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Food: stir-fries

I’ve been living in stir fries this week. They’re easy to prepare and within 15 min a balanced nutritious meal is ready.

For breakfast I’ve been having almond milk with an egg sammie


spinach, laughing cow and fried egg


frozen veggies with chicken breast, served with brown rice


frozen veggies, summer squash and firm tofu, with sweet and sour sauce from Tj’s, served with brown rice



broccoli, bell pepper and shrimp with hoisin sauce, served with brown rice



And a chinese meal


sautéed green with a lot of garlic


sauteed tomato, zucchini, green onion and tofu


Star’s meal: bok choy and pork ribs


pressure cooker cooked pork ribs with fermented soy beans


I’m usually too full for any dessert, so I’ve been having 1-2 pieces of dark chocolate after dinner. Baby is taking all the room down there! 🙂



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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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Why weekends are so short?

I really don’t know how suddenly the weekend is already over? I have so many more things that I want to do with Star yet 😦 Well…. I guess that means I was having GREAT time! 😉 So no complains!

We started Sunday with an easy 10k (I haven’t run much since my last 1/2M and I have a 10k race next weekend… so I’d better be running ;)), Star did 5k (I convinced him to participate the 5k race ;)). I didn’t feel energetic, even a little of pain in my belly. I guess I’m not 100% recover from the sickness yet. So I run very slowly. It was good though. Star loved the trail. 🙂

The original plan for breakfast was to make chinese style pancake. But when we were running back, we spotted this place and decided to go there instead.

Look where they put the menu 😯


the main star of this place is BREAD 😆


their lunch/dinner menu looks pretty good to me. I asked Star if we could go to have dinner there. He looked at the menu and said:” this looks too much like your kind of food.” “yes, that’s why I want to come.” I replied. Star: “why don’t you come with your blogger friends? ” “okay.” 😦 But it’s true, I think I’d enjoy the food more if it’s shared with someone who also enjoy it as much as I do, like this lady 😉


the place was really crowded and I went there around 10.30 AM, so we sat at the long big table with strangers 😉


It wasn’t hard to me to decide what to order (although everything seemed tempting). We ordered an assorted bread basket that comes with butter, jams and nut butter.


I had cafe au lait and Star had orange juice



Star is not a bread lover so he just had 1/2 piece with butter and hazelnut butter.


and a french croissant



If I remember correctly, I had like 6 (or perhaps 7) pieces of bread, 2 with butter, 2 with jams and the rest plain. LOVE them ALL!!! Although nowadays I make my own breads, I still like to eat breads made by others, that’s what a real bread lover does, right? 😉

We finished breakfast at 11.30 AM. That’s my kind of Sunday morning! 😆 Then we went to did some errands and came home around 3PM. We thought about going out for lunch but we weren’t very hungry so I offered to make chinese pancake and he agreed. 😉

For me… I made a colorful salad with ingredients that I bought at the farm: lettuce, tomatoes, figs and soft boiled egg


simple balsamic dressing




served with glutinous frozen corn steamed


and the chinese pancake for Star (tutorial will come shortly, Lisa)


with rice porridge


And then we spent the rest of the afternoon preparing the dinner for Star’s coworkers. 8 dishes + 1 soup


details to come 🙂

Have a great start of the week! 😀

Q: What’s your favorite Sunday breakfast?


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