Caramel Apple Danish

Posted by mamabok | Baking,Fast Food,Food Review | Thursday 30 September 2010 1:34 pm




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A week ago, I caved in and just had to have this Caramel Apple Danish – because they just came out from the oven – when I went to get my coffee.  I had resisted it for a few days now – but boy!  when I saw it a week ago – again – I just had to have them.  Definitely yummy!! but as you all know I had given up on my 3 honey dipped timbits about 2 months ago – because my blood sugar went up.   So with 370 calories and 18 grams of sugar later – I know I can’t eat this everyday although I wished I could.    But if you are in Canada or USA – and you haven’t tried this yummy danish – go right ahead and treat yourself – they are really yummy!

Chicken Biryani In A Box

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food From Home,Food Review,Frozen Food,My Musing | Wednesday 29 September 2010 8:24 am




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President’s Choice is a local grocery brand in Canada – and they seems to be a lot more adventurous than most brands here – they bring you Asian food as well – and they are actually not bad.   And like I said always – if you cannot get the real thing here – you settle for the next best thing.  I haven’t had Chicken Biryani for a long, long time – maybe 5 yrs?  or more – i really can’t remember – and since it was on sale one Sunday – during our grocery shopping day – I bought a frozen pack @$2.99 – how can you go wrong right?

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So this is how it looked like when you first take it outta the box – FROZEN!

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A little peek at it – to open up the plastic top – and nuke it for 6 minutes.  As you can see there is some chicken in there and the biryani doesn’t looked too bad eh.

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After taking it out of the microwave – this is how it looks like.  Not too bad still – for $2.99.

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A bit of raisin as you can see – and some almond flakes?  maybe ?  so how did it taste?  pretty good – very rich – lots of curry – not so much biryani taste – but definitely curry.  Very little meat as you can see – but filling for sure.  But rich!!  really rich !! about 500 calories in this box of chicken biryani – so one cannot eat this too often either.   And for those who needs their vegies and meat – I don’t think this would satisfy them either.   But it wasn’t a bad deal at all – just that i wouldn’t risk eating it everyday – for fear of putting on too much weight but once in a blue moon sure – it was not bad.

Food For Clear Skin

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Health,My Musing,Organic,Shopping,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Tuesday 28 September 2010 2:28 pm




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The best friend’s teenage daughter is going for acne treatment, called and asked me what she can cook for her daughter to help with the acne that had been plaguing her for a long time now.  Being a teenager is very hard and for the mom – it’s even harder to see our kids suffer – from inferiority complex to low self-esteem.   We all know that acne is caused by trapped bacteria right?  So yes, it has to be treated immediately and of course – eating right and having good hygiene is also important.  When I was a teenager myself – my mom used to make us eat low – fat yogurt – and she said that it helps with our skin – but most importantly – I think water is the best – for not just those with acne – but everyone.  I strive to drink 8 glasses of water a day – and I’m still trying.  What about you?  you drank your 8 glasses of water yet?

Wine Tasting

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Awesome,Drinks,FoodBuzz,Friendship,My Musing,wine | Monday 27 September 2010 1:54 pm




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Guess who is invited for wine tasting????  and a Masquerade wine tasting at that?  nah !  I’m not going with PB – hahah!  it’s one of my food sponsors – that got wind of the wine tasting in our small town and asked me if i was interested in going.  So I said sure – I’m always game as you all know – so you can all be sure – that I will be giving you a full report on the wine tasting happening at the end of October! woohoo!! now I have to go shopping as it is a black tie event.  I wonder if my sponsor is going to pay for my dress as well heheh!  I’m so excited – I haven’t gone for wine tasting in years!

Japanese Cuisine & Tsukiji Fish Market Part 2

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Japanese,Meet Up With,My Musing | Saturday 25 September 2010 8:26 am




Following last weeks recommendation on the famous Tsukiji Fish Market – here is the second part – where you can learn if you have had been having good sashimi or mediocre ones.
Yummy ! yummy!!
Find out how wholesaler raised up prices in the bidding of Tsukiji Fish Market and learn why sometimes we pay so much at the sushi bar.

Mushroom Soup

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,Western | Friday 24 September 2010 8:15 am




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I had my favorite soup sometime last week and I just couldn’t resist it – even though it wasn’t even lunch time yet.   The gals at Tim’s had always been nice and always let me know whenever they do have mushroom soup – because they know it’s my favorite.   And the soup didn’t disappoint – of course because of my diet – i didn’t eat the roll that came with it.

