Dumplings with Chili Sauce

I’ve been wanting to try dumplings with a really hot chili sauce for some time now all because of the food pics on Instagram. Earlier this week, I bought frozen veggie and chicken dumplings from the grocery store to try it out with the chili sauce I made following a recipe I Googled. It was pretty easy to make: combine dried crushed hot peppers and non-aromatic oil in a pan over medium heat for a few minutes. Let cool completely and jar. I had the dumplings with the chili oil and a bit of soy sauce (pictured). It was really tasty. Today, I made more and added dried shallots. It was even better. I’d say, this is one of the simplest and quickest tasty food ever.

Nostalgic Snack

When I was a kid, Mom would make buttered tortillas for us (seven of us kids) for breakfast then send us on our way to grade school.  It has been a whirlwind raising my own kids.  They are super picky.  The older one doesn’t like tortilla with just butter.  She prefers quesadillas.  I’ve made a quesadilla for her once but I could never get the cheese amount exactly the way she likes it (but I think she likes it thick and gooey).  She didn’t complain but she hasn’t asked me to make it again.  As for my youngest, she doesn’t go near tortillas or cheese.

I like mine plain with butter just the way Mom made it.

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Lunch With Husband

The girls are both officially in school for the 20016/17  school year and I am back to having more time for myself and with my husband on his days off work.  I remember when the kids were babies and toddlers and kept me on my toes.  Now, they rarely need me.  It’s nice but sometimes I wish they were still little.  I can’t believe my oldest started high school.  It will take me awhile to accept this giant step.  Anyhow, I’m really enjoying spending more time with Husband.  It kind of feels like we are dating again.

Having lunch at Q Doba:

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Lunch With My Sister and Herbs

Went to lunch with my sister.  It’s always nice to spend time catching up over lots of food.

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After lunch, I went over to my parents’ and Mom gave me some cucumbers from her garden and some Hmong herbs.  Every year I ask her for herbs to plant in my pot because I don’t have a ground garden yet.  I hope to one day but for now, this is it.

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Random Photos: Food

I’ve been working on eating healthier and thought I’d share some of those food.  Not everything is healthy yet but I’m getting there.

Deli Cajun turkey sandwich with thin pretzels and hummus.  Sausage stir fry with cabbage and a side of white rice.  I have reduced my intake of white rice to almost nothing and it feels great!

TURKEYSAUSAGE_840Kao piak.  The noodles are made with rice powder and glutenous rice powder.  This is one comfort food I don’t think I can ever stop eating but I’m going to limit how much I eat.  It’ll be hard because it is so good.  Zucchini spaghetti with turkey meat marinara and a side of roasted asparagus and French bread.

KAOPIAKTRKYSPG_840Quinoa tabbouleh and baked herb breaded chicken breasts.  First time making tabbouleh and loved it!

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Fish tacos. First time fish taco maker and it turned out so refreshing and delicious!

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Left over fish taco fish, slaw, and avocado with left over tabbouleh.  Deli Cajun turkey on nut bread with side of Lays Potato Chips.  I have a hard time eating sandwiches without something crunchy to go with it so that’s something I’ll need to work on.

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Teas…

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My Pad Thai Obsession

I love Pad Thai so much that it’s pretty much what I order when I eat out at a Thai restaurant.  I’ve had bad Pad Thai before and I’ve also had really awesome Pad Thai (in Miami in 2013).  I’m still searching for the perfect Pad Thai here, where I live.  In the mean time, I’ll continue eating whatever Pad Thai I can get my hands on.

Went to Trader Joe’s for the first time and tried their frozen Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai.  It was okay.  A bit too salty for me and I accidentally overcooked the noodles.

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Also tried this package dried version from the Asian market I frequent.  I added mushrooms, spinach, and garnished with bean sprouts.  It was pretty good.

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My current favorite is this homemade version with shrimp.  I made it old-fashioned style using ketchup, sweet soy sauce, and oyster sauce.  I added mushrooms, spinach, and bean sprouts as well.  It was a little on the dry side but so delicious!

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Cuban Chicken

CUBANCHICKEN0040_800I tried my hands at making Cuban chicken and it turned out pretty good.  I first had it during the family cruise last year to the Bahamas and totally fell in love with it.  I found a recipe online but it required way too many ingredients and I remembered the flavors to be very simple yet very delicious.

It was simple to make.  For the spices, I basically used cumin, paprika, cayenne (for heat so just a pinch or two), black pepper, bay leaf, and salt.  I’ll tweak it some more before sharing a recipe.  If you want the recipe I found online (and have not tried yet), it is here.