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: chicken with lemon and rosemary

daycare Thanksgiving 2016for my little one’s daycare thanksgiving party, each family is to bring a dish for potluck. in addition though, i have to make a complete meal for the little one since i don’t know what ingredients other parents will use in their dishes. since we will be making a whole chicken for our family thanksgiving, i didn’t want to make another whole chicken for the school thanksgiving party. Continue reading “recipe: chicken with lemon and rosemary”

recipe: pressure cooker pot roast with vegetables

pressure cooker pot roast with vegetablesone of the easiest thing to make in a pressure cooker is pot roast. the meat is so tender and the vegetables are so soft and soak in all of the flavor. it is truly a wonderful, easy and no-fuss dish. i had some string beans that were going bad and just threw it in as well. delish! Continue reading “recipe: pressure cooker pot roast with vegetables”

recipe: fish congee

fish congeesince it’s already April, i thought we avoided cold season but it turns out the interim between winter to spring is another season for catching a cold. k got it first and then i caught it – first a cough and then a sore throat. what is the best thing to eat at when you have both? congee.

it’s comfort food at is best – liquidy to help with the throat pain, hot to warm your body and tasty that still appeals to your diminished sense of taste. there is quite a variety of congee combinations. my favorite is a crab congee at a restaurant i frequent.

but when you’re not able to go out to get it, this is a simple recipe to make yourself!

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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: roast cinnamon squash and beets

after trying the roast squash, sweet potato/yams and apple dish, i found this roasted squash and beets recipe and knew it would be a good side dish as well. the apple cider vinegar and cinnamon gave it a nice aroma. while the original recipe included maple syrup but i didn’t think it was necessary so i just skipped it.

roast squash and beetscooking tools

  • large mixing bowl
  • baking pan
  • parchment paper

ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

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recipe: roast squash, sweet potato/yams and apple

the combination of squash, sweet potato/yams and apple sounds so great that i was eagerly awaiting the day i could make this (after we went through some leftovers)! i added very little oil and held off on the vinegar because i used this dish as an intro for k to olive oil. next time i make it i’ll add the vinegar and see if it bumps up the flavor! but without it, it was still a sweet flavorful veggie dish.

cooking tools

  • small mixing bowl
  • large mixing bowl
  • baking pan

ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash
  • 1 sweet potato/yam
  • 1 organic apple
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar *optional

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recipe: steamed halibut stew with vegetables

m made a wonderful fish stew, which was the main course for christmas dinner. the inspiration of this dish was a make-at-home lobster-bake we had, in which we layered potatoes on the bottom, then corn on the cob, lobster, clams and mussels – food that took longest to cook was on the bottom and shortest on top.

in this format m layered vegetables on the bottom and started cooking it first, then layered the fish above and bok choy on top. m made a similar stew in the past with ginger but with k’s food allergies, we steered clear of it. it turns out it wasn’t necessary as even without, it was a wonderful stew. enjoy on its own or with some white rice.

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds halibut
  • 15 oz can bamboo tips, thick slices
  • medium size daikon radish, cut in chunks
  • 3 medium organic yukon potatoes, cut in half
  • 6 ounces shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 bunches bok choy

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recipe: sweet potato / yam corn cakes

this recipe looked yummy so i decided to make it but when i was getting ready to roll them into patties, i saw my cookie cutters and had an inspiration – how about making them into different shapes? the first … Continue reading recipe: sweet potato / yam corn cakes

recipe: zucchini pizza bites

a fun simple recipe that is easily adjustable to various food preferences and restrictions! cooking tools baking pan cooling rack aluminum foil ingredients 1 to 2 large organic zucchini (sliced in ¼ inch slices) garlic free pizza sauce 2 oz shredded organic … Continue reading recipe: zucchini pizza bites

recipe: garlic free pizza sauce

after making my own tomato sauce, i had no problem making my own pizza sauce! now to make some zucchini pizza bites! cooking tools medium saucepan food processor liquid storage containers ingredients 10 organic Roma tomatoes 1 large organic sweet bell peppers, diced 2 Tbsp … Continue reading recipe: garlic free pizza sauce