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Social Distancing: Days 57 - 59

May 19, 2020 8:00 AM

Day 57 (Thursday): At this point we're just trying to clear some random foods out of our fridge. One thing that always works for this is pizza. We've already done "normal" pizza and BBQ chicken pizza, so we decided to have some Hawaiian pizza this time.

Oh, my sister also made some cheesy bread sticks to go along with it. I don't think she was terribly happy with this dish, but it still tasted good. And it made a great breakfast a couple of days later. I love leftover pizza.


Day 58 (Friday): For the first time in three weeks, I finally started to relax at work. I had been working so much that I actually ended the day at 2pm! This meant that I was able to cook dinner again!

Chinese Eggplant with Garlic Sauce (The Woks of Life)

We bought a few eggplants when we last went to the Asian store without knowing what we'd do with them. But eggplant is always good in stir-fry, and I haven't had stir-fried eggplant in a while. My sister really likes it with egg, so we used that instead of ground pork. We ate all of it that night! And since we had a lot of that honey garlic pork left, we ate that as well. Delicious.


Day 59 (Saturday): I was so excited to make some pork tacos, but when I took out the piece of pork, it smelled kind of funky and after pondering about it for a while, my sister and I decided it was best to just throw it out.

But obviously I still wanted tacos, so I walked to Aldi and bought a whole other pork butt.

Caramelized Pork Tacos (i am a food blog)

Hey, I really wanted tacos. Pineapple and pork go really well together. I was also going to make some sriracha mayo, but I decided to make it interesting and put sriracha in sour cream instead. I'm never doing that again. It was weird.

The tacos were delicious though.


Social Distancing: Days 36 - 38

May 3, 2020 11:53 AM

Remember how I said I was super busy at work, but I had some breathing room? Yeah, work got super busy again.

Day 36 (Thursday): I had this warm cauliflower salad on my to-make list for a while. And now I always have Tahini stocked so it felt like a good time to make it. I was a little concerned this wasn't going to be enough food for dinner, but we paired it with that pork loin we made the other day.

Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing (Budget Bytes)

Yeah, that really dry pork loin. You can even see how dry it is in the picture!

But the salad was delicious. Warm salads are great.


Day 37 (Friday): One of the things I've had sitting in my pantry for waaay too long are canned bamboo shoots. I don't really like bamboo, but my sister really likes it and I don't mind it so much in curry. I had some other veggies that would go well in curry (frozen green beans, carrots) so we decided to make some.

Green Curry Chicken (The Woks of Life)

Unfortunately, Aldi was out of chicken thighs when we went, but that's alright. This was still delicious with chicken breast. This was super easy to make and very flavorful, so I'd definitely make it again. And adding limes made it even better!


Day 38 (Saturday): Somehow with all the stay-at-home orders, I still managed to have jam-packed weekends. I had a virtual hangout with my friends during the day, and a virtual hangout with my cousins at night. So I wanted to make something easy for dinner.

Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry (Budget Bytes)

I've made this beef and cabbage stir fry a few times in the past, and it's easy and tastes good enough, but I feel like it was lacking something. Maybe it needed more fish sauce and sugar. The sriracha helps though.


Social Distancing: Days 30 - 32

April 27, 2020 8:00 AM

Day 30 (Friday): I don't know what it is, but work is starting to exhaust me. I'm trying to find more easy meals to make. So I decide on some Sesame Chicken.

Sesame Chicken (Budget Bytes)
Sesame Chicken (Budget Bytes)

The original recipe doesn't call for broccoli, but I figured we should have some vegetables. And contrary to the comments on Budget Bytes for this, I think there is plenty of sauce. Maybe even too much sauce. We boiled the broccoli for a few minutes before mixing it in with the chicken, but now I'm wondering if it would have been better if we roasted the broccoli first. I'll try that next time. Overall, this still tasted good.


Day 31 (Saturday): I had a virtual game night on Saturday, so I wanted to do something easy. We've had dumplings in the freezer, so this seemed like a good time to cook some of those. We also had some iceberg lettuce in the fridge, along with other various veggies, so it seemed like a good idea to make some salad. When I think of how to use iceberg, my mind immediately jumps to those salads you get at Hibachi restaurants.

Yes, we had dumplings from two different batches. Look at that color contrast.


Day 32 (Sunday): Another thought about using up lettuce is to put it in soup. So we figured, let's make some noodle soup! We were thinking we might want to make Pho since we're stuck at home all day, but that requires way too many herbs and spices that I don't currently have, so we're making Teochew Noodle Soup 粿条汤 instead.

This made me realize I don't have those large Asian bowls. We still made it work with smaller ones.

We actually never ended up putting lettuce in this. But it doesn't matter, noodle soup is always a good idea.


