This Is Not Apple

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Cakes/Desserts | Thursday 31 January 2008 5:50 pm


My fridge smells like grapes.. but no grapes is to be found. Saw this a few days ago, in the local grocery store.. and bought it because it was interesting. Does it taste like grapes..?? i donch know yet.. but it sure smells like grapes. Will cut it up tonite.. and try it.

Coloured Lobster

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Western | Tuesday 29 January 2008 4:43 am


Yes.. very rare.. i would say.. a fisherman finds a catch like this. Earlier this year.. we saw a blue coloured lobster. I’ve heard of some catching yellow and even albino lobster. And apparently, there had been several blue lobsters that landed in Nova Scotia since the season opened last year.  If you are interested in seeing the blue lobster.. let me know.. i’ll search for the picture.


Jewel Ice Tray

Posted by mamabok | Gadgets,The Other Half | Sunday 27 January 2008 2:48 am


Awesome ice cubes eh..?? will surely drive the man crazy..! Make plain ice, or fruit juice cube for your favourite colored ice. Adding them to any drinks will definitely make the guests feel fun and unique. Comes packaged in clear plastic boxes and only at $9.50 each. A steal .. and for those bringing the girlfriend home for the first time.. and wanting to impress.. and make her smile, this may just be your thing. As for me.. i just want the ice.. ! after all.. i’m not called Crunchasarus Rex for nothing eh.

No More Tears Cooking

Posted by mamabok | Condiments/Ingredients | Friday 25 January 2008 6:58 am


I betcha we have this in Asia… but this was only introduced here.. a few months ago. I haven’t bought any yet.. because i love using garlic and ginger with my cooking. As for the garlic.. i used the chopped up already ones… that i can buy bottled for $1.99 here. I tried crushing my own garlic.. but it wasn’t worth the effort… so store bought and chopped it is from then on. If you hate cutting onions like i do.. you may wanna consider this.. not cheap.. but sure saves you alot of problem. If only they would do this with shallot.. it would be perfect. I love shallot.. and need it to cook my beehoon.

Fruit Salad

Posted by mamabok | Western | Wednesday 23 January 2008 7:36 am


My favorite kinda salad.. with fruits.. and raspberry vinegrate. I love my greens alot.. but the man . .doesn’t share my tastebuds.. so i usually end up eating it all on my own. A salad like this cost about $3.59 canadian. Not ex.. but certainly not cheap at all.

Bee Hoon (Take Out)

Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Monday 21 January 2008 7:53 am


This was take out from our friendly neighbourhood chinese restuarant. I think i cook better beehoon than they do. At $10 .. certainly not worth it.. but no choice.. when one is too busy to cook. The man, the kid and the sitter said.. it tasted bland.

Cut Fruits

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts | Saturday 19 January 2008 6:01 pm


Fruits are pretty expensive here in Canada, for something like this..and not even sweet .. might i add.. it cost me $4.99 + tax. Yes..! for convenience sake.. because we are at the store the whole day, and lack of fruits, I buy this sometimes.. just to get some fruits into me. If you must know .. “ang mohs” do not like fruits nor vegies. Well.. the ones i know. I do miss my vegies and fruits ALOT..!

BeeHoon Bak Kut Teh

Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Thursday 17 January 2008 5:39 pm


Folks back home eat Bak Kut Teh with rice or some even eat them with yam rice ( my favourite) but of course being in Canada.. you have to improvise lah..! Not that we donch have rice here.. just that a whole pot of it.. can be quite tough to finish, so i sometimes put bee hoon (rice vermicelli) and make them like a soupy kinda food.. another variation .. so that the kid thinks this is chinese noodles too.


Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Tuesday 15 January 2008 3:24 am


One of the food that i missed most is rojak from home – Singapore. My fondest memories of them were eaten when i was a kid. I could eat this with rice..and I would be so happy. At that time it only cost 0.50 cents for a small packet of it.. and when mum was too busy or not feeling good.. she would tell us to buy this.. and we eat them… with our rice.. and no lamenting or anything…coz’ we just love rojak alot. Good rojaks are hard to find, but i love those that comes with a bit of mango.


Ingredients for my rojak are:

1 small cucumber, cut into wedges
2 slices pineapple, cut into wedges
½ small bangkwang (turnip), peeled and cut into wedges
1 cup bean sprouts, blanched
A bunch kangkong (water convolvulous), blanched (can’t find here)
2 pei tan (century eggs), peeled and quartered (hard to find)
1-2 fried yu tiao (Chinese dough sticks) (impossible to find)

2-3 taupok (fried bean curds) (hard to get)

Mixed them altogether with prawn paste, tamarind juice, sugar and crushed peanuts .. and of course chilli… and some pink ginger bud would be very nice.  Unfortunately, I cannot even home make them because i can’t find all the ingredients.  I can only drool.

