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Happy Mother’s Day Mommies!

 Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I hope everything is going well. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. Sorry I’ve been away for so long, I’ve been trying to deal with some personal business. Add motherhood into the mix and blogging just had to take a back seat. I promise to try to make it around to all your blogs as soon as I can, but today I’d like to take the time to wish all these wonderful blogger moms a very Happy Mother’s Day! In no particular order of course:

Mary of Keep Learning Keep Smiling 

Valerie of A Canadian Foodie

Ameena of Fancy That… Fancy This

Veronica of Quay Po Cooks

Denise of quickies on the dinner table and bread expectations 

Shirley of Shirley’s Luxury Haven!

Patty of Patty’s Food

Biren of Roti n Rice

Alisha of The Ardent Epicure 

Natasha of 5 Star Foodie Culinary Adventures

Devaki of Weave a Thousand Flavors

I’m sorry if I’ve missed anybody, you’ll have to forgive me as I’ve got lots on my mind right now.

Instead of sharing a food recipe with you this week, I’d like to share a playdough recipe. I got this recipe from K’s school and I’ve already made 2 batches of playdough for my kiddies. They love playing with playdough.

You can somewhat tell from this picture how big a batch of playdough this recipe makes (enough to fit into that yogurt container).

Playdough recipe:

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 c salt
  • 4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 c water
  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp food colouring (1or 2 packages of unsweetened Koolaid can be substituted for food colouring)

 Combine two cups flour, 1 cup salt and 4 teaspoons cream of tartar in a lagre saucepan. Gradually stir in 2 cups water with 4 tablespoons oil and food colouring. Cook over medium to high heat, stirring constantly until a ball forms. Remove from heat, cool and knead until smooth on wax paper. Store in an airtight container.

Note: Cream of tartar is a white powdery substance. Please DO NOT confuse it with tartar sauce!

Looky here, my very first Mother’s Day gift that K made for me in school 😀 😀 :-D.

I don’t have a green thumb so I’m hoping to keep this plant alive for as long as I can. Hopefully that’ll be more than a week.

These words melt my heart everytime. When she gets older and starts wanting more expensive stuff, I’m going to be in a lot of trouble ;-).

Mothering has been the toughest job I’ve ever had by far, but definitely the most rewarding as well. I’m off to spend quality time with my babies.

Wishing all the wonderful moms out there a very Happy Mother’s Day from luvtoeat – momoirs of a food enthusiast. Until next time, friends and family :-D.

The Lobsters are Coming, The Lobsters are Coming!

 Hello everyone! Thank you for the warm Mother’s Day wishes! I really appreciate you taking the time to drop by and wishing me a happy Mother’s day 😀 I know some of you were not able to spend Mother’s day with your moms because you live so far away but always remember, no matter the distance, a mother always keeps her children close to her in her heart. 

If you haven’t guessed already, on the menu for Mom’s day was LOBSTER! I am a huge seafood fan. Put seafood in front of me and I turn into Homer Simpson at the sight of a donut. There’s no holding me back.

T&T Chinese Supermarket was having a sale on large lobsters (3 lbs and up) at $7.99 per pound. So of course I had to get in on the action. I loaded the kiddies into the SUV along with Grandpa (who else did you think was going to pay for the lobsters? teeheehee) and off we went. We were feeding 8 people so we got 4 large lobsters. My Dad wanted to get 6 but I don’t know why I stopped him, guess I was having a crazy moment 😉

Those of you who have been to a Chinese wedding where they serve that 10 course meal will be familiar with this dish. I’d like to say I made this kick-ass lobster with cream sauce on top of noodles dish but I didn’t so I must give all the credit to Daddio. 

Let’s just get to the recipe shall we? Be warned, this is so high in fat but so irresistible, definitely worth it but an “occasional treat” type of dish. Remember, we made 4 large lobsters with the ingredients in the picture below so I will give you the recipe according to 2 regular sized lobsters.

ingredients:

  • 1 bag of noodles (any brand you prefer)
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 1 green pepper cut into pieces
  • 10 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • butter (up to you how much you want, let’s just say we used A LOT)
  • 4 tbs cooking oil
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 1 tbs vegetable broth powder
  • 1/4 cup water

Yeah, look at all that butter. Dad accidentally bought the fat-free evaporated milk too so I had to run out to buy 3 more cans of regular evaporated milk. Tastes much better to me. Sometimes we like to cook outside with this so it doesn’t smoke up the house.

Oh and if you ever buy lobster from T&T they will actually chop it up for you if you ask them to. Saves a lot of time. Now onto the cooking steps.

