In a couple of weeks, Bay will head back to school in Houston, but he’ll be living off-campus which means that he needs to prepare his own meals. Therefore, he’s been practicing some new recipes at home and working on his kitchen skills. The dishes that he’s prepared for us have been yummy and tonight’s was no different.
The Coconut-Miso Salmon Curry recipe is from the Kay Chun/New York Times and didn’t look too difficult although there were a couple tricky parts. Mariko is an amazing cook so she helped guide Bay through the parts he was unsure about. I helped out with the easy tasks, such as showing Bay how I would cut the onion, collecting the basil from the garden, and keeping the surfaces tidy.
It’s lots of fun, and so satisfying to watch Bay keep learning new skills and growing as a person. 😊
Pizza nights are always great, but especially when there’s a baker in the family who knows how to make a delicious crust! I helped with the toppings, but the crust is probably the most critical part of the pizza to me. 💗🍕
The miso-glazed cod from Costco was just okay. The fish was moist, the texture was nice, and it looked yummy, but there wasn’t a whole lot of flavor… it’s probably not a keeper for us. However, Mariko’s homemade side dish of watermelon radishes with bacon in a cream sauce was amazing! I’m looking forward to more of that, but we usually don’t think of radishes when we shop. Maybe we should change that?
The karaage that Mariko makes is always oishii, but tonight we had fresh lettuce leaves too! It was a really nice complement to the savory chicken. It reminded me of eating Korean barbecue with the lettuce leaves. 💗
Tonight we had carnitas tacos for dinner, which is one of my favorite foods. In fact, whenever carnitas is on the menu at the restaurant, it immediately jumps to the top spot among the other dishes. 😀
I used this Instant Pot Carnitas recipe today, which is a new one for me. It’s similar to others I’ve used, but it adds a decent amount of lime juice to the meat before cooking which was something that I hadn’t done before. The rest of the family said they didn’t taste the lime, but I think it added a little something extra which was good. Overall, I liked this recipe a lot, and will use it again. It’s not too heavily spiced, so the flavor of the pork comes through nicely. A previous recipe had me add a can of chipotle peppers to the meat, and while it tasted good, it overpowered the meat and is not what I was used to. So I prefer this simpler recipe. And the Instant Pot makes it incredibly easy to make!
We enjoyed the meat with corn tortillas, Serrano peppers, cilantro, onion, lime, and avocado. We also had a jar of homemade salsa from a friend, which complemented the dish perfectly. It was a yummy meal for sure. 🌮💗