Lunar New Year’s sweets and treats

This Lunar New Year my family went back to Vietnam (except me), so my new year’s eve dinner was spent with my Vietnamese friends here in Paris. I, of course, volunteered to bring sweets and treats for tea time and desserts, and also to keep up the gift box ‘tradition’ from last year.

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Bài viết tiếng Việt: Bánh kẹo ngày Tết

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Wooden Drawer (5) – The end of a road

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I haven’t updated this blog for more than 3 weeks, which I think it’s the longest that I’ve not posted ever since I created this blog. Of course my love for the kitchen is still very much there, it’s just that for the past 3 weeks I was focusing on finishing and defending my thesis, so I had a hiatus on updating Miamivores.

The last 3 weeks where I just focused on writing and practicing for the defence, I was on an emotional roller-coaster. 3 years I’ve gotten used to almost banging my head against the wall every time I have to look for an article, to drinking coffee for those late nights writing, and to sometimes feel like giving up. There are times that I prayed to every god possible to be done with the thesis so that I don’t have to deal with all those headaches anymore. However, when I finally got the green light from my supervisor for the defence, beside the happiness I suddenly felt a bit…loss.

Bài viết tiếng Việt: Ngăn Kéo Gỗ (5) – Kết thúc một chặng đường

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Happy news and a delicious smell

I’ve been very happy-go-lucky these past few days, and the house is full of the smell of pastries fresh out of the oven. That is because I have finally decided to invest in a 50L oven, not too small nor too big, enough for medium batches of pastries and roasted dishes for 2-3 people.

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As soon as the oven arrived, I somehow managed to take it out of the box, and immediately baked several batches of different pastries. It’s been a few months since I last worked with butter, flour, sugar, milk, so I felt really happy.

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The feeling of excitedly waiting for the cakes to bake, and then when the oven door is opened, the smell of freshly baked cakes immediately fill the room, all the fatigue and stress vanish in an instant with each sweet bite of cakes.

Bài viết tiếng Việt: Chuyện vui và mùi rất ngon

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Wooden Drawer (2) – Autumn therapy

[Glass jar] – a category to store all the little stories that are not related to eating or cooking, photos, memorable moments, an interesting paragraph from a book I’m reading, or just simply some scattered thoughts and feelings.

After a relaxing week in Paris, waking up alone at the start of the week in my apartment was a bit off. Looking out the window, it was such a nice day that staying home all day would really be a waste, so I decided to…go chestnut picking in the mountain, to relax a bit before going back to all the schoolwork. Having said that it’s chestnut picking, I wanted more to just enjoy the quiet and peaceful atmosphere though (and on top of that I’ve already had a big bag of chestnuts from my Paris trip tongue )

Bài viết tiếng Việt: Ngăn kéo gỗ (2) – Liệu pháp mùa thu

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Wooden Drawer (1) – Chestnut picking

[Wooden Drawer] – a category to store all the little stories that are not related to eating or cooking, photos, memorable moments, an interesting paragraph from a book I’m reading, or just simply some scattered thoughts and feelings.

Beside pampering me with good food during the week I visited, my mom also gave in to my very ‘girlish’ wish, and this wish has everything to do with a very frangrant and very delicious food : chestnuts!

When I was little I had a chance to taste roasted chestnuts that my dad brought back from his oversea business trips, and I immediately fell in love with its sweet nutty taste. Every autumn here in France, they sell chestnuts in almost all supermarkets, however the price is pretty high, so even though I crave for them a lot, I hesitated in front of the chestnuts stall every year, and then just chuckled and turned away. Last year when I joined a cooking page on facebook, I found out that a lot of the members in France always go chestnut-picking in small forests in the suburb of Paris during autumn. My craving comes back, but no matter how much persuasion I gave, Matthias is not into this activity, so I let another chestnut season passed by.

Last week when I came to Paris, my mom showed me a big bowl full of chestnuts that she went picking with my brother’s family, and so of course, I begged her to go with me, and she gave in immediately. I found on  google a small forest near our house, and so my mom, my 4-year-old niece, and me, the mom-daughter-grandma-granddaughter trio, excitedly went chestnut picking on a nice morning. 20 minutes on the train, 15 minute walking and we arrived at the spot.

Bài viết tiếng Việt: Ngăn kéo gỗ (1) – Nhặt hạt dẻ

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Mommy’s visit

It’s been almost a week from the last blog post on Miamivores right? The reason for this tardiness is because last week was school holidays, and my mom is in Paris now so I went to Paris for a whole week with her.

It’s so nice to have my mom here, knowing that I’ve now moved to another city alone, she takes full advantage of the time I spend with her is Paris to make so many yummy dishes. Her daughter is not as bad in cooking as before blush so of course I helped her in the kitchen. We managed to cook so many dishes in one week, mostly my favorite dishes, and also dishes from my childhood as well.

I couldn’t cook and take photos because I didn’t take any tools with me, but in place of that I got to eat so many dishes that even though I can make them myself in Grenoble, the taste is almost a million time better when they’re made by my mom, maybe because they all have one secret ingredient: her love for me. I got to eat boiled pork leg, snail crackers, stir-fried noodles, Vietnamese pork pyramid dumplings, Vietnamese crispy dumplings…and so much more, I was so interested in eating laughing that I forgot to take photos of many of them, so I only have a few here to share with you guys (the photos are taken with my mom’s iPhone so excuse me for the quality big grin)

Bài viết tiếng Việt: Mẹ sang chơi

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Moving and a new adventure

No one can foresee anything in life. The last time that I moved out, I swore that I would never move anywhere far ever again. And here I am, only more than 1 year after, with all my life packed into 2 suitcases and 4 carton boxes, moving, and this time it’s to Grenoble, a city that is a 3-hour TGV trip from Paris, together with Matthias.

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Bài viết tiếng Việt: Chuyển nhà và hành trình mới

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My loving family

For Vietnamese National Family Day

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

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(I planned to publish this post 4 days ago, but I was spending the weekend with my mom (she’s in France to visit and help my brother with his kids), and I also helped her preparing my uncle’s farewell party so it kinda slipped my mind until now)

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Bài viết tiếng Việt: Gia đình yêu thương

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