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So I am back!  Back from quite a long hiatus.  Sorry about that.  Weekends are so jammed pack with activities these days. Plus the vacation I took last week to Cancun, Mexico took up two whole weekends.  But a vacation was totally worth it and totally necessary!

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In preparation for the Chinese New Year that’s coming up this week on February 4th, 2011, I have decided to make some Taiwanese Niu Row Mein (Taiwanese Beef & Noodles).  This will be our fifth recipe for the International Pressure Cooking theme.

 

I am Chinese.  Born in Taiwan, but raised in the U.S.  And with the new Lunar year starting this week, there’s going to be lots of cooking, eating, cleaning and cooking some more.  Although Beef & Noodles aren’t really considered a traditional New Years dish, it’s still got noodles in it, and noodles signify longevity in the Chinese culture.  Which means, no cutting of the noodles when you eat it, or else it will cut your life short.  Which also means, when you see Chinese people eating noodles, there’s always a lot of noisy slurping.  See, now it all makes sense!  Okay, that’s all just silly superstition anyway.  To learn more about the Chinese New Year and the special foods that are prepared and the history, click here.

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I’ve been a little busy lately and haven’t found a lot of time to cook at home. We’ve been eating out mostly.  Which is bad, bad, bad!!!  Bad for the figure, and bad for the pocket book.

Any who, I finally found a little time to cook something up in the pressure cooker that falls under the International Pressure Cooking theme.  So this will be our fourth recipe for our little adventure.  It’s actually a super duper fast and easy one.

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Our first adventure into the wonderful world of International Pressure Cooking will be the lovely country of Russia.  And one of the most popular and well known dishes from Russia is the delicious hot soup called Borscht.  For a more detail and in depth look at the origins of Borscht, click here.

My boyfriend is Russian.  Born in Moscow and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 3 years old.  He was raised by his grandparents in Los Angeles in a small Russian community.  So he was raised eating all kinds of wonderful Russian home-cooked meals made by his Busichka (Grandmother).  I won’t even bother trying to compete with her cooking because I will never win.  I just take the recipes she provides and tweak them so it becomes my own version.  And if my boyfriend doesn’t like it, he can go hungry!  HAHA Just kidding…..or am I really?

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I went on vacation for two weeks at the beginning of November.  I went and visited the city of Taipei, Taiwan!  I had so much good yummy Chinese food while I was there.  And when I came back home, I actually missed the Chinese food and wanted more!  So in honor of my trip, I made some Oxtail Vegetable Soup over the weekend!

 

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This recipe is for the most simplest and rustic beef soup you will ever find and it’s delicious!!!  It is one of my HB’s favorite soups and his Russian grandmother makes it for him frequently.  She makes it on the stove the old fashioned way, which will take about 2 hours or so.   I started making it for him at home in the pressure cooker since he loves it so much.  Takes less than an hour for me!  😛  It’s also one of his 8yr old son’s favorite soups as well.  He calls it “chicken-boy” even though it has no chicken in it at all whatsoever!  Actually, he’s been calling anything his great-grandma makes for him to eat “chicken-boy” ever since he was little so now the name just stuck.

I was so excited to make this soup that as soon as my HB came home with the ingredients, I quickly ripped all the packages apart and dumped the items into the pot.  I totally forgot to take photos.  So I apologize, the photos below are from google images.

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