Lunchbox Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

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My most tender and softest peanut butter cookies are finally here, magically! After trying a few other versions of peanut butter cookies and not impressed by the taste and texture, I stopped making peanut butter cookies for a long time. This year I tried again and got good results. I always want some healthy snack to satisfy my hunger in the afternoon when I don’t have lunch available. This is just want I need.

Instead of using all-purpose flour, I use oat flour for this recipe. And the result is pretty amazing, much healthier. It goes well with the Continue reading

Sausage, Mushroom and Squash Stir-Fry

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Chinese sausage and mushroom are two of the classic ingredients Cantonese people love to use in their cooking, such as the popular clay pot dishes and tasty stir-fries. You can make a simple meal by steaming a few sausages and add fried eggs, serve over steamed rice and veggie, drizzle with sweet soy sauce and hot oil. 臘腸飯 is a simple, delicious meal good for lunch or dinner. Cooking at home is much better than going out to a restaurant after a long day.

I only eat Chinese sausage once in a while because of the saturated fat and cholesterol in processed food. Unfortunately, I love Chinese style sausage, more fat the better. It is like bacon in America, Chinese sausages Continue reading

Steamed Chicken with Mushrooms (冬菇蒸雞)

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It is easy to steam food, also budget friendly. In the early days, steamed food was created out of necessity among the poorest Chinese populations using the cheapest ingredients. Steamed rice probably is the best Chinese food of all, I have it everyday. Lynard doesn’t like steamed fish and meat, so I don’t make steamed food too often. But when I do, I enjoy it totally, usually all by myself since Lynard doesn’t eat it.

My most memorable steamed dish is the steamed roast pork in fermented shrimp paste –
蝦醬蒸燒肉:  燒肉,  蝦醬,  薑絲,  蔥,  加調味料,  放入蒸籠,  用大火蒸8分鐘左右. Cook it for 8 to 9 minutes and you get a super tasty dish for dinner. My first Aunty introduced us to this dish years and years ago when Continue reading

Ginger Lemon Tea (檸檬薑茶)

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Technically this is more like a drink than a tea. But no matter what you call it, this is a wonderful home remedy anybody can make during those nasty sniffing, coughing flu and cold seasons. This all-natural remedy can soothe your sore throat, help keep the immune system strong, calm your stomach and ease your aches and pains.

Anyone who knows how to boil hot water can make this tea. There is no recipe to remember, no rules to follow. Boil a few cups of water on the stove, add a few slices of fresh ginger. Let the liquid boil for a few minutes on medium heat, then add honey and fresh lemon juice to flavor the tea. Turn off the heat, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving this delicious, soothing tea. It tastes good either hot or cold.

But why wait until you get sick to enjoy the tea when you can have it anytime you want. In the summer I often make enough to last 2 or 3 days and keep it in the refrigerator. It helps clean the palate after eating salmon or other fish. Well, it is a lovely tea after all. Cheers!

Soy Sauce Pork Ribs (aka 12345 Ribs)

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Who would not want to eat a big plate of sticky, tender, flavorful Asian pork ribs. But getting the sauce caramelized to just the right thickness and the perfect balance of sweet, salty and sour can be tricky sometimes.

Couple years ago my Chinese friend gave me the idea of cooking ribs in soy sauce. She said in Hong Kong they call it 12345 Ribs because it is so easy to make. And she is right,
it is a simple recipe. I made this dish four, five times already. I have tried adding more stuff and used different types of meat. At the end we decided Continue reading