Tuesday’s Tidbits

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I’m extra excited about today’s featured blogger because  when she is in the kitchen – WOWSA! – magic happens.   Bobbi  of Bam`s Kitchen has become a special friend of mine over the last 3 years as we have shared the trials and tribulations of food blogging and it’s a pleasure to introduce her today.  Many of you follow her beautiful blog but did you know that yesterday she became a star?!!

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VRAI magazine  featured  a great article written by Bobbi about the wet market in Hong Kong.  The story and images are captivating and gives us an insight into the cultural differences, advantages and challenges for an American family living in a very large, foreign city. This publication is `a blog lifestyle magazine written by real bloggers who want to tell their stories and share ideas, information and inspiration` – you don`t want to miss it!

Bobbi is married with two very hungry teenage boys.  Her background is impressive – she is  a registered nurse specializing in cardiology and currently works as a medical writer. Being employed for twenty years in the American medical field before moving to Asia in 2008 no doubt helped prepare her to make a home for her family in Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong.  Being flexible and having the ability to adapt would definitely be top priorities!

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Bobbi’s recipes are very healthy.  Her blog consists of foods that are cardiac friendly, diabetic friendly, gluten free, lactose free, egg free, vegan, and vegetarian.  She uses fresh ingredients and introduces us to many fruits and vegetables that we rarely see in North America.  Her creativity knows no bounds as she shops at the wet markets and decides what to cook for dinner depending on what she finds that day.

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 Rosemary Herb Pork Chops with Shallot Wine Sauce      Bam`s Kitchen

This scrumptious dish is one of her most popular because it is quick and easy to make and has only a few ingredients.  Those chops looks so juicy and would be suitable for either a weeknight dinner or a special night with guests.

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 Crystal Jade Asian Eggplant with Garlic Oyster Sauce    Bam`s Kitchen

Bobbi can go from fresh and simple to fresh and spectacular and can you believe that this dish has only 5 ingredients?  This is a breeze to make and think of how you can impress your friends with your knowledge of Asian cuisine!

There are loads of cooking tips and helpful nutritional info on Bam`s Kitchen and, with every single post,  I learn something new.

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 Dim Sum Spring Rolls        Bam’s Kitchen

Speaking of spectacular!  Have you seen Bobbi`s recipe this week?   She even promises that a beginner can make these!  I`m in!  For more about this recipe and the VRAI Magazine feature, pop on over to Bam’s Kitchen and be amazed.

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 If you could put all your dream components into one house, you would have the coolest house in the world, right?  Imagine secret rooms, water slides, outdoor theatres all in one?  This website offers some great ideas for a fantasy home.

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 How about having a glassed-in babbling brook right beneath your house!?

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Or an adult-sized treehouse.  Tea parties and sleepovers with the girls!

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Do your kids love to read? Are you cringing at the prices of children’s books?  Here’s a list of 100 legal sites to download free books.  Included in this is The International Children’s Digital Library, the classics, school textbooks, poetry and audio versions of many favourites as well.  What a great resource!

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After you’ve had your fill of books, you can find a place to catch 40 winks in these images of amazing places for the expert napper.  There are so many fun, creative ways to grab a quick siesta that it made me sleepy just looking at them. Take a peek and tell me which one would be your favourite place to catch some Z’s.   I’ll be curious to see which one is the most popular choice!

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And if you’re finding that you’re napping too much, then perhaps you need to visit this site and find some simple, painless ways to boost your metabolism.  They have nine easy steps that they suggest incorporating one at a time so that it is a seamless transition.  Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning is a great place to start and you will notice a significant difference in how your body feels if you give it a try.

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You’ve read your favourite book for free, taken a short but luxurious nap, found a few ways to boost your energy but you find yourself still in a bad mood?  Well, you’ve got to fix that!! Here are 11 foods that will end your bad mood in a hurry.  Quick now – get yourself to the kitchen!  Pack these items in your kids and spouse’s lunches too and you can be sure everyone will be in a good mood when they come home. Ha!

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 This list from Dave Barry  just cracked me up.  I’ve always enjoyed his humour because it’s just so….real!  Everyone can relate to what he’s saying and he never fails to put a smile on my face.

19 Things That It Took Me 50 Years To Learn

By Dave Barry..

1. Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

2. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the human race has not achieved, and never will achieve, its full potential, that word would be “meetings”.

3. There is a very fine line between “hobby” and “mental illness.”

4. People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them.

5. And when God, who created the entire universe with all of its glories, decides to deliver a message to humanity, He WILL NOT use, as His messenger, a person on cable TV with a bad hairstyle.

6. You should not confuse your career with your life.

7. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.

8. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

9. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

10. Never lick a steak knife.

11. Take out the fortune before you eat the cookie.

12. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

13. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

14. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely suggests that you think she’s pregnant unless you can see an actual baby emerging from her at that moment.

15. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age 11.

16. “The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

17. The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

18. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.

19. Your friends love you anyway.

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 Have a great day, everyone!

15 Comments

  • Reply
    Anita Rivera
    July 15, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Good morning Robyn!

    I just love this list of 19 things….and being a language teacher and student of poetry, it is fascinating to me how syntax and the right juxtaposition of words makes for a comedic piece! But the one thing that makes these sentences so darn funny is that I CAN RELATE TO THEM! They are so TRUE!

    OK, now for the discussion about this food….the glorious colors and clarity of photography to capture the texture of the fresh vegetables, and that “crystal jade” dish looks just like jeweled goodness! Asia is a fascinating place to hunt down the most delicious flavors. I’ll never forget my trip to Asia while on a dance tour, and the Philippines had the most wondrous food, as well as Japan.

    I’d also love that brook running somewhere in my home – maybe a bedroom!

    Happy day dear Robyn, and see you FRIDAY! Anita

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      Robyn
      July 15, 2014 at 11:58 am

      They really made me laugh too, Anita! Don’t you love Bobbi’s photography? Her pictures have been motivating me to do better for years! Her creativity is a joy to watch!

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    Bam's Kitchen
    July 15, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Dearest Robyn, your kind words are making me blush. I am almost as red as your cherry on the top of your page. Thank you for the special feature on Tuesday Tidbits. I am glad we have had the last 3 years to not only share the trials and tribulations of blogging but also getting to know each other better. Canada seems only like a hop, skip and jump away from Hong Kong.
    I love Dave Berry’s 19 things it took me 50 years to learn. Thanks for the good belly laugh, I really needed that! Wishing you an awesome week and thanks again for your thoughtfulness. Take Care, BAM
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      Robyn
      July 15, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      LOL, Bobbi – I have heard blushing is good for your skin. It has been a joy getting to know you and I am thrilled for your success. One of these days we are going to meet in Hong Kong or Canada and cook up a feast! Thanks so much for sharing with us today!

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        Bam's Kitchen
        July 17, 2014 at 7:13 am

        Robyn, I look forward to the day we finally get to meet. Thanks again for a lovely post. Have super weekend. BAM
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    cheri
    July 15, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    Hi Robyn, what a wonderful post as always, love your Tuesday’s Tidbits, they keep getting better and better if that is possible. Bam’s site is absolutely wonderful, she is not just a cook, she is an artist.
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      Robyn
      July 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

      And I love that you love them, Cheri!, lol. Thanks so much for your sweet words. I really get a kick out of putting the post together each week. Bam is the best!

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    Stephanie
    July 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    So glad you introduced us to Bobbi – what a lovely lady and her recipes look divine!

    And thanks for the giggles. . .the list of 19 things had me laughing out loud with #1 🙂 I am headed over to check out the ways to boost my metabolism. I find I am drained during the summertime due to the heat.

    So good to stop in for a visit – I always love your posts, my friend. Hugs to you!
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      Robyn
      July 16, 2014 at 7:03 am

      Hi Stephanie,
      I have so much catching up to do with my visiting and it’s so nice to see you here! I know you’ll love Bobbi’s recipes. The heat can zap your energy for sure. Eat lots of fresh fruit! Hugs.

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    Christin @ Blue Crab Martini
    July 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    As always Robyn, great post that I loved to read! Bobbi sounds like an amazing person that has a some interesting food stories to tell. I can’t wait to check out her blog, thanks for sharing it with us! Have a wonderful week!!
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      Robyn
      July 16, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Thanks so much, Christin! I know you’ll really enjoy Bobbi’s healthy recipes. I can hardly wait to check out your pie crust!
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    Mindy
    July 16, 2014 at 10:33 am

    So happy to meet Bobbi! I see her comments often but have never visited her blog – now I must. Those spring rolls are just beautiful. As for the treehouse, I want one. And Dave Barry, oh friend yet another thing we share…His previous syndicated column used to be in a local Sunday paper and I would literally laugh out loud most every week reading it. Definitely relatable humor and some I needed today : )
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      Robyn
      July 16, 2014 at 6:24 pm

      You can always depend on Dave Barry for some laughs for sure and I’m not surprised you are a fan as well, Mindy. You will discover so much when you visit Bobbi. It’s like an adventure in food and Chinese culture each time you visit! I want that treehouse, too! lol. Take care. xoox

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    July 17, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Aw man! I WISH I had an adult tree house!!!!!! That would be the most amazing thing ever. I could make it my office! YES!
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