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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)

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 more productive Saturdays, especially for Dai Bee. In the morning, took the boys to volunteer, bagging lunches for homeless shelters. This was our first time volunteering here, so we didn’t know what to expect. It was a pretty simple job and the boys seem to take their jobs seriously.IMG_8075After the volunteer gig (2 hours later), we decided to do some letterboxing. If you are not familiar with letterboxing, check out my travels blog. We recently got into it during our road trip to Utah/Arizona. Here in our backyard, there are still a few treasures left to be found. This treasure hunt brought us to one of the most beautiful trails in our city! We’ve never been to this area and it didn’t even like we were in the city.  IMG_8111

The best part?! We found our stamp and have already met one of our summer goals!

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We had lunch and then came back for Dai Bee’s piano lessons with his cousins. Right after that, we wasted no time to drop off Dai Bee at his first violin recital. He did a phenomenal job, though I can be biased on that.

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And of course, this is Father’s Day weekend. Mr. Piggy wanted some pork chops and pork chops are what we are having. For the first time, I marinated pork chops with lemongrass earlier the day. I bet the chops would be tastier if I had more time with the marinade. Overall, it was quite good and Mr. Piggy was happy, so that’s all that mattered.

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Been cranking some OT hours at work; therefore, not going to do much cooking tonight. Instead whip out the griddle to make some Goi Cuon Thit Heo Nuong (“rice paper with grilled meat”). This is a popular Vietnamese cold rice vermicelli wrapped in rice paper with grilled pork, fresh herbs like basil and mint, julienne cucumber and some greens). Pork belly is not the best kind of meat to use for these rolls, especially sliced so thinly. That’s what happens when you have Mr. Piggy do the grocery shopping. I asked him to get some sliced pork and he returned with these pork belly (thinly sliced). Oh well, can’t be too picky. IMG_8023

I sauteed some onions on the side to add some flavor. My cousin gave me some home grown organic herbs. My co-worker also gave me a whole bunch of fresh mints from her backyard. With the two kinds of fresh herbs, these rolls were just pure divine. IMG_8022

A simple yet delicious dinner. The best part – no cooking involved!IMG_8017

Scarfed down this meatless Monday meal so that we can cheer for Game 5 of the NBA finals! Boys tried okra for the very first time and of course not a big fan, oh well, maybe try roasting it next time? Dai Bee loved the enoki mushrooms with the garlic onion sauce. Ah Lo tried it but avoided another bunch. Can’t get that guy to like any kind of mushrooms. Ugh…IMG_8007

Super excited to see the Warriors take the trophy! Go #Warriors!

Made quiche for the very first time for our meatless Monday tonight, from scratch. This is a mushroom asparagus quiche. Wasn’t sure how the boys like it, especially Ah Lo since he’s not a fan of mushrooms. Not like he had the choice, he ate everything. Dai Bee gave me a thumbs up and ate as much as he could. IMG_7872

I didn’t have enough time to pre-bake the crust, so it came up a bit soggy. I never tried quiche before, so I am not sure if I have the right texture. Taste wise, I thought it was good. During dinner, we searched up what the word ‘quiche’ means and where this dish originated. I love how my boys are still curious about everything.IMG_7877

When NBA Finals, game 1 is on (Cleveland Cavaliers vs Golden State Warriors), dinner in front of TV is allowed. This means dinner will just be one plate fits all (except I have to make 4 plates)!

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Enjoying our lovely flavorful meal tonight – steamed fresh fish, thai basil chicken and string beans with tofu. Making meals with so much flavor, I tend to make extra rice. Sure enough 2 big bowls of rice each!

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Feeling a bit lazy today, so didn’t try anything fancy for our meatless Monday meal. It’s the whatever-I-can-find-in-the-fridge kinda meal.IMG_7735

After dinner, even got to enjoy some down time with the boys. We played some Mancala and I totally crushed them when we played Monopoly! Wakakaka…

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Celebrating Mr. Piggy’s belated birthday today. His birthday was a few days ago but because of graduations left and right, we finally got a chance to celebrate his birthday today. We didn’t go out, just made some  homemade garlic noodles, vegetables and steamed a couple of crabs.IMG_7692

Even made a fruit tart as the dessert for the very first time.  Happy belated birthday Mr. Piggy, thanks for being so patient and waiting for your turn!IMG_7694