Summer Picnic

A few of our closed friends met up at the Langley Events Centre for a picnic. The key to the selection of a place is the water park where younger kids can enjoy in the hot summer weather.

We were not able to find a table with shades as good spots were all taken up as we arrived there short of 2PM. We managed to find a tree with some shades and set up blankets on the grass to have our picnic.

J&K family made “nasi lemak” (coconut rice with sambal). They were authentic, even to the wrapping.

J&K also made chocolate cake for dessert. They also brought “sirap bandung” which is a popular drink in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. It is made with evaporated milk and or condensed milk flavoured with rose syrup. It was very refreshing in a hot summer day especially served icy cold.

There is also “sambal prawn” to complement the nasi lemak. Continue reading

Potluck to Usher the New Year 2018

On new year’s eve, Ben and I drove to Mission to have a new year eve’s potluck with a few family friends.

Mission was struck by an ice storm a couple of days before. Ice storm is rare and it is caused by freezing rain that freeze upon impact. The aftermath scene was mesmerizing.  Trees were laden with ice. They were glittering in the sunlight. It is magical.

Below were the food we had at the potluck. It’s a Malaysian theme potluck.

I made “Asam Gai Choy” with roasted pork feet. The pork feet are rich in collagen. I like the Chinese Mustard vegetable which absorbs all the flavour of the the roasted pork feet. This dish is lightly tangy and spicy. Continue reading

Community Kitchen Christmas Potluck 2017

The community kitchen had a Christmas Potluck on the 2nd day of winter at the Caring Place Community Kitchen.

We had mostly homemade food with some store bought ones. Twenty over participants attended this event.

I made Palm Sugar Jello (Agar-agar Gula Melaka). You can find the recipe here.

Lorna made a salad.

Here are the rest of the food; marinated eggs, tofu and seaweed. Continue reading

Summer Picnic at Derby Reach Edgewater Bar Regional Park

A few family friends gathered for a picnic in summer. We had such picnic for many years.

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This year, we had the picnic at Derby Reach Regional Park. The picnic spot is at the Edgewater Bar. Derby Reach is a large park. One of the family who attended the picnic brought their bicycles and did the 12km trail ride to Fort Langley.

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Ben and I were there about 12:30PM and we were the first family to arrive. Fortunately, we were able to find a picnic table under shades.

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The picnic area is just steps away from the rocky beach of the Fraser River. A train track is located across the river and during our stay, at least four or five trains passed by. There is a camping area just beyond trees at the right end of this spot.

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This group of friends are mostly ex Malaysian or Singaporean. So, the food that we brought were mostly south east Asian style. I made curry chicken. Continue reading

Potluck

The Richmond Chinese Free Evangelical Church Praise Dance group celebrated the end of the session with a potluck.

Here were the food from the potluck. Thank you everyone for sharing the yummy food.

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Appetizers: Garlic Toast, Marinated Beef Shank.

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Various salads.

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Braised Beef with Daikon, Braised Pork Skin with Meatballs. Continue reading

Multicultural Community Kitchens Christmas Potluck 2013

The multicultural community kitchens celebrated the last session of 2013 with a potluck at the Caring Place.

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It’s nice to see old and new faces as I have not been attending any of the multicultural community kitchens for more than a year. As usual, there are lots of food in the potluck.

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Appetizers: Octopus & Seaweed, Chicken Salad.

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Marinated Chicken, Gizzard & Egg; Funny Taste Chicken (aka Saliva Chicken). Continue reading

Richmond Community Kitchen Potluck Picnic 2012

The Richmond Community Kitchens celebrated the end of the session before the summer break with a potluck picnic at the South Arm Park.

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It was a great summer evening and the group enjoyed the food and the company in the park.

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Catching up with one another.

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We enjoyed the varieties of food from all the participants. The above was pancit from Jinda. It was a little spicy and tangy and quite appetizing.

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Teresa made a traditional Salvadoran dish called Pupusa. Pupusa is made with corn tortilla and her Pupusa is filled with some kind of meat. Teresa served the Pupusa with curtido and salsa. Curtido is fermented cabbage slaw with red chilies and vinegar.

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Teresa also brought some fried yucca (cassava) for finger food.

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A lot of interest in the Salvorado dishes.

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Shirley mad a big plate of mashed potato salad with hard boiled egg, ham and strawberries.

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Shriley also made some mini bagel sandwiches with ham, lettuce and olives.

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Minoo made a big jug of the refreshing Apple Cider Mint drink for the picnic.

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Terumi made California Roll which is always in great demand, especially from kids.

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Terumi also made a sweet rice cake filled with red bean paste for dessert.

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Lingering around the table waiting to dig in.

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I made a Tofu Puff Appetizer which I got the recipe from my friend, KY during one of the summer potluck gathering. This is so simple to make but my family loves it.

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The Tofu Puff Appetizer is made with just three ingredients, deep fried tofu puff, cilantro and Thai sweet chili sauce. Just snipped the tofu puff into small cubes, add chopped cilantro and season with the Thai sweet chili sauce to taste.

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Linda made fried vermicelli noodle, another filipino style noodle.

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Peggy made some phyllo cups filled with corn, peas, carrots, etc.

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Peggy brought along her friend, Lulu who made some cranberry and walnut buns. I would love to have the recipe for this.

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Catherine made a chicken dish with herbs, onions and potatoes.

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Some participants had to leave early, so they had the privileged to start first.

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It’s time for everyone to dig in.

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For those who were working and did not have time to cook, they brought store bought food. Carlos and Linda brought a beef and fish dish from some foodcourt.

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Emily H brought a Lemon Cheese Crisp from Costco and watermelon.

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Candy bought Tofu Pudding from the Garden City Kabob Grill which I have always wanted to try. It was creamy and tender.

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Annie brought a sweet yam bread. The yam is in the filling.

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Someone (sorry I did not get your name) brought a pizza which is popular with kids.

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A few people brought cherries which is in season.

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Migrating from the main dish table to the dessert table.

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Kim and Dorothy made some egg tart to share.

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Kiki made some mini cranberry muffins.

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Hanna made some Chinese Eight Treasure Black Sticky Rice Pudding.

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Lastly, Irena brought some fried ribbon like pastry that gone in a jiffy.

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Mingling around.

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We had a great time at the potluck with food and friends. Till me meet again in Fall.