Simple Scones

This is a recipe from the South Arm Community Kitchen which I missed. I was away on vacation.

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It is a recipe for Simple Scones. Photo credit to Hong Cui.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees Celsius.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in the butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
  4. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together).
  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7 to 8 inch circle about 3/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles (we cut into small round dough); place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

In the same kitchen, the South Arm Community Kitchen also made a Might Grain Salad and Edamame Dip which I had blogged before.

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Mighty Grain Salad

Edamame Dip

Edamame Dip

Mega Sushi in Steveston Village, Richmond

I joined a bible study group lunch at Steveston Village. It’s a long story as I do not belong to that bible study group. But one of the member is the teacher of one of the praise dance group I attended. She gave me ride to the praise dance most of the time. So, she invited me to go along since the lunch was on one of the praise dance day.

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We had lunch at Mega Sushi at Chatham Street.

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The restaurant was busy when we arrived. Luckily, we had reservation.

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Roasted rice tea was served.

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We shared the food to sample more variety. The above is the signature dish of Mega Sushi, i.e. Mega Tower. I’m sorry for the harsh lighting as we were seated by the window.  The Mega Tower is constructed from assorted sashimi on top of sushi rice in a tower-like shape with organic vegetable and apple sauce, balsamic vinegar and homemade special sauce. This is $19.95 but justifiable by it’s size. Continue reading

No. 9 Restaurant and Lansdowne Carnival

During a spring break weekend, Ben wanted to have Hong Kong style dinner. Where else is more prominent than No.9 Restaurant in Lansdowne Mall.

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Ben ordered half a BBQ duck specifically for me as I love BBQ duck. I had both the drumsticks as Ben insisted.

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We also shared a House Special Chow Mien. The boys like the crispy noodle. There were plenty of seafood and BBQ pork.

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Fried Rice will not go wrong with our family as it’s our boys favourite. Continue reading

Firebird Cafe at Continental Plaza, Richmond

Ben, Nanzaro and I went out for dinner on a Saturday night. This time, Arkensen stayed home as he wanted to finished his homework.

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We went to Firebird Cafe in Continental Plaza. It was relatively new when we visited in March. The restaurant was full but we only had to wait for a few minutes for a table.

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Freebird Cafe is a Hong Kong style restaurant with customizable Fish Soup Noodles, Steamed Rice and Sizzling Grill. You can click on the menu above to have a larger view.

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Ben and I shared two items. The first dish was a customizable noodle soup. We had Malay Laksa Soup with pork skin and fish tofu. The ramen noodle has an extra charge of 50cents. Besides the two toppings we picked, it also came with cabbage, bean curd, mushroom, green onion and cilantro. It was a big serving as I’m already full after having half of the bowl. Continue reading

Ikea Richmond

After the early dim sum, we went home to drop off Arkensen before we went out for our walk.

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It was a beautiful time of the year. The cherry blossoms never fail to amaze me.

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We walked from Costco to Ikea. It was a cloudy morning and the walk was very pleasant.

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We stopped by the Ikea food court for coffee. I need my coffee fix since I did not have coffee for breakfast. Continue reading

Early Dim Sum at Imperial Court Beijing Cuisine at Brighouse Square, Richmond

My family went for an early dim sum breakfast on Good Friday.

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After searching for a while, the only restaurant that opens as early as 8:30am is Imperial Court Beijing Cuisine at Brighouse Square. Most of the dim sum restaurants in Richmond open after 9:00am.

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Tea charge is $1.25 per person. Even though there is people in the party who do not drink tea (like Arkensen), we still have to pay for tea charge for 3 people.

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Hot pot rice is on special price ($3.80) before 11:00am. We had the Chinese Sausage & Spare Ribs on Rice. This is a good deal. Continue reading

Gee! Taste Good in Pacific Plaza Foodcourt, Richmond

I went to the Pacific Plaza food court with a friend for lunch.

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I was craving for some ‘kueh’ (Malay dessert) and Gee! Taste Good is just the place for it.

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The layer cake (kueh lapis) is $1 per piece. I know how tedious the recipe is and it’s not feasible for me to make a whole tray as the rest of my family does not like dessert that much. So, $1 per piece is just right for me.

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I also bought another piece of kueh which is cassava cake topped with coconut, also $1 per piece. The cassava layer is not as fibrous as I have in mind. I think it is made with cassava flour and not with grated cassava. Anyhow, the kueh is good, not too sweet and with a slight chewiness and a hint of saltiness. Continue reading

Magic 5 Snack Bites

The South Arm Multicultural Community Kitchen made a no-bake snack which will satisfy your sweet craving without guilt.

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This Magic 5 Snack Bites are made from wholesome ingredients like almond, dates, cocoa powder and shredded coconut.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw organic almonds
  • 1 cup fresh dates (about 8 dates), pitted
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • dash of sea salt

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This recipe is by Andrea Hood.

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Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast from IHOP

TV commercials do influence us. I was captivated by IHOP’s commercial on their new Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast and Ben decided to bring me to IHOP on a Saturday morning back in March.

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Apparently, the Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast is on a separate menu. The server only brought us the menu when I asked for it.  I thought it’s an item by itself but it actually come in a meal combo.

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So, Ben picked the above combo for me as he promised to help me with it. He asked for sunny side up which is his favourite way of eating eggs.

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The Banana Peanut Butter Double Dipped French Toast was not as moist as I expected it to be. I did not have it with syrup as there is more than enough calories in it by itself. The cereal and chocolate chips added crunchiness to it. Continue reading

Richmond Sushi in Union Square, Richmond

This was a birthday lunch for the birthday boy in March.

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Initially, he wanted AYCE from Ninkazu but we could not find a parking spot. So, we went with our plan B, Richmond Sushi. When I looked back at the archive of chowtimes.com, Richmond Sushi was one of the very early post. We have not come back as a family but Nanzaro had revisited it several times.

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Some cute Japanese items at the display shelf at the entrance.

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We can see the chefs working on our way to our tables.

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Miso soup and edamame to start off our meal.

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Various sushi.

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I’m most surprised by the size of the grilled salmon head. They are humongous. I will certainly order this again the next time I’m here. Continue reading