Organic Baby BoK Choi With Fish Balls & Wanton

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Vegies | Tuesday 31 May 2011 8:00 pm




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These baby bok choi were from Chloe’s grampie’s greenhouse – and the first of batch this summer.   I would love to stir fry them – but had no time – and since I didn’t want to waste them – I had them for a late night supper.

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I cooked some leftover fish balls and a few shrimp wanton and stock – and then put in the veggies when I was about to shut the stove down.  The veggies looked like a lot but they were not – I should have cooked more veggies and less fish balls.

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My yummy supper last night.

Honey Citron Tea

Posted by mamabok | Drinks,Food From Home,Shopping | Monday 30 May 2011 7:45 pm




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Guess what I bought home from my trip to the city last week ?  Yes! this Korean drink that I had wanted for a long, long time!  I saw it – and had to grab it but alas – I should have bought 2 and not one – they were so yummy!!! but i can only drink them once a day because – it has honey it in.

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I hear that it is great for sore throat as well – and I think the best part of the drink is being able to eat the orange peel – hahah!! i loved it – and eat every piece of it.  The bottle is about $9.50 – and you’ve gotta mix it with water to drink – great for the summer!

Muscle Food For Different People

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Cakes/Desserts,Health,My Musing,The Other Half,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Friday 27 May 2011 11:57 am




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Different strokes for different people like they say – for some people they get the best creatine supplement for their muscle food while PB – gets the above for his muscle food.  He eats chocolates, candies and junk food and his blood sugar is better than mine – and he eats sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner and his supper – but when it comes to muscle food – he eats cakes and brownies and anything chocolatey and sweet.

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This was found in our local grocery store – something new and very creative indeed -  I know I wouldn’t be eating it – but wouldn’t this be fun for the kids at Chloe’s school?  PB said sure – slap on pounds and some muscles for the kids – hahah!  funny!

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I’m pretty sure that the body builders don’t eat this for muscle food – but other supplements – but if PB said that this is his muscle food – who am I to argue right?  so lucky or what???!!!???  can eat all the sugar and his blood sugar is still so good!!!  Jealous totally!

Grass Jelly Drink

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Drinks,My Musing | Thursday 26 May 2011 3:12 pm




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When we were up in the city  – I saw this canned drink of Grass Jelly aka Ching Chou – I’m sure the Asians know what it is – but of course – PB didn’t know.  I haven’t had the grass jelly drink for 11 years to – date – holy moly right? While it’s a common sight in markets and even in night markets – it’s definitely unknown here.  Grass jelly is known to have a cooling effect on the body and is said not to be drank by pregnant woman because it’s too cold for the belly.  But we all know the sugar content is so high – but what the heck – we’ve gotta lived a bit right?  so i bought a can of it – and yummy it was but darn sweet lor!   I think for now – my craving is satisfied – so it would be a long time before I will have some more grass jelly drink.

Winter Melon Soup

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,My Musing,Slow Cooking | Wednesday 25 May 2011 10:38 am




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While winter melon is common to everyone back home and even in most part of Canada and USA – I lived in a town that doesn’t have winter melon, so the only time I get to drink winter melon soup is when I get to Halifax and buy some home.  This trip to Halifax – they didn’t have lotus roots nor water crest – so I grabbed whatever was best next.  As you all know winter melon don’t last too long once they are cut – so I had to cook the soup really quick.  So today – this morning – I prepared the soup in the slow cooker – and it should be ready by this evening to drink.   PB bought some pork  for my soup last night and I should have told him riblets  are better and added some red dates, wolf-berries and scallops in the soup.  I can’t wait to go home and try my soup out with some rice.   Yums!  Plus they also say that winter melon soup is good for body acne – so for those who wants to cool their body – as the chinese calls it – you can try all kinds of soup  – to do with melon I guess.

Anna’s Homestyle Breakfast & Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Food Review,Vacation,Western | Tuesday 24 May 2011 10:38 am




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Anna’s Grill or Homestyle Breakfast & Lunch was just round the corner where we were staying – the Delta Barrington – located at the corner of Duke and Hollis – you can missed this place even though it is a small cafe.   We’ve passed by this cafe twice and decided that it was time to stop in for breakfast as their prices were definitely reasonable.

