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Vanilla Bean Iced Coffee

After a glorious yet busy day I need a caffeine boost to carry me through to the little guy’s bedtime.

  • Iced coffee is best made with the really strong stuff.
  • Instant or old bottom-of-the-pot coffee works great.
  • In large glass combine 1/3 coffee, cream and milk to taste (lots), a teaspoon of organic vanilla extract and sugar to taste.
  • Mix.
  • Fill with ice chips or cubes.
  • Use straw so it feels like a Starbucks visit! 🙂

Mexican gift from my sister

Happy sipping!

Royal Wedding Cupcakes

It has been forever and ever since I blogged. In my defense, taking care of a 14-month old while working full time keeps me busy. But also happy!

So this comes a little after-the-fact, and we all have Royal Wedding fatigue, but I wanted to post a picture of my Union Jack cupcakes.

Made with vanilla cake mix and canned icing (no homemade here! Please refer to first paragraph), these treats were a hit at the office. One lady said “you’re such a mom”. Thanks, Carol! 🙂

In a related story, stroll down memory lane and have a looksee at this original Charles and Diana mug.

Aurevoir!

Vietnamese subs

Asian-themed sub shops are all the rage nowadays. Vietnamese subs are the perfect crazy blend of Asian and French cuisine. My favourite spot, Kihn Do on International Avenue, sells a delicious veggie sub for $3.50.

I attempted to make Vietnamese subs (sometimes called Thai subs here in Canada). I bought all the ingredients at Hong Kong Supermarket on International Avenue. All I can say is yummers.

To make 4-5 subs
Sub-sized French baguettes
Bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
½ English cucumber, cut into matchstick-sized pieces
2 cloves garlic, minced
2-3 carrots, peeled and cut into matchstick-sized pieces
1 parsnip, peeled and cut into matchstick-sized pieces
1 lime
Salt and Pepper
1-2 Portabello Mushroom (for the vegetarians)
1-2 Boneless skiness chicken breast (for the meat eaters)
1-2 tbsp soy sauce
1-2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 cup rice vinegar
1-2 tbsp canola oil
1 tsp white sugar
  • Lightly brush mushrooms and chicken with canola oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Slice mushrooms and chicken into bite-sized (long) chucks. Set aside, separately.
  • Flash boil carrots and parsnip for about 30 seconds. Remove from heat, strain, and put into bowl of rice vinegar. Allow to marinate as you prepare the subs. Strain after marination.
  • Mix sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, fish sauce and sesame oil in bowl. Add minced garlic. This is the sub sauce.
  • Assemble subs. Heat whole in oven on 400 for 5-10 minutes.

Exotic sauces and oils from Hong Kong Supermarket

Vietnamese sub veggie toppings

Sub-specific French baguettes

A first for me: flash boiling the parsnip and carrots followed by a plunge in rice vinegar

The all-important sub sauce was surprisingly creamy.

The vegetarian "meat" portabello mushrooms

Ăn ngon miệng! (Bon appetit!)

Happy trails!

Sweet potatoes for my sweet pea

I made some mashed sweet potato for the little one.

  • Cut into cubes 2 medium sized sweet potatoes.
  • Boil until soft. Mash.
  • Add dollop of margarine and pinch of brown sugar. Mix.
  • Freeze them in ice cube trays.
  • Once the food is frozen, pop them out and store them in bags.

Happy trails!

Aside

To celebrate the adding of an “unnecessary organizing” category to this site, I share here my alphabetized cookbook. It’s a 2-inch binder contains two dividers for each letter. Yes, I mean two, because the double letters are stapled together to create not … Continue reading

Drinking water fountain: the next generation

I saw this for the first time today: a public drinking water fountain specifically to refill your water bottle. Drinking water fountains went out of style for a while. People were worried about germs and preferred the convenience of bottled water.

Tap water so good for you and so good for the environment…this is a great idea!

Chug-a-lug and happy trails!

French toast pour bĂ©bĂ©

Little Tiger is 10 months old so he can only eat the yokes of the egg. It works out wonderfully because I save the white for egg white omelets. He loves baby French toast, which is basically regular French toast babyfied.

Baby French toast (Pain doré pour bébé)

1 egg yoke (use this awesome trick to separate the white from the yoke.)
2-3 tbsp of water, baby formula or homogenized milk
A couple of pinches of cinnamon
1 slice of whole wheat bread, crusts removed, quartered

Combine egg, milk, cinnamon. Whisk. Dip bread pieces. Cook in non-stick frying pan (without oil or butter), or bake in oven on 350° for 15 minutes. (The book What to expect the first year, one of my bibles, tells moms to “Forgo the frying. Fried food shouldn’t be a part of anyone’s diet”).

I break the quarters into pieces for easy chewing.


Pan fry in non-stick pan without any butter

Is French toast (or Pain doré) considered an ethnic dish? I am French Canadian.

Traînées heureuses