Monday, July 24, 2017

My Vegan Eggplant Balls


I can honestly say that of all the many horrible-tasting things that I've ever made in my life, this one is the worst.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Best iPhone Photos of 2017


Leslie shared this with me. Unbelievable shots taken with an iPhone. Because I'm the jealous type, I said, "So lucky shots. All of them."

You can check out more photos here

I DID NOT TAKE THIS PHOTO (see below). It was taken by Sergey Pesterev of Russia.
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I feel like I have to clearly state whenever I post a photo that I didn't take because of what happened to Leslie recently.

Les was erroneously credited for taking a photo that was shown on some TV program. The lady who actually took the shot found out, got all hoo hoo, and called out Leslie on Facebook. Leslie proclaimed her innocence and said that she didn't know how her name got involved, but the lady apparently didn't believe her and said something like, "Well, we'll see about that. I WILL get to the bottom of this." 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Landon's Vegan Eggplant Casserole


Here's Landon's first vegan dish. Surprised me at how good it was. Landon just threw things together so there's no recipe.

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Lan sautéed some onions, green bell peppers and slices of this "sausage" which I got from Down to Earth.
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Then he layered it in a 9 x 13 inch pan with some eggplant, a couple patties of this chopped up veggie burger (Costco),
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pasta sauce (Down to Earth) and
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vegan fake cheese (Down to Earth). He also threw in some hash brown mix to thicken and seasoned with garlic salt and taco seasoning. He baked it at 325 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours.
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We're slowly discovering different vegan options, so we don't feel as lost as when we first decided to do this. It feels like we might be able to pull this off . . . for now. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

What the Health


I do have something to share!

One of Landon's friends recommended that we watch What the Health on Netflix. 

It totally made me not want to eat meat anymore. The following is from Wikipedia and can be found here

What the Health is a 2017 documentary film which critiques the health impact of meat and dairy products consumption, and questions the practices of the leading health and pharmaceutical organizations. Its primary purpose is to advocate for a plant-based diet.

Advertised as "The Health Film That Health Organizations Don't Want You To See", the film follows Kip Andersen as he interviews physicians and other individuals, concluding that health problems are a consequence of consuming meat and dairy products. Andersen also attempts to contact representatives of the leading health organizations but dissatisfied with their response, he interviews other people and examines the connection between meat, dairy, pharmaceutical industry and various health organizations.

It's a biased film . . . some of the gross stuff that they show seem exaggerated. And I wonder how true the miraculous recoveries of some of the ailing people who stopped eating meat really are. 

But still . . . I like try go vegan. Crazy, yah. It's hard enough doing no meats . . . but no dairy and no eggs?  No buttery pastry? No cookies? No cheese in my salad or pizza? No cream in my coffee? Seems impossible, yah?!

Here was my lunch for the other day . . . leftovers from the previous night's dinner. I just stir-fried some broccoli and shiitake mushrooms in some minced garlic and olive oil. I sprinkled on some garlic salt, poured in a little bit of the shiitake water and then covered for a little while. It was okay.
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Landon is very game (for now). Wendell is not so game. We'll see how it goes. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wendell's Pork Guisantes

Recipe thanks to Mary Pascua

Wendell made this ono Pork Guisantes last week. The recipe is from an old cook book published in 1974 called Hawaii Filipina's Favorite Recipes.

Gonna take a break from blogging. Ran out of stuff to post. Will be back when there's something for me to share. See ya!

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1 lb. pork butt, sliced (separate fatty and lean pieces)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. salt
3 bay leaves, crumbled
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 cup water
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 tsp. chopped pimento
1 cup frozen peas, cook using package direction

Saute pork fat and garlic until brown; eliminate any excess oil. Mix together salt, bay leaves, pepper, onion and lean pork, then add to pork fat and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until lean pork is cooked. Add water and simmer until water evaporates. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt if necessary. Add tomato sauce and pimento and simmer for 1 minute. Add peas.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bumble Bee Umbrella


A few weeks ago while at the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet, we saw a couple buying this cute umbrella for their daughter. You can't see it too good in this photo, but it has antennae that stick straight out. 

