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Category Archives: Food Channel

The vegetable garden in my back yard is harvesting.

This year, we upgraded our garden from a field to garden boxes.  We used cedar wood and made several rectangular boxes to grow our own organic vegetables.

Although we were very excited for a prosper and fruitful garden.  The weather did not cooperate with us.  This is the hottest summer I have ever experienced since I came to the US.  We even reached triple digits couple times!  Is the end of the world really coming?!

Anyhow, after a blazing hot summer, it is time for harvesting.   We enjoyed sweat snow peas and crunch cucumbers. Thai Basil added special flavor to our chicken or beef dishes, so  yummy.

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J Crew cherry print sweater & Thai cuisine

Happy Friday everyone! Friday used to be my favorite day in a week, but is not anymore now: I am a HAPPY stay home mom now! I have a FULL plan for the next two months: short trips to NYC, vacation @ TX and a long trip to China…

All my shoes are still buried somewhere. I can see them, but can’t reach them before I unpack other huge boxes. A pair of pumps will certainly brighten up the whole outfit. I will restyle this outfit later.

This JCrew cherry print sweater has exactly same fit & texture as the leopard print one (see here). It is 100% merino wool, with 3 quarter sleeves. I am attracted by those cute cherries 🙂

outfit:

Sweater: JCrew (it is on sale @ 59.99 in store)

Pants: Anthropologie

Shoes: Bloch

Clutch: LV

Siam Lotus fine Thai Cuisine @ Norwood, MA

(reasonable price, nice environment, and tasty DRUNKEN NOODLE / SAVORY NOODLE)

Busy moving: beer & deal

(Vince cardigan + Custo Barcelona shirt + JBrand Jeans + Tory Burch flats + Marc Jacobs cross shoulder bag)

Moving is exciting, but also overwhelming. I have dozens of huge boxes in our apartment, waiting to be unpacked and squeezed them in all space. Super duper busy 😦

Need some beer to cheer up!

SaksFifthAvenue starts 40% sale online already, and here are my picks:

Chie Mihara red jetaime suede sandals (ordered 🙂)

Chie Mihara Kandi rainbow suded & leather sandals

Vince cashmere pocket tunic (pretty peach-color!)

Happy shopping! I will try to resume our daily lookbook once get settled down!

Happy Friday :: Make popcorn without a microwave

Believe it or not, we don’t have a microwave at home. It doesn’t cause any inconvenience, except when we crave for popcorn. Recently I found a traditional way to make popcorn. It is so easy and fun!

What do you need:

a. A cooking pot with lid (glass lid is preferred);
b. a small handful of kernels;
c. some vegetable oil or butter.

Steps:

1. Pour vegetable oil or butter into the pot;
2. Turn on the stove to a medium to high flame;
3. Put the kernels in;
4. Cover the pot with the lid;
5. The kernels will start popping; Slide your pot on the stove back and forth to make the heat even.
6. Wait until no more kernels pop up. It might only take a minute or two.
7. Turn off the stove and pour the popcorn into a big bowl. E-n-j-o-y!

Happy Friday!
Michelle

Steamed wheat bread (粗粮花卷):: by Alexa

1 cup whole wheat flour, 2 cup all purpose flour, 1 cup water, 1/2 tsp fast dry yeast, 1 tea spoon baking powder

Use bread machine to kneat dough

1. adding 1 cup water in the container

2. adding 3 cup mixed flour in

3. adding yeast and bakin powder on the top

4. using the basic function of bread machine to kneat dough and rise it (1hr)

Turn the dough on slightly floured surface, divide into 3 pieces. Shape each into 4 flower-shaped bread. Leave the shaped dough outside for 20 minutes

Steam on boiling water for 15 minutes.

I added some green onion, salt and sesame oil today.

My Mom’s farewell dinner party by Amanda

Time goes very fast, it’s been 7 days since my mom has left. I hosed her a farewell dinner party before she left, Alexa’s family joined us. Fortunately on that day was Alexa’s dad’s birthday, we also celebrated the birthday for him.  Everybody enjoyed the food, and we had wonderful time together.

