Life Is Like A Dumpling


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Hi! My name is Gen. I was born in Toronto and raised between Toronto and Hong Kong. I’m currently studying international relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Food makes me happy 🙂


Everyone asks me: what’s with the blog name?
‘Life Is Like A Dumpling’ was a metaphor I used in one of my high school speeches. A few of my friends couldn’t stop laughing at how silly it was, and it’s become some sort of a (no longer!) inside joke about how life is like a dumpling. When it came to choosing a blog name, they insisted that my blog had to be named after this metaphor-speech-joke. Here’s the blog post explaining it.

And that, my lovely readers, is how my blog baby came to be born!

IMG_5903Toronto 1995

What I love:  There are few things I love more than food, books, travel, good conversation, and of course, my family and friends. I love art, especially impressionist paintings- I love all of the ballerina works by Edgar Degas, including the sculpture; Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh; and The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, just to name a few. I also love having fun. I’m always excited to try new things in new places. In my free time, I enjoy experimenting in the kitchen and find comfort in cooking. I have an ice-cream maker that I have yet to completely master, although the three times I’ve made ice cream have turned out pretty well. Besides cooking, my favourite past time is reading. Some of my favourite books:

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Harry Potter book series by JK Rowling
The Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Currently reading: If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino; Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë; Fairy Tales by Hans Christen Anderson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAfresh mint for mint tea
IMG_1211Beet, carrot, ginger and apple juice

What I eat: Anything that is healthy, wholesome, and fresh. I really do believe that you are what you eat, and that you’ll always feel better if you choose to put the right foods in your body. I haven’t eaten meat in almost four years, but do eat the occasional fish. I love dairy, despite having a slight lactose intolerance. I eat it occasionally but try to minimize my intake. I will always prefer dark chocolate over milk or white.

My cooking style: I’d describe my cooking style as ‘healthy comfort food’, although ‘healthy’ varies from person to person, and depends on the portion.* I love to experiment with recipes that are either vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar-free to show people that these kinds of foods, as well as vegetarian and vegan food, can taste good. Above all, I want to show people that food that is good for you can be delicious, too. Don’t get me wrong, I have guilty pleasures too- I love to indulge in chocolate, cheese, ice-cream, and fries. And if you put a bag of salt and vinegar crisps in front of me, I probably won’t be able to stop myself from eating the entire bag.

*Raw desserts may be healthier than regular desserts, but they are by no means healthy if you have no portion control and eat the entire cake. The key: everything in moderation! 🙂

My camera: In addition to my Canon 60D DSLR, I also take pictures with my Olympus Pen E-PL1 and my iPhone. This is only because I don’t carry my big camera with me everywhere I go! All photos are taken by me unless otherwise stated.

My ultimate dream: On the one hand, I would really love to become a guidance counsellor. I really enjoy talking to different people, getting to know how they feel, and helping them out. On the other, my ultimate dream would be to either open a bookshop-café serving only the best comfort food ever. The walls would be lined with my favourite books for people to read or buy. It would be an ideal place for weekend brunches, studying, afternoon tea… etc.

My philosophy on life: I love to start my day by telling myself it’s going to be a good day. After reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, I was inspired to be more proactive in becoming happier in my everyday life by making the simplest (although not necessarily easy!) changes. I started by making a list of thirteen personal commandments: love myself; appreciate my friendships and relationships; have fun and be in the moment; listen and observe to help others and myself better; be honest- with others and myself; think twice; empathize; always be thankful and grateful; treasure the little moments; be kind; don’t procrastinate; invest in myself; and make the best out of a situation I can’t change.

Meet my sous-chef…

DSCF5070My wonderful boyfriend Lewis, aka my partner in crime in the kitchen. He contributes to many of my kitchen creations, whether it’s an idea or a recipe. We are each other’s sous-chefs whenever either of us is cooking 🙂

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46 thoughts on “About

  1. I am beginning my blog in February. I just got done with a thirty day juice fast. I too am vegetarian and I have been all my life. I didn’t have my first egg until I was seven – my mother is still vegan so my area of expertise is in vegan cooking (although I do eat dairy when I go out). You sound like a fascinating person! I can’t wait to study abroad, although I want to travel everywhere so I don’t know how frustrated I’ll be in trying to decide where to go! 😛

    • I’m so impressed with your 30 day juice fast! I’m not vegan, but love to experiment with vegan cooking, so I’m looking forward to reading your blog when it begins 🙂

      • Thanks! Yeah, I’d like to say that this month was fun and it has gone by really fast, but I’d be lying :p The first two weeks was me crying in bed and dreaming about the things I wanted to eat and it wasn’t until the last week did I get the hang of it and enjoy it lol

  2. Hi, I have nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award!

  3. Love this blog name, looks great!

    • Thank you and sorry for the late reply! I thought I had replied but it turns out I hadn’t! It’s okay- better late than never, right? Thanks for checking out Life Is Like A Dumpling 🙂

  4. 1) I adore the name of your blog.
    2) I’m totally digging the pop culture references in a few of your posts. Ok, namely Beyonce, because I’m similarly enthralled.
    3) Thanks for checking out The Pig & Quill. 🙂 Keep up the lovely work.

