Rum & Raisin

Posted by mamabok | Around The World,Cakes/Desserts | Sunday 31 August 2008 6:00 pm




It is sad when you are in another country and can’t get the food that you are used to.  But it’s even sadder when you can’t get the treats too, like my rum and raisin from Haagen Dazs (that even the not so developed countries like Cambodia has).  And the saddest is that the local grocery stores do carry the Haagen Dazs brand, but not the Rum & Raisin flavor.  Now who doesn’t love the rum and raisin, right?  Holy! I can’t get enough of it.

But for the last 8 years in Canada I can’t find it in Yarmouth at all.  Sad  eh?  Well, I’m throwing the ball into our local grocery stores court by leaving a note with my name card on it and hoping against all hope that he will come thru’ for me, finally.  So I wait.  Today I left the note for him, I had wanted to speak with him personally but every time I see him in the local store he never ever made eye contact with me.  Yup! Very sad!  But since he got me the Udon that ran outta stock a few weeks ago I’m inclined to give him another chance to earn more brownie points.  So we’ll see eh?  This is Canada after all, not a third world country.

Fish & BBQ

Posted by mamabok | BBQ,Seafood,Useful Tips | Thursday 28 August 2008 2:29 am




I find that no fish takes to the BBQ as well as a salmon fillet. The salmon is so easy to cook.. it thrives so good on marinade and just about everyone who loves fish would love it. But some people make this common mistake by overcooking them. So be careful to remove it from the grill before it dries out. It is said that the ideal temperature varies for different types of fish .. and the salmon is good at 135 F. Watching for the sign of doneness is easy, just make sure the flesh is firm up and opaque in color and just begin to flake. In Canada . .alot of people love using the Cedar plank to bbq their fishes, very unique taste.. and if you like try the maple syrup .. i liked that very much.

The Kitchen Plan

Posted by mamabok | Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 27 August 2008 2:20 am




As someone who loves to eat, the first thing i had to do when i first bought our house was to change the faucets in the kitchen and bathroom.  You know how when cooking with big pots and pans.. or if you need to wash huge steaming pots when you make “bak chang”, a retractable faucet is a must.  If you don’t get one of those.. you will definitely regret it.  Luckily i saw it in one of my home decor magazines.. and knew what to look for.

Organic Carrots

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Organic,Vegies | Tuesday 26 August 2008 2:13 am




These are organic carrots that my in-laws grow in their garden. No pesticides.. and guaranteed organic. I think they sell them for $1.50 a bunch.. and they are extremely sweet.. very different from the ones we get in the grocery stores. My in-laws indulges me.. and my fascination for organic food and any other things. They would gladly let me take all the pictures i want for my blogs. I can never ask for better in laws.

Very pretty right..?? And really very healthy looking too.

Think of bug bunny eating his carrot.. and you will know that the carrots really look like the ones.. that bug bunny carries around.

See what i mean..?? about Bug Bunny.

Food Show – Chua’s Choice TVB

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 24 August 2008 1:34 am




Nah.. nah.. nah..! i’m not going crazy.. hahhah!! this food show is just too awesome.. not to share it with my food blogging friends. For those who haven’t watched this.. you should get ahold of it. It’s wonderful to watch all the good food in Hong Kong. I so missed asia .. and its food. For those who can’t get it.. email me.. and i’ll see what i can do.

Food connoisseur Chua Lam is famous for enjoying life to the fullest. He hits the road again with upcoming artist chef, Louisa So, supermodel Amanda S, and a bunch of good friends, locating the art of culinary heritage and scouring the town for the memorable relish that become extinct soon. The goal of the new show will help people appreciate real Hong Kong food culture again.

With his very unusual and deserving attention, this food bible is guaranteed to offer you an amazing experience in gourmet paradise.

Cast?Chua Lam, Louisa So, Amanda S

Herbal Chicken Soup In Slow Cooker

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Slow Cooking | Friday 22 August 2008 4:53 pm




This herbal chicken soup was cooked in the slow cooker for about 3.5hrs.. and i think i might just have perfected it.  The package of herbs came all the way from Malaysia.. from a wonderful blogging friend .. Barb from ChumsyAshley.blogspot.com, who wanted me to cook something nourishing for myself after my surgeries.   When i cooked it the first time.. i didn’t put anything extra into it.. and followed the instructions exactly.  The soup didn’t turned out as tasty.

So the second time.. i decided to try slow cooking it for 5hrs with red dates and wolfberries.  This time it tasted better.. but the chicken was pretty much hard. .and tasteless.  But the soup tasted alot better… so this was good.

The third time i tried slow cooking it for 3.5hrs.. and besides the package from the herbal soup mix.. i added as usual.. wolfberries, red dates and some longan.  Now this was absolutely perfect.  The chicken was still edible.. and the soup was alot sweeter because of the longan.. and it didn’t dry up as much as far as the soup was concern.  So yes.. a perfect pot of soup. .with very little work.

