Simple is Good

"Oyakodon" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Oyakodon” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。How’s it going?

I feel like I must have about a dozen of these posts… a photo of oyakodon and a short paragraph about it being my favorite food. So this time, I’ll just say that we had oyakodon tonight because Mariko was going out with her friend for fondue and this is a super quick prep meal. Basically, she cooked the chicken, broth, and onion in a skillet, then left it for me to finish preparing when the kids came home. That just involved adding five eggs and some green onion to the skillet and cooking it all up. Finally, I served it over rice, put some nori on top, and voila – dinner is served! 😄

I hope you had a nice day!


Curry Nite 2

"Curry and Eggs" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Curry and Eggs” Cedar Park, 2018

こんばんは。As you can see from the photo, it was Curry Nite at our house! Actually, this is day-2 curry, so it’s even better… and we cooked up a few eggs that my coworker’s chickens “donated” to us. The yolks are really bright and tasty, although in the photo I bumped up the vibrance a bit because I like the look.

We still have a lot of curry leftover, so it will probably go into the freezer so we can enjoy it farther down the road. Curry is one of the big three in Japanese home-cooking as far as I’m concerned. The other two being Oden and Nabe. But you can’t beat a big pot of curry IMHO!

I hope you had a nice Wednesday!


#1 Meal

"Favorite Meal" Cedar Park, 2018
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“Favorite Meal” Cedar Park, 2018

こなばんは。 How’s it going?

Tonight Mariko went out to a movie with a friend, but before she left, she prepared my favorite meal for us: oyakodon (親子丼). I’ve mentioned it before, but the word “oyakodon” means “parent and child donburi”, and it refers to it being chicken and egg. Kind of macabre, but oh so yummy!

Anyways, Mariko prepared the chicken, onion, and broth and left the covered pan on the stove for us to finish cooking. I basically just had to add the lightly beaten eggs and cook until the desired doneness. Sometime we’ll top it with nori (seaweed) and/or scallion, but tonight, we just had it plain with a bit of hot pepper. To me, it’s a perfect meal!

When I lived in Japan I used to go to a bento place called Hokka Hokka Tei. It was fast, convenient, and inexpensive. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of oyakodon back then, my favorite dish was a similar one called “katsu-ju”, which was breaded pork cutlet with egg on rice. Mmmmm! If I remember correctly, it was one of the more expensive items on the menu, at around 500 yen. But if I was short on cash that day, the noriben was also yummy, and only something like 220 yen. I miss those days!


In other news, I caught up with Segodon (episode 10 currently) and am still enjoying it. The character Princess Atsu (played by Kitagawa Keiko) is the subject of another Taiga drama from several years ago, Atsuhime (hime=princess). I’m going to start watching that one too, but at 50 episodes, it’s going to be a long haul. 😀

I hope you had a nice Monday!


Saké and Karaage

"New Saké" Cedar Park, 2018
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“New Saké” Cedar Park, 2018


からあげをたべました!すごいおいしかった。Tonight we had karaage for dinner. It was so good! And also, as you can see in the first photo, we enjoyed a bit of saké. 🍶 It’s a bottle that we picked out at the market in California while we were on vacation. Just a small taste before we ate. It’s a school night after all. 😆

"Karaage Plate" Cedar Park, 2017
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“Karaage Plate” Cedar Park, 2017

It seems like we had karaage not too long ago, but it’s always a welcome dinner. When Mariko told me we were having it, I said, “Yay!” When I told Bay, he said, “Yay!” When I told Koa, he said, “Really? Yay!” So we all enjoyed it. Koa like to have his with plenty of freshly squeezed lemon, Bay prefers his with a bit of Kewpie mayo, and I like it both ways, and also with a bit of salt to dip in. So yummy!

I hope you had a nice Thursday.


Simple Yummy

"Simple Curry" Cedar Park, 2017
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/40 sec, ISO3200
“Simple Curry” Cedar Park, 2017

Mariko made a nice beef curry with onion, potato, and jalapeño. Over hot rice, it’s hard to beat! 🍛