J&J #8, groceries load & a book review

J&J #8 @Eat Clean Cookbook: tagine beef stew


I was hesitant to make a soup like meal in an almost summer day that we’ve been having last week. So I had the beef unfreeze for a couple ways unwilling to make it. Fortunately yesterday was a rainy and cold day. I had a very productive morning writing the first draft of my paper. The day before I was impatient and anxiety wanting to have it all at once and I got nothing done. Yesterday I changed my strategy. I set the goal of just laying down the main parts,one or two sentence for each part and if I was lucky I can finish one of them by the end of the day. Sometimes setting modest goals give you bigger rewards. I not only finished the goal but more, I finished two parts and half way through to the third one 😆 Love the feeling of accomplishment!

To take the advantage of the writing momentum, lunch came late but it was good. The original recipe calls for more ingredients. But here’s my version

  • 4 oz. of beef
  • celery
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • S+P
  • saffron




  1. Heat the oil, add beef and onions, cook 5 min until brown
  2. add 2 cups of water (or stock) and saffron, bring to boil and simmer covered for about an hour
  3. add celery, tomato and peas and cook for another 10 min uncovered
  4. S+P



It was good but the flavor of saffron wasn’t strong enough, I think I’ll add more next time! 😉

Then I went to Costco for this week’s groceries and few things I need for today’s bread-party!


A whole box of tomato just for ME :shock:, 4 lbs of strawberries ;), romaine, spring mix, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, tilapia


and 15 lbs of grapefruit 😆


2 lbs of Active Yeast! Yeah~ I think I’ll have to make a lot of bread! ;), Almond Butter (<6 for the big bottle! I love you Costco) and roasted peppers


for today’s bread-party, I bought cheese, prosciutto and roasted beef. Look, I started the bread making last night 😉


I just finished this book (5AM :shock:) and strongly recommend anyone who wants a leisure reading, have some laugh and learn something about french cuisine.


Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard is the story of how the author, an American student living in London, fell in love with her French husband and his country’s cuisine. While she writes a good bit about her experiences with food, there are plenty of life’s other aspects. Love, in-laws, the health care system, making friends, and politics are among the topics Bard covers in her memoir. If you enjoy food and have either been to Paris or fantasize what it’s like, this is a book for you. She presents a practical, engaging look at the differences between American and French culture. It was interesting for me, a non-american in America to learn about American culture.



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16 responses to “J&J #8, groceries load & a book review

  1. Sounds like an interesting book! Thanks for the review :).
    PS: You are a breadmaking MACHINE! Would you mind coming over here and making me some?? 😉

  2. Your tagine beef stew looks fantastic! Perfect for the cold and rainy weather we’ve been having too. All the goodies for your bread party look great, I hope you all have a wonderful time!

  3. I read the book French Women Don’t Get Fat and I really found it interesting. This book may be one I would like too! It’s fascinating to read about the foods in other cultures.
    Nice work on your paper. When I was writing papers in school I always set SMALL goals each day, which meant that I would always accomplish them because they were realistic enough to get accomplished. Then I wouldn’t get frustrated, and sometimes I’d end up doing more.

    15 pounds of grapefruit??? Crazy Coco!! Grapefruit are incredibly good for you though, so enjoy!

  4. I can’t wait to see what you make for your bread party! Sounds like a lovely idea!
    I love Costco! I miss the HUGE amount of produce!

  5. it’s so great that you set mini goals – i think they’re super important, and i’m working on that myself. costco produce is SO amazing! 15 lbs of grapefruit?! good thing you love it! 😀 and my costco just recently stocked the cheap maranatha almond butter that i had seen other bloggers have many months ago, but i also just recently started making my own almond butter, so i wasn’t tempted to buy it. 😛 my homemade one probably doesn’t taste as good as maranatha, but it’s way cheaper hehe.

    hope you have a wonderful bread party!! i wish i could taste your yummy bread!

  6. Your stew looks good! I love how you are looking all these new recipes!

    And thanks for the book review. Sounds like I book I’d like… 🙂

    Happy weekend!

  7. I haven’t had beef soup in ages. This post reminded me of how much I like it!

    Great haul from Costco. Lots of fresh stuff!

  8. your soup looks great! i think it’s so neat that you’re cooking through an entire cookbook. i want to try that someday. 🙂

    i agree, setting smaller goals is sometimes more helpful than huge ones. then you don’t feel as overwhelmed and instead feel more accomplished.

  9. great review but what i love is all that produce on your countertops 🙂

  10. Must read the book. I love reading anything to do with Paris. Another good book is- “Paris to the Moon” which is about an American Family who moves to Paris from New York.

  11. Wow, your stew looks just like the picture!

  12. wow loving that stew!! Im loving that you are doing all these recipes!!!

    Bread Maker!!!!!!! love it!!!! U need to open up your own bread shop!!

    Love ya!! xoxo

  13. Your stew looks good. I love anything beef. Thanks for recommending the book too. I saw that at the bookstore. I think i’ll buy it. Sounds worth reading.
    Thanks again.

  14. Oh, I’ll have to look for that book….sounds really interesting!
    And jealous of your Costco trip….I miss their bagels, man!

  15. Thanks for this delicious-looking recipe. I’ve been thinking about a beef stew recipe for a while. Since I’m on a no-wheat, no-gluten, no-sugars, and no-starch diet, I can’t thicken stews. This would be perfect for me!

  16. Wow, I don’t mean to judge a book by it’s cover that looks like it’s so much fun! I love the cover painting.

    My sister lives in Paris so I’m very interested to read such a book.

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