Archive for October, 2012

Tonight’s dinner will be posted tomorrow.

Learned something new at the vegan/raw kitchen recently.

Grape tomatoes, or any small tomato variety. When I cut them in half, I usually cut them north to south.

Grape Tomatoes, Cut North to South

Chef S (in the vegan/raw kitchen) prefers the tomatoes cut eat to west.

Grape Tomatoes, Cut East to West

I think it’s personal preference. I can’t taste a difference.

Grape Tomatoes

“I say toh-mah-toh, you say toh-may-toh.” Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Vendor had this for sale at the farmers market last week.

Cooking Banana

Never heard of a cooking banana before. Asked the vendor if this was plantain, she said no, it was a cooking banana, had to be cooked. Vendor sold me one to try.

Couldn’t find info on the internet about “cooking banana”.

Vendor said to boil it in its skin for fifteen minutes or so then peel it. So that’s what I did.

Cooked and Peeled Cooking Banana

Texture and taste reminded me of steamed or roasted breadfruit. Taste like a starchy banana with a slight tartness thrown in. The Cat likes. I have permission to buy if available at the farmers market. I wonder if I can “roast” these?

Have a safe and happy Halloween. Tomorrow’s dinner will be a “treat” for us. Stay tuned.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Dinner with the Relatives

Sunday night. Dinner with the relatives, auntie M, cousins P&B, and their houseguest J. P&B’s go to Chinese restaurant here is Ming’s Chinese Restaurant (1414 Dillingham Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii). Our’s? Kin Wah Chop Suey (45-588 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe, Hawaii).


Auntie M used to eat here when she had business on this side of the island (a long time ago). P&B did not have the privilege of eating at Kin Wah until last night (so deprived). ๐Ÿ™‚

Family style food eaten family style.

Deep-Fried Taro Duck

Ginger Chicken

P was a little disappointed the chicken bones weren’t bloody (it is Halloween season after all), but he deemed it tasty nevertheless. Whew!

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Steamed Fish Fillet with Ginger and Onion

Pot Roast Pork

With Steamed Buns

MaPo Tofu

I think P&B deemed the place acceptable to their refined palates. Hope auntie M and J had a good time.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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By the Way

We dodged a tsunami bullet last night.

To all those dealing with Hurricane Sandy, stay safe.

The Mouse

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Sake and Chocolate?

You betcha.

As previously mentioned, we (me, The Cat, and Chef P) participated in a sake and chocolate tasting at The Sake Shop last night. The Sake Shop owners, Malcolm and Nadine were gracious in hosting. Chef prepared his apple banana ganache, matcha green tea, and peaberry Kona coffee ganache candies.

The Sake Shop presented five sake ย they thought would match the chocolates: Yuki no Bosha Akita Komachi Daiginjo, Kamoizumi Junmai Daiginjo, Chiyomusubi Tokubetsu Junmai, Asabiraki Ume-Kanon (Umeshu), and Dewazakura Tobiroku (sparkling). Sorry, can’t tell you anything more about the sake, I have no clue.

Chef sold out of the boxes that he brought for sale and sold a couple of gift cards. He got to talk to some of his old fans and made new ones. Over all a pretty successful night. He is even thinking about making a sake truffle or a yuzu infused sake ganache for sale at the The Shop for Christmas.

The Cat bought a bottle of the Asabiraki Ume-Kanon (Umeshu), plum infused sake.

Asabiraki Ume-Kanon (Umeshu)

Her own pre-Halloween treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks Malcolm and Nadine, invite us back, anytime. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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