Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ruth and Family

I met Ruth and her sweet family a couple of weekends ago at Magic Island for some picture taking.  Ruth's two sisters live on the mainland, and Ruth and her mom and dad will likely follow suit soon, so they wanted some photos for remembrance. Ruth is a former coworker, and although I don't get to see her too much anymore I feel sad that she'll be leaving the islands. 



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Birthday Cards for Danny

5-year-old Danny Nickerson has a virulent form of cancer and may not live longer than 18 months.  His birthday is this Friday.  It would be so awesome if we could all send him a birthday card. The address is P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA 02035.

You can read more about Danny here:  Danny Nickerson


Thanks for sharing, Rand!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Metamorphosis - Part 2

I almost missed the Grand Entrance, but caught it just in time. Whew!  It happened early Saturday morning while the light was still somewhat dim so my depth of field (focus) was very narrow. But still, I'm glad I got to witness it.  

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Warabi Mochi

I got an idea to try and recreate the $15/6 kinako mochi that I bought at J-shop. I ended up making this.  For real!


I found this package on the clearance table at Nijiya. It says Warabi Mochi Tezukuri Set (I think). I saw that it contained kinako and I thought that it might be similar.  It was only $1.49 so I bought it.   

The "set" contained a pack of this warabi mochi powder (or flour not sure about the kanji).

And kinako.  That's it.  What kind of "set" is that, yah?  The instructions were in Japanese so I took it to Geri's working place and asked her coworker to translate it for me. I also found this site with instructions:  TGIB.

I put the warabi mochi powder (about 1 cup), 1/3 cup of sugar and 2 cups of water on high heat. I stirred and stirred and stirred until it started to thicken.  Then I lowered the heat to medium.  When it got kinda translucent I took it off the stove.

I let it cool a bit and then put it on some plastic wrap. I was afraid it would melt the wrap if I put it on too soon. I covered it with three layers of wrap.

Then threw it in an ice bath to cool.

After it cooled off I cut it with a plastic knife and then tossed the pieces in the kinako with a bit of powdered sugar added.

I made the sugar syrup by boiling 2 tbs. of brown sugar with 1 tbs. of water. 

It tasted really good, but I didn't like the texture.  It wasn't sticky enough for me.  I waited until Geri got home from work and brought some over to her house.  I wanted her opinion.  She said that the texture was a little different from regular mochi, but she liked it, and she proceeded to eat around three pieces in a row to prove it.   

If you wanna try and make some for yourself, I saw this warabi mochi flour at Marukai.  It was around $2 something. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Stuart Scott

Thanks for sharing, Cy.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


Wagashi are Japanese confectionery that I suspect are more a treat for the eyes than they are for the taste buds.  I found these photos online.  Too pretty to eat, yah.











Wagashi green and pink Pin

Wagashi orange Pin

Wagashi pink fish Pin

Wagashi pink jelly Pin



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Metamorphosis - Day 4

Not yet.  I hope it can hold off until the weekend. Otherwise I might have to take off from work.  Yikes!


Monday, July 14, 2014


There's a new Japanese market that opened up on Young Street just Ewa of Kalakaua Avenue, next to the storage place. As soon as Geri told me about it I went to check it out.


The products are more on the gourmet end and are rather pricey.  I've never, ever seen meat as marbly as this.

Hoo hoo!!

Hoo hoo again!!

These are tomatoes. So red, yah!

This melon was $60.

I bought this.  Had to try, right? 

I can't find the words to describe how good it was . . . maybe one word . . . "buttah".  It was worth it.  Maybe I'll buy more for Wendell or Landon on their birthdays.

I also bought this.  Have you ever had it?  About 40 years ago my then boss brought some of this back from Japan, and I never forgot about it . . . I liked it that much.

It was expensive.  $15 for this box.

They're only six of these cute, little wrapped packages in the box.  And they're tiny . . . about 1 1/2 x 2 inches.

It comes with this little wooden pick. 

I'm not sure, but I think this is honey.

You pour it on before eating.  I ate three in no time and was saving the remaining three for my sisters.  Only thing . . . I didn't see them this past weekend, so now there's only one left.  I think I gotta go back and buy another box. 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Shelley and Larina

Shelley and Larina had been wanting to get married for a very long time, and yesterday they finally did.  I met Shelley's mom when we were in the same sewing class one summer 47 years ago, and so it was an honor and a privilege for me to have been able to take part in this very special occasion.