Wrong Sign Sobeys?

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Canadian,Frozen Food,My Musing | Monday 25 February 2013 12:32 pm




Hehehe!!  on sale from $6.99 to $6.99 – hahah! my laugh for the day but the salmon was pretty good.

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.

A Food Blogger’s Aid

Posted by mamabok | Food Review,Frozen Food,My Musing,Useful Links,Useful Tips | Sunday 15 January 2012 10:44 pm




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My htc buy must be the smartest investment as a food blogger.  Why?  you know how we food bloggers loved to take pictures of any kind of food we buy, eat or see right?  but what if you had forgotten to bring your camera along with you and/or if your camera doesn’t have enough battery juice for you to take that special food picture you found and needed to share it with your friends/fans.  That’s when you whip out your 8 MP camera phone with high definition with an LCD screen and take the picture you need for your next blog post.

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Yes!  this was the crab meat I wanted to buy to make crab cake – but didn’t know if this was good enough – since they were frozen.  So I took a picture of it to show it to my friend – the one who taught me how to make crab cake and she replied instantly after seeing the picture.  So for those who don’t have a camera handy the next time – trust your HTC smartphone to give you the picture you need.

Home Made Wanton Soup With Spinach

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Frozen Food,My Musing,Slow Cooking | Monday 14 November 2011 6:19 pm




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Nothing beats making your own wanton soup at home for a quick supper – of course – don’t forget the spinach please.  I love lots of veggies and if one can’t find bok choy like myself here in this town – I resort to using spinach.  Spinach reminds me of watercress – so the more the merrier.   I used a chicken broth for soup – with less salt and no msg – therefore, I hope it is healthy enough.  While people here go for pizza and garlic fingers – I loved my own wanton soup from home.   You can make your own wanton and freeze them – or buy them ready packed in an Asian grocery store up in the city.

M & M Oriental Style Chicken Dumplings

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Chinese,Food Review,Frozen Food | Friday 18 February 2011 12:22 pm




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You know when you can’t get Asian food as easily as you can get them back home – you kinda loved stuff and make do – when you find something similar.  I’ve tried Chinese Dumplings from another brand – for the longest time – and found out that M & M’s  a local frozen good store has them too.  So like any foodie – I had to give it a try and guess what?  I fell in love with it – because this Chicken Dumpling has veggies in them.  I don’t fry them now – I steamed my chicken dumplings – that way – it’s healthier.  They make lovely snacks and evening supper when you are hungry at night and don’t want to have too much to eat.  Steaming them are pretty easy – because I have a cool steaming machine – and it only takes 10 mins – from frozen state.

Yong Tau Fu Laksa

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Frozen Food,Japanese | Thursday 9 December 2010 12:56 pm




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A month or so ago – we had gone to the city and loaded up on some Chinese food that we can find.  And guess what I found!  not LAKSA lah!  hahahha!! it was a packet of hot pot assortment – something like yong tau fu and you know what – I should have bought more – because they were so yummy! So i had some kind of a yong tau fu laksa about a week ago.

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The next time I go up the city – I will get loads of this to bring home and that’s for sure.  When you are in a foreign country – you really have to make do with whatever you can get your hands on. I haven’t had yong tau fu for so long -  I tell yer!  that’s the main reason why I never lose my weight – or find it hard – because I eat a lot of vegies and yong tau fu back home.  I so missed the dry yong tau foo with the red sauce.

Steamed Shrimp & Pork Bun aka Xiao Long Bao

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Frozen Food | Friday 3 December 2010 9:57 pm




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And while we are on Frozen food – I might as well – tell you how greedy I was and ate these Xiao Long Bao the next day – hahahha!!  Can you blame me? when I can get these anytime at Ding Tai Fung – if i was at home?   The steaming part didn’t come out too well for this – it was stuck on the steamer – so the next time I’ll remember to spray some oil onto the steamer before putting in the xiao long bao.  But the skin was very, very thick – unlike the fresh and real stuff – nevertheless it was good but I’m glad I didn’t buy more than 1 packet of it.

Siew Mai Frozen Style

Posted by mamabok | Awesome,Chinese,Food From Home,Food Review,Frozen Food | Thursday 2 December 2010 8:01 pm




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I haven’t had siew mai for a long time now and since we didn’t make it up to the city in time for dim sum – I had to settle for frozen ones instead.  Still pretty good – after all something is better than nothing right? and once again i used my steamer and it turned out pretty good.

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Before using my faithful steamer – the siew mai would come out all soggy – but now – it takes only 10 mins – and i don’t even need to defrost my siew mai.   And the ones i bought are already eaten up – but no worries – coz’ my girlfriend will be up in Halifax this weekend and she will get some for me – if she can find them.  woohoo!!!

