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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!


Dai Bee is the head chef today while I’m the sous chef (dicing and chopping). What a great help!

Got dinner on table within half an hour.



Lobster feast! Decided to invite my mom, sisters and BILs to celebrate Father’s Day altogether. Surprisingly, most of them didn’t have dinner plans (or they just show up for anything that don’t require cooking…LOL). Mr. Piggy and I picked these up from Costco. IMG_3787

I made succotash on the side. Bread was also store bought, which makes this meal for 14 not so bad (not too much work required).IMG_3790Last but not not least, Happy Father’s Day to this guy!IMG_3791

Another one pot wonder for a quick weeknight meal – Coconut red curry shrimp with couscous (easy recipe adapted from Martha Stewart – Sarah Carey). Ah Lo usually fills up half of his tummy before his practice. Otherwise, he won’t eat until 8:30pm or later.  Therefore, I only have 30 mins  from the time I get back home to having the food on the table. Quick and easy on days like these are key.IMG_3584

Tonight Ah Lo has a choir performance at school, so another one of those eat and run weeknight meal. Luckily I had time to prepare the vegetables yesterday, so this didn’t take long to make. Didn’t get a chance to snap a picture when everything is mixed up. Everyone was too anxious to dig in. When everything is mixed, I was surprised this tasted so good, especially with the crusty bottom.  I cooked the rice in the rice cooker and add it to the pan (simmer to give that crusty bottom).  IMG_3184

Now I can sit back and enjoy Ah Lo’s school spring choir/guitar performance.

Ah Lo, our picky eater, was glad to see we’re back to the “basics,” food he grew up with. Stir fry and steamed eggs for dinner. My quest to try new recipes will still continue, but we’re taking a break today. He ate two bowls of rice!

I finally mastered the technique of steaming eggs that they are silky smooth. The trick is to cover it when steaming, and exactly 8 minutes in low medium heat. This is a popular dish in our family.

While the boys are watching the Warriors playoff, I’m in the kitchen preparing tonight’s dinner. I make Bánh cuốn (Vietnamese dish of rice batter crepes, filled with a savory meat filling) on a weekend because it really does take 2 hours to make (more or less). I prepped the filling earlier today. Rolling these takes tremendous patience. Normally, people roll these in an envelope style. However, I think rolling these up like so don’t seem so doughy, which I prefer. I’ve made these before and vow not to make it again. Same with this time, but after the meal, I’m already thinking what variation I can play with next time.IMG_2962

I enjoy my Sundays when we’re not in a rush, when I have time to make breakfast, or when I get to sleep in. This morning, I steamed some rice rolls with dried shrimp. IMG_2887Made it before, but this time, tried a different formula. These tasted much better than the first time. Food always taste better when you’re not in a rush…Yay!IMG_2895

Trying it out for the first time – Veracruz style red snapper (recipe here).

[from] ]Veracruz was the first place in Mexico that Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés set foot in 1521, and its port remains a melting pot of cultures as reflected in its food. This recipe of red snapper is cooked with Spanish-inspired mixture of tomatoes, olives, jalapeno peppers, onions and capers. It’s super quick and easy which makes it a perfect weeknight meal.


For our meatless Monday meal, we have orzo with roasted vegetables: roasted red bell peppers, zucchini, yellow squash, button mushrooms, corn and cherry tomatoes. Didn’t even need any dressing because everything was already flavorful.IMG_2817