Kaiware spaghetti from Curry House
This week, we aim for homey-food, even with one eating out day, and this is only because no one in the household can resist discount days at Curry House.
Here's what is cooking at home this week. No fancy-shmancy restaurants this week.Meatless MondayAlmost Alfredo Pasta
with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. This was a bit leftovers roulette using leftover packets of Parmesan and Gruyere cheese from quiche
Taking advantage of 20% off coupon from Curry House, and one of us extended to meatless Tuesday. Our local Curry House is also next door to Kee Wah Bakery so I had to get some sponge cake and taro buns.WednesdayFrom Scratch Pork Loin
made into sandwiches. With the rest of the arugula from Monday.ThursdayMediterranean Lamb Stir Fry
, while string beans and red peppers are still in season.Fish on FridayFurikake Salmon
, My Very Own Namasu
and Rice. All-purpose Japanese dinner. Or breakfast.
I'm looking forward to some creativity cooking and extras this weekend too, includingFurikake Chex Mix
so I can lay off the potato chips and bring some snacks into work.Sticky Rice with Mangoes,
I also saw a 'recipe' for sweet potato chips that I may try with Okinawan sweet potatoes.
There's no place like home! Especially the kitchen.
Not so pretty, but a good balanced taste
Like the pond scum drink
from awhile back, green curry is one of those things tastes so much better than it looks. And this is how we start October.Meatless MondayGreen Curry with Tofu
. Let's just say green curry doesn't photograph very well, even with A Lot of Filtering (see left). And tofu does it no favors. However, this was a Very Tasty Dinner. Green curry paste, a squinch of fish paste and a can of coconut milk. Plus nuts and dried cranberries. Yum.TuesdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. Everything about this makes for a happy weekday dinner.Ad-Hoc WednesdayNo recipe needed for dinner
. A sturdy meal of pasta with turkey sausage and arugula. Seasoned with white wine, chicken stock, pepper flakes and parmesan cheese.
The Working Parent.
End the week with this!
The week after Labor Day is what we all internalize as the first full go-to-work/school week. And lo and behold, a weekly menu on Monday.Meatless MondayGreek Pasta Salad
. Cukes, red peppers and tomatoes are all in season. Feta cheese and kalamata olives are available all year round. Perfect for outdoor dining for the full week after a holiday.TuesdayBulgogi Chicken
sandwiches. Apparently Korean food has become the new 'it' food. We've wrapped bulgogi a few times, but this time, we'll make sandwiches with kochjang mayo, summer tomatoes and green onion bread.WednesdayJapanese potato salad
for birdie #2. Another favorite that will get rotated in more frequently as now-in-college-Birdie #1 did not care for hard boiled eggs, corn or ham, which are all essential for this. Everyone is happy.ThursdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. We had this in Japan and I cannot stress how good this was in Japan. Mountains of shredded cabbage are everywhere there. We'll aim for reasonable facsimile.
Fish on FridayFish jun with kochojang sauce
. Not too long to make and never any leftovers. The latter is very important for anyone who has taken leftovers to work for lunch and experienced "Post-Fish-in-the-Community-Microwave" Syndrome. Blech. Ranks up there with "Burnt Microwave Popcorn" disorder and chronic condition of "Burnt Bottom of the Pot Coffee"
Have a good week all. September beginnings for all!
Everybody is officially back to school today. I love the cadence of the academic year, so here's to new beginnings with meals we haven't had in the rotation in quite awhile. Tart-style with fresh veggies!
Meatless MondayRat-pa-tooty Love me some Shoyu Fish!
. We haven't had this in such a long time. Long overdue with all the summer veggies in season.Cured Meat TuesdaySanny's Spam and String beans
. Another long-lost favorite. We're trying to save Spam for 'special' occasions. Like the Tuesday after Labor Day.WednesdayChicken Shawarma
. Birdie #2 really likes this, and it's not easy being the newly only child.
Meatless ThursdaySummer Soba Salad
. It's supposed to be 90 degrees out, so we shall not use the stove or oven.Fish on FridayOmi's Shoyu Fish
. Finally nice fresh fish. Halibut, cubed and dunked. I'm also trying to make mounds of cabbage and the dressing we had at the tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. This will make Birdie #2 happy as well.
