Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Bread

i can just smell the deliciousness

loaded with zucchini, pistachios, dates

freshly baked with a sweet crusted top

This zucchini bread was first inspired by a memorable breakfast muffin I tried at True Food Kitchen. I took some of those favorite ingredients (pistachios + dates) and incorporated it into this basic zucchini recipe found on AllRecipes.com. The * means I’ve altered the recipe. The original recipe called for 2 1/4 cups of sugar. I felt it was overly sweet since I added dates. That is why I cut down the recipe to 1 1/4 cups of sugar. The True Food Kitchen muffin I had also incorporated espresso and banana. I’ll have to try those items next time.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour


3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

1 1/4 cups white sugar*

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated zucchini

1 cup chopped pistachios*

1 cup chopped pitted dates*


1.            Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

2.            Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

3.            Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini, pistachios and dates until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

4.            Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.

run run run !

After a few months of semi-training, fundraising $1,282.40 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a couple weeks of anxiety-type dreams, the hardest part is over. I completed the Nike Women’s San Francisco Full Marathon 2012 (10/14)! Hurrah!

It was a challenging course, but Wayne and I finished injury-free. It was incredibly special not only because Wayne and I ran together the entire course, but my close friends and brother came out to cheer us on.

Marathon day was perfect running weather. It may have not deviated much from the normal cloudy, misty, chilly morning in San Francisco city, but I loved it.

It’s not my best race time, but after many landscape shots, Clif Shot Blocks and several leg cramps later, Wayne and I finished the full marathon in 5 hours and 28 minutes.

Many can’t fathom running 5 hours straight (me neither), but this is how it went down…

all suited up


two fulls + one half (janie is the smart one)

There were quite a number of participants–25,000 runners, lots of estrogen and excitement. This was where I hoped adrenaline would take me far enough to finish this race.

start line at union square

Running through the embarcadero was within the first few miles. I wanted a clam chowder bread bowl as I passed by the Boudin storefront.

mile 2.5 – fisherman’s wharf / pier 39

It was so refreshing to see Eleen, Lucas and my brother on the race route. Victor Vic even ran up the Fort Mason hill with us and tried to convince us to eat some dim sum with him.  That silly guy.

best dressed cheerleaders

mile 10: running towards the great highway

Of course when Victor Vic gets involved, there are some mean action shots. Thanks Brother.

mile 11: so happy to see you !


gotta catch ‘em all

I saw this guy holding a pretty awesome Ryan Gosling sign. Made me smile.

the gosling

 So I obviously got tired and stopped taking photos from my iphone after mile 13. My leg cramps and Wayne’s IT band flared up during miles 19-26. Longest miles of our lives. We pretty much had to walk it off for several miles.

We were so happy when we reached the finish line.

the happiest

the victor vic

i can now run in the dark, safely

This beautiful Tiffany’s finisher’s medal is the best. I love the dog tag design and the commemorative words (back plate) and the girl running with the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance (front plate). I’ve wore mine two weeks straight.

precious finisher’s medal

run run run

My friends are the best. Seriously. I felt their love + support through all 26 miles. Thank you all.

the best

we’re done !

Some other random photos:

I love this creative artwork that Lucas drew. Note that I’m finishing before Wayne and we’re sporting Lululemon shorts and Nike shoes.


Niketown in SF had a wall printed with all the runner’s names. There were two Jennifer Leung’s participating in the race. Pretty awesome.

double trouble

To sum it all up, I had a wonderful time running this course. If I were to do it again, I’d either train better or run the half marathon. It’s debatable whether I’m more excited that I finished or that I didn’t get any black toes. I was even prepped with black nail polish if I did. (My 2008 marathon left me with two black toes. They never grew back the same)

Wayne and I already talked about doing this race again in 2013!

Contrary to popular belief that cooking fish is difficult and time consuming, it’s actually surprisingly easy. Chilean seabass is an oily, tender and buttery fish. This simple but tasty recipe calls for seabass fillets to be marinated in sake, mirin, soy sauce, and miso paste before being broiled.

Note: Below is the original recipe. We did some modifications on our own. (1) Instead of fillets, we baked/broiled the entire large slab. (2) The recipe calls to marinate the fish for hours in the fridge. We didn”t have that kind of time and just marinated for 30 minutes. Turned out fine!

Update: The tricky part with cooking with Chilean Seabass is knowning when it’s ready to eat. The white color of the meat and it’s butteryness makes it difficult to see if it’s ready. We periodically checked with a fork to see the “flakiness” of the meat. If it easily flakes and when the meat turns less translucent, then it’s finished!

Miso and Soy Chilean Sea Bass
(from AllRecipes.com)

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 7 Minutes

Servings: 4


1/3 cup sake

1/3 cup mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine)

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup miso paste

4 (4 ounce) fillets fresh sea bass, about

1 inch thick

2 tablespoons chopped green onion


1.            Whisk together the sake, mirin, soy sauce, brown sugar, and miso paste in a bowl to make the marinade. Place the sea bass in a large sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade over the sea bass. Chill in refrigerator 3 to 6 hours. Arrange the fillets on a baking sheet. Discard the marinade.

2.            Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Prop the oven door to remain slightly ajar.

3.            Bake the sea bass under the broiler until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 7 to 9 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped green onions to serve.

I do like Chilean Seabass, but I don’t eat it as often because it’s not considered as eco-friendly (unless you eat ones that are certified). Non eco-friendly basically means fish that are not environmentally responsible and are being overfished and damaing our delicate ecosystem. Whole Foods has a lot of good fish that are on the “good” list.

Here is a good site–Seafood Watch–by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. It recommends which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers and businesses become advocates for ocean-friendly seafood. You can get recommendations online, in the printed pocket guides, or on mobile devices.

NWM 26.2 miles Course Map

The Nike Women’s  San Francisco Marathon 2012 Course Map is up! Scary Excited!

My journey will start at SF Union Square, through (lots of photo ops) Embarcadero, Crissy Field, Point Lobos, Lake Merced, John Muir and finish at the Great Highway. Check out the elevation chart. I’ll be running elevation as high as 295 feet! OH my knees!


I’m running 26.2 miles to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I’d greatly appreciate your donation and support (any amount is greatly appreciated). http://mch.llsevent.org/jenniferleung

So far I’ve raised $641.20! Help me hit my goal of $1,800!


Sept 4 – Sweat

Run Sweat Run. Massive hills of Will Roger’s State Park.
Lululemon 30-day photo challenge. #wtfsept


Sept 3 – Reflection

Reflections of a beautiful life. Sunset of San Diego marina. Lululemon 30-day photo challenge. #wtfsept.


Setting the Disney ferris wheel bar(re). Lululemon 30-day photo challenge. View of Disney’s California Adventure.



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