Missing Mom

5 years have passed already and it happens less often, but once in a while… Just once in awhile, it creeps up on me and catches me unaware and I feel engulfed with sadness that she’s not with me now.

I struggle to remember her and I realize that the memories are fading.  As much as I’ve known her most of my life, 37 years in fact, all it takes is 5 years without her and the memories have already started taking on a wispy characteristic.  Hard to grasp and hold firm.  It probably doesn’t help because I have no one to help me keep her memories alive. My dad and brother and I, we don’t talk about Mom.

I miss my mom. I miss her terribly today.

Shrimp Pancit Canton

Pancit bihon is made out of rice vermicelli noodles and pancit canton is made out of wheat. Pancit Canton is basically Filipino version of lo mein. Ingredients and seasoning are similar so the noodles are the key difference.

I can’t vouch for the authenticity of my recipe, but I can’t promise you that it’s delicious!

Pancit Canton with Shrimp

Serves: 6 – 8
Prep time: 15 mins Cook time 30 mins

*Most recipes had the noodles cooked in broth until the liquid is absorbed. I prefer to cook it separately.


1 16-ounce package pancit canton(Excellent brand recommended)
2 tablespoon canola oil, divided
1 small sweet onion, julienned
3 carrots, julienned
3 celery stalks, thinly sliced diagonally
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 small head of cabbage, shredded
1 pound medium-sized shrimp, shelled and de-veined, lightly seasoned with salt and pepper
1-3 tablespoons soy sauce or to taste
1-2 tablespoons oyster sauce or fish sauce to taste
salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot, bring salted water to boil and cook the noodles until al dente. Drain and set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or a large saute pan on high heat and swirl to coat. When pan is hot, stir-fry onion, carrots and celery until just softened, about 1 minute. Add garlic and cabbage and fry until the cabbage is cooked down and tender. This could take up to 10 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste and remove the vegetables to a bowl and set aside.

Add the remaining oil, swirl to coat and fry the shrimp until pink.

Add the noodles and vegetables to the wok. Gently mix. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or at room temperature. If refrigerated, the noodles need to be reheated.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup

This isn’t a great photo, but the soup came out delicious! The recipe is from Cookin’ Canuk. I added another carrot and stalk of celery and a can of low sodium red beans for protein.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 8 hours
Serves: 6 – 8


3 carrots, peeled and sliced in half circles
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1 small sweet onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup frozen green beans
3/4 cup pearl barley
1 14oz can low sodium pink beans
1 14oz can petite diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon thyme
1 bay leaf
8 cups vegetable broth
handful chopped fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste


Combine all ingredients except for parsley in a large slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.

Remove bay leaf and discard. Salt and pepper to taste. Add parsley before serving.