Sweet Tooth: Double Skin Milk & Ginger Milk Pudding

Double skin milk is a popular Cantonese dessert made of milk, egg whites, and sugar, and my mom absolutely loves it. It kind of reminds me of panna cotta, because it’s essentially just a velcety smooth milk custard with two skins — the first one forms when the boiled milk is cooled; the second, when the cooked custard is cooled. I’ve also included another recipe for ginger milk pudding, since the two can often be eaten together. Ginger milk pudding is another popular Cantonese dessert made from ginger, milk and sugar.

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Sweet Tooth: Amber Walnuts

Here’s an extremely simple yet delicious lil’ recipe for Amber Walnuts to add a bit of spice and edge to your life! 🙂 Walnuts are a staple part of the Chinese diet, and we love to eat them as snacks (they’re said to be good for your brain and hair, too, but I cannot verify that statement…but I can verify that they’re extremely yummy!)

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Wanderlust: Port Aransas, Texas

Every two years, my programs takes a weekend trip to Port Aransas, Texas, home to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Port A is about four hours away from Austin and is one of the longest barrier islands along the Texas coast. It’s now become a fishing, beach and resort village, and the weather is incredibly nice (though be prepared for extreme humidity and lots of sunscreens, or sunburns, in our case).

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Sweet Tooth: Mung Bean Cake

Mung bean cake is a traditional and popular Chinese dessert, especially during summer, since the main ingredient, mung beans, is known to help protect the body from extreme heat. Technically it’s still the beginning the spring, but tell that to the 90 degrees Texas weather. Of course, recipe/photos courtesy of my mom, who continues to make these lovely desserts as I can only look at from a digital screen…

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forget about our problems for a little while

Every year after Spring Break, UT hosts its 40 Acres Fest, where a number of local bands and a few nationally known ones perform at a music concert held right on campus, and a number of orgs table in front of the tower. The event lasted almost all of Saturday, with a bunch of free food and T-shirts (best part about being a college student, right?) This year, Hunter Hayes was headlining, along with Capyac, Future Thieves, The Mardy Bums and some other local bands.  I only remember Hunter Hayes for one song back in 2012 (I think it was Wanted?), and I’m not particularly a country music person, but it was definitely pretty lit!