Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hiking on the back of the Dragon!

We are going on a dragon hunt!  First official day of summer--the kids are done with school hurray!  Now to do some exploring on this beautiful island where we live!  Above is the view from the dragon's spine.  If you look at the sky scrapers on the left you will see our home sweet home!  The spot that looks like a lake is the Tai Tam Reservoir.  It is a fresh water reserve in case of drought.
 Yes!  I was actually on this hike and here are two very rare photos to prove it!!

 The strip of land that circles Tai Tam Bay is actually the Stanley Peninsula.  You can see Stanley Prison on the far left.  Tai Tam Bay is connected to the South China Sea.  The circle of low rise apartments on the right is where the Hong Kong International school calls home at Red Hill Peninsula.
 Here is a better view of the reservoir and Tai Tam County Park.  If you look at the middle on top you will see Park View--a very lovely set of apartments that we considered renting!  (I am more than happy with our choice.  We will be sad to leave.)
 Shek O is the fishing village where we started our hike.  Here you see the very cool shadow a fern makes!
 This is a great view of the Dragon's spine!

 Ok, Devon, Alexis and Emma were with me too!

 No waves at Big Wave Bay today.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Crazy Yummy Food

Here we see the typical fish burger with a rice bun and seaweed. Tim says it was yummy. I will take his word for it until I can order chicken!  The rice bun does look intriguing!

Next up we have the amazing k-roll. It is an Korean style burrito! First the Nori, then a thin layer of rice, then the lettuce, carrots, purple cabbage, sweet onion, avocado, spicy mayo (not sure what it is but tasty!). The yummy piece of chicken, breaded shrimp, or bulgogi! I just cannot explain the yummy factor--it just works!  I might have to try this at home!


This next little gem is my invention.  A pita heated carefully with hummus then a little zaatar ( how do I describe that?) 
Traditionally the Thyme is dried in the sun & mixed with Sun dried Sumac, Sesame Seed and Sea Salt. Then I drizzle extra virgin olive oil.  Next the cucumber pieces, avocado, sprouts (this time sweet pea) with some vinager, mushrooms and some hot pepper flakes. Yummy lunch!

This is my latest creation. A tribute to Chicago. Flaky crust but on the inside is from bottom to top cheese, sausage, salami, onion, peppers, mushrooms, and yummy spinach then cover bottom of crust with basil pesto put said crust on then a smear of sauce and sprinkle of Parmesan. ( the crust was fabulous! I have no idea if it was authentic because I have not been to Chicago since Alexis was born but it was amazing. Text me if you want the recipe--it's a keeper!) This is an amazing pie. Everyone(even China rice boy) loves it.

Last just to gross you out here is a photo of the sushi Tim and I both ate in Japan.  I will confess--I hate fish! That being said this was the most amazing sushi I have ever had bar none. It did not taste like fish--no clue why. Buttery and yummy with a bit of a wasabi kick. Wow--Tokyo!

Now for dessert....too bad I'm full!