family meals: week 87

family meals family meals Kimchi Udon. The whole family loved this recipe. I changed it up slightly to add more vegetables in it and seafood. In the past, True didn’t really like udon noodles, but in this dish, she did. Also, since learning she is no longer allergic to shellfish, this is the first recipe she’s tried with shrimp in it. She pretty much stayed away from the seafood, but it’s a start. She used to like it, then had an allergic reaction, so we haven’t given her any. We had her tested recently, and it came out negative (along with eggs and dairy).

family meals family meals Korean Pork Roast Sesame Leaf Wraps. This one is always a winner.

family meals Spicy Korean Pork TacoI changed this up slightly by putting the sauce in a crockpot and letting the meat cook in there, and of course using a leaner meat. It was good, but not great, so I probably won’t make this again.

Week 9/29 – 10/3
Monday: Ramen Noodles with Spicy Korean Dressing
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Korean Spicy Stew
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Sushi night

We love Korean dishes, can’t you tell?! I’ve been kind of tired of cooking lately, so we went out to dinner once last week. It was nice to get a break.



all the food we ate in singapore

19 Warning: this is the longest food post of life. Seriously. When we went to Singapore, we wanted to dive into as much of the culture as possible, and one of the best ways is through food, right?! So we tried everything and anything! Stingray, cockles, mutton (you’re probably saying, “Say what?!”), and the list goes on and on. I’m going to share with you what we tried and some of what we thought. I couldn’t remember what I thought exactly about every dish, but if I didn’t like it, it sticks out, and I mention it below. Otherwise, I liked it! If you ever happen to find yourself on that sunny little island, this should help you navigate what to fill your tummy with, but like we tell our girls, don’t ever knock it until you’ve tried it.

1 Masala Thosai (Dosai) from the Tekka Market in Little India.

2 Wonton Noodle Soup from the Golden Mile Food Centre.

3 Bak Chor Mee from People’s Park Food Centre.

4 Clay Pot Chicken Rice from Golden Mile Food Centre.

5 Wanton Mee from Golden Mile Food Centre. Another delicious noodle dish.

6 Chwee Kueh from Tiong Bahru Market. This was the one dish we weren’t fond of. We had a bite and that was all we needed.

7 Soon Kueh from Tiong Bahru Market. My friend Abby brought us some for breakfast and I devoured it!

8 Chendol Cupcake from 40 Hands Cafe. It was different, not moist, but still tasty. There aren’t many desserts I don’t like though.

9 Tom Yum Seafood Soup from Golden Mile Food Centre.

10 Carrot Cake from People’s Park Food Centre. It’s not your American carrot cake, this is a vegetable dish, not a dessert. Ben and I both liked it and I’d like to try and recreate it at home, probably with a little less oil though.

11 Durian Ice Kachang, Cheng Tng, and Bo Bo Cha Cha from People’s Park Food Centre. They all tasted good, but my favorite might have been the durian one. Durian is strong, but after the initial taste, you get used to it. The burps that ensue afterwards isn’t as nice though, fair warning.

12 Teh Halia and Teh Masala from Tekka Market in Little India. It was hot as heck, but it didn’t stop of us from having these warm drinks. I loved the spices in them!

13 Otak Otak from Katong Laksa. Yes, this was delicious! It has a little bit of spice, and yes it looks a bit like spam; it is made from fish (a sort of fish cake) and has a totally different flavor from spam.

14 Roti John from People’s Park Food Centre.

15 Halwa from Tekka Market in Little India. Interesting flavor and texture, but I found it a little too sweet, and I love sweet, so this tells you this was really sweet.

16 Mee Goreng from Tekka Market in Little India. I pretty much loved all the noodle dishes we had in Singapore. This wasn’t saucy, but it was very flavorful.

17 Fish Nasi Briyani from Tekka Market in Little India.

18 Kambing Soup from Tekka Market in Little India.

food in singapore Pulut Hitam from Island Creamery. Even ice cream in Singapore is so good!

food in singapore food in singapore Satay from People’s Park Food Centre. I love satay! But I guess you can already tell from this post, that I love a lot of food.

food in singapore Laksa from Katong Laksa. We actually had this twice, so I can’t remember if this was from the first place or second, but both were so good. This was by far my favorite dish in Singapore. Well, it was tied with the Singaporean Ramen from Noodle Story. I have a couple packets of boxed laksa, so I can try to recreate it at home.

food in singapore Ondeh Ondeh from Maxwell Centre. I wish I could have brought boxes of this dessert home with me! It’s type of a rice flour cake (I think) covered in coconut flakes.  I just love how Asian desserts aren’t overwhelmingly sweet like American desserts tend to be.

food in singapore Fresh Coconut from Chinatown. This was so refreshing to drink while walking around in the sweltering heat.

food in singapore Ah Balling Soup from Golden Mile Food Centre. This was so good! I loved it so much that I now go to the local Asian market to stock up on frozen peanut balls to have it when I get the craving. My friend Abby shared a recipe here and I want to try it!

food in singapore Chili Crab from Jumbo Seafood in the East Coast Lagoon (I think). I love crab. Give me crab, rice, and butter, and I’m in the zone, so this dish hit the right spot.

food in singapore food in singapore Singaporean Ramen from A Noodle Story at the Amoy Food Centre. The presentation and the flavors totally won me. I really miss this dish so much. If I ever find myself in Singapore again, I would head to the Amoy Centre as soon as I was able and get another bowl of this delicious dish. We wanted to go back on our last day there, but they were closed that day.

food in singapore Dim Sum from Tim Ho Wan. We went to Tim Ho Wan for lunch this day after walking all over the place, and we were starving. I texted my friend Abby our location to see what would be the best place to eat, and this is what she suggested. I love dim sum and this did not disappoint!

food in singapore Chicken Rice from Maxwell Food Centre. This was Ben’s favorite dish. I think he had it two more times when he went off by himself as I taught classes.

food in singapore Sambal Sting Ray from Makansutra Gluttons by Bay. It’s similar to fish, but denser, and we love the flavors of the paste on top.

food in singapore Hokkien Mee from Makansutra Gluttons by Bay. I thought it was good, but Ben didn’t like this so much.

food in singapore Roti Prata from Chinatown. I would love to try and make this at home.

coconut ice cream Fresh Coconut Ice Cream from Co Nut Ink outside of Esplanade. I enjoyed this treat as we watched the light show from Marina Bay Sands.

