Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

Roo would like to be our family representative to wish you a Happy Valentine's Day, since she has a heart on her chest.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Good Eats

I made lion heads using bok choy:

It came out nicely!

Roo and Cricket, my loyal supervisors, always making sure I cook properly!


Oh, this is with moose instead of pork!

Here are photos of my second attempt at pho! I simmered moosey pieces on the stove:


Noodles and fixins!

It was perfect this time, and I even had purple basil!

The moosey pieces I used for the broth, we had over rice a different day. As an accompaniment, I made a cabbage salad like Vietnamese chicken salad, only without chicken:

Here is a western salad from a different day. Mmmmm!

Another example of how flexible you have to be in Fairbanks in winter: slicing teardrop tomatoes for sandwiches!

Do you think they are comfy?

I sure hope they are comfy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Happy Lunar New Year!

Since it falls on a Tues this year, we celebrated last weekend. I can't do weeknight parties any more, in my staid middle age. :)

The day we celebrated was Groundhog Day, so it was doubly fitting since jiao-zhes are filled with ground hog! :D

I made the filling using bok choy instead of napa cabbage. In winter in Fairbanks, it is best not to get too hung up on vegetabular precision... just buy what is freshest when you are at the store! Bok choy is a particularly good substitute for napa cabbage; it also puts out a lot of water, and it cooks down nicely!

Mmmm! In my Chinese New Year invitation, I request N/2 people come early and be wrap stars! Usually, everyone wants to come help, so I relegate some people to doing other food prepwork. 4 of us made 120 of them in only 45 minutes!

Very few of them broke:

Here is my half-cooked chicken. I'm not sure why I photographed it half-cooked!

And here is the spread! MR hand-cut the noodles!

Feeding a friendly crowd!

Roo hung out with her friend, Charcoal!

They are so comfy together!

I make stir-fry nian gao nowadays. I don't like the sweet, sticky blobs! I had forgotten to take them out of the freezer, so I defrosted them on the wood stove!

And I stir-fried them with green onions, baby bok choy, and lap chong:

MR's noodles:


MR's fancy raspberry cake!

Happy New Year! I wish all 12 of my loyal readers a New Year filled with warmth and love!