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13th week of cooking

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This was a week of simpler cooking because I was only supposed to cook on 2 days, but ended up cooking for most of the days… So I didn’t quite plan to cook much stuff.

Menu of the week includes fried rice, chicken mushroom soup, 3 cup chicken, lettuce, gyudon, and cornflake cookies.

Fried rice... trying to use up all the left over ingredients like spam and ham

chicken mushroom soup, recipe from Shiying. This is the first time so far that hubby says that the soup I cook is nice. haha

3 cup chicken (san bei ji) and chinese cabbage

3 cup chicken recipe from Rasa Malaysia. Nice!

Gyudon a.k.a Japanese beef bowl

Gyudon, recipe from Noob Cook. Not bad! Just that the beef I bought was too thickly sliced although I asked them to slice it really thin… And the rice was too sour! Prob won’t make sushi rice for this the next time, just normal short grain rice… 🙂

cornflake cookies baking in the oven

cornflake cookies! yay!

Dorothea was very sweet to send me a hand mixer for my birthday! Just what I needed because I couldn’t use my SG without a transformer (which I busted). How timely, and what a God-send!! 🙂 This is the first thing I baked with the mixer… cornflake cookies, recipe from Rasa Malaysia! It was not bad, just a little dry. I later discovered that I shouldn’t use the mixer for the step that requires you to ‘fold in’… So the next time, I will try again by folding in, and maybe lowering the temp, and hopefully it will come out less dry.

After giving these cookies out to my friends here, I realised that I seem to be the only one who has ever eaten such cookies. The thing is, I really do remember eating this during Chinese New Year, but no one else here does! haha… how strange!

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12th week of cooking

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This was again a relatively short week because it was the 4th July long weekend. Since we were preparing for our Yellowstone National Park trip, I wasn’t too adventurous with the menu, and did a few repeat dishes (sukiyaki beef and teriyaki chicken). Food of the week…

Monday – Garlic dark sauce tilapia

This dish was easy, tasted ok, but also not a dish that you’d remember. Will prob repeat this dish when I’m lazy and tired! 😛

Garlic dark sauce chicken, recipe from 'no more failed recipes'

Tuesday – Sukiyaki beef with agedashi tofu

Agedashi tofu was promising, but I used the wrong tofu… Used medium instead of soft. Have bought the soft one and will be trying again real soon! Recipe from Rasa Malaysia.

Agedashi tofu, recipe from Rasa Malaysia + repeated dish sukiyaki beef

Wednesday – Hakka homemade noodles, Bak Chor Mee style!!

This is the 2nd time I’m making noodles on my own, and it had to be after a pretty intensive gym session! Regretted my decision to make it halfway through, was aching the next day, but I guess the outcome made up for it! hehe. Hubby gave the thumbs up!!

In all, including preparation of the side ingredients, this meal prob took hours to prepare!

Components of this meal include: minced meat and mushrooms, recipe from Jingyi; noodles, recipe from foodmadewithlove (will probably try to add shallot oil the next time); wanton, recipe from Rasa Malaysia; fishballs donated by Shiying!

Hakka homemade noodles, this time bak chor mee style!

Thursday – Teriyaki chicken (repeated dish)

Teriyaki chicken

11th week of cooking

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11th week of cooking! Menu of the week includes Bulgogi beef ribs, chicken rice, teriyaki cod, croquette, grilled vegetables, red wine beef stew, and lasagna.

simple bulgogi short ribs, using my new George Foreman grill!

We recently bought a George Foreman grill from Walmart, and I’m really excited about using it! So I repeated the simple bulgogi marinade recipe from Rasa Malaysia, this time on beef short ribs, and grilled them. It only took about 5 minutes!

chicken rice cooked over the stove because of my busted transformer

chicken rice chili! combination of ingredients advised by Kimberly 🙂 unfortunately I think my proportions were not quite there... too much garlic and ginger I think!

chicken rice! complete with homemade chili, and cilantro that was grown from seeds at home! yay!

This is one of the first few dishes which I learnt from Stacey’s mum in my first few weeks here. Finally tried making it on my own… Hubby liked it!

teriyaki cod, potato croquette, and grilled zucchini & asparagus

The teriyaki cod is a repeated dish from one of the previous weeks.

I decided at the last minute to do the potato croquette cos I needed to use up the potatoes, and I thought I should do something Jap-ish to go with the cod. Since it was a last minute decision, I didn’t have bottled tonkatsu sauce, and had to make my own… I referred to this website, but I didn’t have some of the ingredients either. It only tasted 50% like the actual thing I think. Thankfully hubby wasn’t fussy and was ok with it. hehe.

I bought zucchini for the first time in my life. Decided to grill the veggies with my new grill again. Yes, I really am quite excited about the grill. I researched for some recipes on grilled asparagus/zucchini, and decided on just ‘marinating’ the veggies in ‘spiced’ olive oil (olive oil whisked in the food processor with lemon basil, italian herbs, and oregano).

red wine stewed chicken/Coq au Vin

Decided to make this stew to use up the potatoes. Found this recipe while searching for thermal cooker recipes… Found some other recipes which seem to be quite different though. I will probably want to try this food network one out the next time, since it has 5 stars! The thing about stews is that they are normally cooked in such large quantities. We ate this for a few days!!

The last dish for the week was lasagna… Didn’t manage to take photos because I was rushing out of the house to go for a Rodeo. Woops!

My first post – why blog?

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It’s less than 4 days away from my ‘whole new life’. I figured that I really should start a blog to record all my new experiences, interests, reflections for this new season in my life… Although I have always been apprehensive about blogging and revealing my thoughts and life openly, I guess that for this season, there would be multiple desired benefits to having this blog.

Firstly, and most importantly, I would be able to keep my beloved family and friends updated on our lives away from home.

Secondly, I would be holding myself ‘accountable’ to actually doing the things which I have in mind to do, instead of whiling my time away watching korean dramas or cable tv *crosses fingers and bites lips*.

Finally, perhaps, this would help me to reflect more on each day that passes, and I would not just float through and forget this season of my life. I know for a fact that when we look back, we would once again be in awe of God’s goodness in our lives!

So… stay tuned! I will try to update this blog as often as I can!