Posts Tagged 'fish sauce'

Out of the Ordinary

First of all, I’d like to thank all of you who commented on my last post. I really appreciate your honest opinions and helpful advice. You guys rock! Oh, and one more thing about my blogroll and being placed under a certain list; well of course I consider all of you my bloggie friends but I just needed a way to separate the foodies from the non-foodies. Just because you’re under Edmoton Bloggers or because I “stalk you” 😉 doesn’t mean you’re not my friend. I knew you were just kidding Denise, but I wanted to make it clear so no one feels left out. The next thing I want to address is this guy:

Here’s a better view.

He’s been living outside my window for a while now. Just to give you an idea of how big he actually is, those little black dots all around him are mosquitoes sand small bugs  trapped in his web. I’m assuming it’s a he because there’s a smaller one that’s always around, which is probably the Mrs. Then again, I’m no spider expert so it could be the other way around. Any spider experts reading this want to comment on that? And should I be afraid of this guy? Don’t forget, I trap spiders and bugs under a glass and put a book overtop (as if I were dealing with Spiderman) and wait for Gary to come home and take care of it. So if this guy ever got into the house, I would FREAK!  He’s no ordinary spider, that’s for sure. I have to admit, every morning when I check and see that he’s in his spot, it gives me a sense of relief.

Here’s another thing out of the ordinary.

Yup, those things on the left are snails. Best friend was craving snails so she bought some from T&T, along with some clams, and brought them over to my house to cook while the kiddies enjoyed a playdate. She also brought these, which I didn’t know what she wanted me to do with them. And yes Jessie, those are thousand year old eggs (well not literally of course).

I felt like I was in a cooking challenge on one of those cooking shows or something. “Here are your ingredients, now make something with them in a certain amount of time”. So I just boiled the snails and clams. Haha, that’s why I’m not on any cooking show.

Warning: If you’re squeamish about snails, you might want to scroll past the next two pictures after this one.

We just used pointy toothpicks to pick them out of their shells after boiling them for about ten minutes. Be sure not to over-boil them as they will shrink.

Dipped in some fish sauce (the type you have with spring rolls) with minced garlic and chili sauce. It’s hard to believe, but they were MMM MMM good. Did I just lose half my readers?

Don’t forget to take off the flap.

We dipped the clams in fish sauce as well.

Kiddies enjoyed making the shells talk :-).

After reading Jessie’s post, I was craving tacos, but when we got to the grocery store I saw the barbecue chicken and changed my mind. I wanted to make chicken wraps instead. Plus, I was a bit lazy to cook. So we bought a whole barbecue chicken and shredded the meat into two separate piles, dark meat for the hubby and white meat for me.

Along with some shredded cheese, lettuce, black olives, and spinach tortillas. Forgot the tomatoes :(. They were still pretty good wraps though.

I love my cheese and olives!

Maybe we should’ve made a smaller wrap for the little guy. Sorry baby boy. He still enjoyed it though.

K enjoyed both drumsticks from the barbecue chicken and a wrap as well.

And Gary approved of the yumminess too. If you don’t feel like cooking but want a quick dinner at home, this is the perfect meal. Fun for the kids to make as well. Wanna know what else I did out of the ordinary this weekend?

That’s right, I baked. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know baking is not my forte. But when I saw Ameena‘s Godiva Chocolate Bar Cake, I knew I had to try it. The recipe calls for an 8″ x 8″ baking pan but I didn’t have one so I used a larger deep round pan, and that’s why it looks like there’s so much more rising room. And trust me, her’s looked much much better, see for yourself in this post. What can I say, I’m learning, I’m learning. If you want something chocolatey and yummy, this is your cake. Thank you Ameena for the recipe! I’ll be making this again soon.

Weekends always go by way too fast don’t they? That’s all I have for you this week peeps. I’ll leave you with these questions: Have you ever tried eating snails before? If not, would you ever try eating one? And are you a dark meat or a white meat fan? Hope you all had a great weekend. Until next time friends and family :-D. 

