Tuesday, March 20, 2012

摩洛哥紅兵豆湯 (小扁豆)


今天來分享一道素菜,這是我第一次做摩洛哥菜,幾個禮拜前,來自委內瑞拉的鄰居卡拉姊姊看我家開始吃周間素(除週末外盡量吃素),就介紹這道超好喝的兵豆湯!兵豆含豐富的蛋白質,是素食者的好選擇,我幫各位媽媽姊妹們翻成中文囉:
原食譜請參考:http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Lynne-Kasper-Moroccan-Harira-Red-Lentil-Soup

材料:
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
(這個我家糯米不愛吃,所以只加了少許,喜歡香菜可多加,煮後香菜的味道會淡很多)
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
(我用超市買的有機蔬菜湯,不過最好用自己熬的)


配料
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

做法:
1.中火熱一湯鍋,鍋底加薄薄一層橄欖油,加入洋蔥,紅蘿蔔,荷蘭芹,香菜,一點鹽,炒一下約八分鐘
2.轉中小火,加入黑胡椒,大蒜,薑,黃薑粉,肉桂粉,拌炒30秒。
3.加入小紅兵豆,甜紅椒粉,番茄泥,蔬菜湯,中大火煮滾,半加蓋,再轉小火熬45分鐘,或兵豆都變軟溶解了,湯變得濃稠即可,最後可多加點鹽與胡椒,太濃可加水。
4.上桌後可自行配上配料佐食

我這次做了兩份食譜的量,所以把大部份都裝罐,裝罐過程可以參考自製草莓果醬一文。慢慢吃,可以吃上一個月~是很營養的開胃菜喔!



今天午餐配上自製甜椒Pizza...一半是給寶寶吃的沒有加羊奶起司與烤紅椒:)pizza皮是超市買來的,上面的料也都是,很簡單,下次再來介紹。











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.


創作背景短書(與以上英文版些微不同):這首歌靈感來自去年夏天後院的向日葵園,諾米種了上百株向日葵(他只是撒種),幾週後開出漂亮的向日葵,二女兒與向日葵的一張合照笑得很爆笑,我把她的照片印在日曆封面上,給了我寫歌的靈感。向日葵像是可愛的女孩,她的燦爛笑容讓人迷醉,大家都想追求,但可愛的女孩需要的是愛人的溫柔呵護,(就像父母給她的呵護一樣)。你心中也有這樣一個女孩嗎?那就要好好愛她喔!音樂是由簡單的和絃進行譜成,在進副歌前TLC那段旋律上有點小有趣的小變化,副歌採用容易朗誦上口的旋律,我在寫這首歌時天天做的鋼琴前唱副歌,後來包子也學會了,沒事就坐在她的小鋼琴唱這段副歌,所以,喜歡就就跟著唱吧!


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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)

sunflower
soon you'll have her
sunflower
 


中文歌詞翻譯:


詞曲唱:LUET 旅也  編曲製作:Tracy 崔  藝術創作:Luenl


你繞著圈圈
尋覓一朵閃亮的 太陽花
想感受她的甜美
你逐漸接近
像一隻忙碌的大黃蜂
探訪著花粉
無法停止想念她


給她你的溫柔款待
愛的種子別亂紛飛
因為這是你唯一打動她的機會


現在就愛她
用你的溫柔盡情愛她
好好愛她
說你會盲目地愛著她
沒有什麼比得過你的溫柔對待
你的溫柔對待
一旦你深深愛上她


她讓你神經緊繃
現在你找到了那朵完美的 太陽花
你嗡嗡地左顧右盼
試著展開你們的第一次接觸
但她身邊有好多大黃蜂
拜在她的甜蜜花粉中
叫人怎不為她深深著迷?


給她你的溫柔款待
愛的種子別亂紛飛
因為這是你唯一打動她的機會


所以就愛她
用盡你最大的溫柔
好好愛她
說你會盲目地愛著她


沒有什麼比得過你的溫柔對待
你的溫柔對待
一旦你深深愛上她
太陽花 
很快你將擁有她
太陽花




Tuesday, March 29, 2011

奶油菠菜

婆婆愛做這道奶油菠菜,我不是特別愛吃菠菜,但看在好像還滿容易的份上,買了包冷凍菠菜回家準備試做看看。

材料:
(A)白醬:

  • 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)
(B)菠菜:
  • 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)
做法:
「白醬」
  • 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
「冷凍菠菜」


 再來是菠菜:
  • 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
「帕瑪乾酪」
  • 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!
「完成囉」

 晚餐我做了鮮嫩雞胸排搭配,非常搭!!雞胸肉通常比較乾,但這種做法可做出多汁的雞胸肉,熱量比同食譜用腿肉低,下一篇再來介紹這道簡單的雞排做法~是我常做的30分鐘內可完成之簡單晚餐主菜。

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:

Ingredients

  • 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...)