Healthy Dessert For Kids

Posted by mamabok | Cakes/Desserts,Frozen Food,My Musing,The Brat | Friday 1 October 2010 1:43 pm




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When you have a kid who loves her ice cream – what do you do?  you buy yogurt ice cream and add real fruits on your own – to make it a healthy dessert.  Chloe doesn’t know any difference – she thinks they are real ice cream and she is tickled pink – when she gets a treat like this one.  So if you want your kids to have a healthy treat – try yogurt ice cream with real fruits – I love it myself – even though I can’t eat a lot of it.

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.

Scallop Sausages

Posted by mamabok | Canadian,Fast Food,Food Review,Frozen Food,Health,My Musing | Tuesday 24 August 2010 7:01 pm




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I know that some people love to taste food at their grocery stores and I’m all for it – but for us – we only taste the food that we figured we might like.  Like PB – he won’t taste prawns/shrimps – and for me – i won’t taste beef.  So when the local grocery store had scallop sausages for food tasting – i had some – but not chloe nor PB.  It was pretty good and the best part is ………………

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Yes! per sausage is only 80 calories !!! even less then a sausage muffin from Macdonalds!  woohoo!! it was expensive at about $10.99 + tax.   But nevermind lah – i still bought it – only 80 calories – i can eat without feeling guilty.  Anyhow – my only beef – i don’t like using too much oil in cooking it – but it sticks to my non-stick wok – so very ugly looking lor after cooking – unlike the perfect ones at the food tasting – hahah!!  Yes! these days – gotta look at the food/nutrition labels before buying anything or putting anything into my mouth – what about you ?  do you read labels too..??  Have you tried something healthy lately?  share, share lah!

PS :  Oopsie! forgot to tell you – how it taste eh – yummy!!  like scallop – but I think i really like the salmon sausage better – so the next time i’m buying the salmon one – but the salmon one is a bit more calories – that was the reason why i chose scallop instead.

Butter Chicken In A Box

Posted by mamabok | Fast Food,Food Review,Frozen Food,Health,My Musing | Thursday 12 August 2010 1:53 pm




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I’ve learned very quickly that if you cannot get the real thing while you are away from home – you get the next best thing when you can.   I don’t normally eat frozen food anymore – used to many years ago – but not anymore now that chloe is a lot older and we get to go out more often.

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But once in a while it’s great to eat some curry without having to cook a whole pot of it.   It wasn’t bad at all – and plus they had a coupon of $0.50 off .  Verdict :  too yummy!!  i might get into a habit – but i’m trying not to.

Beef Stew & Bee Hoon

Posted by mamabok | Chinese,Food From Home,Frozen Food,My Musing | Friday 30 July 2010 11:17 am




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PB had made some beef stew during the weekend – but as usual – they never eat too much of the stock – so like any smart Asian – we keep the stock frozen – till we need it.  Afterall, the beef stew was slow cooked in a slow cooker for 6 hrs with carrots, potatoes, peas, onion and lots of beef  - yummy!   We never use MSG in our food – so everything is pretty wholesome and PB does make a very good pot of beef stew.  So like any smart Asian – what do we do with the yummy stock ?  we make beef beehoon!!!  for lunch a few days later – yummy, easy and pretty healthy if i may say so myself – put a bit of sambal oelek – heavennnn!!  when you are living overseas and can’t get the food that you can get easily at home – you do what you know best – improvised.

Octopus aka Sotong

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Frozen Food,Seafood | Tuesday 27 October 2009 12:44 pm




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Being so used to fresh food from home.. i cannot help … even after being in Canada for so long.. to look at the fresh food counter everytime i am in the grocery store.  I just love to see if there are any new and good stuff.  For those who are not aware of this.. a small piece of salmon can cost one $4.49 + taxes.. but frozen scallops can be as little as $6.50 for a pound.  Ironic right..?  yup..!

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Now i was wondering.. if i bought this octopus.. what am i gonna do with it..?? hahahhaha!!!  usually hor.. we eat sotong .. by making calamari outta it.. or sambal sotong on hot plate at our local hawker center right..??  but you know lah..  the ang mohs not very much into sotong .. and if i eat i want it to be with sambal.  So pray tell.

Smoked Salmon

Posted by mamabok | Frozen Food,My Musing,Seafood,The Other Half | Tuesday 20 October 2009 12:14 am




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Fish anyone..?? i think the ang moh’s father said it was smoked salmon.. and it was caught by Garth if i am not wrong. But it’s all frozen up as you can see.

