Autumn Nabe

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“Nabe” Cedar Park, 2020

Although the weather here is still warm, the feeling of Autumn has arrived and that means it’s time to eat some cooler-weather food! Nabe is a hotpot type of dish, and today we had a yummy nabe of tofu, chicken meatballs, flat rice noodles, and assorted veggies. It was kind of a “clean out the fridge” meal, but oh-so-good!

The food was hearty and hot – in fact I was sweating a little bit during the meal. 😄

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“Nabe” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a good day. またね~

From the Sea

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“Oyster” Cedar Park, 2020

Mariko had a couple of friends over to celebrate a birthday (socially-distanced outside on the deck), and one of the goodies on the menu were delicious oysters! Topped with ikura, tobiko, wasabi, and a dash of ponzu, it was excellent.

Somewhat related, here’s a photo I took of another sea-creature, also deceased:

Photo info: motorola moto g(6), 3.95mm, f/1.8, 1/1200 sec, ISO100
“Mermaid” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a good day! 😆

Quick Rice & Peas

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“Rice Cooker Rice and Peas” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight I made jerk pork and rice & peas. The latter was made in the rice cooker using a simple recipe from Caribbeanpot.com. It wasn’t bad, but definitely could not compare to my mom’s rice & peas. I’d say this was maybe only 60% as good as her’s. But in a pinch, this recipe will do. Unfortunately we didn’t have any Scotch Bonnet peppers, but I used a quarter of a habañero and it had a good amount of heat.

I don’t know if we’ll be able to visit my folks this year at Christmas, which has me already missing my mom’s rice & peas, oxtail stew, stew peas, run-down crab, jerk chicken, plantain, and callaloo. I’m crossing my fingers though!

Sushi Nite at Home

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“Sushi Nite” Cedar Park, 2020

DIY sushi at home is so yummy! This time we had some shrimp tempura which was new for our sushi nite. I thought it was pretty good! My favorite has to be the hamachi with avocado and plenty of wasabi. But everything was delicious – what a treat! 🍣❤

Leftovers Hodgepodge

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“Hodgepodge Dinner” Cedar Park, 2020

Tonight’s dinner was a mix of leftovers and new sides. The casserole on the left is a mix of sliced pork belly (leftover from last night’s yakiniku dinner), kimchee, egg, and cheese. In the casserole dish on the right is Koa-friendly nachos, with cheese, chips, jalapenos, beans, red sauce, and grilled chicken. Then the sides are avocado with ponzu and katsuobushi, and fresh tomato.

I was a good fridge/pantry cleanup day, and a pretty tasty one at that. 😊

I hope you had a good day!