Tag: cooking

Practical Life: DIY Salted Eggs 自製鹹蛋

I’ve been wanting to make my own salted eggs, which is a classic Chinese dish, ever since I read about it from a homeschooler’s FB page.  Partly because I felt like I was failing on the teaching Chinese culture front.   What if my kids never learn how delicious salted eggs(鹹蛋)and hundred year old eggs (皮蛋) are?

Thank goodness for my mom.  She brought some over when she came to help me move; and talked up just how delicious they are.  Thumper had a taste and was sold.

That prompted me to research recipes after my mom left.  It turns out that it is super duper easy to make!  However, there are many recipes floating around.  As usual, I researched the heck out of it and made my own recipe by combining tons of other ones.  Which guarantees that it’ll fail the first time.

You learn from failures, I say.  Perfect for homeschooling.

Supposedly the perfect salted egg is one whose egg yoke is “顏色紅而油多”, reddish and oily.  I will likely perfect this version a bit more.  I really like this recipe from Bean Panda even though I didn’t follow it. (more…)

Making Hot Chocolate

Pouring milk
Pouring milk

The last few weeks, Astroboy has been getting up earlier than me and roaming around the house with nothing to do.  Sometimes he’s really good and puts on a jacket and feeds the cats (it’s his morning chore), before I get up and nag him to do it.  (Yes I know.  I’m trying really hard not to!)

But I finally got tired of it and decided it is time for him to learn to make his hot chocolate.  Especially after my last post where I reminded myself that I need to remember to break down steps and take it one step at a time.   He drinks it every morning now because our house is like 60 degrees when we get up in the morning.

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