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Aug 24, 2015

Food and Travel Feature: Prague, Czech Republic 2015


This is part 3 of our series on our European Holiday 2015 covering the month of August (one more post to go!). We have been to England, France and Austria and for this post - the Czech Republic, particularly Prague, is the focus. Right now we are in London and the tour is ending.....it feels kind of sad as I used to live here and have many happy memories. Anyway, let's go on with the post. This is the view of the city on top of the hill at Hradcany. You can also see Charles Bridge. :)
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Aug 19, 2015

Food and Travel Feature: Austria 2015



We are on our European holiday at the moment so posts for this month will include not just recipes but also travel features about the countries we are visiting. Here are some holiday photos from our trip to Austria. Hope you enjoy browsing!  By the way, the above photo is of the Schonbrunn Palace and is featured below, too. 
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Aug 15, 2015

Wagamama's Yaki Soba


There are two restaurants in the UK that we always go back to when we visit England. One is Nando’s (home of the Portuguese flamed grilled Peri-peri chicken) and Wagamama (restaurant featuring modern Japanese-inspired cuisine). Granted that there is Wagamama now in the US, particularly in Boston, since we don’t often go there, we make sure that we don’t miss the chance to visit our favorite branches in London. :)
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Aug 13, 2015

Food and Travel Feature: UK and France 2015



We are on our European holiday at the moment so posts for this month will include not just recipes but also travel features about the countries we are visiting. Here are some holiday photos from our trip to the UK and France. Hope you enjoy browsing!
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Aug 8, 2015

Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Garlic


Cooking, on occasion, is a shared chore between my husband and myself. I am so glad for that because there are times when I am not able to cook and when that happens, I am not worried because I know that hubby has a few recipes up his sleeve that he can easily whip up for the family. Sometimes, he just feels like giving me a break, too and then he cooks his favorite recipes that we all enjoy. On other times, things are just hectic and that's when I need an extra hand in the kitchen to help speed things up and that's when he is so handy, too!


Like in this particular day, a few days ago, when we were all set to leave for the UK for a holiday. Our flight was in the evening but we still had to make it early enough to the airport which was in New York so things really got busy in the morning with all the last minute packing and, of course, preparations for breakfast. Thankfully, hubby and the kids came to the rescue! We divided the chore - kids set the table as usual while hubby and I set off to make the food.

We had some food we needed to eat up before we left and we didn't want to just throw them away. We had some assortment of food - quinoa, fresh tomatoes, eggs, bacon and kale. I felt like we were in Chopped trying to figure out what to make with these ingredients. Thankfully, my creative and quick-thinking husband decided he would make quinoa with some scrambled eggs and bacon - which I thought was a fabulous idea! I decided I had to do something with the kale and so my kids would eat it (they had to anyway!) I thought I'd make it a bit more palatable by adding some bacon and garlic. So in the end, we had a delicious breakfast as you can see in the photo - it all came out well. It was a sweet ending as all the food that needed to be used up were not wasted and put to good use. And most of all, I have this quick and easy Kale dish for you to enjoy. Only 3 ingredients to make this tasty and somewhat healthy side dish (it's got Kale!)! Experiment on the seasoning and use either some soy sauce or oyster sauce to replace the salt and pepper to make an Asian-flavored side dish! Enjoy!



Sautéed Kale with Bacon and Garlic





Who says Kale cannot taste good? Add some bacon and garlic and you're all set - Sauteed Kale with Bacon and Garlic. Naturally, gluten-free and low-carb!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 Bacon strips
  • 3 Garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 2 packs (5 oz each) Baby Kale
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a wok or a large skillet, cook the bacon until it has rendered its fat and has turned crispy. Break the bacon into bits. Set aside.
  2. Pour out the bacon grease from the pan but leave about 3 tablespoons for cooking. Saute the garlic cloves briefly until aromatic.
  3. Add the kale leaves, stir and cook until wilted. This doesn't take very long perhaps about 3-4 minutes depending on how tender you want the kale to be. Season with salt and pepper. If you fancy some Asian seasoning instead, replace the salt and pepper with soy sauce or oyster sauce, to taste (about 2-3 teaspoons).
  4. Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with the bacon bits. Enjoy immediately.
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes

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