Monday, December 28, 2009
In the old days, we didn't have digital camera so I took this photo from our wedding photo album.
Tonight, we went to California Pizza Kitchen for dinner and I had Grilled Vegetable Salad, it was really delicious! I was too busy playing with the kids so I didn't pay much attention to my food but I remembered that I kept saying to my husband: "this salad is SO good, honey". Highly recommended!!!
I can't tell you enough how excited I am about my 50th Post Giveaway . I am now thinking of adding more gifts but I can't tell you just yet. Please stay tuned until next time!!!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
I would like to give away brand new copies of these two cookbooks:
Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
I was too busy to cook this time so I grabbed a couple bags of "TJ's Powerhouse Salad Kit" which is a complete salad with spinach, walnuts, dried edamame, dried blueberries and a blueberry cherry vinaigrette. It was a big hit at the party, so healthy and dee-li-cious!!!
In the evening, I went to see beautiful fireworks in Manhattan Beach with my family. Our friends who hosted the party live on the Strand which is just a couple blocks from the Manhattan Beach Pier. They served fantastic food and drinks prepared by a professional chef and a bartender. Everything was perfectly tasty, YUM! This was the only good photo of fireworks I got. I'm so sad that most of my photos that I took from both parties were blurry. I hope Santa will bring me a new camera this coming Christmas!
Hope everyone has a wonderful week!
Monday, December 7, 2009
It was raining so hard this morning. I was very cold and hungry when I came back home from my dentist. After checking my fridge, I came up with this rice soup.
I started by boiling a pot of water and added about 2 cups of cooked rice. When it was boiling, I added chopped kale,diced celery and tofu, seasoned with soy sauce (or salt) and pepper. I put a half teaspoon of Marmite to add the nice brown color to the soup. Served in a bowl and sprinkled with Nutritional Yeast,...YUM! After giving a stir, it will look like the photo below, Mmmm!!! So tasty and comforting!!!
Last week, I made a huge pot of Vegetable Stock again. I was so proud of myself that I planned ahead for dinner to feed my lovely family when I've been busy working 5 days in a row so I can come home and cook easy veggie soup for them.
I got back home almost 7 pm and the soup was still in the crock-pot. Nobody touched or ate it! I was so upset and asked why they didn't eat the dinner. My husband said the potatoes weren't cooked. I said "WHAT?" and later on, I realized that I forgot to turn on my crock-pot...Ooups!!! My poor boys didn't get to eat dinner until 8 pm that night, it was still yummy though:)
Monday, November 30, 2009
This is my bowl of chickpea and kale soup topped with saltine crackers, Mmmm!
This is Nathan's bowl, chickpea and sweet corn soup, he asked for "MORE, please"!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I've received this "Beautiful Blogger Award" from Roses r Red Blog a few weeks ago. Thank you so much, Rose for thinking of me and being such a lovely blogger friend since we met each other on this amazing blog sphere. I always enjoy reading both of your beautiful blogs and appreciate your precious time stopping by my blog to leave such positive and caring thoughts:)
I would like to pass this award onto all of YOU on My Blog List because YOU all have such beautiful blogs and I love YOU all! Please feel free to copy this award and post it on your blogs. Enjoy:)
Monday, November 23, 2009
My son, Nathan who loves my fried rice so much has requested this dish because he wanted his friend, Kaevan (Dee Dee's son) to try it. I hope my vegan friends would understand why I used eggs in this dish. I've just become a vegetarian for less than a year because of health reasons. I'm intolerant of dairy products so I try to avoid them as much as I can. I still include eggs in my diet but I didn't eat eggs during my Vegan Food Experiment. I started to eat them again last week and I feel perfectly fine.
This is how I cook my fried rice:
1) Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced garlic, stir until golden brown.
2) Add 2 eggs, stir and cook for few minutes, add cooked rice, soy sauce, vegetarian oyster sauce, and a couple drops of agave syrup (secret ingredient), keep stirring.
3) Add frozen mixed vegetables, stir to mix all the ingredients together about 2 minutes and lower the heat. Cover for 5 minutes and stirring gently about 2-3 minutes more.
