Emperor’s Chicken

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Slow Cooking | Thursday 23 May 2013 2:55 pm




I haven’t cooked Emperor Chicken for the longest time – and not because I didn’t have the necessary condiments for it but because cooking the emperor chicken takes a lot of time in cleaning the chicken properly and I wanted to have free range chicken.  And the only way to get it is from the Farmer’s market on the weekend and sometimes I don’t get up early enough to buy them.

Anyhow washed i did with the chicken – and gave it a good massage – and of course, with the Emperor chicken – you have to have mushrooms and anything else you want to put in them.

I rubbed the herbs well on the chicken – let it sit for an hour.

Threw in some wolfberries and some red dates and now it’s all ready to be steamed.

And my trusty steamer that we had bought – a great investment.

After 2 hrs of steaming – nice, tender and flavorful emperor chicken.

Designer Gourmet Gifts @ Sandy’s Gifts

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Condiments/Ingredients,Cooking,Entertainment,Gadgets,Kitchen Gadgets,Shopping | Friday 28 December 2012 9:25 pm




If you are a food blogger and loved food as much as I do, you will know that Sandy’s Gifts Store is a gourmet/chef’s paradise .  In this store, I found some really cool gifts over Christmas for my friends and family.  Everything priced reasonably and wrapped and gift bagged personally by owners of the store – Sandy & Ken.

Everytime I walked into this store, everything in the store is eye candy to me.  They are all so pretty and so beautifully stacked and everything so meticulously cleaned.  The warmth of this store speaks volume, you really feel welcome, as if you coming home to visit.

Sandy Gifts store has gifts for every occasion and any occasion.

My favorites are kitchen gadgets and you cannot go wrong with these gifts.

For the corn lover like my daughter – Chloe, she would love to have this.

For a guy or boy – no problem – Sandy has them in boy’s color as well.

More kitchen gadget to make your food look pretty.

Yummy hot chocolate for Christmas/winter  - with a bunch of marshmallows.

More treats for your loved ones – and don’t forget the variety of tea and specialty coffee at Sandy’s Gift store on Main Street, downtown Yarmouth, they may have moved but not far away from their original store.  Friendly service and unique gifts – try Sandy’s.

Philadelphia Cooking Creme

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Condiments/Ingredients,Cooking,Food Review | Monday 14 May 2012 2:18 pm




The philadelphia cooking creme is a new product in the market – I chance upon it recently at the local grocery store and decided to give it a try – afterall, cooking should be easy and fun and these cooking creme comes really handy to give your food the extra flavor.  I tried the tomato basil because I wanted to play it safe – with my fajitas and they were really yummy!

I’m going to be trying out other flavors as well – and let you know what I think of them.  In the meantime, you may want to pick up a tub or two and try them out yourself and let me know what you think of them.

For those who are making lasagne for just one person – you can try using the tomato basil on them as well – they do add the extra flavoring I needed for my lasagne for one.

Home Made Meatball With Spaghetti

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Cooking,Food Review,Health,Kitchen,My Musing,Organic,The Brat,The Other Half,Western | Monday 23 April 2012 10:35 pm




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A few weeks ago at the local Farmer’s market – I decided to get some lean ground beef locally.  I haven’t tried these kind of mince beef before but I heard they were way better because the cows were properly cared for and given proper feeding.

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King Limousine Farm was where the beef came from and they came frozen.  And since I wanted to make meatball spaghetti for the longest time, I decided to buy 1 Ib of the minced beef.

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So after talking and reading up some recipes for meatballs with spaghetti, I decided to try some.  First I baked the meatballs and then after cooking the sauce, I put the meatballs into the spaghetti sauce to simmer.

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The meatballs looked yummy but were a bit dry – PB said it could be because they were lean minced beef – the next time I’ll try the regular minced meat and then make the meatballs again.

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This one was for chloe to bring to school for lunch.   She did eat some of the meatballs but not all – and I don’t blame her – I’m going to try again making the perfect meatballs.

Frozen Veggies Makes Cooking Easy

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Food Review,Frozen Food,Organic,Shopping,Vegies | Friday 20 January 2012 8:14 pm




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These days there should be no reason why one cannot cook at home – in fact, I loved home cook food.  I think I try to cook more now that I have Chloe to think of – and her health.  Which parents wants to feed their kids fast food or junk food right?  Whenever I cook for Chloe – it’s no salt, less sugar and less oil and we use olive oil for cooking.

