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Monthly Favorites, October

Happy Saturday!

It’s 1st of November, which means I get to share my monthly favorites. Yay! I’m actually quite happy that October is behind us. Not because I didn’t enjoy beautiful golden trees, or crisp fresh autumn mornings, or lots of candies for Halloween. I love autumn weather, the thing is I had this big deadline at the end of October for the most challenging project ever.

A little course in Baking...I translated a book, a 200-page baking book! From English to Mongolian, which is my native language. This summer when I was visiting my family in Mongolia, I was approached by a publishing company to translate this book. I’ve never ever thought about translating a book, but since it was a baking book with beautiful recipes from simple cookies to artisan breads, I said I will do this. First of all, I wanted to challenge myself. Second, I wanted to use my skills to bring something useful for my fellow Mongolian home cooks. I knew it would be difficult job, but I realized it was much harder than I thought it would be. The very first day, I started my translating work, I wanted to quit. I was contemplating the reasons why I couldn’t continue the project to terminate the very contract I signed a day before. But I decided to grind through the project no matter what. As with any job, it’s always the hardest at the beginning, and it gets easier as you continue. I got into the routine and it went pretty smoothly with a few bumps in the road. I realized that translating a book doesn’t only require a language skill, you have to be able to articulate the message so that it’d make sense to a person from different culture. Yeah, it was quite the challenge, but now I feel accomplished and happy that I didn’t quit. My mom is amazing, she helped me with proof-reading and editing the final script. Will I translate another book? Probably not. 🙂

IMG_1240If you have read this post, you already know that I’ve been obsessed with Chai-everything. Just look at these various options I have in my tea cupboard. 

IMG_1244I’m also madly in love with cranberries lately. These little red gems are packed with deep delicious flavor. No, I don’t eat them raw, too tart for my taste, but they bake absolutely perfect! I’m working on great recipes for the holiday season. Stay tuned. What is your favorite cranberry recipe? Share it in the comments below. I’d love to try them this season.

Sally's Cranberry Apple Upside-Down CakeEvery week, I make a few recipes from talented food bloggers. You see, I like to take a break from recipe-testing, and actually make things from Pinterest. I find lots of inspiration from doing so and learn new things. Although I made a few delicious recipes, this month’s winner is Sally’s Cranberry Apple Upside-Down Cake. Sally is an incredibly talented baker, and her blog is full of delicious recipes. This cake is delicate and delicious, loaded with apples, cranberries and fall spices. I think it’d be perfect for Thanksgiving.

That’s about it for October favorites, thanks for reading. Please share your latest favorites in the comments below. I love reading your comments. 

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