Friday, May 15, 2015

Vietnamese crab noodle soup

Vietnamese crab noodle soup (Bún riêu)
Blog in Vietnamese: Video cách nấu bún riêu

This Bun rieu (Vietnamese crab noodle soup) is authentic, and tastes incredible! It is probably one of the most popular street foods in Vietnam. The preparation varies in different parts of the country. I'm from southern Vietnam, so you may be familiar with my style if you are also from the south. It's a bowl full of healthy goodness, and Vietnamese lemon balm is the perfect herb to accompany the flavor of the soup.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spinach bread

Spinach bread (Bánh mì rau bó xôi)

I first tried making bread when my sister-in-law invited me to make whole wheat loaves together. I can still remember how fun it was to knead and see the dough rise. And when it was baking, the house was filled with a wonderful smell. Now, I am convinced that nothing is as good as homemade bread. Besides, making bread is an addictive hobby.

After reading through The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart, I feel more confident about baking bread at home without getting scared about the result. It's a wonderful book that explains all the basics of bread baking technique. It encouraged me to create my own favorite bread recipes, and this spinach bread is one of them. I really love how it turns out. It has a wonderfully moist, chewy and the fresh spinach gave a beautiful green color, but you can't really taste the spinach. My kids just love this spinach bread. Whether it’s a slice with jam and butter, or a grilled cheese sandwich, it always gets a big smile. It’s a great way to encourage a picky toddler to eat healthy.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Vietnamese chicken noodle salad

Phở trộn Hà Nội - Vietnamese chicken noodle salad 

This chicken noodle salad, Phở trộn, is one of the most popular street foods in Vietnam's capitol, Hanoi. It's bursting with flavor thanks to the mix of garlic sauce, herbs, deep-fried shallots, and roasted peanuts. And the veggies and chicken ensure it's quite nutritious. Another great gluten-free meal that everyone will love.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Strawberry popsicles

Strawberry popsicles 

Whether it's hot or cold, popsicles are a great remedy for a teething toddler. These strawberry popsicles are fairly easy to make, but nutritious and delicious. Since they're in season now, all the grocery stores here are running great sales on strawberries. It's great to be able to eat fresh fruit, even on a budget. (^-^)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Peanut sticky rice

around the house

Hi, I'm back! 

Winter has come and gone. It feels like we missed spring and skipped directly to summer. The changing of seasons is not always obvious here in the desert. But what God made is amazing! All sorts of beautiful flowers are still blooming here and there in the hard condition and the shining sun is clear to all. The kids love to play outdoors in the heat, and it seems like the weather doesn't bother them at all. They play make-believe, chase each other, laugh, fall, cry... always full of energy.