Mothers hailing from different cultures on every continent have been “wearing” babies upon their own bodies for centuries. Traditionally, baby-wearing is a convenient and pragmatic method to keep track of little ones, while continuing activities of daily life and maintaining the intimacy of mother and child.
Vietnamese cuisine is famous for complexity of flavor; the classic dish of thịt kho (braised caramelized meat ) is a perfect example of this concept, manifesting the balanced blend of sweet and salty… yum! There are a number of variations of thịt kho – all are absolutely delicious – with differences in cut of meat, cooking method, saltiness, amount of sauce, etc. In addition, every home cook develops her or his own style, technique, and taste preferences too! In this post we’d like to share with you one absolutely mouth-watering version of thịt kho that Continue reading Thịt Kho Tiêu (Braised Caramelized Pork)→
Charm necklaces and bracelets are popular for the ability to customize jewelry to make it more meaningful for the wearer. We took customized jewelry to the next level by designing and then 3D-printing a unique necklace charm for Kathy May. I took inspiration from the Continue reading 3D-Printed Silver Necklace Charm→
Last weekend we hosted a party to welcome in the Lunar New Year (Việt New Year = Tết; Chinese New Year = 新年)! We made bánh giầy and they turned out beautifully. We want to share the recipe with you! You will see that the ingredients are few (things you would find in any typical Việtkitchen), the process is straightforward, and these are easy-to-make.
Bánh giầy (pronounced “ban yay,” sometimes incorrectly written as “bánh dầy” or even “bánh dày”) is a yummy and simple Việt snack. It is a glutinous rice patty steamed on banana leaf, usually served sandwiched with giò lựa (also known as Continue reading Bánh Giầy (Steamed Glutinous Rice Cakes)→
Our first major foray into home automation is an Arduino-controlled, Internet-connected thermostat for our apartment. Our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit doesn’t have a connection for an external thermostat, so we couldn’t just Continue reading Arduino Thermostat: Part 1 – Introduction→
We are very excited about our latest project which is a practical and eye-pleasing addition to our new apartment. It combines a number of our interests: recycling, gardening, home improvement, and doing it ourselves! It’s moving season and we found a set of discarded IKEA Lack side tables. Here is Mimi modeling one of them. They’re a little Continue reading IKEA Hack: Sunken Succulent Lack Table Garden→