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May 2017

Featured/ Life

What New Moms Really Want for Mother’s Day

I had the pleasure of chatting on the 980 CJME Morning Show this morning about Mother’s Days gifts that don’t break the bank and what mothers really want for Mother’s Day. As a new mom about to celebrate my first Mother’s Day, this basically gave me the opportunity to drop major hints for my husband as to what I want! If you missed me on the radio this morning, here are my tips and ideas on how to create a special day for Mom.

Mom-ming is a never-ending, 24/7 job, so the best gift you can give a mom on Mother’s Day is a one-day holiday, and I have a few ways you can do that and it won’t cost you a penny.

  1. Let mom sleep in. From the first days of motherhood, moms are getting up every time the baby cries and this continues as the kid grows up, waking up to get the kids to school or waking up for early hockey practice. So on Mother’s Day, let mom sleep in! Dads, husbands, wake up with the kids, take them out for breakfast or something and let mom snooze in a quiet house. Then when she wakes up on her own time, you can make her breakfast or brunch or lunch.
  2. Next, give mom some alone time. Wrangle the kids, take care of the housework for the day, and send mom out of the house for some alone time. It would be a real treat for any mom to go shopping alone, or to head to a coffee shop with a good book, guilt-free and without any housework or time pressures.
  3. Next, the luxury of single tasking. Moms are the queens of multitasking and often will multi-task an activity they enjoy with an activity that they don’t. For me, I only allow myself to watch my PVR’ed TV shows if I’m doing something productive at the same time, like folding laundry.  So on Mother’s Day, allow mom to single task an activity she enjoys, whether that be binge watching a TV show without having to fold laundry or being outside in her garden without having to keep an ear open for the baby monitor.
  4. And finally, end the day with some quality family time. Plan a movie night or a dinner as a family (that she didn’t have to cook herself!), and celebrate your mom!

What do you think, moms? What else can I add to this list on how to make Mother’s Day special for new moms?

P.S. Can someone send my husband the link to this article? haha!

My beautiful girl who gave me the gift of motherhood

Featured/ Vietnamese Recipes

Salmon Fried Rice

salmon fried rice

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend! This past weekend was hot hot hot in Regina, so we definitely took advantage of that. I spent all of my baby’s nap times sunbathing and reading on our deck.

Sunbathing and reading while baby naps

And when she was awake, we went on walks to the library and to the nearby coffee shop. With the summer coming up, Baby E is also in desperate need of summer clothes, so we hit up the White City Garage Sale for some gently used clothing and Giggle Boutique in Pilot Butte for some fancy new clothing!

Baby E in her new kicks from Giggle Boutique

However, it’s a chilly and dreary Monday today, and the husband said he would have an all day daddy/daughter day with baby, so I can get my errands and blogging done.  She’s eating solids really well, so I just need to pop home to nurse her before her naps.  She had a good two hour morning nap and I was able to do a Costco run, and now she’ll be awake with her dad for another 3 hours. I don’t even want to know what he has planned for daddy/daughter day – probably a TV marathon of Yukon Gold, Naked and Afraid or some other weird reality TV show!

I love going to Costco alone as I find it more efficient. Whenever I take the baby, there’s just not enough room in the cart to load up on all the groceries I need, and it’s a hassle to load her and the groceries into the vehicle, and then try to bring all the groceries into the house without her freaking out in her car seat. Plus, because I like to buy meat in bulk at Costco, I like to be able to come home, portion out the meat and freeze them right away, without worrying about the baby. The meats that I like to buy at Costco are steaks, eye of round roasts, pork back ribs, and fresh salmon fillets.

With the Costco salmon, I’m usually able to portion the huge fillet into about 4 portions, but there’s always that tail piece at the end that is super thin and flat, and not quite a full portion. Do you guys know what I mean? I always freeze that tail piece separately, thinking that I’ll bake it up for a small supper for myself whenever the husband is working nights, but I never do. Just the other day, I was going through the freezer and found three ziplock bags with these skinny salmon tail pieces in them. I was thinking of recipes that I could make with these pieces, and I was torn between salmon cakes or salmon fried rice. I decided to do a salmon fried rice this time around, but I’ll do salmon cakes next time!

