Egg Drop Soup with Rice and Pork

September 3rd, 2014

This homemade egg drop soup with rice and pork might not be very photogenic, especially with fluorescent lights, but it's DELICIOUS.

Both Annalie and I have been feeling under the weather lately, and soup sounded good to me today. I had a half-pound of ground pork I needed to use, and both the girls love egg drop soup, so I made this, and EVERYONE liked it. Success!

Several people on Facebook and elsewhere asked me for the recipe, so here it is.

Egg Drop Soup with Rice and Pork

  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 medium onion, diced small
  • 2-3 cloves of garic, minced
  • about an inch of gingerroot, peeled and minced
  • 2 medium carrots, finely grated
  • 1 head baby bok choy, washed, trimmed, and sliced thinly
  • 6 c. chicken broth
  • 3/4 c. jasmine rice, uncooked
  • 1-2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2-3 tsp. sesame oil
  • 2 eggs
  • sliced green onions, chopped cilantro, and lime wedges for garnish

1. In a large stockpot, brown the ground pork.

2. Once all the pink is gone, add the onions and sauté for 3-4 minutes, till onion is soft.

3. Add the garlic and onion and sauté for about 1 minute.

4. Add the chicken broth, carrot, bok choy, soy sauce, and sesame oil. (Taste the broth, and add more or less soy sauce and sesame oil as needed.) Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes, till rice is cooked.

5. Break the eggs into a bowl or measuring cup and whisk to combine. Slowly pour in a thin stream into the soup. The eggs will cook almost immediately.

6. Turn off the heat and let sit for a few seconds to finish cooking the egg. Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with cilantro, green onion, and fresh lime juice as desired.

Somebody’s THREE today!

November 29th, 2013

Somebody's THREE! (Annalie made her a fancy birthday breakfast.)

Annalie made a fancy breakfast (jam and sliced bananas in the middle of a dinner roll leftover from Thanksgiving dinner, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, and candles) for Elliora this morning, and she had some presents to open thanks to Annalie and my mom.

[In her best Jake-the-Neverland-Pirate voice] "I spy a byoo-full ballerina!"

She had zero presents to open from her parents, because we somehow completely forgot to buy her any. I KNOW. What kind of parents don’t buy their child ANY birthday presents!? My only answer is: sick ones.

This is the same excuse I’ve been using a lot lately. We were all varying degrees of sick for most of the last month. I had it the worst, as usual. After the cold everyone else had turned into a sinus infection with bonus pinkeye for me, and even after I finished a round of antibiotics and eyedrops, I’m still coughing and hacking and sniffling. I’m definitely better every day; I just wish my body would get the message that the infection is vanquished and stop producing so much extra mucus. Gah.

ANYWAY. Elliora loved her presents from my mom and Annalie. I don’t think she even noticed we didn’t have any gifts for her. We were planning to take her to the tidepools after lunch, at her request, but it started raining. So we’re waiting to do that another day.

I showed her the photo of Erin, Rocco & Indy to remind her who'd given her the outfit. So she posed without for a picture. Thanks, friends!

Oh! And Elliora got this outfit complete with fabulous SILVER SPACE PANTS from Erin, Rocco and Indira. Erin was together enough to bring it with her when they came to visit earlier this month. Elliora liked it so much she insisted on putting it on immediately, not even stopping to take off her pajamas. She thought it was especially cool how the silver pants matched the silver on the shirt.

I hope all my fellow Americans had a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday! I cooked up a storm, and we ate well.

Obligatory plate shot. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! I'm thankful for all of you internet people. <3

The rest of you, I hope you had a great Thursday and that you have a lovely weekend. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take the banana chocolate-chip birthday cake out of the oven. Later it’ll be frosted with peanut butter frosting. Yum!

Banana chocolate-chip birthday cake, baking now.

Outside my window I can see the multicolored Christmas lights we keep strung up on our back patio year-round, and beyond that the lights of the city.

