Monday, January 30, 2012

week 14

while i'm already at week 15 as of today ;) ... i'm pretty slow with the whole blog-posting thing 

here is a 14 week pic!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

the bump...

can't stand it any longer - and can't hide it either!  baby bump on the way.... little halavaysick!  I'm 14 1/2 weeks along - lemme let you see how I've fared along the way!

5 weeks (but I thought I was 8.. ha!)

10 weeks!
just wait i'll update with this week's update soon!

ps I'll probably be obsessing over the nursery soon enough so visit it on Windsor Portfolio

Monday, January 9, 2012

My own personal Clark Kent says 'RTR Baby!' in his hot glasses!!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Clay Pot Pork

Inspired from the aroma seeping from the microwave in the anesthesia lounge... my friend Mark Stivers is quite the gourmet chef and he gave me this recipe that he just whipped together one day!  OMG it is to die for - modified from the Gourmet Vietnamese recipe here, we had it for several nights in a row!

PS I doubled this recipe.

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup Asian fish sauce, preferably Vietnamese
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced (I used an onion)
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • lb country-style boneless ribs (or trimmed boneless pork shoulder), cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 3 jalapenos, (1 chopped)
  • 1 hand of ginger, grated
  • 1 16 oz package of noodles of preference, I used egg-yolk free wide noodles, or jasmine rice
  • 2 Tbs butter + 2 Tbs flour for thickening sauce

Cook sugar in a dry 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, without stirring, until it begins to melt. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has melted into a deep golden caramel. Carefully add stock and fish sauce (caramel will harden and steam vigorously) and cook, stirring, until caramel is dissolved. Add shallots/onion, garlic, ginger, and jalapenos, and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes.

Toss pork with pepper in a bowl and stir into sauce. Bring to a simmer, then cover pan, reduce heat to low, and braise pork, stirring once or twice, until very tender, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.  

Mark (and I) both pulled out the pork when it was perfectly braised so we could reduce the rest of the sauce.  I added melted butter tabs to flour and stirred, then mixed in with the sauce to thicken.  Once the right consistency, readd the pork to warm and use fork to pull apart.

Cook pasta/rice as directed.  Serve the pork over top and enjoy!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy Holidays!

A little blurry as a consequence of my impatience with the scanner and resulting acceptance of a low resolution version....  Happy Belated Holidays and have a great New Year!!!

Not to be outdone, please enjoy the ridiculousness and amazingness of sister dear's... !