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Doing mostly stir frying today as my oldest sister gave us some fresh vegetables – celery, cucumbers and green bell peppers. Everything so healthy here’s what I did with them:

1. stuffed bell peppers over garlic black beans (豆豉蒜蓉煎釀青椒) (first to go).

2. cucumber tomato shrimp (番茄蝦炒青瓜) and

3. celery with shredded lamb (香芹炒肥羊)



Trying out a new chili recipe with roasted sweet potatoes. There were some leftover couscous I tossed in as well. This pot is full of flavors – red onions, green bell peppers, corn, organic pinto beans (from TJ), fresh tomatoes, carrots, roasted sweet potatoes and couscous. I added some heat by sprinkling some chili peppers to it. Surprisingly, my picky eater said it wasn’t so bad. He finished the whole bowl without much complaints. IMG_2100

My first attempt to make sesame honey beef, but didn’t turn out the way I was hoping for. Will try to get it right the next time…Of course the boys’ eyes lit up when they saw their favorite egg bean curd (玉子豆腐). IMG_1875

Big feast with ma familia today celebrating Year of the Dog. I spent all day today in the kitchen cooking, dicing, plating. I started out with easy pace in the morning and then got nervous when I realized I have a whole bunch of stuff to do!


I made 8 dishes and my sisters made soup, brought fried rice, salt and pepper fish and duck.

We started Prosperity Toss (撈起- or Lo Hey) tradition last year. Since this is the year of the dog, I made the dog design with spiralized zucchini, Japanese daikon, carrots with wood ear (dog’s ears), red bell peppers, smoked salmon and fried wonton skins.


Today is also the day we pass out red envelopes to the kids.

Getting ready for a big feast tomorrow (開年飯) with my family. Got the boys to pick up chinese calligraphy brushes to write some CNY greetings. They’ve been so rusty it took them 2 hours to do it.IMG_1818Meanwhile, I spent most of the day prepping for meals. Here I am stuffing the Japanese bean curd to make it a pouch (symbolic to bag of gold).IMG_1819

For chilly weather like this, decided to do something hot for dessert: Double boiled peach gum (桃膠), red dates, dried logan, and lotus seeds (in coconut milk).IMG_1823

After a long road trip, this is the best way to detox. Plus, I normally get lazy after traveling. This will have to do for tonight.IMG_1805

Today is an official lazy day, which means, we don’t go anywhere. The boys stayed home to chill, and getting ready for school tomorrow. Even though we’re not out and about, I still have a list of things to do. Mr. Piggy suggested to order take out for lunch. Since I was cleaning the refrigerator anyway, I just thought to whip up something for lunch. Sometimes you do save time on cooking and washing, but at the same time, you don’t know where to go and what to eat. This plate of noodles did it for me. IMG_1212

It’s ramen kinda night. My sister gave us a bottle of organic soy based ramen broth and trying it out for the first time. I think I might have added too much water because there was not too much taste to it. Will try again.IMG_1207

Mr. Piggy is celebrating Christmas with his family today, unfortunately, the two old gramps couldn’t make it. Neither can I.  Since they can’t be join the rest of the family for Christmas, I brought Christmas to them. I made some pasta (per her request) and some tomato soup with puff pastry (something different). Normally on Christmas morning, we take time to visit seniors (normally who live by themselves). The tradition hasn’t changed this year, except I happen to visit someone we know this year! To me, this is what Christmas is all about.


This is the first year we switched with our inlaws in celebrating Christmas. Since we first started celebrating Christmas (30 + years ago), we celebrate ours on December 25th because of my sister’s birthday lands on Christmas eve. On her birthday, she normally goes out with her friends to celebrate. Since we wanted to include her, we celebrate Christmas on the actual day, which has been working out perfectly.

To many, Christmas is about gifts, lights, reunions. For me, it’s all about food! For Christmas feast with my family this year, I made some dishes, more than I needed. Entrees are salmon and steak and we played with the sides. I asked my sisters to bring some sides.  Some of the food are not shown here…IMG_0981

Here are some appetizers I made…cheese platter,IMG_0974

pesto pastry…IMG_0971

cocktail shrimp…IMG_0977