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The cooling moist air and the dampness from the rain remind us that the season is kicking in full speed. Since Tuesdays are short nights due to practice, I tend to make the meal a day ahead. By the time I’m back home, I will have dinner ready in 15 minutes. Tonight was the perfect night to slurp down a nice hot bowl of Vietnamese beef stew. I made this yesterday with instant pot, and bought the flat noodles during lunch.

It was very rare to see the boys finishing their meal before me!


I’m under the weather and Mr. Piggy helped with the spare ribs (via Instant Pot) for dinner. While waiting, I decided to play with food again (making skeletons with rice balls). In case you haven’t noticed, Halloween is near.img_5983.jpgIMG_5985

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.

The last of the BBQ season is here  – so ribs and corn are all on sale which I took full advantage. The ribs I made with instant pot (the quickest and best way to make them). This doesn’t take much time and effort, especially when we spent the early part of the day running around for basketball games. The bonus was that this only costs $20 for the entire family. What a deal!IMG_5269

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.


On days where I have leftovers of a little bit of this and that, but enough for the entire family, I get stuck. So Ah Lo came to the rescue by suggesting mac and cheese. It’s quick and easy and most importantly, he likes it. Then he took over the kitchen….

Enjoying a chilled Sunday, prepping for lunches this week. Even got a chance to sneak away for a long overdue facial appointment. Thanks for instant pot again for making this pork bone broth. When I came home, spent about 10 minutes to assemble everything together. Dinner is ready…IMG_2091

Instant pot did its wonder again – tenderizing the oxtail. Tonight’s dinner was a blast, literally the flavor and kids’ approval rate! It took about an hour to make and mix in the with all the fresh ingredients. This works out great on any given weeknights.

Another instant pot meal tonight cooking them drumsticks. Thank goodness for instant pot sometimes I wonder why I didn’t get it sooner. IMG_0681

Ah Lo wanted mac and cheese for our meatless Monday, so mac and cheese we will have. He went “cheese” shopping with Mr. Piggy last night. He watched one youtube channel to see how it’s done using instant pot. And he did it (with little supervision). It was not too bad for the first time. I thought we will definitely have leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Nope, all gone.

Glad that the boys can now make simple meals on their own. IMG_0530