Is it September already?! Have a good week all and to those celebrating the new year.
Finally, the summer tomatoes are in! Sweet 100s and the Early Girls are the most reliable, but in the Bay Area, all manner of warm, sweet tomatoes abound. Enjoy!
Sometimes, we like the comforts of "little kid" pasta. A simple meal of wagon wheels pasta with store-bought pesto, Parmesan cheese and roasted homegrown Sweet 100 cherry tomatoes.
To be eaten outside. Aaah summer, even on a Monday.
Vietnamese grilled pork, sliced tomatoes with a shot of balsamic vinegar, edamame and rice. Finally a new recipe from that fancy place known as the Inn Ternet.
WednesdayTacos with no mix
. Fresh tomatoes, or fresh tomato salsa if we get our act together.Definitely Not Kosher ThursdayBLTs and BLC&T panini sandwiches
. Because there are those days when you just need bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. With sharp Cheddar cheese. At the same time.Fish on FridaySick and Wrong Fish
. We will miss Hawaii this summer, so Hawaii food needs to come to us.
Feels like summer. Tastes like summer. Have a great week!
Eggplant with hot garlic sauce
Weekly meal planning, the improved and more organized method, is entering its second week. I wonder how long it will last? We are not meatless this week, but I am stretching 1/2 pound of very thinly sliced pork over two meals. And successfully feeding two teenagers, one of whom I'm pretty sure has a hollow leg.Almost Meatless MondayPan-fried noodles
. To feed a family of 4, I'm using 1/4 pound of thinly sliced pork, 6 bunches of baby bok choy, a large red pepper, 3 portabella mushrooms and a large zucchini. Family is happy.TuesdaySimple Spaghetti Sauce
. Awhile back, I made a humongous batch of meatballs and I'm cashing in that production this week. I'm also trying out San Marzano tomatoes. Is it worth all the fuss and higher price?
WednesdayMisoyaki Butterfish Furikake kale chips. Family fave.
or salmon with Edamame Rice
. It's been way too long since we had this.Almost Meatless ThursdayEggplant with Hot Garlic Sauce
, with 1/4 pound of pork and lots of eggplant, plus the convenience of ready-made sticky rice from Ranch 99. FridaySalt and pepper shrimp
, but using chicken, sauteed gai lan, and rice.
I really prefer the sweetness of shrimp, but that pesky crustacean food allergy means it's chicken.
ExtrasFurikake kale chips
. This is a really easy side/snack that never, ever leaves leftovers.Peach (apricot) Blueberry Cobbler
. 'Cots and blueberries went into the first cobbler of the season! Another one will be made this week while apricots are coming in.Pickle mango
. I BOUGHT
green mangoes. I PAID MONEY
for them. My Hawaii ohana is shaking their heads and ex-pat Hawaii people--feel my angst! It will be worth it for the first sweet/salty bite of fresh pickle mango.
Reflecting on all of those whose sacrifices allow us to be here. Have a good week all!
Today it is 88 degrees and sunny. Very hot for the Bay Area, so no stoves today. This week is all about cool, quick dinners. We may even eat outside! Here's what's cooking this week.
Cooking not required
Meatless MondayNa-omi-take tofu
. Temperature in the 90s in the Bay Area means no stove. A cool meal for this temporary blast of summer. We may even be in the pool today.TuesdayChicken Tikka Masala
. Trying out Safeway's brand of starter sauce as the Seeds of Change brand can be harder to find.Meatless WednesdaySimple Spaghetti
and a simple salad. A Feeding My Ohana Like-er recommends adding slivered almonds to salad. Genius! I'll probably toss in some dried cranberries as well. Pasta and salad is one of the best weekday dinners.Fish on ThursdayStuffed Tuna Melts. Again, minimal cooking.Plate Lunch FridayBulgogi
, Wonbok coleslaw
and rice. Short ribs cook really fast and with more daylight, Friday night grilling is on!
New recipe postedMy Daddy's Aburage Thingy
The first time
I made this, it was a little too much everything--sweet, salty, liquid-ey. Not Feeding My Ohana-worthy. However, I fixed all the above-noted troubles. It is now family-approved.
Working on a couple of new recipes this week. Stay tuned for mid-week posts!What are YOU cooking this week?
Hello warm weather!
