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. 😄
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:
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!
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! 🍣❤
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. 😊