Saturday, April 30, 2022

Cleta's Quick and Easy Fruit Compote

Here's Cleta's recipe for her fruit compote.  Looks so ono!  Thanks, Cleta!

Any combination apple, pear, strawberries cut in bite size chunks. Put in pot w/fresh lemon juice and abt 10% sugar to weight of fruits (I use Swerve a sugar replacement) or to taste. Cook on med-low til fruits are soft but not mushy.  Chill.  Eat plain or w/yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, etc. 


Thursday, April 28, 2022

On a Roll

Making these is so therapeutic for me.   I think of Ukraine while I tie the knots and send them good wishes.


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Ichiran Ramen on Amazon

 Note that this is a 5-pack.  Good deal!  Only 8 left in stock.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

On Da Desk

I'm trying to make a friendship bracelet in the colors of the Ukrainian flag.  We'll see how it goes. 


This is the tutorial I'm following.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Dd's Baked Greek Chicken

This looks so good.  Maybe someday I'll try to make it.  Minus the feta cheese.

baked greek chicken

4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast tenders
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
Garlic salt and pepper to taste
1½ TB olive oil
½ bunch spinach leaves
¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced
5 oz. artichoke hearts, quartered
1 TB sun dried tomatoes, sliced
1 TB kalamata olives, sliced
½ c. mozzarella cheese, shredded
3 TB feta cheese, crumbled
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously season chicken with oregano, salt and pepper. 
Set aside. 

In a small mixing bowl combine mozzarella and feta cheeses. Set aside. 

In a mixing bowl drizzle spinach, onion and artichoke hearts with olive oil, garlic salt 
and pepper. Place half of spinach mixture on bottom of baking dish. Top with prepared 
chicken.  Toss remaining spinach mixture with sun-dried tomatoes and olives. Top chicken 
with mixture. Sprinkle with cheese mixture. 

Bake 25-30 minutes until cheese is melted and chicken is cooked through. Optional to place under broiler for 1-2 minutes to slightly brown cheese. 

Serves 2.

Friday, April 22, 2022


Here's our smoker.  Thank you, Michael!

Wendell bought the attachment on the right side from Lowe's to put the coal and wood chips in.  That frees up more of the smoking surface area in the main part of the smoker.

Here are some of the stuff that we've made.


Salmon and opihi

Teriyaki (?) salmon

Tri-tip roast

Bacon-wrapped kielbasa sausage w/cheese

Pork shoulder

Pork belly


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Quick Daikon Kim Chee

Came out ono!  Gotta use KOREAN daikon.  It's milder than other daikon and not bitter!



Monday, April 18, 2022


My friend Chet emailed this story to me.  Thanks for sharing, Chet!
In June of 1941, Hitler's Army began a rampage through Ukraine, razing towns, unleashing death squads, and massacring Jews by the hundreds of thousands. In one village in the Pale of Settlement, virtually the only region of the Soviet Empire in which Jews were permitted to reside, four Jewish brothers enlisted in the military, said goodbye to their parents, and walked off to fight the Nazis. 

By the war's end in 1945, only one of the brothers, named Semyon, was still alive. He returned to find that the Nazis had torched his entire village, burning his parents to death. 

Semyon's family was dead and his beloved Ukraine was in ruins. The Nazis had murdered between 1.2 and 1.6 million Ukrainian Jews.  Semyon married a fellow Ukrainian Jew who had survived the war by fleeing her city, in which the Nazis had killed 5,000 Jews. Two years later, in that same city they had a son, Oleksandr, keeping alive the family line that the Nazis had brought a razor's width from extinction. Thirty-one years after that, Oleksandr had his own little boy.

That boy was Volodymyr Zelensky, who grew up to become the President of independent, democratic Ukraine.  Today, he leads his outmanned, outgunned, ferociously defiant nation against the onslaught of Russia. As Russia dashes itself against the will of his people, Zelensky, the survivor of survivors, summons the resilience of his ancestors.  He does not bend.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Update on Mr. Savkovych

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Thursday, April 14, 2022

Palama Market

I spent $83 at Palama Market yesterday!

Here's what I got.  

The Momoya Kim Chee base is $7.99 for the big bottle which is a really good price so I bought two bottles.  I'm gonna try and make Daikon Kim Chee this time.  Wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Fun Station

Landon picked up dinner from Fun Station in Market City a few weeks ago.  

I actually only ate the gyoza, shrimp dumplings and the noodles, and I loved them.  I asked Landon to rate the food that I didn't eat and he gave the Beef Flank a 7, Curry Fish balls a 7.5 and the Crispy Spare Ribs an 8.  😆

Beef Flank and Tendon ($14.95)

Curry Fish Balls ($7.25)

Crispy Spare Ribs ($14.95)

Signature Flying Noodles ($15.95)

Grilled Shrimp Dumplings ($7.75)

Deep-Fried Gyoza ($6.95)

Friday, April 8, 2022

U Kitchen Bento Shop

Wendell picked these up a few weeks ago from U Kitchen.  It's on Kokea Street off of Dillingham Boulevard. I can't remember anymore if Wendell and Landon liked their food.  I think they did.  I enjoyed my Mushroom Chicken.

Dynamite Salmon ($13.95)

Chicken Katsu Curry (curry came in a separate container $12.95)

Mushroom Chicken ($12.75)

Salmon Musubi (free prize)

Here's a Frolic Hawaii video review to watch if you like:

Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Higoto Japanese Eatery

Landon picked these up from Higoto Japanese Eatery in the Kaimuki Shopping Center last week.

Everything was really good, but I must say that the Tofu Salad coulda used more tofu.  I had to add more.  Also of note is the  Crab and Ikura Cup Sushi which got "Ho, this is so good!" several times from Lan.  One more thing . . . the butterfish in the Fish Lovers Bento was killah ono!

Fish Lovers Bento ($16.80)

Shrimp and Veggie Tendon ($15.90)

Salmon and Ikura Cup Sushi ($11.30)

Crab and Ikura Cup Sushi ($11.30)

Kombu and Takuan Musubi ($2.50 - multigrain rice) and Spam Musubi ($2.40 - white rice)

Tofu Salad ($8.50)

Monday, April 4, 2022

Every Bit

 Dunno why I have to use up every last bit of this eraser.  I got choke of um.

The photo below is actually a video you can watch by clicking on it.

Every Bit

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Quick Cabbage Kim Chee

Did you guys try to make the Quick Cucumber Kim Chee yet?  I used the same recipe and used cabbage instead, and guess what . . .

It was a hit!