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Very simple, fresh and clean dress up for the cafe – you feel very nice about this place.

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You can get your own coffee from the corner – coffee was pretty good.

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I ordered a bagel with cream cheese – because I already had bacon and eggs the day before at Cora’s.  The bagel came toasted and it had lots of cream cheese in it – not bad at all.  But I wasn’t given a choice of what bagel I wanted – I’m wondering if they only had one type now.  But I was then too hungry – I just wanted food.

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PB & Chloe had some pancakes of course – they don’t eat anything different.  Chloe had some orange juice and PB had water – while I had some coffee with my breakfast.

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This was Chloe’s pancake.

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Chloe pouring her own syrup now and don’t need us to do it for her – big girl.

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And a fruit platter for all of us – what is breakfast without some fruits eh. anna9

They do have an extensive menu as you can see for lunch and breakfast – wished I had more days in Halifax – that way I can try out more things - never mind - the next trip eh.

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This was our very happy and charming host, we definitely enjoyed our breakfast and recommend it to anyone heading to Halifax.

Burger King @ New Minas

Posted by mamabok | Fast Food,Food Review,Junke Food,The Other Half,Vacation,Western | Monday 23 May 2011 11:05 am




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We dropped in at Burger King’s at New Minas on the way up to the city – because we don’t have a burger king here in town – so you know how it is right?  don’t have – so must go eat it whenever we can.  I do like the whopper – but this time I remember to only get the junior whopper.   Chloe had her kid’s meal of course – with some juice – as you can see here – she didn’t like eating her nuggets at all.

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Chloe’s chicken nugget – and she only clued in that the nuggets are shaped like a crown during this trip and she wants to know why.  hahha!   As usual, she only had 2 pieces of nuggets – while other kids would have asked for more.

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I had the junior whopper with onion rings while PB had french fries and shared the nuggets with chloe.

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And since we had extra ketchup – she reminded me that we have to keep this for her uncle Richard’s camp but she wants to know if they were good till Christmas – since that was when she wanted to give them to her Uncle Richard – muahahhaah!!!  how thoughtful is she now.

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A happy Chloe with french fries in her tummy and a toy of Bagukan from Burger King.

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All ready to leave again for Halifax.

Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Season 2 Ep 12

Posted by mamabok | Cooking Shows,Pasta,Western | Saturday 21 May 2011 2:15 pm




Did you missed Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals lately?  I bet you did – well – I leave you with Episode 12 – making summer pasta – which is a great meal – since summer is right around the corner, some herbie salad and drop tartlets for dessert.   I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as I did – and if you tried out the meal – make sure you let me know and send me some pictures eh. But for those who loves chinese food in Hong Kong – check this out –  Neigborhood Gourmet out.

Cake For Mother’s Day

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,The Brat,The Other Half | Friday 20 May 2011 2:14 pm




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Back home I don’t remember buying a cake for my mother on Mother’s Day – because my mom would ask for a dozen of roses and a bottle of perfume.  But here in Canada – PB’s favorite gift for his mother is a cake – hahahahha!! men!  but the best part is PB’s mother don’t expect anything from him unlike my own mother – who would tell you what she expected hahahahah!  I think it’s the right attitude because I wouldn’t expect anything from Chloe either when she grows up and definitely not expensive flowers nor perfume – and surely expensive flowers and perfume doesn’t show one’s appreciation right? it’s the thought and the heart that counts.   Even though this cake was an el cheapo cake – PB’s mother ate it with delight and she was very happy with the cake too.

Me & Egg Foo Yong

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,My Musing | Thursday 19 May 2011 1:29 pm




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I love egg foo yong but I don’t get to eat it often enough till me and the zhu’s at the Chinese restaurant became friends – they are so good – they would cooked me egg foo yong  in small portion – so that my cholesterol won’t be too high.  They even put veggies in my egg foo yong – just to try and make it healthier – so if i was feeling extra hungry – I order an egg foo yong with my food – mostly I can’t finish it though but they are awesome people.

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$5 lunch – awesome much?