Directions

  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

Luet的移民美國故事

成為美國公民已經一年,今天整理一下部落格文章,發現這篇去年寫的文章還沒po...來補貼一下,跟朋友分享這個過程!我對移民的過程因為這段時間的經驗而變得相當熟悉,有類似經歷的朋友有問題可以互相討論。祝正在辦和想移民的,都順利取得身分。

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2010年2月18日寫

昨天早上,我終於取得美國公民證,在我和原本加籍轉美籍的糯米於台北的訂婚典禮後5年半。整個移民過程非常冗長但還算非常順利,因為有兩個北鼻在家,昨天的典禮是我自己一個人開車到市中心紀念禮堂去參加,有點寂寞,但我卻非常興奮得到這個重要的新身分--美國公民。

在過程中我經驗到當『外籍新娘』的甘苦~也學到很多,昨天的典禮後,我更開始敬佩這個國家的做事態度與效率。曾經我以作為台灣人為榮(在這個移民國度,我也會像其他移民的人一樣一直來源國為榮),我知道今後我會以作為美國人為榮:)

我們訂婚後,糯米在密西跟找到工作,我以觀光簽證進入美國,我們開始試著生活在一起,從1999年認識以後,我們一直email,電話,書信連絡著,但沒有真正約會過,他來了台灣幾次,我也到美國找他幾次,最後一次糯米問我如果他畢業後找到工作,我是否願意到美國跟他住在一起?愛冒險又愛旅遊的我想了一下,就說『也好』。

回台灣後糯米開始認真的寫論文,找工作,準備畢業演出,並每天打越洋電話給我,我們討論幾個他得到的工作,決定到生活水準較低的密西根,幾年後可以存錢辦婚禮,買房子。從沒生活在下雪的冬天的我,殊不知這一決定將是五年的嚴酷冬天Orz。

2004年夏天,他畢業了,也接受到密西根的工作,就飛到台灣來接我,我們在淡水辦了滿大的訂婚典禮,(原本只要做個小訂,結果媽媽的朋友太多,變成25桌的典禮...)沒有真正約會過的我們就要正式生活在一起,現在想想當初真的很大膽。

觀光簽證到美國,一次只能留半年,最多延至一年,我因為還沒寫好畢業論文,所以住半年又回台灣半年結束學業,習慣長距離關係的我們很輕鬆的渡過『在一起半年,分開半年』的日子。糯米從訂婚後開始申請美國公民,2005年底才拿到證書,因為中間他換地址,又出國多次,讓整個過程變很長,我們買了一本美國移民的書,研究怎樣幫我取得綠卡最快。最後發現到台灣結婚,從在台協會辦移民簽證最快,有人採用K1未婚夫妻簽證,入美再結婚,拿到綠卡的時間將大大增加,我們2006四月再台北公證結婚後,兩個月後我就拿到條件綠卡,條件是兩年後我必須再申請無條件的綠卡,移民局以此確定我們的婚姻效力。

從我2006六月因與美國公民之婚姻關係拿綠卡進入美國後,滿三年就可以申請公民,一般親屬關係或其他方式取得的綠卡,必須住滿五年。這些年份的計算我們也是一直搞不清楚,現在終於都清楚了,一旦以條件綠卡入美後,滿三年就可申請公民。

今年六月原本我就可以開始申請,但我們因為糯米的新工作剛搬到加州,必須住滿三個月才能申請,所以我九月底寄出申請函,今年一月中就被通知去面試,整個過程大約四個月。

美國移民面試非常容易,我原本還有點緊張,面試我的移民官非常幽默,不斷講笑話,做事也很仔細,真的是我給美國官員加分的重點項目。申請時我寄出很多證明文件,包括小孩的出生證明,在台灣的結婚證書英文版等,面試時他只再要了我們家的水電帳單,上面有我們夫妻的名字,一張紙就搞定了。

在典禮當中,面試我的那個好笑的移民官上台宣佈這次典禮總共有811人成為美國公民,來自88個國家,台灣有6個:),他一個一個國家宣佈人數,印度,菲律賓與墨西哥最多人,都超過100人,大家都為自己的國家歡呼,整個氣氛很熱鬧,最後他說,現在開始,你們全部都來自同一個國家了,然後興奮地大喊好多次USA...真是個瘋移民官,熱愛他的工作!!典禮10點開始,20分鐘就結束,三個演講者都講得很短,卻很有內容,令人印象深刻,我們對著國旗宣誓。之後就到另一個房間領證書並繳回綠卡,最後一個程序是社會安全局幫我們全部做國籍的資料更新,排隊排半小時,中間有許多民主黨的義工幫我們註冊投票,我突然領悟到我又可以開始投票了:)很開心!

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".



包子唱小蜜蜂

包子唱一隻螞蟻

How old is Olivia? - 小包子多大了:

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How old is Angelica? -- 大饅頭多大了:

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