9th week of 2018

26 Feb – 4 Mar 2018

Isn’t it crazy it’s March already? Time seems to fly by as you get older. I feel like I’m not doing much in my life because I’m just a homemaker. Should I only be defined by my occupation? Anyway, I thought I will share my meal prep last week.

Asian Greens

These are the glorious vegetables I bought from the Asian supermarket on Tuesday.

  • Red bell peppers (They were on sale. 3 for $1)
  • Ginger
  • Bean sprouts
  • Spinach
  • Yam leaves
  • Leek
  • Yu Choy
  • Small Bok Choy

I’m on a mission to eat more vegetables especially after watching In Defense of Food on Netflix. We usually have stir-fry for most of our meals anyway, so it shouldn’t be too difficult. Stir-fries are easy to prepare and are pretty healthy.

The steps to cook stir-fries are pretty much the same. You heat up your cooking oil and fry some garlic/onion/shallots/ginger. Then you add whatever you are cooking according to how long they take to be cooked. The final step would be to add the herbs and seasoning to your dish.

Some of the dishes I made are:

  • Pan fried catfish with fried ginger slices, stir-fried bean sprouts and carrot with steamed white rice
  • Basil beef, and Stir-fried leeks with steamed white rice
  • Slow-cooked pork shoulder, stir-fried yam leaves and fried eggs with scallions on top of steamed white rice
  • Stir-fried flat white noodles with chicken and bok choy

Have you tried adding fried ginger slices to your fish? Ginger is such a great garnish.

Ingredients for Basil Beef
Minced garlic, ground beef, basil, cayenne pepper, black pepper and soy sauce (or salt). I added the red bell peppers this time since I had more.

Try adding scallions to your fried eggs! They add another dimension of taste.

You should check out this video from Chef Norman Musa if you want to cook your own flat noodles. For his recipe, I used chicken instead of seafood. I also took the easy route of using jarred peppers instead frying up my own like his recipe.

The start of Gardening season 2018

Other than cooking, I’m also starting up my seeds for gardening. I cannot wait to eat my own garden harvests later this year! I’m trying to grow a lot more vegetables and flowers this year, so wish me luck! Had to spend quite a fortune on soil and grow pots.

I’m going to end my post with these irises that are popping up in my front yard! Haha, a non-gardener would probably think it’s such an ugly photo, but it’s AMAZING for a gardener! New growth signifies the start of the gardening which is fun times for gardening.



7th week of 2018

12 – 19 Feb 2018

Frost on 12 Feb 2018

What did I do last week? I can barely remember.

The frost was so pretty on Monday morning that I ran out in the cold to take photos. I wish the quality of panorama photos on the iphone are not so bad though. May have to try other apps like Cardboard Camera. Hopefully I will find something good because stitching photos manually is too time consuming, and I don’t want to pay the monthly fees for Adobe Photoshop. This reminds me that I have yet to finish blogging about my vacation last November!! That will be in my to do list this week.

We didn’t do much for Valentine’s Day because I just don’t fancy paying for overpriced food and gifts. Take me to the Target clearance sale after Valentine’s Day instead! I think Larry’s colleagues are all very surprised and jealous that he doesn’t have to do anything. Haha, I would prefer to have lots of seeds to grow my own seasonal and perennial flowers. Actually, if I could have things my way, he would be paying for a landscaper to do up our whole yard. See, he’s actually in bigger trouble than all of them.


As for our home-cooked meal on Valentine’s Day? Good old pork chops with caramelized onions. Side of zucchini, squash and steamed white rice. Super easy and yummy. I usually just coat my pork chop with salt, pepper, cayenne and onion powder. I cannot wait to start eating my own vegetables once gardening season starts! Food just taste so much better when you grow it yourself.

Also, I don’t think I have ever had zucchini and squash until I moved to US! Can you imagine how long I have been missing out? They are such staples here.

I got the house decked out in some Chinese New Year decorations since it starts on 16 February. Did not organize a cookout this year because I didn’t want to stress myself out. It’s crazy difficult to cater to everyone’s taste buds since not everyone is familiar with Chinese cuisine. it was probably everyone’s first time having duck last year. I wish I know a group of people who enjoy cooking and food in general in Tulsa, Oklahoma, so we can all take turns cooking for each other every week. That would be so much fun.

Alternatively, and more realistically, I can just cook for Larry’s nephews. They wolf down almost anything I make, and they enjoy spicy food. They are an easy crowd to please but it will add up a lot of expenses to cook for three boys all the time. If only we have more spare cash!


So, my first meal for Chinese New Year is a plate of waffles with fruits at the nearby casino. It was late at night, and we ran out of groceries. That’s probably a few superstitious taboos right there, but hey, I can think of a good one! Eating something sweet to signify a new year of sweetness! 甜甜蜜蜜. Actually, here’s another one! Since the waffles and bananas are round. It also symbolizes 团团圆圆 (圆满) which means togetherness and harmony.

