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.
The annual blue water fix is pure detox.
Since my last post, I have been traveling 'all over creation' for 16 days. Apologies for the long stretch between posts and thank you all for hanging with me. Casa Batllo, Barcelona
Where did Feeding My Ohana go?!
LA for work. O'ahu to go home. Barcelona for work (really, it was work). Boston on the way back. Slept in my bed for only 2 days since mid-February. Taken in a few of the sights and here are a few observations:
1) Every day is a good day for Ko'Olina. Everyone should swim in water this clear.
2) Travel internationally using an international airline. The Pru in blue
Nice, nice and nicer. Warm towels, bigger seats.
3) Binge-watching Downton Abbey is a great way to pass the time on a trans-Atlantic flight.
Does that nasty under-butler get his comeuppance? And will Lady Mary ever be happy? These are things I need to know.
4) Take in the sights even if it's just for an hour.
I skipped lunch to see the Casa Batllo, one of Antoni Gaudi's signature buildings.
How could I not when it was a 3-minute walk from my hotel?
So worth it, even if it meant staying up late to finish some work. I'm also happy to report I had a chance to see La Sagrada Familia, Barrio Gotico and the Barcelona Cathedral in a series of short bursts of power-sightseeing.
5) Boston, I have missed you.
Shopping and city walking. There is a clear difference between 35 and 26 degrees. My exact words about 26 degrees at high noon were, "Holy crap, it's cold!"
Happy to report that Birdie #1's flying lessons are going quite well.
6) There's no place like home.
I missed Birdie #2 and my own bed.
I love granola, usually as my go-to 'squirrel food' lunch--yogurt, granola, nuts and some sort of berry.Who knew granola was nothing more than baked oats?!
Take a can of this (see left). Old fashioned rolled oats. Use the whole container.
The recipe calls for unsweetened flaked coconut, coated in canola oil. Baking coconut flakes could literally be a recipe for disaster. But it was too easy not to try.
And the results were very tasty. More importantly, I didn't set a fire in the oven this time.
This is the result. It's so easy there are so many variations to try. I love the flexibility of these kinds of recipes.
Our version is coconut, sunflower seeds and dried raspberries.
Next time, maybe cinnamon, dried apples and pecans. The mixture of oil, honey and maple syrup is really all you need to flavor the granola. Then add whatever nut and dried fruit strikes your fancy.Click here
for the recipe.
Panini for Meatless Monday
Meatball sandwiches. Originally slated planned for spaghetti and meatballs, as I made a big batch of of meatballs
. The only noodles we had were chow-fun noodles. Not Going to Work. At All. Thankfully, we had mozzarella cheese and ciabatta.Meatless MondayRoasted Tomato
and Eggplant Panini.
Roast tomatoes and eggplant at the same time and then quick work for panini.TuesdaySpaghetti
and Meatballs. After a trip to the grocery for pasta, with the leftover sauce and meatballs. With green salad and leftover bread from Sunday.
Meatless WednesdayFalafel Stop
. A happy discovery. It has been approved by my Israeli friends, who proclaim that it is similar to Tel Aviv street food. Feed two adults and a ravenous teenager for a little more than $20. It's meatless and yet everyone is happy. We even have leftovers for lunch. Soon they will also start serving meat (shawarma).
Send us some snow!
Last week was a blur with sending kids back to school both locally and not-so-locally.
Note to parents of college and high school-aged children
It Does Not Get Easier to see your bouncing baby (at least in your eyes) go solo through security and off and away.
And the corollary--
It's rather painful for the child at home because Teenage Boys Do Not Appreciate Being Smothered. At All.
So this mother is cooking and then sending a food care package, of course! Here's what's cooking this week.
Bought mushroom/artichoke pasta with pesto sauce. If it didn't come in a takeout container, it still counts as cooking.
Tuesday in the OvenMayonnaise Chicken
, roasted tomatoes
and roasted asparagus
. Maximize the oven. Plus, the radiant heat carries over into where we watch TV. With store-bought jalapeno cheddar bread, pickled lemons from Israel and homemade pickled green beans.WednesdayOrange salsa pork chops
, chard and jasmine rice. Another 1-pan dinner, plus rice cooker.ThursdaySpicy turkey burgers
and roasted sweet potatoes.Mollusca FridayClam and canellini bean soup
. And bread for sopping things up.