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With frozen veggies – cooking is so much easier – and so much more colorful.

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Frozen veggies are not expensive either – and you don’t need to defrost them to cook them – you just have to dump them into a frying pan and start frying or into a pot for beef stew or spaghetti sauce.  I never used to like frozen veggies but some frozen veggies is better than none.  So if you can seems to cook or get fresh ones you like for cooking try some frozen veggies – works like a charm for me.

Kitchen Gadget

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Cooking,Gadgets,My Musing | Tuesday 1 November 2011 10:35 pm




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I don’t know about you – but as a food lover – I too love the kitchen gadgets – so when I saw this – I just had to buy it.  Cost about $4.99 I think – but don’t quote me.  Can you guess what this is ? or  what it is use for?   First person to guess correctly will get one of this home gadget mail to you wherever you are.

PS:  Yes! this is a corn zipper ! and the winner is Anthea :)

Sick Food For Kids

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Food From Home,Health,Slow Cooking,The Brat | Monday 8 August 2011 5:26 pm




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So you all know by now that Chloe had been sick for 10 days and thank God – she has now recovered – but still hacking a bit.  Today, we had gone back to the doctor’s for a follow up – and she still thinks that she has a bit of asthma.  So more testing was ordered – and we have to keep her diet light in the meantime.  For days – we had been trying to give Chloe the right food to eat – since she was puking – having a fever and then green poop plus diarrhea.

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Finally, I cooked something she liked and would eat and is quite healthy.  Chicken broth with mushroom, fresh green peas, some chicken cooked together.  Thank God for the macaroni – for she loved it now – for the longest time – she wouldn’t eat it – because she associated macaroni with macaroni and cheese – that her daddy eats.  Now that she knows she can have macaroni with soup – she is all for it.  So from now on – I don’t have to fret when it comes to sick food for the brat.  And cooking macaroni with chicken broth is so easy – you should try it  on rainy days too.

Home Made Tom Yum Noodles

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing,Vegies | Wednesday 6 July 2011 11:07 am




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Last week – I saw a blogging friend Wenn from London UK  - making some yummy tom yum goong bee hoon on Facebook – therefore I was drooling so much – I went home and made some myself.  But those who know Wenn – you would know she can make you drool everyday – all her dishes are so yummy – aiyoh!! to die for.

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I had some Japanese fish cake left and Chloe’s grampie’s fresh baby bok choi – and some fried crab sticks from my trip to Halifax in May  - that i dumped everything into the tom yum soup and cooked.

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My home made bowl of beehoon tum yum soup.  Yummy to the max!

Brown Bagging For Lunch

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review,My Musing | Friday 24 June 2011 11:42 am




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Brown bagging for lunch is the best – and when you already have soup and rice cooked from the night before – it’s even better.  Not only is it healthier to eat home cooked food – it’s definitely a lot yummier.   Rice with beef curry and winter melon soup – slow cooked for 4 hrs.  Cannot ask for a better lunch I’ll have to say – I do try to eat home cook food at least once a day – but for Chloe – she eats them twice a day.  PB and I send her to school first and go home and cook for her and then bring her lunch to school for her and then when she gets out of school – we go home and cook for her again.  I try my darnedest to cook different food everyday for her and it’s no easy feat I tell you  – but like all mothers out there – you and I know that we do our best for our kids no matter what.  What did you make for your kids today?

My Old Sandwich Maker

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Fast Food,Food Review,My Musing,Western | Friday 11 March 2011 12:45 am




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My sandwich maker must be at least several years ago – given to me as a present from PB’s Aunt – Helena for Christmas – bless her heart!  Although I loved grilled sandwich when I was back home in Singapore – I didn’t feel quite a need to eat sandwiches anymore here in Canada.  Back home, we can have Roti Prata, chee cheong fun or Lor Mai Kai for breakfast – but here in Canada – it’s sandwiches and sandwiches and more sandwiches.  Ok – I can have a muffin or pancake from Macdonalds but you get the big picture right – also another form if sandwich – flour.