Obviously, we ate a lot. Looking at the pictures again, I notice there were some other dishes we ate that I didn’t get pictures of. We had 7 full days in Singapore and  we enjoyed every bit of it. Ben, who is really picky with food because he likes to make sure he eats healthy (all the time), was totally game for anything, and he tried everything too! There’s only one dish above that we really didn’t like, but everything else was pretty good. We came home craving some of the food, so I immediately started recreating some of the dishes (with a healthier slant of course).

We were lucky enough to have the Bloesem team to get us started on our food quests, and our friend, Abby, was our personal tour guide 90% of the time, and she took us all over the place. When we did venture off on our own, we used this blog helped guide us (along with some tips a few of you shared too!). Oh Singapore, how we miss your diverse and delicious dishes! 

Dear Singaporean friends,
If I got any of the dishes wrong (or spelled wrong), please correct me.
Love, Ruby



cookie butter pretzel chocolate balls

cookie butter pretzel chocolate balls Cookie Butter Pretzel Chocolate Balls
makes approximately 18 cookies

3/4 cup Trader Joe’s Crunchy Cookie Butter
1 1/2 cup crushed pretzels
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, combine the cookie butter and crushed pretzels together. Chill for about 10 minutes, then using tablespoonfuls, form into 1″ balls onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place the pan in the freezer for about 30 minutes. About 5 minutes prior to removing from the freezer, melt all your chocolate chips, so it is warm and gooey, and ready to coat your pretzel balls. My preferred way of melting chocolate is to use the double boiler method. Remove the pretzel balls from the freezer, and quickly dip each one in the melted chocolate to coat, then place back on the parchment paper. Put all the pretzel balls coated in chocolate back in the freezer or another 30 minutes, or until set.

cookie butter pretzel chocolate balls cookie butter pretzel chocolate balls cookie butter pretzel chocolate balls cookie butter pretzel chocolate balls Oh this is so delicious, but I’m easy please when it comes to dessert. The girls and I made this together and it is inspired by this recipe. I changed it because True is allergic to peanut butter, and I thought cookie butter would be a good substitute. Also, since I made the switch to cookie butter, I decided to leave out the sugar and butter the Martha Stewart recipe called for because it just didn’t seem necessary, and indeed in my version it definitely wasn’t needed. These cookies are totally not healthy, but they are so good! If you want to indulge in a little bit of “low-nu” (low nutrition), make these!



family meals: week 86

family recipes family recipes Caprese Salad. After picking up Ben from work one day, I realized how I hadn’t enjoyed any tomatoes with mozzarella and basil, so we stopped by the store to pick up some mozzarella. The girls and I were chowing down it!

family recipes family recipes Lavash Pizza. We use Trader Joe’s lavash bread, marinara, and some mozzarella (and turkey pepperoni) and this is the best quick pizza ever. I make it often for lunch too.

family recipes family recipes Korean Kale. It’s a recipe for spinach, but I had kale, so I used that instead. The sauce is so good. I’m making this more often!

family recipes family recipes Oven Fried Chicken with Angry Sauce. I used this recipe, but used chicken breast instead of wings, and coated them with a panko and chili pepper mixture, then baked them in the oven. That sauce is oh so good! It’s spicy, savory, and sweet all rolled into one. I will definitely be making this recipe often!

Week of 9/1 – 9/5
Monday: Homemade Sushi Rolls
Tuesday: Spaghetti & Stuffed Garlic & Herb Meatballs
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Spicy Korean Pork Taco
Friday: Ceviche on Crispy Wontons

I’m loving the food blog Beyond Kimchee, I want to eat every recipe she makes! This Kimchi Udon will be made soon too. If you have never tried Korean food, you must. It has a lot of bold flavors, but it’s absolutely delicious and so many dishes are spicy (or can easily be made spicy)!



stuffed garlic & herb meatballs

herb stuffed meatballs Stuffed Garlic & Herb Meatballs
approximately 8 servings

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
1 garlic head, finely chopped
1 cup fresh herbs, chopped (I used sage and chives from our garden)
1 – 8 oz. package of panko breadcrumbs
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
2 tsp salt
1 egg

herb stuffed meatballs Directions:
Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a pan with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl and combine together well (I find it is best to combine it with my hands). Using a tablespoonful, form into balls about 1″ – 1 1/2″ in diameter and arranged onto prepared pan. Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes or until browned.

herb stuffed meatballs herb stuffed meatballs herb stuffed meatballs We serve ours with whole wheat spaghetti and my favorite marinara sauce from Trader Joe’s. I also love mixing some sage with mixed garlic and butter to make my garlic bread spread. That sage is so fragrant and really tastes delicious, and I think it’s that giant bundle of herbs that I chop up and throw in that really makes it absolutely delectable. I’m not typically a meatball fan, but I do love these ones filled with lots of herbs and garlic (oh how I love garlic!). True, on the other hand, does not like my meatballs, she likes meatballs plain with no onions and herbs.

I don’t make marinara sauce from scratch because I really love the ones from TJ’s, but does anyone have a simple and delicious recipe to share? Maybe I can try it from scratch next time.




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