47 Photos - Jan 17, 2012
Photo: I love playing with my food. I take photos of practically everything before I take a bite so I thought I'd start uploading them here.

Here is one from dinner the other night. It's just a simple teriyaki marinade I made for these tuna steaks. Then these are grilled on my trusty grill pan instead of the grill outside, this being the wintertime and all. :)Photo: I promised +Michael Earley a sweet photo for #SweetsSunday . I doubt I will be able to post anything during the day so I thought I'd put this up now.

It's breakfast photo from a friend's cafe a while back. Peaches and cream pancakes with strawberry sauce and a side of bacon and breakfast sausages.

And with this, I bid you all good night, or good morning where applicable. :-)Photo: Sweet and sour meatballs on ricePhoto: Now who doesn't like candy apples? Not when they are freshly made like these, with the gooey goodness dripping down to the sides. :-)

+FoodFriday curated by +Bobbi Lance +Lucretia Yeh +Nicholas Ong +Natty Netsuwan 
+FruitsFriday curated by +Peter Teufl +Vesna Krnjic 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +E.E. Giorgi +Gilmar Smith +Christina Lihani +Erin Henderson 
+AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille GalleliPhoto: We had cravings for ice cream yesterday so we got a small tub from the grocery. We didn't want a big one because that we'd end up eating more than we should. Hehe. We also found some blueberry pies at the store so we bought one as well. It wasn't too bad for a store-bought one. My little guy even shared with me. :-)

Here you go +Michael Earley. Here's my contribution today to #sweetssundayPhoto: Feel like having sushi?

+FoodFriday curated by +Lucretia Yeh +Natty Netsuwan +Nicholas Ong +Bobbi Lance 
+FruitsFriday (because these ones have avocado) curated by +Peter Teufl and +Vesna Krnjic 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +E.E. Giorgi +Christina Lihani +Gilmar Smith +Erin HendersonPhoto: After Eight Mints. We keep this stuff in the house because it helps ease hubby's pain whenever he gets migraine. It's actually the peppermint that does the trick.

This photo was my outtake on the Mint category of the March Scavenger Hunt.
#sweetssunday curated by +Michael EarleyPhoto: My Toronto-based high school friends spent Easter Monday with us. Of course we cooked up a storm for lunch. For dessert, I made cheesecake and hubby the strawberry sauce for it. :-)

+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Andrea Martinez +Gemma Costa +Elizabeth Edwards +Cynthia Chia +Michelle Robinson +Mikael sh 
+FoodFriday curated by +Bobbi Lance +Natty Netsuwan +Lucretia Yeh +Nicholas Ong and +D. DeMonteverde 
+FruitsFriday curated by +Vesna Krnjic and +Peter Tsai 
+AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille Galleli and +Stephen ThackerayPhoto: It's Sunday. Have you had your sweets yet? These cupcakes are for my #sweetssunday co-curators +Michael Earley +Akhil Kalsh and +Annie Irving.Photo: One of the items in last month's Scavenger Hunt was jell-o. That meant I ate a LOT of jell-o. Not that I am complaining or anything. Yep, I had a lot of fun. Here is one of the outtakes. These are the tiny fruit-flavoured ones (grape, strawberry and mango) that you can get at Oriental stores.

+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +Nicholas Ong +D. DeMonteverde 
+FruitsFriday curated by +Peter Teufl +Vesna Krnjic 
+AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille Galleli +Stephen Thackeray
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +E.E. Giorgi +Gilmar Smith +Erin Henderson +Christina LihaniPhoto: One of the vendors at the fundraising I attended last Thursday is called the "Queen of the Kitchen". These were some of the artisan chocolate truffles that she was selling. They were so tempting.