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Good Times

Hi everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are enjoying your summer.  Hubby and I took advantage of the gorgeous summer weather and took the kids out to the legislature this weekend. If you’re not from Edmonton and you ever visit, I highly recommend visiting the legislature.

This place is beautiful year round. In the summer they have gorgeous trees and flowers which attract a lot of wedding couples. We had some of our wedding pictures taken here as well. It’s also a great place for a picnic, and they have three areas where you can wade in.

In the winter time the fields are blanketed with snow and the trees are gorgeously lit with many different colours of Christmas lights. But this weekend the weather was far from that.

So we decided to drop by and soak up some rays. But there was no chance that my kiddies were going to leave peacefully without getting in on the water action.

Parent tip: Always carry an extra change of clothes in the trunk for accidents or unplanned events like this.

In they went, and even though K was wearing a dress, I wasn’t too worried about either of them getting their clothes all wet.

I was more worried about being pulled apart.

K seriously stood there for at least half an hour watering that stone…SIGH! I guess that’s her own special little way of beating the heat, go figure.

You know what else is great for beating the heat? Mochi ice cream!

I love these things! I found them at T & T Supermarket.

This one was taro flavored, hence the purple colour. When we visited Hong Kong three years ago, I would walk down to the 7-Eleven everyday and get a pack of these. I like that they’re not super sweet like most ice cream can be, and I like the sticky rice wrap on the outside. Anyone else like these?

I’m not sure if you can read that but I thought I’d take a picture of it for my more health cautious readers.

I’d also like to share a quick and easy recipe with you since I haven’t done so in a while. Here is my Oven Roasted Eggplant with Fish Sauce. This can be eaten as an appetizer or along side some rice.

Ingredients:

  • 3 long purple eggplants
  • 3 to 6 stalks green onions (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • fish sauce

Instructions:

In a pan, heat up 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Throw in chopped green onions and saute until onions soften. Pour oil and green onions in bowl and set aside for later.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Cut off both ends of the eggplants. Place eggplants in the oven and cook for about 30 – 45 minutes, or until the skin of the eggplants start to wrinkle and brown. If you like eggplant skin you can leave it on (like in the first plate shown above) or peel it off.

Cut the eggplant into bitesize pieces and plate. Pour green onions and extra virgin olive oil on top. To finish the dish, pour some fish sauce over the eggplant. You can use as little or as much fish sauce as you’d like.

Note: This is not fish sauce straight from the bottle. This is fish sauce that has been mixed with other ingredients and most often used for rice vermicelli bowls. My fish sauce recipe can be found here.

I’d also like to share somethings else with you before I leave. The other day while visiting my parents, my Dad dug up an old collection of trading cards that he had in his basement which belonged to me when I was a child. Can you tell I’m a child of the 80’s?

The one I was most excited about was the stack on the bottom right. That’s right, the King of Pop, Mr. Michael Jackson. The first thing that came to my mind was, “Hmmm….I wonder how much these are worth now?” Haha. Hey, can you blame me? Then I wondered if I really could sell away Michael Jackson. Then I thought, oh how I wished my cabbage patch kids trading cards were in here too, along with all my childhood toys. Then I remembered how I idolized Debbie Gibson. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Anyways, good times, good times. Are you a child of the 80’s? What did you love from the 80’s? I would love to hear all your answers. Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway. That’s all I have for you this week. Until next time friends and family :-D.

Two Birds With One Stone

Hope you’re all doing well. Long weekend!!! WOOT WOOT!!! I’m going to have to do two posts in one today. I wanted to post one this morning but didn’t have the time. Don’t worry, there’ll be lots of pics and very little talking. On Wednesday we had dinner plans with our friends Nancy and Frankie. Okay I’m going to have to do a little complaining first. We were going to go to a restaurant called Sofra but when Nancy tried to make a reservation they said they don’t accommodate to children under 10 years old. I was SOOOO NOT impressed when I heard that. I mean I’ve heard of dogs not being allowed into restaurants (which I don’t know if I totally agree with) but children??? You’ve gotta be kidding me!!!  Until they change that policy, I will never step foot into that restaurant. Actually even if they do change it I don’t know if I would still go. So there’s my rant, thanx for listening. On with the post.

