Sunshine & Kitchen Invasion Part II

Sun!!!!! After a few days of rain! Oh! And fiance is home all day~

Which means……… Another kitchen invasion! And a perfect day for barbecue! He was cooking racks of ribs alllll day long!!!! Didn’t really realize how long it takes to create tender meat. Actually the reason why he cooked those ribs was because….


He just bought a smoker! He’s been so excited about it for the entire week. Everyday after work, the first thing he said was, “I’m excited for the smoker!” or “I’m excited for the ribs!” And I would reply, “Honey, it’s still Tuesday!”

The day has finally arrived! Where he released the skill of a true man. BARBECUE!!!


He’s been running around brining his ribs and rubbing it with his “secret spices,” smoked it for about 5-1/2 hours, and making a whole jar of barbecue sauce. *Which he wouldn’t share the recipe…*

So I decided to make lunch for both of us. Vegan Mushroom Oat Risotto.


2-1/4 cups vegetable stock
1 tsp peanut oil
1 leek chopped
1/2 tsp salt
4-5 mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 tsp ground dried sage
1/8 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup steel oat
1 tbs nutritional yeast
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

serves 2
1. In medium saucepan with, heat stock over medium heat until simmering, then reduce heat to low and keep covered.

2. Meanwhile, heat peanut oil in a medium size pan over medium-high heat. Add leek and salt; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add mushrooms, garlic, thyme and sage; cook 7 to 8 minutes or until mushrooms are very deeply browned, stirring frequently. Add wine, cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.

3. Reduce heat to medium. Add oatmeal; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 2 ladles of hot stock, cook until oats have absorbed almost all of the liquid. Continue adding stock, 1 ladle at a time, and stirring.

**If you run out of stock, add a bit of water**

4. To finish, stir in nutritional yeast. Serve in warm bowls garnished with parsley.

Fiance loved it! I think when I cook, my goal is to be approved by my fiance. He is sooooo picky! And so critical! So if it’s fiance-approved, I think I’ve made a pretty successful dish. 😉


Finally it was time for dinner. The time that we’ve been waiting for for almost a week! RIBS TIIIIIIME~

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He had the barbecue sauce on the sides, because he was afraid it would overpower the taste. I tried to cut a little piece to taste. The meat fell apart as soon as my knife touched it. Good texture? Yup! So tenderness, checked!


Put a piece into my mouth and yummmmmm!!! I tried another piece with some barbecue sauce. DOUBLE YUMMMM!!! I think this dinner is the whole table approved! So good, so filling, and so much dishes! =p Bon appétit!




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