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CHINESE NEW YEAR’S

Chinese New Year’s is a great time.  I get together with a bunch of family friends I haven’t seen in awhile and I get an update on their lives.  I get red pockets (love them!) and I eat lots and lots and lots of food.  Thankfully, these days I get to dress comfy, so no need to worry about having to fit into work clothes.

A snapshot of what I ate during my three days of festivities for Chinese New Year’s:

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I ate a lot more than what you see here, but there were too many meals to take shots of.  The egg tarts are my favourite at dim sum cause they are usually freshly baked.  The egg tarts in the above photo were delicious and fresh, yummy!  My other favourite is the steamed cake, but they didn’t have any when I was there.

I ingested a lot of food over these past few days.  More than I care to remember.  So, I took a nice long walk yesterday to work it off.  It was cold out, but not as cold as the time when my cheeks almost froze permanently numb.  Anyways, it was good to go for a walk.  I might go for a walk today, its snowing like crazy and looks lovely outside all blanketed in white snow.  I’ve really enjoyed these walks because I just forget about everything and focus on relaxing and enjoying my time outside.  I started Tai Chi just for the same reasons I’m walking now, it relaxes me and I just focus on the walking and in the case of my Tai Chi, my slow-mo movements.

Chinese New Year’s is not all about the food, but the celebrations are around food, and that’s why I love this holiday!  I can always diet later.

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CLEAN SLATE

The new year to me always starts with a clean slate.  New year, new beginnings.  I think that’s one of the reasons why I host a dinner for my family every year, start the year off with family, food and nephews destroying my apartment.

New Year's Day Dinner

New Year's Day Dinner

So, the annual family dinner last night at my place went well (ok, with the exception of a few family moments that we all encounter), the food was good, too much, but good.  And, yes, I made everything you see in the photo above, except for the pork ribs.  I think for next year I’ll make less food.  It’ll be a lot less stressful for me.  And, less dishes for me to wash.  No, I don’t use my dishwasher, never have and probably never will.  Its good for storage. 

I’m looking forward to seeing what 2009 brings.  I always take a moment to think about how the previous year was and what I’m hoping for in the new year.  It helps me see where I’m at and where I want to be.  I’m not there yet, but I’m not worried, I’ll get there.

Happy New Year!

CUPCAKES

I was thinking about what to bring to my best guy’s Christmas party.  Wine came to mind, but I wanted to do something different and bringing wine would be boring and knowing me I’d get bad wine since I know almost nothing about alcohol. 

At his last party I made grilled prawn skewers, which was a great hit.  But, I decided not to do that this time.  Then, on Friday I was at Walmart, and there was this mega sale on Betty Crocker cake mix.  As I was reading the instructions on the back, it came to me, cupcakes…cupcakes with frosting and sprinkles.  Cupcakes it was.

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It all starts with Betty

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Fresh out of the oven

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Lined up like little soldiers ready for frosting

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Finished product

My decorating abilities were not professional, but I tried my best (I screwed up only one cupcake out of 36).  When I brought them to the party my best guy was impressed.  I kinda felt like my cupcakes weren’t posh enough, only because he does such a fabulous job of decorating his condo.  Just his Christmas tree alone is incredible.

I call this the "Martha Stewart" tree

I call this the "Martha Stewart" tree

The party went really well and it was a lot of fun, it was nice to mingle and talk with so many different people.  On my way home I was stopped by the R.I.D.E. program.  This was the conversation:

Officer:  Hi, have you been drinking any alcohol tonight?
Me: Um, no
Officer: So, you don’t have any opened bottles of alcohol in your vehicle (scans my car)?
Me: Um..no (looks innocently into the eyes of the officer)
Officer: Opened bottles of anything?
Me: Well, no..oh, just an empty water bottle
Officer: How about any dead bodies in the trunk? (I see a half smile)
Me: Hm…(pausing for effect)…no, no dead bodies
Officer: Ex-husbands in the trunk? (smiling now, obviously joking with me)
Me: Nope, none of those (laughing)
Officer: Are you sure now? (laughing as well)
Me: Definitely not!  Just this empty bottle of water (waving said bottle at him)
Officer: (gives me a few pats on the back) Ok, then, have a great evening (smiles)
Me: (smiles back) ok, thanks!

I drove off, passing another police officer who smiled at me, and then thought to myself  “did that officer dude just touch me on the back”?!  I’m sure he was just being friendly, but it was strange.  I’ve been stopped by R.I.D.E. a few times and don’t ever remember them being that touchy feely nor that jokey and friendly.  But, thinking about it, dude can pat my back, crack jokes anytime as long as I don’t get into trouble.

CANADIAN THANKSGIVING

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend, and that means a nice long weekend.  I almost missed out on this weekend.  I was going to be on a business trip, but my boss saved me from that fate at the last minute.  I could tell she felt really bad about sending me on the trip, but I didn’t think she felt so bad that she would get me out of this trip.  So, no complaints from me.  Its all good, although I’m a bit conflicted because it would have been nice to get 3 lieu days out of it!