We decided on the Cactus Club Cafe in West Edmonton Mall.

I couldn’t get a good picture of the inside but it’s very nicely decorated. I didn’t want to disturb anyone’s dinner with flashes from my camera. I don’t mind taking pictures of food but when I have to take a picture of the restaurant and there are people i the shot, I like to respect their privacy.

We started with some crispy yam fries with garlic aioli.

These yams were super tasty and not oily at all. Perfectly crispy on the outside.

Our second dish was the tuna tataki -seared albacore tuna, green papaya slaw, orange, avocado, pine nuts, yuzu vinaigrette 

Another great dish! All the ingredients complimented each other so well that when we were finished, there was not one strand of papaya left on the plate. Delicious!

On with dinner. My hubby had the raincoast greens – grilled chicken, avocado, tomato, feta, egg, pecans, seasonal berries, lemon-thyme vinaigrette. Instead of chicken he asked for salmon. One of the most beautiful salads I’ve seen. I had a bite and it was YUMMS! (and I’m not a salad girl) Don’t know why he ordered this cause if you know Gary, you know how much dude can eat. I know my friends can back me up on this one.

Nancy recommended the butternut squash ravioli. I trust her taste in food so I took a glance at the description and decided to go with that.

pan-seared scallops butternut squash ravioli – truffle beurre blanc, amaretti, pine nuts and crispy sage

Holy moly! Best ravioli I’ve ever had! There were deep-fried mint leaves on top of perfectly seared scallops. The only complaint I had about this dish was that I wish it was bigger. Great recommendation Nancy!

Nancy’s husband Frankie had the four mushroom steak – 9oz certified angus sirloin with shiitake, portabello, button and crimini mushroom demi.

And Nancy had the short rib sandwich – caramelized onions, beef jus and emmental cheese on toasted sourdough.

For dessert we had a chocolate peanut butter crunch bar – with tahitian vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and crunchy chocolate pearls.

And a white chocolate cheesecake – dark chocolate crust and the sweet in-house made mixed berry compote, topped off with a chocolate fudge sauce.

Needless to say, both desserts were spectacular. I’ve been to the Cactus Club before and every time without reservations cause by the time we tried to make some, they were already all booked so we just went with first come first serve and waited. I’d have to say, they are definitely worth the wait. If you haven’t tried this restaurant, take a look at the menu here . This is definitely one of the tops on my Edmonton restaurants lists. Nancy was extremely generous and paid for our dinner. Thank you dear! Next one is definitely on me!

On with post #2. Today we had dinner at my parents’ house again.

That’s my mom cooking up this dish. It had shrimp, snow peas, oyster mushrooms, wood ear, and celery (my least favorite veggie but I’ll still eat them).

Next it was my turn. After seeing this razor clams recipe on Denise’s blog I had a craving for razor clams but couldn’t find them. So I went and bought some normal clams and made two dishes with them.

A stir-fry clams in black bean sauce. You can definitely add red chili to this but I left them out cause of my kiddies.

Then I tried stir-frying another batch with fish sauce. I liked the black beans recipe better. I think this fish sauce dish would have tasted better if I added some lemon grass.

My mom also made a seafood soup for dinner.

Here’s everything all together.

Because this is the MOMoirs of a Food Enthusiast, I gotta include my kiddies. After dinner when it came time to go home, someone wanted to stay and play longer. He was not very happy.

Gary had to step in and work his magic. Good job hun 🙂

Well there you have it, two posts in one. Are you still here? If so, thank you. I hope you all have a great long weekend. Do you celebrate Easter? What is your favorite dish to make for Easter?