When I need something to bring up my appetite in the summer days, I think of the tasty, savory bamboo shoots. The tender bamboo shoots are tightly packed in spicy oil in a jar. Along with the Anaheim peppers, they add plenty of exotic flavors to the meat and broccoli. I love the bright green color. It is a beautiful dish all together. But if you are a meat person like me, you probably don’t need Continue reading
The crisp, leafy, blue green Chinese broccoli (aka gai lan 芥蘭) is one of Chinese people’s favorite vegetables. You can cook it with beef, chicken or with ginger and garlic, either way is very popular in Chinese cooking. Sometimes people like to blanch it in hot water for a minute or so, drain it thoroughly then stir fry.
Gai lan is very hard, especially the stems. Normally we cut and get rid of the toughest parts of the stems, by about 1 inch. Wash and drain Continue reading
This easy stove-top tomato stew only needs 15 minutes to finish, it tastes better than those required hours of cooking time and tons of work. The best part is, once it is done, you can make other dishes with it. I often make a tomato fried eggs with half of the stew, then save the other half to eat with pork chops the next day. Cook it once, eat it twice. I love it. You can cook the tomato stew with eggs, tofu, shrimp, Continue reading
A Dutch baby pancake, also called a German pancake, is a sweet cross between pancake and popover. It is made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk, placed in a well buttered, oven-safe skillet and baked in the oven. The egg mixture puffs up around the edges while retaining a pancake texture in the center. Once out of the oven, it will quickly collapse back into the pan and become Continue reading
I purchased this popsicle mold set online recently. What can I say, this little investment is worth every penny. It is fun to whip up a batch of delicious frozen treats with very little time and few ingredients, especially in the hot summer days. These beautiful treats are made out of fresh fruits, yogurt and ice cream. Feel free to use any fruits.
Put 2 to 3 cups honey dew pieces or any fresh melons in a food blender, mix into puree. You need about 1 1/4 cups puree. Pour melon puree into a bowl, add 1 cup vanilla ice cream, also add 1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt. Gently mix everything together until creamy. (Tips: If you want, you can mix everything together in the blender. Puree the honey dew first, then add ice cream and Greek yogurt, pause, pause, done.)
Spoon melon mixture into popsicle molds, cover with tops, freeze for 6 hours. When serve, run hot water over both sides for 3 seconds or until you can pull the popsicle out. There you have it, an icy-cold summer favorite.