I've been fascinated with any kind of rice dish. I grew up eating rice all my life, I truly believe that I can't live without it. So here are some wonderful recipes that I've found and can't wait to experiment with. Hope you'll enjoy them as much as I do:
- Ginger Rice with Sesame Seeds from Authentic Food Delights Blog
- Ghee Rice from Kothiyavunu Blog
- Microwave Coconut Milk Vegetable Rice from Kothiyavunu Blog
- Sesame Fried Rice from Simply Life Blog
- Vegetable Fried Rice from Collaborative Curry Blog
- Thai Fried Rice from Vegan Dad Blog
Note: Please send me your link if you have posted any rice dishes, I'd love to add yours to my collection. Thank you in advance:)
That's all for today, I'm still working on other dishes and hope I would be able to share them with you very soon. Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderful comments. I always appreciate your time, I'll visit your blogs as soon as possible.
Have a lovely week, everyone:)
Friday, November 20, 2009
Would you like to know what my secret ingredient is? Yes, it's because of this "Marmite", Kmouse encouraged me to buy when we went shopping at Cost Plus. This is the first time I've heard about this awesome ingredient which helps transform my veggie stock into a great-looking broth and makes the taste of my soup incredibly delicious!!!
I'm so proud to tell you that this was the first time I made my own vegetable stock. In the past, I always used store-bought veggie broth or stock. I used the recipe from "Vegetable Soups from Deborah Madison's Kitchen" which is truly amazing. I can't wait to try so many great soup recipes from this book!
I made it my easy veggie way:
8 cups water
1 large onion, cut into chunks
2 large carrots,chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 large daikon, chopped (not an ingredient from the book)
1 cup chopped shitake mushroom (not an ingredient from the book)
6 garlic cloves, smashed
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt
Put all the ingredients in a stockpot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer slowly at least 30 minutes, partially covered, then strain it.
The recipe also called for 1 bunch of scallions and 8 parsley sprigs with stems but I skipped them. I'll add these 2 ingredients when I make it again next time!
This time I used buckwheat Japanese noodles, I served cooked noodles with this super delicious veggie stock (including its veggie chunks). Oh, and I dropped a teaspoonful of miso paste in the soup bowl before serving, Mmmmm!!!!
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Inspired by Baked Acorn Squash filled with Apples and Walnuts from Vegan Epicurean Blog and Acorn Squash with Cranberry Apple from The Ordinary Vegetarian Blog . This was the first time I've ever attempted to try cooking "A Fancy Meal". My usual home cooking meals are just some stir-fried with rice or pasta with store-bought sauce or easy sushi rolls. Reading so many amazing food blogs since the New Year has improved my taste of cooking a lot, hasn't it??? Hahaha!!!
I followed the method of cooking from Vegan Epicurean and added dried cranberries and brown sugar just like The Ordinary Vegetarian did. Please visit these two fantastic blogs for the recipes and let me know which version you like or what you come up with. I would love to hear from you:)
Before saying goodbye, I would like to spread the news of "The 50th Post Giveaway" at the lovely Roses r Red Blog. The deadline is November 29th so you have plenty of time to enter to win. Good Luck, Everyone!!!
Monday, November 9, 2009
My cousin, Kim gave me this recipe a while ago and I've been really enjoying it and have made it countless times. I usually eyeball each ingredient and place it all in a small glass jar with lid and shake vigorously. Here is her recipe:
I just need a bag of Baby Arugula Blend, shredded carrots, diced apples (sometimes I used diced avocado), dried cranberries and/or diced dates, and walnuts. I hope you will love this tasty salad dressing as much as I do.
Have a wonderful week, everyone!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
The first award is... "One Lovely Blog Award", comes from Gina at Simply Life Blog ,thank you so much, Gina! I've really enjoyed reading her lovely blog since I found her. She has shared simple recipes with such beautiful photos of her delicious looking meals. She also talks about daily life in general and asks questions at the end of each post that are fascinating!
I will pass this award onto 10 other deserving bloggers! I am aware that some of you have already received this award but I still want to recognize you because you definitely deserved it!
