Monday, July 30, 2007

what? another election?

Well, it turned out that it was too hot and humid to go galivanting yesterday, but since I still needed some things for dinner, I did go grocery shopping while Satoshi went to his German class. The supermarket was packed! I guess everyone knows that it is a great place to cool off.

I decided to make a variation of the reisei pasta that I made the other day. Instead of tuna, I added tako(octopus), some lemon juice and lettuce. Very refreshing!

And for dessert, I made mini blueberry clafoutis. I used the same recipe I posted before, put some lemon zest into the batter and topped the clafoutis with lavender sugar. Heavenly!

Since there was nothing but election results on tv tonight (what? another election?)we were watching some DVDs--(can you believe Japan is having another election? At least the loud speakers during Kat's nap time were non-existent this time around.) Awhile back I told you about Li Hing popcorn which I picked up while I was home? Well, we finally got around to eating the next flavor that I picked up....Korean BBQ.

I was quite disappointed with this one. Somehow the flavor packet was weak and tasted mostly of furikake and arare. And why is it that the arare (rice crackers) that come with the furikake are always stale? I wonder if they get stale when you mix it with the butter? Maybe the packaging isn't very airtight. Either that or I'm spoiled with the fresh arare that I eat here. I have a feeling it might be the latter.

So back to the election, Satoshi says it is because the rest of the government do not like the current prime minister, so they are having an election to change the prime minister. Apparently whichever party wins, that political party gets to choose who will be the new prime minister. Satoshi says most times the very second the political party wins and chooses someone, the rest of the government wants to change the guy in charge. So someone chosen for 4 years could get kicked out half-way or several months into his term. Definitely not very good for world relations.

If you ask me, I think they have too many political parties in Japan, which causes a lot problems, kind of like when there are too many chefs in the kitchen? But since I can't vote here, I guess I can't grumble too much about it other than I wish they would do all of their elections in one swoop and stop using their loud speakers to campaign (especially during my nap time!)

Have a great week.


SteamyKitchen said...

Korean BBQ flavored popcorn?!?!?! I must must get some!!!

I wonder if I can find online.

SteamyKitchen said...

hee hee! I'm buying the 18 pack special!!!

::me SO HAPPY!!!::

Kathy YL Chan said...

lol, and all this time I thought I was the only one who always ended up with stale arare with my hurricane popcorn! :) I bet it's something to do with the packaging...
I once gave a pack of the popcorn to my friend on the mainland, she was absolutely horrified by the 'liquid butter', and replaced it with olive oil...much healthier, but I doubt it tasted nearly as good!

K and S said...

I hope you like it Jaden!

Okay, Kathy, so it wasn't just me and the stale arare, lol. Olive oil might be healthier, but gotta use the "fake butter"!

Take care you two.

Rowena said...

Kat you sure know how to make a foodie like me go nuts! First tako, then blueberry clafoutis with lavender sugar, and then the flavored popcorn?!

It was when I read how you likened the japanese politics to too many chefs in the kitchen did I get a big laugh. So true!!

OkiHwn said...

Yah, hated this past weekend with the loudspeaker trucks going back and forth all day long - both days! So very irritating!

K and S said...

Since it is too hot to go out, nothing else better to do than eat, Rowena :) Glad I made you laugh.

Ooh the loud speakers were in your area, Nate. I was amazed that they didn't come around once in ours.

Take care you two.

Anonymous said...

octopus on a pasta, that is very interesting :) should try that one at home. cheers..

K and S said...

I hope you like it ODG!

Take care and thanks for stopping by.