Deep fry the noodles or boil them in water (depending on what kind of noodles you buy),  move to a plate and set aside for later use.

Deep fry the lobster until the shell has turned red. Set aside for later use. This step helps to hold the meat together during stir-frying.

In a bowl mix 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 1 tablespoon vegetable broth powder with 1/4 cups water. Stir and set aside for later use

In a wok heat up 4 tablespoons cooking oil on high heat. When oil is smoking hot add garlic, onions and green pepper. Cook until the onions have softened. 

Add the lobster and butter to the wok. Toss the lobster around until all the butter has melted.

Turn the heat down to medium and add 2 cans evaporated milk, 1/4 cup 2% milk and the cornstarch and water mixture. Toss everything around until the cream fully coats all the  pieces of lobster. Pour on top of the plate of noodles set aside earlier. It may seem like there’s a lot of cream sauce but don’t worry, the noodles will soak all that up.

There you have it, lobster and cream sauce on top of noodles just like the restaurant makes it. I’d have to say this is probably much creamier than the restaurant version but we only have this about once a year so that’s ok.

All 4 lobsters were enough to feed 8 people and we still had some leftovers. Mom didn’t want to be in the pictures cause she said her hair was a mess…sigh. No matter what you look like we still love you and your cooking, but this one’s for you Mom. Hope you had a very happy Mother’s day!

Do you have a favorite dish or food that is an “occasional treat”?

Before I leave Denise @ Quickies on the Dinner Table and Lazaro @ Lazaro Cooks are teaming up to host a cooking challenge for a chance to win Denise’s wonderful cookbook Quickies: Morning, Noon and Night (minds outta the gutter peeps). If you’re interested please click here.  Don’t forget to check out my Giveaways! page every so often. That’s it for today, until next time friends and family. Hope you’re all having a wonderful week so far :-D.

Happy Mother’s Day Mommies!

Sorry my foodie friends, no food talk or pics today so if you want to skip this post I totally understand. Instead I’d like to share with you my thoughts and experiences on motherhood. I’m posting this one day early so I can stay off blogging (well my blog at least ;-)) on Mother’s day. Here are a few things I’ve learned so far through my wonderful journey.

Until you’re a Mom you don’t really understand:
the TRUE POWER of a baby’s smile.
how unselfish you really can be.
the value of time.
the definition of heartmelting.
that even the strongest bonds can be made without saying a single word.
the meaning of responsibility.
how to nurture.

That above is what I like to call the “Mother of all Rainbows”. Like they say, “at the end of every rainbow is a pot of gold,” here’s mine:

They fill my days with joy, love, laughter, and blessings. They are so many things to me:

the reason I breathe.

my source of laughter.

my sunshine on a cloudy day.

the reason I continue to learn so that I can someday pass on my knowledge to them.

my monsters by day,

but angels by night.

Uh huh, sometimes my kiddies may seem like little monsters, but they’re MY little monsters and even little monsters have to nap.

That’s when I can’t help but watch them with loving eyes and think to myself how lucky I am. I thank the powers above for blessing me with such beautiful children.

So how many times have people tried to give you advice that you don’t agree with? Being Asian, I know all too well that there are too many Chinese superstitions/traditions out there to follow. If I listened to all of them it would drive me up the walls. So I try to do whatever works for me. Same goes with reading those baby books. Don’t treat those books as a bible, treat them as a reference or a guide to your journey through motherhood. If someone tells you not to pick up your baby when he/she cries cause you’ll spoil him/her but you feel the need to pick him/her up, then do it. I’m sure every parent will agree that babies grow way too fast. Before you know it they’re toddlers who ask you way too many questions or teenagers who slam the door in your face. Sure, you’re spoiling your baby but I don’t see anything wrong with spoiling your baby with love and attention. So hold that baby in your arms while you can and just enjoy the bonding time.

“I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers.
From the first breath she breathed,
When she first smiled at me,
I knew the love of a father runs deep.
Someday you might know what I’m going through,
When a miracle smiles up at you.
I loved her first.”
(By Heartland)
Until you’re a Mom you will never truly understand the power and   heartmelting feeling one gets when your baby smiles at you for the first time. So with that said I’d like to leave you with this touching song. Every parent who has a daughter can probably relate to the heartfelt words in this song. It’s definitely one of my favorites. This song brings tears to my eyes everytime I listen to it. If you have a daughter, you’ll enjoy this music video. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a song for sons, but if anyone would like to share one with me I would love to hear it.) And this is a country song. Yes, I like country music, so what 😀
I Loved Her First by Heartland
Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely Mommies out there who sacrifice their time, sleep, friends, sanity, and ALCOHOL 😉 to better the life of their children!