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Well, a few weeks ago – long time blogging friend – Grace who sends me food all the way from San Francisco – is now back in Singapore wrote on FB – saying how much she missed the simple meal of tomato soup and grilled tuna sandwich made by her hubby Wen.  After reading her comment on FB – I wanted a tuna sandwich too!  so I took out my old faithful sandwich maker and guess what I made?

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Yup!  tuna sandwich on my old faithful and I haven’t used it for so long – I had to try to remember what I was supposed to do – hahahah!!!

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The tuna sandwich didn’t turn out as well as I want it to be – but later in the week – I had some more grilled sandwiches and realized that if i toasted the bread first – it would be a lot faster and by using garlic spread – it would definitely smell and taste nicer.   So I’ve been eating some grilled tuna sandwiches and grilled ham sandwiches.   A lot healthier for a quick snack – and sometimes breakfast if I choose too.

Secret To A Good Pot Of Soup

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Food From Home,Food Review | Wednesday 16 February 2011 11:02 pm




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My Hum Choy Tofu soup from a few days ago – tasted so awesome – I have to give myself a pat on the shoulder.  I just realised that the soup was so tasty because of one reason.  What is it?  I’m going to let you all take a good guess – the person who gives the right answer – a little surprise coming you way.   Anyone can take part in this quiz – but only one guess per person now.

Maria & Friends Ch 12

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Cooking Shows,Entertainment | Saturday 5 February 2011 4:39 pm




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Weekend cooking show for all to enjoy!  have fun and have a great weekend – while I have a Chinese New Year Dinner at the Chinese restaurant tomorrow – with friends and family!

Programmable Slow Cooker

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Shopping,Slow Cooking | Thursday 3 February 2011 3:33 pm




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I have been wanting to buy this for a lonnnngg time – but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on any gadgets – even though I know that I would benefit from it.  But a programmable slow cooker was definitely in my agenda – and to – buy list.  So when by fluke – I saw it go on sale – I grabbed it.  No more excuses for not cooking a meal for the kid – and buy take outs.   And the first meal I cooked in it was my Chinese New Year dinner – can you guess what it is?

A programmable slow cooker is good – because I need not worry about when I need to cook – to time it exactly to the time I have to get home to turn it off.  Also – I don’t want to under cook or over cook our food and risk of getting the house burned down.  Of course, it wouldn’t happened but you never know right – so yes!  it was definitely a good buy at $40 + tax!   Plus I do like to slow cook my food – they are way more nutritious.

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Ta – da ! my new slow cooker!

Maria & Friends Ch 06

Posted by mamabok | Cooking,Cooking Shows,Entertainment,Food From Home,Friendship | Saturday 18 December 2010 3:04 pm




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It’s Saturday again – and next week – this time it would be Christmas – are you all done Christmas shopping?  We haven’t started – muahhahaha!  we are just done with Chloe’s birthday and school stuff – and this Sunday – we will get presents for everyone at home.  But this Christmas – it’s going to be all about family and loved ones – not so much on presents.  Do you buy presents?  just because you need to get something for someone ?  or do you get something that you know the person can make good use of?  I believe in getting presents with “heart” not just for showing.  We bought gift cards for Chloe’s teachers – instead of making a fruit basket like last year.  We felt that everyone could make use of a gift card – that’s for sure.  Anyhow, I leave you with another episode of Fei Mah and her cooking tips.  Enjoy!

Soups For Good Health

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Food Review,Health,My Musing,Useful Links | Friday 17 December 2010 3:16 pm




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We Chinese believe that double boil soup is good for health and some according to my late grandmother are   treatments for arthritis as well.  I am thinking it’s the herbs that are used in the double -boiled soup – infused with other ingredients – these soup turned out to be tonic soup.  Double boiled soups are not only treatments for arthritis but for other health issues too.  I’m not saying that by drinking these soup – they will cure some illness entirely – but it helps to boost the immune system and different parts of your body.  How true is it?  I think they are quite true – I know that my complexion used to be a lot better when I was home in Asia – with lots of places one can get genuine double boiled soup.  But now if I want any simple soup – I have to boil them myself – I hardly drink any – unless the Zhus made some and give me some, therefore, my complexion is not as good as I want them to be – but I do try to eat lots of veggies but nothing beats soup – the good ole low four tong.

