Roasted Chicken Bitter Melon Soup

Our vegetable garden is doing pretty good so far. We have been picking long beans, bitter melons, peppers and tomatoes. Lynard our home gardener installed an automatic watering system to keep the plants happy all season long. The golden jubilee yellow tomatoes are so pretty. It is nice Continue reading

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Deluxe Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I remember how excited I was the first time I made zucchini bread. It was dense and heavy, but tasted pretty good. It made me proud for awhile. All those baker’s mistakes did not stop me from making more bad zucchini bread… until I discovered banana bread. Wow, what a lovely, sweet, delicious bread. I quickly dumped my love for zucchini and start making banana bread instead. Continue reading

Spicy Ma Po Tofu with Turkey 麻婆豆腐

Ma po tofu is a Szechuan dish 四川菜 that is widely popular in Asia and other countries. Although the ingredients and cooking methods are slightly different from one food culture to the other, but the concept is always the same:  tofu cubes, ground pork, and lots of spicy aromatic flavor. Traditionally people like to use peppercorn to spice up the dish at the end. It is very hot and Continue reading

Cantonese Snow Peapod Pepper Steak

Pepper steak 辣椒牛 is a simple, old school dish that many Chinese people like to make on special holidays or weekends. You can make it spicy by adding hot chili peppers, otherwise the dish is pretty mild but tasty. It is also one of the popular dishes in Chinese restaurants. Today I simply add snow peapods to the recipe. We like how things turned out. The snow peapods go perfectly Continue reading