Healthy Eating

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Diabetic,Health,My Musing,Organic | Wednesday 18 May 2011 2:56 pm




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People asked me all the time – how i can afford to eat such rich food – everyday and still try to stay healthy – after all we don’t have Medicare plan here like they have in United States.   But truth be told – I usually eat lots of fruits like oranges and blueberries and fish in the evenings.  I wished they had Medicare plan here too – because that would really be a great help for the people here – for they will access your medical condition and help you get the best health coverage.

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So since we don’t have all the above – except free when seeing the doctor and hospital stay – I have to eat fish at least 3 evenings a week – if not more.   I figured eating healthy at night is important – because I don’t want to go to bed with unhealthy food – since I can’t walk or exercise at night.  But I do love good food – but nothing here really is a must eat for me – until I head to the city next week.  woohoo!! can’t wait.

A New Toaster That Works

Posted by mamabok | Gadgets,Home Essentials,Kitchen Gadgets,My Musing,Shopping,The Other Half | Tuesday 17 May 2011 8:50 pm




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Our old toaster of many, many years decided to give up on us finally – we’ve had the toaster since before I arrived in Canada – it was a white toaster and it never worked right for me.  Normally, we would have to watch the toaster – so it won’t burned the toast.  When we finally bought this one from our local mall – we wanted something that was better since we had a gift card from Zellers from the points we’ve collected for years.   So basically, this toaster was free – hehe!  This toaster can do defrosting, reheating as well as toasting your bagel (woohoo!) – thus far I do like that toaster – but it was a brand that I’m not familiar with – oh well – as long as it works eh.

New Burgers

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Food Review,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Monday 16 May 2011 3:30 pm




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So they had new burgers at Peg’s but we never got to try them – because we didn’t know about it – till we were about to leave.  Had I known about it – I would definitely have tried the Banana Slammer – hahah!  but never mind the next time.

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I had the mushroom swiss burger – because I was too hungry to read more from the menu – just wanted to eat  – hahha!  the burger was good – but the meat was a bit on the dry side.

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I also forgot to tell the waitress that i wanted a ceasar salad instead of fries – but she had gracefully changed it for a few dollars extra – which was quite alright.  Salad was good and worth it.  But prices at Peg’s had been raised – by $1 I think since a couple of weeks ago – even the coffee is now $2.25 instead of $1.25 – a bit steep in my opinion for coffee.  But PB loves the chicken cordon bleu – so that’s good.  There’s a new indian restaurant opening soon in June – I can’t wait to try the food , hopefully, they won’t canadianize it too much.

KFC For Picnic

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Fast Food,Food Review,Junke Food,My Musing,Shopping | Friday 13 May 2011 2:55 pm




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We had wanted to bring everyone out for a picnic last weekend – but alas – it was raining and our RV broke down halfway to Grammie’s place – lucky for us – we have breakdown service that took care of everything and even sent us to Grammie’s. Therefore, if you are planning to use your RV  a lot this summer – you probably should look into some breakdown insurance like we did – best investment ever.  Anyhow,  we had KFC at Grammie’s instead and it was just as good.  We normally have KFC when we don’t want Grammie to cook or wash up – that way – she can take a rest.   I usually have the wings – coz’ i loved wings more than the other part of the chicken – crazy eh.   We also bought a salad from M & M’s meat shop that I had forgotten to take a picture of – hopefully, the next time I am at M & M’s i would remember to take a picture to show you all.  It was a ceasar pasta salad – pretty nice and sourish.

Celebrating Mother’s Day

Posted by mamabok | Breakfast,Canadian,My Musing,The Brat,The Other Half | Thursday 12 May 2011 12:10 pm




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This year’s Mother’s Day must be one of my best – because this little girl who warms my heart everyday and who is the JOY of my life – woke me up not only with kisses but several Mother’s Day gift and agreed to have breakfast at Jungle Jim’s with me instead of Mcdonald’s.   I’m sure everyone of you celebrated Mother’s day in your own special way – and this year – all of us are healthy – Chloe is growing like a bad weed and she is doing well in school.  She has her grandparents and uncle who loves her and spends time with  her – a lot more this year and of course PB loves her to bits even though he grouch at her often enough.