This salmon fried rice recipe is similar to my shrimp and swiss chard recipe, just the protein and vegetable components have been switched up. I baked the salmon pieces and then broke up the cooked salmon into chunks.

I didn’t have any swiss chard or any greens on hand, so I just used frozen mixed vegetables as my vegetable component. Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think!

Salmon Fried Rice

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 small salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine rice (day old rice is best)
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tsp fish sauce

Instructions

1

Season your salmon fillets with salt and pepper, and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until they are just done.

2

Using a fork, break up the cooked salmon into chunks and set aside

3

Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan or wok on medium high heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and scramble them with a spatula. When the eggs are scrambled, add the rice and stirfry for about 4 minutes.

4

Add the frozen vegetables and stirfry until they are heated through. (If you are using greens, stirfry until they are wilted). This should take about 4-5 minutes.

5

Add the salmon chunks and stirfry to combine all the ingredients well.

6

Add the soy sauce and fish sauce and mix well until all of the rice is coated. You may need to add a bit more of the soy sauce to taste and/or for all of the rice to be coated and have a golden colour.

7

Remove from heat and serve with a nice cold beer!

Featured/ Vietnamese Recipes

Vietnamese Banana Tapioca Dessert (“Che Chuoi”)

You know you’re an adult when you find yourself belonging in a dinner club with other couple friends, am I right? My husband and I are part of a dinner club with four other couples and we take turns every month hosting a dinner party. The hosting couple provides all the food and drink pairings and hosts the dinner at their house. So far, we’ve had a Mardi Gras themed event and a spring-themed event. It was my turn to host this past weekend, and obviously, my theme was Vietnamese. The other couples actually volun-told me what my theme was, I didn’t really have a choice in the matter!

In planning the menu, it was a no brainer what the appetizer and main courses were going to be. Appetizers were fresh rolls and the main course was a build-your-own vermicelli bowl, with spring rolls, vermicelli noodles, fish sauce, and various veggies and accompaniments. However, I had a tough time coming up with a dessert, mainly because I have never ever made a Vietnamese dessert before. My mom very rarely makes them, so I don’t really have a favourite Vietnamese dessert. After much research and consultation with my mom, I decided to make a Vietnamese banana coconut tapioca dessert (“che chuoi”). Vietnamese cuisine have desserts called “che” that are best described as a pudding. Some of these desserts have fruit in them, some have beans (like black beans), some are served cold, some are served hot, most of tapioca in them, and they come in varying textures (some are thicker and some are quite liquid-y like a soup). This banana dessert was easy to make and it’s dairy-free, which was the deciding factor for me. This dessert can be served hot or chilled, but I prefer it chilled.

I decided to do a wine pairing with my dinner, because I love introducing friends to wines and Vietnamese food. For the fresh rolls, I paired it with the Melipal Malbec Rose (Argentina). This rose wine is crisp, light and not too sweet, and it pairs well with the pork and shrimp in the fresh rolls. For the spring rolls and vermicelli bowls, I paired it with the Stark Raving Red wine (USA). This red wine blend is smooth, slightly sweet, and doesn’t clash with the fish sauce or overpower the spring rolls. And finally, for the banana tapioca dessert, I paired it with the Dr. Loosen Riesling (Germany). I bought two bottles of each and they were completely finished off by the women! The men could care less about wine pairings and drank various beers with their food (not that we were complaining, more wine for the wives!).

You know the dinner party was so much fun because I forgot to take lots of pictures for the blog! (Blogger fail!).  I completely forgot to take pictures of the fresh rolls, and only took a few of the spring rolls, vermicelli bowls and the banana tapioca pudding. Sorry guys! Enjoy the few pictures and the banana tapioca dessert recipe below.

Vietnamese dinner wine pairings

Vietnamese dinner wine pairings

 

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

5 dozen spring rolls for the party

 

Spring Roll Vermicelli Bowl

Build your own spring roll vermicelli bowl!

 

Spring Roll Vermicelli Bowl with Stark Raving Red wine

Spring Roll Vermicelli Bowl with Stark Raving Red wine

 

Vietnamese Banana Coconut Tapioca Dessert

 

Vietnamese Banana Coconut Tapioca Dessert

Vietnamese Banana Coconut Tapioca Dessert