This is my offering to today's #sweetssunday curated by the sweetest team: +Michael Earley +Akhil Kalsh +Annie Irving and ahem, myself. :-)

+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Andrea Martinez +Gemma Costa +Elizabeth Edwards +Cynthia Chia +Michelle Robinson +Mikael shPhoto: Actually this was my supper last Saturday. We were too lazy to make the usual beef fajitas so we just had some salad, tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole with the flank steak. It was really good if I may say so myself. =)

+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Christina Lihani +E.E. Giorgi +Gilmar Smith +Erin Henderson 
+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +Nicholas Ong +D. DeMonteverde 
+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Andrea Martinez +Gemma Costa +Elizabeth Edwards +Cynthia Chia +Michelle Robinson +Mike ShPhoto: It's Friday so of course, my first post for today will be about food. :-)

Hubby roasted some fiddlehead ferns and sweet peppers with butter and garlic on the barbecue for last night's supper. It was really good and went well with roasted new potatoes and grilled steak.

+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +Nicholas Ong +D. DeMonteverde 
+ColorsOnFriday curated by +Christina Lihani +E.E. Giorgi +Gilmar Smith +Erin Henderson 
+All Things Green curated by +Cicely Robin Laing 
+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Andrea Martinez +Gemma Costa +Elizabeth Edwards +Cynthia Chia +Michelle Robinson +Mike ShPhoto: Bacon in baguette for brunch last Sunday, courtesy of my amazing hubby.

+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +Nicholas Ong +D. DeMonteverde
#foodpornfriday  Photo: It's the first official weekend of summer. Hello summer!

Yes it is going to be hot and yes I will most likely complain about the heat. But, I will also definitely enjoy the fresh fruits that summer brings. :-)

+FruitsFriday curated by +Peter Teufl +Vesna Krnjic
+AllThingsRed curated by +Lucille Galleli
+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Nicholas Ong
and an early contribution to #sweetssunday curated by +Michael Earley +Annie Irving +Akhil Kalsh and myselfPhoto: Our old neighbours gave us bags of frozen seafood that they couldn't take with them when they moved. We almost forgot about them, the seafood, not the neighbours, until recently. Hubby suggested we make some sort of a ragout and add the frozen veggies that another friend gave us.

I sauteed some onions, garlic and the seafood, seasoned with salt, fresh ground pepper and seafood seasoning. Then I added some roughly chopped pepperoncinis, the frozen veggies and fresh sprigs of oregano from our garden. I also added some of the vegetable cocktail that no one really wanted to drink. Simmered everything and voila, spicy seafood stew. It turned out pretty good for something that was just thrown together. :)

+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Nicholas Ong Photo: Been crazy busy for me lately so I haven't had much time to play on G+. As a sweet offering, here is a slice of marble cake topped with fresh strawberry for dessert.

Here's to you, +Annie Irving +Akhil Kalsh +Michael Earley and our Sunday gathering for #sweetssunday.Photo: This is one of my favourite desserts and I like it hot though hubby thinks it's better cold. In English, ginataang halo halo means a mixture in coconut milk. It literally is that- a mixture of sweet rice balls, ripe bananas, jackfruit, tapioca pearls, palm fruit, coconut jelly, sweet potatoes, taro, cooked in coconut milk and sugar.

Want some, +Jasbir S. Randhawa and +Denise Crawford? Hee.

+FoodFriday curated by +Charles Lupica +Lucretia Yeh and +Bobbi Lance 
+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Gemma Costa +Andrea Martinez and +Elizabeth EdwardsPhoto: Disclaimer: I did not make this cake. We got this from a Chinese bakery at Market Village in Markham. It was soooo good. We love going to the Chinese bakeries because their goodies are delicious and not cloyingly sweet. Well, except for the heavy rice kind.

