Sunday, June 4, 2023

Dd's Shoyu Chicken

Didi said that this is actually an Okinawan Shoyu Pork Recipe.  Looks simple enough for even me!

shoyu chicken

2 ½ # boneless, skinless chicken thighs, halved
½ can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
½ c. soy sauce
½ c. brown sugar (I used ¼ c. brown sugar, ¼ c. agave nectar)
1 TB rice wine vinegar
1 heaping tsp. dry mustard
Garnish: chopped green onion
Pour everything in one pot. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer. Simmer 20-30 minutes, depending on size of chicken.

Garnish with green onion. 

Note: I threw in some shishito peppers and enoki mushrooms.

Friday, June 2, 2023

Costco's Lemon Blueberry Loaf

We've been enjoying this lately.  It's dense, moist and oh-so-lemony.  It's $8.99 and is so huge that I usually put half in the freezer for later. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Daiso Stuff

I went to Daiso yesterday to look for Cleta's sponge.  I never found the sponge, but I did come home with this.


Monday, May 29, 2023

Dd's Portuguese Bean Soup

This looks soooo yummy!

portuguese bean soup



2 smoked ham hocks

12 oz. Portuguese sausage, sliced

6 oz. smoked ham chunks, cubed

6 c. water

1 large onion, chopped

1 medium carrot, thinly sliced rounds

1 large stalk celery, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 TB tomato paste

1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce

2 bay leaves

2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce

1 can (28 oz.) stewed tomatoes, with liquid

2 cans (15 oz.) kidney beans, with liquid

2 medium potatoes, cubed

1 c. elbow macaroni

1 c. cabbage, chopped


Place ham hocks, sausage, smoked ham and water in a large pot; bring to a rapid boil.  Reduce heat to medium. Continue on slow boil uncovered 1 ½ hours until ham hocks are tender.  

Remove ham hocks from pot and remove bone, fat and skin. Cut meat into chunks and return to pot. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, tomato paste, tomato sauce, bay leaves, tabasco and tomatoes; simmer 15-20 minutes until vegetables are tender. 

Add beans, potatoes and macaroni.  Simmer another 10-15 minutes, until potatoes and macaroni are cooked through. Remove bay leaves. Add cabbage. Remove from heat.  Allow to sit for 2 minutes. 

Serves 6-8.


Saturday, May 27, 2023

Fairwood Drive Inn BBQ Burger

Wendell's friend recommended the BBQ Burger Deluxe from Fairwood Drive Inn in the Kaimuki Shopping Center, and me and the guys agree . . . it's good.  Lan said that it's the texture of the burger and the sauce that he likes.

The online menu says that it's $5.75 for the plain BBQ burger.  I'd say that maybe it's a $1.00 more for the deluxe version?


Landon went back a few days later and got some for his coworkers.

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Wendell's Kimchi Jjigae

Wendell followed a Times Cooking recipe to make this.  It was very meaty and very ono.  Landon's coworkers scored some of the leftovers.



Yield: 4 servings
  • 1pound boneless pork shoulder
  • 1(3-inch) piece fresh ginger, scrubbed and thickly sliced lengthwise
  • Salt
  • 2packed cups coarsely chopped ripe white kimchi (about 1 pound), plus any accumulated juices
  • 1medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4garlic cloves, crushed and coarsely chopped
  • Fish sauce, to taste (optional)
  • 2scallions, thinly sliced at an angle
  • Cooked white rice, for serving


    1. Step 1

      In a large pot or Dutch oven, combine the pork, ginger and 3 cups of cold water. Season with salt. Bring to a boil over high, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the pork is tender and almost falling apart, about 2 hours. You should have about 2 cups of pork broth in the pot; add more water if you don’t.

    2. Step 2

      Stir in the kimchi, onion and garlic and continue simmering until the kimchi is very tender and the pork is absolutely falling apart, about 1 more hour. Taste the broth for seasoning, adding fish sauce as desired; otherwise season with more salt.

    3. Step 3

      Right before serving, garnish the top of the stew with the scallions, break the meat up and serve with the rice.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

On Da Desk

I used QOR watercolor paints for this because the binder in this particular brand is very flowy, and I just love to watch the way the paint spreads out.  

I enjoyed it so much that I couldn't stop painting and ended up making a whole bunch of greeting cards.

The footage is shot off center which annoys the hell out of me now, but I guess at that time I was just chillin' so wasn't concerned.  Bah.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Missing in Action

Can't find these lately.

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Friday, May 19, 2023

Wendell's Pork Cutlet

Wendell made this super ono pork cutlet for dinner the other night.  He just coated the thinly sliced pork with egg, flour, panko, salt and pepper, and then fried.

I bought the pork from Palama Market.  I wasn't really sure if the "collar" would work, but it turned out to be perfect. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Daiso Sponge

 This is a sponge that Cleta bought from Daiso.


And this is a pot that she was using to steam araimo in and forgot about.  Resized_Resized_20230513_120707 

Here's the pot after using the sponge on half of it with "no soap and no muscles".  Cool, yah!   Resized_Resized_20230513_123029