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Always happy to get some ripe bananas from the inlaws. I had to snatch it from them before the bananas go to compost! This is what I did with them. One of the boys’ favorite breakfast.IMG_8279

Is summer finally here or we are just experiencing a temporary heat wave in the bay area? So today for dinner, we having a cold dish! Bought the dried shaved noodles (刀削麵) for the first time to go with my homemade Japanese soft boiled eggs (aka ajitsuke tamago). I made the eggs a couple of days (using my lovely instapot!). So putting this all together tonight didn’t take too much time. Since my boys aren’t big fans of boiled eggs, I added zucchini and enoki mushrooms. And yes, they ate the eggs!

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To make the egg, this is the marinade I use:

Egg – Instapot (steam for 4 mins, low pressure). Cold water bath afterwards.

Marinade:

-2 tablespoons soy sauce

-1 tablespoon mirin or rice wine vinegar

-1 teaspoon shaoxing wine

-1 tablespoon of oyster sauce

-1/2 teaspoon of sesame oil

-1 teaspoon sugar

-1/2 cup of water

Once remove the eggshells, soak the eggs in the mariande (I left it overnight).

One of the summer goals is to teach the boys to cook a full meal on their own. Dai Bee is making fried rice with chinese sausage and scrambled eggs. Though he still prefers I watch him through the whole process, I really don’t need to.FullSizeRender 12

This is the end result. First cooked meal by Dai Bee. Hpe there’s many more to come. It needs some work but not too bad for the first time.

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With InstaPot I made some porridge using leftover rice. While waiting for the boys to get ready, I decided to fancy up the porridge. I saw these on an Instagram post once and replicate them.  The Korean anchovies are homemade and add some peanuts, now the porridge are ready to be eaten. FullSizeRender 10

3 graduations in 3 days…one heading to college, one graduated with highest academic honor and one delivered a fantastic speech at his ceremony, I can’t be prouder. I am excited for the new beginnings for each and everyone one of them in fall.FullSizeRender 4

This year we had so many graduations in the family. We had 2 more graduations besides these 3 which gave me the perfect reason to put a celebratory dinner together!

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Getting ready for tomorrow’s graduation party…DSC_0249

Taking a break today from our meatless Mondays for some homemade zong zi (粽子), traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (端午節). My MIL made these, and they require a lot of time and work. She doesn’t like store bought ones and only eaten the ones she wrapped. According to my MIL, during her younger days, she used to make a big load and handed them out. Now, she only makes them for herself and her immediate family, which still requires days of preparation. IMG_7600

From the salty egg to the roast pork, from washing the bamboo leaves to boiling (for hours), she hands wrap each and everyone by herself.  Because we get it from her every year, I don’t normally buy them so I don’t know what others taste like. However, I must say, her zong zi is loaded with a decent amount of filling and hence, quite tasty. IMG_7603

Baked and decorated some sugar cookies this weekend in preparation for a graduation party coming up. I haven’t decorate in a while, it took a while and wasn’t my best batch. Oh well, I’m sure someone will eat these…IMG_7566

Mother’s Day without Dai Bee since he’s off to his school’s outdoor ed program to Yosemite. Made him lunch this morning and dropped him off. Missed him already.IMG_7473-edited

We did something different for Mother’s Day this year. My sisters and I took my mom out for dinner Friday. On actual Mother’s Day today, we are also promoting health and wellness in our family as well as celebrating Mother’s day. After dropping off Dai Bee, we took a nice stroll with mom along ocean beach. The walk was about 1.5 miles from my mom’s house to one of my sisters, where we ended up with lunch (take out). The weather couldn’t have been better as it is always windy by the ocean. What a great way to enjoy mother’s day, staying healthy and avoiding the restaurant crowd at the same time!IMG_6743

As for our family, we just wanted to stay home and enjoy dinner comfortably. We bought some lobster tail from Costco ($20/lb=$40 for 6). Mr. Piggy offered to cook but he was afraid he’ll screw it up. So I ended up cooking for the night. It was easy to make and super delicious.  IMG_7539

Hope everyone enjoyed your mother’s day dinner as much as I did!IMG_7542

Using Insta Pot for my the beef tendons/stew for dinner tonight. Normally this meal would take hours and hours to make (especially tenderizing the beef tendons and brisket). With the instapot, I made this in an hour. IMG_7249

Add some noodles, and we have a complete meal! There was actually enough for lunch tomorrow!IMG_7250