In Cooking on January 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm
Well,recently I decided to take my cooking experience to the next level by adding Asian flair recipe to my knowledge and my spiral cookbook.
We enjoy eating Asian style dishes….Chinese food,Mandarin Chicken,Korean Gogi Gui(BBQ)but Japanese cuisine is our favorite.Japanese dishes are very well balanced and soups are just as they should be….light and perfectly seasoned.
My kids love Udon Noddles.Great,fun texture and thickness.Warm Udon dishes with sauce or soup are great choice for quick lunch.
So I decided to try an experiment,Udon soup,my way.
Udon Soup with Baby Spinach,Baby Carrots,Shiitake Mushrooms and Bacon (for 4 persons)
Chicken Stock-8 cups
Baby Spinach-2 handfuls
Shiitake Mushrooms-14 mushrooms
Baby Yellow Carrots-20 carrots
Bacon 12 strips
Pack of Udon Noodles
Sesame Oil,Salt and Pepper,Soy-Sauce-for the taste
In big cooking pot brown finally chopped shallots.Add some sesame oil,salt and pepper.Don’t let shallots to burn,because they will be done very quickly.Add mushrooms and brown them lightly.Add chicken stock,carrots and spinach.
Cook for 40 minutes.
Now is the time to add Udon to the soup.Cook noodles for 5 minutes.Season with Soy Sauce.Cover the cooking pot with lid and let it stand for few minutes.You can add fresh chopped green scallions for additional taste.
In the meantime,place bacon slices on the baking sheet and bake it in the oven,400 degrees for 20 minutes.
In Nature on January 26, 2010 at 9:34 pm
Few days ago walking through the park my kids and I spotted a really big tree.The Crown of this beautiful tree will definitely catch attention of many people walking by.It is amazing felling standing under the huge tree because you can feel the energy.I don’t know is that because of the size,time the tree grows there or just the sound of leaves and birds who are always nesting in this tree.When you look on the ground and see the woody roots,wow it is absolutely amazing,their size,strenght,power and all those years.Very interesting isn’t it?
Telling you our story I would love to recommend anybody interested in trees-
The Book” Tell Me,Tree”(All about Trees for Kids) by Gail Gibbons
A wonderful Children’s book about trees and nature.
Beautiful large watercolors pictures are very neat and explanation facts about parts of the trees,different kinds and much more.If you and your kids love to explore nature and trees then this book is just perfect addition to your knowledge about trees.
In Los Angeles on January 25, 2010 at 12:14 am
In Baking on January 22, 2010 at 3:49 am
My mama called me few days ago and told me that she would love to contribute on my blog with her recipe that she recently come up with.I was very pleased and happy about her feelings and looking at this wonderful cake,there is the only one thing that is missing-actually trying the same.So without further delay I will share with you my mama’s recipe for this delicious low-fat delight.
Easy Egg White Shortcake with Walnuts and Secret Ingredients
1 Cup of Egg Whites
1 Cup of Wheat Flour
1 Cup of Brown Sugar
1/2 of Cup Chopped Walnuts
1/2 of Cup Dry Cranberries
1/2 of Cup Raisins
1/2 of Cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
1/4 of Cup Sweet Cream Butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In the mixing bowl using electric mixer blend egg whites till very firm.Slowly start adding brown sugar and then using wooden spoon add rest of the ingredients: flour,walnuts,cranberries,raisins,chocolate chips and butter.
For the best results use loaf size baking pen.
Grease the pen and pour the mix in.Bake on 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
This cake makes wonderful pair with Cappuccino,Enjoy!
In Travel and vacation on January 19, 2010 at 6:28 pm
New York,fabulous city,crazy traffic-ground level and under ground too.People remind me of ants,they just appear from everywhere and rush is unbelievable.But that is not the reason why not to take your kids to this great city and experience the whole adventure.There are so many things to see or to do with your kids in New York City.
You can visit museums,take a stroll through the streets and brick wall buildings,see the Rockefeller center or Time Square.Take a Ferry ride to the Staten Island and see the beautiful Statue of Liberty,or just hang out and enjoy ice-cream in Central Park.For a longer walk take a hike across the Brooklyn Bridge and catch the subway ride on the way back to the city.What a great experience!
In Cooking on January 18, 2010 at 9:24 pm
Well,as you all know by now I love cooking and any time when I buy new cookware or any other kitchen gadgets I love to try it right away.This Oval Casserole with lid is fantastic,works like magic.I decided to come up with delicious garden lunch recipe.So I consulted my fridge,my ideas and voila!There it was.
Fabulous Stew with Chicken,Shallots,Mushrooms,Purple Potatoes and Baby Spinach.
It is so easy and very quick to prepare.
Brown the shallots with some evoo,add chicken(I love to use chicken thighs,they are always juicy).When almost done,add some sliced potatoes,mushrooms and spinach.Season well with sea salt,fresh ground pepper and some paprika.When everything starts bubbling add some chicken broth and let your casserole finish work for you.
After hour and the half dish was done and ready to enjoy.Best tasters are off course my little munchkins.They pour the stew two times in their kiddi bowls.What else should I say?
In Cakes, Candies, Chocolates, Sweets on January 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm
In All about kids on January 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
This book will definitely make readers laugh and giggle.It will teach them to rhyme.These fuzzy characters will give you first hand instructions about fun with rhyming and show you example how to be careful when handling cleaning supplies and vacuum cleaner.What A messy fun.
In All about kids on January 13, 2010 at 5:21 pm
It was absolutely pleasure when I discovered bookstore for kids,here in Los Angeles.It is a completely different experience,like entering to another world full of imagination and new possibilities.
Children’s Book World is a full service bookshop in West Los Angeles stocking over 80.000 titles for children,parents,teachers and collectors.”Our ever-expanding multicultural collection of books makes Children’s book World a treasure trove for book lovers of all ages.”
In Los Angeles on January 12, 2010 at 2:57 am
Malibu,with the 21 miles of coastline beauty has many wonderful beaches.Point Dume,Topanga and Zuma State Beaches are very popular and have easy access with available parking.There are also several wild and private beaches,where you can have nice long walks and enjoy lovely sunsets.Just amazing place to spend the day with your kids and family,walking,admiring the ocean and allow your kids to catch those sandy feet.
It is the whole new experience!