Secret Family Recipe….

A few weeks ago, after organizing a “Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon” for our kids’  school with the help of the BEST school council members I have ever known and worked with and the multicultural “dish” donations from our generous parent community


Phillipino’s Pancit Noodles:

Pancit Noodles

Quinoa Salad:

Quinoa Salad

Tahchin Morgh – Persian/Iranian:

Tahchin Morgh

Green Bean Rice:

Green Bean Rice

Chickpea Salad:

Chickpea salad

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One of our teachers came up to me afterwards and said that she LOVED my Chana Masala

Chana Masala

and would really like to have the recipe…

I hesitated and thought about it long and hard… since it IS, after all, our secret family recipe…..

After great contemplation, I finally gave it to her the next day and thought since I already let the secret out, mind as well share it with all of you, so here goes…….

………         Mistaan Catering & Sweets - 460 McNicoll Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada     

hahahahaha     They also have delicious samosas.  Enjoy!  : )

‘Till next time,

xox Lily.


After a couple of weeks of warm weather, 35 – 40C with humidity, the pool has finally reached 80F!   Time for a nice dip…

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‘Till next time,

xox Lily.

Ox Tail Soup

I have a confession to make.  Not everything in my Tarantulas, Ostriches and Alligators Oh My! post is foreign to me.  I grew up seeing BBQ wild hogs hanging from store windows and tried pork/beef tongues and still eating whole fish (including the head).  So it doesn’t come as a surprise that I find this dish just simply delicious and so satisfying to devour.

If you’ve never tried ox tail soup before and is willing to give it a go, you will be pleasantly surprised!

You’ll need chunks of ox tail, slices of ginger, green onions, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and celery:

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Bring a pot of water to boil: 

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - Pot of Boiling Water

Add ox tail and green onions:

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - Boil Ox Tail

Boil for 10 minutes:

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Then rinse and wash ox tail with cold water:

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Bring a fresh pot of water and ox tail, ginger and green onions to a boil:

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - Fresh Water

Meanwhile, cut potatoes and celery:

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - potatoes, celery

Heat oil in pan, then add chopped carrots and tomatoes – stir fry for 5 minutes:

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - Carrots and tomatoes

Add carrots, tomatoes, celery and potatoes to soup:

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - add celery

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - All combined

Bring it to a boil then turn to low heat and simmer for 2 hours:Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup - bring to boil

All done! Mmmmmmmmmm………

Lily Daily - Ox Tail Soup

‘Till next time,

xox Lily.

Kalbi – Korean BBQ Short Ribs – All In A Bottle

All in a bottle series  - back by popular demand, this Kalbi can be easily made by marinading the short ribs with this marinade overnight:


Bring the short ribs to room temperature before grilling.  This will allow the kalbi to cook more evenly:

Lily Daily - Kalbi - Korean BBQ

Heat grill pan with oil using medium-low heat.  Make sure the pan is hot before grilling, this ensures less meat sticking to the pan:Lily Daily - Kalbi - Korean BBQ1 Lily Daily - Kalbi - Korean BBQ2

After 3 – 4 minutes, flip kalbi.  And another 3 – 4 minutes, it’s done!

Lily Daily - Kalbi - Korean BBQ3Mmmmmmmm…… delicious!

‘Till next time,

xox Lily.

Day 30 – Earring Selfie Challenge

This is the finale to my 30 day earring selfie challenge – swarovski crystals and freshwater pearl hooped earrings – hopefully, I ended with a bang!

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This 30 day challenge was definitely a feat – it was often hard to find the time to actually create a  new decent pair of earrings, take a selfie and post them in the blog.  It was very enjoyable though and I’ve created some memorable pieces.  I will try to keep the creative juices going! : )

Now that I have all these earrings, I shall set up an Etsy store one day soon – this will bring me one step closer to my dream…. raising money to help economically disadvantaged children.  I will get there, one baby step at a time!…

By the way, which one (which day) is your favourite?   Can’t wait to hear from you!

‘Till next time,

xox Lily.

Day 29 – Earring Selfie Challenge

This beautiful pair of freshwater pearl earrings especially the ones with clear swarovski crystals will also compliment many wedding gowns:

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xox Lily.

Day 28 – Earring Selfie Challenge

Sparkly swarovski crystals with pearls:

Lily Daily - Day 28 Earring Challenge

Lily Daily - Day 28 Selfie Challenge

‘Till next time,

xox Lily.