Social Distancing: Days 15 - 17

April 8, 2020 8:26 AM

Day 15 (Thursday): Beef and broccoli. I'm using a recipe from The Omnivore's Cookbook which I've never really used before. This beef and broccoli was good, and reminded me of my family's cooking. Though it didn't really taste like takeout. It probably needed more sugar and I wanted the sauce to be thicker. Next time I'll try a different recipe.

Beef and Broccoli (The Omnivore's Cookbook)
Beef and Broccoli (The Omnivore's Cookbook)


Day 16 (Friday): Thursday night, I'm staring at the whiteboard for a good 15 minutes trying to think of what would make the most sense to make. I have lots of lettuce. Romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce. I can use the romaine and iceberg for salad. But what about the green leaf? I know what would work: lettuce wraps!

Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps (from Damn Delicious)
Peanut Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Damn Delicious)

So I'm scrolling through lots of lettuce wrap recipes, and I settle on a peanut sauce one since I have peanut butter and no other use for it. I had to modify the recipe a lot though since I didn't have all the ingredients it called for. But I will not go to the grocery store if I don't have to! I used chicken breast instead of ground chicken and just cut it into small pieces before stir frying. The recipe called for 1/4 cup hoisin sauce and I think I used a single tablespoon. (It was a good call) I also added some sliced bell pepper and nuts that I picked out of a bag of trail mix.

Maybe more like lettuce boats than lettuce wraps.


Day 17 (Saturday): It's the weekend again! But who can really tell when we're inside all the time? My sister decided to use up the rest of the apples for some apple coffee cake. And it's like The Woks of Life just knew that's what she wanted to make because they just recently posted a recipe for this.

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (The Woks of Life)
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake (The Woks of Life)

This was pretty good, but the apples were way too sweet. Not like we had a choice in what apples we could use though. This would probably work better with something like a Granny Smith apple.

As for dinner, I still had more stir-fry dishes I wanted make. One of my favorite stir-fries is ginger chicken, which my mom makes really well. I'm not very good at cooking like my mom does, so I looked up a recipe.

Ginger Chicken Stir Fry (The Omnivore's Cookbook)
Ginger Chicken Stir Fry (The Omnivore's Cookbook)

Obviously, this isn't like my mom's ginger chicken, but it was still pretty tasty.


Social Distancing: Days 12 - 14

April 6, 2020 8:00 AM

Day 12(Monday): We still have a decent amount of Thai basil leftover, and I figured it's due time for some stir fry. Plus I don't think it's going to last another day. I'm scrolling through recipes from The Woks of Life and I come across one that looks good. It also looks familiar. I made it last year! So I check my old posts, and it says to double the amount of basil. Well, that's not happening. Doesn't matter. This was still delicious.

Thai Chicken Stir-fry with Basil (recipe from The Woks of Life)
Thai Chicken Stir-fry with Basil (The Woks of Life)

We also realize that even though we bought a ridiculous amount of groceries the week before, that we were running out of fruit! So we go back to the grocery store an pick up more stuff. Hey, we lasted one extra day this time!


Day 13 (Tuesday): I have a friend of a friend that apparently works at a local restaurant, and they've got a ton of food (ingredients) that they're telling their employees to take home. So what does that mean for me? I get a surprise box of produce! It's like Misfits Markets again!

I mean, really all I specifically asked for was avocados, but she asked me if I was also willing to take limes, and so I said, I'll take anything! But these avocados are super ripe, so they need to be used today.

And what else can we do with avocado? Put them on some BBQ chicken pizza!

We half the dough recipe this time since we had super thick pizza two days ago. But this turns out super thin. Next time we'll go with 3/4 the amount of dough. And maybe one day I'll actually buy a circular pizza pan so we can have proper circular pizzas.


Day 14 (Wednesday): Yesterday we had chips and guac. Today we decide to have chips and queso!

But what about dinner? We have so much food. Why did we buy so much food? What do we have that looks like it's going bad? The green beans are looking a little sad. Let's make green bean casserole! I have this can of Cream of Chicken that has been sitting in my cabinet for who knows how long. It looks like it expired last year. But it's canned, so I assume it's fine.

In making the pizza and the cheesy bread a few nights ago, my sister learned that I have a large amount of cornmeal just sitting in my pantry, so this inspires her to make some cornbread.

Now all we need is some protein in this meal. I did buy a family pack of chicken breast from the store on Monday. So I look for some chicken breast recipes, and found this super basic one from Budget Bytes. Chicken breast is kind of boring, but as long as we absolutely do not overcook it, it will be delicious. The recipe says to cook for 20 minutes. I think we cooked it for less than 15. Perfectly cooked chicken breast.

Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breast (recipe from Budget Bytes)

Garlic Herb Baked Chicken Breast (Budget Bytes)


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