. Pulse the machine until the mixture is smooth. If you wish, press mixture through a mesh strainer to remove any seeds [picture 4].
  4. Chill mixture in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  5. Place the chilled ice cream mixture in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. Beat ice cream mixture with an electric mixer until smooth (you can use a fork instead of an electric mixer, but the ice cream will be less smooth and creamy) [picture 5].
  7. Place ice cream in the freezer for another 40 minutes- then beat with an electric mixer again.
  8. Repeat "40 minute freeze-then-beat cycle" 3 times. This should total 2 1/2 hours of freezing [picture 6].
  9. You can choose to either beat your ice cream mixture every 40 minutes until frozen or let your ice cream mixture freeze on its own. Either method works fine. The more you beat it and the more air incoorporated, the softer it will be. Total freezing time can take anywhere between 3-5 hours.
Strawberry Frozen Yogurt Sorbet

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Hello, again.

Mr. Lo, Mrs. Lo, and Co.

WOW. It’s been almost 6 years since I’ve abandoned this blog, 4 years since graduating from med school, 3 years since my hospital internship, 3 years since Mr. Lo and I have gotten married, 2 years since my PGY training, and 1.5 years since I’ve started my family medicine residency. But most important of all, it’s been 1 year since I gave birth to my baby boy, Nolan.
Time didn’t fly. It just took off in supersonic speed without notice.
I guess I just never realized how fast things were moving until Nolan came along. Now when I look at him, I can’t help but wonder if this 90th percentile Energizer baby giant ate my 2904g newborn.  As happy as I am seeing him grow bigger and stronger, my heart bleeds a little every time I put his outgrown onesies away. Where did my chill, sleepy, wiggly baby burrito go?? Daily videos and photos capturing his moments just don’t seem enough anymore… sometimes it feels like he’s slipping away day by day, and all of this is amounting to the day my baby leaves home for college. LOL, what a melodramatic mother I am. But seriously, I can’t be the only mother that feels this way. Which brings me here, typing away in the dark with Nolan sleeping beside me… It’s time to revive this thing! Just a place where I can keep record of little things happening in our family or share the ups and downs of mother/parenthood.  But most importantly, food blogging! I must admit, I've gotten a little rusty with the whole blogging business... I still don't know which camera I should use to document my cooking, or if just completely rely on my cellphone. Do I even have time to cook or blog?? Who knows, none of it matters if I can’t keep this up, so less worrying and more doing... Keeping my fingers crossed!