Chicken Tikka Masala Dinner

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“Chicken Tikka Masala” Cedar Park, 2020

Yummmm… Chicken Tikka Masala is a favorite at our house. And the homemade naan is so good! The problem is that there aren’t much in the way of leftovers because we all have seconds (and sometimes thirds). 😆

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“Big Naan” Cedar Park, 2020

I’ve been working from home for almost two weeks now, and it’s been going pretty smoothly. Being with the family 24/7 has not been difficult, since we all are busy with our individual activities. Bay’s architecture classes keep him working into the evening, Mariko is busy baking, I’m working in our home office room, and Koa is practicing his music and keeping up with his schoolwork (although classes haven’t started for him yet). Our breakfast and lunches are kind of on an as-needed basis, with each of us choosing what to eat, but dinner time we’ll all eat together, just as we always have (before Bay left for college). It’s nice to have all of us at the dinner table! ❤️

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“Hello, Kitty” Cedar Park, 2020

I hope you had a good day, and hope you are healthy and well!

またね~

Sukiyaki Dinner

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“Sukiyaki” Cedar Park, 2019

Sukiyaki is another great meal for a chilly evening. Cooking at the dinner table is really fun too!

Cold Weather Food – Nabé (Hotpot)

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“Nabé Dinner” Cedar Park, 2019

Austin got hit by an Arctic wind today, which started out at 70 ° F, but dropped to the 40s by the evening. But that means the nabé (hotpot) dinner is even yummier! Tonight’s nabé was a simple kombu broth with noodles, hakusai, tofu, and ground pork. The dipping sauce was a crisp ponzu with chili flakes and green onion. It was super! After we ate most of the nabé, the tradition is to put some leftover rice into the broth, cook a bit and then add beaten egg to make a yummy hot porridge. Topped with some nori, it’s the perfect way to finish the meal.

I have to mention that we also opened a bottle of this special saké, which complemented the hotpot nicely. 🍶

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“Yummy Saké” Cedar Park, 2019

I usually dislike cold weather, but having hotpot on a chilly evening makes it worth it! 😌

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Lani’s Best Friend over for Burger Dinner

"Almost Human" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Almost Human” Cedar Park, 2019

こんばんは。This evening a friend came over for dinner and I think the one who was most excited to have a guest over was Lani. She always gets extra treats, so it’s understandable. 😊 It was funny that when Lani recognized who was at the door, she went nuts and did a few laps around the house in excitement. She’s so funny.

Tonight’s menu included burgers and sliders, homemade fries, and a couple of yummy and fancy salads. And Mariko baked some fresh buns for the burgers so it was extra-good!

"Slider" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Slider” Cedar Park, 2019
"Homemade Fries" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Homemade Fries” Cedar Park, 2019
"Broccoli Salad" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Broccoli Salad” Cedar Park, 2019
"Fresh-baked Buns" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Fresh-baked Buns” Cedar Park, 2019
"Tomatoes" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Tomatoes” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~

Third Birthday Dinner: から揚げ and Cake

”から揚げ" Cedar Park, 2019
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”から揚げ” Cedar Park, 2019

Tonight we celebrated Koa’s birthday with a third birthday dinner! The first one was last weekend at the Brazilian Steakhouse, the second one was a dinner Koa spent with his friend, and tonight was one of his favorite home-cooked meals, から揚げ Japanese fried chicken. We actually have this quite often because everyone loves it, but I was really looking forward to it. 😄

And we also enjoyed a delicious homemade birthday cake! Mariko’s cakes are way better than most you buy here in the States… her cakes are less-sugary, and made with fresh, natural ingredients. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but her desserts are superb!

"Birthday Cake" Cedar Park, 2019
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“Birthday Cake” Cedar Park, 2019

I hope you had a nice day!

またね~