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Simple but flavorful meal tonight – lotus root cakes, garlic lemongrass salmon and eggplants over minced pork. Been trying forever to find ways to keep the hue of the eggplant. It seems every time when I stir fry or deep fry the eggplants, they turn out brown. With the less appealing color, I’ve tried many ways to work around it (adding salt to the water, adding oil, not covering lid, blanch it cold water, boiling water). This one is the best I did so far using this method: right after cutting it, I dumped it (2 at a time) in boiling pot of water, with white part facing up. I used the ladle to hold the eggplants all the way down until it’s soft enough. I don’t know if there’s a better way, but so far, this is the most color I’ve seen cooking the eggplants.

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Here’s what we are having for meatless Monday. I’m expecting some leftovers because both of my boys are not too crazy for tomatoes. I love tomatoes and wish my boys do too.

I used chicken broth to blanch the hairy gourd, different from how I normally cook it (usually stir fry with glass vermicelli). Hmmm…can add some more flavor to this dish.

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Nothing beats a bowl of hot noodles for dinner! I used the instapot to save time on tenderizing the pork bone. This is one of the most flavorful broth for any noodles since I not only had a big pot of pork bones, but I used homemade chicken broth when cooking the pig’s thigh meat. The kids slurped the last drop of soup after finishing the noodles!IMG_9658IMG_9659

Got some fresh bell peppers from my sister and used it for part of our dinner tonight! Boys are not a big fan of bell peppers, so I stuffed them with fish paste. I left it pretty crunchy, and adding the garlic black bean sauce, all of a sudden, the bell peppers don’t taste that bad. IMG_9638

Today is the first day of school for Ah Lo. It’s always so exciting to see kids after summer. Ah Lo is taking choir, so his schedule starts before most kids. I can’t wait to hear all about his first day!School-1As a bonus to the first day of school, today is also the solar eclipse visible from coast to coast across the US in 99 years. News media is all over this exciting event. abc-solar-eclipse-dasilva-09-abc-jc-170821_1_12x5_992For dinner, we are welcoming back our meatless Monday meal! One pot Mexican style quinoa salad. Not the boys’ favorite, but glad they still ate it. IMG_9560

So great this summer the boys are helping out with dinner. Today, they are pretty much the lead cooks for making our meatless Monday meals. IMG_9093IMG_9092Meals made from the heart always taste so much better.IMG_9090

Meatless Monday meal with some dried bean curd and garlic long beans, a head of lettuce with oyster sauce and some vinegar peanuts. Simple.

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Worked from home today which allowed me to make one of the boys’ favorite dish – Hong Kong style baked porkchops for dinner. I’ve made these before, this time just a little bit more so they can have some for lunch the next day.IMG_8430IMG_8431IMG_8432IMG_8436

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Hooray for the simple, yet delicious meatless Monday meal! Yippie for the tofu and the vegetarian egg rolls. Kudos to all the veggie sides!FullSizeRender 18

Thank goodness for instapot for making dinner tonight. Bought these ribs a couple of days ago but couldn’t find the time to put it on dinner table. Finally today I’m tossing it right into the Instapot. In 20 minutes, slather some BBQ sauce, voila, these fall-off-the-bone ribs turn out to be finger licking good.  Dinner can be this simple.FullSizeRender (3)