Friday, May 14, 2010

Mother's Day's Menu - Late Post

" Happy belated Mother's Day to the all the Mommies out there!! "
Sorry for the late posting.

Our Sunday Grillathon Menu for Mama Ng

Grilled Beer Infused Marinated Dancing Chicken
Marinated with Chinese marinade overnight, open your favorite beer and drink half,
insert the rest of the beer can in the bird
place on heated grill, covered and let it cook!

Grill Prosciutto Wrapped Sardines
seasoned with lemon juice
drizzled with truffle oil

Grill Baby Bak Choi

Grilled Young Red Snapper with
ginger, scallion, sesame oil, salt and pepper

look at them sizzle**

Great Purchase -
Charcoal Companion Grill Basket

Snow Crab Legs

We also had Steamers
Lemon always handy when it comes to grilling seafood

It was great night, Mom loved each dish.
She even cooked us some Chinese wine chicken which I did not have a chance to snap a picture

Ended the feast on a sweet note *
Creamy Chestnut Cake with fresh fruit

Hope you enjoyed this :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mama's Oxtail Tail Soup

How about a nice pot of soup....
and tonight we have one of our childhood favorites ..

" Mama's Oxtail Soup "

Went to my local butcher,
selected a tail in whole and had them slice it to preferred size

Basic soup ingredients

  • oxtail
  • tomato
  • celery
  • corn
  • potato -waxy ( starchy ones seems to just fall apart and thicken the soup)
  • garlic
  • salt + white pepper
  • sour cream
  • oyster sauce

1. Heat water in stock pot, bring to a boil
2. Par-boil oxtail for 2 minutes then rinse with water
3. Add all ingredients to the boiling water, bring it back to a boil then simmer on med-low heat for 1 1/2 - 2 hours- now isn't that easy!

Look at this bowl of goodness!
Each spoonful of hearty vegetables just melts in your mouth
and the oxtail meat almost falls off the bone.
Had oyster sauce for dipping on the side and a dollop of sour cream-yum!
This soup gets better the next day, add some rice and you 'll have a stew like soup.
My appetite just perked up from posting this !

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

toddler lunch idea

It has been so busy for papa and I that there has not been too much cooking going on. We've managed to get in a chicken stew and a turkey stir fry which is not too bad because that's really 4 nights of eating home cooked food since I always make enough for leftovers! From Monday to Friday I need to make sure Molly goes to day care with a nutritious and well rounded lunch. On busy weeks the ideas run short and it is too tempting to send PB&J every other day. While these toddler lunch ideas are not culinary gems, they hopefully will help inspire busy moms to keep giving good food to their kids for all their meals. Thank goodness Molly loves fruit and will always eat any fruit I send! I've been watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and I'm so appalled at what moms put in their kids' lunchboxes! It was gross stuff like those Oscar Meyer pre-packaged lunches (coldcuts or chicken nuggets, crackers and cheese) which are full of preservatives and are really expensive! So I offer some ideas for quesadillas which all kids love. It is inexpensive to make and really yummy and good for your kiddies! Please share your toddler lunch ideas!

always use whole wheat tortillas and good quality shredded cheese

filling ideas:
low sodium sliced turkey (we like trader joe's brand)
ground turkey sauteed with spinach puree and tomato paste
green peas (yes, Molly likes these now)
sliced hard boiled eggs

Cindy's Birthday 4/14 - Old Homestead Steak House

 Celebrating Cindy's Birthday at the Old Homestead Steak House.

" happy birthday to you "

We were so thrilled when the starters arrived, did not have a chance to snap pictures.
This what we shared -
Starters : Seafood Plateau - Maryland Lump Crab Cocktail, Oysters on half shell, Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
Salad : Mozzarella Di Buffalo and Tomato with Champagne Vinaigrette
Sides : Kobe Slab Bacon, Truffle Mac and Cheese, Garlic Mash Potato, Creamed Spinach
Our Main:
Mama 's Rack Of Lamb

Three Prime Ribs please.. Gotham Ribs Steak on the Bone / Empire Cut of the Prime Rib

and the King Porter House for 2

Of course The Onion Shavings


Our tummies were so content that we all shared Cindy's Birthday Dessert
- Cheese Cake with Fresh Strawberry Syrup