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We are having our meatless meal on a Tuesday today instead (since today marks the 1st of the lunar month). Going for taco Tuesday, the boys enjoyed it with tortillas while Mr. Piggy went for a healthier version, with romaine lettuce.IMG_5744


Had this cast iron skillet for a while now (from Costco) and hesitated to use it. Not sure if I needed another skillet in the kitchen, but this meal requires it. So it’s a perfect reason to use it! The charred smell from the pork bulgogi actually makes a big difference. It was delicious! IMG_5740

This is 3 lbs of pork and had to carve out some for the boys’ lunches tomorrow, otherwise, it’ll be all gone.IMG_5743

Yay! It was our first time trying cauliflower rice (deal was too good to pass, $1.30 for 2 cauliflowers when I bought it). I fried it with tofu, bell peppers, minced pork, edamame, and red onions. We all loved it. I even went for seconds. Can’t wait to try it with another variation.IMG_5564

Minced pork with brown rice with two kinds of eggs. I have forgotten who gave us this brand of brown rice, and it’s not the best quality, so the texture was meh (and require some jaw exercises). Luckily the boys were hungry, they ate the entire bowl and then some.

A healthy dinner tonight serving a warm bowl of ginger chicken quinoa with purple and green beans. The chicken was flavorful enough to give this bowl a good taste when everything is mixed in. Ah Lo didn’t care for it because of the mushrooms. Dai Bee had 4 bowls! IMG_5382

Enjoyed a bowl of flavorful of Bo Kho (Vietnamese beef stew) for dinner. Thank goodness for the instant pot which helps me tenderizes the beef and tendons. I can make this while attending to other projects (like making mooncakes) without having to stand in front of the stove to monitor. IMG_5405

Instant pot recipe:

  1. Marinade the beef for 3-4 hours (1 tsp salt, 1 tsp curry powder, 1 Tbsp soy sauce,
    1/2 tsp 5-spice powder and 2 Tbsp Hoisin sauce).
  2. Using Instant pot, place 2 beef tendons with 1 cup of chicken broth, press “Meat” for 20 minutes.
  3. When #2 is done, add beef, carrots, potatoes, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, 1 can of coconut water (10-12 oz), 1 stalk lemongrass, 2 star anise and 4 bay leaves, press “meat” again for another 20 minutes.

This is what happens when I don’t pay attention to the oven when things are in the broiler. I burned it. Still good – baked pork chops over rice.IMG_5173

Just happens at a restaurant this past weekend, we were seated right next to someone who ordered this dish – beef spaghetti with black pepper sauce (黑椒牛柳) on a cast iron skillet. I was drooling all over (but we already ordered enough). I just sat and watched the guy scarfed down the whole dish.

So tonight for dinner, I am making the exact same dish just to satisfy my palate!img_4915.jpg

The next few days, we trekked off to the woods, baking in the 100+ degree weather. We even thought of canceling it after we found out the weather in the area. Since this is our first and only trip of the year, we decided to brave it. When we arrive at the campsite around 5:30pm, hoping the temperature would cool off. It didn’t. The boys immediately stripped before getting to work (setting up tents and canopy).Screen Shot 2018-07-30 at 3.21.56 PMI planned activities for the boys throughout our stay:

  • make a sundial
  • build a solar oven (for s’mores)
  • rent a patio book by the lake
  • fishing

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Unfortunately, the heat was unbearable and we could not last for another day. We checked out before our time was up. The boys got up way early (at 6:30am) to disassemble the tent and clean up. I’ve never seen them worked that quickly and that hard!

Some of the highlights of this trip:

  • the first night we checked in the campsite, a park ranger drove by to warn us about an injured rattlesnake in our area. I was worried sick. Luckily we were safe.
  • Dai Bee brought his guitar and we sang for a good hour after dinner.
  • the restrooms are cleaned and the campsite is practically empty.
  • we saw deer, bald eagle, osprey dove into the lake and snatched a fish
  • we had our own private beach by the lake.

Luckily I had the chance to precook some of the meals, so I didn’t have to stand in front of the stove under that kind of weather. Phew!

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Introducing the family a new grain today – farro. My sister suggested trying because it’s the new superfood for the health conscious people. She believes it’s better than quinoa because it has a nutty flavor with all the same nutrients. This one from TJ takes only 10 minutes, so it was quick and easy. I added some greens and grapes and it was delicious (at least for me, the salad fan). Pair it with wild cod, this was one of the easiest meal to make!