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Braised Chicken in Brown Sauce


This dish is perfect for rice. 

1. Prepare a boneless chicken leg. 

2. Heat the pan. ( no oil is needed here, because chicken leg contains fat. )

3. Put the chicken leg into the pan with the skin side down. The fat will come out. When the down side is a little burnt, flip it over and fry the other side.

4. After both sides turn golden color. Add in dark soy sauce, some sugar and water. Cover with the lid.

5. When the sauce becomes much less, remove the lid. Spread some black sesame. 

6. Turn up the heat. Keep stirring to avoid being burnt. The sauce will become less and more condensed. Make sure the chicken coated with sauce evenly.

7. When the sauce is almost dry, turn off the heat.

8. Cut chicken into slices and put them on rice.


Brown sauce also makes rice yummy.

Quick Meal With Baguette

When I get home from work tried and hungry, I really don’t feel like cooking. Yet I don’t like eating outside so I have to figure out some quick and easy ways to solve the problem about food.

One of my hobbies is searching recipes that I think worth trying. Of course, I also keep an eye on those that can help me handle a meal within several minutes.
The other day I tried the following recipes with baguette. They turned out not bad and my husband loved them.

Mix melted butter with minced garlic and mixed herbs. Spread the mixture on the surface of baguette slices. Bake for 5 mins with 220 degree C. Easy and simple.


Baguette can also be used for sandwich. Cut a medium slice open in the middle. Add in the meat and vegetables you like. Then it’s done. You can also put in salad, or whatever you like.

This is my husband’s favorite. Put the scrambled egg on the surface of sliced baguette, and top with cheese slice. Put into the microwave oven for 1 or 2 minutes till the cheese is melted.

Crumb Cake

I found the recipe online:

http://www.food.com/recipe/new-jersey-crumb-cake-33645

This is my first crumb cake. And It turned out to be a big success. I did a little change based on the original recipe.

For cake:

Butter 60g

Sugar 80g ( I’m afraid the original recipe would be very sweet, so I reduced the sugar)

Egg 1

Milk 80g

Flour 140g

Baking powder 1tsp

Vanilla extract 1/2tsp
For topping :

Biscuit mix is used in original recipe. I changed it. I used flour and ground almond powder instead. I reduced butter and sugar too. Cos my husband is on a diet.

Butter 40g

Sugar 40g

Flour 40g

Ground almond powder 20g

Cinnamon powder 1 tsp
1. Cream butter and sugar.

2. Beat egg and milk, mix with butter.

3. Add flour and baking powder to the butter mixture. Then add in vanilla extract.

4. Pour batter into pan.

5. For topping: put all the topping ingredients in a bowl. Rub them by hand. And they will become crumb.

6. Sprinkle crumb topping over batter in the pan.

7. Preheat oven to 180 degree C. Bake for 30 mins. ( you can check with a toothpick. Poke the cake with toothpick, if it comes out clean, then the cake is done).

Powdered sugar is used to top the cake when cool. I didn’t use it.


It tastes really good. Since I reduced sugar, it’s not too sweet.

The topping is very crunchy.

Stir Fry Beef With Onion


I always think beef and onion are a good match. And it’s easy to cook.

1. Cut beef into evenly thin slices. Chop onion and bell pepper into medium pieces.

2. Marinate beef with some salt, light soy sauce, cooking wine and starch. Make sure each slice is coated with starch.

3. Heat the oil in the pan. ( a little more oil than usual)

4. Put beef slices in the pan. Keep stir frying till the beef’s color turn light and a little burnt.

5. Add in the chopped onion and bell pepper. Stir fry till they get cooked.

6. Add 1 tsp oyster sauce. Stir fry a little.

7. If it’s a little plain, add in some salt.

This dish is very common in China’s restaurants. And it’s not that hard to cook at home.

My Cooking Story

In Chinese we have a saying that “早餐要吃好,午餐要吃饱,晚餐要吃少”,which means we must have a good breakfast, a full lunch and eat less at dinner. Clearly breakfast is the most important meal in a day. 

Actually, there are quite a lot of differences between eastern and western food culture. When I was in China, most of my breakfast were soybean milk, fried dough stick, porridge, steamed stuff bun, or noodles, etc. After I lived with my husband, my eating habit started changing. Now most of my breakfast are bread, cookies, and toast. My husband has a sweet tooth, but I don’t. So I have to figure out a solution between us.

My mom’s cooking has a great influence on me. Stir frying is a very common in Chinese cuisine.  My mom is a typical Chinese housewife. She can stir fry almost everything. That’s her cooking theory. She’s also good at making new match between meat and vegetable. After so many years of being a housewife, she’s kind of tired of creating new dishes. I understand her after married. Sometimes, I get home exhausted and really don’t want to try a new recipe.

At first, I copied my mom’s theory. Stir fry pork with vegetables. That’s very simple and quick for me, cos I don’t even need to think. I just know it goes that way. Gradually, I find it interesting when I try new recipes which are not just stir frying. No matter it is Chinese cuisine, Japanese, or Western. I can always find new things to try. I think that’s the charm of cooking.

Another reason for I love cooking, I think is that it makes me very concentrated. I don’t know why but when I cook something, I stay very focused, like I’m the only person in the world. I can forget everything outside the kitchen. Cooking to me is not just a magic combination of different kinds of ingredients. It’s also a way to convey my concern and feelings. I want whoever eats the food I cook to feel the concern and love from me. I would be like a student in a test and ask my husband after his first bite “does it taste ok?” Or “do you like it?”. He will put on a big smile with thumps up and say ” very good” in an exaggerating way even when the food tastes not  that good. I know I will never fail his test and that makes me want to improve to higher level and to cook better.

Crispy Fish Fillet (Non-fry)

I don’t like cooking dishes that need deep fried, because it means greasy kitchen, wasting too much oil, and getting hurt by hot oil easily. 

My husband like fish & chips very much, and both the dishes need deep frying. I looked up on the Internet and found ways to cook them without frying. 


This was the fish fillet I used. A dory fish fillet. Season it with salt and black pepper granules.


Bread crumbs need to be stir fry with a little oil for a while, which will make them look bright golden and taste better.


I also added some mixed herbs and minced garlic. When the color turns golden, turn off the oven.


Fish fillet first covered with a thin layer of flour, then egg, and bread crumbs at last.

Preheat oven to 200 degree C. In the oven for 20 minutes.



Dresses with some vegetable salad.


Fish fillet inside is very tender.

Pumpkin Soup


This is an easy and quick dish made of vegetables.

1. Chop pumpkin, garlic, celery, and carrot into small pieces.

2. Heat the oil in the pan. Put garlic in first.

3. Then the carrot and celery. Stir fry a little.

4. Pumpkin at last. Stir fry for around 2 minutes.

5. Then add in enough water that covers all the vegetables. Cover the pan with lid.

6. When the vegetables soften, use blender to smash them.

7. Put the smashed mixture of vegetables back into the pan. Heat it again. Because the smashed mixture is very condensed, you can add in some water.

8. Then add a little milk and salt. Keep stirring. It will be done once boiled again. After milk added in, the color will become a little lighter.

You can add a little herbs or spices you like.
And you can also make a little decoration for it. Just spread several milk drops onto the surface, and use a toothpick draw on it. Yeah, I’m not good at it. The white part I drew is not that beautiful.
The soup tastes great. The pumpkin I used is kind of sweet. Carrot and celery make it healthier.