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Welcome to my ScandinAsian food blog. A blog about what I like to make in my little Norweigan kitchen, from homemade meals to fun creative sandwiches. My parents gave me the name Sorieya, a Cambodian name, which means sun. I'm originally from the United States. Now I'm currently living in Norway, married to a Norwegian man with 3 beautiful children. It's hard being away from my family back in the States and I miss them everyday. I am not an artist but I love making fun sandwiches for my kids. I am not a professional chef but I love to cook and I love being in the kitchen. I love introducing my children to different kind of international food, introducing food from my childhood and explaining to my kids the history about their culture and food. I love spending those quality time together teaching my little ones how to make bread, Khmer food, and teaching me Norwegian. My Norwegian isn't that great but I do understand just the basics but speaking it, that's another story.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

My daughter's 4th birthday and my 8 years wedding anniversary.

Today is one of my daughter's 4th birthday on my 8 year wedding anniversary. I can't believe how fast things are going. It was just like yesterday I was just laying down on my bed and watching Gilmore Girls. All of a sudden I felt some stomach pain. My husband drove me to the hospital. It was one of the scariest moment of my life because it was very early (2 1/2 weeks early). This really nice nurse helped me. I had to go to this room to check my contractions and my heart beat. We were there for an hour or so. She let me go home and to take these pill to help the pain. I tried the medicine. That didn't go well. I knew she was coming early and when I give birth to her she will be operated on because of her stomach illness. We went back to the hospital. I was in so much pain and no nurse was around. Then this other nurse came and she wasn't a very nice nurse at all. She argued with my husband the whole time while I was in so much pain and with my unborn child health condition, I was really mad at the same time. I didn't get any pain relief. I had to lean over on this tall thing with wheels while they were getting the room ready and the nurse was still arguing with my husband. They were arguing because my son was with us. We told her we don't have any family or friends that could watch our son. My family are in the States and his family lives far. I didn't want to leave my son with any neighbors. It was horrific moment. I really wanted my husband by my side but he couldn't. I was laying on my side and gave birth to my beautiful 5lb baby girl. She was so tiny. My husband and I named her Rebecka. The nurses washed her up and told me I could have my little baby lay on my chest until she goes to the infant intensive care to find out more of her stomach illness. I remember her little tiny body and her eyes looking straight at me. It was one of the best moments of my life. She's so beautiful. The sad moment was when the nurse took her away. 

I went to see Becky, she was in her incubator. No one knew how sick she was. She stayed in the infant intensive care for 3 to 4 days. Then moved her to another unit where we had to wait for her to be operated on. She just laid on her bed. The doctor told us about her stomach illness and didn't want to operate on her at the moment because she was too small so they asked just to keep an eye on her and if anything happens bring her back. 

Her first day home. She was 1 1/2 week old. 

About 2 months passed and she was doing pretty well. 

She started to throw up a lot after drinking milk. Her eyes were so big and dark. It was terrifying to see her like that. She looked like she was in pain. She became pale. We brought her back to the hospital. I stayed with her for weeks. Did some test. Everything was fine, she ate/drank again, and wasn't operated on. We were sent home.

Months later she started to throw up again, like before. But it was worst. Brought her to the emergency room. Her legs started to change colors. It was the strangest thing ever. The nurse never seen it. It looked like DNA twisting and changing. Red,blue purple just for couple minutes. She was so drowsy and gave her some medicine. It was quiet. Around 11pm she had a seizure. When she calmed she became very hyper. Then she had another seizure. They brought her to the emergency and in the incubator, hooked up. Then she had her third seizure. It was matter of life or death, her heart stopped beating. I was heartbroken when my husband told me this on the phone. I cried so much. I was home with my son at the time. The doctor brought her heart back to life. It was a miracle. My husband told me it took 4 adults to hold her down to take her medicine. She was a strong little one. She was back to her normal self. I stayed with her in the hospital for weeks. She had her brain tested. Her arm was so blue because one of the nurse, sticked needle in the wrong place. Becky's arm looked like a balloon. We were told if we had brought her later she would of died.

Months passed. We took a trip to the States to visit my family. Becky got to meet her grandparents, aunt, and uncle for the first time. 
This was taken at my parents. She was so happy meeting everyone and just enjoying life.

When we got back home to Norway. She started to throw up again when I fed her a little yogurt. Her stomach couldn't take anymore solid food. Her eyes became so dark and she kept throwing up so much. I looked into her eyes and it was so dark. We went back to the hospital and she had her surgery. They operated on her stomach because her upper intestine was narrow. Food couldn't pass through. 

 My other daughter who is 2 1/2 had the same illness as Becky. Both my daughters are doing great.

Becky is a healthy, happy, beautiful, girl. I love her so much. I can't believe she is 4 today. I'm thankful both my daughters  and my only son are with me and I can see their beautiful faces everyday. 

Happy Birthday to my Becky and Happy 8 years wedding anniversary too.

I asked my daughter what she wanted me to make for her birthday. She just wanted to order pizza and watch Princess movies all day with me. 

 I baked these earlier during the week. Homemade blueberry banana corn muffins and mini chewy chocolate brownies just for my kids and for my little princess who loves my baking. 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My grape/cranberry chicken salad

I love fall season, with the beautiful colorful leaves, the crisp fall air, and fall food I love to make. Just to get my mind off of everythings that is happening, it's the last day of autumn vacation. I wanted to share this recipe.  
I whipped up something quick and easy. My cranberry/grape chicken salad. It's very tasty. 

