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Girls came over tonight to join us for dinner. I had to made some changes to my dinner menu tonight – cooking their favorites: chicken wings, glass noodles with napa cabbage, tofu with minced meat and steamed eggs. Various conversations were flying around the small round dining table, just like it was when they were staying with us. We talked about college life, friends, relationship and work. Both the girls are very animated, so the boys always enjoyed listening to them talk.

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Love love love green onion buns, so meaning to try baking it myself. This batch lacked the green onion flavor. I knew I didn’t have green onions to begin with, but too lazy to get more, so I ended up using whatever I had. I will try again!IMG_9839Boys don’t seem to mind it (they’re not big fans of green onions). IMG_9850

This is what we’re having tonight: steamed chicken in lotus leaf plus some greens. This is the first time I’m steaming chicken wrapped in lotus leaf, together with dried lily buds, wood ear and dried red dates. IMG_9821The lotus leaf helps transfer the fragrance to the chicken, with all the other dried ingredients, this turns out to be a deeply flavorful and nicely-scented dish. The explosion of fragrant steam from the lotus leaf will definitely get me to try another dish using it. It’s a winner since the boys approved it!IMG_9822

Simple but flavorful meal tonight – lotus root cakes, garlic lemongrass salmon and eggplants over minced pork. Been trying forever to find ways to keep the hue of the eggplant. It seems every time when I stir fry or deep fry the eggplants, they turn out brown. With the less appealing color, I’ve tried many ways to work around it (adding salt to the water, adding oil, not covering lid, blanch it cold water, boiling water). This one is the best I did so far using this method: right after cutting it, I dumped it (2 at a time) in boiling pot of water, with white part facing up. I used the ladle to hold the eggplants all the way down until it’s soft enough. I don’t know if there’s a better way, but so far, this is the most color I’ve seen cooking the eggplants.

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Here’s what we are having for meatless Monday. I’m expecting some leftovers because both of my boys are not too crazy for tomatoes. I love tomatoes and wish my boys do too.

I used chicken broth to blanch the hairy gourd, different from how I normally cook it (usually stir fry with glass vermicelli). Hmmm…can add some more flavor to this dish.

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Got a whole bunch of apples from Mr. Piggy’s auntie’s backyard. I shared some with my sisters and kept some for myself. Should have made apple pie with these, but decided to make soup with them instead. Using some pork bones, carrots, sweet and bitter apricot kernels (南北), this apple soup is good for soothing lungs, especially great to drink during this hot and humid weather.

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Meatless Monday is serving garlic chayotes, oyster mushrooms and chestnuts over a head of lettuce, and finally, stir fry enoki mushrooms, wood ear, with bean curd skin. Luckily, I always have the last couple of items at home which is a great help on meatless Mondays!IMG_9756With three dishes and a pot of soup, we still don’t have much leftovers for the boys to pack lunch the next day. They are making their own lunch after dinner (for those days we don’t have leftovers). The thought of me making cute little bento boxes for them not too long ago, shows that times have changed for sure. IMG_9761Untitled.png

Our dinner tonight, with my favorite morning glory, and the boys favorite chicken wings. Luckily I told the boys to save some for tomorrow’s lunch, otherwise, everything was gone. Maybe I should start making 4 dishes instead of 3, in order to have some for leftovers for lunch the next day.IMG_9664 (1)

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.