The South Arm Women Community Kitchen is back in action after Christmas break.
For the first kitchen, Michelle prepared 3 simple recipes for some old and some new participants. The main course is a Beef Stew with Noodles. This is a hearty one pot complete meal.
- Use affordable chuck roast for stews because it becomes tender and flavourful as it simmers. Cutting the meat into smaller pieces shortens the cooking time.
- Cutting vegetables into evenly sized cubes helps to ensure that they’ll finish cooking at the same time.
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 pounds boneless beef chuck, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- salt and ground pepper
- 1 large onion, diced
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cans (14.5 ounces each) chicken broth (preferably reduced-sodium)
- 1/2 pound carrots, cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
- 2 cups egg noodles (or more)
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
Source: This recipe is adapted from MarthaStewart.com
Serves about 6, depending on serving size
For today’s South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen, we made cookies for the annual South Arm Fund Raiser for the Richmond Food Bank. Of course, we also whipped up a simple meal of soup and salad for the participants.
Michelle shared a quick and easy Greek Soup recipe called Fassolada.
This soup can be versatile in a way that you can add more broth for an extra helping. Some crusty bread and a side salad will made it a complete meal.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 cups of diced tomatoes, can or preesrved
- 2 cups of vegetable broth (we used an organic bouillon cub dissoved in water)
- 2 to 3 cups pre-cooked or can white beans (if using can beans, rinse and drain)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon dillweed, or 2 tablespoons fresh dillweed
- 1 large bay leaf
- salt and pepper to taste
- chooped parsley for garnishing
Source: South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen
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We will be spending the next few months migrating the contents over from http://chowtimes.com and once it is completed, we might decide to shut down that domain.
Ben and Suanne
I visited Beijing in the fall of 2012 again. This trip was merely to spend time there with Ben; not so much for site seeing. Anyway, it was very cold even it’s just November. Most of the days were below zero.
My first meal was my favourite Malaxiangguo. This dry spicy dish consists of pork belly, fish tofu, enoki mushroom, cabbage, lotus root, etc. The choice of ingredients is up to the customer. This dish was RMB168 (CAD28) and it’s good for two.
Ben bought some Beijing snacks for me to snack on.
We bought a steamed cheesecake from Paris Baguette for breakfast. It was RMB12 (CAD2). It’s like Japanese style cheesecake. Continue reading
This is the 25th years anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion relay to continue to fund the research for a cure for the spinal cord injury.
McDonald’s is a sponsor of the Man In Motion Rick Hansen’s Relay and hence the McDonald’s Restaurant on Steveston Hwy was a pit stop for the relay. Nanzaro wanted to be part of this epic journey of 7,000 runner, 12,000 kilometer event through more than 700 communities.
Emily and Audrey from Lord Byng Elementary school are the chosen candidates for this relay as both the sisters had raised more than $30K for the Rick Hansen Foundation. Emily is a brave girl who chose to make a difference despite her adversary.
The above is arrival of the Ramesh Ferris who will be passing the relay medal to Emily.
The arrival of Rick Hansen. Continue reading
Spring is a love and hate season for me. I love the warmer and longer day. I love to see buds coming out from the ground and flowers start to bloom. However, this is also the season of allergy. I’m allergic to pollen and my nose will stuffed up and runny at times and my throat will be agitated by clear mucus. When these symptoms hit me, I will have sleepless night due to the cough caused by agitated throat.
I remembered Lorna told me of a remedy for cough with orange. I looked up the remedy from the internet and gave it a try. After a few times, it does help to ease my cough. There is no harm trying this because it’s just orange and salt. Orange is rich in Vitamin C and salt has antiseptic value.
We cant believe that chowtimes.com is 6 years old already. It’s been a wonderful 6 years of sharing our food and travel experiences with our readers and friends. We just want to thank our readers for their continuing support and encouragement.
We hope there will be more sharing in the coming year with more good eats, recipes and travel experiences.
Ben, Suanne, Arkensen and Nanzaro wishes all a very Merry Christmas.
May this Christmas brings joy to the world.
Below is a couple of Youtube videos with Chinese flavours for your enjoyment. Continue reading
Alright, I am a bit lazy today. So am gonna take it easy and post something simple.
Suanne and I received a number of emails today, some from readers who we had never known before. There were many encouraging words which is very much appreciated. We want to let everyone know Suanne and I are fine. :-)
Anyway, here is one email from a reader (TL) that ended with a question for Suanne and I. That got us stumped a bit. Maybe you guys can help. TL asked:
One thing I would like you to do is to teach us about ten names of few things we order in Chinese restaurants. Very basic things will do. Bao? comes to my mind. We catch a few words here and there but it will be wonderful if faithful Chowtimes readers can be just a little bit literate in Chinese words when eating. Being a Japanese, I can read many Chinese characters so I will never end up ordering only soups or only noodle dishes but I long to be able to say a few words in Chinese restaurants and so do many people, I bet.
Gosh, we don’t know! But here was how we answered TL:
||牛肉 Niu Rou
||豬肉 Zhu Rou
||雞蛋 Ji Dan
What do you think? Any words to add?