I am thinking about the Morning Glory Muffins I want to make tonight. Have I ever blogged that recipe? I really should.

I am thankful for Troy. I mean, I’m thankful for a lot of things, but right now what’s on my mind is how awesome Troy is and how blessed I am to have such a fantastic husband who takes care of me and our girls with zero whining and who watches the big game in between grilling hot dogs for lunch and playing outside with Elliora and giving me a shoulder rub because I have a headache. Like, SERIOUSLY, you guys. I totally won the husband lottery, and I know it and I’m thankful for him every single day.

I am wearing a Nebraska Huskers t-shirt, a Nebraska huskers hoodie, stretch jeans with stars on them, Wonder Woman underwear that I bought in Australia, my wedding and engagement rings, tiny silver disc earrings, and a purple stretchy ponytail holder on my wrist.

I am remembering that I really do like blogging and I should try to get back into the habit, maybe. What do you think? I should also get back into the habit of reading blogs. Since Google Reader went kaplooie I basically don’t read blogs anymore. (Now I hang out on Tumblr. If any of you are on Tumblr and you follow me there, shoot me a message so I know you’re a blog reader! Or that you were a blog reader, back in the days when I blogged. Sigh.)

I am going to spend this coming Wednesday hanging out with Brenda and Bug and Heather, aka CC! Heather lives in NorCal now, so I hardly ever see her even though we live in the same state, and I miss her.

I am currently reading about six different things. Let me see. I’m reading Deadly Heat, the latest book by mystery author Richard Castle…who is the main character played by Nathan Fillion on the TV show Castle, of course. Don’t judge, they’re good books, and a lot of fun if you watch the show because they always have tons of easter eggs for fans. I’m also reading the latest Rick Riordan book, House of Hades. I’m re-reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl; I’m pretty much always reading one or another of Rainbow’s books. I haven’t picked either of them up for a while, but I’m also technically in the middle of reading Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. Oh, and I’ve been reading Secret Agent Josephine in Paris (by guess who!) to Elliora at bedtime almost every night since we brought our copy home. It’s a really fun book–you should probably buy a copy or three if you haven’t already.

I am hoping that all the sleep I got last night (and all the sleep I’m planning to get tonight), all the Emergen-C and vitamin C I’ve been taking, and all the peppermint tea with honey I’ve been drinking are going to keep this cold from taking over my life for the next two weeks.

On my mind: Honestly? Thor: The Dark World. I just saw it today with Bonnie and Claire, and it was excellent. And Zachary Levi, AKA Chuck Bartowski, was in it! Forget Loki; I was more excited about Fandral.

—several hours pass while we eat dinner and get the kids to bed and watch episodes of Sleepy Hollow and White Collar and I make Morning Glory Muffins—

Noticing that I really don’t like this “True Airplane Disasters!” show that Troy is watching. (He changed the channel when I asked nicely.)

Around the house we still have way too much stuff. It’s a perpetual problem with growing children, I suppose. Also, our kids are the kind who shed belongings and leave a trail everywhere they go. I’ve become mostly-resigned to the fact that our house is just never going to be perfectly neat and organized. It’s either that, or spend my days nagging everyone to pick up their crap and living in a state of constant annoyance, and I don’t want to be like that. So most of the time I sigh and let it go.

In the kitchen, there are Morning Glory Muffins cooling on the counter and a sink full of dirty dishes.

One of my favorite things is our Fiber Friday homeschooling group. It’s basically a playgroup for the kids, and a knit/crochet/stitch/drink coffee/chat group for the moms. Everyone in that group is awesome and I’m grateful for them.

From my photo archive:

Ides of March fashion, by Annalie This is Elliora's Going-To-Pick-Up-Chinese-Food-With-Daddy outfit (with optional puzzle accessory), 100% selected by her.

On the left is a photo of Annalie in an outfit chosen entirely by her in March 2008, when she was almost 4. On the right is a photo of Elliora in an outfit chosen entirely by her today, when she is two weeks shy of her third birthday.