Best Dinner

Nov. 8th, 2014 08:20 pm
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 Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich:

2 thick slices of Acme's Pain de Mie Bread
4 slices of pepper jack cheese
salted butter

1. Butter both sides of each slice of bread. Heat a frying pan.
2. Toast the slices on one side until browned. 
3. Flip bread over. Put cheese on previously toasted side and place other slice on top, toasted side facing the cheese.
4. Toast both sides of sandwich until browned, and cheese is melted.


Follow with an organic cameo apple. 

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I made this the other day, and it was really good! From Orange Page 12/02/10 issue.

Bulgogi style daikon and pork

Ingredients (2 people) half (about 500 g)
Thin sliced pork belly...100 gr
Garlic chives...half a bunch
Mochi...3 blocks

gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)...1 1/2 Tbsp
miso, shoyu...1 tsp each
sake, sesame seeds, sugar, sesame oil...1 Tbsp each


1) Cut the daikon into 3 cm rounds, peel, then cut 1 cm vertically and 1 cm horizonally. Put on a plate, cover a wet paper towel and plastic wrap, then microwave for 3 minutes.
Cut off ends of garlic chives then cut into 3 cm pieces. Cut mochi into 3 cm pieces. Cut the meat into 2 cm pieces. Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl.

2) Heat 1 Tbsp of sesame oil in a pan, then cook the meat in it. Once it's changed color, add the daikon, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until the daikon has softened, then add the mochi and the sauce and cook for 2 - 3 minutes. Once the mochi is soft, add the garlic chives and stir it all around. Put on a plate and sprinkle with some sesame seeds. Eat with white rice.

(618 calories, 2.3 g of salt per person)
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I made this cake for my office's potluck this week, and it was a huge hit. This is hands down the best chocolate cake I've ever made. It's amazingly moist, and the frosting is fluffy and soft too. What's the secret? Mayo! I know it sounds weird, but give this a try! You won't be sorry!!

Ingredients and Directions )
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In my search for what to make for dinner tonight, I came across this lovely food blog by charmingly handsome Irish food bloog/cook, Donel Skehan.

The photos are gorgeous and the recipes look delicious. I'm really excited to try some of these.

My favs so far:

Avocado, Parmesan, and Rocket Pasta

Crispy Hasselback Potatoes

Marshmellow Mermaid Pie

Chili, Lime and Garlic Prawns

Mini beef and mushroom pies

ETA: Apparently there's a reason Donel is charmingly handsome. He's also a member of the chart-topping Irish pop group, Industry.


Mar. 2nd, 2011 11:12 am
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It's very rainy, and quite cold today. I'm very glad to be inside - especially with my London Fog Tea Latte.

I ran across this recipe for Irish Stew, which uses beef instead of lamb, and I'm seriously craving it now. How perfect for a day like today!

I've been doing some sewing lately, for the first time in ages, and I'm starting to toy with the idea of trying to make some clothes for myself. (I've only ever made costumes for Halloween, or back in high school, cosplay.) As I looked through this months issue of Vivi, it seemed to me that many of the clothes would be easy enough to make myself.

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I'm in the mood to order some books. Maybe I will.
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I can't believe it's November already! Fall is a bit of a confusing thing here in the East Bay - it tends to be the warmest months of the year, which means you can find yourself in shorts and a t-shirt in late October! Today, for example, I sat out for lunch in only a sundress. But the actually realities of the local climate aside, November means Fall, especially to an girl born and raised in the East Coast, like me. No matter how many years I've been here (four as of yesterday!) I can't shake that image of Fall: a chill in the air, vibrant sunsets, that dry smell of leaves, crisp red apples, thick wool sweaters, and hot cider.