Anyway, I thought I'd contribute this to #SweetsSunday, curated by +Michael EarleyPhoto: I believe I already showed my melons before so I thought I'd post a different one today. Anyone likes cherries? :p

+FruitsFriday curated by +Vesna Krnjic and +Peter TeuflPhoto: Chinese style roast porkPhoto: Don't shoot me, +Jasbir S. Randhawa and +Denise Crawford. This is not my own creation. I suck at baking (except for cookies, muffins, cupcakes, brownies and cheesecakes) so I most certainly did not make this. It's actually a Mother's Day gift from my babies and hubby last year. Hubby made that mousse bed and yes it was really good. :)

#SweetsSunday curated by +Michael Earley 
+Sentimental Sunday Theme curated by +Louisa Catharine Forsyth 
+HeartsOnSunday curated by +Elaine BaylonPhoto: First post for the day and I am blaming +Jasbir S. Randhawa for making me post a food photo. This was taken last summer when fresh fruits were aplenty.

My contribution to +FruitsFriday curated by +Vesna Krnjic and +Peter TeuflPhoto: We found some silkie chicken in a Chinese grocery one day. We've always been curious what they taste like so we decided to buy one. I found a recipe online (http://www.eatingclubvancouver.com/2008/10/mamas-silkie-chicken-dyong-kwe.html) .

The chicken was small and there wasn't much meat but it was packed with flavour. It actually reminded me of the chickens we used to raised under our house when I was a kid.

+FoodFriday curated by +Lucretia Yeh +Bobbi Lance +Nicholas OngPhoto: One more photo for the Saturday theme. This wasn't today's breakfast (too bad, hehe) but a while back. Hubby let me sleep in as usual then proceeded to fixing brekky. We had had, pancakes with blackberries, whipped cream and hot chocolate-maple syrup drizzle.

+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Andrea Martinez 
+Gemma Costa +Elizabeth Edwards +Cynthia Chia +Mich R. +Mikael sh 

#SweetsSunday, curated by +Michael EarleyPhoto: I used to make cheesecakes for my family. I loved it (the baking and the eating) but haven't found my groove again ever since we moved to Ontario. Maybe I should get off my hiney chair soon and start cracking. It's Valentine's Day soon after all.

#SquareSunday curated by +Matt Soave 
#SOOCSunday curated by +John Kosmopoulos 
#SweetsSunday curated by +Michael EarleyPhoto: Tomorrow is our anniversary but I am going to somebody else's wedding. Ironic, isn't it? The thing is, I'm trying my hand as a second shooter to a local wedding photographer. It just so happen that she has a wedding booked for tomorrow so off to work I go.

Now what does this have anything to do with the photo? Well, being the wonderful hubby that he is, my spousal unit took the day off so we could spend the day together. We went to our Spawn One's skating field trip together. Then we went to a Japanese restaurant for lunch. So there's our date meant for tomorrow. :-) This was one of the plates we ordered. It's called the dragon roll. It was good and beautifully presented. They even made a lemon wedge look like a bunny, see?

This is my contribution today to +FruitsFriday (avocado and lemon account for the fruits, heh) curated by +Vesna Krnjic and +Peter Teufl 
+FoodFriday curated by +Bobbi Lance +Lucretia Yeh +Nicholas Ong +Natty Netsuwan 
+Tea Club ( Tea Coffee Chocolate Food Club ) curated by +Gemma Costa +Cynthia Chia, +Mich R, +Andrea Martinez +Mikael R, +elizabeth hahnPhoto: This is something that hubby whipped up for supper one night (not tonight, though). He even garnished the bowl with those sweet Hungarian peppers. :-)

+FoodFriday curated by +Lucretia Yeh +Bobbi Lance +Nicholas Ong +Natty Netsuwan 
+FruitsFriday curated by +Vesna Krnjic and +Peter Teufl (because peppers are considered fruits, right? )Photo: I am in a mood for these babies. These are thin strips of pork loin marinated overnight and then skewered before cooking.

It's been hot these days (I know I've been complaining a lot about that and I apologize, truly) and I don't feel like turning on the stove. The alternative is to fire up the grill and cook outside the house while drinking copious amounts of beer. :-)

For #foodfriday, curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Nicholas Ong Photo: I work on weekends so my spousal unit (SU) stays home with the kids while I'm away.

