Valentine’s Bagel

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“Valentine’s Bagel” Cedar Park, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day! 💕

Lunar New Year Dinner

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“Chinese Dinner” Cedar Park, 2021

I braved the freezing weather to pick up a few dishes from Hunan Bistro, which is a Chinese restaurant we really like. Our favorite dish is Toothpick Lamb, but we also got mabo tofu, Sichuan eggplant, pork with tofu, and fried rice. For Lunar New Year, we usually travel down to San Antonio to celebrate at my cousin’s house, where she throws a huge party. But because of COVID-19, we’re spending a quiet dinner at home. Hopefully next year we’ll be able to travel to see more family… crossing fingers!

Anyways, here’s to a prosperous year of the Ox!

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~

Hot Pot for a Cold Day

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“Hot Pot” Cedar Park, 2021

As the temperature outside starts to drop, it’s time to turn up the heat inside our stomachs! This hot pot was made using the Little Sheep brand hot pot mix, and included tofu, chicken, fish meatballs mushrooms, noodles, and greens. I ate so much and got so warm! We don’t have Chinese hot pot often, but I think we need to change that. 🌶🔥

A Pair of Pizzas

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“Spicy Pork Pizza” Cedar Park, 2021

Tonight’s pizzas: Spicy Marinated Korean Pork Belly and Loaded Baked Potato. Both were yummy, but of course I preferred the spicy one! 😊

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“Loaded Potato Pizza” Cedar Park, 2021