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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

Happy to cook for a college friend who happens to be visiting. Originally we were to go out but decided to stay home for some home cooking. She emphasized not to overly stress about preparing for the meal. I told her there wouldn’t be any because I do this almost every day.


The best thing eating at home is that there are no one kicking us out. We chatted for hours, about life, about work, about children, and everything else. We did some math, and hard to believe it’s been 25 years since our college graduation. It’s always nice to see an old friend and reminisce. Tonight was a great way to celebrate our friendship.

Growing up, whenever there’s a special occasion, we would have Vietnamese curry (cooked by my aunt, most of the time). I love Vietnamese curry, but only attempted a couple of times. It takes a lot of work and I can’t seem to get it right. Thank goodness for Youtube and Instant Pot, I found a simple but perfect recipe for it. Wow, the Instant pot worked wonders and eliminate half of the work. Tonight, we enjoyed the curry with french baguette.


Love making my own potstickers so that there’s always something in the freezer for the boys any time of day. For example, tonight when the boys are at my inlaws, I dig into these scrumptious homemade potstickers!IMG_2471

LOVE the vibrant colors of this dish. This recipe calls for fennel, which (believe it or not) we’ve never had. It makes perfect sense to add it since it goes so well with the pasta. Since red bell peppers are on sale at the market, I picked up a few, roasted and tossed it right in there. All of a sudden this simple pasta dish lit up: Gemelli with roasted red bell peppers, fennel, leek, cured ham, and golden raisins.


I love the taste of fennel! Especially now that knowing the all the health benefits it provides, it’ll definitely be added to my future dishes.

Ah Lo saw me with a pineapple when I came home. He asked what was for dinner, and I told him “pineapple.” He laughed and said, “seriously, what are we having for dinner?”

A couple of days ago, a friend gave me some cooked beans. So I was looking for recipes online what to do with it. There were tons, but nothing stood out to me. So, today I bought 3 ears of corn, a pineapple (just used a quarter of it here), and 2 avocados and mix it all up. Last minute I decided to add some couscous (knowing how my boys are eating machines). Luckily I did that, because they cleared everything!

Since I’ve always loved sashimi, Mr. Piggy ordered a chirashi bowl for me a long long time ago. I fell in love with it then, the bright colors, the fresh fish with mixed vegetables and toppings on the top made this one of my favorite meal. I must admit as much as I love this dish, I don’t order it very often since this dish is quite expensive. One day while reading food blogs, I found this place (Sun Fat Seafood) in the city that sell sushi grade salmon and tuna. I yelped it and decided to give his place a try.

Today Ah Lo’s game was on its way to Sun Fat Seafood. After the game, we made a stop and purchased one piece of salmon ($10) and tuna ($14) each. IMG_E2535I had most of the ingredients at home: shrimp, avocado, cucumbers, tobiko, and seaweed salad. Top it with brown rice, this meal was filling and delicious. Of course, the sushi-quality fish helped a great deal. Yes, I will definitely make this one-bowl eat again. Yes, I will go back to Sun Fat Seafood for their fish again!IMG_2553IMG_2552

Simple and delicious. The boys love fish tacos, so I made it tonight. Adding fresh mangos always gives it a good kick to it. Wished I made more since there wasn’t enough to go around. As soon as we were done, Mr. Piggy took out a box of snacks. Sometimes I forget my boys are growing…  IMG_2465

For our meatless Monday, I made caprese egg skillet. I was worried the boys will not like it because they don’t like tomatoes and onions (the two main ingredients). But they know better, so they gave it a try. To my surprise, both boys ate it without much fuss.