Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

Another Mexican recipe from the South Arm Women Community Kitchen. For this kitchen, Michelle shared a Quinoa Enchilada Casserole.

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We served the Quinoa Enchilada Casserole with sides of chopped tomatoes, avocado, romaine lettuce and cilantro.

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This is a healthy enchilada baked that you can enjoy quilt-free. It is made with chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness which are high in protein. Leftovers taste even better.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 (10-ounce) can mild enchilada sauce (red or green)
  • 1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels, frozen, canned or roasted
  • 1/2 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, diced
  • head of lettuce, chopped

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Pho Japolo on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

We discovered Pho Japolo when we visited Cafe Loyal. They are neighbours.

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We came here for lunch on a Saturday afternoon. It was a weird day. When we arrived, it was pouring but when we left, the sun was shining.

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The restaurant is larger than we expected. The dining area above is just a separate dining area from the main dining area. This restaurant can easily accommodates 70 people.

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The usual fixings for Vietnamese meal. The bean sprouts were served raw.

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Nanzaro ordered the Bun Bo Hue. He was not sure it was his dish when the server brought it to the table because it did not look as spicy as he expected. We tasted the broth which is quite flavourful with pronounced lemongrass flavour. Nanzaro added the chili paste condiment on the table to spice up his Bun Bo Hue. Continue reading

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

I made this Moroccan Chickpea Stew for dinner. I tried to introduce different cuisine at home.

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You can have this Moroccan Chickpea Stew with steamed rice or couscous.

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We had it with some grilled lamb and couscous. Well, my boys love the lamb but not so much of the stew especially Nanzaro, He does not like tomatoes at all. Arkensen is more open minded to try new food.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup diced carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups cubed peeled potato (about 1 large)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14-ounce) can vegetable broth

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Source: this recipe is adapted from myrecipes.com.

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Ladies’ Meet at Water St. Cafe, Vancouver

I met up with Polly and Whitney in Gastown for a get together. It was a rainy day again just like the past couple of our get together.

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Since, it was raining, we did not go far from where Whitney works. We had dinner at Water St. Cafe.

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We started off with an appetizer of Calamari Fritti as recommended by Whitney. These were light and crispy and served with garlic aioli and preserved orange.

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Complementary warm bread with good crust.

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Since we like to share our dishes, Whitney also recommended the Rigatoni with Italian Sausage. The Italian Sausage has some spiciness in it. This is served with some shaved fennel and grated Parmesan and freshly ground black pepper. Continue reading

Cafe Loyal Asian Fast Food on Bridgeport Road, Richmond

When I was having my hair cut at a salon recently, I overheard conversations about a Hong Kong style restaurant on Bridgeport Road and No. 5 Road has good value for money (I assumed it to be Hong Kong because drink is included).

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We decided to go for lunch on a Sunday. The previous tenant of this location was Casa Pinoy which was pretty good too.

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As this is a fast food place, there is no table service. The menus are posted on the wall and you place your order by the menu number at the cashier and pay for the food upon placing the order.

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When your food is ready, they will call your receipt number for you to pick up your food at the counter. The good thing is you do not have to pay tips as there is no table service. This restaurant accepts cash only.

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I like the open kitchen concept where you can view the chef at work and the cleanliness of the kitchen.

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I ordered Chicken in Thai Sauce with rice. You can have it with spaghetti too. It is just a grilled chicken chop doused with sweet chili sauce with some steamed green beans at the bottom. The meal was decent. I had hot milk tea with my meal. Continue reading

Kam Do Plaza in the Making

Finally, the signs are up.

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A new plaza in the making on No. 3 Road, Kam Do Plaza.

Unfortunately, the Coming Soon sign displayed is Kam Do Bakery. The is no sign of Kam Do Restaurant. We were looking forward for the return of Kam Do Restaurant. Hope there will be one in the plaza.

Dinner at Emily S

Emily S invited Marian, Lorna and me to her house for tea and a casual dinner to catch up with one another.

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I made Matrimonial Squares (a.k.a dates squares) for tea time. We enjoyed this high fiber pastry with some special tea prepared by Emily.

Dinner is served when Marian arrived, slightly later.

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Emily bought some appetizers from T&T; marinated beef tripe, pork ear, pork stomach with sour mustard and seaweed.

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Emily quickly stir fried some Tiger Prawn with some Sichuan Pepper after Marian arrived. The prawns were large succulent and springy.

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Honey Ginger Lemonade

Michelle prepared a Mexican theme meal at the South Arm Community Kitchen for Women due to popular demand.

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Most of the recipes had been blogged already. You can click on the link below the photo to view the recipe.

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Cabbage Avocado Slaw.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning.

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Fresh Salsa.

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Spiced Lentil Tacos/Burito.

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The Honey Ginger Lemonade is a new recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup peeled fresh ginger slices
  • 7 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 cups purified water
  • 4 cups ice cubes.

Instruction

  1. Place the lemon juice, honey, ginger and sprigs of mint in a large pitcher to release flavour.
  2. Add water and stir until the honey dissolves, then add ice.

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Belated Birthday and Farewell Dinner for Ben

We celebrated Ben’s birthday the next day on his way to the airport for his business trip as he was too busy and tired to go out on a weekday.

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He picked Bushuair Restaurant as he loves Sichuan Food. Arkensen commented on the menu which is so big that it occupies almost half of the table when flips open. We like menu with photos as you get visual of the dishes before you order them.

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I find the teapot spout is interesting.

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Ben ordered four dishes to go with steamed rice. The first item was a Lamb/Mutton Stew. The boys did not quite like it because the lamb was very boney. Continue reading

Waves Coffee in Metrotown, Burnaby

Ben has some office work to prepare before his business trip. So, we went to Waves Coffee near Metrotown for coffee and he can work on his notebook.

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This location is popular with young adults who come here for coffee and internet access. The row of high seats facing the windows are occupied by young people with their notebook in front of them because there are power points under the tables.

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This place was busy on a Saturday. Our drinks takes a while to be prepared.

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Ben had latte while I had mocha. The drinks are rich and creamy. Both drinks cost $9.14.

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Ben does not like pastry for breakfast. So, we snuck in a Bahn Mi from Tung Hing Bakery on the way here to share.

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