Friday Night Dinner

The Food Network used to be one of my favorite channels. It was only 1 or 2 years ago when I watched nothing but that channel - I watched it while I ate, before falling asleep, or whenever I just wanted background noise. Nowadays though, I rarely watch it. Once to be my favorite celebrity chefs, I can't stand watching their shows anymore. Namely, Rachael Ray and Paula Dean. I feel they have taken their fame a step too far. Talk shows, magazines, commercials, releasing a new cookbook every month...a bit too MUCH!!

Case to point, 2 or 3 months ago, I saw in the paper that Paula Dean was going to speak at a Food/Cooking convention in DC. The ticket to the event itself was roughly $30. Not bad and it would be interesting to hear Paula speak (even though she always says the same thing..."I was newly divorced with $100 in my pocket..."). Anyway, as I read more, I learned to reserve a seat to hear Paula speak would be an additional $50!! I thought that was outrageous! Not only she was already making money for coming to the convention, she wanted to charge extra for those who wanted to hear her speak. Needless to say, I passed.

I don't watch the channel nearly as much as I used to. Still, my current favorite is Ina Garten. In fact I have 4 cookbooks from Ina that I purchase last Christmas (haven't tried any of the recipes though =P).

Cookbooks sitting on the shelves.

The other day Luke and I watched a Barefoot Contessa episode together. Ina was cooking for her husband Jeffrey. It was a Friday night and Jeffrey was coming home from a business trip and she was making their usual Friday night chicken dinner. I thought it was incredible sweet and cute. Luke couldn't stand it.

Well, this week Luke was away for business in Canada and he came home on yesterday (Friday). Inspired by Ina, I made a It's a Friday Night Again meal! :) I didn't make chicken, but I did make one of our favorite meals.

Ingredients -- carrots, green onions, shitake mushrooms, bean thread noodles, and spring roll wrappers. Not pictured: ground pork, green cabbage, dry shrimps, and sliced egg omelets.

Our simple, yet delicious, home-made dinner. This is my mom's recipe, my personal favorite as a kid. She did it the fancy way with deep frying after wrapping them one by one. For Luke and I, we wrap as we eat using the Vietnamese spring roll wrapper I discovered from Luke's mom. It's much easier and healthier. It also makes the meal more hands-on, more fun.

Ready to wrap!

Pretending to be Rachael Ray here..."Look at that gorgeous green color plate, it really brings out the orange you see inside the wrapper!"

After a big bite

By the end of the meal, we were both STUFFED. =] Great to have you home ahbow!


  1. The Foodnetwork sucks balls, big hairy sweaty balls! Nothing good is on that thing except for that Janella lady.

    And yes, more wraps please. None of those raw egg rolls that your family is so fond of. GrossSsSS!


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