We also finally watched The Greatest Showman which we really enjoyed. I’m so glad that the theaters are still showing it. Definitely a lot better than the last musical film we watched Les Misérables in 2012. I was actually surprised Larry didn’t mind watching it. Apparently it reminds him of a TV series he’s watching: American Horror Story. Worked out well for both of us.

Here’s the rest of what I ate. Avocado toast because we bought way too many avocados. I think I have decided I like my avocado mashed up on my toast. Somehow it just taste better. I also prefer a scrambled egg over a hard boiled egg on my avocado toast. Scrambled eggs just bring out the taste of Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Seasoning when I put them together.

Also had Chile Rellenos from Chuy’s last weekend. I think it may be my top three favorite Tex-Mex dishes now. I just love peppers, and my super sweet gardening friends are going to give me a few poblano pepper seeds to grow this year. I love how we try to grow everything we love to eat. Larry said he wouldn’t mind making them at home too! Let’s hope I get some decent harvest later this year.

Last but not the least, we found pork shoulder on sale at Sprouts. We got a huge bone-in slab for 99 cents per pound. Cut up half of it to slow cook with onions as well as tomatoes and peppers from my garden that I have froze late last year.




6th Week of 2018

5 – 11 Feb 2018

Chinese New Year in Oklahoma, USA

Yet another week has flown by. Chinese New Year is on 16 February, so I have been putting up some decorations for it because it has been a tradition for me when I lived in Singapore. We didn’t drive out to Oklahoma City this year to shop for more festive decorations, so I just make do with what we have.


I found this set of Chinese New Year decorations that look so cute, but they have sold out already! Not too sure why I took so long to decide.. They weren’t too expensive either. I guess it is just hitting me how difficult it is to live in a different environment. That is growing up though, isn’t it? The older we get, the more we realize things and people are different from us. I will share my favorite Chinese New Year snack once I finish baking them. It is quite a tedious thing to bake, so I hope they turn out ok. (I’m not the best baker.)

Met up with my gardening friends at White River Fish Market last Friday. It is always a blast to chat with them because they are as enthusiastic about gardening and cooking as I’m. The broiled flounder that I ordered made me realize that I probably only like my fish fried with no breading or steamed. Haha, steamed fish is something I’m sure lots of you will not comprehend unless you are Asian or has lived in Asia.

Flounder at White River Fish Market Broken Arrow

2018 Gardening - Seeds Amy gave me
Check out all the seeds my friend gave me! How generous of her.

Lastly, I will end with a cute photo of my dog because I’ve been lazing around with her when I really should be doing more spring cleaning. Base on Chinese superstition, you need to get the house in tip-top conditions, so that you have “room” to bring in all the good luck for the new year. I need every excuse reason I can find to tidy up the house which really isn’t that bad other than my desk.


Fourth week of 2018

Wow, January is coming to an end! How did your week go? Our bathtub diverter spout broke last week when Larry was giving our dog a bath. We waited till the weekend to go to Home Depot to look for a new one. Somehow they didn’t have the bigger name brands, so we ended up ordering it from Amazon instead. It was actually harder than I thought to decide on the design that we ended up getting the same thing, but we got the one that’s made of metal instead of plastic.

I don’t know if we will ever afford a bathroom of our dreams in our lifetime. Faucets alone are so expensive! A nice big tiled shower and freestanding bath tub would be so luxurious although I’m sure it requires a lot of work to keep a big bathroom & freestanding tub clean. Yep, that is how I console myself. Haha

Food Truck Beef Nachos

May I now talk about food? This, my friends, is the beef nachos we have gotten two consecutive Fridays in a row because they were so good and it’s awesome to have a day off from cooking dinner. It is from El Ranchero Food Truck if you happen to live in Tulsa. I’m not a creature of habit. I would rather eat something new every day, but it may take me a while to be burnt out from these crispy nachos.


We also finally went back to our favorite Japanese place Hapa Japanese Cuisine on Saturday. I feel like I always have to explain myself when we talk about Japanese cuisine.

Everyone, please take note: sushi does not necessarily involve raw fish.

You can have sushi that does not include any raw fish. I would also sincerely urge you to try sashimi (raw thinly sliced fish/seafood) at a reputable restaurant (not run-of-the-mill buffet) at least twice before you decide you don’t like it. It took me a while to get over the mental block of eating something raw, but I’m glad I have learnt how to appreciate it because it’s so good! I have eaten sashimi countless of times in the past decade, and I’ve never fallen sick once.

Zucchini and Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Lastly, I thought I will share this Zucchini and Chicken Alfredo Pasta recipe.


