Went to check out J-Shop again the other day and found this tray of WAGYU beef. This Top Sirloin Butt was cheaper ($34.20/lb.) than the Short Rib cut that I bought the first time ($56.70/lb.) that I visited the store.
Just look at that! Sorry, no photo of the cooked version . . . it was gone too fast. You shoulda seen the look on Landon's face as he ate it. He would shake his head with each bite, smile and say, "That is ridiculously ono." He said that he has not had any other meat that is better.
Wouldja believe that the cashier gave me this ice to keep the meat cold on my ride home? Howzdat yah!
Here's another excerpt from the Life of Pi. I listened to this part several times because it's so funny to me, it totally makes me laugh out loud. (Note: Pi's father is a zookeeper, in case you didn't know.)
Catholics have a reputation for severity, for judgment that comes down heavily. My
experience with Father Martin was not at all like that. He was very kind. He served me
tea and biscuits in a tea set that tinkled and rattled at every touch; he treated me like a
grown-up; and he told me a story. Or rather, since Christians are so fond of capital letters,
And what a story. The first thing that drew me in was disbelief. What? Humanity sins
but it’s God’s Son who pays the price? I tried to imagine Father saying to me, “Piscine, a
lion slipped into the llama pen today and killed two llamas. Yesterday another one killed
a black buck. Last week two of them ate the camel. The week before it was painted storks
and grey herons. And who’s to say for sure who snacked on our golden agouti? The
situation has become intolerable. Something must be done. I have decided that the only
way the lions can atone for their sins is if I feed you to them.”
“Yes, Father, that would be the right and logical thing to do. Give me a moment to
“Hallelujah, my son.”
I've been listening to the audio book "Life of Pi". I'm enjoying the story so much that I'm listening to it for a second time. Below is an excerpt of one of my favorite quotes from the book.
The pandit spoke first. "Mr. Patel, Piscine's piety is admirable. In these troubled times it's good to see a boy so keen on God. We all agree on that." The imam and the priest nodded. "But he can't be a Hindu, a Christian and a Muslim. It's impossible. He must choose."
"I don't think it's a crime, but I suppose you're right," Father replied.
The three murmured in agreement and looked heavenward, as did Father, whence they felt the decision must come. Mother looked at me.
A silence fell heavily on my shoulders.
"Hmmm, Piscine?" Mother nudged me. "How do you feel about the question?"
"Bapu Gandhi said, 'All religions are true.' I just want to love God," I blurted out, and looked down, red in the face.
Back in the day and even today we call this place Doe Fang even though the new name is Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha. I had heard that it now serves ono-kine shave ice, so me and Geri went to check it out the other week. It's in the Aina Haina Shopping Center.
Here's Uncle Clay. The place is totally refurbished and does not look anything like the Doe Fang of old. But Uncle Clay? He's still the same . . . oozing Aloha.
Sorry . . . blurry . . .
I had a small strawberry/li hing shave ice with vanilla ice cream. It was super good . . . especially DA ICE CREAM!! Da ice cream was so so so so ono. I might even say the best in the history of mankind.
Uncle Clay only has vanilla and chocolate ice cream, but you can click here to find out more about the Hawaii-made Tropical Dreams Ice Cream and where you can find them.
I was so touched yesterday when my coworker Bien presented this sandwich to me. He had made it himself . . . two pieces of cold cut turkey in a croissant. No mayo. No veggies. Just two pieces of turkey . . . and lots of love. It was delicious.
I'm curious. What do you think about the screaming banshee lady? In case you haven't seen this video yet, STOP: If bad words and pointing of middle fingers (two at the same time) offend you, then don't watch the video.
I give Wendell credit for trying out all kinds of recipes. This was an unusual one which called for okara. It's an Electric Kitchen recipe that Wendell found in the newspaper. The name of it is Ukara Irichi.
Basically you stir fry preboiled pork belly.
Then add sliced kamaboko and shiitake mushrooms.
The recipe calls for peas too, but we didn't have any.
It's not the prettiest-looking dish, but it was really tasty. We ate it all up. Ukara Irichi 1/2 pound pork belly, shoulder or pork butt 3 tbs. oil 2 medium dried shiitake mushrooms, soaked until soft, then julienned (reserve liquid) 1/2 kamaboko, julienned 2 cups okara 3/4 cup pork stock salt, to taste 2 tbs. green peas Preboil pork: Cover pork with water, bring to rolling boil, drain and rinse. Add just enough water to barely cover the pork, cover and gently boil 20 minutes. Reserve liquid for stock. Cool, cut pork into julienne strips. Heat oil in nonstick skillet. On medium, stir fry pork until well done. Add shiitake, kamaboko and continue to stir fry. Add okara and mix thoroughly, stirring often to prevent scorching. Keep okara moist by adding pork stock and a little mushroom liquid as needed. Add seasoning and green peas. Serves 6.
I love love love Hayao Miyazaki movies. I found these GIFs here at GIPHY. I like the GIFS because they give focus to what makes his films so amazing. My favorite is Spirited Away. If you haven't seen it yet, you need to . . . the animation is sooo beautiful.
About a month ago coworker Ronnie brought all the ingredients for us to make summer rolls at work. So cool, yah! I can't even tell you how much I love the guy. Ronnie's history with our office goes back around 20 something years. He first started right outta high school as a delivery guy. He left to pursue other careers and is now back with us in our billing department.
Ronnie gave us a demonstration. You first wet the rice paper wrapper.
You wet the whole thing.
Then you quickly pat up the excess water.
Then you put your preferred filling . . .
kinda like this. Ronnie was pretty fussy about the correct placement of ingredients.
He even made a diagram for us. I brought meat juhn . . .
'cause you know how summer rolls gotta have meat juhn in um. Plus I neva know what else to bring and that's all that was available at Keeaumoku Market first thing in the morning.
We each made our own summer rolls how we liked um.
Michele made a tapioca fruit dessert. It went well with the summer rolls.
Here's my lazy-style guacamole that I made using avocados that my high-school classmate N gave to me. Thanks N!! I mashed about three of the avocados and added a chopped tomato, cilantro, one minced garlic clove and some lime juice. Then I added in about 1/4 cup store-bought salsa verde. If raw onions didn't give me da gas nowadays I woulda added some in too. Very simple and tastes good enough for me.