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Of course, I also did what I wouldn’t 6 months ago – to see how many calories I was slurping down – and if you go to Tims Horton’s nutritional calculator on the net – you will find everything you need to know of that bowl of soup.  A bowl like this is 150 calories with 3 gms of sugar.  Sinful but not sinful enough to make me gawk –  and it was yummy!  what is your favorite soup?  how many calories does your soup have?

Diet Pepsi Lime

Posted by mamabok | Drinks,Food Review,General,Health | Thursday 23 September 2010 10:20 pm




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Since you all know that I’m diabetic – you should also know that I’m in constant search for the right kinda food and drinks that I can drink and eat.  So when I saw this at the bowling alley on the weekend – I cannot helped but take a picture of it to show you all – new type of pepsi anyone?  according to Mr B – he liked it.  I haven’t tried it yet – because all diet stuff taste funny – i rather not drink them – because the after taste is horrid.  But since Mr B said it is good – I’m gonna try it soon and let you know how I feel.  Anyone tried it yet?

Chinese Soup Makes You Radiantly Beautiful

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review,Health,My Musing,Slow Cooking,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Wednesday 22 September 2010 2:30 pm




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PB doesn’t know what he is missing when he refuses to drink the soup that i slow boiled for hours in a slow cooker.  If you all don’t know by now – drinking chinese soup on a regular basis – can make you look radiant.  Don’t believe me?  ask all my asian readers here – and they can attest to it.   My grandmother used to say – drink a few more bowls of soup and you won’t need your acne treatment cream – because the ingredients in the soup are meant for different parts of your body.  Luckily for me – Chloe drinks my chinese soup – so I don’t expect I need acne cream for her anytime soon – I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  But you all know that I don’t have all the ingredients very often – so whenever I do get it – I’m ultra pleased.   Most of the ingredients are all the way from Singapore – some from Halifax – thanks to Kai Mah, Lina and Gerald Leblanc for bringing the lotus roots back for me from Halifax.  So you know what to do if you want radiant skin.

Birthday Cake For Skye

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Baking,Food Review,Friendship,My Musing | Wednesday 22 September 2010 1:21 pm




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This birthday cake was home made by Skye’s talented aunt – beautiful cake eh?  she can make any type of cake you want – just tell her and she can whip up magic.   The cake tasted as good as we expected – i didn’t have any – but PB and Chloe had some – and they loved it.

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Some people are just so talented!  if you asked me to bake something like that – i would surely make a mess outta it  – and don’t know if it would be edible or not – hahah!!  i’m only good in cooking chinese food – baking is definitely not my forte.  For those who wants a special designed birthday cake or a wedding cake – leave me a comment and I will connect you to the talented baker.

A Love For Hotdogs

Posted by mamabok | BBQ,Fast Food,Food Review,Friendship,Meet Up With,Parties,Useful Links | Tuesday 21 September 2010 9:37 pm




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I don’t know if you noticed this – but I have a love for hotdogs – yes ! a weakness – even if I’ve had my lunch – I still cannot resist having a hotdog.  But as soon as I eat them – I know i will feel so guilty because I am not skinny like Chloe – so I am always on a look out for fat burners for women .  I kid you not!  if I could have it my way – I would be having hotdogs everyday.

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And one of the reasons why I love summer is because I can have BBQ hotdogs !!!  i remember when I was a teenager and going for a movie at Cathay Cinema – they have an OJ there – and an A&W – do you remember?  yes – I would sneak a Coney Hotdog in there – and stink the whole cinema up!  hahaha!! those were the days!  and even though I can’t get hotdogs like the ones back home – these ones made by a friend, Mr B  – was still very good.

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I only had one that day at Ellenwood Park for a birthday party – but I wished i could have more – but i already had lunch – so couldn’t stuff anymore into my face – hahaha!!  And if I had I would definitely need those fat burners! But I just love hotdogs – I never ever refuses one.   Plus good company and good food always goes hand in hand.   The next time I have a BBQ at my home – you know who is going to be the Executive Chef eh.

