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  1. Dinner 2018 (Part 1)

    Been AWOL again. Cleaning the house from top to bottom as we had a little dinner party and jam session planned as a belated bday celebration for hubby's 75 last weekend. The menu was based on some of the dishes we featured at our restaurant, from which we retired 15 years ago! I teased my friends on facebook by just giving the numbers of the dishes and they had to try to remember from when they used to frequent the restaurant. #63, #13, #109, #110, #12a, and Coconut Shrimp, which wasn't part of our menu at the time: Deep-fried Wontons, Sweet and Sour Ribs, Ginger Beef, Chicken in BBQ Sauce Sizzling Hot Plate, and Cantonese Shrimp and Char Siu Chow Mein. Dessert was Mango Pudding! Then we jammed late into the night!
  2. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Hubby has the flu, so comfort food it is... Made up filling for wontons: ground pork shrimp, waterchestnuts. Made into wontons, stuffed into deep-fried tofu, AND napa cabbage wrapped meatballs. Finished products all added to shrimp roe noodle soup. Chicken and ginger cooked in the rice pot. Beansprouts stir-fried with green onion, ginger, and slices of lap yuk (wind-dried cured pork), steamed rice, and a couple of cubes of fuyu (preserved tofu). I had made a pot of rehydrated squid and lotus root soup. It didn't appeal to hubby this time, so I've been eating this for 3 days!
  3. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    There are some dishes best done the traditional way!
  4. Breakfast! 2017 (Part 2)

    Most amazing! All I got was ONE poached egg, no toast, but a lovely sprinkle of toasted ginger and sesame seeds - a shaker from Winners.
  5. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    @OkanagancookFirst Shelby and now YOU! My vegetarian granddaughter and the 3 other little monkeys are going to love Grandma when I put THESE out at the Xmas dinner!
  6. Dining with the Dong

    SO much to see and eat in China...SO little time. Thank you for your travels and sharing.
  7. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Oh Joy! With retirement comes more time now to try all these delicious posts! Last suppers before "the end": "Chili" made with ground lamb and excessive shaker of cumin and roasted cumin seeds. Roasted cauliflower topped with cheese and buttered Panko, green beans with a fresh grind of lime and habanero, and coleslaw for cooling! Steamed pickerel fillets with the final blast of hot oil on top of the "greenery" Beef Fajita with the works and more of the roasted cauliflower
  8. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Thanks for THIS! On my list of to-dos!
  9. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Catching up on all the Thanksgiving posts... One more teaching day followed by a week of exams and marking...then FREEDOM! A couple of meals: Pickerel Fis'n'Chips with curry gravy: Char siu with soy bean sprouts and chives: : with a side of Ong Choy (water spinach) stir-fried with fermented tofu: I had picked up 2 trays of 3 lamb chops each, reduced by 30% at Safeway while waiting for my prescription. They were thick and I couldn't resist. Grilled them in my cast iron pan and finished in the oven. Minted peas and baby taters on the side.
  10. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    I am always amazed what my students from China can knock together in their "no cooking allowed" dorm rooms. They post pictures on facebook for me, then tell me next day "in so and so's room"!
  11. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    It's been a while since we've had liver and onions! Only hubby, myself, and one of our sons will eat this organ meat. Found some packages with thick cut - the way we like it. I love mapo tofu, or eggplant with toban sauce. I didn't have any ground pork, but there were several small packets of ground beef. Threw all three ingredients together and made Spicy Tofu, Eggplant, and Beef.
  12. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Braised lamb shanks with fresh rosemary in the Instant Pot. Could have done with an extra 10 minutes, or allowing for natural release for fall-off-the-bone tenderness. But then I like a bit of chew. Threw in chopped onion, garlic, potato, daikon, celery, canned diced tomato, and red wine. Supper was ready in an hour - including prep. Lots of delicious gravy left. so might throw in ground lamb for a shepherd's pie later on.
  13. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    No real recipe. I was trying to stay low-carb, thus the chayote and mushrooms. I browned the seasoned cubed pork, add chunks of onion and chayote. Added Patak curry paste AND dry Indian curry powder. Added half a container of chicken broth and set the IP for 30 minutes. I used the quick release, added the mushrooms and set it on sautee to cook the mushrooms. Thicken with a bit of cornstarch slurry. It turned out delicious.
  14. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Busy time of the term...soon...only 12 more days and 64 essays between me and freedom! Quick suppers then... Roast chicken with berbere spices. Mucked together carrots and mashed cauliflower leftover from previous night. Picked up a bone-in pork shoulder on sale at local store. Cut into 3 hunks and used one last night for Curry Pork Stew in the Instant Pot. Threw in chunks of onion, chayote, mushrooms.
  15. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    @Anna N: Well, shoot! Come on down! After deliveries to family, friends, and neighbors, I still have 20 lbs in the freezer. From the looks of the new upright freezer, I need to get on the "Freezer Challenge" again!
  16. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Snow on the ground, and I think it's here to stay. So, not running out the backdoor to the BBQ or Big Easy until I find the shovel! Marinated chicken thighs in yogurt and curry powder. These were to be grilled on the BBQ, but I warmed the kitchen instead and roasted then broiled them. Fish guy came down from Lake Winnipeg with a load of Baby Sauger (Baby Pickerel) fillets. Lightly breaded with Panko crumbs, pan-fried.
  17. Chili