I’ve never been a huge Thanksgiving kind of person.  I don’t celebrate it as passionately as Americans do or as some of my Canadian friends do.  I think its because my parents really didn’t know what to make of Thanksgiving while we were growing up.  And, then in my early teens we started going to a family friend’s place for Thanksgiving dinner and it became a tradition.  I think that’s when I began to appreciate it more.  But, we haven’t done that in almost 16 years.  My family celebrates Thanksgiving much better these days.  My brother’s mother-in-law always likes to have us over, so I’m looking forward to that this weekend.  I’m gonna have me some yummy Filipino food.  Sorry, our families don’t like turkey so we do a different take for Thanksgiving dinner.

There was one year, though, my family decided to make a turkey.  Oh, it was hilarious since it was the first time we’d done that.  I got into a huge fight with my mom on how to make the turkey and she was all stressed out about the timing.  In the end, though, the turkey was fine and peace was restored.  Thankfully, no pun intended, there will be no fights over turkey this year.  😛

BBQ HEAVEN

It’s time for a good old food blog about one of my favourites.

I could never be a vegetarian, it just goes against everything I value..lol…kidding.  Veggies are good, eating them full time?  Not my dream choice.  I just love meat too much.  It’s all about the protein.

I’m going out for some Korean BBQ with a friend on Friday night, my absolute favourite thing to do – so its been on my mind cause I’ve been craving a good Korean bbq for awhile.  The first time I tried it was about 15 years ago when the first one came to Toronto.  The best Korean BBQ I’ve ever had was in Vancouver, where they are actually owed by Korean’s rather than Chinese people, which is the case here in Toronto.  This particular Korean bbq place used coals from Korean to heat up the grill, so the flavour was different and cooking time was faster because it was so hot, much better than an electric/gas grill.

Anyways, before I slobber any more, I’m also going to a “regular” barbeque on Sunday.  Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, etc.  Since its my birthday month, all my friends have been asking me what I want to do.  My response?  BBQ.  I’ve been celebrating my birthday like this for a few years, with a simple barbeque.  I don’t need to party it up at a bar, something simple with friends is usually what I prefer.

I’ll be in bbq heaven this weekend.  And considering the weather is going to change soon – I better get in as much as I can before it gets cold.  I love grilled meat, but not so much that I’d freeze my ass off in the winter for it.  😉

ANT EATER

The house that we stayed at in Florida was luxurious, as I mentioned it was worth $1.2 million dollars.  It was absolutely beautiful.  Awesome kitchen and great layout.  The only thing that I didn’t like about it was the furniture was super tacky and old, the beds were not the greatest and it wasn’t as clean as I would have liked it.  But, that’s me being a bit anal (about the clean factor).

So, we had a bit of an ant infestation in the house.  Mostly in the kitchen because its where the food is.  It wasn’t a pleasant thing to see tiny ants crawling on the kitchen counter top every day, but what can you do?  On our second last morning, I poured myself a bowl of cereal and started eating away.  I was pretty tired so I didn’t pay much attention to my cereal.  About three quarters into my cereal eating I finally looked down at my bowl…guess what?  Dead teeny tiny ants floating in my milk.  OHMYGOD – I JUST FUCKING ATE SOME ANTS 😯 . 

Totally grossed out, I quietly told everyone that the cereal was bug infested, dumped my remaining bits of breakfast into the sink and promptly threw out the rest of the cereal we had.  Normally, I would have flipped right out.  I was grossed out, but I wasn’t over the edge turned off, and it definitely did not affect my appetite.  I think since coming back from the Dominican in February, I’ve gotten a lot more chilled out about bugs and creepy crawlies.  They are still not my friends, but they no longer make me wanna scream bloody murder.  I’ve matured since then.  Although ants have never made me want to scream, but eating them by mistake should, but thankfully didn’t.  My friends would have had more ammo on me cause they were cracking jokes all day about it.

Well, at least I got my protein fix, eh? 😉

THE BEST FRIED RICE

I make a mean fried rice.  Actually, its better than any fried rice you’ll have in a restaurant.  I know, I’m being big time immodest, but seriously my fried rice is awesome.  All my friends agree, they love my fried rice, up there along with my wontons and stir fry’s.

Ingredients: 

 

Final Product:

I think I made enough for an army, but that’s the only way I know how to make fried rice, in large, huge portions. 

My fried rice has: bbq pork, mushrooms, green onions, eggs and shrimp.  I cut up everything and then cook it up individually before I throw it all in with the rice.  The reason why I cook the shrimp, eggs and mushrooms individually is to add more flavour to the final product.  I didn’t put any ham in this version, just the bbq pork.  It still came out great though.

I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll mention it again, I enjoy cooking.  Takes my mind off everything and I’m just thinking about my end product as I cook.  And last night it was yummy fried rice.