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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

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broccoli with mushrooms

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tofu with shrimp

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garlic green peas

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bok choy with mushrooms

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θΎ£ι…± my dad’s favorite dish. Cubed pork, potatoes, carrots, oyster mushroom, smoked tofu cooked with a red spicy sauce.

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fried fish cooked with chinese pickles

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bok choy

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water chesnut sauteed with chinese pickles

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chinese chives sauteed with pork, smoked tofu and dry chili

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sauteed green beans

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My mom is in charged of the cooking and I do the rest: BAKING! πŸ˜†

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

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

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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 πŸ˜‰ Wait… does it mean I have to cook? Maybe! Mom prepared 70 wontons for me in case that I continue to be lazy πŸ™‚

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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POM Dinner Party

I was lucky to be selected one of the 100 people across the country to host a POM dinner party! πŸ˜† Basically I have to prepare a dinner based on pomegranate inspired dishes. So, here’s menu (incomplete because I forgot to add sides dishes :shock:)

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POM sent me two big cases of fresh pomegranates

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I was going to practice how to open a pomegranate to do a demo in front of my guests

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but it splashed everywhere! I didn’t want have a living with “blood” everywhere so I skipped that part πŸ˜‰

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that’s what one pomegranate yields… quite a lot

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the night before I prepared the dessert

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Some wrapping was required πŸ˜‰

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very POM table πŸ˜‰

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before guests arrived… some photo shooting with POMs and POM apron πŸ˜‰

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my dearest friends arrived and helped me to bread cutting

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homemade french bread

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ready for the party to start! πŸ˜€

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First course: Pear salad with POM honey dressing with feta cheese crumbles

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Dressing:

Salad:

  • arils from 1 large POM Wonderful Pomegranates
  • 1 lb. salad greens
  • 1/2 cup sliced honey roasted almonds
  • 1 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 2 ripe pears

Main dish: Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate and Onion Marmalade

Side dish #1: POM-Glazed Baked Squash and Apples

Side dish #2: Mashed green peas

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Pork Tenderloin with Pomegranate and Onion Marmalade adapted from POM recipe

Ingredients

Tenderloin

  • 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 1-lb. pork tenderloins
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 lb. bacon
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Marmalade

  • 1 cup arils from 1 large POM Wonderful pomegranates
  • 1 16-oz bag frozen whole petite onions
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar

Preparation

Tenderloins:

  • Rub each tenderloin with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary.
  • Wrap each tenderloin with bacon
  • Over medium-high heat brown tenderloins
  • Add chicken broth and pomegranate juice
  • Cover and bake at 350F until pork until thermometer inserted in center is 165F. About 50 min.

Marmalade:

  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat; add water and frozen onions.
  • Reduce heat to low and cook until soft, about 20 minutes.
  • Add salt, honey and white wine vinegar.
  • Cook until onions are glazed and sauce is thickened.

POM-Glazed Baked Squash and Apples

Ingredients

  • 1 cup POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 lbs. butternut squash
  • 3 apples
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • Arils for garnish

Preparation

  • Peel butternut squash and cut into 2-inch chunks.
  • Cut apples into slices.
  • Mix together light brown sugar and pomegranate juice.
  • Spread on squash and apples.
  • Drizzle with butter.
  • Bake 20 to 30 minutes until soft.
  • Garnish with arils.

Mashed green peas

Use a hand mixer to puree 1 bag of green peas (de frozen and microwaved for 10 min), 2 tbsp butter, S+P.

Dessert: lemon panna cotta with POM gelatin

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Ingredients

Lemon panna cotta

  • 5 tbsps lemon juice
  • 2 tsps powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsps lemon peel, grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

POM gelatin

  • 1/4 cup water, boiling hot
  • 2 tsps powdered unflavored gelatin
  • 2 cups pomegranate juice

Preparation

Lemon panna cotta

  • Sprinkle the powdered gelatin over the lemon juice and let sit for ten minutes until softened.
  • Combine the milk and cream in a saucepan and heat until warm.
  • Stir softened gelatin into the milk with the sugar and stir over low heat until dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the lemon peel and vanilla extract until smooth.
  • Pour into 10 serving glasses and refrigerate.

pomegranate gelatin

  • Stir the gelatin and hot water together until the gelatin has dissolved.
  • Pour the pomegranate juice into the mixture and stir.
  • When the panna cotta has firmed (about 2 hours) pour a layer of pomegranate gelatin over each panna cotta and let set up in refrigerator (2 hours more).

Everyone liked the food! There was also a lot of laugh! I was so happy to see everyone enjoying the food and having great time! πŸ˜†

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Thanks POM for letting me host such a Wonderful party!

Thanks my dearest friends to be my guest and bring so much joys to my life! πŸ˜€

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Slipping away from Petit Macro: cookies?

After the amazing meal the night before… I woke up with a belly discomfort. I don’t know if it was due to eating too oily pasta sauce (blue cheese and walnut sauce) or that I had too much of my beloved homemade breads…. I was bloated even after 8 hours 😦 So, a macrobiotic breakfast was no than needed

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a soup made with bamboo shots, kombu, shiitake, daikon, carrots, kale and miso; oatmeal and edamame.

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for lunch I had leftover chickpea millet cake with tofu tartar sauce, steamed veggies, roasted pumpkin seeds and more edamame

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I finished writing the first draft of my job market paper. YAY~~~ πŸ˜† To celebrate I went for a run! A short one, just 4 miles but it wasn’t a pleasant one. I got a knee pain after 15 min into running, I tried to walk a little bit to stretch but the pain didn’t go away, so I ignored it and continued. Now I can’t walk straight 😦 I googled and found that my symptoms resembled to IT Band Symptoms. Any one had this? Β Any tip?

Anyway… back home. I wanted to bake something… what? more bread? nop… too time consuming. I wanted to bake something that is easy and fast. Okay. Cookies!!! You know that I don’t have sweet tooth and I almost never eat cookies. But yesterday I kind of wanted one, so I made Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup APF
  • 1 tbsp baking poweder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick butter room temperature
  • 1 cup homemade peanut butter (blend 2 cups of roasted peanuts for 10 min)

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Method:

  1. mix flour, salt and baking powder
  2. use a hand mixer to mix PB, butter, sugar and egg until fluffy
  3. combine 1 and 2 and let it rest at the fridge for 2-3 hours
  4. form balls with hands and flatten it
  5. pinch the cookies with a folk
  6. bake at 350 F for 10 min

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love the smell of fresh baked cookies!!!

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Two-course dinner: steamed veggies with plum vinegar sauce and brown rice

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green peas soup

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it looks pretty similar to the original version ,right? πŸ˜‰

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and the slipping away… heheheh……..

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It’s sooooo good!!! πŸ˜† Soft, crumbly, tasty and it almost melts in my mouse! hehehehe…. it’s the power of the butter I guess. And the most awesome part? it’s incredible easy to make!!! I said I just wanted one… so who am I suppose to do with the rest of the batch? feed the man!!! πŸ˜€ YAY~~~ Star’s coming back today!!!

As you can see… I don’t follow the plan strictly… I’ve been slipping away quite often, which is totally fine for me because I’m only doing it for fun! πŸ™‚ I am also pausing it during the weekend so I can spend more time with my hubby πŸ˜€

Q1: Anything exciting this weekend?

Q2: Do you like cookies? What’s your favorite?

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