Last Saturday was no different. I was out the whole day and was tired and hungry by the time I got home. I was greeted with a wonderful aroma wafting from the dining room. SU made beef kebabs, grilled pineapples, roasted potatoes and beans for supper. The tomatoes, beans and assortment of herbs he used were from our backyard garden.

I think we had ice cream and blueberry crumble for dessert. Yes, my SU is amazing.

#foodporn #foodfriday with thanks to +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde
#colorsonfriday curated by +Christina Lihani +E.E. Giorgi +Erin Henderson +Gilmar Smith Photo: Beef kormaPhoto: Raita and pita breadPhoto: That's it for me for the night. I bid you all good night but before I do, I am leaving you with a plate of crepes. I made this for my SU's birthday brunch last Monday.

I included pureed fresh strawberries and raspberries in the batter, then filled each crepe with chopped berries. The sauce was also made from pureed berries that I reduced.

This post is for +Natty Netsuwan and +D. DeMonteverde, and their delicious #foodfriday theme.

#fruitsfriday with thanks to +Peter Teufl and +Vesna Krnjic Photo: Have I mentioned how amazing my Spousal Unit (SU) is in the kitchen? This pasta salad was his creation. Those vegetables, tomatoes and herbs he used were fresh off our backyard garden (which he tends himself). We had this for supper the other day. It was really good. :)

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan and +D. DeMonteverde
#colorsonfriday curated by +Christina Lihani +Erin Henderson +Gilmar Smith +E.E. Giorgi Photo: Was up late last night (or was it considered early this morning?) baking. The banana bread turned out nice and moist. These blueberry-strawberry-chocolate muffins turned out really well, too.

Here's to breakfast, folks! Have a happy Friday!

#breakfastclub +Gemma Costa
#foodfriday +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde Photo: It's Friday once again so here's a food photo. This was supper a couple of nights ago. I had leftover roast chicken that I diced and cooked in a cream sauce with mushrooms, peppers and mixed veggies. We served it in hollowed out sourdough bread bowls.

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan and +D. DeMonteverde
#foodporn  Photo: Fresh vegetables spring rolls for supper a few nights ago. They went well with baked chicken and steamed rice. My Spawn One liked them so much that he asked to have some for his lunch box, then some more when he came home from school. :-)

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn Oliver Photo: Can't let Friday pass by without me posting a food photo. Just because. :)

This was the Greek salad that my spousal made for our combined August birthday  bash.

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn Oliver
#fruitsfriday curated by +Peter Teufl +Vesna Krnjic Photo: My apologies, I know this is the second lumpiang sariwa (fresh spring rolls) I posted in as many weeks. I promised +Christina Lihani +Mari Sterling Wilbur and +CJ Cox that I will post a recipe for the previous one. I thought I'd include a photo of the version that uses lettuce leaves in the assembly.

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn Oliver


Fresh Spring Rolls

1 medium carrot, julienned
1 medium sweet potato, julienned
1 medium jicama, julienned (optional)
1 cup green beans, French-cut
1 cup firm tofu, diced
1 cup cabbage, shredded
1 cup bean sprouts, rinsed and drained
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
1 tbsp oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Vietnamese rice paper
Large shallow dish with cold water for soaking
Green leaf lettuce or butter lettuce (optional)

1 cup broth
2 tbsp cornstarch
3 tbsp soy sauce, or to taste
¼ cup sugar
Fresh ground pepper to taste

For serving:
Toasted minced garlic
Roasted chopped nuts

1.      Heat up the oil in a large skillet or wok.
2.      Saute the garlic and onions until limp.
3.      Add the tofu and gently stir fry for a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
4.      Add the carrot, sweet potato, jicama and green beans. Stir fry until crisp-tender.
5.      Add the cabbage and stir fry for another minute.
6.      Add the bean sprouts and stir fry for another minute.
7.      Adjust the seasoning according to taste. If you want to serve this cold, increase the seasoning.
8.      Remove from heat and transfer to a colander set over a dish. Drain for at least half an hour or overnight in the fridge.