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You all know i love fish lah.. but smoked fish.. i was told not to eat too much .. because i am diabetic wor.  Anyhow..  i still take smoked salmon..  sometimes.. but not often.   I guess if i didn’t have so much diet restriction .. i could eat this everyday.

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I think this is a piece that came from the big fish.. ang moh’s father offered me some to try.. but i didn’t.. because when one gets older.. the tummy just won’t listen to you no more.

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You know i had that puking thing a  year and a half ago.. that landed me in the hospital.. therefore.. nowadays.. i very kaisu.. and kaisi.. hahahha!!  I think i’m getting old lah..!! monkey brains also got eat before.. and smoked fish dare not to eat ..!! can die or not..??

Gem Of Life Episode 42 & Some Fish & Chips

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Chinese,Entertainment,Food Review,Frozen Food,Useful Links | Thursday 18 December 2008 11:21 am




Found Gem Of Life Episode 42 to download and watch while eating my fish and chips.  Very exciting episode so far, unlike the last episode Gem of Life Episode 42.  Anyhow, hop over to my entertainment blog for the link posted up there.. while i finish my fish and chips.

Yarmouth’s Farmers’ Market

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Cakes/Desserts,Canadian,Frozen Food,Organic,Vegies,Western | Sunday 5 October 2008 9:48 pm




We knew that there was a farmer’s market in town..and we never got around to going during the weekned.. because we didn’t know what time they start nor end.  We also didn’t know.. how a small tent like the ones they had out at the Canadian Tire carpark could house and organised a farmers’ market.  But after yesterday.. we finally understood.

There really wasn’t very much store holders – less than 10 .. and no one really decorated their stand .. or anything.  It was like the fish market back home where i come from… except it didn’t smell like fish.  The first store we went to .. sold jams.. and bread without preservatives.. nor sugar.  She had some pie, i don’t know what they are.. because she was too busy.. with packing up some jams for her customer.

Jams for tasting i guess..??

There was a fruit and vegie stand by a couple, the wife is a philipino and the husband from here.  I had spoken to her a few times.. but never really in-dept kinda conversation.  They grow their own fruits and vegies.. and I would have bought some plums .. if not for the fact that they sold the last one in front of us.

Some very nice and crisp looking apples.

Organic Carrots..??  i love anything organic.. they really do taste so much better.

Free range chicken.. !! woohoo..!! but he only had one baked chicken displayed .. and most of it .. were torn out of the displayed one.  Maybe, another time.. when we do come earlier.  We were there like maybe 10am.

More home made bread.. but we never got to speak to the store holder.

And this tent cost the town $7500 !!! yes..!!! the people from Canadian tire fought for this tent to be sponsored by the town.  And if you had seen what i saw on Saturday.. the Farmers’ Market in Yarmouth.. is not only not as vibrant as the ones I had been too.. many a times .. in Sydney .. but really a waste of my time.

Frozen Country

Posted by mamabok | Amusing/Bizarre,Fast Food,Food Review,Frozen Food,Western | Wednesday 10 September 2008 6:01 pm




In our local grocery stores around town.. frozen food takes up alot of space in the store.  Rows and rows of huge fridges just to store frozen food.  We do have frozen food back home. .but i don’t even thing they are as much as we do have here.  You can just get about anything you want frozen.  And me..??  i haven’t eaten so much frozen food in my entire life, until i arrived in Canada.

I often questioned the nutritional value of these frozen food… but after living in Canada for so many years.. you sorta do what the Canadians do.  Having said that.. i try my very best to choose the good kind of frozen food…and i know you are laughing at me now.. because is there such a thing as a good kinda frozen food..??

Yes..! frozen chinese food too..! in cute Western take out boxes.  While we were taught from young that fresh food were the best.. and wet markets were the thing to do every morning.. in your pajamas.. here the Westerners do not even think about feeding frozen food to their kids .. everyday.. and every meal.  But is it any better than feeding them poutine..?

Frozen meatballs, frozen lasange.. frozen pie.  You get the hint eh.

No.. i don’t really like alot of frozen food.  I will eat them.. if i really don’t have anything to eat.. but i’m not crazy about them.. like some people.

Frozen sandwich too..!! woo hoo..!! now we have that all covered.  Frozen country .. or not..?

M & M Meat Shops

Posted by mamabok | Frozen Food | Saturday 26 July 2008 12:53 pm




M&M meat shops is no stranger to the people in Atlantic Canada.. but we only have one here.. a few years ago.. in this small town of ours. I’ve always liked M&M .. especially for their party food.. and their desserts. Of course they have more than just party food and desserts .. they have just about every kind of BBQ meat.. for this summer.

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