Friday, August 26, 2016

Wendell's Cuban-Style Pork

Wendell found this recipe on a Williams Sonoma blog here. I think what made this dish so deeeelicious was the Mojo de Ajo sauce . . . soooo yummy. 


Cuban-Style Pork with Mojo de Ajo

1 tsp. sweet paprika
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 pork tenderloins, about 3/4 lb. (375 g) each, silver skin removed
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

For the mojo de ajo:
1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml) fresh orange juice
Kosher salt, to taste

In a small bowl, stir together the paprika, salt and pepper. Rub the paprika mixture all over the tenderloins. Transfer to a plate, cover and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

Preheat an oven to 375°F (190°C).

In a large, heavy ovenproof fry pan over high heat, warm the 2 Tbs. olive oil. When the oil is shimmering, add the tenderloins and sear on all sides, about 5 minutes total. Transfer the pan to the oven and roast the pork until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a tenderloin registers 135°F (57°C) for medium, 30 minutes, or until done to your liking. Remove the pan from the oven, transfer the pork to a carving board, and tent with aluminum foil. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the sauce: In a small nonreactive fry pan over medium-low heat, warm the 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz/60 ml) oil. Add the garlic and cook, stirring often, until light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Stir in the parsley and pepper flakes and cook for 10 seconds. Add the orange juice and simmer, swirling the pan once or twice, until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Season to taste with salt and remove from heat.

Cut each tenderloin crosswise into thick slices. Arrange the slices on a warmed platter or individual plates. Spoon the sauce over the pork and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


An article was posted a couple of days ago by Kaiser Health News that caught my eye. It talked about a 12-year old boy who cut himself while diving for a ball in a gym. He died four days later. The diagnosis: Septic shock.

Septic shock also took Aunty. Hers stemmed from a urinary tract infection. 

I found the following from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website. I think that the main thing to remember is that if you suspect a septic infection MENTION IT TO THE DOCTOR. Early treatment is critical.

Sepsis is a complication caused by the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to an infection, which can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death.

When can you get sepsis?

Sepsis can occur to anyone, at any time, from any type of infection, and can affect any part of the body. It can occur even after a minor infection.

What causes sepsis?

Infections can lead to sepsis. An infection occurs when germs enter a person’s body and multiply, causing illness, and organ and tissue damage.  Certain infections and germs lead to sepsis most often. Sepsis is often associated with infections of the lungs (e.g., pneumonia), urinary tract (e.g., kidney), skin, and gut. Staphylococcus aureus (staph), Escherichia coli (E. coli), and some types of Streptococcus (strep) are common germs that can cause sepsis.

Are certain people with an infection more likely to get sepsis?

Anyone can develop sepsis from an infection. However, sepsis occurs most often in people aged 65 years or older or less than 1 year, have weakened immune systems, or have chronic medical conditions (e.g., diabetes).
A CDC evaluation found more than 90% of adults and 70% of children who developed sepsis had a health condition that may have put them at risk.
Ask your doctor about your risk for getting sepsis. If you suspect sepsis, ask your doctor, "Could it be sepsis?"

What are the symptoms of sepsis?

There is no single sign or symptom of sepsis. It is, rather, a combination of symptoms. Since sepsis is the result of an infection, symptoms can include infection signs (diarrhea, vomiting, sore throat, etc.), as well as ANY of the symptoms below:
  • Shivering, fever, or very cold
  • Extreme pain or discomfort
  • Clammy or sweaty skin
  • Confusion or disorientation
  • Short of breath
  • High heart rate

What should I do if I think I have an infection or sepsis?

  • Get immediate medical attention if you have any signs or symptoms of an infection or sepsis. This is a medical emergency.
  • If you are continuing to feel worse or not getting better from an infection, ask your doctor about sepsis.

How is sepsis diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose sepsis using a number of physical findings like fever, increased heart rate, and increased breathing rate. They also do lab tests that check for signs of infection.
Many of the symptoms of sepsis, such as fever and difficulty breathing, are the same as in other conditions, making sepsis hard to diagnose in its early stages.

How is sepsis treated?

