Mexican theme: Guacamole

Minoo shared a Mexican theme menu for the South Arm Community Kitchen. The Mexican theme was inspired by one of the participant who would like to learn how to use avocado.

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Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 jalapeno, finely minced
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 avocados (mashed)
  • a bunch of cilantro, chopped, optional
  • 1 to 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced, optional
  • 1 to 2 lemon, juiced
  • salt to taste

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Firebird Cafe Revisited

On a weekend, my family went to Continental Plaza for dinner. Ben gave the boys the choice to pick the restaurant. Arkensen picked Firebird Cafe.

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Arkensen wanted lots of meat. He ordered the customizable Sizzling Grill. His choice of meat was Ribeye Steak and Sausage. The Ribeye steak was surprisingly tender.

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He had fries for his side and gravy for the sauce.

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Arkensen’s sizzling plate also comes with a soup. He opted for the cream soup. Continue reading

South Ocean Seafood Restaurant at Garden City Plaza, Richmond

Ben and I stopped for dim sum on a Saturday morning in the middle of our walk.

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The parking in this strip mall is always a nightmare. It’s a good thing that we walked here.

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There was a 20 minutes wait for us. Ben loves the above painting in the restaurant. It’s called “Along the River During the Qingming Festival”. It represents the daily life of people and the landscape of the capital Bianjing (known as Kaifeng today) from the Northern Song period.

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The dim sum here is of the push cart style. You get to see what you want before ordering. Here is what we had; Steamed Chicken Feet. I love the fall off the bones skin which is rich in collagen. Continue reading

Nadu Spicy Restaurant in Brighouse Square, Richmond

Emily, Lorna, Marian and I met up at Nadu Spicy Restaurant in Brighouse Square. We have not met since Marian and Emily went back to their home country for Chinese New Year celebration.

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Ben did mention to me that he remembered there is Nadu in Beijing too.

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The interior still looks like the former Chamonix Restaurant that occupied this location.

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The restaurant was not busy at 1PM on a week day.

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We ordered three appetizers to start with. Marian wanted the Potato Slice. It was crunchy. Continue reading

Macau Cafe in Parker Place Foodcourt

Ben and I intended to go to Lido Restaurant for breakfast on a weekend morning, just past 8:00AM. As usual, Lido was full house and there were several parties in front of us waiting for their table. So, we decided to walk over to Parker Place food court instead.

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We had Hong Kong style breakfast at Macau Cafe. This place was busy too but food came out pretty quickly.

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I ordered the Macau Pork Chop Bun. The bun was quite crispy on the outside.

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Ben ordered the Portuguese Pork Chop Noodle in Soup, with instant noodle as the choice of the noodle.

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Both the items came with a hot drink. We had Hong Kong style coffee and milk tea respectively.

Both the item came to less than $10, cash only.

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We were here in April and yet the Chinese New Year decoration is still on.

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U-Pick Strawberries at W&A Farm, Richmond

The praise dance group from the RCEFC went to pick strawberries after the praise dance session on a Thursday morning. Thanks to Angel for organizing this field trip.

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June is the strawberries season but according to the farmer, this year’s season arrives early. We went to pick the strawberries in early June and was told that it’s almost end of the u-pick season.

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We went to the W&A Farm on the corner of No.8 Road and Westminster Hwy for the u-pick.

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I had not picked strawberries for a few years and I noticed that the price had gone up. It’s $2.50 a pound now. Continue reading

Easy Morning Glory Muffins

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made some easy and tasty muffins that are a glorious way to start any day.

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These Easy Morning Glory Muffins combine the great taste and chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavours of apple, raisins, coconut, walnuts and cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 apple – peeled, cored and shredded
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

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This recipe yields 12 very large muffins. These muffins freeze well.

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Lemon Scented Orzo

We served the Honey and Lime Glazed Chicken with a side of Lemon Scented Orzo.

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/3 cup orzo pasta
  • grated Parmesan cheese for topping, optional

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Honey and Lime Glazed Chicken

Minoo shared three easy and yet delicious recipes in the South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen.

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The main course is Honey and Lime Glazed Chicken. The chicken is juicy and flavoured with rosemary.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (we used a combination of lemon and lime)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • zest of 1 lemon or 2 limes
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 12 skinless chicken thighs
  • olive oil for drizzle (optional)

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TUC Craft Kitchen on West Cordova St., Vancouver

Polly, Whitney and I went out for dinner in downtown Vancouver on a spring week day. It was nice to go out in the evening when the sky is still bright.

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Whitney made reservation at TUC Craft Kitchen at 6:15PM. Unfortunately, Polly arrived late due to her meeting at work. So, Whitney called to postpone our reservation twice from 6:15PM to 6:45PM and then to 7:00PM. On the second call, the restaurant told her that normally they do not allow that but just for this time.

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When we arrived, the restaurant was not busy at all. I guessed they allow us to postpone of our reservation because of that.

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We started off with some appetizers which are good for sharing. The above is Parsnip Fries. They were match sticks size and very crunchy.

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The next appetizer was their signature dish Pork Belly Crackling. It is served with a star anise red wine reduction. They were deep fried; very crunchy on the outside and melt in your mouth when biting into it with some sinful pork fat oozing into the mouth.  Luckily, it is just a small portion for the three of us to share. Simply can’t have too much of these. Continue reading