Kyoto Arashiyama Sagano Road | bettysliu.com

Have you ever visited a place with much anticipation and excitement, to find that you felt not only a sense of discovery but also a sense of peace, like you could imagine yourself living there? I’m not much of a writer, so I’ll put it plainly: Kyoto is a magical place: historical streets with traditional buildings  persist, food markets bustle with activity, offering all the spices, pickled foods, artisan goods, bushels of tea. Just wandering around the streets, I felt immersed in this city, this city that welcomes tourists from Japan and the world with open arms. When I go somewhere, I love 1) eating 2) exploring 3) learning 4) participating vs passively observing. In Kyoto, I did all of these, and more.

Before I go on, I’m really excited to announce I’m hosting a workshop with dear Chikae, in Kyoto in January 2018!!!!! See more details here – spots are VERY limited as it will be more of an intimate, immersive retreat, and we’ve already sold half, so email me at bettysliu07[at]gmail to register :). – update: SOLD OUT! Yay thanks!

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  • Such a beautiful photo essay Betty…I can tell by your photos and your words that these places captured your heart. I am really excited for you that you get to return and share your love for these places with your attendees! Wishing you the very best time next January!ReplyCancel

  • Your images and words are stunning! Although I have no formal training in calligraphy, I was super interested as a child. Unfortunately, my most memorable experience was a giant ink stain on my bedroom floor which I accidentally cleaned with glue instead of carpet cleaner! I’m certain my skills would not have allowed me into Saiho-Ji, Kokedera Moss Temple. Beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Hi Betty

    I love this post so much :) I was there in Kyoto in August too! Though I was there for 12 days, I didn’t make it to Fushimi Inari Taisha, Nara and Kinkaku-Ji… may be next time : )ReplyCancel

  • Ah now I need to go to Kyoto!! Such stunning photos <3ReplyCancel

SCALLION OIL EGG IN HOLE 7This recipe came together in the simplest, most joyous of ways: with a friend, with limited supplies, in a foreign kitchen. I was in Lummi Island with dear Alana for a much anticipated workshop with my photography idols, Gentl+Hyers. We were placed in a beautiful farm away from the other attendees, and on the way to the island we brought with us some basics for breakfast: egg, coffee, bread, yogurt, and scallions, because one can always use scallions, no?  Read more »

  • simple, easy meals that come together out of so little ingredients are the exact kind of meals I find myself craving most often…thank you for the inspiration…looking forward to hearing about the workshop!ReplyCancel

  • oooh scallion oil and egg in the hole sounds like my kinda breakfast! :)ReplyCancel

  • Yay scallions! I love the simplicity of this Betty <3 cannot wait to see your full post to come of this workshop! It sounds beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • I’ve actually never made egg in a hole! Such a cute simple breakfast, especially with friends. <3ReplyCancel

  • I love the simplicity of this recipe. Seriously, sometimes you only need a few ingredients to make the most flavorful food! I can’t wait to get this breakfast recipe in my weekly rotation.

    Also, your food photography is beautiful!ReplyCancel

Caramelized Peach Pancake | bettysliu.comWho doesn’t like breakfast in bed? It’s a lovely way to take things slowly on a weekend morning. There’s something so indulgent about the process that even though there’s the possibility of things getting messy, I still love to do this once in awhile. I find myself doing this more in the winter, because COZY right? But when I’m having a particularly stressful week, sometimes taking time for myself to do whatever strikes my fancy (including breakfast in bed) is exactly the remedy I need. Scroll down for the recipe for lovely juicy caramelized peach pancakes with heavenly chamomile cream.

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  • I have been dreaming of switching to linen sheets…your pist may have just given me the extra push to finally do it! And this whole caramelized peach breakfast in bed situation sounds amazing!ReplyCancel

  • I am so in love with this color palate you’ve got going on in these gorgeous photos. So softly sunny and lightly cozy. I think if I had those linens and these pancakes, I wouldn’t leave my bed all weekend. Sunday pancakes are my no-fail ritual, but I’m always switching up the recipe. These are going straight to the top of the list! xxReplyCancel

  • This is so so beautiful betty <3 I love your colors and these pancakes sound unreal. xxReplyCancel

  • Chamomile cream?!… Sounds amazing! I will try it… by the way, just voted for you!
    Cheers from BZ!ReplyCancel