Home Made Baklava

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts | Friday 22 August 2008 4:36 pm




Tired of eating bad Baklava.. i’ve decided to follow the recipe i had gotten from our local grocery store. I’ll be posting up the recipe very soon. Check back later.

Updated:

This recipe is great for people like me who is diabetic . .by using Fruit and nuts .. but you can use less honey and substitute sugar is you wish. This recipe makes 40 pieces

Preperation time : 20mins

Total time : 50mins

Cooling time : 4hrs

1 pkg (150g) nuts & seed trail mix

2 cups (500ml) dried and sweetened five fruit medley

1.5 cup (75ml) sugar (can use substitute sugar/sweetner)

1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon

1 pkg (445g) Phyllo Pastry sheets, thawed

1 cup (250ml) unsalted butter, melted

1 jar (500g) liquid honey ( but can use as little or as sweet as you want)

3/4 cup (175ml) water

Directions :

1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F (180 degree C). Lightly greese a 9 x 13 inch (3.5L) baking dish or pan. Cut phyllo sheets in half crosswise to fit in pan. Cover phyllo with a lightly dampened tea towel to prevent drying out.

2. Combine trail mix, dried fruits, sugar and cinnamon in a food processor. Finely chop, set aside.

3. Gently lay a piece of phyllo pastry in pan and brush with melted butter. Repeat with 7 more sheets of phyllo, brushing each sheet with butter.

4. Sprinkle a thin layer of nut and fruit mixture over phyllo, cover with 2 more sheets of phyllo pastry, brushing each sheet with butter. Repeat this step of sprinkling the nut mixture, then 2 sheets of buttered phyllo pastry, until all the nut mixture is used.

5. Top with the final 8 individually buttered phyllo sheets. With a sharp knife, cut into 40 equal squares. Bake until edges are crisp and top in golden brown, 30 – 35 mins.

6. In a small saucepan, combine honey and water. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer gently for 7 mins, or until slightly thickened. Let cool. Spoon cooled syrup over hot baklava and let it cool for at least 4 hrs. Garnish with some more finely chopped pistacho nuts if desired.

Recipe taken from our friendly grocery store.. SOBEYS.

Health Products

Posted by mamabok | Health,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 22 August 2008 12:22 am




Eating right is a good way to staying healthy but using the right products for our health is just as important.  Johnson & Johnson is no stranger to anyone.  My mother used to tell us when we were kids.. that she only buys the best for us.. and that is Johnson & Johnson’s lotions and baby soap… and never anything else because she believes in this company who specialises in products mild enough for babies.

Johnson & Johnson is synonymous to improving the quality of your life with products that will never harm your body or skin. Their innovative health products and baby center has helped women and baies from all over the world. It has most definitely come a long way, I trust Johnson & Johnson products.

Diabetes Friendly Dessert

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Cakes/Desserts,Diabetic | Wednesday 20 August 2008 6:34 pm




Being a diabetic is no fun.  One feels like you cannot eat anything.. and for dessert.. you probably is like me..  “forget it” .. when it comes to dessert right..??

Well.. here is a cool.. and creamy plus fruity dessert that is diabetes friendly.

2 cups of Frozen Strawberries, thawed

3/4 cup thawed cool whip light/whipped topping

1 peek Freans lifestyle selections/shortcake biscuit crushed.

Directions :

Mash strawberries in medium bowl, gently stir in whipped topping, spoon into dessert dishes and sprinkle with biscuit crumbs.  Serve immediately.  Not that sinful.. and you’ll be able to sleep tonite.  Only 7 g of sugar in it when you take half a cup.

Desserts/Cakes

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Western | Monday 18 August 2008 1:29 am




I love cheesecakes..but not just any kind of cheese cakes. The plain ones like this one is my favorite but strawberry cheesecake is not too bad either. But if you know me by now.. you know i can’t eat too much sweet stuf.. and that’s not because i’m diabetic. I just don’t like eating alot of sweet stuff. A cake like this will last me 3 days. Hehehe!! donch laugh at me now.. when you get as old as I.. you kinda have to watch it too.

The man of course is a different story.. he eats anything chocolaty and rich..!! the richer the better. This is a mini boston cream pie. He said it was good.. but i didn’t wanna try it. Of course the daughter is like him. .. and eats anything with chocolate.

Next a restaurant review…  Pizza Delight.  Check this out again.

Open Face Sandwich Gal

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Fast Food,Seafood | Monday 18 August 2008 1:20 am




I’m truly an open face sandwich gal..! i liked to see what i am eating.. but not many places here in Yarmouth, does open face sandwiches.. and they don’t do it as well as i. I used a raisin and walnut bread.. and add some seafood salad and some chicken salad.. and that can be my breakfast or supper or even as a snack. Cheap, healthy and really easy to do. What about you ..?? are you an open face sandwich gal..??

My Neighbourhood Grocery Store

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Shopping,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 17 August 2008 11:59 pm




Whenever we go to our friendly neighbourhood grocery store, we learn something new from him. Being such a busy man himself, manning the store 7 days a week, we can definitely understand why he does all his banking and even  auto insurance quotes online. We can sympathies with him because we are exactly the same way to .. when it comes to time. I know folks say we need our own time, but when you are in business, there is just no “ME” time at all.

