Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Layered Tonkatsu

This is my try at making tonkatsu like Nana Ai Katsu.  

Thanks to pal Linda for the idea and tip from my sister Didi about freezing, it came out good!


I bought shabu shabu pork and shabu shabu belly from Palama Market.  And BTW, did you know that the front part of the meat display case at the Makaloa branch lifts up so that you can get the meats yourself?  I didn't know that!  I'd been asking for help all this time.

I layered the meat 1 pork/3 belly/1 pork/3 belly/1 pork and made 5 cutlets.

I then breaded like I did for my chicken katsu and put them in the freezer.  See the chicken katsu instructions here.

The next day I fried them straight outa the freezer.

Monday, July 15, 2024

Dd's Chicken Puttanesca

This looks super yummy, especially knowing that it has anchovies in it!

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1 ½ # chicken breast, cubed

Salt, freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp. Italian seasoning

Flour as needed

2 TB olive oil

6-8 anchovy filets, with oil

1 medium onion, chopped

large garlic cloves, minced

14 oz. can whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes

¼ c. kalamata/black olives, sliced

2 TB capers

1 tsp. oregano

½ tsp. red pepper flakes, optional

Garnish: chopped Italian parsley, additional olives, capers


Season chicken well with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning on both sides. Dredge chicken in flour. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown chicken in oil. Transfer chicken to a serving plate. Set aside.

Reduce heat to medium. Saute anchovy filets with oil. Cook 2 minute until melted. Add onion, cook 3-4 minutes until wilted. Add garlic, saute 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, olives, oregano and red pepper flakes. Bring sauce to a simmer 10-12 minutes. Return chicken into skillet. Allow to simmer 5 minutes. 

For service:  Garnish with parsley and additional olives and capers as desired.  Serves 2-3.

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Cleta's Sanbaizuke

Cleta gave us a tub of her sanbaizuke and Wendell liked it so much that he asked for the recipe and made some for his softball team's after-game pupu.

Thank you, Cleta!!



Cleta tips:

I don't like too sweet a sauce so I lessen by about 1/2 cup.

I don't measure out the veggies, I just add what we like: daikon, cucumber, eggplant, mustard cabbage and hasu.

Also, 1) I've been only soaking for 1/2 day cuz I just want to get it done but I think boiling the sauce is a must. 2) The soaking with salt is by taste. If when I ready to squeeze and the salt water is too salty, I'll rinse with water. 3) I didn't add this time but I put wakame too. 4) I don't care to bite into ginger but I think adding ginger would be good.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Colin's Corn Bread

My nephew Colin made this corn bread using a Zippy's Corn Bread mix.  The mix costs $5.60.  Cy said that they love it.


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Sunday, July 7, 2024

Friday, July 5, 2024

Newspaper Delivery Dog - Part 2

 You can click on the photo below to watch a short video.


Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Then and Now

 Photo taken on 04/19/2024.


2 1/2 months later on 07/02/2024.
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Monday, July 1, 2024

My Penguin Friend

 The last time I went to the theater was to watch Lord of the Rings with my mom.  I wonder if I can wait until this movie comes out in DVD format.  Just watching the trailer makes me teary.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Block of Wood

 It seems like Kai wants to bring his new-found toy into the house.


Thursday, June 27, 2024

Dd's Lamb Merquez Meatballs

This sure looks yummy.  Too hard for me to make, but maybe some of you adventurous cooks might want to try.

lamb merquez





¾ tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp. coriander seeds

¼ tsp. fennel seeds

¼ tsp. hot paprika

¼ tsp. sumac

pinch cayenne pepper

¾ lbs. ground lamb

¼ c. breadcrumbs

¼ c. onion, minced

2 TB plain yogurt

1 TB harissa paste

¾ tsp. salt

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 large egg

Spicy Tomato Sauce:

Olive oil

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 TB harissa paste

1 TB tomato paste

14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes, blended

Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Meatballs: In a skillet over medium low heat toast cumin, coriander and fennel seeds. Shake skillet, until they are fragrant and begins to change color, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Place seeds into a spice grinder and blend.  Place into a mixing bowl with hot paprika, sumac and cayenne and stir to combine. 

In a large mixing bowl, add lamb, spice blend and remaining ingredients. Combine gently. Roll into 1 ½-2 tablespoonful meatballs. Set aside in a baking dish.  Bake in preheated oven 10-15 minutes until browned. Set aside.

Sauce: Into same skillet over medium heat saute onions in oil until slightly softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook until fragrant. Add harissa and tomato paste stirring to blend well. Stir in tomatoes, salt and pepper. Simmer sauce 20 minutes. 

Add meatballs; simmer 10-15 minutes. Serve over pasta. Serves 2-4.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Kai and the Kiddie Pool

I found a kiddie pool at Ross for $6.99!  We've used it twice, but Kai seems to very cautious (like me) and takes awhile to get used to things.  


You can click on the photo below to watch a short video.


Sunday, June 23, 2024

Cy's Breakfast

 Beef Stew from Destiny and Lei's Eatery in Maunakea Marketplace $13.


Banana lumpia 3/$5.

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Friday, June 21, 2024

Kai's Pen - 1 1/2 Months Later

 I previously wrote about Kai's pen twice before, here and here.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Kai Random Photos










Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Flashing Ball

You can click on the photo below to watch a video of Kai and a cool flashing ball.  

The masking tape he discovered at the end was probably from when we painted the hall years and years ago.  BTW, I did manage to get it away from him.

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

North Shore Grinds

For "fisherman fresh" seafood plate lunches and other ono food you need to go to North Shore Grinds in Palolo.  I happened to be there twice the other week at hungry time and scored parking so I got us some grinds.

The mahi mahi was so ono the first time that it got ordered again the next time I was there.  The beef stew was so meaty that Landon wondered if it's always like that.  The hamburger steak was only okay.  Probably wouldn't order it again.  Everything else was really good.


Dynamite Ahi Katsu special (white rice/mac salad) $16.00

Herb-crusted Mahi Mahi with Lemon Cream (all tossed salad) $17.95

Chicken Katsu with BBQ horseradish dip (white rice/mac salad) $16.95

Hamburger Steak with Onion Gravy (white rice/mac salad) $16.95

Beef Stew (white rice/mac salad) $17.95

Garlic Calamari with Roasted Pepper Cream (brown rice/Mac salad) $16.95




Friday, June 14, 2024


I went to visit my mom yesterday.  Wendell took this picture of Kai waiting at the front window for me to come home.  🥲


Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Cooling Off

 It was so hot yesterday, I thought it was a good day to give Kai his first "bath".

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Below is a short video.
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