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Found this honey garlic recipe online, so gave it a try tonight (though I didn’t use the instant pot). Love it’s so simple and yet so flavorful. My sister recently moved into our neighborhood, so it was convenient for her to swing by tonight and join us for dinner. After all, good food is best when it’s shared.IMG_5691


I love these ramen noodles. They’re quick and easy to make. Can stir fry, or with soup, just very versatile. I always stock them up.IMG_5627

Can’t think of a better way to welcome my favorite month (October) than to have a hearty bowl of squash soup, especially on our meatless Monday!

Truthfully, my sister gave me two acorn squash and some drumsticks. Mix them together, you get this! Dai Bee loved it and finished 3 bowls!IMG_5622Since I started making the soup yesterday, I had some free time to add a fun twist to it (adding the white bear) before it was served. img_5621.jpg

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.

Today is one of the most celebrated Chinese Holiday – Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節). Normally we would welcome this day with a big feast. However, it so happens that today landed on a Monday, which is our meatless day. Here we are with our vegetarian meal. IMG_5530-1This is something for fun I want to add to the table – rabbits were cut outs from stems of napa cabbage. Lanterns are one mini red turnip.IMG_5527With leftovers from the red bean paste, I made more ice skin mooncakes. We enjoyed it for dessert. Unfortunately, the moon was hiding behind the big thick fog so we couldn’t see her beautiful shiny face tonight. Let’s hope she shows up tomorrow. IMG_5516

#cheaperthaneatingout for sure. I bought the frozen imperial rolls and fried it at home. Marinaded the beef and sauteed the onions, this is the perfect meal for a weeknight…IMG_5308

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.

Our meatless Monday – a bowl of goodies with brown rice. Glad we had some leftovers (veggies) for my lunch the next day! This month marks our 4 years with this tradition with the meatless Monday. Hope there are many more years to come.

Meatless Monday meal was supposed to be this garlic heirloom quiche. It wasn’t fully cooked so we didn’t get to try it until the next day.IMG_5178

Today was also Ah Lo’s first day of school. A couple of days before school started, we found out about this class schedule. He’s been assigned to one of the worst teachers in school as his social studies teacher. He also requested for Spanish, but ended up with an elective he already took last year.

This morning, I went to school early to talk to his counselor, in hopes to get him a different teacher and get him a different elective. Apparently, the matrix of class assignment is tricky as the school pairs good teachers with the not-so-good. If he wants a good teacher for history, he will get a bad math teacher, etc.. Since his math teacher is someone we know to be a decent one, I didn’t request for any changes, except his elective. Hopefully, there will be good news soon.