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Monday, July 17, 2017

Chinese Toon Sauce Fried Rice 香椿酱炒饭



I made Chinese Toon Sauce with Chinese Toon young leaves I collected from my friend's backyard not long ago. 

My first use of it was to make this fried rice, the taste is very unique and almost galicky. I like it very much!

之前把从朋友家收集来的香椿嫩叶一大半做了香椿酱,一小半做了香椿煎蛋。

香椿酱先拿来做了这个炒饭,香椿独特的香味让炒饭很美味,让人吃了还想再吃。

Friday, July 14, 2017

Purslane Salad,Chinese Style 凉拌马齿苋



Purslane is a succulent annual trailing plant that grows in many places and it thrives in poor soil. You can find them in almost any places with full sunshine, roadsides, disturbed land and most likely your backyard!

It can be eaten as a cooked vegetable and is great to use in salads, soups, stews or any dish you wish to sprinkle it over. Purslane is antibacterial, antiscorbutic, depurative, diuretic and febrifuge. The leaves are a very rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which prevents heart attacks and strengthens the immune system.

I collected some purslane from the riverside one afternoon when I was strolling around and made this salad for lunch later on.

马齿苋是一个常见的野菜,生长于田野间,大路边,甚至于墙角下都可能有它的踪影。

“马齿苋”是“马苋菜”的同义词。 属于马齿科一年生肉质草本植物,学名“马齿苋”,民间俗称“马蜂菜”,是一种特色野菜。因其生命力极强,又有“长寿菜”之称。

马苋菜为药食两用植物,全草可供药用,有清热利湿、解毒消肿、消炎、止渴、利尿作用;种子可明目,可作兽药和农药;嫩茎叶可作蔬菜,味酸,也可作饲料。

前两天散步时发现一堆马齿苋,摘了一大把回家做了凉拌马齿苋,很好吃哦!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Blue Pea Flower Ice Cubes in Milk 蝶豆花冰牛奶



I made Blue Chai and Natural Blue Soda using the butterfly pea flower my mom sent before. I then freeze some of the unsweetened blue chai in a cute dinosaur ice cube box and use it as to serve with some cold milk for my son's play date, it is so cute and beautiful that all kids enjoyed it thoroughly.

前阵子我用娘家给我准备的蝶豆花干做了消暑健康的蓝花/蝶豆花茶 和 梦幻蝶豆花饮料

我把剩下不加糖和柠檬汁的蓝花/蝶豆花茶倒到可爱的恐龙制冰盒里做成了可爱的蓝恐龙冰块。

在俊宝的小朋友们来家里玩的时候加到冰牛奶里给孩子们喝,颜色好看又可爱,小朋友们都和喜欢哦!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

How to grow bean sprouts at home 在家自己发豆芽



Mung bean sprout is one very common ingredient for cooking back home. I like to use it in my stir fry noodle/rice noodle dishes. The shop bought bean sprouts are sometimes not fresh and turned bad within days before I could use them.

I started growing my own bean sprouts at home using an old kettle at first. I then progressed to using just a normal bowl with a lid, the lid should be slightly heavy and covers most if not all of the beans.

I have since able to grow very healthy and delicious sprouts at home.

绿豆芽是家乡许多美食的最佳佐料,是个百搭。我很喜欢炒面、米粉什么的用豆芽做佐料,可有个问题一直困扰着我,每次超市买的豆芽要是两天内不吃完很快就烂掉了,而且有时超市里的豆芽看着也不怎么新鲜,所以还是自己发的豆芽吃着新鲜,还放心。

我刚开始发豆芽的时候还用过旧水壶,篮子+纱布啥的。后来有一次在油管上看见一位农村妈妈用大钢盆加个锅盖发出来的豆芽特别直特别好看,从此以后我发豆芽就只用大盆加个锅盖了。

答应了朋友圈里的朋友们要把发豆芽的过程写个帖子分享。今晚趁爷儿俩已经熟睡了,我就静静地写个帖子吧!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Chinese Toon Sauce 香椿酱



I send my son to a friend's house for a playdate sometimes in the beginning of May and she asked if I want some Chinese Toon (香椿) -- a species of Toona 
where its young leaves are extensively used as a vegetable in China. The young leaves have a floral, yet onion-like flavor. It is widely used as flavoring agent in vegetarian/vegan dishes in China.

I immediately seize the opportunity and harvest a bunch of Chinese Toon from her backyard. I came home and made this Sauce which can then make into many delicious dishes later.

五月初的时候有一天带儿子到朋友Katie家和她儿子玩,一进门她就问我要不要香椿叶,然后递了一把剪刀给我。我马上就跑到她家后院剪了一把的香椿嫩叶,这可是我想了很久的美食哪!

当晚回家我就做了这个香椿酱,冷藏了可以留着慢慢吃。

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Bird Nest with Snow Pear 冰糖雪梨炖燕窝


My mom saw my Bird Nest with Red Dates and Gingko and Bird Nest on Chicken Congee earlier and told me her friend likes to make bird nest with Snow Pear. It sounded like a really good recipe and I made it few days ago and had to make it again in two days, it is really that delicious!

我妈早前看见我做的冰糖红枣白果燕窝燕窝鸡丝粥 ,就说她有个朋友喜欢用雪梨炖燕窝,味道很好也非常滋润。我听了觉得这个做法真的很不错,某天下午就做了这个冰糖雪梨炖燕窝,我能说这是我吃过最棒的燕窝糖水吗?


Monday, June 26, 2017

Aam Papad/Mango Fruit Roll-Ups 日晒芒果卷


The weather forecast is showing a 3 day continuation of hot sunny days, I make sure to take advantage of the power of nature and sun-dried a couple of snacks for us. 

The Ataulfo mangoes I bought this time were not very sweet, maybe it is still early in the season, together with the Sun-dried Sweet Potatoes I posted earlier, I also made this Mango roll ups.

It turned out so tasty the whole family likes it!

今年美东的夏天来的比较晚,一直到上一周天气才升温到九十华氏度以上。上周看见气象预测里说了会有连续三天的九十度高温艳阳天,正适合利用阳光进行食物脱水和日晒。  

于是和之前上过帖子的日晒红薯干一起,我还晒了这款日晒芒果卷,两天半晒出QQ甜甜很有嚼劲的芒果卷,装瓶密封就是很健康又美味的零食啦!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Sun-dried Sweet Potatoes/日晒红薯干



The summer came rather late this year, not until last week that we started experiencing the temperature above 90s F. Since the weather forecast is showing a 3 days continuation of hot sunny days, I make sure to take advantage of the power of nature and sun-dried a couple of snacks for us.

The first one I made was this Sun-dried Sweet potatoes that is a very famous healthy snack in Fujian Province, where my ancestors are from. It took me 2 and 1/2 days and it turned out so sweet and yummy! Just like the ones that I had in Fujian years back.

今年美东的夏天来的比较晚,一直到上一周天气才升温到九十华氏度以上。上周看见气象预测里说了会有连续三天的九十度高温艳阳天,正适合利用阳光进行食物脱水和日晒。

于是我就晒了一批红薯干,两天半就晒出QQ甜甜很有嚼劲的红薯干,装瓶密封就是很健康又美味的零食啦!
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