Life: pre-Christmas & recipe for drunk meatballs


As I got back from Quito, I was busy starting a new project that I’m super excited about! It’s like turning my life passion into reality. I’m been working nonstop but loving it. And I got to spend some time with my ever-funnier-cuter-baby girl.

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she’s so happy when we take her out, even it’s just a short trip to the groceries store. she loves looking around and explore the world, and I love seeing the world through her eyes.

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Sofia is a big girl now, helping me baking cookies for a Christmas party at school

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at school, the kids prepared a show for the parents. Can’t believe the teachers made them to do that, so well organized.

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Sofia loves her school and her friends, specially the other Sofia. they are best friends… well… more like Sofia pretending to be her mom. 🙂

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she loves playing with Lizzy too, always trying to make Lizzy laugh

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I’ve been venturing into cooking. I made an Asian-western fusion gigantic meatball which turned out really tasty. Sofia asked for it for dinner 3 nights in a row! I call that a SUCCESS!

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Tony named it as Drunk Meatball 醉狮头

Ingredients for the meatballs:

  • 1 lb of grounded beef (I used 80/20)
  • 350g grounded pork
  • 300g grounded chicken thigh
  • 70g grounded bacon
  • 40g parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 70g panko or oatmeal grounded
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 80g milk
  • S+P

Ingredients for the broth:

  • 15g of skin of parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 1 head of garlic, minced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 2 tsp of dry thyme
  • 6 leaves of bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 bottle of dry white wine
  • S+P
  • assorted vegetables (I used mushrooms and asparagus)

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the meatball, bake meatball at 425F for 20 min.
  2. Sautéed the veggies for the broth with olive oil for 5-7 minutes
  3. Add broth, herbs, and wine until it starts to boil
  4. Add the meatballuntil they are covered in broth
  5. Simmer in medium to low for 2 hrs.
  6. Serve with toasts.

Someone turned 8 months!!!

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love love this creature.

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She’s really into crawling now.

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I am not sure how Lizzy differs from Sofia in term of personality, but I can tell she’s a happy and easy going baby.

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Since I got back from Quito on 12/13, we only managed to put the Christmas true that Saturday, and Santa arrived just on time. 🙂

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I’ve never been a big fan of festivals, but now with two kids, I really embrace it and want to make it special for Sofia and Lizzy. I want to let them know that life needs to be celebrated, Thanksgiving, Christmas and new year are meant to be celebrated with family, with good food, with joy and a lot of laughs.

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and gifts too! 🙂

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