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The skinny – minnie chloe – who doesn’t eat bread or hotdog *slap forehead*

Anti-Wrinkle Food

Posted by mamabok | Fruits,Health,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Monday 20 September 2010 8:49 pm




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At 45 – one has to take care of one’s health – and food/fruits that we eat everyday can help with our skin and I just found out that berries can be a girl’s best friend too – when it comes to anti-wrinkles.  Of course, you can use  anti wrinkle cream but if you love berries as much as I do  – well, you are in luck because blueberries are truly the best anti-aging food. Berries are said to have natural frutose sugar that can satisfy your longing for sweets and has enough fiber – that even a diabetic like me can absorb fewer calories when I am eating it.  So do I use an anti-aging cream besides eating berries – of course !  every time I buy a moisturizer – I make sure they have the anti-wrinkle ingredient in them – one cannot wait when it comes to taking care of oneself – so my mother used to say.

Vote For Me!

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,FoodBuzz,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing | Monday 20 September 2010 3:18 pm




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Yes!  if you don’t know by now – I am an official contestant for Project Food Blog – for the chance to be the Next Food Blog Star – and also a chance to win $10,000 in cash!  yes! you heard right and I  need your help to vote for me.  So friends, fans and readers of this blog – please vote for me NOW !  voting ends on the 23rd – and all you have to do is go the my sidebar – click on the official contestant icon – and sign in and vote.  Only takes 30 sceonds  of your time.

For those of you not registered on foodbuzz, you will be prompted to create an account.  You don’t have to join foodbuzz because you register with foodbuzz – but just to vote.  But I’m sure all of you love food and love cooking or even looking at food pictures – it’s a great way to find some cooking inspiration on food buzz – just enter your email address and create a user name and then a password – easy peasy to vote.   Sapppooottt!!!!  And thank you very much – in advance for your vote!

I’m No Food Diva!

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Around The World,Awesome,FoodBuzz,My Musing | Sunday 19 September 2010 5:33 pm




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Nope, I’m no food diva and am no food expert – but I love food and I love taking pictures of food and love sharing what I eat with my friends and family from back home in Asia.  The reason why I started this food blog is to show those from Asia who have migrated to another country – mostly the west or Europe  – how they can improvise with the little ingredients they have – and make food from home.  You see we have cravings for laksa, mee siam and curry chicken!  Or sambal or chee cheong fun.

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So what makes me different? What defines me?   And can I be a the next food blog star?  I believe so – because I’ve made friends thru’ this blog from all over the world! What makes my blog special ?  Friendship and those who love food, those who empathize with me – being so far away from home and missing what they’re used to.  This food blog has brought me so many good friends even though I haven’t met many of them in person  – I’ve been touched by so many good/kind  people out there – showing me that there are people who are kind and can give unconditionally.   My food blog brings people together from all walks of life and I’m sure someone said that food brings people together – food is special.    My blog helps people connect – we have a passion for food and a passion for a good movies and most importantly a passion for all things good.    What defines me and my blog?  I love food and I love sharing the food I eat with everyone.  Good food and good friends come together easily.  So come vote for my blog and vote for me to be the next food blog star.

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Gifts from fellow blogger!

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Love sharing food finds – that is low in calories and sugar for diabetics like myself.

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Love eating out! and tell you the way it is.

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Love trying any kind of food! from monkey brains  to fried scorpions, raw fish – nothing to it!  – yes! i’m very adventurous when it comes to food.

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Voting only starts on the 20 September – please vote by clicking on my official contestant page located on my side bar.

Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by mamabok | Uncategorized | Saturday 18 September 2010 3:09 pm




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We haven’t had a chicken pot pie for a long time – PB said it didn’t agree with his tummy sometimes – so when he stopped eating it – i too stopped because I can’t finish the entire thing – and I don’t like wasting food. Plus you will be surprised to know that a chicken pot pie is about half of what I need the entire day and the fats – mannn!!  you don’t want to know.  And as much as i love the chicken pot pie – i know i would need some fat burner after eating them or the whole thing.

In a nutritional calculator that I go to – it says that a regular cup of pot pie has calories from Fat at 281.76 calories.  So yes – definitely delicious – but with that kind of calories – I can’t afford to eat it to often.  But once in a blue moon – sure go ahead – everything in moderation – like my doctor said.   Don’t take away all the pleasures in life – just eat consciously and eat wisely.

Baked Fish & Chips

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Baking,Canadian,Food Review,Seafood,Western | Saturday 18 September 2010 2:52 pm




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Baked fish and chips and not deep fried fish and chips for Chloe when she is home on the weekends.  We try not to fry anything because it’s not healthy at all.  And yes ! we bake the french fries too – ain’t we awesome parents – hehehe!   But yes – we rarely deep fry anything – unless they are bought from a fast food place – so this week – we didn’t eat out – but had the Zhus make fried hor fun for us again because our good friend – Gerald Leblanc and his wife and brought some home for us from the city.

