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My Hearty Meals.

Ribeye in Black Pepper and Red Wine Sauce. Adding butter in sauce at the end was the key!

Side dish of Sauté Asparagus and Mushrooms. Cook with simple ingredients like olive oil and garlic, yumm…

Another steak night! Black Pepper Sauce New York Steak with Sunny Side Up Egg, accompanied with baked white wine and butter mushrooms.

I Think Slow Cooks Have the Most Amazing Aroma!

This was from a pot of Slow Braised Lamb Shoulders. The broth was extra sweet with brussels sprouts.

Macaroni with Slow Cooked Beef Ribs in A Red Wine and Rosemary Soup. The fragrant was so mouthwatering. 

Pork Ribs were slow braised for 5 hours, all the meat just fell off bones. So tender and juicy over rigatoni with a touch of cream.

Mexican Style Beef Stew. Special ingredients included all kinds of sweet peppers, cumin and cinnamon. Sharp cheddar and cilantro were great finishing touches.

More Beef please!

Individual Serving Beef Lasagna.

Meatball Sub with Sunny Side Up, Onions and Yellow Tomatoes.

Who Said Hearty Meals Can’t be About Shrimps?

Fresh Shrimps with Linguini.



For When You Are Hungry and You Just Want Some Ideas for Quick Fixes.

Cream sauce chicken tenderloins with scramble eggs.

Toasted ciabatta with arugula and (leftover) New York steak. Side with iced coffee.

So simple and so delicious. Toasted fish fillet and fresh carrot snacks.

It was my pantry cleaning day! From a can of cream of chicken with linguini and corn.

Frozen strawberry smoothie. It was hot and I was really thirsty, so I made a treat for myself. Blended frozen strawberries, orange juice, cream, little sugar and ice all together and here you go!.

Can’t go any simpler than marinara sauce with linguini and charred olive oil ciabatta.

My version of cobb salad. With bacon, sauté mushrooms and avocado.

Over a bed of fresh spinach, I seared some fish fillet with herbs, fresh ground pepper and some sea salt.

The dinner took a whole day to prepare, my feet got so numb and sore by the end of the very long hours of preparing food and cooking, but it was definitely worth it!

Chicken Broth Brussels Sprouts.

These were slow cooked for about 45 min and they became so tender and juicy.

Meatball Stuffed with Smoked Mozzarella and Homemade Marinara Sauce.

Red sauce pasta was requested by one of the birthday girls so here we go. Other than some Italian bread crumbs and egg, the minced beef was also combined with leek, onion, parsley, red crushed pepper, worcestershire, cumin and some salt & pepper.

French Onion Soup with Thyme and Sauvignon Blanc.

Sweat the onion at the beginning with very low heat was to key to make the soup very sweet. And by adding some unsalted butter towards the end, it made a world of difference. Thanks to one of the birthday girls, the china we used the night were so elegant and beautiful I felt like our eyes were being fed also. Love that soup bowl!

Bay Scallop Gratin.

With a ladle of Sauvignon Blanc on the bottom of the tray, I added dried bay scallops. The topping was a whip of butter, roasted garlic (Garlic wrapped in foil with olive oil, salt & pepper and baked in oven @ 375 degrees for about an hour), parsley, thyme, lemon juice and some salt & pepper. I blended them all together and streamed in some olive oil. Last step was to fold in some panko bread crumbs and bake for about 10 min. It was an inspiration from one of Ina Garten’s recipes, Yummy!

Beef Hash with Sunny Side Up Eggs.

The other birthday girl loves breakfast, so I decided to give this a try. On top of the different color potatoes and very sharp cheddar, the eggs completed the dish!

Last but not least, the Saffron Broth Shrimp and Clams.

Another inspiration originated from Foodnetwork, I modified a few ingredients, but I believe with the features of saffron and seafood, orange zest, clam juice, wine and tomatoes really brought their intensity of flavors to the fullest!

It was one satisfying birthday dinner, can’t wait for the next time to party! In the meantime though, since I had so much food and wine, definitely need to spend some time on my cardio stepper. So until then, Ciao!

Yummy Inspirations @12am

Farfalle with Sausage & Basil + Grilled Chicken with Salsa.

Grilled Chicken Recipe

Got me so inspired and HUNGRY… I made this.

Simple salt & pepper grilled chicken tenderloins, tossed linguini with tomatoes, spinach and parsley. Splash of lemon. Fully satisfied and sweet dreams…

Highly Decorative Vintage Designs.

Elegant Dutch Decor.

The Lovely Paris.

“If you come to Paris and don’t sample a lot of pastry—well, you just haven’t seen Paris!” by


Daydreaming in Italy.

A family get together, a sunny Sunday afternoon. Meat was marinated overnight. Just brushed with some olive oil and we were ready to grill and chill!

His name is Kiko, a baby poodle. So hyper for the barbeque party!
Spreading out some charcoals, ready to start the fire!
The star of the barbeque was actually the broiled onions! They were surprisingly good and sort of a new experiment (for me)!
The pork chops were great too! Juicy and full of flavor from the overnight marinade.
The steak was perfect on a flaming grill! Tender and medium rare, exactly 3 min cooking on each side!
The last 2 pieces of herb de provence marinated pork chop!
The flames went down abit, time to grill some teriyaki wings and fish!
Broiling onions still going!
Grilled some Italian sausages while waiting for the wings, fish and onions…
› I marinated the steak with a dry rub, a mixture of garlic and a heavy load of different herbs, salt and pepper. At last a touch of whisky.
› The pork chop was prepared with a simple marinate, just some herb de provence, salt and pepper.
› The  chicken wings were marinated with teriyaki and soy sauce. When they were almost done on the grill, we added some honey. Yummy!
› Also grilled some tomatoes, green and yellow zucchinis.
› Broiled vs Grilled Onions. With salt, pepper, and some chicken powder, I wrapped individual whole onions with foil. They took a long time to cook, but they were great. Juicy and tasty. The grilled onions on the other hand, weren’t as good. This experiment was actually inspired by a baked onion recipe I saw from Dine and Dish, I just decided to apply it on a grill!
› The grilled onions turned out delicious. Everybody loved them and there was not 1 bit left.

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Tea Time Macarons.

Macarons in London!

Happily Wedded Macarons!

For Pink/Raspberry Lovers.

Colorful Macarons!

huge macaron !huge macaron !

Baked Onion.

  1. Slightly hollow out each onion.
  2. Arrange onions in small baking dish.
  3. Place 1 bouillon cube in each onion, top with butter and 1 tsp brown sugar.
  4. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
  5. These can also be made on the grill.
  6. Just double wrap in aluminum foil and grill until tender.

Lime Grilled Shrimp.

  1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add shrimp; toss to coat.
  3. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to marinate.
  4. Thread shrimp on metal skewers; reserve marinade.
  5. Place skewered shrimp on grill over medium heat.
  6. Cook 3-7 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once and brushing with marinade occasionally.

Creamy Tomato Soup.


1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 cups of chopped tomatoes (use fresh when in season, otherwise use good quality canned)
3 cups of tomato juice
10 fresh basil leaves
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
1 cup of half and half
4 tablespoons of butter
Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot and cook the onions and garlic until they soften, about 10 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes and the tomato juice and simmer for 20 minutes, until soup thickens slightly. Blend the soup along with the basil leaves, return soup to pot and season with salt and pepper. With the soup on low heat, add the half and half and the butter, stirring until it’s all combined and the butter is completely melted.
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