Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Thai Cucumber Relish

We call it  'acar timun' in Indonesia. I just learned that many people call this Thai Cucumber Relish. It serves as condiment to main dish or quick vegetable side dish that I often make whenever I ran out of time.

The ingredients:

Some prefer to eat cucumber with its skin. I prefer to peel it off...

then cut them out into small cubes.

I happened to have these lovely grape tomatoes from the Farmer Market so take a cup and cut them in half

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix them up with spoon or wooden spatula.

That's it! Easy Peasy, right?

Thai Cucumber Relish
Printable Recipe
1 cucumber - diced
1 cup of grape tomatoes - halved
1 shallot - minced
1 Thai pepper - diced
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt

Place all of the above ingredients in a bowl
Gently mix them up with spoon or wooden spatula
Let it cools in the refrigerator for 20 minutes before eating them.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

What I buy at Farmer Market and some tips

I loveeee going to Farmer Market. I feel like a kid in a candy store whenever I go there. Fortunately, living in Bay Area gives me access to Farmer Market and wonderful non pesticide produce all year long.

I usually stop by there every other week but since my boys were at summer camp these past two weeks; I got to go there two weeks in the row.

First things first, get the preschooler to help with unloading and arranging the grocery, which is a great practical life skills to have. :)

Things that I usually get there:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Little Boys Talk

Just a little while ago, this is how he talk:

 Now he talks like this {inside the airplane on the way back to the U.S}:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What to bring on jury duty

I was called for jury duty last week. Despite the inconvenience, It was very interesting and educational experience. I was very impressed and grateful for our justice system, staff and judge who patiently explained the procedure and the case with us.

I wasn't prepare with what to bring or not to bring on my first visit so I thought I post this for future reference.

What to bring on jury duty:   

Friday, July 11, 2014

Stir-Fried Broccoli with Egg White

Broccoli is one of few vegetables that my kids like to eat so I almost always have it on the fridge. I also almost always have left over egg white from ice cream making so I thought I should try to use them both.

First, cut and rinse the brocolli

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What I buy at Whole Foods

We got most of our grocery at Costco, Trader Joe's or local Farmer Market. However, occasionally, I stop by at Whole Foods to get these things that I can only find there:

1. Savoiardi Lady finger for Tiramisu

2. Du Four Puff Pastry for Chicken Curry Puff

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Field Trip: Monterey Bay Aquarium

My kids LOVE Monterey Bay Aquarium. We used to be members before Max goes to school. I lost count how many times we've been there. Even so, the kids never get bored and always looking forward for the chance to go there again and again.

This gray whale will greet you when you enter the aquarium

Monday, June 30, 2014

Food Photography: Before and After

I started taking pictures of my food a few years back for my own reference. So grateful to know that some of you found the recipes to be helpful. I've learned and am still learning about food photography. Recently I updated a few of  the old pictures to make it more appetizing:

Strawberry Ice Cream
Before: July 2011


Lesson learned: natural light is way better than artificial light

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Family Biking at Monterey

A few months ago,  a family friend invited us for a family biking trip at Monterey. We ended up arrive one hour early so we looked at our GPS and decided to explore a nearby beach: Marina State Beach

We got to hike up sand dunes in order to reach the beach:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lake Tahoe on Summer

We love going to Tahoe on summer. Last year, we went with couple other families, which enable us to rent a vacation house. The good thing about renting a house is we can do laundry, cook, and some also allow us to borrow their stuff like towel, beach umbrella, swimming board, and such.

One of our favorite things to do is: river rafting. There are two companies that rent their boat:  this one and this one. They have slightly different policy on the age of children allowed so check them out first before you rent.