California fresh, I have missed you
Leftover curry + tonkatsu = Katsu curry!!
After travelmania, I'm very happy to be back home.
And so for Lent, I'm giving up eating like I'm traveling, and hopefully traveling too. This is not a sustainable pattern unless I'm planning on gaining a lot of weight or training to be some kind of Olympic athlete in a sport where middle-aged women can excel.
So here's what's cooking this week.Meatless MondayOn the Fly Orzo Salad
. With 70-degree weather and daylight savings kicking in, we may even eat outdoors.TuesdayChicken apple sausage with red peppers, onions and zukes
. I've noticed that Spaniards and Bostonians do not believe chicken sausages. No recipe required.
(Leftover Japanese curry
stored from the freezer + Tonkatsu
and salad.Nearly Meatless ThursdayOkonomiyaki
with kamaboko and a bit of char siu. Easy comfort food and minimal meat.Fish on FridaySimple Salmon
baked with rock salt and fresh cracked pepper (no dill this time), rice, and roasted asparagus and tomatoes. I may add some tea rice at the end.
We had the fancy version of this at the Pineapple Room a couple of weeks ago, but it will be nice to have the home cooked simplicity.
Thank you all for keeping me honest with the weekly menu schedule. Your support is much appreciated!
Aloha to all.
Happy New Year of the Horse!Christmas and New Year's leftovers have been eaten, so it's time to, well, get back on the horse and start cooking for a temporarily full house again.
Comfort food is cooking this week.Meatless MondayFrom-scratch falafel
, that we make into patties, with dollop of yogurt/cucumber/dill sauce and a few squeezes of Sriracha sauce.TuesdayZippy's Chili When You Are Far Away
. Chili and rice always makes us happy.WednesdayMayonnaise chicken
, with a little Parmesan cheese thrown in. ThursdayBacon cauliflower macaroni and cheese
. By request of college kid who makes her mother happy by faithfully reading this blog. I guess we'll pay her tuition for next semester.Fish on FridaySalt and Pepper Shrimp
. I can only eat a few, but man are they good!
Have a good week all! To my many pals who will be in Las Vegas at CES this week, take care of your tootsies and enjoy at hot chocolate at the Sugar Factory.
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!