The Goodness Of Liver

Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Sunday 13 January 2008 6:21 am


Not many ppl knows the goodness of liver. According to the chinese.. liver and ginger.. are taken best when you have had a major surgery, lost lots of blood or when one’s tummy ain’t feeling good. Woman folks back home.. eat this everyday.. after having a baby. Unfortunately, for me.. i didn’t have this. .when i had my daughter.. because they didn’t carry pork liver then. And no one to cook for myself except me. No confinement lady to be found around here.


Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Saturday 12 January 2008 7:47 am


To alot of you .. fishballs is not great.. not even cuttlefishballs but to me here in Canada.. where fishballs are not even heard of.. these are the most precious thing .. to me. Here i am boiling some to make some tom yum udon. It also seems like i only love the spiciness after moving to Canada. Strange as it is but true. Have you always loved the spices..??  or is it just me..??

Irish Beef Stew

Posted by mamabok | Western | Thursday 10 January 2008 7:45 am


Just thought i would share the recipe that I had gotten from Sobeys with you.

Prep time : 15minsCook time : 1hr, 45mins

680g (1.5Ib) beef stew meat
15ml (1tbsp) vegie oil
2 bay leaves
.62ml (1/4 tsp) pepper
710 ml (3 cups) cubed potatoes
3 carrots, cut into pieces
237ml (1 cup) chopped onions
3 to 4 tbsp of dry instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley

1. In oven brown beef in oil. Drain off fat. Add water, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to boiling , then reduce heat. Simmer covered for 1 hour.

2. Add potatoes, carrots and onions. Simmer 45 to 55mins more or until beef and vegies are tender.

3. Remove bay leaves. Stir in enough of the instant potatoes to thicken to whatever you desire.

Cloud Cake

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts | Tuesday 8 January 2008 5:52 am


The man loves his cakes.. and so does my daughter.. so we do buy one cake a week.. but we rarely do finished the whole cake in a week.. because i don’t eat them at all. .and the daughter of mine isn’t given alot of sweets either. So the man gets the whole cake to himself… ain’t he lucky..!!

Home Made Beef Stew

Posted by mamabok | Western | Monday 7 January 2008 5:15 am


This is the man’s specialty, we cooked them in a slow cooker.. for at least 4hrs and my lil’ brat loves it to bits. The beef is tender .. and the carrots and potatoes melt in your mouth. The man don’t like the soup.. but eats all the stuff.. wherelse i crave the soup.. because all the good stuff went into the soup right. “Ang Moh” don’t know how to eat lah..! For those interested in the recipe, let me know.

Hum Choy, Tofu Soup

Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Sunday 6 January 2008 11:40 pm


Thanks to ChumsyMom.. i finally managed to make hum choy tofu soup. Yes.. i’m quite challenged when it comes to cooking. Had to ask for advice from her .. a few times.. before i attempted to make the soup. Coz’ hum choy hard to get .. where i am .. and i donch wanna waste it. It turned out alright.. but next time.. i wanna try them with seafood instead of pork. Anyone got any suggestions..?? Pray tell.

Grounds For Divorce

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,The Other Half | Friday 4 January 2008 10:51 pm

The other nite.. a customer was in the store.. and saw me eating ice .. and we started chatting and all.. and the other half had his ipod on.. because it was his pet peeved.  So the customer was say..  “but i’m sure you still love her” .. and so forth.. and so forth.. in which the other half replied.. “nope.. i can’t stand the crunching.. and if i had to listen to it.. it would be grounds for a divorce!”

Yup..!! men..!!  we got pet peeved too you know.. but we just bear with it.. for better or for worst.. right..?? but obviously .. the other half donch think so.. !  MEN..!

Honey Ginger Lemon Drink

Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Thursday 3 January 2008 3:33 am


Yer know back in Asia.. we can all go to the mamak store.. and get some teh halia (tea with ginger), for less than a buck but they donch have the same kinda tea that we have back home, so when you are nursing a cold, this is what we chinese do .. in Canada.. in a “ulu” town.

serving for one

1 cup water
1″ or so ginger root, roughly chopped
1 organic lemon wedge
1 teaspoon honey, or to taste

Bring the water and ginger to a boil, then lower flame, add the lemon (squeeze it into the water then drop the whole thing in) and keep at a low simmer for a few minutes. Pour into a mug and stir in the honey. This would help with your bad throat.. and also bad flu.

SzeChuan Prawns

Posted by mamabok | Chinese | Wednesday 2 January 2008 5:31 am


This was what i cooked today. I love cooking prawns.. just because there is no cutting nor alot of marinating required. And when you are in a place .. where you can’t get Asian groceries.. you have to make do. The spice paste that i used was from Asian Gourmet.. that i had bought in Halifax.. many moons ago. And guess what.. it wasn’t a wee bit spicy at all. Bummer..!!

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