Love the meatless Monday meal today, especially the lotus roots (a good source of iron and vitamins) stir fry with fungus.
Made a long overdue trip to Costco and packed the fridge with veggies and meat. Happy to find ourselves some lamb loins for dinner tonight. I especially like these ones from Costco, since they don’t have such strong gaming taste to it. Boys all love it! Dai Bee did a quick calculation of this meal which was $27. He thought it was well worth it, since it would be $27 per person if we were to eat out.
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.
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!Overall, it made it the dinner table tonight.
The little things we should appreciate in life…
Meatless Monday tonight calls for a hearty and flavorful dumpling recipe filled with diced five spice tofu, chives, carrots, black ear fungus and jicama (for the crunch). Pan fried, just couldn’t get any better than this.
The plainest of meatless Monday meal makes everyone full, healthy and happy. Pan fry tofu, garlic stir fry chayotes, and oyster sauce lettuce are the continuation of our meatless Monday tradition.
Just following the Chinese New year tradition – eat eat and eat some more. Here are some homemade CNY snacks/dessert in the last couple of days: 1) coconut glutinous rice cakes (年糕) 2) tea eggs (茶葉蛋) and 3) osmanthus cake (桂花糕).
These are marbled tea eggs (茶葉蛋) are one of the more popular dishes on the table during Chinese New Year, but can be consumed all year long! The eggs symbolize prosperity and wealth. Sometimes when I crave for it, I would buy them as snacks. This year, I found simple recipes online and made a few as one of our dishes for meatless Monday meal.
Here’s the CNY version of meatless Monday meal.
Recipe for tea eggs:
- boil 6 eggs
- in a pot fill up:
- 2-3 cups of water
- 2 star anise
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 2 bags of black tea, any kind you like. Pu-erh is traditionally used.
- Soy Sauce, about ½ cup
- 1 teaspoon of pepper corns
- 1 small rock sugar
- dried orange or mandarin peel (optional)
- gently crack the hard boiled eggs
- put cracked eggs in the pot and bring everything to a boil. Close lid, simmer for 40-50 minutes.
This is the Open-Year Dinner with my inlaws welcoming the Year of the Rooster! Same menu every year, and always a big feast. Sometimes I wish they are more open to try new dishes. Luckily my side is more receptive, giving me more areas to explore!
Every 1st and 15th of the lunar month, I am on a veggie diet (there’s a story behind it). Anyway, my sister also share the same schedule. Today is the first of the month (1st day to Chinese new year), she made a big pot of vegetables (盤菜) and invited us.
This pot is packed with all kinds of good stuff. Though it’s only one pot, but it’s like cooking 10 dishes all at once. I loved it since it’s loaded with all kinds of vegetables and full of flavor. What a great treat!