Saturday, February 15, 2014

odds & ends

IMG_5293 Not enough days to blog about everything, so this post is packed with randomness...

Yesterday, we had snow, all.morning.long.

Luckily, I didn't have anything planned, so I stayed indoors and made this brownie dessert for Valentine's.

I used milk chocolate since that is what Satoshi likes. I didn't add sugar to the recipe since I was using milk chocolate and I also made a glaze/frosting for the brownies...don't ask me how much butter I used...gasp!

IMG_5172 Earlier this month, we had some Chinese food for Chinese New Years at Lei Can Ting.

I don't think anything on my plate was traditionally Chinese New Years food, but it was fancy and really delicious.

There was a piece of shrimp coated with a sweet mayonnaise, daikon cake, half a piece of spring roll, some steamed dim sum, salad, a soup with a gyoza in it and for dessert a jin dui filled with sweet bean paste...oh an a bowl of congee topped with crunchy spring roll skins, pieces of pickled daikon and green onions...whew!

You can see close-ups of everything here, here, and here.

IMG_5157 Had to try Deb's caramelized pineapple with dark chocolate, after seeing her version, here.

I didn't grill mine, just used a non-stick pan, and my sugar coating was a bit watered down, so it took awhile to caramelize, but it was so delicious with the dark chocolate.

The sweet from the pineapple and the tartness from the dark chocolate...great with wine.

IMG_4976 And then there was an evening when we had buri sushi (amberjack).

The pieces of fish were so thick and fresh. Love the supermarket's pre-made food area.

IMG_5244 Recently tried this imperial porter called "To whom it may concern, we didn't ask you what kind of beer you like, sorry".

Made with black sugar it had hints of chocolate and caramel...yum!

IMG_5246 Celebrating 30 years, Haagen Dazs came out with a rose ice cream...wow the rose flavor is so nice, not perfumy or overpowering.

IMG_5276 On the other hand, their sakura ice cream was bad, really bad....even if sakura translates to cherry, it isn't the same cherry as bing or sour cherries...blah!

IMG_5270 Ginormous potato, and only 38 yen!

IMG_5275 I boiled the potato and mixed in a tablespoon of andasu and some mayo for a kind of potato salad...delicious!

What have you been enjoying?



6 comments:

K said...

Yum, lots of delicious-looking food!

K and S said...

Thanks K!

Take care.
Kat

Rowena... said...

My head is spinning from all this stuff -- you ALWAYS have something going on in your corner of the world. Rose Haagen Daz (jealous), potato that looks like it's on steroids, beer with a long name like that? You didn't dash out to make a snowman, even a little one?

We have been enjoying....hmmm...does osso buco with saffron risotto count? Plus tiramisu for dessert on Valentine's Day.

K and S said...

our convenience stores are always bringing in new items Rowena, so things change quickly here. Osso buco & tiramisu definitely count :)

Take care.
Kat

KirkK said...

I loved the presentation of that dim sum.

K and S said...

it was really fancy Kirk :)

Take care.
Kat