    Haven't made chili for a while. Found this recipe called "Our Favorite Texas Beef Chili" by Rhoda Boone Epicurious September 2014 No beans, no tomato. Called for the following chilis: dried ancho chiles, guajillo chiles, pasilla chiles, chipotle chiles, and chiles de árbol. These were roasted then soaked in hot water before being pureed. I skipped the cayenne pepper. The recipe said cooking time of 3 hours. I used my Instant Pot on the chili setting - 30 minutes, but the cubes of beef were not quite "tender". Put it on for another 15 minutes along with a can of black beans. Beans ended up mushy enough to "thicken" the chili. Nice bit of heat (not overpowering. Good enough to warm me up on our first real snowfall. Eaten with shredded Tex-Mex cheese and pita bread.
  18. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Trying out a recipe from Indian Instant Pot Cookbook - Urvashi Pitre Had picked up a semi-bonless lamb should at Safeway - 30% off. Cut up half of the chunk and made Lamb Rogan Josh - quick and delicious!
  19. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Tonight, Persian-Spiced Chicken with Spaghetti squash, pomagrante, and pistachios. I couldn't find pomagrante molasses, but I did have pom glaze. It made the roasted spaghetti squash a bit too tart. I enjoyed it with the chicken but hubby, not so much. All the more for me! Loved the flavour of turmeric and allspice on the chicken thighs. The skin got crispy in the oven.
  20. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Have never made pot roast. Might have to try that in the Instant Pot...
  21. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Our Superstore brought in a new clam along side of the usual Manila clams - Savory Clams. I wasn't too sure of them as the shells looked really thin as opposed to the rounded Manila ones. The Savory clams were $3.99 / lb; the Manila ones were $5.99. Had no idea what the Savory ones are like, but decided to give them a try. Steamed both kinds tonight as appetizer - with coconut milk, Kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, cilantro. Eaten with a dip of Ponzu and grind of Habanero peppers and lime (commercial shaker). I was happy to see the plump meat in both kinds of clams! Shells worked great for scooping and slurping. Pan fried turkey kolbassa, sauteed cabbage with ghee and cumin seeds, cauliflower "Mac'n'Cheese", and cole slaw dinner about an hour after the clams.
  22. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

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  23. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    Roast chicken thighs and legs - stuffed with fresh Kaffir lime leaves and sprinkled with salt. The skin turned out nice and crispy! Made up the Chinese Dim Sum style Beef Meatballs yesterday morning. Marinated in the fridge until we got home from the farm house at supper time. Steamed them with a drizzle of oyster sayce in the Instant Pot for 10 minutes. Juicy and light - can bounce off the plate! Wondered why I haven't made them for a long time!
  24. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    ARRRGGG! I need to retire from teaching so I can hang out here more! Enjoying everyone's dishes! A few dishes to fill our needs lately: Stuffed Bell Peppers with ground pork, shrimp, and waterchestnut. Had some deep-fried tofu cubes in the fridge, so stuffed them All fried in the wok then drizzled with oyster sauce gravy. Had a very windy day yesterday - worst at 65 km/hr. Needed comfort food, so we had steamed pork with salty fish (traditional Cantonese dish I grew up with). I also love soy bean sprouts stir-fried with ginger and green onions. Lots of rice was needed, and we especially enjoyed the soften "burnt rice" on the bottom of the pot with some of the juice from the steamed pork and fish. Tonight was a quick supper after doing a bunch of clean-up in the yard after the wind storm. A small roast pork, sticky rice (joongzi) steamed in the Instant Pot from frozen state. Steamed frozen mixed veg, and cole slaw.
  25. Dinner 2017 (Part 6)

    @Paul Bacino: Inspired by your delicious looking stuff pablano peppers! It's been many moons since I've made chili relleno, so last night, I stuffed some pablano peppers with seasoned ground beef and shredded Tex-Mex cheese. Wishing I had some of your sauce, Paul, but these were still pretty good! @CantCookStillTry: This forum is not only great for encouragement, but it is also a great place to get inspiration!