Eating Out

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,General,The Other Half,Useful Links | Sunday 17 August 2008 11:54 pm




Eating out was what we did alot before having a child but with a kid now, you kinda need to make sure that you take care of the kid’s well being first .. and making sure she eats healthy before we can go out and splurge on the food we liked in the restaurants.  I really envy my friends from Asia.. they eat out almost every other day.. i think if we did that here.. we need a budgeting software for sure.

Mama’s Little Helper

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Chinese,The Brat | Friday 15 August 2008 1:00 pm




Yes..!! she is the best helper..and yes..! i do believe in letting your kids help.. because it is a wonderful way of bonding. Unlike my mom.. she doesn’t want us to dirty her kitchen … i was kinda hurt at that time. So that is why i think it is always good to start them young.. to get them to help you .. even though we all know it is not really helping. But if she wants.. she can do it.. and not deprive her right..??

See how happy she was..?? yes.. you can do that too.. but just keep emphasizing how hot the stove is.. from the very beginning.

Do you know what the brat is cooking..?? make a guess eh.

Nissin Noodles

Posted by mamabok | Food From Home | Thursday 14 August 2008 12:08 am




A customer of ours.. who was going up to the city, kindly picked this up for me .. and i’m forever grateful. Harold is a new customer at our store. He came in for some computer repair work to be done .. and as soon as he said .. he was going up to Halifax.. i jumped right up.. and asked him if he would picked up some Chinese noodles for my kid. For she loves it so much.. and misses them.. because we are unable to go up to the city due to my operation a month and a half ago. A whole box of Nissan beef noodles as you can see here.. and more stuff.

Being so far away from home, the spouse, the in laws, the aunt, the babysitter and her parents and even my kid’s godma would try to get food from home for me.. whenever they are up in the city. Our good friend.. Gerald Leblanc too never fail to get Chinese food for me. .whenever he goes up. Without these kind ppl.. i don’t know how i would survived in Yarmouth. But of course, we must not forget my wonderful blogging friends.. who sends me food all the way from Malaysia, Singapore, United States and even those who are on business trip to Canada.. would hunt for food for me.. and mail them to me.. like wonderful, wonderful .. Vien.. and Greenapple from the States who never fail to get me moon cake every year. The latest package was from Barb who had to rope in her MIL to bring them back for me.. from Malaysia.. to Toronto.. and then mailed it to me. .by her BIL… all because she wants me to have something good to eat after my operation. Their kindness has taken my breath away . .many a times.. and yes.. there are wonderful ppl out there.. and God bless you all..!!! and because of all of your effort.. you have made my stay in Yarmouth less lonely .. and less homesick. Thank you once again.

Caramelizing

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Useful Tips | Tuesday 12 August 2008 2:18 pm




The act of drawing out naturally occurring sugars in certain foods.. like onions .. and fruits..  is by cooking them very slowly over a very low heat.  And what does one get..??  A sweeter and nuttier flavor that takes on a deep brown coloring.  Awesome..!!

Restaurant Reviews

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian | Tuesday 12 August 2008 12:12 am




I have a few restaurant reviews ..that i am so late with .. but i will be updating on that really soon.  So don’t you go thinking.. that poor me… not getting to enjoy outside food at all. .because it’s not true.. but i’m still not up to it to sit too, too long in front of the computer.  But check back real soon for these restaurant reviews.. around Yarmouth area.. and Halifax.

Organic Raspberries

Posted by mamabok | Fruits,Organic | Monday 11 August 2008 3:08 am




Organic raspberries from the in-laws garden…! see how huge they are..??!!!?? yup..!! really yummy..!! the kid couldn’t wait to get home to gobble them down.. but she already had corn .. peas.. blueberries.. all organic.. if you must know.. so we didn’t let her. And of course she had to protest and said… “but these are healthy snacks..!!” Too smart..!!

If you ever come this way .. to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.. you are definitely invited to come pick the raspberries yourself at the in-laws farm.

Mexican Fast Food

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Fast Food,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 11 August 2008 1:32 am




A girlfriend of ours .. made some money online in futures trading and invited us for a celebration in a Mexican restaurant.. so we thought.  But it actually turned out to be a Mexican fast food place.. muahahha!! but that’s alright.. since it was the thought that counts.  But really .. if the food was greawt.. it would have been awesome..!!!  but refried beans had seen better days here.  Tell me what would you say to your girlfriend about the bad food..??

Friendly Faces In Restaurant

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Useful Links,Useful Tips,Vacation | Monday 11 August 2008 1:27 am




When you are living in a foreign land, you kinda light up.. when you walk into a restaurant.. and find someone from home.  You try to connect and you ask them.. why and when they arrived here and then you exchange stories.  I hear that jobs in Atlanta actually enticed alot of professioinals like chefs and bakers from Asia, so if you are traveling around that area.. and you find someone from home, you shouldn’t be too, too surprised.

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