recipe: pressure cooker roast pork with vegetables

pressure cooker roast pork with vegetablesi had some pot roast frozen so i took it out to defrost and then went online to find a recipe. the one that caught my eye had the intro: “… quick and unbelievably delicious …” and when i looked at the ingredients list, i had everything in my kitchen! Continue reading “recipe: pressure cooker roast pork with vegetables”

recipe: orange glazed pork chops

orange glazed pork chopswhile i’m not usually a fan of the sweet and savory, i thought my little one would enjoy it. i didn’t have orange marmalade as in the original recipe so i used a peach and apricot jam.

i paired with the pork chops with some sweet potatoes and a healthy portion of stir-fry string beans and bell pepper using leftover glaze. Continue reading “recipe: orange glazed pork chops”

recipe: yang zhou fried rice

yang zhou fried ricewhen i was prepping a little cooking project for k’s country study, i did some research about the history of fried rice. eggs are a big part of the recipe. the measure of “wealth” could be determined in the amount of eggs in the fried rice dish as the color yellow is symbolic of gold. k is allergic to eggs so i did not add it in her class project but i thought it would be fun to try the recipe with eggs as well!

there are also variety on how egg is included in the rice. one way is by cooking the egg first and then adding it to the rice along with all of the other fried rice ingredients. but recently i watched a Taiwanese drama and one scene has a chef making fried rice by pouring the beaten egg into the rice after all the other ingredients were already mixed together. therefore you cook the egg with the fried rice – not before.

cooking the egg into the rice mixture gives it an extra egg flavor.

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recipe: italian seasoned pork chop with vegetables

for dinner, i made pork chops. usually i pan fry the pork chops but i thought i’d simplify the dish by baking it in the oven with vegetables. this way was quick, easy and yummy!


  • 3 boneless pork chops
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 small organic potatoes, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 sweet bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 to 2 cups of broccoli, cut in bite-sized bunches

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brunch at bar boulud

before a matinée show at lincoln center, m & i had brunch at bar boulud, one of daniel boulud’s restaurants in new york city. yum! i had the boudin blanc truffled white sausage over mashed potato, pork jus while m had the omelette aux pommes risolées fine herbs. the sausage had quite an unique texture, like tofu. it also had a lovely flavor and was perfect with the mashed potato and the two slices of roasted pear. m enjoyed the omelette with herbs and the potatoes were perfect. in addition to our dishes, m read about a cured ham from spain that … Continue reading brunch at bar boulud

wild mushroom casserole

with my leftovers from wild mushroom stuffing, here’s a fun and quick: Ingredients  wild mushroom stuffing mashed potatoes turkey bacon Preparation In a small aluminum pan, layer mashed potatoes on the bottom, wild mushroom stuffing, another layer of mashed potatoes and then top with a slice of turkey bacon. Bake in a toaster or oven until warm, approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy! Continue reading wild mushroom casserole

5 hoots for the little owl

the first time i heard of the little owl was when i saw the movie No Reservations with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Aaron Eckhart and Abigail Breslin as a restaurant in the movie. after reading about the restaurant, i’ve been looking forward to eating there! m & i tried their speciality gravy meatball slider for our appetizer. the meatballs are made with beef, pork, veal and pecorino and sandwiched in between a cheese bun. it lives up to all the raving reviews i read about it – it is SO GOOD! for our main dish, m had the halibut with chive mashed … Continue reading 5 hoots for the little owl

eating healthy on a budget

we live in a world where processed food usually costs less than healthy food. not all healthy foods are prohibitively expensive and eating healthy on a budget can be done. Plant your own produce if you can grow some of your own produce year-round, join a CSA (community-supported agriculture), or buy your fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, then go ahead and do all three. The more creative you get with your approaches to healthy eating, the less money you will spend. Plan Ahead Perhaps the biggest budget-busting culprit is impulse buys. You can make sure that you stay within … Continue reading eating healthy on a budget

take a ride on the kimchi taco truck

after catching a movie at union square, a few of us walked to the kimchi taco truck that was parked on astor place. since it was our first time trying it out, we went for the 3-tacos combo for a mere $7 that are topped with asian pico de gallo, fresh kimchi, green onion on toasted corn tortilla: Grilled Korean BBQ Beef – Kimchi Taco’s Signature Marinade Seared Pork – Korean Spiced Pork Tenderloin marinated with Red Pepper Paste Pulled Chicken – Slow Cooked Shredded Chicken lightly sautéed with Red Wine Soy Sauce Reduction in addition, we got 2 sides … Continue reading take a ride on the kimchi taco truck

tw: hsu-ji buns

when you see a large crowd at a stand in a night market, you know it is worth the wait. at the shi da night market, the crowd waits for Hsu-Ji’s buns. open since 1984 by his parents, mr. hsu continued the business of making these raw-fried buns with thin fermented dough filled will Dongpo’s pork and cabbages. unlike steamed soup dumplings, these dumplings are fried but hot juice still oozes out after you take a bite. oooooh yeah! there is almost always a line at the hsu-ji buns stand but it’s not they are inefficient. in fact they’re are super … Continue reading tw: hsu-ji buns

you’re such a meatball – and i love it!

you know how sometimes you have a taste in your mouth and you just have to satiate it? i had a hankering for meatballs the other day and luckily i knew exactly where i wanted to go: a place JUST for meatballs. i read about the meatball shop quite a while ago and i never forgot about it. i’m glad i didn’t! the shop does not disappoint. using a dry erase menu and dry erase markers (reusable and smart!), you choose: what kind of meat (beef, spicy pork, chicken, vegetable or the day’s special which happened to be lamb) what kind of … Continue reading you’re such a meatball – and i love it!

prosciutto and arugula sandwich

prosciutto and arugula is a beautiful combination – as i have tasted in prosciutto with pears and arugula recipe i’ve had before. so, how about having it in a sandwich? prosciutto, arugula and cheese in a ciabatta bun. yum! Ingredients 1 ciabatta or focaccia bread 1 slice of prosciutto 1/2 slice of Trader Joe jalapeño yogurt cheese handful arugula Preparation Cut the bread in half. Layer a slice prosciutto, cheese and handful of arugula in the bread. For extra texture, grill the sandwich in an indoor grill for crispier bread. Continue reading prosciutto and arugula sandwich