Here is another dish that Wendell made following a recipe that he saw in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. This one is by Betty Shimabukuro. Because I'm low-carbing, I only ate half a patty, but it was good.
Kalua Pig and Green Onion Hash
1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) butter
1 pound kalua pork, cooked, roughly chopped
4 egg yolks
1/2 cup chopped green onion (green part only)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 cup vegetable oil
Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain and let dry 10 minutes, then lightly mash. A few small lumps are all right.
Meanwhile, saute onion in butter until soft and light brown, about 5 minutes.
Mix mashed potatoes with cooked onion, kalua pork, egg yolks and green onions. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Form mixture into 8 patties. Press panko onto both sides of each patty.
Heat oil in skillet to 350 degrees. Fry patties until golden brown on both sides, working in batches. Drain on paper towels. Serves 8.
Around 20 years ago, I ate a most wonderful tofu salad at the home of Wendell's friend Steven. It was the sauce that made it so ono. He gave me the recipe at that time, but being the non-cook that I am, I never made it and eventually lost the recipe. I emailed Steven a few days ago and he immediately responded with the recipe for the salad. I only had the ingredients for the sauce on hand, but that's all I really wanted to make for now anyway. Tofu Salad Sauce 1/4 cup salad oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 cup shoyu 1/2 cup green onion, finely chopped Heat oil and add garlic. Heat until garlic browns. (Steven advised me to do this very gently, so I set the burner on low). Turn off heat and discard garlic. Add shoyu and green onion. Cool.
Here's the rest of Steven's recipe for the salad portion. Tofu Salad 1 1/2 blocks of tofu 1 medium onion, chopped 1 can salmon or tuna 1 medium tomato, diced Slice tofu into cubes and lay on platter. Layer chopped onions, tomato and salmon. Refrigerate. Pour sauce over salad and serve. THANKS STEVEN!!
Am I defeating the healthiness/dieting factor of tofu by frying it in oil? I am, yah. But after a month of salads salads salads and tofu tofu tofu, I just gotta. It helps keep me from going beeezerk. If you forget how I fry up tofu, you can check out here.
This was my lunch a couple of Saturdays ago. I further enhanced the fried tofu with some of that aburage pupu that I told you about, a little bit of taegu, some konbu, pickled radish and nori.
I scored this salad spinner at the Kapolei community garage sale that me and Geri went to a few weeks back. It was $1!!!! I never owned a salad spinner before, and I just totally love it. It's so much easier than patting the leaves with a paper towel, yah.
It's an OXO brand too!
This part pops up, and I pump it to spin.
This is the salad that I made. It has romaine lettuce, Costco chicken, cucumbers, avocado, havarti cheese and parmesan cheese.
I used this dressing that I bought at Marukai. The Japanese writing says "Yaki Round Onion Dressing". I like it a lot.
I added these "croutons", also from Marukai. It's actually fried mochi bits. I couldn't help myself.
Below is a portion of an email that I got a couple of days ago from a Ph.D. student at USC:
I’m interested in how the thoughts and experiences written by people like you on weblogs and other social media can be used to make conclusions about society as a whole. I am contacting you because I am trying to collect reliable data about bloggers’ opinions, experiences, and characteristics in order to refine and evaluate my analyses.
If you are at least 18 years old and interested in helping me, please take the brief survey linked in this email. It should only take about 15 minutes of your time. Your responses will be kept confidential.
In the course of this study, we will also be analyzing the public posts on your weblog using natural language processing technology. The goal of this analysis is to correlate your responses to this survey with what you write about your life on your weblog.
His email contained several links that I wasn't about to click on . . . yet . . . because, you know, you just don't do that. I googled the guy's name instead and was eventually led to the video below. It shows him interviewing various blogger people. They intrigued me . . . mostly because they WERE me. When I first started blogging I was a bit apprehensive. Putting myself "out there" for the whole world to judge was intimidating. But the days, weeks and months flew by, and here I am today, 9 years from the start, being asked to participate in a survey about blogging. Who woulda thought?
There was a guy selling DVDs for 50 cents each at the swap meet this past weekend. 50 CENTS!! I bought 10 of um. I bought some action ones for Wendell, some comedy for Landon, I got the movie HOP for Aunty and for me . . . KUNG FU PANDA 2!!!!! Yee Haaaaaw!! I had never seen Kung Fu Panda 2, and my nephew told me that he thought that 2 was better than the first one. I was so happy and couldn't wait to watch it.
BUT this is what happened when I put the disc in our DVD player . . . CANNOT . . .
PLAY. Whaaaaa???? I put several of the other discs in the player. Most said the same thing . . . CANNOT . . . PLAY . . . Waaaaaaahhh!!
Then this is what happened when I tried to play it on my computer.
I found this info on Wikipedia: The American DVD Copy Control Association requires that DVD player manufacturers incorporate the regional playback control (RPC) system. This allows film distributors to control aspects of release including content, release date and price according to the region. Usually a configuration flag is set in each player's firmware at the factory. This flag holds the region number that the machine is allowed to play. Many websites exist on the Internet offering unlock codes entered via the remote control, often known informally as hacks. They provide instructions for different models of standalone DVD players, to hack, and their factory codes. This code simply allows the user to change the factory-set configuration flag to another region, or to the special region "0". Once unlocked this way, the DVD player allows the owner to watch DVDs from any region. In most computer drives, users are allowed to change the region code up to five times. If the number of allowances reaches zero, the region last used will be permanent even if the drive is transferred to another computer. All I can say is: Bummahs.
I'm still only in the Second Grade of my kanji book. At my age, memorizing is so hard. If I take off studying for just a few days, I forget a lot. About once a week I go back to the beginning and test myself. That's why the stickies. I find that a lot of times I'll know what the character stands for in English, but I can't remember what it is in Japanese. For example, you see no. 22? I know that it stands for "earth" or "soil", but I have the hardest time remembering that it's "tsuchi".
BTW, thank you again to my mysterious reader for the book. I'm making good use of it!