(Eating for 2) Avocado Toast

 Avocado Toast Breakfast by Bonnie Tsang

Avocado Toast Breakfast by Bonnie Tsang

I'd say avocado toast is one of the best things to eat during pregnancy. Avocado is packed with minerals, antioxidants, dietary fiber, folate acid and many other beneficial vitamins. I usually like to cut the fruit into small cubes, add some olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper and spread it on a whole grain toast (Dave's Killer Bread is one of the best I've tried). It's quick and easy to make.

New Chapter

 photo by Bonnie Tsang

Woke up this morning, sunlight hit my eyes, messy bed made by two people and no void in sight.

It's been about ten years since my last divorce. During that time I had a four-year long relationship, then stayed celibacy for five years. Those were great growing years - I learned how to be alone without feeling lonely, I learned what loving myself mean, I learned to take care of myself and my family, I learned to love and have faith in others... 

Ten years of tremendous pain, wave after wave of depression and suicidal thoughts that broken me into pieces turned out to be so well worth. When in despair, I let go of control and let myself fall. What kept me alive was the small little strength I had to get up and to take care of my family (especially my daughter) and the tiny spark of hope that I could find a way out of the darkness. 

Today, about a year or so later, I found myself capable of being in love and in a relationship again. Didn't think I would get married or have another kid again, but here I am now - engaged and pregnant.

Keep connecting with yourself, love truly IS in you, there's no need to search. 

Simple Recipe: Steamed Clams

Summer is coming to an end and ZICO happened to ask if I'd be interested in coming up with some recipes that could include their chilled coconut water. Since it is something so light and pure (it's 100% chilled coconut water with no added sugar!), I decided to use it for something simple that doesn't require much time to cook to preserve the freshness of the coconut water and other ingredients. Steamed clams is one of my favorite dishes and it's super easy to make - perfect as an appetizer or main course.

Steamed Clams with ZICO Chilled Coconut Water and Sake

2-3 dozen hard shell clams (clean and scrub the outer shells well)
2 tablespoons olive oil
6-9 cloves of garlic (peeled and minced)
1 cup ZICO chilled coconut water
1 cup sake
1/4 cup of parsley (chopped)
pinch of salt and pepper

 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang
 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang

Use only firmly shut clams

Heat olive oil in a pot on medium heat, put in garlic and saute for 3-5 minutes or until slightly brown.

Pour in coconut water and sake, then turn up the heat to high. Add clams and close the lid for about 5-6 minutes, then shake the pot few times without opening the lid to make sure clams are able to open up.

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Turn off the the fire, remove clams with a slotted spoon (discard clams that did not open) to a big shallow bowl. Add parsley, salt and pepper to broth, then pour broth over the clams.

*This dish can be served with baguette, dinner rolls or steamed rice. To make it more "summer-ie", try chilling the broth in the fridge for few hours and turn it into a cold dish.

 via B for Bonnie, photo by Bonnie Tsang