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22nd week of cooking

My daddy will be reaching tomorrow!!! 🙂 YAY! Very excited! So, I may not be updating this blog for the next 3 weeks…

Sausage buns

Char Siew Bun, using the same dough

I wanted to make full use of the Char Siew I made the previous week, and decided to make some buns! Unfortunately, the bread wasn’t as soft as I hoped and imagined it to be. I will be trying this recipe next time.

Corn soup! The corns were going at 8 for $1 at walmart. haha

SY told me how she cooks her corn soup, and it sounded very nice. I didn’t have all the ingredients though, so I kinda improvised a little. Final ingredients: corn, boneless pork ribs, dates, carrot, yellow onion, bay leaves, salt.

Claypot braised tofu, recipe from Rasa Malaysia

I really loved this recipe from Rasa Malaysia. Added more mushrooms, veg, and egg. Have a thing for claypots these days. Looking at any claypot dish just makes me salivate! haha. Maybe I really do miss SG.

Kung Pao Chicken, recipe from Rasa Malaysia

Kung Pao Chicken! Haven’t eaten this at all since I came here. Finally!

Baked rice, recipe from Noob Cook

the 'liao' includes Spam a.k.a. luncheon meat, mushrooms, chicken...

Baked rice!! Recipe from Noobcook. Quite nice!

Economic bee hoon! Bee Hoon recipe from Rasa Malaysia

Economic bee hoon, recipe from Rasa Malaysia… To finish up the can of Spam used for the baked rice dish.

Cornmeal bread

I had a most random craving – for cornmeal bread. And since I had corn in my fridge, I decided to try baking them. Used this recipe, which turned out to be pretty ok, just that I cut the amount of sugar for fear of them being too sweet… And in the end, they were too bland to enjoy!

Kenny Rogers style lunch

Since I was doing cornbread, I thought I should do a Kenny Rogers style meal! Complete with roasted chicken and mashed potato. I followed this recipe which was quite nice, just that I should probably cut the salt by HALF!

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Trip to Red Fish Lake & Sun Valley (3-4 Sept 2011)

Realised that I haven’t been updating the blog on our holidays and adventures. Tsk myself! I really should, so that I would have proper ‘records’ of our 2 years here. So I will start now, before I generate further backlog. This post is about our most recent getaway (the posts will not be in chronological order due to how much backlog I have)

On this trip, we went to Red Fish Lake and Sun Valley. Sun Valley is supposed to be where the rich and famous holiday and ski. There were photos of Marilyn Monroe, Arnold, etc there. Apparently, a lot of celebrities have vacation homes there too.

Scenery on the way to Red Fish Lake

All the ladies!

Hubby at the Redfish Lake, Stanley

The water was super clear

I wanted to take these, but it's a good thing we didn't. Would have taken us forever to cover the whole lake!

Always happy to drive the boat

Such lovely scenery at the lake

Outdoor ice-skating rink at Sun Valley

you can dine here while watching the ice show at the ice-skating rink

Ice show! LOVED it so much. Lots of star performers.. Olympic medalists, US champions... Jaw-dropping stunts!

Side note on the Ice Show… We were the only ‘swa ku’ ones who didn’t know that we had to bring blankets to cover the very cold metal benches. Everyone else was so well-equipped with thick, fluffy blankets and puffy jackets!

car auction for all the happening vintage cars! Truly a place for the rich and famous.

the chair lift that we took to the top of Bald Mountain

Scenery from the peak of Bald Mountain

21st Week of Cooking

Baked flounder

Got this recipe from AllRecipes… Was trying to find a way to cook the flounder which does have a little fishy smell, and is so flaky when cooked that it’s hard to handle without it falling apart. My personal conclusion is that it’s best to bake the flounder so that I don’t have to flip it. I replaced the recipe’s majoram with oregano, and pre-panfried the mushrooms and green onions briefly before placing the fillets on top.

It turned out that hubby loved this dish! I couldn’t quite believe that he liked it so much. He was actually disappointed that the next day’s lunch wasn’t this baked flounder. Haha.. he even raved about it for a few days after. Definitely has to go into my recipe box then!

Making full use of the home made noodles, wanton noodles style

Char Siew, recipe from Rasa Malaysia

Invited SY over for the homemade noodles dinner so that she wouldn’t have to cook the noodles herself after a long day’s work. The char siew was actually quite simple to make… just pre-marinate 2 days before, then bake, and char the pieces! Used them for the wonton mee dinner, hubby’s charsiew rice for lunch the next day, and char siew bun (will post the pic next week).

tonkatsu, recipe from Rasa Malaysia

This was a quick dinner because I was feeling lazy, and wanted to ‘close’ the kitchen early for the long weekend! 😛