Shredded rotisserie chicken, chopped onion, celery, grapes, green onions, minced garlic, dried dill, dried Greek dressing, mayonnaise, salt, pepper.
1 cup kesam or sour cream mixed with cranberry jam and dried cranberries and tablespoon sugar.

Mix everything well. Serve in slices fresh baked baguette or slices of fresh baked bread.

Friday, October 4, 2013

My Cambodian Rice Porridge (Bor-bo)

It is so loud with my 3 kids trying to get my attention while I'm trying to blog. I'm sorry if I don't make much sense. Anyways I would like to share with you one of my favorite childhood food. Cambodian chicken rice porridge. My mom makes awesome Khmer food and I really miss her cooking especially her katiew (Cambodian noodle soup almost like Vietnamese Pho), egg rolls, Vietnamese omelet, Cambodian chicken wings, bor-bo, stir fry dish, fresh spring rolls, fish dishes, Khmer steaks, and everything else. I'm trying my best to make all of them myself and turns out my family loves my Khmer food but it's not close to my mom's Khmer cooking. How awesome would it be if I could be a kids again. The last time I had my mom's cooking was when my parents visited Norway last Christmas holiday.

This morning I made more Cambodian chicken rice porridge. In Khmer it's called bor-bo. I guess that's how you would spell it. My kids are addicted to this now. It's perfect for this autumn season. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I had made this before for my son. He asked me why I stopped making this. My other 2 daughters were too small back then and had some difficulties with their illness. 
I asked them what do you guys want to eat this morning. They scream "Blah Blah" when they mean bor-bo. It's so funny how they try to speak a little Khmer. My kid are mostly speaking Norsk. They speak Norwegian to their dad or friends. They would speak Norwegian to me too but I would reply in English or a little Norsk. 
2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 whole chicken, cleaned and drained
9 cups water
1 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 cup uncooked jasmine rice
1/2 teaspoon vegetable bouillon powder
1 garlic bulb, minced
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 cup cooked rice flakes
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sweet soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

stalks green onion, chopped
fresh bean sprouts
fresh mint leaves
chili sauce or chopped red chili
lime wedges
fermented soy bean
freshly ground black pepper

Place chicken, water, stock, and chicken bouillon in a large soup pot. Heat pot on high heat. Cook until chicken meat tenders about 35-40 minutes. Remove chicken from soup broth. Put on a large plate, set a side to let cool.

Cover soup pot and let broth simmer.

Heat up a skillet to high heat. When skillet is hot add in coconut oil. Add garlic and onion and seasoned with vegetable bouillon powder, stir and cook for 3 minutes. Add rice, saute until rice turns light brown. Stir well.

Add saute rice into the soup broth. Cook until rice tender about 25 -35minutes. If it gets to dry add more chicken stock and stir so nothing sticks to the bottom. Add in rice flakes to the rice soup. Seasoned with fish sauce, soy sauce, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Cover and let simmer.

While rice porridge simmers get all the garnish ready. Once chicken has cooled off. Use finger or fork, shred the meat off the bone. Discard bone. Set meat aside.

Prepare garnish: 
chopped green onion, mint leaves, coriander
 1 handful fresh bean sprouts
                                                                1 tablespoon soy bean
                                                                     2 lime wedges
                                                     1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

To serve: Ladle rice porridge into a large bowl. Add toppings (cooked shredded chicken, chopped spring onions, bean sprouts, fresh chopped mint/coriander leaves, chili oil, fried garlic, fermented soy bean) You could also add dried shrimp powder if you want.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

My recipe for Cambodian Vegetable Fried Rice.

I have finished a scrap book and besides cooking and reading, I love to sketch. So I have been sketching a lot lately. I bought myself some art pencils, sketch book, binders, plastic covers. My son wants to take my art book to school and show it off. I can't let that happen because I'm afraid I would never see my art book ever again. 

Here are some of my sketches.

 Tom Brady.

 One of my favorite shows. Absolutely Fabulous. Edina & Patsy.
 Mr. Miyagi
Myself and my life. The reason why I sketched the TV with maxi pads is because of this photo....

 Sketched my kids.
 One of my daughters who loves cookies.
 Elaine from Seinfeld.
 Christopher Walken
 Cosmo Kramer
Beck Hansen
Dean Norris as Big Jim from the TV show Under the dome. I love that show.

Besides my blabbing. Today I made a simple/quick Cambodian vegetable egg fried rice. It's pretty tasty. You can adjust the seasoning to your taste.

Here is my recipe.

3 eggs. Slightly beaten
2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 1/2 cups cooked cold jasmine rice. I cooked the day before.
1 cup frozen peas/carrots/corn mix. Defrosted
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Heat a wok or non stick skillet on high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil. Pour the eggs into the wok, form into a round omelet shape. Transfer omelet to a plate and cut into thin strips. Set a side.
With the same wok, add the remaining oil. Add garlic and cook for a minute, stir in rice. Add in frozen vegetables. Stir well until vegetables are cooked for about 5-7 minutes.
Add cut omelet,
Seasoned egg fried rice with soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Stir well. 

Top with chopped spring onions. Serve with Sriracha hot chili sauce.

You could also add to the fried rice meat of your choice, Chinese sausages, shrimps.

Thanks for reading my venting and I hope you make and enjoy my recipe.