The award goes to...
1. Roses r Red
2. Rosie Sue's Closet
3. The Vegan Mouse
4. Ginger is the New Pink
5. Gluten Free Gidget
6. Vegan Epicurean
7. Heathen and Vegan
8. Allotment 2 Kitchen
9. Life of a Vegan Kid
10. Feeding Little Vegans
The next one is "Kreativ Blogger Award". I want to say thank you to Sangeetha at Kothiyavunu Blog for bestowing this fantastic award on me. Sangeetha has a great passion for cooking Indian cuisine and she loves to experiment with new recipes. She has shared truly amazing recipes with great photos, that I can't wait to try them all. It has been such a short time since I found her blog but I feel like I've known her for the longest time!
Rules of the award:
1.You must thank the person who has given you the award.
2.Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3.Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
4.Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5.Nominate 7 other Kreativ Bloggers.
6.Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate.
7.Leave a comment in the nominated blogs to let them know they have been nominated.
Here are 7 things about myself that people might find interesting which I mostly copied from Sangeetha because we are twins, ha ha!!
1. I am very friendly and at the same time very sensitive.
2. I give respect to everyone who deserves it and dislike arrogant and selfish people.
3. I love shopping but it takes very long time to decide what I want.
4. I love cooking (but not cleaning), gardening, listening to music and watching Nick Jr and Disney Channel.
5. My family is my best gift so I love to spend every moment with them. (Sangeetha made me cry when she said "I miss my dad a lot, why GOD called him so early" because I miss my dad too, he passed away 8 years ago and I wasn't there to say good bye to him!
6. The scariest thing in the world for me is snakes and maybe losing loved ones.
7. I love travelling. I'm so scared to travel alone but I still did it so many times.
And the award goes to:
1. Bitter Sweet
2. The Vegan Mouse
3. Mitten Machen
4. Ordinary Vegetarian
5. Vegan Epicurean
6. The Voracious Vegan
7. Collaborative Curry
Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere thanks to Alicia at Vegan Epicurean for bestowing this thoughtful award on me. I am absolulely impressed with her amazing blog which is full of helpful information and inspiration. I love her attention to details in every post. The best thing of all is that she responds to every single comment that she receives. I LOVE to go back to her blog to find out what her responses are.
Here are the rules of this award:
This award is bestowed on to blogs that are exceedingly charming.
These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends.They are not interested in self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated.
Please give more attention to these writers.
Deliver this award to six bloggers who must choose six more and include this cleverly written text into the body of their award.
I will pass this award to some of my bloggy friends that I find exceedingly charming...
The award goes to....
1. Kmouse at The Vegan Mouse, Kim is my dearest cousin who introduced the blogworld to me and she has inspired me so much after I started reading her blog. Without her, this Easy Veggie Blog wouldn't have been here. Thank you for your inspiration and encouragement, Kim!
2. Rose at Roses r Red, you're always there for me to make me feel comfortable with my new way of eating. Your kind words make me feel like I've known you for such a long time. Thank you for sharing beautiful photos of your veggie creations and pretty things. I always adore your lovely blogs (both of them).
3. Mary at Mitten Machen, I love your writing style which make me feel like I'm reading a famous food magazine and I've always learned something new from your creative blog. Thank you for stopping by my blog as often as good old friends do.
4. Diann at Eat'n Veg'n Vegan Food & Recipes , I've always loved your blog because I know for sure that I will always find healthy and delicious recipes there. I was so impressed with your quick response when I asked you if I could use your recipe. I really appreciate your time.
5. Lauren at Ginger is the New Pink I feel wonderful every time I visit your nice blog, I love reading about your healthy diet, your garden and the lovely times you share with your husband and Ginger. Thank you so much for being such a great blogger friend for quite a while.
6. Mangocheeks at Allotment 2 kitchen My new wonderful blogger friend who grows her own beautiful organic veggies. She shares garden tips and great recipes. She always responds to every comment I leave which makes me feel welcome and want to go back to visit her again.
Thank you all again for your encouragement and support. I always appreciate every single comment from each of you, short or long; they always make my day:)
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