With apologies to Midwest and East Coasters, who should kick the tar out of Punxsutawney Phil and his entourage for incorrectly predicting an early spring, we are going with warmer weather dinners this week. Meatless MondaySummer Soba Salad
. Something quick and light for a piano lesson and soccer practice evening.Processed Meat TuesdaySpam and String Beans
. I grew up in Hawaii and make no apologies for Spam. However, I do draw the line at Vienna sausages. Blech!Meatless WednesdayFrom Scratch Falafel
. I shape them more like a hash pattie so I don't have to deep fry. Experimental ThursdayThai Chicken Pizza Take 1
. Aiming for the CPK Thai chicken pizza, but adding more veggies--bean sprouts, carrots and red peppers. Plus a little more zing with lime juice. We shall see.Good Friday FishShoyu Fish Sandwiches and Spicy Asian Coleslaw.
The pasta with soy-rizo worked out well last week. No photos, but will post the recipe later this week.
Hang in there with the last bit of cold. Spring is on the way!
It takes about two weeks to get rid of all the sand and to lose da pidgin. Perpetuating the relaxing vibe will have to be done by photos and plate lunch dinners. The husband has been cooking more and added a couple too.
Ko'Olina #2. Inhale. Exhale. And it was crowded that day. This is the vibe to keep 'til next time.
Experimental MondaySpice Packet Indian Food
. While we have successfully taken pre-packaged taco
, Sloppy Joes
, spaghetti sauce
spice packets from the pantry, the husband decided to try Gobi Aloo
and Curry Vindaloo
packets. Just add water and vegetables! Gluten free! Ready in 15 minutes! All of that was true, and there were no leftovers, but not in a good way. We do not recommend pre-packaged spice packets.
Tried and True TuesdayTeriyaki Chicken
, musubi and chicken-less Chinese Chicken Salad
. Plate lunch dinner. Aaah, the Rainbow's vibeMeatless Wednesday
Butternut squash soup, made by the husband because he wants to try out the new hand mixer. I also hear that there's a good dollop of pistachios and heavy cream, so I'm sure this is going to be good.ThursdayPork Adobo Fried Rice.
Our homage to Elena's.Fish on FridayMisoyaki Butterfish
, if I can find butterfish, otherwise, it's Omi's Shoyu Fish
and Homestyle Mac Salad
. These have been out rotation for awhile and requested by the children.
Leaving home. Welcome home. What is your favorite plate lunch?
We seem to be a society of busy--where multitasking is standard operating procedure for improved efficiency.
Hmmm...methinks that is corporate malarkey. Today, I purposefully did NOT multitask. I made a write-it-down-on-paper-God-honest list of work items and household tasks, which included this post. I turned OFF Facebook, Twitter, Skype and my email, and just concentrated on the task (singular) at hand.
Full Disclosure: I had a conference call via Skype and had to turn that on, but did not email, check Facebook, or do other things during the call.
Teriyaki Salmon. Good weekday dinner.
The work got done, and it took less time than I thought. I went food shopping for the week, armed with another list, of course. I went running. And we had full and proper family dinner. The rest of the week is looking good too.Not-Multitasking MondayOrange Salsa Pork Chops
, green beans, Chinese chicken-less salad
and rice. Yep, made it in an hour.TuesdayTeriyaki Salmon,
musubi and the rest of the Chinese chicken-less salad. Definitely less than an hour.
Jambalaya freezes well.
WednesdayShrimp-less Sausage Jambalaya
. I will use chicken Andouille sausage and make a double batch. Shrimp doesn't freeze very well, and this is why it will be shrimp-less.ThursdayLoaded tuna melts.
Sandwich as dinner, perhaps with Kale Chips
or Parmesan Edamame
from Pinterest. I might opt for the lazy version of panini: toaster + microwave.
Meatless FridayKorean Mushroom Tofu and eggs scrambled with kimchee and green onions, based on a post from from Sandra's Easy Cooking. Because one block of tofu is not quite enough for the sky-high metabolism of the teenagers. Add Korean-style bean sprouts and purple rice to the party for another full and proper family dinner made less than an hour.
I'm not sure I'll be able to maintain the serial-process living, but it was less stressful than the here-and-there flitting about that is usually Multitasking Monday. What works for you?
Eat Well. Be Well.