Sausages, Bento and Gardens

7 04 2010

Hallo, readers!

On Sunday, Chris made eggs and sausages for breakfast/lunch! I really like sausages, even though they’re so fatty and greasy >( But eating them once in a blue moon is okay, so the guilt isn’t such a burden.

Chris cooking the sausages

In progress: cooking sausages

Sausages: ready to eat!

Afterwards, the room smelled like a sausage factory. But the sausages were very good, and went well with the sunny side-up eggs Chris cooked afterwards. I really like sunny side-up eggs, especially when the yolk doesn’t spill out during the cooking process, which happens quite easily, I’m afraid. But in my duration of cooking sunny side-up eggs, only 1 has had its yolk spilled during cooking, so that’s good news :)

Today’s bento stars yesterday dinner’s leftovers. There are some fish sticks and tartar sauce on the side, potatoes (which are really good!), and some side salad (leafy lettuce, cherry tomatoes and carrots). It’s the first time I’ve had fish in my bento, but I’m excited to eat it!

Bento with fish sticks, potatoes and salad

What do you think, readers? A “fishy” bento? Hehe, I couldn’t resist the pun. Gomennasai (trans: I’m sorry).

Yesterday night, I took a walk around grounds. I strolled through some of the gardens and really liked the scenery of the flowers and trees, so I took some pictures. I’m glad I did, because some of the flowering trees are blossoming very quickly, and soon, I won’t be able to see the flowers anymore. For instance, there was this magnolia tree in one of the gardens just a week ago that I passed by and took a picture of, but yesterday, I went by again and the magnolias were completely gone :( It’s a good thing I took a picture of them already!

Garden V Tree: my favorite!

Squirrel in a Garden V tree: I captured this picture through the gate door!

Squirrel in a Garden V tree: I captured this photo through the gate door!

Garden bench and flowers

Garden flowers

A magnificent garden tree

I love my university. The nature scenery is absolutely breathtaking. It’s unfortunate that Chris has allergies and can’t experience them too much. Anyways, the scenery is one of the things I’ll miss most once I graduate. But there’s always the prospect of visiting!

Oh em gee, the weather high for today is 92 degrees F, 33 degrees C o.O It’s like summer already!

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Taste of China

4 04 2010

Happy Easter!

Warning: Reading this post while hungry might send you straight to the fridge/freezer/telephone.

On Friday, I made spaghetti for dinner! Quite simple; we had a bag of Italian capellini pasta and a bottle of organic tomato and basil sauce. I heated up some ground meat first in the pot, and then added the tomato sauce in. Stirred in some more basil leaves and a splash of pepper. Then, I remembered that we had some leftover baby bella mushrooms in the fridge, so I chopped the remaining mushies and added them to the sauce as well. In our rice cooker (creative, n’est pas?), I heated up some water and put the pasta in there to cook. As we didn’t have another pot for the pasta to cook in, we usually use the rice cooker. One has to be a bit inventive in college dorms.

Making spaghetti

Chris' bowl of spaghetti

The spaghetti was good; Chris gobbled it all up quickly and then went for seconds. He finished it all on Saturday for lunch. I wish I had bought meatballs to school, because they would have made the spaghetti tastier.

Saturday night, Chris and I went to Taste of China (川娃) for dinner. He had been there before with some people from our hall, and said it was really good. The restaurant is in this semi-remote shopping center, where the biggest attraction is the Outback Steakhouse. Next to the restaurant was an insurance company o.O But there were plenty of people inside the restaurant, all munching happily on authentic Chinese cuisine. Chris and I were seated by the window, and we took awhile to glance over the menu.

Our selections:

  • Hot appetizer: 3 scallion bubble pancakes (葱油泡饼). Cost: $5.50.
  • Chef’s Special (Entrée): Roast fish with green onion (竹塔烤鱼片), which is fried fish sautéed with onion and chili powder and ground cumin. Cost: $14.50.
  • Entrée: Braised beef fillets with chili sauce (成都水煮牛). Cost: $12.50.
  • Veggie: Pea shoots sautéed with Chinese green vegetables (豆苗抄青菜). Cost: $8-9 (wasn’t on the menu).

The food arrived, and it looked so yummy I just wanted to gobble it all up right away. But I restrained myself long enough to take pictures of our selections and then, Chris and I started eating. The scallion pancakes were warm and although they looked really big, it was just filled with air, so once you tore open the pancake, the size diminished significantly, leaving behind a crispy and delectable pancake. The braised beef was delicious; not spicy at all in my opinion (though I’m relatively resistant to spicy foods), but the beef was very tender and I loved mixing the sauce with rice; it gave the rice a nice, zingy flavor. The roast fish was really scrumptious; each piece was crunchy and savory. And the pea shoots and green veggies were a healthy and tasty choice.

Pea shoots and Chinese green veggies

Braised beef fillets with chili sauce

Roast fish with green onion

Scallion bubble pancakes

We had to have most of the food bagged up for takeout afterwards, as it was too much for just the two of us to eat in one sitting. But we did finish the scallion pancakes and most of the roast fish. The beef and the pea shoots/green veggies remained in plentiful quantities for today’s leftovers :)

Taste of China was an excellent restaurant! I definitely want to go back sometime. It is perhaps the best, most authentic Chinese restaurant in the Charlottesville area.

As always, bon appetit!