The vendor is on the outer aisle, and the umbrella sells for $10.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dalai Insight


I thought this was interesting. I haven't been able to use either method yet, but I've always had vivid dreams anyway and don't really have trouble sleeping.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Screen Cleaner


Geri turned me on to this screen cleaner. She said that she got it from City Mill.

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You can use it from inside of your house without even having to remove the screen. 
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It has pokey things that dig out the dirt.
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She gave me a demonstration.
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Wow, yah!
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Wendell's Panang Chicken Curry


Thank you Gordon Lum .  .  . for the recipe of DA BEST curry that I've ever eaten.

I normally don't care for curry. You know da-kine chicken-katsu-curry . . . or da-kine curry you might get at some local drive-inn with the potatoes and carrots . . . or da-kine Japanese curry rice? Not for me.

But this one . . . holy cow . . . I just loooooooved it. You can find the recipe here. I must say that of all the dishes that Wendell has made, this is one of my most favorite. 

If you're a non-cook and don't normally try recipes like this one because it looks too hard or you're too lazy (me), just this once, TRY DO THIS ONE. You . . . will . . . impress. 

Wendell did use the Mae Ploy brand curry paste and the Mae Ploy brand coconut milk (from Asian Market on Beretania) and he did put in the macadamia nuts (kicked it up a notch). Wendell said that he got the raw sugar (photo way below) from either Foodland or Safeway (he couldn't remember).  He didn't use a Dutch oven (whatever that is) but used a pan on the stove instead. The inedible bits of finely diced Kaffir lime leaves (also from Asian Market) were annoying to me . . . had to spit them out. Not sure if putting them in whole so that they can be easily taken out afterwards would work, but it's just a suggestion.

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2 lbs. boned chicken thighs
2.5 tablespoons panang curry paste (2 oz Mae Ploy brand)
19 ounces coconut milk (or 1 can Mae Ploy brand)
3 tablespoons roughly ground Island Princess Hawaii macadamia nuts (unsalted)
2 tablespoons turbinado or raw sugar
3 finely diced Kaffir Lime leaves
2 teaspoons fish sauce to taste
1 sliced bell pepper (any color)
1 sliced onion
1 cup flour (for dredging)
4 tablespoons oil
Hawaiian salt to taste
pepper to taste
4-5 Thai Basil leaves (optional)



Rinse, then dry the boned chicken thighs. Lightly salt and pepper the thighs on both sides and then dredge in flour, shaking off the excess flour. Heat the Dutch oven and add oil. Sear both sides of thighs until it becomes a light golden brown (about 70% cooked). Set thighs aside. While they are cooling, slice the bell pepper/onion; finely dice the Kaffir Lime leaves, and roughly grind/chop the macadamia nuts. After the chicken thighs cool, cut into chunks.

Heat (about 1/4 cup) the oil and add the curry paste, searing the paste for a minute. Add the chicken chunks and stir until the chunks are coated with the paste. Add the peppers and onion and stir until they are also coated. Add the coconut milk, Kaffir lime leaves, turbinado sugar, macadamia nut, and fish sauce to the pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Garnish with basil leaves.

This is the sugar that Wendell used.  DO IT!
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Wenger Swiss Army Knife


For real . . . this Swiss Army Knife is being sold on Amazon. It's selling for $4,000. You can check it out here.  Thanks for the scoop, Kevin!


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Here are some of the funny reviews:

I forgot the knife in the front pocket of my Swiss Army shorts and when my wife washed them it completely disassembled our washing machine.

I accidentally left this knife in the glovebox of my wore out 67 Chevy truck overnight. miraculously the knife fully restored the truck and drove it to the store then returned with two hookers and a cooler full of beer.

The tire iron and floor jack proved handy, I was particularly impressed that I could use both at the same time.

I tried to file my nails, but in the process I accidentally fixed a small engine that was nearby. Which was nice.

When I forgot to take it out of my backpack before trying to board my flight the helpful TSA agent at the security area pointed out that by deploying the two larger blades and the jet engine on the back side I really didn't need a commercial flight, just a runway and some goggles. Boy, did I feel dumb, but I saved $605 on airfare!

After reading the 497 page Quick Start Guide, I was finally able to find the tweezers and remove that darn splinter.