Soda Bread

We made Soda Bread to go with the 30 Clove Garlic Soup in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (we mixed in half whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups butter milk

For brown soda bread, use 3 cups whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup unbleached flour

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Source: The Art of Simple Food

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30 Clove Garlic Soup

The theme for this South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen is keeping healthy and eating well in fall. We shared on tips like lots of hand washing and healthy eating.

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This sweet and velvety soup is a winter elixir. Garlic is an immunity-boosting champ and may help ward off colds. You can make a big batch and freeze it. Whenever you feel your throat start to tickle, you can have a bowl of it.

From http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10594976:

–> garlic has antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral properties.

Ingredients

  • 2 heads garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 8 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Optional flavourings: fresh thyme, bay leaf or fresh chives, minced

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Source: from Wholeliving.com

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Himalaya Restaurant on Main Street, Vancouver

Nanzaro wanted Indian buffet for lunch on a Sunday.

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So, Ben drove to the Punjabi Market on Main St. Vancouver to look one. We came upon Himalaya Restaurant which looks quite modern and clean cut from the outside.

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When we enter the restaurant, we were greeted with a whole buffet of sweets. The sweets are not part of the buffet lunch. The restaurant has quite a big sitting area. In fact, part of the area was closed as there are not a lot of customers.

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We had the non-vegetarian buffet which is $13.95 while there is an option for vegetarian buffet for $11.95. Ben piled up his plate with everything. Continue reading

Samsoonie Noodle and Rice on Westminster Hwy, Richmond

We intended to go to Kingparks for lunch on a Saturday after negotiated with our boys on where to eat despite that we know getting a parking space will be difficult.

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We entered the parking lot where Banzai is located and Nanzaro noticed that Man Ri Sung had been replaced by a new Korean restaurant. So, we changed our plan to try out this new place.

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Samsoonie Noodle & Rice has opened just a month when I checked with the server. The decor is rustic with wooden tables and chairs.

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Ben ordered Dolsot Bibimbap which is Bibimbap served in hot stone bowl. Dolsot Bibimbap is $1 more than the regular Bibimbap; i.e $9.99. It is loaded with vegetables and some meat on top. Continue reading

Red House on Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben intended to go to Shanghai Morning for dinner but the parking lot was full. He did not want to go round and round looking for a parking spot.

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So, we ended up at Red House which has plenty of parking spot.

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A Hong Kong style restaurant, our order came with soup and drink. We opted for Borsht soup over cream soup. The soup was tasty with decent amount of cabbage. There were also garlic toast to go with the soup.

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Since it’s dinner time, Ben and I opted for Horlick instead of caffeinated drink.

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I ordered a Seafood Yee Mee Noodle in Hot Pot which has scallop and shrimp. I ordered this thinking it was what we saw on another customer’s table but it turned out to be different. Continue reading

Lucky Joy BBQ Restaurant on Thorpe Road, Richmond

Ben suggested to go to Lucky Joy Restaurant near King George Park in Richmond. It has been a long while since we dine here. The restaurant looks nicer now.

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We ordered from the Special Combination menu; 3 dish combo for $48.80. Ben wanted to add a lobster dish for an extra $10 but the boys protested.

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The above fried chicken wing was complementary from the combo dish. They were fried to crispy on the outside and still moist inside. Nanzaro had two pieces because Arkensen does not like anything with bones.

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Ben’s pick for our combo; it was a starred item on the list. The above was Chicken Steamed with Lotus Leaf. It was a huge serving. Ben loves the chicken leg pieces which were tender with a hint of herbal scent from the red dates and goji berries. Continue reading

Woe Ga Jib Korean Restaurant at Alexandra Road, Richmond

Ben and I went out for lunch alone on a Saturday as the boys wanted to stay home to catch one of their show on life feed.

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We went to Woe Ga Jib which previous tenant was Jang Mo Jib. I remembered Jang Mo Jib means mother in law. I wonder what does woe ga jib mean?

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The restaurant entrance is kind of at the back. The customer has to walk up a slope which leads to the entrance with Korean art painted on the wall. The entrance greeted us with a couple of face masks decor.

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Woe Ga Jib is a big restaurant with a large sitting area.

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We ordered from the lunch special. Ben had a Beef Hot Pot with Bulgogi for $13.95. The beef came in shredded form and there was some vermicelli at the bottom of the pot. Continue reading

Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant on Sexsmith Road, Richmond

We had lunch at Sing Yee Chinese Restaurant on one of the weekend dining out.

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Sing Yee is a typical Chinese restaurant with signs of deals posted on their wall.

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Ben picked one of the item posted on the wall which is Stewed Herbal Mutton Vermicelli Soup. This is value for money as it is only $7.95. The bowl is loaded with herbs like red date, longan, goji berries, etc. The mutton is skin on and bone in.

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I also ordered an item from the sign on the wall which is BBQ Duck with Rice Spaghetti (Lai Fern). A whole duck leg with plum sauce. Continue reading

Lemon Pudding Cakes

This Lemon Pudding Cake recipe is adapted from The Greyston Bakery Cookbook.

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These pillowy, Vitamin C-packed cakelets are adapted from The Greyston Bakery Cookbook. These cakes are rich without being too heavy.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • fresh raspberries or blackberries, for serving

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