Sunday, February 28, 2010
Olivia: Ok, but will you call the school to tell them that I'm not going there?
Me: 我會. (I will)
Olivia: Do you have their phone number?
Olivia: What is it?
Me: 九零五 二零一 八四六一。(905- 201 8461)
Olivia: You have to tell me in English, because 中文我淨係識： 一，二，三，四，五，六，七，八，九，十，十一，十二，十三，十四，十五，十六，十七, 嗰D㗎咋。because in Chinese I only know: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17, those words)
Me: 妹妹，都係嗰啲數目字嚟㗎咋。(Livie, they are the same numbers)
Olivia: They are?
Bought the ribs awhile back. I've always thought that it would take a long time to marinade and cook it. Found a quick and easy marinade from Canadian Living online so I tried it, added a few more things myself. It was very good and juicy. Total time used might be 1 hour 40 mins only, that includes oven time already.
Look how juicy it is? Bones fall off right at the first bite!
Adrian also likes it a lot. He's packing some for lunch too, with corn and veggie noodles... Yummy...
I better type the recipe out before I forget what I added:
Marinade for one rack of ribs
ketchup 1 cup (I think it can be reduced to 3/4 cup next time, I find the taste was too overpowering)
red wine vinegar 1/4 cup
sugar 1 tbsp
worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp
cajun spice 2 tsp (I used Emeril Essence which I mixed from scratch, recipe gotten online)
Rest of the ingredients are my personal addition:
corn syrup 2 tbsp
onion powder 1 1/2 tbsp
minced garlic 1 tsp
unsweetened apple sauce 1/3 cup
Mix everything together. Brush 2/3 of the marinade on ribs and leave it on for at least 30 mins. Put in foil lined roasting pan, cover with foil and place on lowest rack in the oven at 350 degrees F for 1 hour. Remove the foil cover, braise with remaining marinade. Move the pan to top rack and broil on high for 5 mins.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Olivia: What is the difference between these?
Me: One is a "q", one is an "a".
Then she erased it and wrote the same thing again.
Olivia: Now, look at them again, what is the difference?
Me: (Then I wonder, maybe they are not alphabets, so I said:) They are both circle with a line. One line is longer, the other one is shorter?
Olivia: No, (she pointed at the "q") this is the "a" you learn in PK1 (preschool 1), (while pointing at the "a", she said:) this is the "a" you learn in Grade 1.
Me: If you read a book when the car is moving, you'll get nauseous easily. That's car sick.
Adrian: Why is it called car sick?
Me: Well, you get sick, not feeling well in the car. It was caused by riding in the car, that's why it's called car sick. Yet I don't know why they call it sea sick not boat sick when you are on a boat.
Adrian: When you are sick at home, do you call it home sick?
Me: Adrian, 食早餐，晤好講咁多無謂嘢！eat your breakfast, stop saying so much “mo wai” (pointless) stuff.
Adrian: 乜嘢係無謂嘢呀 What is “mo wai” stuff?
Me: Meaningless, useless things.
Adrian: Useless? We should use it more then…
Olivia: No, that’s called “useful”!
Kids, they interpret words their own way.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Made this for my husband's meeting at home. Dec 11, 2009. It's Food Network recipe by Paula Deen. After making this, I learned a trick from French Food At Home. Put a piece of parchment paper at bottom of the ramekin before pouring the batter in. Then when I flip the cake out, the thin top won't stick to the ramekin, like the one I had in the photo. Another note, molten cake is only moist in centre, molten lava cake is the one with gooey batter flowing out from the centre.
I didn't realize I was baking so frequently in the past 3 months until I started to look for pictures of my previous baking projects. This one was made on Dec 6, 2009. What a nice surprise. I didn't expect the texture would be like this at all. Like my husband said, "It's like cutting into a cloud." Crunchy on the outside, marshmallowy on the inside. A little too sweet even after I reduced the sugar to 7 oz. I tried 6.5 oz after. The crust was even thinner, so it would break easier. I remember when I broke the first one I made, I also broke into tears because I spent so much time on it. Luckily only part of it broke and you can't tell from the picture.
I always try to encourage Adrian to eat vegetables. Today we have "gai lan" at dinner.
Me: This is also called Chinese Broccoli.
Adrian: Chinese Broccoli? How come it looks different?
Me: Of course it's different, that's why it's called "Chinese" broccoli. You don't look the same as Adrian N. (his caucasian classmate), do you?
Adrian: Mommy, we got a problem. Everybody looks different!
Monday, February 22, 2010
I just picked up Livie from skating class. We were chatting on the way to grandma's house.
Olivia: Mommy, can you check my communication book to see if I napped today?
Me: Why don't you tell me yourself?
Olivia: I could only remember Mrs. Bowen rubbing my back. I don't remember what happened after.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I did it! When I saw the picture from Fine Cooking Magazine, I said to myself, "I'm going to make it one day." It's Jennifer's birthday and she likes macaroon. So I found this macaroon cake recipe and was just wondering what I could put on there to dress it up. Then I found from Zoe Bakes blog that she did the toasted meringue. So I thought, "maybe I can really try it." Thanks to Cherry, I don't need to buy the torch right away.