Thanks to Nigel Slater's column in the guardian, I've been indulging in a good old fashion autumnal mood. I just want to go home and bake his toasted hazelnut cookies.
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Soy Milk Nabe

Thinly Sliced Pork (shabu shabu)...200 g
Hiki-age yuba*...4 pieces
Enoki pack
lettuce...half a head
Dashi...3 cups

A Sake...2 Tbs
Light soy sauce...1 Tbs
salt...1 tsp

soy milk...2 cups
shichimi tougarashi...scant


1. Cut the yuba into 1 cm pieces
2. Cut off the stems of the enoki, and cut out the core of the lettuce and then cut the lettuce into 1 cm pieces.
3. Boil the dash in the pot, add A, add the meat and when it's changed color, add the yuba and simmer until soft.
4. Add the lettuce and simmer on low until soft.
5. Add the soy milk and bring to a boil again, then add the pepper and shichimi and eat.


Cook the veggies and meat in the dashi. When soy milk gets to hot it can separate, so cooking the food through first makes this dish taste better.

Put in the soy milk after the ingredients are cooked. Dont' let the soy milk get too hot, it should be just warm enough not to get cold while you're eating.

* Yuba is made from soy milk skin.

recipe from Atsu!Atsu!Ninki no nabemono 101, published by shufu no tomo.


Jun. 17th, 2010 12:35 pm
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Cabbage and Anchovy Pasta by Yukie (recommended for how to use up half a cabbage)

- finely chop cabbage, and soak in hot water
- fry up anchovies
- mix with pasta
- eat!

My co-workers always have such yummy lunches - today they had rice, salmon, cucumbers, a gobo/kinpira side dish, and a rolled omelet thing with greens. The whole Japanese idea of okazu - how you need to have many little side dishes along with your main dish, is tiring to think about doing, but I'm kind of envious. Myabe I should start making some from that Yasai Cook book I got in J-town.
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Oooh. This salad looks sooo good. Fresh figs, buffalo mozz, parma ham and ressing of balsamic vinegar, honey, lemon juice and black pepper. <3 WANT.

Also: Apple Tart with Lavender Cream

Oooh Fish Baked in Salt</>. I've made that before, but not Jamie's recipe. Infused salt sounds like a good idea.

Moving on from Jame to Serious Eats:

Korean Roasted Fish Looks so good!

There is a Ramen Museum in Shin-Yokohama. How did I not know that? I went to Shin-Yokohama all the time for dance class. I wanna go to it!!
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I really want to do some cooking. I haven't done any proper cooking in AGES.

Right now I really want to make this:

Red Cooked Pork

The recipe says: It's one of the least fiery dishes in the entirety of Hunan cuisine, and very easy to make at home. What omnivore can resist a dish of braised pork cooked with sugar, cinnamon, chilis, and star anise?
(I just found out the great butcher in the ferry building has pork belly!!)

and this:

Caramel Apple Cake

Chunky wedges of tender fresh apple, embedded in a delicious cinnamon-vanilla scented cake. Then enrobed with caramel, loaded with toasted walnuts, then lightly showered with a coarse-flake sea salt finish, which peaks the flavor of both the walnuts and caramel.

How good does that sound~~

oritsu_luv: (blond puppies)
Last night I spent most of the evening watching Kat-tun's new Queen of Pirates concert. It was quite an amusing way to spend an evening sick, as it was by turns hot, cool, ridiculous, cringe-worthy and hysterical. I have a newfound respect for Bakanishi. Who knew he could sing so well? (I mean really in Johnny's terms, he's incredible.)

I also read Brendon/Brian Kinney - something I never thought would work, but it worked so so well. Guh.

I talked to my mom on the phone and she told me about an article about spicy South Asian soups to help get rid of colds in yesterday's NY Times.

Hank e-mailed me the recipes. This one sounds so good I just want to make it right now!

How lucky am I that I have the Bowl, where I can get things like lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, and probably fresh turmeric too? Maybe I will make this this weekend!!

Soto Ayam (Indonesian Chicken Soup With Noodles and Aromatics) )


Nov. 14th, 2009 09:28 am
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I have a cookbook (in Japanese) called Atsu!Atsu Ninki no Nabemono 101 (Hot!Hot! 101 Popular Hot Pots)
which I have yet to make anything from, but which strikes me as perfect for the coming winter.

I've been dying for sukiyaki ever since I bought it. It's perfect for a cold winter night with friends!

Here's the recipes for both Kansai and Kanto Style Sukiyaki.

Kansai Style Sukiyaki )

Kanto Style Sukiyaki )


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