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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Sharing A Home Cooked Dinner With Our Friends.

After I have cleared my fridge and kitchen of all the unwanted and expired items, I replenished whatever is necessary. Since the Chinese new year, my kitchen has stayed opened till today with one or two days off in between. My sons have gone back to work in the city and there are still meat in the freezer and vegetables in the fridge waiting to be cooked.

So, instead of going out with our friends for dinner on the 7th day of Chinese New Year, I decided to have them over for a simple home cooked dinner. In a way, it was to avoid the festival crowd in the restaurants. We can eat in the comfort of our own home without having to rush through our food, especially with people standing behind us waiting for our table. My home cooked dishes.....
Sweet sour Pork Rib in Plum Sauce.
It looks better with some sprinkling of spring onions.
Yam (taro) with Lai Pak veggie (Chinese White Cabbage)
Soup = fresh wai san (also called Chinese yam), corn, carrot, chicken feet and pork rib.
This special sweet corn was very tender and sweet. The remaining 3 cobs of corn were steamed for our lunch the next day.
Chilled Drunken Chicken - I tried my hand at making this with a boneless drumstick and wing. It was good but hubby is not a fan of chilled dishes. So I guess I won't be making this again.
I cooked a fresh batch of yam bean dish for the Top Hats or Pie Tee shells for our friends to enjoy. This was the "Yan Yat" dinner (7th day) of the CNY celebration shared with friends.
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Some lanterns decoration to share before the CNY celebration is over.
Entrance of Ibis Hotel, Ipoh.
Lanterns hanging in the Lobby.
We were at the hotel to meet up with my sister-in-law.
Today 11th February is the 15th day or the last day (Chap Goh Mei) of the Chinese New Year celebration and after today, everything will be back to normal again.
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The following critter photos were taken in my garden.
I googled and identified this critter as the Squash Bug, a deadly garden pest.
It was found feeding on the damaged chili plant.
This is an enemy that causes great damage to my plants.
 It pierces and sucks out the sap from the plant.
The leaves will wilt, drop off and the plant will dry up and die.
Now I will have to be on constant lookout for these pests.

Linking to Saturday's Critters.

"Keep a sharp lookout! For you do not know when I will come,

at evening, at midnight, early dawn or late daybreak.

Don't let me find you sleeping. Watch for my return!

This is my message to you and everyone else."

(Mark 13:35-37, The Living Bible-TLB)

58 comments:

  1. Soup looks yummy i will try to cook it

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    1. Thank you, Gosia. I hope you will enjoy it.

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  2. wow that taro dish looks so wonderful! I miss those floury melt in mouth taros.

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    1. Thank you, Angie. Taro dish is one of my favourites. Yes, I love the floury melt too!

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  3. Hello, the food looks delicious. I love the pretty lanterns. The bug is a pest, looks like the stink bugs I see here in the summer. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen for hosting. Have a happy new week ahead!

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  4. Such beautiful looking food, you are certainly appear to be a good cook. So nice to make food for friends.

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    1. Thank you, Mamas for your kind comments. I used to enjoy cooking for my little family.

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  5. Your food photos make me hungry! My sympathy on the garden pest, i hope you can find something to keep them away from your plants.

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    1. Thank you, dear. As far as possible I avoid pesticides. The most is I have to remove the affected plant.

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  6. That first plate looks great and I would eat it but the rest, I'll let them pass. Sorry.
    Have a wonderful Saturday Nancy. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

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    1. Thank you, Paul. Its understandable. One man's meat is another man's poison. Have a wonderful day!

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  7. I'm sure your friends would have enjoyed the meal as all the dishes look so yummy. Happy Chap Goh Mei, Nancy!

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    1. Thank you, Irene. I am glad we finished off most of the dishes. Happy Chap Goh Mei!

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  8. Your home cooked food looks just a wonderful as all the restaurant food you post. Excellent and so yummy.

    Love all the lanterns. So beautiful.

    Yikes on that bug. He's huge and ever so ugly.

    Have a fabulous weekend, Nancy. ☺

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    1. Thank you, Sandee for your kind comments. Yes, that is one ugly and bad bug!

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  9. That bug does look like it could cause a lot of damage! Beautiful lanterns!

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    1. Thank you, Jandi. I only came to know about the bug's damage after I googled for info.

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  10. Beautiful photos, and there is nothing better than a home cooked meal. It all looks so delicious!

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Most times, I am lazy to cook.

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    1. And a very unwelcome guest to my garden.

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  12. Wow!! How can take the picture of the bug..!!

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    1. I have to get really close to do it. Surprisingly, it didn't fly away.

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  13. so much yummy food - i like your pretty plates. i don't know if i would say it was a "simple" home cooked meal!! have a wonderful weekend!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. The plates were handed down from my hubby's family. Have a beautiful day!

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  14. This squash bug is so ugly! It looks a bit like our stink bugs, only bigger. Your food looks mouth watering, like in a restaurant by the finest chef! Especially the pork in plum sauce. The lanterns are beautiful! Something we almost never see around here.

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    1. Thank you, Ginny. You are so kind with your comments. Ha ha! I may be the finest chef in my own kitchen. Have a fantastic day!

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  15. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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    1. Thank you, Beauty. Have a great day!

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  16. Same like your hubby, I don't really fancy cold dishes, I prefer my food to be warm

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    1. Many I know do not like cold dishes but I am the more adventurous type.

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    1. Thank you, Terkuma John. Have a good day!

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  18. I think it was a lovely idea for you to invite your friends over for the last dinner of CNY. Relax and enjoy without the crowds, I'm sure they all appreciated your wonderful effort.

    Diana

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    1. Thank you, Diana. We all enjoyed the meal and have a wonderful time of fellowship after dinner.

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  19. Oh, I so love those red lanterns...they are so beautiful!

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    1. They are very bright and eye-catching.

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    1. Thank you, dear. It is very delicious too!

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  21. Your home cooked meal is delicious! I would be a happy guest and help you wash the dishes hee..hee.. That bug from your garden looks very scary!

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    1. Thank you, Phong Hong. That bug is indeed a scary one and many of my chili plants have been attacked by them.

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  22. Very nice, Nancy! All the homecooked food ngam me including the chilled chicken.. I will eat on his behalf next time.. hahahaa

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    1. Ha ha! Thank you, Claire. You are most welcome!

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  23. Delicious food! Happy sunday!:)

    xxBasia

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    1. Thank you, Basia. Have a happy new week!

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  24. Such a lovely post! Have an amazing new week.

    Bloglovin
    STYLEFORMANKIND.COM

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  25. Wow! Seldom see your post on your cooking so this post blow me away!!

    So homey. I never tasted that sweet sour pork rib in plum souce. Long time didnt have that sweet corn soup.

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    1. Thank you, Rose. So happened that I was in a cooking mode. Hope to cook more often from now on.

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  26. Home made food is always yummy. Nice looking lanterns...

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    1. Thank you, Angel. Have a nice new week!

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. Have a wonderful new week!

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  28. You cook well... everything looks great!

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    1. Thank you, Stacy. The dishes are simple home cooked dishes. Have a great day!

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  29. you seldom show the dishes you cook but from all the dishes in this post I confirm you are a skillful cook. all of them look delicious especially the taro dish.

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    1. Thank you, Mun for your kind comments. I used to cook for my family but now I only cook once in a while. Sometimes I am lazy to cook for just 2 of us.

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