November 16, 2015

Wonton Noodle Soup with Roasted Duck

It’s officially “soup season” and this soup combines two of my favorite things:

Dumplings and Noodles.

Mì Hoành Thánh Vịt Quay is a Vietnamese soup with egg noodles, wonton shrimp and pork dumplings with bok choy topped with roasted duck. It’s a Vietnamese dish long ago influenced by the Chinese. This dish is completely different from that Wonton Soup you find at chinese take-out. Please, do not confuse the two.

My strongest memory of this dish, one I will always correlate with Mì Hoành Thánh is from 2009. We arrived into Saigon, Vietnam from a late, long flight and slurped up a bowl of this soup at 3:00 am. It was the perfect remedy for jet lag and fatigue.

As always, this recipe is my own rendition of a traditional dish without the MSG, the pre-packaged powders and as least sugar (or none in most cases) as possible. It may taste a little different than what the restaurants and Grandma may make, but kitchen experiments in Mama Melly’s Messhall are always ground-breaking!

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October 28, 2015

Half Dome

I despise going to the gym. You will NEVER find me on a casual run. However, ask me to join you on one of the world’s most difficult hikes… and I’m IN!


October 23, 2015

Melllypoo’s Chicken Soup to Cure the Common Cold

Autumn is here.

Unlike the rest of America, I am not rejoicing. Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, apple picking, boots… y’all can keep all that to yourself. I’ll take my flip flops and sundresses everyday around the clock, thank you.

However, I live in the wrong state (district, whatever) for my Anti-Autumn movement. I succumb to the frozen tundra that is 55 degrees F and am nursing the first “cold” of this tortuous season. I survive this weather with a multitude of soups, this one being a frequent flier in Mama Melly’s Messhall.

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September 12, 2015

Salmon Poké

Salmon Poké (rhymes with “oh-kay”) is a Hawaiian dish consisting of raw sushi-grade Salmon in a soy sauce- sesame oil mix. Traditionally, Ahi Tuna is the star of the dish but since I am a Salmon-lover I substituted and created a unique dish of my own preferred ingredients.

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My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. Finally I've come to believe that the true measure of our commitment to the rule of law, fairness, and equality cannot be measured by how we treat the rich, the powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.

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Bryan Stevenson

Author of "Just Mercy"