People with sepsis are usually treated in the hospital. Doctors try to treat the infection, keep the vital organs working, and prevent a drop in blood pressure.
Doctors treat sepsis with antibiotics as soon as possible. Many patients receive oxygen and intravenous (IV) fluids to maintain normal blood oxygen levels and blood pressure. Other types of treatment, such as assisting breathing with a machine or kidney dialysis, may be necessary. Sometimes surgery is required to remove tissue damaged by the infection.

Are there any long-term effects of sepsis?

Many people who get sepsis recover completely and their lives return to normal. But some people may experience permanent organ damage. For example, in someone who already has kidney problems, sepsis can lead to kidney failure that requires lifelong dialysis.
How can I prevent sepsis?
  1. Get vaccinated against the flu, pneumonia, and any other infections that could lead to sepsis. Talk to your doctor for more information.
  2. Prevent infections that can lead to sepsis by:
    • Cleaning scrapes and wounds
    • Practicing good hygiene (e.g., hand washing)
  3. Know that time matters. If you have a severe infection, look for signs like: shivering, fever, or very cold, extreme pain or discomfort, clammy or sweaty skin, confusion or disorientation, short of breath, and high heart rate.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Peanut Butter Bait

Warning! Warning! Cockroach video!

I was mentioning our cockroach problem to my sisters the other day, and Didi suggested using peanut butter for bait.  That very night, I put a trap-a-roach with peanut butter out on the kitchen counter. This is what I found the next morning. 

Now I'm gonna put more in the cupboards. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Anuhea - Girl Power

Anuhea fixes her truck . . . cute . . . and funny.  

Thanks for sharing, Mark!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Landon's Favorite Beer

This is Landon's current favorite beer.


This is what happens to Lan when he drinks said favorite beer. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016


I was rushing to park my car and I scraped a cement post. It's painful for me to look at, but as my friend Michele said . . . at least it's on the passenger side so I don't have to look at it too often.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

BYO Bowls

There is a fairly new eating place in Hawaii Kai called BYO Bowls. The one and only time I walked into the place I just got a lemonade and took these photos.  Landon did bring home bowls from here a few times and they were good.


The concept is kinda like Pieology but instead of pizzas you build your own bowl. 

You start with a rice, a noodle or greens, and then you add to it. 



Here are suggestions for people like me who are not too creative. 



Friday, August 19, 2016

Bottle Sponge

If you don't have a scrubber to wash your water bottles, this one is on sale at Marukai until Monday for only $1.69.  I think the handle extends further out for really tall bottles. 

I took this photo on The Day of the Stuck Shopping Carts, but didn't buy it because I already have a bottle brush.  I'll probably get it on my next shopping trip in a few days. Cannot go wrong for $1.69, yah. 

BTW, do you see the microwave rice cooker container for $6.99? Do you remember that I got mine for 1 buck at the swap meet? SCORE!


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Asazuke no Moto

My sister Didi turned me on to this. It's fast-acting tsukemono  powder!  Whaaaa?  For real.

There were all different kine powders to choose from at Marukai (the shopping cart day). I chose these two because each bag came with eight 4-gram packs and I could divvy up the packs and share with my sisters. The one on the left is katsuo flavored and the one on the right is umami-spicy. 


The directions say that one 4-gram pack is good for 1 cucumber or 1/2 carrot or 2-3 cabbage leaves or 1/8 daikon. 

I cut up one good-sized cucumber and used one pack of the katsuo and one pack of the spicy. 

I put the cut-up cucumber in a zip lock bag and poured out the contents from the two packs. 

Then I squoosh, squoosh, squooshed the bag and threw it into the fridge. The directions say that it's ready after 20 to 30 minutes. 

I was so surprised at the flavor . . . so UMAMI!!  I dug out the bag and read the ingredients.  MSG . . . no wonda. 

On a side note, since making this tsukemono I've been online trying to find the Japanese characters for MSG.  There are several. I found the following on Jisho

化学調味料  chemical seasoning
ム  MSG
味塩   salt and MSG

And I've seen this on the front of packages before but never knew what it meant: 

無化調  No MSG

Good to know, yah.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

For Sale

Wendell is selling: 

Toyota Tundra bucket seats and console - $500/offer.


Toyota Tundra 16-inch rims - $400/offer

It's been on Craigslist for 4 days now and we've only gotten fake-kine takers. Please let me know if you're interested and I'll direct you to Wendell. Thanks!