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Food: mom cooks and I bake

Since mom arrived 1.5 month ago, I haven’t cooked AT ALL! When it was only mom and I, we ate simple food. A lot of veggies and some seafood. But now that my dad arrived, more food is needed. Let me tell you, my dad has a monster appetite!!! 😯 He seems to have a bottomless stomach. He doesn’t excercice other than walking 1-2 hours everyday, but his appetite is ADMIRABLE! He’s 64 yrs old and he eats like a teenager! Everything seems so tasty to him and he likes trying EVERYTHING! I’m the bad “daughter” telling him constantly to “Not eat too much”, “it’s high in saturate fat”, “it’s high in colesterol”, etc. Sometimes he’d listen, sometimes not. 😦

Samples of daily food:

cucumber sauteed with shrimp head


broccoli with mushrooms


tofu with shrimp


garlic green peas


bok choy with mushrooms


辣酱 my dad’s favorite dish. Cubed pork, potatoes, carrots, oyster mushroom, smoked tofu cooked with a red spicy sauce.


fried fish cooked with chinese pickles


bok choy


water chesnut sauteed with chinese pickles


chinese chives sauteed with pork, smoked tofu and dry chili


sauteed green beans


My mom is in charged of the cooking and I do the rest: BAKING! 😆

The day we came back from Orlando, I baked her pound cake with green raisins.



and when my Dad arrived the following day, I made him bread with dry pork floss


I’m clipping a lot of other baking goodies to make. They’re leaving tomorrow for a tour (Niagaras Fall, Boston and NYC) for 6 days. A little break from my dear parents 😉 Wait… does it mean I have to cook? Maybe! Mom prepared 70 wontons for me in case that I continue to be lazy 🙂

Q: What’s your parents’ eating style? My mom eats everything in moderation. My dad is a lost case. 😦 He enjoys EVERYTHING TOO MUCH!



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Being flexible & homemade food

I haven’t post about homemade food for few days. That doesn’t mean I didn’t start cooking. Although not big meals, I slowly started to visit the kitchen more often 😉

Yesterday I worked all day long, first time in 1.5 month 😯 and I was exhausted by the end of the day. Actually after working just two hours, I wanted to quit, but I wouldn’t allow my laziness to pull me back, so I made this wonderful coffee and continued. I ended up working until 5 PM planning to go to the gym at 6.15PM, but laying down on the coach for 30 min convinced me to take a day off. Although I knew I’d feel better after working out, I just didn’t feel like going and preferred stay at home with Star and watch TV. I’m glad I learned to be flexible with myself. Being highly disciplined also means highly inflexible and it is not always a good thing. 🙂

okay. look this beautiful capucchino with perfectly steamed milk with dash of cinnamon. I made it at home!!! 😆


and here’s my secret weapon: a manual steam maker



poor the hot milk


“work” (pull and down) for 1-2 min and voila, steamed milk


pour over the coffee


and add cinnamon if you like capucchino


I’ve been having this combo for breakfast over a week: homemade soy milk, steamed yam and 1 kiwi.


a lot of veggies dishes!

sauteed chinese mustard with oyster mushroom


sauteed broccoli with tofu, black fungus and dry scallops


served with brown rice and barley


in another day I made sauteed Brussels sprouts with black fungus and shiitake


steamed egg


with rice


oh….. Star and I played some childhood table game too. I won (obviously ;))!!!


Q1: Any weekend plan?

Q2 (totally random): How many hours do you sleep per day?


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Talk to him!

Let me first as you a question. How many times per day do you and your bf /hubby talk by phone/chat? Assuming that you don’t live together or you don’t see each other during the day.

In my case sometimes we talk by phone twice a day (minimum) or 6 times like yesterday. Sometimes it’s just 2-3 min to say hi (underlying message= I’m thinking about you). Sometimes an hour when we share some experience or discuss something.

I’ve read that couples talk communicate less and less with the pass of time. I know it’s bad. I wonder if that is inevitable after being together for decades; after you think you can perfectly think like the other person, so you assume you know the answer, therefore you don’t ask anymore. Communicating with each other is good for the relationship and necessary for our own sanity. It can be as small as what you had for lunch, or as big as to wedding planning or as silly as to listen to him to eat cookies that you baked for him ;). The point is to keep the communication channel flowing.  🙂 Just my two cents on the matter.


Food-wise was a good day. Fortunately bloating got better two. 😉

Breakfast: black corn, apples and pumpkin seed (raw)


Lunch: stir-fry bok choy with shiitake mushroom in a ginger shoyo sauce served with brown rice


A miso soup made with tomato, seaweed, frozen green peas and silken tofu



as pictured


snack: pumpkin seed + assorted preserved fruit and veggies (Star brought them from Beijing)


For dinner I tried for the first time Seitan


it looks like this


Sweet and Sour Seitan (the original recipe uses tempeh) It is onion, carrot, celery, broccoli and seitan cooked in a sesame oil, mirin and brown rice vinegar sauce.


served with hato mugi or chinese barley


as pictured


My version


a note about hato mugi or Job’s tears

Functions and Usage according to Chinese Medicine
  • Promotes urination, drains dampness
  • Strengthens the spleen, stops diarrhea.
  • Clears heat and expels pus – lung or intestinal abscesses.
  • Expels wind-damp, relieves joint and muscle pain.
  • Clears damp-heat
  • Clear the skin -specially effective for acne

Q: Have you tried any new grain recently?



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