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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

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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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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)

Got some fresh bell peppers from my sister and used it for part of our dinner tonight! Boys are not a big fan of bell peppers, so I stuffed them with fish paste. I left it pretty crunchy, and adding the garlic black bean sauce, all of a sudden, the bell peppers don’t taste that bad. IMG_9638

Another one pot wonder today for dinner! This is my first making jambalaya. Sure it’s not the most healthy meal (sausage and bacon), but hey, I skimped on the butter, so that makes a bit better? I guess? Not sure how it suppose to taste like (since I’ve only had it once). Will give it a try next time I see it on the menu (when we go out).

Boys approved it. I made a big pot so Dai Bee packed some for lunch tomorrow. IMG_9569

This is simple, quick and economical, something that can easily satisfy our taco cravings on this fine sunny Tuesday. IMG_9610

More postpartum food / soup for my sister. Here’s silken chicken slowly stewed for 4 hours. The soup is the essence of the chicken. Since I didn’t add any water, every drop of the soup came from the chicken itself, so it’s super nutritious…IMG_8922-Ginger and wine steamed chicken with chestnut and wood ear

-string beans and tofu stir fry

-garlic brussel sprouts

-papaya fish soupIMG_9020

Here are a couple more homemade postpartum meals for my sister.

1. sweet peas and mushrooms stir fry

2. wood ear and pork slices stir fry

3. chives and shallots scrambled eggs

4. papaya, peanuts, fish soup

5. rice cooked with chicken brothIMG_88761. lemongrass porkchops with chives

2. wood ear, mushrooms and okra stir fry

3. wild yam and green beans with pork slicesIMG_8897