Tuesday, March 20, 2012

摩洛哥紅兵豆湯 (小扁豆)


1.5杯Cup     小紅兵豆 red lentil
特級初榨橄欖油 extra virgin olive oil
1顆     大洋蔥 large onion 切碎 1/8 inch diced
1條     紅蘿蔔 切碎 small carrot minced
1/3杯 tightly packed cup     荷蘭芹葉與梗 切碎 (這個我加很多)flat-leaf parsley stems & leaves chopped
1/2杯 tightly packed cup      香菜切碎  cilantro stems & leaves chopped
鹽巴少許 salt (to taste)
1 1/2 小匙teaspoon  新鮮現磨黑胡椒粉 freshly ground black pepper
5-10 cloves 小顆     大蒜磨泥  garlic minced
2-4大匙 tablespoon     薑泥  ginger minced
1-2 小匙teaspoon     黃薑粉 ground turmeric

1-2 小匙teaspoon    肉桂粉 ground cinnamon
2 小匙teaspoon     匈牙利甜紅椒粉    sweet hungarian paprika
3.5杯cup or 28 oz盎司     罐裝整顆番茄連汁打成泥    can tomatoes with its liquid pureed
8杯cup    低鹽蔬菜湯或雞湯 (用雞湯就不算全素囉)vegetable broth or chicken broth

檸檬lemon,乾無花果dried fig,小茴香粉cumin,辣椒粉hot chile (aleppo) ,酥皮甜點一小塊small pastries




Monday, June 06, 2011

Sunflowers 太陽花

Here is my new song produced by Tracy Chen. Please check out the player on the sidebar which plays the whole song. Let me know if it works for you. 

LUET's note: I wrote the lyric last summer after our sunflowers blooming in the backyard. There were hundreds of them. They brightened our backyard fence ... so cheerfully. Then I took a photo of Angelica with her brightest smile ever. I printed that photo onto the cover of our calendar & wrote the story of this beautiful girl with the most shiny smile into a song. You just wanna love this girl so much. TLC stands for Tender Loving Care as we know. That the kind of love all parents give & all girls need...even when they grow up like a blooming flower. It's an uplifting kind of song with some simple chord progressions and a melodically cute twist in the prechorus. Wish I could share my joy with you via the song, whoever is listening and smiling today.


Lyric/Music/Vocal by LUET |  Arranged/Produced by Tracy

Title: TLC

Youʼre circling around
to find a shiny sunflower
to taste her sweetness
as you dive in lower
Youʼre like a busy bumble bee
looking for the pollens
canʼt stop
fantasizing of her
Give her your T L C
Donʼt you flee, a loving seed
ʻcause thatʼs your only chance
to make her feel

now just love her
go ahead you love her
with your gentleness
love her say yes youʼll love her
with your foolishness
There is nothing like your tender loving care
nothing like your tender loving care
once you love her

Sheʼs driving you crazy
now you found that sunflower
youʼre humming upside down
to make your first encounter
But she has many bumble bees
falling under her powder
why stop
be fascinated by her

(Give her your T L C
Donʼt you flee, a loving seed
ʻcause thatʼs your only chance
to make her feel

now just love her
go ahead you love her
with your gentleness
love her say yes youʼll love her
with your foolishness
There is nothing like your tender loving care
nothing like your tender loving care
once you love her)