To assemble:
1.      Take a rice paper and soak both sides in water for about a minute or until pliable. Shake off excess water.
2.      Lay the wrapper on a plate and top with the filling mixture. The amount will depend on the size of the wrapper. For the smallest one, use only about a tablespoon.
3.      Take the edge of the wrapper nearest to you and fold over the filling. Next, fold the sides into the centre so you end up with something that looks like an envelope. Roll the spring roll (heh!) tightly until you get to the other edge. The rice paper will seal itself.
4.      If using a lettuce, do step 1 then lay one lettuce leaf on the side nearest to you. You can let the leaf extend over to the side a bit. Proceed to step 2. Then take the edge of the wrapper nearest to you and fold over the filling. Next take the side opposite the lettuce leaf and fold it in. Roll to enclose the filling with the leafy side open so you can spoon some of the sauce in.
5.      Repeat the procedure until all the ingredients have been used up.
6.      Arrange on a dish and keep covered until ready to serve.

To make the sauce:
1.      Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Add the drained liquid from the vegetables.
2.      Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring often to avoid burning.
3.      Adjust the seasoning.

To serve, top a spring roll with the sauce, toasted garlic and nuts. Or you can just serve the sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Note: For a non-vegetarian version, replace the tofu with chicken or pork. If you have no seafood allergy, chopped shrimps may be added as well.Photo: We were at the produce section of a grocery store in Scarborough two weeks ago when I noticed their discount rack. There were bags of lemons and limes of 15 counts each. They were marked down to $1/bag. I couldn't pass up the deal so of course I grabbed one of each.

Coming home, I realized I have no clue what to do with all the lemons and limes we just bought. Lucky for me, my mom-in-law visited. She made a lemon meringue and a lime meringue pies. They were really good. This was a slice of the lime pie.

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn Oliver
#fruitsfriday curated by +Vesna Krnjic +Peter Teufl Photo: So I had been babbling about being sick and what not the past couple of weeks. That nasty flu kicked my hiney good and proper.

Sick or not, I would never say no to a good serving of cheesecake, especially if there are peanut butter and caramel chunks in almost every bite. I must say this was a pretty good treat that I was able to taste it when everything else tasted like cardboard.

High paw!

#foodporn #foodphotography #foodfriday 
+FoodFriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn Oliver Photo: I just noticed the time and oh boy, it's past 2am again. I better get off the computer  and get some sleep. 6am comes way too soon.

Before I do, I will leave you with this photo of some holiday cupcakes. Yes, they were from last Christmas. This was my entry to the holiday edition of the Scavenger Hunt.

Good night everyone!

#foodfriday curated by +Natty Netsuwan +D. DeMonteverde +Jenn OliverPhoto: Happy 3.14 DayPhoto: Welcome to FoodFriday, Moon Lee. ;)Photo: Maple Pecan PiePhoto: Assignment for Jake Johnson

Last week, +Jake Johnson was handing out personalized photo assignment to anyone who wanted to be motivated. The assignment is chosen based on what knows of the person according to the profile info or even through interaction with them.

I've been in the slump again for the last couple of months and I definitely needed the motivation to pick up my camera and shoot anything. So of course I signed up. Here is what he told me:

"You love food and photography, so logically we would combine them right?   I want you to cook an amazing meal this weekend and photograph it."

I went the comfort food route. Here's a dish I loved to eat as a child and can recreate even with my eyes closed. It's called pineapple chicken. It's basically a chicken stew with pineapples, tomatoes and coconut milk. I added some sweet yellow peppers and diced carrots since I have them kicking around in the fridge. I served it with steamed rice. :)

#assignmentforjakePhoto: I don't know if +Ron Clifford is a fan of soups. I do know that it's his birthday and I would like to offer him a bowl of my piping hot butternut squash soup.

Here's to one of the nicest and person one could ever meet. Happy birthday Ron! May your special day be swimmingly great. ;)