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.

ABC Soup

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,My Musing,Slow Cooking | Tuesday 29 June 2010 10:59 am




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So I took Wenn from UK advise that ABC soup is good for the Chloe a few weeks ago, when she was ill and plus i can find the ingredients easily here too – so why not.  ABC soup consist of some corn on the cob, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and carrots – of course you need some pork too.  So happily ever after – i went on my cooking adventure.

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How hard can this be right?  so i waited for 4 hrs – slow cooked it – and the soup looked awesome but didn’t taste as good as i wanted it to.  So i checked with Wenn – and apparently i did have everything needed in the soup – and she didn’t know what went wrong.  I haven’t tried the soup again – but if anyone can enlighten me – that would be great.  Maybe, not enough tomatoes..??  or potatoes..??  did i shake some salt into it..?? yes – some not too much  though – coz’ i don’t like taking salt in our food.  Pray share eh.

Hum Choy Tofu Soup

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Cooking,Food From Home,Slow Cooking | Thursday 24 June 2010 8:56 pm




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Hum Choy Tofu Soup is currently one of my favorite soup – why?  because besides the lotus root soup – this one is also pretty successful.  In fact, i think i might just have mastered it – with tomatoes and ginger now added and tofu a well – it’s a perfect soup if only the brat would eat some hum choy.  Hum Choy also known as pickled mustard is a great buy because it is so saltish and can be kept for a long time before you cook them.  I missed Mui Choy Soup and Mui Choy Kau York but alas, I never ever found Mui Choy anywhere around here.

I remember when i was a kid – my mom didn’t like cooking this soup – because she said it was very “leong” – not good for the boys at home.  But here during the summer – i think it’s one of the best kinda soup.  This soup is so cheap and so easy to cook, everyone should have them at least once a month if not more.  What kind of soup would you think is the most nutritious, cheap and easy to cook…??  share your recipe with me can..??

The Man Who Cooks

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Chinese,Cooking,My Musing,The Other Half | Tuesday 25 May 2010 5:18 pm




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In our household – I cooked all the chinese food – but that doesn’t mean that PB doesn’t cook – you see I never have to cook for him.  But if any western food needs to be cooked in our household – he does it.  From beef stew to potatoes and french toasts – he does it.  But you see, i sometimes get sick or am busy too – for my acne treatments , so what do one do?  We trained the man to cook – our chinese food too.. muahahahah!!

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If my mother was staying with me – she would think that I have it made – you see – in our culture – the man don’t have to be in the kitchen.  They also do not need to wash dishes or scoop their own bowl of rice – nor do anything – well – that was in my mother’s house.  My father – needed to be served !!!  yes ! you heard me right SERVED!!!!   but nope – PB never asked for a cup of water from me ever – not that i would mind – but he is pretty much – a do it yourself guy.  What about your household..??   Are there still families who needs to “serve” their husband and their in-laws?

Aunt Helena’s Cooking

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Canadian,Cooking,My Musing | Wednesday 21 April 2010 1:47 pm




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Everyone loves the Aunt who can cook and bake – unfortunately, I will not be a very good aunt to anyone – for i’m not good at cooking nor baking.  But I have lots of love for the nieces and nephews – i love buying other stuff for them – but nothing like the aunt who feeds you eh.   Aunt Helena definitely can cook and bake and like most “ang mohs” they make everything from scratch.

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Aunt Helena was cooking cabbage rolls that day – we didn’t stay for supper – since we just dropped in to say hi at Grammie’s but it was fun watching her cook.  I didn’t know that Cabbage rolls had mushrooms in them and i love mushrooms – just about any kind of mushrooms in fact.  Be it button mushrooms or shitake mushrooms – bring it on.

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I also received a belated birthday gift from Aunt Helena – a box of chocolate – hahaha!!  yes ! and you know who is gonna benefit from the present eh.

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And a shower gel – pineapple flavor – yums!  i’m guessing a lot of people must think i need a shower – hahahah!! even Barb from Malaysia sent me some the Body Shop – hahahah!!  Do you have an aunt who can cook a storm…??  i used to have a GrandAunt who can cook just about anything – you see she is Peranakan  - yes the ones who wears sarong kebaya – but that’s another story for another day.

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