soon you'll have her


詞曲唱:LUET 旅也  編曲製作:Tracy 崔  藝術創作:Luenl

尋覓一朵閃亮的 太陽花



現在你找到了那朵完美的 太陽花




Tuesday, March 29, 2011




  • 4大匙麵粉
  • 3大匙無鹽奶油
  • 1/2茶匙海鹽
  • 1杯全脂牛奶
  • 大蒜依個人喜好(我加了約兩大匙新鮮蒜片)
  • 20盎司,約590毫升冷凍菠菜(一包,切好的,不用解凍)
  • 半杯酸奶(sour cream)
  • 2大匙奶油
  • 4大匙洋蔥末
  • 1/4杯水
  • 現磨胡椒少許
  • 現磨帕瑪乾酪Parmesan Cheese適量(我切了約半杯,可代替鹽的用量)
  • 肉豆蔻(nutmeg)少許(我用粉狀的,一點點就好)
  • 先做白醬 ,在鍋中小火融化奶油,到奶油有點滾熱但不能焦,
  • 加入大蒜與辣椒(如果愛辣的,我沒加),拌炒一下不要讓大蒜焦黃。
  • 慢慢用攪拌器將麵粉拌入,這一部很重要,不能急,白醬才會均勻不結塊
  • 用木匙把牛奶攪拌慢慢加入,轉中火把醬煮到均勻綿密,煮好移開放一邊待用

  • 另起一奶油鍋,炒入洋蔥末,炒到洋蔥變半透明狀,
  • 加入冷凍菠菜與水,蓋上鍋蓋轉中小火,讓菠菜解凍,中間可攪動幾次,直到菠菜全部解凍軟化
  • 菠菜煮熟後加入白醬,酸奶與乾酪
  • 小火慢慢攪拌均勻,最後加入肉豆蔻與胡椒,並依個人喜好加入適量的鹽!


Monday, March 21, 2011

J's 1st banana bread

Bananas are going bad again...Usually I'd just fantasizing about making a banana bread w/o actually doing it. But today is a new day...yeah! I decide to do it...for the 1st time. ( If I have done it...must not from scratch) Anyway, I felt like it was the 1st time.

1st of all I went online to find a 5 stars recipe & read some reviews & tips. Then I simply dug in & voila~

Baby O. kept asking "蛋糕好了沒“ (Is the cake ready,yet...in Chinese) from a line of her favorite show "巧虎做蛋糕“. It is super simple to do. The only regret would be the sugar. I should have using white sugar instead of raw sugar. It's not sweet enough. It smells great though.

Here is the recipe I found: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/banana-banana-bread/Detail.aspx

I followed it exactly with some walnuts as one of the reviews suggested. I didn't beat too much which resulted in a nice moist texture that Olivia seems to like:D

Here I copied the recipe from the website:


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour ( I used unbleached flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (do not cut short of this one)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas (Yap,I used that much...)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan. (I used a glass one)
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.(65min was my baking time)
(pictures are taken from my kitchen today:)

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

sick babies

Last Sat. was the 1st time we experienced two sick babies at once. This time the virus is pretty weird. Fortunately, it's a common cold after all. We're still fighting it but they're getting much more active now. I thought I can share some of tricks that works for me here:)

1st day they both had a fever. We took the temperature & decide to give them infant's advil. They are both somewhat around 25 pounds. So I gave them Ibuprofen 50mg (one dosage infant's advil) It's for reducing the fever & pain. Every 6 hours I gave them each a full dose again & it works really well. I was able to control the heat & they were pretty "happy" when the medicine was taking effect. I know from before that if the temperature comes down means there's no infection & we don't need to go to the doctor (to get the anti-biotic)-since it's not "bacteria" but "virus".

Olivia is coughing since the beginning of the fever. I found one called "Chestal" homeopathic cough syrup. It's the only one I found for age 2. I gave it to Angelica (14 mo.) also since her weight is like a 2 year old:) This stops Olivia's cough at night almost immediately. It's a honey base syrup & works great. I heard the Hyland is also a good brand for natural coughing syrup for babies.

For a running nose, I use Pigeon "baby nasal aspirator vacuum suction". My 2.5 y loves it. She notices that she can breath again after I vacuum her nose:)

Also, it's impossible to separate a sick kid from the rest of the family. So I didn't even try. LOL.

