Weekend Musings: Home Tips

A friend shared some interesting home tips on storing, keeping fresh, quick solutions and cleanliness tips which are good to know. Hope you’ll benefit from these tips and have a great weekend.

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An apple to make tomatoes ripen
If you’re tired of waiting and would like to make your tomatoes ripe in half the time, put them in a bowl with an apple or two, and cover them up with plastic wrap.

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Beans for wax
Fill up the candle house with a layer of raw beans. It’s not only a nice decoration, but the beans will also keep the candle steady and capture the wax drops.

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Toothpick on scotch tape
Mark the end of the scotch tape by rolling it up with a toothpick at the end.  Continue reading

Specialty Chicken & Wonton House at Ackroyd, Richmond

On a weekend lunch, Ben decided to revisit Specialty Chicken & Wonton House for lunch. It’s been more than two years since our visit in 2010.

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The parking in this strip mall is very congested especially after Price Smart renovated and expanded.

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Ben and I shared a lunch combo for two ($21.80) which comprises of a choice of half a chicken/duck dish, a seasonal vegetable and two bowls of rice. Ben opted for the Hainanese chicken.

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The Hainanese chicken was served cold with a gelatinous skin and fat. The chicken skin was bouncy and the meat was firm. Continue reading

Perfect Taste Restaurant in Crystal Mall, Burnaby

Ben and I were in the Crystal Mall looking for lunch options.

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We decided to try the Perfect Taste Restaurant which located outside the mall.

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The Chinese name of the restaurant indicates that it is of northern eastern Chinese cuisine. The dishes come with free rice.

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The restaurant was empty when we were there on a Friday afternoon.

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We ordered a couple of dishes since it’s just the two of us. The first dish is a stir fried potatoes, egg plant and green pepper. When the dish arrived, we can smelled the fragrance of bean sauce. Continue reading

Wonderful Buffet in Bellingham

It’s one of the Saturday that we went across the border for some shopping. Ben was craving for the baby back ribs from Costco while Nanzaro wanted a pair of new shoes. We only headed out at 3pm when the border wait was less than 30 minutes. I also heard from the news that the US government’s budget cut will include the border security. Anticipating longer wait when this takes effect.

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We decided to try out Wonderful Buffet for dinner. This is our first time here. If I remembered correctly, it’s $11.95 per person, drinks extra.

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The buffet mostly comprises of Chinese food with a Japanese sushi bar. Here are some of the food we had; fried noodles, various shrimp dishes, fried calamari, fried chicken, etc. The roast beef did not look appetizing. Moreover, there was no one there to do the slicing. We had to slice it ourselves and it did not look pretty.

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Weekend Musings: Best Food

Here is some health tips I received from a fried a while ago which I love to share with chowtimes readers. It’s good to include the following food in our daily diet. Happy weekend.

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Turmeric is said to have anti-inflammatory properties and to fight cancer.

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Cinnamon is a super-spice which helps control blood sugar and cholesterol.

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The goji berry is used to protect the liver, and to improve immunity, longevity and fertility. Continue reading

ABC HK Cafe in Aberdeen Center, Richmond

Ben and I wanted to go to Lido for lunch but the parking was full, as usual. So, we ended up going to Aberdeen Center. While exploring where to eat, we noticed that Northern Delicacy was closed with a note on the door stating the closure was due to failure to pay rent. So sad.

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We decided to try ABC HK Cafe since we have not try this place before. The previous occupant, 7th Heaven Cafe was a HK style restaurant too.

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The restaurant is spacious.

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The views from the restaurant.

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I ordered a Lamb Hotpot as I was craving for it especially in the cold winter. The lamb was a bit tough. It was a big pot and we ended up packing quite a lot of the leftover home. Continue reading

Revisit Fatty Hi Chinese Restaurant in Capstan Way, Richmond

I brought Ben to Fatty Hi Chinese Restaurant to try their Mala Xiang Guo. Ben was impressed by their menu.

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The Mala Xiang Guo is $18.95 and it’s for 2. Rice has to be ordered separately. The Mala Xiang Guo is prefix i.e. you do not get to choose the ingredients like what we had in Beijing. The only thing I did not like was there were too much luncheon meat in it. I would prefer more vegetarian ingredients like wood ear, bean curd stick, cabbage… Continue reading

Cinnamon Sugar Muffins

For dessert, Michelle prepared a Cinnamon Sugar Muffins for the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen. She would love to have churros for the Mexican theme but it will be too tedious to prepare in the 2 hours kitchen.

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We baked the muffins in regular muffin tin. You can use mini muffin tins to make little morsel of this. Instead of using paper cup, you’ll have to grease the miniature muffin tin. It will take lesser time to bake the miniature muffins.

For a more luxurious dessert, dip the miniature muffins in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

Ingredients

  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup 2% milk
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • melted butter, optional
  • cinnamon sugar

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Source: Taste of Home

12 servings

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Fresh Salsa

Instead of just plain chopped tomato, you can serve the Spiced Lentil Tacos with Fresh Salsa.

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The jalapeno adds a kick to the Fresh Salsa. You can also serve fresh salsa with tortilla chips or as a condiment for grilled steak or shrimp.

Ingredients

  • 2 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 small white onion, diced small (2/3 cup)
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • coarse salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

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Source: Everyday Food, June 2010

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together tomatoes, white onion, jalapeno, garlic and fresh lime juice.
  2. Season with coarse salt and pepper and stir to combine. Let sit at least 15 minutes (or, covered, up to 4 hours).
  3. Stir in cilantro leaves just before serving.

Spiced Lentil Tacos

The main course for the Mexican theme prepared by Michelle for the South Arm Older Adults Kitchen was Spiced Lentil Tacos.

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Michelle shared with us that even his meat lover husband enjoys this. Lentil is a great protein substitute and is high in fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons homemade taco seasoning
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
To serve:
  • 1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
  • 8 taco shells or soft tortillas
  • 1 1/4 cups shredded lettuce (spin/pat dry)
  • 1 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced fat (2%) cheddar

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P/S: Missing from the photo: brown lentils, vegetable broth, olive oil, onion, garlic, homemade taco seasoning. I accidentally deleted one of the photo of the ingredients.
Source: this recipe is adapted from epicurious.com

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