  • These pancakes look droolworthy and delicious.I would not mind waking up to such a lovely and inviting breakfast.ReplyCancel

blueberry yuzu pie | bettysliu-12 1copy
Friends, you never cease to amaze me with your generosity and support – I’m so excited to announce I’m a finalist for Saveur Magazine’s Annual Blog Awards 2017, in Best Food Videos!!!!!!!!!!! What?!!!! I’m so touched. I was nominated last year for Best Photography, and that was a humbling and amazing experience, but this year, I’m FLABBERGASTED and so emotional, because I never really considered myself as a cinematographer – still don’t, actually. My videos are more, well, photography right? As you may have noticed, I have a slight obsession with creating stop-motion videos of food (like this babka one and this pear galette), and in fact, you can make your OWN stop-motion video via this tutorial, and I’m BLOWN AWAY to be nominated for these!!! Thank you, sincerely. I can’t even express how grateful and humbled I am <3.

If you feel so inclined, a vote for my blog for “Best Food Videos” would be super appreciated <3. You can vote here: VOTE!!

And now I have this recipe for you – honestly the best pie I’ve ever made. It’s really the flavor combination – ripe, sweet blueberries complemented by the fragrant, citrus-y yuzu. My husband Alex will forever love apple pie, but even he admitted this pie was particularly tasty, and then very un-healthily ate half the pie. I brought this yuzu powder home from Kyoto, Japan (must blog about my trip soon) and have been dying to put it to use. Sometimes I unscrew the top and just… smell. It’s sooo fragrant. Just a teaspoon will give a treat a wonderful subtle aroma of yuzu.

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  • Betty!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHH!!!!! You did it!!!!!! YOUR AMAZING. SO DESERVED.ReplyCancel

  • YAAYYY so happy for you Betty!!! I LOVE your videos so much and am constantly wowed by your work so am over the moon for you!
    With the rest of your post, I do feel you on stress..I feel so much more productive if I take that break to do some baking or go for a run than if I just slob out and procrastinate haha. Tricky though when you have so much on your plate. Glad you are enjoying being in the hospital! xReplyCancel

  • Yaaaaayyyyyy I am so, so excited for you!! All of the voting will be coming your way!

    This pie is so beautiful – I swear that four and twenty book is my actual bible hahahah.

    xxReplyCancel

  • Congratulations Betty! I love your videos and posts so much! I’ve never tried yuzu before, I’ll give it a go!ReplyCancel

  • Ruthy

    WOOHOOOOO!!! So well deserved! CONGRATS!!!! And I want to shove my face in this pie… and leave it there… :)ReplyCancel

  • Your photos are always gorgeous, but these are particularly lovely. Congrats on the nomination!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats!! This is SO deserved. I’m an easily stressed person and have definitely been struggling with it lately. Exercise and eating well always helps me, as well as getting enough sleep (although I’m bad at actually doing that part). I wish I was better at carving out time to do nothing but sit on the couch and read or watch a movie, etc. Ugh! The never-ending struggle of adulting is real. Congrats again!! So excited for you!!ReplyCancel

  • Congrats Betty. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • Dear Betty,

    Congratulations. You really deserve it. I am so happy for you. This pie looks delicious. Going to look for yuzu powder in NYC next week, take it with me and bake this pie when I come back! <3ReplyCancel

Milia Crete Greece Photography Workshop-3-30 copy

Milia is a little piece of heaven tucked away in the mountains of Greece, with delicious food (some of which is foraged from the mountain!) and beautiful scenery, and I was so excited to host a photography workshop there this past April. People from all over the world, including US, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, to name a few, joined me for my photography workshop in the beautiful Milia on Crete Island, Greece, and just learning their stories, hearing their perspectives, understanding their goals for their work inspired me like no Pinterest board can. Words cannot describe how thankful I was for this group of lovely friends during this workshop, and I still smile and giggle as I remember those late nights after lessons with copious amounts of wine, too much food, and lingering conversations.

A year ago, I taught a workshop in Gradara, Italy, where I met Eleni. We connected instantly and kept in touch, and suddenly we were planning a workshop in her home country, Greece. This is why I love doing these workshops. They can get overwhelming in the planning phase, and I have countless nightmares when I think something is going wrong or logistics were falling apart (ask me someday), but the reward lies in the real-life connections made with the people who come, this community that I have loved since I started blogging. A huge giant thanks to dear Eleni and Artemis for hosting, to Milia Mountain Retreat for their hospitality, to Constantina for the help, and big hugs to Jenny, the best assistant who honestly kept me sane :).

