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Took the kid out for a bike ride today because the weather is just too beautiful to be at home. We biked around the park for a good 2 hours. Afterwards, we went home and enjoyed some down time.IMG_8709

Even got some time to practice my calligraphy.IMG_8704

Been trying to make these steamed rice rolls. I failed miserably the first time I made up. Gave up. Then my sister tried it and inspired me for a second attempt. I tried again, but failed again. So she came to my house and personally demonstrated with her recipe. After several attempts, I finally got it right. IMG_8428

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 tablespoons of wheat starch
  • 6 tablespoons of rice flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Generously oil a flat plate, pour in about 1/4 cup of the batter (really depends on how big the plate is – mine was 6 inches). Here I added some dried shrimp and green onions. Steam for exactly 3 minutes. Once the flour mixture turns white and slightly translucent, remove it from steamer. Using a rubber spatula and fold it. This requires some practice. Do it 10-20 times until you’ll get the hang of it.

 

This is my imagination of what a hearty breakfast looks like.  Made a couple of these platters of turnip cakes this past weekend. Finally today I pan fried them for the boys to try.  They loved it. Luckily I made more.

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When NBA Finals, game 1 is on (Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors), dinner in front of TV is allowed. This means dinner will just be one plate fits all (except I have to make 4 plates)!

Go #WarriorsIMG_7746

Enjoying our lovely flavorful meal tonight – steamed fresh fish, thai basil chicken and string beans with tofu. Making meals with so much flavor, I tend to make extra rice. Sure enough 2 big bowls of rice each!

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Taking a break today from our meatless Mondays for some homemade zong zi (粽子), traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (端午節). My MIL made these, and they require a lot of time and work. She doesn’t like store bought ones and only eaten the ones she wrapped. According to my MIL, during her younger days, she used to make a big load and handed them out. Now, she only makes them for herself and her immediate family, which still requires days of preparation. IMG_7600

From the salty egg to the roast pork, from washing the bamboo leaves to boiling (for hours), she hands wrap each and everyone by herself.  Because we get it from her every year, I don’t normally buy them so I don’t know what others taste like. However, I must say, her zong zi is loaded with a decent amount of filling and hence, quite tasty. IMG_7603

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}IMG_7162

Love the meatless Monday meal today, especially the lotus roots (a good source of iron and vitamins) stir fry with fungus. IMG_7025

Another quick and easy meal for our busy Wednesday night schedule – one with basketball practice and another violin lesson. FullSizeRender

Bought this very nice piece of pork belly for awhile and couldn’t wait to try out the roast pork recipe I found on Instagram. I was a bit hesitant to make it at first, afraid that I would mess it up (even though the recipe was foolproof). I decided to give it a shot since I would never know if I didn’t try.IMG_6977

The meat came out beautifully, except the skin was not thick enough for the crispiness, plus it was a bit on the salty side. These are the things I need to work on for my next piece of delicacy!IMG_6978Overall, it made it the dinner table tonight.IMG_6982