Durian Candies

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Food Review,Health,Meet Up With,My Musing,Useful Links | Friday 17 September 2010 12:12 pm




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Jenn from www.passion4food.ca in Toronto had sent me a box of food about a month ago – if you remember?  a 10KG box to be exact and i had seen this candies at the bottom of the box – but didn’t think much of it.  I was also wondering if the candies were for Chloe maybe?  only to find out much later – that they were durian candies !!!  so thoughtful of Jenn –  you see I can’t get durian here – so to get my “fix” she sent some durian candies!  I had 2 of them already – due to health reasons I can’t eat too many sweets.  Plus if i took all of them at once – I would need some acne treatments that work coz`i heard that eating too much durian candies can cause acne?  Not sure if it is true – but I don’t want any acne – hahhaa!! At 45 – can’t imagine having them and would be hard to get rid of eh.  But thanks to Jenn – I got to cure some of my cravings.

Home Baked Cakes With Grammie

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Baking,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Health,My Musing,The Brat | Thursday 16 September 2010 11:38 am




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Chloe loves baking with her Grammie – she often asked her grammie to make cookies and cakes with her – but she had actually wanted to bake a layered cake but Grammie didn’t think it would work so well – instead – they did little cups of cakes.

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She brought this home from Grammie’s last week and asked if she could eat it the next day.

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But she said she didn’t forget about mummy – this is healthy – because it has blueberries in them and nothing sweet – hahah!! so thoughtful my lil’ gal eh.  How to not love this sweet little gal.

Fried Food & Acne

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,Health,Useful Links,Western | Wednesday 15 September 2010 1:41 pm




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We all eat a lot of fried food – i think it’s the convenience of being able to just go and buy it – for take out plus they sure do smell awesome.  Remember – at one time I eat honey chicken wings everyday?  I would go to Sobeys and get them on a daily basis and would even go back again – if they didn’t have it for lunch and I needed to buy them fresh!   So how did i keep acne away from eating so much fried food – a friend and a customer asked me one day – when they watched me eat take outs so much.    Well, if you had the best acne treatments like i do – then you have no worries whatsoever – my face – is clear and blemish free.  I’m acne free since I turned 16 – woohoo!!!  wanna know the secret?  leave me a comment.

Beef Hor Fun

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing | Tuesday 14 September 2010 12:56 pm




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Are you surprised to see Beef Hor Fun on my blog?  heheh!!  I betcha are !  heheheh!!  we got connections!!!   Yes! I was lamenting to Mrs Zhu about not having hor fun here in this town and she said – “oh – we have hor fun! you wanna eat some?”  Of course , I wanted to eat some!!!  so she fried some hor fun with beef and broccoli for us and guess who loves it ??  CHLOE!!!!  yes ! the finicky eater loves hor fun!  to say she is not half-chinese – now who would think otherwise right?

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The Hor Fun was yummilicious and we had it for another few more days but the zhu’s ran out of it for now and till they order some from the city – we will just have to look at pictures for now.  But yes!  I got to eat hor fun!  yums!

Halloween Dress Up

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Friendship,Meet Up With,My Musing,Shopping,Useful Links,Western | Monday 13 September 2010 12:42 pm




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We’ve just received our first Halloween party invitation card yesterday – and this will be the first of many – you see every year we get invited by our customers – friends and family to join them for their Halloween party.   The first invitation of this year required that we put on some sexy adult costumes – heheh!  that was intriguing.   But what is a Halloween party without getting all dressed up right?

I’m kinda excited because – some of the parties that we have gone to – are pretty interesting ones – plus I have one that Chloe goes to yearly – it’s in a hugeeee house out of town – that belongs to a doctor.  You see Chloe and their daughters are friends – and they have their yearly Halloween party in their huge house and they wrapped each other up in tissue paper and become “mummies”.

For the younger crowd of course – they would have no problems getting all sorts of interesting costumes – I’ve seen some from a friend in Toronto – she was dressed up as a cat lady one year and a vampire another – maybe this year she would be in a French maid costume?  I can’t decide what I wanna wear – but no spongebob for me pleasseeee..  !! something interesting ?  perhaps i can persuade PB to dress up as a sexy doctor ?  or Dr House?  kekekeke!! those who knows PB – will get the joke – anyhow – if you have any suggestions let me know eh.

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