Last weekend was the 4th of July weekend. The weather was perfect for Barbecues, parties, cook outs, fireworks and get togethers with friends and family. On the 4th of July morning, I woke up early, started my coffee maker making Columbian coffee with infused butter scotch. I spent my morning with a cup of coffee, Flaxseed bread toast with butter and read my favorite magazines ( Food & Wine Magazine & Bon Appétit Magazine ). It was a pleasant, comforting and harmonious morning to spend time by myself and read about what I love.
Then I started packing up some beach clothes, sunglasses, books, sandals, sunscreen, food, etc for a weekend trip which I got invited by my friends Yui & John, They have a vacation house in New Buffalo town in Michigan .
For 1 and a half hour drive, I arrived to the two-story lake house with a giant pool in the back. The smell of sand, sound of waves and the cool air welcomed me to the nice and relaxing weekend. I feel so lucky that I have friends who welcomed me to this fantastic paradise place. I was so happy to be here.
The sunset on the 4th of July evening settled me into calm and relaxing time with my camera and the sound of waves.... We ended the night with fireworks, flavorful sausages (Riviera Italian Imported Foods ), a glass of wine ( dark horse : Cabernet: very fruity, blackberry, plum, blueberry. and a touch of tobacco) and ice cream (Oink's Ice Cream and Yogurt : rocky road and pistachio. I highly recommend pistachio. You might go nuts with its creamy, nutty, pistachio flavor.
I am a foodie girl, and food is visible everywhere I go, especially on weekend vacations. It doesn't matter how long the vacation is, food will be cooked and served non stop. It seems they are sharing this common thing with me. They served food non stop, I thought I was a little pink pig :) ..... I am happy to be fed ...
On the delightful Sunday the sound of waves was telling me to keep sleeping and resting, but the smell of warm rice soup, ribs flavor, cilantro, celery, green onion and a touch of garlic kept waking me up. The plan for this morning was "Comforting Pork Ribs and Rice Soup" : my mom's recipe from childhood.
Let me tell you ... Everyone was thrilled after trying this yummy soup.... I would like to share this with you ....... Thank you Ma Ma !!!
I had this soup every Sunday morning... That is right, you heard it right! Sunday Breakfast ..... I started with Ribs :-) It is not as heavy as it sounds ... I think this is a kind of comfort food for me. Warm soup gets my morning started with a touch of seasoning herbs and ribs. My mom makes sure that we have enough protein throughout the day. :)
What I like about this soup is you can season and adjust the taste on your own just like in other Thai dishes such as noodle soup, congee soup( porridge soup ) or rice soup served with condiments ( fish sauce, sugar, chili vinegar or dry chili flakes) on the side.
1 cup Thai Jasmine rice
2 pounds Pork Ribs tip, cut in 1 inch diameter
10 cups Chicken Broth
2 cups water
1/4 cup cilantro, thinly slice
1/4 cup Green onion,thinly slice
1/4 cup celery leafs
4 cloves Garlic, cut in a half
3 stalk Celery, cut in 3 inch diameter
2 tablespoons Light Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon White Pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
crunchy pan fried garlic bits
In the large pot over high heat bring water to boil. Add pork ribs bring it to boil, in about 2 minute. The reason boil with water first, to prevent the blood that come out of the ribs while you cooking. So the broth come out clear.
Place the ribs to the medium bowl and set on the side.
In the large pot over high heat bring chicken broth, celery and garlic to boil. Turn the heat down to medium low, add ribs, light soy sauce, sugar, white pepper and salt. Let it simmer for an hour.
Take the celery and garlic out of the pot. Turn the heat up to medium, add Thai Jasmine rice for 10 minute. Keep stirring every 3 or 4 minute to prevent rice stick on the bottom of the pot.
Turn off the heat, add cilantro, green onion and celery leafs.
Serve soup with crunch pan fried garlic bits on top and condiment on the side.
Hi, I am Natty! And Thank you for stopping by!! I am a foodie girl who has a passion for cooking, exercise and photography. There are so many favorite recipes from my family and friends I have tried throughout my journey that balances out and makes a healthy meal. I would like to take you on a journey to a different pantry around the world to share my favorite stories and recipes. My hope is that they inspire and benefit you.