Saturday, August 30, 2008

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I don't know if it's because of the wine, or the pressure of trying to finish writing yet another few thousand words for one of the final papers for my M.Ed, or the sentimental lyrics of the unplugged Kwun-Ting Lo CD I bought in Toronto, or perhaps it's a combination of all of the above, but I couldn't help but weep. Looking at these pictures of you, so beautiful and happy, cancels out all the craziness that you put us through day in and day out. I think all parents must be a bit emotionally unstable, how could anyone not be, if you were to be put on an emotional roller coaster everyday? One minute you are cute, cuddly, and curious, putting shaving cream on your face and pretending to be shaving, and another minute you are being the biggest dick of a child since birth. Maybe I am just a big old softie, but something you should know though, is that even though one day you probably might think I favor Anna more, you will always be my first born, and therefore the one who I hold the most dear to my heart. I guess what I am trying to say is that, no matter what, I will always love you, clean shaven or not.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Toronto Centre Island






We did quite a bit with the two of you in Toronto. Most days we spent the morning outside and then in the afternoon we did something indoors. On this particular day we went to Centre Island, rented a four seater, put you two in front and rode around a bit. That was the most exercise I did in a long time but the effort was worthwhile to see you two being so sweet to each other.

Red Rice with Chicken, Chinese Soup



Something we found out in Toronto was that Anna loves to drink Chinese soup, she downed so much of the stuff one night my wife had to chnage her 6 times during the night! So to ease her into her 'new' environment, I decided to make her some comfort food. Most basic Chinese soup, used red and green carrots, pork bones, corn, dried dates. Boil everything in a large pot with boiling water for several hours, season with salt and serve with ingredients. Kai's not a soup person but sure did like the corn.
The red rice I bought before the holidays. Chopped chicken, soak and slice Chinese mushrooms, slice Chinese sausages, mix everything together and marinate with soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and ginger. When the rice has absorbed most of the water put the chicken mixture on top. Takes about 15 to 20 mins to cook through.

First Meal Back From Toronto



Back from almost 8 weeks in Toronto, where I only 'cooked' twice. One breakfast and a quick Japanese curry. Strange to be back in our tiny kitchen, but it's good to know where everything is.
My mother gave me some Chinese noodles which I made for our fist dinner back. Fried two eggs and sliced into thin stripes to top the noodles with seaweed. After the airplane food I was in need of some nice fresh veggies so simply stir fried some cabbage in a dash of oil with ginger and shaved carrots. I think I'm gonna try to eat less meat from now on...