Happy New Year everybody. I'm home with Kona right now. I left a party early tonight so that I could keep Kona company during the firecracker popping. I gave him some tranquilizers, but he's still a bit trembly. Poor thing yah.
My favorite dish at the party tonight was Eri's rice dish. She was kind enough to give me the recipe. I hope you get to try it. It was really, really good.
Pat 3 cups of cooked rice in a 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with furikake.
Combine the following and layer on top of the rice: 1 can crab 1 package imitation crab, separated and shredded 1 cup mayonnaise 1 cup sour cream 3 stalks green onion, chopped 1/4 cup tobiko
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If it doesn't brown, place under a broiler for a few minutes.
We had an ornament decorating contest at work. We had to decorate a round styrofoam ball AND provide some wise saying to go with it. This is my entry. Isn't it beauuuuutiful? I thought I had a good chance to win at least third place. But guess what . . . I wasn't even close. I couldn't believe some of the entries that got turned in . . . they were so impressive. I only got to take pictures of a few of the ornaments. Make sure to check out Leslie's pics for the rest.
Leslie's Hello Kitty
Yosh's Rudolph's Nose
Wayne took third place and won $25.
Susan's Rainbow Zebra won her $50.
Jay's Angry Birds took first place winning him $75. I stole this picture from Leslie's blog.
Wendell made an eggplant dish for dinner one night and there were about four leftover eggplants that he didn't use. Not wanting them to go to waste, I used them to make this tsukemono. I found a recipe at BellaOnline. It came out kinda sweeter than I expected but it was still good.
Slice the eggplant about 1/8 inch in thickness, sprinkle with Hawaiian salt and let stand for about an hour. I peeled the skin with a peeler in a striped pattern. Don't ask me why. I have no idea why I did that. I put the slices in my press, but you don't have to. I ended up squeezing the liquid out by hand anyway.
Combine 2 tsp. dry mustard with 2 tsp. water.
Dissolve 2 Tbsp. shoyu, 2 Tbsp. mirin, 2 Tbsp. sake and 2 Tbsp. sugar. Add to mustard/water.
After an hour or so, rinse the eggplant in some water (to remove the salt) and squeeze the liquid from the eggplant. Add the shoyu/mustard mixture. Allow to marinate in fridge for at least 8 hours before eating.
After shopping for our Vibram shoes Wendell and I went to eat a late lunch at Phuket Thai Restaurant. Wendell took so long deciding on which model to get that we went waaaay past lunchtime, and I was starving. Some of you might know that when me and Wendell go out to eat, sometimes we order too much food. We did it again this time, and it was kinda embarrassing when the waitress offered to add another table to ours so that all the dishes could fit! Aya!!
Thank you for the gift card Kim. We had a really nice time, and the food was great.
This is the Crispy Calamari ($9.50)
Pad Thai with Tofu ($9.50)
Wendell absolutely loved this special, Cornish Hen ($12.95).
On several recommendations, me and Wendell went to The Wheatgrass Center today to check out their Vibram FiveFingers. It's in Kaimuki on Center Street behind Bank of Hawaii.
It's a really neat place . . . almost feels like you're outdoors.
Wendell had a hard time deciding. He tried on several pairs.
When he hit on the right one though, there was no question. We both chose the same model, the Komodo Sport. I picked the one with velcro (on the left) and he chose the one with lace (on the right). It's $115!! Expensive yah. But it's our Christmas present to each other, and wearing it is supposed to make us healthy, happy and more connected to our bodies. I'm just hoping I'll be less klutzy. We'll see.