There may be some change-ups as I just noticed that this week is a little rice-light. Also trying to make homemade granola. It uses flaked coconut, so I hope not to set the oven on fire. Again.
You already know how much we love Vancouver, home of Japadog
, Tim Horton's, prime time hockey and at least three forms of clean public transportation.
Our ex-pat Canadian friends have only reinforced Canadian awesomeness. For the record, they brought these goodies back from Calgary, which is Canadian for "The North Pole".
In addition to candy canes in shaped like hockey sticks, we received a bounty of goodies, all found at Walmart and Safeway north of the border. Way, Way North, in the case of Calgary.
These are our treats.Gingerbread Oreos
How can this not make you happy? First off, the packaging is just so darned cute. If you have Canadian friends, tell them you want this. I like them better than regular Oreos.
Mr. Christie Maple Creme CookiesWe found these on our last trip to Vancouver. We are currently fighting over allocation. I also heard a rumor that there was serious hoarding going on at a college campus attended by said ex-pat Canadian friends.We see it as our mission to spread the word on fantastic Mr. Christie cookies. Remember, don't settle for TJ's on this one. It Is Not The Same At All. Find Canadian friends or use the Internet. Maple = Yes. Moose = ?! Maple Moose Potato ChipsLay's Canada held a contest for the next potato chip flavor and Maple Moose beat out Grilled Cheese and Ketchup, Creamy Garlic Caesar and Perogy Platter.
According the press release in from the WSJ
, Maple Moose is supposed to evoke the "tradition of outdoor cooking during cool autumns" with a "sweet smoky flavor."
Does anyone know what moose tastes like? While I love
our Canadian pals, I'm sorry to report this was not maple-ey and I'm pretty sure it wasn't moose-ey either.
Independent household focus testing was conducted, we all, without biasing each other, came up that it tastes, well, like firewood. It definitely nails smoky.
This one I don't get, but it was fun to try.
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.
Wrinkle-free, worry-free kuromame
On this last day of 2013, I bid farewell to canned kuromame.
For the record, my mother and aunty do not make it from scratch, writing it off as "too much humbug."
Enter Aunty Google. Lots of complicated advice. Most require sitting by a hot stove for about 8 hours. And having a specialized piece of equipment called an otoshibuta
a wooden cover that you put on top of the kuromame. Another old-school traditional recipe called for adding 3-4 rusty nails.Most include dire warnings of unsightly wrinkles forming. This will result in eternal embarrassment at New Year's gatherings.
Consider yourself warned. Now seek the protective magic of the crock pot. Decidedly un-Japanese, but makes for darn-near-perfect texture. And no wrinkles. Or cracks, also an embarrassment.I used the Honolulu Star Advertiser to start. Anyone who is a print subscriber can download the original recipe. I made adjustments because I didn't want use a bag and a half of dried kuromame, and the original sounded it like it would make A LOT of kuromame. I also added a finishing sauce to intensify the flavor.Click here
for what I did. You still have time to make this for New Year's.Wishing you and your ohana a healthy, happy 2014!
Chili sans carne
Our household really likes chili. A lot.
With the addition of this no-meat chili, Feeding My Ohana can make a 5-day chili meal plan. I don't recommend this, but this reflects the depth of devotion to all things chili.
This Meatless-Monday chili has quickly climbed to #2 on the depth chart, second only to faux Zippy's.
Nice to find a cold-weather vegetarian, non-Christmas recipe.
Make it for boxing day! Click here
for what we did.
Nashi flavor Gari-Gari Kun
is a brand of Japanese popsicle we discovered on our trip to Japan. Well, not exactly. One of our travel mates discovered them at Nijiya and then turned us onto them when she found them at a 7-11 in Tokyo. 100Yen of ono perfection on a ridiculously hot and humid July night.
Their Japanese website can be found by clicking here
, and if you turn on Google translate, it will give you some pretty high-larious translations of product names--Mr. Rasping and Kickass were my favorites. Until now, we had always gotten the Ramune (blue) flavor, aka Soda Candy Mr. Rasping.
Fast forward to November. Gari-Gari Kun offers nashi (Japanese pear) flavor, which I think are even better than Ramune flavor.
Well worth getting an ice-brain and the shivers for in November. I bought both Ramune and Nashi flavor at Marina market, and have also seen Ramune flavor at Nijiya and Mitsuwa.
Pears are fall/winter fruit, so I'm calling this a seasonal treat.