Tonight Ah Lo has a choir performance at school, so another one of those eat and run weeknight meal. Luckily I had time to prepare the vegetables yesterday, so this didn’t take long to make. Didn’t get a chance to snap a picture when everything is mixed up. Everyone was too anxious to dig in. When everything is mixed, I was surprised this tasted so good, especially with the crusty bottom.  I cooked the rice in the rice cooker and add it to the pan (simmer to give that crusty bottom).  IMG_3184

Now I can sit back and enjoy Ah Lo’s school spring choir/guitar performance.

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Purple is the theme for tonight’s meatless Monday. Boys are not too thrilled about this for sure. Eggplants are not their favorite food (was never mine until I was an adult). They tried many excuses to stay away from it. Again, the trick is to put everything on a plate, so they don’t have much choice. On the other hand, I loved everything about this purple dish. IMG_3176

This is my first time making pineapple buns (not sure why they are called pineapple buns since it has nothing to do with pineapples). Just for fun, I filled them with BBQ pork. BBQ pork buns was what I had in mind initially, but somehow combined the two. When I first learned to make bread, I thought the recipe for the pineapple buns was too complicated, so I didn’t want to attempt. Now that I’ve baked a bread of two, I decided to give it a try. All of a sudden, it wasn’t as hard as I thought. These were for the boys’ afternoon snack. Glad they saved some for breakfast this morning!

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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Been meaning to make these (fresh) mango and coconut jello using agar agar following this recipe. The results were spectacular, could be a bit sweeter (but nobody was complaining). This would be a great potluck dessert to bring!IMG_3165IMG_3167

Ah Lo, our picky eater, was glad to see we’re back to the “basics,” food he grew up with. Stir fry and steamed eggs for dinner. My quest to try new recipes will still continue, but we’re taking a break today. He ate two bowls of rice!

I finally mastered the technique of steaming eggs that they are silky smooth. The trick is to cover it when steaming, and exactly 8 minutes in low medium heat. This is a popular dish in our family.

Ah Lo is trying out another basketball team and practice happens to be tonight. So we’re back to the eat and run schedule. Right before I left work, I threw in some beef flanks in the slow cooker, came home and dinner is almost ready (need to sauté the onions and assemble). This is boys first time having French dip sandwich, and they want to order the same for another day.

Enjoying the meatless Monday with a homemade margarita! I love how this is such an inexpensive meal to make (even got my own sauce). The basil leaves were from a Vietnamese restaurant we dined at this past weekend. The kids love it!IMG_3086Untitled

Woke up early this morning for a basketball tournament. Surprised by a breakfast by Mr. Piggy – totally didn’t expect that. So yes, it was a pleasant surprise!

After basketball game, we met up with my other sisters and had takeout at one of the sister’s house.  Like last year, we took a stroll along ocean beach back to my mom’s home.

For dinner, my boys made (spam and egg) for dinner. Sure, it was simple, but I was able to take the day off (even squeezed a quick nap in between)!

Baked the cake just so that I could use the Russian tips! LOL. The frosting was still a tad bit softer than it should be. In hindsight, should have toss it in the fridge for 30 mins. Oh well, I was pretty happy with it, and glad everyone enjoyed it.

Happy moms day to all the superMOM’s out there.

On Fridays when I work from home, I usually squeeze some time to bake for the boys or make dessert for my sisters (when we gather at my mom’s). When the boys come back from school, they’re always hungry, so these fresh baked goodies are perfect!IMG_2922IMG_2949