  5. Thank you very much for following me back! I really like your blog and such a life moving everywhere :)!

  6. You are really organized in your thoughts and everything. I love that. Your blog drew my attention because you said you were born in Toronto. I live in Guelph, Ontario. Wish you all the best with your thirteen commandments. Best wishes!

    • Aw, thank you! I have never been to Guelph but I know some people at Guelph University. You have no idea how much I miss Canada! Best wishes to you too, thanks again for checking out my blog 🙂

      • Come back home. I live very near the University. Guelph has a population of only 118,000, but I love it here. It’s nice and peaceful. My sister lives in Toronto and so does my son. All the best.

  7. I think we just became best friends! Haha no, but seriously – I have the same dream about opening a bookstore/cafe/bakery and having the walls lined and lined with books! Ahhhh how wonderful would it be!

    • Oh Brickiepedia, I just realized I never responded to this comment! If I ever open a bookstore/cafe/our dream place I will definitely invite you along and you have to come visit! Just read your posts on all the traveling you’ve been doing, it sounds like you are having a fabulous time! Let me know if you are ever in the UK. Have fun and safe travels 🙂 xx

  8. How do you like St Andrews? My father is from near there and we used to have a house at The Grange on the hill above St A. I really miss it – I used to love going there…

    • Wow, that’s great! Rarely do I meet people from near here. I love St Andrews, it’s absolutely beautiful and so tranquil (except for very, very windy and rainy Scottish days). It’s a nice break from living in noisier cities like Hong Kong and Toronto. Next year will sadly be my fourth and last year- I’ve become so attached to this little seaside town! You should definitely come back to visit, but come during the summer so you can avoid the dark winter weather haha.

  9. Married in Marrickville on said:

    Hey Gen, I’ve nominated your blog, for a Liebster Award. You can find out about it here:
    Check it out & participate if you want – sharing the blog love…
    Love MIM.

  10. Hello Gen! Aw, I just found your blog via MIM and I’m already loving your gorgeous introduction to yourself! I’m all the way on the other side of the world, in Australia, but I love the way blogging gives you a little window to meet friends from far away. Can’t wait to read more of your archives and recipes. Love your food philosophy… and the gorgeous photos! xx

    • I agree, blogging is such a wonderful way to meet people dotted all around the globe. It gives me so much insight into the way other people like their food and how food cultures may differ! Thanks for reading, can’t wait to read more of your posts. That banana, coconut and rum cake looks absolutely divine! Sending lots of blog and kitchen love your way! xx

  11. Serendipitous Wonder on said:

    Thank you soo much for following me and the nomination! Just wondering, why are you studying in Scotland? (if you don’t mind me asking?)

    • You’re very welcome! I spent most of my childhood in Hong Kong, and was in Toronto when I was in high school. I thought that adding another place/continent would be fun- and it would also give me an opportunity to travel while I’m studying in Europe. I’m also studying International Relations, and the school I’m at (the University of St Andrews) has one of the best programs for it in the world. I just thought it would be a great opportunity! The past three years have been so fun! I was originally planning on going to McGill University in Canada (that was the plan the entire time I was in high school) but at the last minute I just decided to be spontaneous and exciting haha 🙂

      • Serendipitous Wonder on said:

        That’s soo cool 🙂 Montreal is beautiful though, I lived there for a year as an exchange student!! It’s very French in every way but I enjoyed learning French as well! Traveling is the best isn’t? Very brave of you but I’m sure it’s been worth it! Being out of your comfort zone, in my experience is just sublime.

      • Montreal is so beautiful! I’m considering going to McGill for grad school, so who knows? I love traveling and am always excited to see more of the world 🙂

  12. Hello Genevieve. I just discovered you through Married in Marrickville and I love your blog. So beautiful and tasteful. Gorgeous photography and can’t wait to read through your archives and your more of your posts! 🙂

  13. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my blog! I hope you’ll check out my recent recipes and even find one to recreate for yourself sometime. I look forward to following your posts in the future!!


  14. Great blog – love it 🙂

  15. Lovely blog, is very inspiring ❤ thank you for visiting mine, happy week-end!!!

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  17. I love your blog! I’m so happy I stumbled across it. I also love your layout – just like Green Kitchen stories! I see you are also a fan of them. I’m currently leafing through their book deciding what to make for dinner 🙂 Also loving your book list! x

    • Thank you! I’m glad you like it. Haha, yes, I am a huge fan of Green Kitchen Stories! I have their cookbook too- as well as Sprouted Kitchen’s. Thanks for stopping by! xx

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  20. Your blog & about page are simply adorable and your recipes look absolutely delicious!!! Can’t wait to try some 🙂

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