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Dinner tonight took less than 15 minutes since most of the food is either pre-made or leftovers. It was perfect since Dai Bee has his orchestra performance for his school, so the three of us at this for dinner. Still there were leftovers, so now we know who the ‘big eater’ is.

We had yam, dried bean curd, fish, peanuts, garlic corn, cured pork meat, marinated eggs, garlic broccoli, and anchovies. Even Ah Lo commented “this is one unique meal.”FullSizeRender 10

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Work is getting a little hectic for me these days. So instead of making 3 small dishes, I made two large batch. With two monster eating machines, we didn’t have any leftovers. This will have to do for now.FullSizeRender 7

Another instant pot meal tonight cooking them drumsticks. Thanks goodness for instant pot sometimes I wonder why I didn’t get it sooner. IMG_0681

Ah Lo wanted mac and cheese for our meatless Monday, so mac and cheese we will have. He went “cheese” shopping with Mr. Piggy last night. He watched one youtube channel to see how it’s done using instant pot. And he did it (with little supervision). It was not too bad for the first time. I thought we will definitely have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Nope, all gone.

Glad that the boys can now make simple meals on their own. IMG_0530

Another day in the kitchen today, making a few dishes – this time for my side of the family.  As usual, we had a potluck, and everyone brought some delicious homemade food. This will probably the last time we’re ordering the turkey from KFC, folks are not too thrill about it. Anyway, here’s to another year of good health and great food!IMG_3436

Having Cantonese style stir fry sticky rice for dinner tonight. It’s not the healthiest meal, so I don’t make it often, plus it’s takes a lot of patience. However, it is very good, with the Chinese sausage, mushrooms, dried shrimps, scrambled eggs, and some green onions, the boys can easily chow down two big bowls. I normally “raw fry” the rice while adding water until cooked. It requires constant stir frying of the rice which makes the rice chewy. You can cheat and make the rice in rice cooker, but it doesn’t taste the same. Seriously, this is the best way and only way to have stir fry sticky rice. I don’t have any recipe for it. This meal does take some experience as it is instinct-heavy cooking. A touch more, a touch less of water can make a huge difference.  Then again, this flavorful dish is worth the effort.IMG_0345

Our morning is clear, so found the time to stop by senior home and play some music. The boys did great and Dai Bee played for a good 20 minutes. We will try to stop by sometime next month.

Next onto Ah Lo’s basketball practice while we did some grocery shopping. Afterwards, Ah Lo had his first piano workshop with this piano teacher (same one as Dai Bee’s). According to the teacher, he has improved so much on sight reading. He seemed to enjoy playing a lot more now. He’s also very lucky to have a teacher at home who can give him some pointers. When I drove him back, dinner was ready!

Meal prepared by Dai Bee and Mr. Piggy. What a special treat. It’s always nice to come home and dinner is ready. Doesn’t happen very often, and when it does, I love it.IMG_0329

Tonight, Mr. Piggy had to remind me (again) the boys can fix their lunches themselves. I hesitated, but bit my tongue. In the background, I heard one diced (celery) and one started stir frying the minced turkey meat. Then one got the leftover rice ready, while the other took out the condiments. 10 minutes or so, their lunches were ready. They both did a taste test and both approved. That’s all it took. Just a reminder.IMG_0300

Made lunch and dinner at home today. It was such a beautiful day, we walked to our neighbor grocery store to pick up a few items. Instead of going out for lunch, we made burgers at home. I love that I get to add on whatever I’d like without the “extra charge.”

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For dinner, I made Vietnamese beef stew (Bò Kho) with the instant pot. Instant pot is definitely a huge time saver on this meal. Earlier the day, I marinated the beef brisket. It took about an hour to get the tendons and beef tenderized: manual high pressure for 50 minutes and add the carrots for 7 minutes on high pressure. The aroma from the fragrant broth was absolutely amazing.  Glad I made a big pot, so we can have it lunch tomorrow!IMG_0224

Overheard the boys’ conversation last night:

Ah Lo: I am fat, I need to lose this (pointing at his belly) so I can run faster.

Dai Bee: Me too. (Raises his shirt and slaps his belly). But I just need to exercise more. I can’t go on a diet. Mama’s cooking is too good.

Ah Lo: Yeah, and we eat it pretty much every day too.

Dai Bee: Yeah, I just can’t give up on that.

This makes me happy. It inspires me to keep making more healthy and delicious food for the kids.