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Baby Steps

First time trying to bone a chicken (cooked or raw) nicely. Growing up, chicken came on foam trays, wrapped in plastic, already boned and skinned. I know, I had a deprived childhood. Hee  hee.

I’ve boned roasted chickens, turkeys, and even a goose before, but the results were less than perfect and the meat usually came off the carcass in bits and pieces (emphasis on bits). Oh and I’ve cut up poultry Chinese style, chop chop chop, bones and all.

Lately, I’ve been watching cooking techniques over the internet, call it on-line education. On the list was boning poultry correctly and in one piece.

Today, one of our supermarkets had a one day sale on roasted chickens, not as cheap as the big box stores, but cheap enough. Good chance to practice.

Roasted Chicken

So I was able to take of the wings and leg portions without a hitch. To be honest, the chicken was so well done, it was almost falling off the bone. Even the breast, I was basically pushing the meat off the bone with the knife, not really carving.

Wings and Legs

Carcass and Breast

All in all, fairly easy, but given the fact that the chicken was so cooperative, not much of a challenge (there were still some bits).

In a way, it was good that the chicken was so well done. Gave me a bit of confidence to continue. Baby steps. Heh heh.

So far, the chicken has been good for two meals. Looks like it’ll last another two meals. Good deal!

And don’t worry, the carcass is in the freezer waiting for the soup pot.

Have a good weekend!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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From last nights dinner. We normally would offer leftovers to the relatives but since the food was judged meh, I didn’t think they wanted any.

The leftovers the next day (today) tasted better (to me anyway). I also re-purposed some of it. The chicken on the minute chicken noodle, I used for a salad.

Minute Chicken Salad

Romaine lettuce, dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apples, apricots, etc.), dried figs, chiffonade fresh basil, pretzel goldfish crackers (just because), and the chicken. Non-fat raspberry vinaigrette.

I thought pretty yum. :)

I still have leftover kau yuk in the freezer  I need to re-purpose too. That’s another adventure.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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No Pancakes

Sometimes the conversation at our house goes something like this:

“Where do you wanna eat?”

“I dunno, where you wanna eat?”

“I dunno, asked you first.”

I won’t bore you with the complete conversation but you get the gist of  it. This usually goes on for several minutes in various mutations.That’s what happened today.

We ended up at Koa Pancake House (46-126 Kahuhipa Street, Kaneohe, Hawaii), a kind of go to place for us.

The cat is still looking for a good eggs Benedict.

Mahi Benedict

She ordered the mahi Benedict. Had the right volume of Hollandaise sauce and the egg was correctly poached. It was good, but her search continues.

I ordered what might be considered the “blue plate special”, a choice of two (teri chicken, chicken cutlet, teri beef, kalbi, etc.).

“Combo Plate”

I chose the teri chicken and chicken cutlet, breakfast potatoes, and side salad.

Side Salad

Diner food. Nothing fancy. Gets the job done.

Go to a pancake house and not order pancakes. Go figure. :)

Off to watch the closing ceremonies on TV. K’bye.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Had some out-of-town relatives visiting. Auntie M was nice enough to throw a dinner (New Empress Restaurant, 100 Beretania Street, Honolulu, Hawaii).

Auntie ordered a very good menu.

Dried Scallop Soup

Taro Duck

One of the best I’ve had in a long time.

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Capital Style Pork Chop

Steamed Whole Fish

Beef with Chinese Broccoli

Steamed Chicken

Minute Chicken Cake Noodle

Love of food runs deep in our family. Hee hee.

Thanks for the invite auntie, excellent choices.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Casting Fate to the Wind

I was striking out for lunch yesterday. The first place I wanted to try, no parking, the second place, no service. Finally, got a hit at the third place.


The Food Company (1020 Keolu Drive,  Kailua, Hawaii). They had an option on the local dishes list, a mix plate of three items.

Mixed Plate

Homemade hamburger steak, breaded mahi mahi, and misoyaki grilled chicken (all the basic food groups, except pork). :) Brown rice and stir-fried veggies to make it a balanced meal. Yum.

Sometimes it’s good to not get your first choice. The surprises can be just as satisfying.

Heading off to the kitchen now.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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