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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.

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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

entree…IMG_0979

Ah Lo’s basketball team is having a year-end party. It’s a potluck so I signed up to bring a pasta salad. This is what I brought.FullSizeRender 5

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

For my inlaws, we had a small party, but so much food. Good thing we didn’t have turkey. Only one of Mr. Piggy’s cousin (who happens to be a vegetarian) came along with my inlaws. She brought her vegetarian (traditional) dishes and I made mine. We originally agreed just to make a little bit of everything, but got carried away. Glad everyone enjoyed the food. Tomorrow is another feast…IMG_0464IMG_20171123_180441

With 4lbs of chicken wings, we didn’t need 3 dishes tonight. Don’t think about saving some for leftovers…IMG_0297Plus snow fungus soup…IMG_0304

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.

Tomorrow is mid-autumn festival, so I invited my inlaws to come over for dinner. Back in the days, my MIL would cook up a storm and make sure the entire family comes home. Knowing how much of a pain for her daughters (and their significant others) to come to the city during weeknights, my MIL is a lot more casual about special occasions like these. That’s why I cooked an extra dish or two and invited them over.

These are not something you’ll see on their table. My MIL will make the exact same dishes for all the Chinese holidays. So I thought to make something besides the usual so they can try out something different – ha! Big mistake! I can’t say they enjoyed this meal much. Normally they would have two bowls of rice, but tonight they only had one. They hardly picked on the food. They are so set in their ways, even when it comes to food…LOL That’s ok. I have accepted that’s the way they are.

We (my boys and I) loved it and cleared most of it. IMG_0009

Skipping our meatless Monday today and made Hainanese chicken rice for the first time using the new toy – sous vide. Mr. Piggy bought this new tool almost a year and I’ve never gotten a chance to use it. He raved about it when he brought it home, but never touch it. Of course, he was waiting for me to do something with it. Finally today using the sous vide, we tried making the Hainanese chicken. Luckily he’s working from home so I can cook “remotely.” I prepped all the stuff last night and gave specific instructions for Mr. Piggy. Sorry the pictures are a bit blurry (they’re from Mr. Piggy’s phone). There’s not much cooking involved. Instead, just need someone to get it in the pot and remove it.

Chicken is cooked 3 hours at 75 degrees C using the sous vide.

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When done, give the chicken an ice bath and then air dry it for a good 3 hours.

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Voila! When I came home, I just need to cook the rice (using the chicken stock) and stir fry some greens. Dinner is served! The chicken is tender and juicy. My boys gave it two thumbs up and they claimed this to be ‘one of the better dinners.’

IMG_0001Though this doesn’t require much attention as the tool will cook to precision, however, you still need someone to “do the work.”