I prepared lots of food, Chinese, Korean, and Western dishes.

1. Home made SiChuan Style Sausages (川味香肠)

2. Sichuan style Bamboo Shoots Salad (麻辣卤笋干)

3. sichuan style  duck gizzard (麻辣卤鸭胗)

4. slow cooed beef shank (五香卤牛肉)

5. five spice tofu (五香豆干)

6. Gluten with shitaki mushrom, and black ear  fungus, bamboo shoots salad (四喜烤麸)

7. sichuan style mung bean salad (凉拌豆芽)

8. Korean style clear noodle with beef, mushroom, carrots (韩国炒杂菜粉条)

9. sichuan style spicy fish filet with cabbage underneath (麻辣水煮鱼)

10. sichuan style stir fry sliced pork with celery in pickled red spicy peper sauce(泡椒芹菜肉丝)

11. Slow rosted baby back ribs (烤BBQ排骨)

The photo shows the tea set I brought back from China this summer. I servied Pu Er with this tea set.

Alexa and me

Family dinner :: 板鸭,葱姜虾,辣子鸡, 韭菜花毛豆肉丝,干煸四季豆 :: by Alexa

  

  

  

We had a “formal” home-made family dinner tonight to celebrate Christmas. I cooked 8 dishes (but only 6 pictures here), including vegetable, seafood and meat. It took me about 3 hours.

韭菜花毛豆肉丝

(我一般在美国超市,比如wholefoods,买冷冻的毛豆--shelled adamame,新鲜度和口感比较接近中国的新鲜毛豆,比中国店的质量好)

肉丝加少量淀粉,生抽,白胡椒粉和油腌20分钟左右。 热锅冷油,下肉丝断生备用。先炒熟毛豆,放少量盐。再放入蒜末,干红辣椒,肉丝,和韭菜花,大火翻炒。加少量糖,盐,生抽和白胡椒粉调味。

板鸭

小鸭仔解冻,擦干水。大量盐和花椒干炒出香味,盐微黄。将花椒盐抹在鸭子上,多多按摩肉厚的部位。用锡纸包裹起,放在冰箱或者室外(如果室外温度低的话)48小时。注意,24小时后,打开锡纸检查一下,如果有血水就倒掉。48小时后,把鸭子凉起,在气温低有风的地方。1-2周即可。吃的时候,用大锅烧水,加葱姜和盐,水开放入鸭子,等水在沸腾后,小火焖30分钟即可。放冷,切盘。

干煸四季豆

四季豆清理后,沥干水。deep frier 放油加热到375F。放四季豆炸4分钟,取出四季豆并吸掉多余的油。

热锅冷油,小火放入花椒,碎辣椒皮,和少量辣豆瓣酱炒出香味。改大火,放入碎青椒,洋葱,葱姜蒜末,和备用的四季豆。翻炒,并加糖,盐,少量生抽,调味。加白胡椒粉起锅。

葱姜大虾

我比较喜欢costco的black tiger tail shrimp。

虾解冻,清洗,并吸掉表面的水。

热锅冷油,加入花椒,姜片,大蒜吵香,加入虾。快速翻炒,然后加料酒,糖和生抽,9成熟时加入葱段,撒入白胡椒粉,翻炒起锅。

辣子鸡丁

小鸡一只,解冻,切小块 (我一般用厨房用剪刀剪开,比较轻松,也不会溅得到处都是。加入姜末洋葱末老抽糖白胡椒粉花椒粉和料酒腌制2小时。

放入deep frier, 375F,8分钟。

热锅冷油,放入青椒碎,洋葱碎,葱姜蒜末,和大量干辣椒皮及花椒,翻炒出香味,倒入备用的鸡块,加适量豆瓣酱,和盐调味。起锅前,撒入一把香菜,快速翻炒。