Having Cantonese style stir fry sticky rice for dinner tonight. It’s not the healthiest meal, so I don’t make it often, plus it’s takes a lot of patience. However, it is very good, with the Chinese sausage, mushrooms, dried shrimps, scrambled eggs, and some green onions, the boys can easily chow down two big bowls. I normally “raw fry” the rice while adding water until cooked. It requires constant stir frying of the rice which makes the rice chewy. You can cheat and make the rice in rice cooker, but it doesn’t taste the same. Seriously, this is the best way and only way to have stir fry sticky rice. I don’t have any recipe for it. This meal does take some experience as it is instinct-heavy cooking. A touch more, a touch less of water can make a huge difference.  Then again, this flavorful dish is worth the effort.IMG_0345

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Our meatless Monday meal with vegetarian imperial rolls and five spice tofu strips. IMG_0339

Our morning is clear, so found the time to stop by senior home and play some music. The boys did great and Dai Bee played for a good 20 minutes. We will try to stop by sometime next month.

Next onto Ah Lo’s basketball practice while we did some grocery shopping. Afterwards, Ah Lo had his first piano workshop with this piano teacher (same one as Dai Bee’s). According to the teacher, he has improved so much on sight reading. He seemed to enjoy playing a lot more now. He’s also very lucky to have a teacher at home who can give him some pointers. When I drove him back, dinner was ready!

Meal prepared by Dai Bee and Mr. Piggy. What a special treat. It’s always nice to come home and dinner is ready. Doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, I love it.IMG_0329

A Friday ritual.

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.

A simple, special, extraordinary moment.

A moment I want to pause, savor and remember – {this moment}

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Time to replenish the Korean spicy anchovies – always good for porridge, noodles or just eat it by itself…Caution: need self control as these are very addictive.IMG_0323

On a cold wet night like this, nothing beats a warm bowl of Japanese ramen. Using the sous vide to cook the pork belly last night so tonight’s meal is more just putting stuff together (soft boiled eggs were soaked in the marinade last night). Wednesdays are normally quite hectic because of Ah Lo’s basketball practice. Hence, Wednesday meals are often plan ahead.

Note to self: Should have pork belly in sous vide for longer period of time (perhaps 6-8 hours) to get it more tenderized.

The Japanese ramen broth takes a long time to make and perfect. So on a weeknight, this will have to do:

  1. on a deep wok, heat up 2 teapoons of oil, add 1-2 tablespoons of minced garlic, ginger, green scallions (stir for about 1-2 minutes) – optional chili paste
  2. add 2-3 cups of beef broth and 2-3 cups of chicken broth (mine were homemade)
  3. bring to boil, and add 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  4. I cooked the ramen in the soup so it came out very flavorful
  5. Assemble

Wishing Dai Bee best of luck in getting to his school’s basketball team.  He tends to get nervous playing around those (who he thinks) are better than him. According to him, he has a fairly good chance he’s only joining the frosh team.

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Our meatless Monday meal…

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Steaming the winter melon with diced five spiced tofu, carrots, mushrooms, lotus seeds and snow fungus.

Our house is cold and we don’t always turn on the heater. Normally, we hover around the room with the most sunlight. This is how we read, in the winter, in our house…IMG_0294

It’s that time of year again – roasted pumpkin seeds. Normally we would wait around one more week to clear out the seeds of the pumpkins. Since our schedule is wide opened, we decided to make the snack today. The boys decided to have: (a) salt and pepper, (b) garlic butter and (3) soy sauce for the pumpkin seeds this year.  IMG_0292IMG_0291