The original recipe called for 1.5 cups of egg whites, Zoe used 1 cup. I followed Zoe's 1 cup recipe and had almost half left. Yet her cake was a layered cake. I would say, 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup will be enough to cover a small cake like mine. I also reduced to sugar to 1 and 2/3 cup of sugar. Reduced sugar in the cake recipe and macaroon recipe. The sweetness level is just right for me. Links to recipes are listed at the bottom of this post.
Look at the coconut macaroons inside the cake!
Still have half a cake left. Will bring it to work tomorrow. Covered the cut side with remaining meringue. Not sure how it will be like tomorrow.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
It was too fast when we did the creme caramel so I didn't take any pictures. We even burnt the caramel once.
After following exactly the same steps as taught in class, still couldn't release the creme caramel nicely. Really need to practise more.
This is our fifth class at George Brown. We are doing Bavarian Cream and Creme Caramel. Instructor said we could add fruit puree other than chocolate. Would love to try Indian mango puree in this dessert. Here are some pictures taken when we made the Bavarian Cream. We put the ramekins in hot water for too long, some of them started to melt when we flip them out of the ramekins.
Mixed eggs and salt, added combination of sugar and gelatin. Pour boiling milk in. Add milk chocolate and leave it in to dissolve for 15 mins. Instructor gave us a tip: add a little bit of sugar in the milk will prevent milk from sticking to the pot.
Whip cream to soft peak. Fold in mixture.
Put in the fridge for at least 15 mins until set.
Friday, February 19, 2010
Me: Livie, did you nap today?
Livie: I had a bad dream.
Me: If you didn't fall asleep, how could you have a bad dream?
Adrian: Maybe that's what's called a "daydream".
Me: ??!? How can you daydream about something bad?
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Adrian: Did she have spirals and stars on her head?
Adrian: That's the cartoon way.
Olivia: But the school is not on TV!
Adrian: Yes it is! The whole world is on TV because it's surrounded by satellites!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I was discussing with the kids about future trip to Disney World. Adrian asked me where we'd be staying at night.
Me: There are lots of hotels in the park. Or if we are going on a cruise, we may sleep on a boat.
Adrian: I want to go by plane, not by boat, because I don't want to be on the water. I'm scared of water. That's why I don't like swimming.
Olivia: But I saw you drinking water...
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
I saw daddy whispering to Olivia at dinner time.
Mommy: What was that all about?
Daddy: It’s little secret between Livie and daddy.
Mommy: Livie, was daddy telling you a secret?
Mommy: What secret?
Olivia: Daddy threw the grapefruit you gave him in the garbage.
Mommy: Livie, you really should eat more. I can see the shape of your bones from your back, I’ve never seen girls as skinny as you.
Olivia: There are boys like that too.
Olivia: Kids in Haiti.
Olivia: I want to go to Mastermind after this.
Mommy: I don’t know if there’s one in downtown.
Olivia: No, I mean when we go back to Canada!
Mommy: We are in Canada, honey. We still have to go for dinner with friends after visiting this store.
Olivia: Where are we eating?
Mommy: Chinese restaurant in Richmond Hill.
Olivia: Is it in Canada?
Olivia: Do we live in Canada?
Mommy: !!?! Yes!!!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Olivia: Where are we having dinner?
Adrian: We HAD our dinner already!
Adrian: In the mall!
Olivia: What did I eat?
Mommy: You ate half of a chicken drumstick and a few fries.
Olivia started crying, complaining that she wanted to have dinner again.
Adrian: Olivia, do you wish you were in Grade one sometimes?
Olivia: Yeah, but I don’t really wish to be. (Well, whatever that means)
Adrian: Let me tell you, you don’t want to be in Grade one.
Adrian: Because, if you’re naughty, the teacher will put your name on the board. If your name goes on the board 3 times that day, you’ll have to go the office and see Mrs. Serio (the school principal).
Olivia: That’s ok, I know Mrs. Serio.
Adrian: If your name goes on the board 4 times, the office will write a note for you to bring home to mommy. 5 times, they will call your mom.
Olivia: Haha (laughing in relief), I don’t think they have our phone number!
Adrian: Yes, they do! Ask mommy!
Olivia was so shocked. She went speechless for a long while.
Adrian: I want to wrap a gift to “yee sum” (Jennifer) too.
Mommy: You have to “buy” a gift for yee sum so that you can have something to wrap.
Adrian: (pause…) Oh… (another pause), good thinking mommy. Olivia, do you have something that I can give to yee sum?
Adrian then found a toy laptop from Olivia’s bag.
Adrian: How about this laptop?
Adrian: Mommy, can you get me the sponge from downstairs for my bath.
Mommy: I can get it but you can start putting soap on, don’t touch anything else.
I came back, I saw him playing with a sponge (a not so clean one used for cleaning the tub).
Mommy: I thought I'd told you not to touch other things.
Adrian: No I wasn’t doing anything. (He closed his eyes, sat with the meditation pose and said…) Omm….
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Mommy: Good job Adrian! You woke up without my wake up call.
Adrian: I woke up this morning early and went to your bed to sleep for a short while. Then I really got up. “I rise again!” Just like Jesus! (He meant after Jesus died on the cross and came out from the cave 3 days later.)