It’s Finally Here!

Hello Spring! ❤

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Well, actually this is a little bit late I’m afraid.  I created this post last week and wasn’t able to publish.

The weather was nice, so I decided to go for a walk to clear my head. The breathtaking view of the Bull Run Mountains peeking through the trees from a distance is like the morning sun rising bringing promise to a new day; and the irises and grass beckoning and conforming that spring season has indeed arrived.

As I reached the highway, I made a beeline to the grocery store to buy greeting cards and chocolates.  As I was crossing the bridge, a shiny object caught my attention.  A nickel!   The walk has earned me a nickel!  Yay! 😀

There wasn’t any pathway as I passed the bridge and people who saw me probably thought that I have lost my mind walking through muddy grass and hopping like a frog to get across.  😀

Well, I made it to the strip mall.  As I walked through the parking lot, I noticed a new restaurant that will be opening soon; Sakura Grill, a Japanese restaurant.  A food banner display made me so excited I couldn’t help but take pictures.  Look at how scrumptious all the dishes are.  Mm…I especially like the Godzilla Roll and Deep Sea Roll.  It’s so nice to finally have a variety of restaurants nearby.  My husband and I love Japanese food.  We will be  trying out this restaurant for sure. 😀

Well, it was quite a walk.  I took a different route going back.  The walk took me two hours overall.  I left home at around 8:00 a.m.  My legs had quite an exercise and I was famished when I reached home at 10:00 a.m.   I didn’t want my exercise to be for naught, so I had my usual healthy comfort food, Open-Faced Egg White Omelet with Quinoa with a glass of ‘green” (green apple, wheat grass, spinach, and celery) drink.   Satisfied.  ^_^

 

Come dinner time, we opted for a healthy dinner.  My husband requested his favorite winter drink afterwards.  But instead of serving it hot, I served it on the rocks;  for two.  😀  You can get the recipe here.

I also want to share the delicious dinner we had about a week ago.  The Harissa Chicken from  fromthebartolinikitchens.com. I highly recommend this recipe because it was really delicious.  My husband and I really liked it.  If you are searching for a new chicken recipe to try, try the Harissa Chicken.  You can get the recipe here.    Check it out, you won’t be disappointed. 🙂

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I wish for everyone to have an exciting spring.  Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great weekend. 🙂

~Anna

 

 

 

Bitter Melons and Eggs

Some call it bitter melon omelet, but  it’s entirely up to you how you would name it.

My sister harvested some bitter melons from her garden and didn’t know what to do with them, so I suggested we cooked them the way our mother made them when we were young, Ilocano style.  This is an authentic Filipino breakfast because of the two particular ingredients involved in creating this dish.  It’s really delicious and the bitterness of the melons were not overwhelming.  The fact that the bitter melons were picked right from my sister’s garden might have had something to do with it or maybe the way I cooked them.  They actually tasted sweet and just had a hint of bitter taste in them.  If you want some food adventure, you might want to try this dish.

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Did you know bitter melon leaves are good for your skin?  I remember my mother used to pound its leaves and use them to treat vitiligo (white patches of skin) and acne.  It was really effective.  I witnessed it when my older brother had vitiligo.  My mother would rubbed the bitter melon leaves to the affected area and after a short time, the vitiligo disappeared.  If you want to find out more about the health benefits of bitter melons, read it here.

Shall we start the adventure?  Let’s prepare the ingredients and start cooking!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 to 3 bitter melons, thinly cut crosswise about 1/4 inch
  • 4 eggs, scrambled
  • 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 of medium onion, diced
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 whooping tablespoons shrimp fry (or shrimp anchovies available at any Asian stores) OR salt
  • black pepper

Cooking Methods:

Heat a skillet with a lid over medium heat and coat with olive oil when hot.  Add garlic and onions.  Saute until garlic turns lightly brown and onions are translucent.

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Add the tomatoes and stir until the tomatoes are somewhat soft.

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Add the bitter melons and stir to combine.

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Cover and let cook for about 3-5 minutes. *

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Add the shrimp fry and stir-fry  to combine. Then, add the scrambled eggs.

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Place a flat spatula under the egg mixture to flip it.  Let cook and repeat until all the eggs are cooked.

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The eggs are done when it looks like the picture below.

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Serve warm family style or serve over rice or couscous.  The adventure stops here.  Bon appetit!

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