Keep warm & healthy little ones!

p.s. Some updates: After two weeks of coughing, Angelica didn't get better neither did Olivia. Therefore, I called the hospital to consult a nurse. She suggested us to make an appointment to check their lungs. We went yesterday with both babies. Our new pediatrician checked their lungs (front & back) & rule out the pneumonia (肺炎). Then he checked their ears...there was a lot of wax so he had to clean one of Olivia's ears to see the inner ear. & surprisingly (since they both didn't have a fever), they are both having ear infection due to a bad draining of fluid caused by cold or flu. He prescribed a penicillin-type antibiotic for them. Last night, gave Angelica her dose & this morning Olivia,too. They are now on the way to fight the germ!! Had I sucked out their mucus more often, I might be able to prevent this:( Anyway, wish everybody well again.

4/13 updates: Angelica got another fever on Sat. & is now still coughing. I read somewhere that the infection might come back so I plan to take her to the hospital again if she's not recover by this weekend:(...One of my friends reminded me that Saline water could help. It works very well this time. It took away Angelica's dry nasal congestion to help her go to bed comfortably. Olivia still has a running nose & the "simply saline" I use works very well on her as well. You can buy "little noses",too...I like both designs.  Anyway, keep fighting the season, fighting the weather!!!

9/27, 2012 updates:
It's been a year & half. This past winter they did much better. Now the winter is coming again. I discovered a new medicine called Hyland's Sniffles & Sneezes which works pretty well for cold symptoms like running noses, etc. If they are not feeling too bad, I'd give them two tablets before taking them to the park or supermarkets. And again, keep my finger crossed ~

Wednesday, March 02, 2011















Tuesday, July 20, 2010

a whining mom

Taking care of two babies & trying to pursue a career at the same time is nearly impossible. I'm not getting anywhere yet careerwise. However, I always feel guilty when Angelica is sleeping & Olivia is playing with herself in the game room all alone as I catching up with the online class I'm taking. Angelica is now 7 month old. Olivia is 2 today. She is a very cheerful girl. She would come to me and give kisses spontaneously. She loves to sing and listens to music by her CD players. She'd just lie down on the floor by the music and put her feet up to enjoy the melody.

The worst time is when they are both awake & both hungry. A. is a good eater but O. is not. Bottom line, they don't eat the same thing yet (A. is still on baby food & formula) & O. doesn't like to feed herself...period. The best time is when they are both napping (like now) ... time is running out. I got to go:)

O's crayon art at 23 month

Thursday, June 03, 2010

包子唱蝴蝶 O sang butterfly in Mandarin

This is my first English post! Yeah~ \(**)/...My older daughter Olivia is now 22 month & half. She's been so interested in learning and singing. I've read 7 Steps to Raising a Bilingual Child when Olivia start to talk. There is a method I've been following & asked my hubby , R, also to follow. The author called it " one parent one language" strategy. I've been talking and singing in Mandarin to Olivia & now plus Angelia. It's a little bit weird to R. at first; because it's just not a language he would use on the daily basis...except for talking to his folks. But once he got a hand on it: Here is how: he started with speaking French only when changing her diaper. Then he spoke French when reading to her...and now, he only speaks French to both kids. Olivia quickly learned to talk to her dad in French and to me in Mandarin. The first time she said "couverture" (Blanket) to her dad, R didn't get it. She repeated many times ... finally she turned to me and say "Mao Tian" (blanket in Mandarin)...then R realized she is asking for her blanket in French to him. It's been so encouraging to teach Olivia ... anything except basic life essential such as feeding herself & tell mommy when she has a wet diaper. She is constantly glued onto a book, constantly talking to herself and singing. Language is about exposure & surviving. If she needs to say it to get what she wants, she would remember the word. However, the kids have to have the interest as well. Some kids are not ready to talk when they can't speak in full sentence. Those kids are quiet for a long time. When they open their mouths, they are "talking" for real. Olivia is not like that...she just love her own voice too much.

Here she has her favorite "insects" book (Mandarin). Whenever she turns to the pages with an insect which has a feature song she knows...she would sing that song. In this video, she was singing a famous Chinese nursery song "butterfly".



How old is Olivia? - 小包子多大了:


How old is Angelica? -- 大饅頭多大了: