Archive for March, 2010


The following picture might not be suitable for the squimish. ūüėČ

What to do with the green onions? (see previous post)

This morning, The Cat was looking through one of her Chinese food books and got in the mood shoyu pork.  Shoyu pork is one of her favorite comfort foods from Shanghai.  She said usually, a small amount of green onion is used.  But The Cat said that as a variation, more green onions could be added.

At the Korean supermarket, I bought pork belly sold in slabs.

Pork Belly

This slab is about eight ounces and about one and half inches thick.

I also bought chicken feet at the Japanese supermarket.

Chicken Feet

The Menu

In the next few days, I will be making shoyu pork and chicken feet soup; the results will posted.

Until then …

The Mouse is inspired.

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Our friend, the same one that gave us the eggplants last weekend, also gave us a whole bunch (no pun intended) of green onions.¬†¬†The Cat helped to clean and cut them up.¬† I’m not sure what to do with so much green onions yet (that’s why I’m not an Iron Chef).¬† Going to the market(s) tomorrow to get some inspiration.¬† Wish us luck.

Green Onions

The Cat was teary (from the onions).

The Mouse is perplexed.

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I saw this cabbage the last time we were in Shanghai, winter 2008.¬† It’s called “ta ku cai” (cai sounds like “tsai”).¬† The Cat said it was a winter vegetable¬†that tastes sweeter after a frost.¬† After seeing it in the marketplace, The Cat’s cousin ordered it for dinner.¬† Although the picture looks like it was in soup, it was just how the restaurant cooked it (soupy).¬† The taste was definitely on the sweeter side (in a vegetable sort of way) and the texture was kind of like Shanghai cabbage here at home.

Ta Ku Cai in the marketplace

Ta Ku Cai with bamboo shoots and tofu skin

The Mouse tried something new. ūüôā

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Our friend gave us some Japanese eggplant from her garden.  Since The Cat was coming home late last night I decided to make a light dinner.

Ingredients (for two servings):

  • 6 small Japanese eggplants, peeled and¬†cut into 3/4 inch slices – free
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (Italian style) with basil, garlic, and oregano – 99 cents
  • 1 can (6 oz.) sliced mushrooms – 99 cents
  • 1/2 box (8oz.) orzo – 85 cents
  • 2 eggs –¬†40 cents
  • pinch each¬†of salt and sugar, and drizzle of macadamia nut oil infused with italian herbs (see picture)¬†-minimal
  • Approximate total cost – less than $4.00

Macadamia Nut Oil infused with Italian Herbs

Preparation and Plating:

  1. Cook orzo according to package directions, drain, and drizzle macadamia nut oil, toss to coat.
  2. Topped with eggplants, stewed with tomatoes and mushrooms (salt and sugar to taste).
  3. Added soft fried egg.  The egg yolk was broken to create a sauce for the orzo.

The Verdict:

The Cat liked it and asked me¬†to make it¬†for¬†her to bring¬†for lunch this week. – priceless. ūüôā

Stewed Eggplant with Orzo and Fried Egg.


The Cat likes Eggplant and Eggs.

The Mouse Succeeded.

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Hello world!

Food. Extremely high on my priority list. I’ve been interested in cooking for a long time.

I think it was because my mother couldn’t cook. Let me rephrase that. She could cook, but choose not to cook well.

One summer, I took a beginner cooking course. That was it. The fire was lit and I saw the possibility of food. My eating philosophy went from “eating to live” to living to eat.” Since then my thinking has changed to embrace both. Living to eat is self-explanatory. Eating to live is finding foods and ingredients that can contribute to a healthier and happier (within legal limits) life. ūüôā Instead of choosing one or the other, I choose both.

There have been numerous influences and inspirations along the journey. Hopefully this blog will pay homage to many (if not all) of them.

This blog is mainly about my thoughts, experiments, triumphs, and failures related to food (there may be sidetracks and tangents along the way).

If you want more information on any of the pages or posts, leave a comment, I’ll get back to you.

Hopefully you enjoy the journey. If not, that’s okay too.

Until then, peace out.

The Mouse

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