Category Archives: In the Kitchen

The Answer to Living with Mister ButterFingers

Patch’s nickname is Butterfingers.  The last 2 things he broke were the chinese ceramic soup spoons.  Last time I went to restock my cutlery, I bought an extra one just in case he breaks one.  Since he broke a second one of the same collection, that means it’s time for a visit to the warehouse (see what I did there?).

I have 2 requirements when I buy porcelain ware – one is a gloss finish because scraping a metal utensil on unfinished ceramic (think Ikea) sends chills down my spine and the other one is that it can’t have a rough mole on it.  What I mean is that cheap ceremic has this unfinished spot which sticks out, you will definitely find these on cutlery in some chinese restaurants.

China Pottery Trading - 13900 Bridgeport Road, Richmond

I buy my chinese ceramics from China Pottery Trading.  It’s over the Knight bridge west of Ikea on Bridgeport.  Once you arrive and walk in the front doors, there’s no one to greet you, there’s no counter and just a couple of closed doors and a hallway.  Go through the hallway and it will lead you directly to a warehouse where you may see a couple of ppl working on packing boxes or moving pallets.    Just walk in like you know where you are going, even if you don’t.  It’s better to wander than stopping someone for directions because you will only get a weird look!  These guys are warehouse workers or accountants, not sales people. Read the rest of this entry

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Making Easy Meals for Gobblers

School is back and it’s time to stress over making meals for the kids.  I don’t have any kids that are returning to school but I have neices and nephews that come over and eat a lot.  They are growing so they are always hungry.  They chow down everything without enjoying the food unless Ed, the gourmet chef and super foodie explains the ingredients to them (which one of them is starting to become interested in how food is prepared and should taste). I love to cook but I don’t want to cook a fine meal if it is not appreciated.

If you are feeding kids who think food magically appears on the table, no appreciation of how food is made or come from (can’t blame them at their age), then here are some tips on making lots of food that will keep them full and your wallet happy.

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A Time Saving Appliance

I dedicate this post to a mother-to-be friend, Christine. Last weekend, I attended her baby shower with Big Patch and Little Patch. She was the person that I made my diaper cake for.

Halfway through the party, I had to feed LP. I took out the bottled milk, found a cup to fill it with hot water but I couldn’t find any hot water. I wasn’t looking for a kettle, I was looking for an electric thermo pot. But she didn’t have one (or maybe I didn’t look hard enough). My friend found a kettle-like thingy on the stove and it’s been forever since I’ve used a kettle! My immediate reaction was ‘But she’s Chinese, how could she not have one!’ I ended up warming the milk with running hot water from the sink (not very eco-friendly!).

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