  • Chicken Breast
  • Zucchini
  • Pasta of your choice (I went with bow tie pasta)
  • Cheese (I used Shredded Italian Cheese from Aldi)
  • Full cream (or whatever substitute you want to like half & half, skimmed milk, coconut milk, etc)
  • Cooking oil or butter
  • Garlic (Optional)
  • Spices (Pepper & Salt, Garlic Powder, Basil)


  1. Slice chicken breast into big thin slices. Marinate with pepper & salt.
  2. Boil a pot of water for your pasta.
  3. Heat up pan and add butter or cooking oil. Add minced garlic if you want to.
  4. Cook chicken breast in pan.
  5. Place pasta in boiling water. Add a pinch of salt and cooking oil. Cook pasta according to box instructions.
  6. Chop up zucchini and add it to the pan once the chicken breast is nicely grilled.
  7. (You can cook the sauce in a different pan, but I’m lazy, so I just make the sauce in the same pan) Pour the full cream into the pan.
  8. Once the full cream is heated up, add in the cheese, garlic powder and basil. You should start to have a nice creamy sauce.
  9. Finally drain your cooked pasta. (Do not wash it, as it removes the starch.) Pour cooked pasta into your pan with the sauce.

Third week of 2018

How did everyone’s week go? I ought to post my weekly update on Mondays! We had a pretty ordinary week where we spent most of our time indoors. It’s so easy to come up with excuses. I only went outside for a brisk walk around the neighborhood on Friday when it was 57°F (14°C). My silly dog wouldn’t even walk past our driveway which made me sad because we really need to exercise more.

I can also tell you that it’s incredibly hard to do a lot when my husband works the afternoon shift (4pm-12am). It always feels like no one can comprehend how difficult it is for us to hang out with people of normal schedules. His usual sleeping hours are 8am to 3pm. That leaves us with only a few hours in the weekend to run errands and meet up with people. Why are there not more people like Mariah Carey who prefers linner (late dinner) over bunch? Everyone is pretty much in zombie mode by 10pm, and that’s kind of our prime time. I also really hope we would start cycling in the wee hours of the morning in Spring just to get some exercise in daylight because it keeps me from getting too cranky.

Homemade Torta

Food wise, Larry made Torta (which is a Mexican Sandwhich that we love) since there were some sirloin steaks that were marked down at Walmart. Here’s his recipe.

Larry’s Homemade Torta


  • Italian Bread
  • Steak (Any cut that you prefer. We like ribeye, but we usually get whatever is on sale)
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Avocado
  • Mayonnaise
  • Shredded Cheese (Optional)
  • Spices (Paprika, Cumin*, Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Onion Powder)


  1. Marinate steak with spices for at least an hour.
  2. Grill steak to your preference. (I like it medium well. Larry likes him medium cooked.)
  3. Let steak rest for at least 5 minutes after it is cooked. Cut into small pieces.
  4. Add a light coat of Mayonnaise on Italian bread and brown it on a skillet.
  5. Add tomato, lettuce, avocado, steak and cheese to the Italian bread.

*Tip: Go easy on the cumin.

Homemade Meatballs

We also had success making meatballs last week. We made them with Italian sausage, ground turkey, ground beef, crackers and an egg. It is awesome how they taste so much better when you add different kinds of meat in it. I had enough leftovers that I made a meatball soup a few days later with potatoes, carrots and celery.

As for shopping, I scored two Magnolia Hearth & Hand stoneware dessert bowls for $1.18 each (from $3.99) thanks to someone who posted it on Instagram. I can’t remember exactly who, but they said to scan the prices to check if they are on clearance. Same thing for the hammock. AllThingsTarget.com posted them on clearance at $14.98 (down from $49.99), so I tried to see if it’s lower than the price tag and it was. I felt like I was more ahead of the Target employees at pricing their products which was pretty funny.

I also dragged Larry and his nephews all the way to Atwoods because I wanted to get some seed potatoes early. Didn’t find them, but got some seed onions and some Burpee seeds that are 40% off instead. Also got a pink camo seat that you can attach to five-gallon buckets for $5.94 that was down from $9.99.

Second week of 2018

img_0129Posting late, but how was everyone’s second week of 2018? I think I lived in my pajamas for most of the week because it has been so cold. My husband had a brilliant idea to change our Happy Holidays gel clings to Happy Days, so they will remain on our back door until winter is over. I thought it was genius, or I’m just easily amused.

The most interesting thing I did was I bought a whole bunch of vegetables from the Asian supermarket, and cooked more greens for every meal. I’m so glad I picked up Red Shen Choy because it tastes so good! Kind of like spinach. I wanted to take some photos of my meals, but they aren’t exactly photogenic.

Asian Greens Yu Choy
Stir Fry Yu Choy

Asian vegetable dishes are so simple to make. Just heat up some cooking oil and fry up some garlic, onion, ginger or shallots. Throw the vegetables in and then add some salt, soy sauce or oyster sauce. You can also add things like carrots, mushrooms or tomatoes if you want more variety.

Speaking of vegetables, I can’t wait for the gardening season to start this year. It will be so fun to grow my own bok choy for the first time provided they actually do grow in my garden. I was so amazed by the number of varieties of bok choy that I bought five different types from Kitazawa Seed Company! I wish I have the land and money to grow more plants, but I’m also sure I’ll be too lazy if there’s more harvest than I can cope with.  Thus, I should just be contented with what I have and make the most out of it. 🙂