Just-Add-Water Miso, Pumpkin, and Soba Ramen & “Modern Lunch” Book Review

Let’s talk about lunch, shall we?

I work in a commissary kitchen 3 to 4 days a week, mostly from 10am to 4pm, to prepare my products for farmers markets. I have my breakfast at home, drop off my kids at school, and head to the kitchen. My husband’s major complain about how I work is that I never pay attention to lunch. When in my working mode, I am very reluctant to take a break, have a snack, not to mention to finish a whole meal. Despite the fact that I hate being hungry, I’m always hungry…

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Baked Pork Chops with Fried Rice

baked pork chops with fried rice

Fried rice in Asian food is such a rustic food that is basically a combination of leftover rice with leftover anything to form a one-dish meal. And it actually brings out the beauty of fried rice – unlimited range of ingredients that can be used to create your own version of fried rice. This dish of baked pork chops with fried rice is one of them.

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Lasagna Bolognese


I am sure everyone has their own favourite lasagna recipe. I made mine quite often as this is one of my kids’ favourite dishes. And what makes it possible to be made frequently is the basic ingredients. You can go as fancy as using turkey meat, Italian sausages, buffalo mozzarella, fresh herbs… You can also go with some simple and easily accessible ingredients, like what I use here, minced beef, canned tomato sauce, mozzarella block…

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Chicken Paella

chicken paella

I was advised not to eat seafood when I was pregnant and breastfeeding because baby would be allergic to it. I still don’t figure out the reason. Isn’t it supposed to be that the more you eat that food, the easier your baby gets used to it?

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Japchae (Korean Glass Noodles)

I love Korean food. One of the reasons is that I am crazy about kimchi. I would literally eat it every day. In fact it’s what I’ve been doing for the past few days thanks to that trip to a Korean grocery store. I came home with a large 4-litre jar of kimchi. Just yesterday I had a bowl of steamy rice and kimchi. A lot of it. And it made me so happy!

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