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We went to jungle jim’s for breakfast – I had wanted to go to Peg’s but Chloe wanted Mcdonald’s so we came to a compromise and bought a hash brown from Old Mcdonald’s (that’s what chloe calls Mickey D)  and then settled in at Jungle Jim’s for breakfast.  Of course, I didn’t finished all of the above lah – hahhahaha!!!  i had forgotten they were huge breakfast – ate a piece of toast, some eggs, a piece of sausage and shared the bacon with chloe and PB.

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Chloe and PB shared a fluffy pancake with syrup – she ate almost all of it.  A year ago – she refused to eat any pancakes – now – she is able to wolf it down – makes me so happy.

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And here chloe drawing a space ship.  I had a great Mother’s Day this year and I hope all of you did.   And being a mother is the greatest JOY I’ve ever experienced – and I know all mothers out there can understand what I am saying.   And here I wish all mothers around the world – many, many more Happy Mother’s Day.

Spicy Caesar Chicken Salad

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Vegies | Wednesday 11 May 2011 11:13 am




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Didn’t know what to eat last weekend for dinner – so I ordered a spicy Caesar chicken salad from Wendy’s to try.  The spicy chicken was spicy alright – just nice for me – but I doubt the locals can eat this spicy though.  Loved the shaved Asiago cheese – it definitely completed with the lettuce – and make it a very delicious meal for me.  It only had two cherry tomatoes though – bummer – i would have loved more of those.   But for those who thinks that salad are all healthy – I want to let you know that they are like 730 calories – but only 5 grams of sugar – so I only ate half of it and ate a lot of the veggies and a junior cheese burger is only 300 calories – go figure right!

My $3 Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Friendship,My Musing | Tuesday 10 May 2011 11:08 am




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I had ordered some plain beehoon in soup and veggies and shrimp and a tiny weeny bit of cantonese pork for lunch – just a tiny bit i asked the chinese restaurant.  I went to pick up the food – and they charged me only $3 – and I said – nah – it cannot be.  But the waitress insisted – so i went back to the store – opened up my food and look at the amount of food for $3!!!  oh my !!  So i went back to the restaurant and insist on paying more money for the food – cannot take advantage right?  after all friends don’t take advantage of friends eh.  And no – i couldn’t finish the food – i had to keep it for another day.

Rice Sticks aka Hor Fun

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Shopping,The Brat | Monday 9 May 2011 10:57 am




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Chloe loves fried hor fun – ever since eating them from the Zhu’s at the Chinese restaurant – unfortunately, the Zhu normally don’t carry them as it is not in their menu.   So when I saw this at the local grocery store – I bought some to try them out – to see if they would taste just as good as the fresh hor fun from home.  The rice sticks are meant for pad thai – so it’s a wee bit thinner than the ones we liked – but beggars can’t be choosers – so this would have to do.  The zhus cooked them for us – and chloe chomped all of it down and wanted more hahah! – tiem for me to go get some more.

Beet Greens

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,My Musing,Vegies | Friday 6 May 2011 10:45 am




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I don’t know if you have eaten beet greens before – but the pot that grampie is holding are beet greens and they are awesome and taste like Sai Yong Choi (from home) And you all know that I can’t get Sai Yong Choi here very often – so it was great to eat beet greens.  These beet greens are grown in Grampie’s green house – where he grows my Baby Bok Choy too  – the green house was HOT!  there is a stove put in to keep the greenhouse warm in the winter.  Yes! grampie loves gardening and growing stuff – I don’t think he can grow lotus roots here if I am not wrong – or did he say he can’t find the stuff to grow it?  can’t remember now – but Sai Yong Choy and lotus roots are my favorite besides baby bok choy.  These days I eat a lot of broccoli because they are cheap and easy to get in the supermarket here.  They don’t call them Supermarket here – they call it the grocery stores.  I missed my Tong Gwa but Wong Kwa (cucumber) grampie has a lot of those and Grampie knows how to say cucumber in Chinese too.

Fresh Fish From Grampie

Posted by mamabok | My Musing,Seafood | Thursday 5 May 2011 10:22 am




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Chloe’s grampie loves fishing and I loved fresh fish!  give me fresh fish anytime – these are just caught – and gotta be fresh right?  unfortunately, this time I didn’t get to eat it – but I was tempted to ask Grampie to fry it so that I can eat them – but I had such a huge turkey dinner that day – I just couldn’t stomach it.   I wonder if I could have made sushi with it? heheheh!

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