I still remember the nerves and angst when I hosted my first photography workshop (see the very first one here!), which were quickly relieved when I realized how wonderful the attendees were, how we could trust our months of planning, how naturally, conversation flows because we all nerd out about, say, mushroom foraging, or finding the right light, or unified sighs of delight as a poached egg is cracked, with the yolk oozing out satisfactorily for the perfect shot.  Read more »

  • Wow all so stunning what an incredible placeReplyCancel

  • Wow Betty! This has to be my favorite workshop of yours yet! The images you shared really captured the essence of the authentic Greek country life. This post gave me all the feels and I am so happy for you & your attendees that you had the chance to experience Greece in such a beautifully authentic way!ReplyCancel

  • As always, your photos are beyond stunning. You have a calling Betty!!! I wish I had been there with you, but I can’t wait to see you again sometime soon!ReplyCancel

  • Betty! I just can’t even handle how insanely gorgeous these photos are!! Your passion for showing the human elements of food really shines through and you are so incredibly skilled at capturing mood in all of your photos! <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • What an incredible workshop! Your photos are just stunning – makes me feel like I was there! (Wish I was!) :)ReplyCancel

  • Wow Betty this looks and sounds amazing!!! What a gorgeous collection!! Incredible . Definitely pinned these! -CKReplyCancel

  • you capture life and culture like no one else. what an inspiring trip! i long for the day i can come to one of your workshops. and greece has been on my list of places to go, and now it’s even higher with all these incredible photos and stories!ReplyCancel

  • What a magical time!! I personally would LOVE visiting the beekeeper (thyme honey, yes please!) Oh, and those shots of the water and the pink sand… <3 <3 <3ReplyCancel

  • Betty! You’re storytelling is off the charts. These photos are so incredible, I feel like I was there (*wishing*). That pink sand, those mountains, the in-action shots of recipes being made. Excuse me, I have to go scroll through these again. XOReplyCancel

  • Your photos are stunning! I wish I could go for this workshop.ReplyCancel

  • Bev

    What an amazing workshop- I would love to hear about any coming up in 2018. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous as is the story. ThanksReplyCancel

Spicy Miso Soba Salmon Noodles | bettysliu.com

The theme of the past few recipes have been flexibility, ease, and prep, such as making dressings in larger batches for subsequent uses, chopping up vegetables or fresh greens for easy future salads, making batches of cold brew concentrate so every morning I can just dilute and go. I’m really excited to share this very special recipe for spicy miso soba noodles with salmon, with two tricks to make this SUPER easy, healthy, and fast. It’s one of those weekday barely-any-time-to-unwind nights where takeout is just not appealing, and you want something fresh but with minimal effort.

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  • I seem to have those ‘don’t want to cook’ nights all too often, so this looks perfect! Salmon is usually in heavy rotation around here in the summer, so I can’t wait to try this one :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh.My.God. This entire post got me soooo hungry. I love Japanese cuisine whether it’s casual, comfort or slightly more decadent like a kaiseki. I’m going to tab this and try it sometime! I think I may have half of the ingredients already.ReplyCancel

  • That salmon sounds amazing! I’m the only one eating fish at home, so I hate cooking it : those 1-person servings seem perfect for me 😀
    And mix salmon with soba….you have me!ReplyCancel

  • I love evrything about this recipe and the single serve fish is so perfect! Love all the color too!ReplyCancel

  • That bowl looks SO good, and the packaging on that salmon is freaking adorable. I can’t wait to make this. xoReplyCancel

  • That dressing sounds so amazing! I can see myself drizzling it on all my bowls and salads!ReplyCancel

  • Oh you KNOW this is my kind of dish, Betty! Lately I’ve been loving the simple combination of soba or udon and sweet and sour dressing. This sounds amazing and so wholesome <3ReplyCancel

  • This looks so good Betty! Yum. I am loving soba noodles right now, especially eaten cold during this summer heat.ReplyCancel

  • Love salmon and your pictures are amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • NEED this spicy miso dressing in my life Betty. This looks so yummy, and the cold brew concentrate prep tells me you are doing it right ;). Thinking of you during your busy summer and sending you cool and calming vibes as you try to stay energized through it all! You amaze me friend. xoReplyCancel

  • Delicious recipe and AWESOME pictures! I’m pretty sure I can’t cook this without messing up, but wow, it almost makes me want to try. Don’t stop sharing your ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, this looks so delicious! I’ve never seen a recipe like this before. I can’t wait to try it, I bet it’s even better than it looks. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel