Curry Night

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“Beef Curry” Cedar Park, 2021

Tomorrow, Mariko is flying up to Indianapolis to watch Koa’s marching band perform in the Bands of America Grand Nationals. Since I’ll be home alone for a couple of nights, she made a big pot of beef curry so that I don’t starve. 😀

It’s so delicious! ❤🍛

Birthday Run and Katsu Curry Dinner

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“Critter Tracks” Cedar Park, 2021

Today happens to be my birthday, and to celebrate, I took the day off from work. 😄 So with time on my hands, I was wondering what to do… maybe go for a ride on my motorcycle? Maybe go for a long bicycle ride? But after all, I decided to go running. I’ve discovered that I really love it!

I ended up running on Brushy Creek Regional Trail and I felt so good that I completed my half-marathon challenge on Strava. It’s a really good feeling to know that at 53, I can still increase my distances and get stronger. I hope I can stay healthy for a good long time!

I admit that part of my motivation for running so far today was because I knew that I was going to feast on pork katsu curry for dinner. Normally I request oyakodon for my birthday dinner but I’ve been craving curry for a while now!

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“Katsu Curry” Cedar Park, 2021

All in all, I had a very nice birthday. I’m looking forward to my next year!

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“Let’s Run” Cedar Park, 2021

Curry Night

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“Fancy Curry” Cedar Park, 2021

American wagyu beef, pickled eggs, broccolini, and tomatoes… so good. It’s hard to beat curry-night! 🍛

Curry Take-Out

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“CoCo Take-Out” Torrance, 2021

I made it to my parents’ house, where I will stay a week. I’m not technically on vacation since I will be working, but I’m so happy to be here! My parents and I are fully vaccinated so it’s pretty safe to visit according the the CDC guidelines.

After arriving in Torrance and having a beer, we ordered take-out from CoCo Ichibanya and feasted! I had my level-10 curry of course. It was very spicy, but not as spicy as previous visits. Still, very, very good. I’m satisfied. 😊🍛❤

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“CoCo” Torrance, 2021

I hope you had a nice day! またね~

Making Japanese Curry (カレーライス)

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“Pot of Curry” Cedar Park, 2021

The cold weather continues, but so does the hot comfort food. Tonight’s dinner is classic Japanese curry over steamed rice (カレーライス)!

Each pot of curry is made a little differently, depending on ingredients we have on-hand, as well as how spicy we want it. Instead of just showing the finished product, here’s a general overview of the preparation… we don’t have exact measurements – we pretty much eyeball everything for this curry.

First, cook the veggies. This time, we started with garlic, then added onions, carrots, and a diced tomato.

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“Veggies for Curry” Cedar Par, 2021

After the veggies are softened, add warm/hot water to a “good” level. We had some potatoes in the pantry, so we added some potato chunks. See, you gotta just go with the flow on this recipe. 😄 Cover and cook until the potatoes are just about done.

While it was simmering, we cooked some sliced pork in a pan. It’s pretty greasy, so cooking it before adding to the pot is important.

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“Protein for Curry” Cedar Park, 2021

Next, we added the meat to the veggie stew, then covered and let it simmer for a little while longer until the potatoes were done.

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“Basic Stew” Cedar Par, 2021

After all that simmering the meat and veggies’ flavor has really come out. 😛

Now it’s time for the curry. Tonight, we used a mix of three different types. The total was about 9 pieces.

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“Curry Blocks” Cedar Park, 2021

The final step is to spice it up (if desired). We used some Scotch Bonnet hot sauce (about a tablespoon) and dried chili powder (about a teaspoon).

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“Pot of Curry” Cedar Park, 2021

Once all the curry is dissolved into the stew, it’s ready to eat! We like it over steamed rice, with boiled egg, and picked radish. Koa added cheese a la Coco Ichibanya.

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“カレーライス” Cedar Park, 2021

If you make Japanese curry, I’d love to know your technique! 🍛

またね~