Monday, January 06, 2014

the past couple of days

IMG_4814 Sorry it's been quiet here.

Satoshi went back to work today, so I'm back blogging...

On the 2nd, we visited MIL, she was in good spirits and was very chatty.

I'm glad we got to have lunch (sushi) with her and spend some time with her.

IMG_4816 On the 3rd, the weather was nice so we went to our neighborhood cafe, Hiro, for breakfast.

This is my favorite at the moment at this cafe...egg toast & salad. The bread they use for this is called "English bread". The slice is quite a long rectangle, the outside crisp, the inside is quite soft.

They add egg salad and toast it with a drizzle of mayo. It isn't overly goopy with mayo, just enough.

IMG_4818 This was how the skies looked on the 3rd.

While walking home, we got to see a Kawasemi (common kingfisher). I found this photo of it on Flickr.

I had often seen posters boasting that they were around near the Minoo river, but never saw one for myself. I'm glad we got a glimpse at one, they are quite teeny! and fast!

IMG_4822 That night we had pizza. We bought the crust and I topped it with salami and lots of onion and cheese.

Before baking the pizza, I sauteed the onions and salami...so good!

IMG_4828 On the 4th, the weather was cold but tolerable.

For dinner we had lemon chicken using my recipe for lemon sauce.

I used pre-made karaage (fried chicken) and served it on some broccoli, red bell pepper, yellow bell pepper, carrots & onions sauteed in olive oil.

IMG_4833 Yesterday the wind was icy and it was overcast for most of the day.

I wished it would snow or at least have flurries but Mother Nature wasn't listening to me.

For dinner we had beef broccoli.

Can you believe it was the first time I've ever made this?

I found a pretty easy recipe in "Hawaii's Best Local Dishes" by Janet Watanabe Hee.

I steamed my broccoli and set it aside.

And then I marinated my meat in this:
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons shoyu (soy sauce)
1 tablespoon ginger, crushed
2 tablespoons sherry or whiskey
2 tablespoons flour

NOTES: these measurements for the marinade are for 1 pound of meat and 2 pounds of broccoli and is supposed to serve 4.

I think I either marinated the meat too long (6 hours) or using whiskey was too strong or the amount of marinade was too strong for the amount of meat and broccoli I had because it tasted a bit boozy.

Before I cooked the meat, I sauteed some thinly sliced onion in some sesame oil, then added the meat to cook.

Since the meat was quite thick from the flour I kept adding water to keep things "loose".

Then I added the broccoli at the end just to heat through.

I would make this again but cut back the marinade to half.

So that's what we've been up to the past couple of days, how is your 2014 going so far?

7 comments:

jalna said...

I would love some of that pizza!

K and S said...

I'll make some for you, Jalna :)

Take care.
Kat

KirkK said...

Nice nigiri Kat. Man, beef broccoli...talk about one of those Chinese restaurant standards.

K said...

Mmm, that egg toast looks/sounds delicious!

K and S said...

Thanks Kirk :)

It is K :)

Take care you two.
Kat

Rowena... said...

Love the sushi (I am just beside myself here), the lemon chicken (is that pic from your new phone?) and the rest of your foodie moments. I've seen kingfishers here but boy are they ever difficult to photograph. Get lots of swans but they get so huffy when you go close.

K and S said...

yeah been using my phone to take pictures lately, Rowena, and I don't even have a "big" camera.

Take care.
Kat