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Fat Cat Wines

Saw these at the grocery store the other day.

Merlot

Merlot

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

I thought the labels were pretty cool. Hee hee.

The labels gave off a jazzy kind of vibe.

Just to be clear, The Cat is not fat.

Enjoy. Eat well (or in this case, drink well). 🙂

The Mouse

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The Cat’s Tongue

The Cat wanted  some representation on the tonguefest. 🙂

In this case, The Cat got the cow’s tongue. Heh heh.

Beef is not one of The Cat’s favorite. She prefers seafood, fish, duck, pork, and chicken. She didn’t grow up eating beef so she does not have the taste for it, except for oxtail and tendons. So beef tongue would be a bit of a challenge. She’s also not much the sandwich type either.

Although it doesn’t look it, there’s some beef tongue in here.

Noodles for The Cat

Noodles for The Cat

A portion of the five pounds of noodles, a little bit of beef tongue, shiitake mushrooms, dried seaweed, sliced celery, sliced carrots, enoki mushrooms, and an egg. The tongue was a little disguised with all the other ingredients.

One portion of noodles down, thirty-eight to go. Heh heh.

The Cat seemed to like the dish, the texture of the beef tongue is more palatable to her than regular meat from beef. So success. 🙂

Seems like she is open to a quick braise or steamed Chinese-style next time. I may even combine pork belly and beef tongue in one dish. Wish me luck.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Taster or …

Tastee. That is a question. Hee hee.

From the previous post, many of you guessed correctly. Beef tongue.

Given my limited exposure to all of the parts of a cow (I have yet to try beef cheeks, brain, eyes, and many cuts of steak), so far, the tongue is my favorite part of a cow (probably inherited the taste from my father). The texture is meaty but tender, fatty and full of connective tissue. Big yum.

Beef tongue is right up there with pork belly. 🙂

This past weekend, we acquired a beef tongue (see picture in previous post). I find it best to keep it very simple, slowly simmered (a long time) with a little carrot, celery, and onion. I added to the “holy trinity” some peppercorns and a bay leaf.

After a couple of hours the tongue came out of its “bath”.

Cooked Tongue

Cooked Tongue

With beef tongue, there is a “skin” over the tongue that to me is quite unpleasant if left on. The base of the tongue already has part of the skin peeled.

Peeled Tongue

Peeled Tongue

I cut the  back half of the tongue into slices for sandwiches.

Sliced Tongue

Sliced Tongue

Tongue Sandwich

Tongue Sandwich

A little whole grain mustard, fig jam, shiso leaves, and tongue, on lightly toasted squaw bread, salt and togarashi pepper to taste. Socks off, of course.

Tongue Sandwich, Side View

Tongue Sandwich, Side View

A little European flavor (whole grain mustard and fig jam), and a little Japanese flavor (shiso leaves and togarashi pepper). Yum.

The front half, including the tip got frozen for the future, probably a quick braise or steamed, Chinese-style, soy sauce, sugar, ginger. Drool. Stay tuned.

So the question is when I eat beef tongue, am I the taster or the tastee? Hee hee!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A Preview

Can you guess what this is?

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I’ve worked with this before, but the last time it was only half. This one is a whole one.

See you tomorrow.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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I seem to eat in waves. Take for example dim sum. I haven’t eaten dim sum in ages and then last weekend and this weekend, we eat dim sum. I noticed this has happened quite often lately (could be just my imagination, or some conspiracy, just kidding).

Anyway, The Cat wanted to try Sunflower Cafe for dim sum. This was the place that is kind of scary at night (not Stephen King scary, Hawai`i Five-O scary).

So yesterday, The Mouse, The Cat, and The Cat’s mother went for “brunch”.

Dried Beancurd Rolls

Dried Beancurd Rolls

Steamed Mochi Rice

Steamed Mochi Rice

Fried Turnip Patties

Fried Turnip Patties

Potstickers

Potstickers

Sliced Pork and Thousand Year Old Egg Rice Gruel

Sliced Pork and Thousand Year Old Egg Rice Gruel

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

Steamed BBQ Pork Buns

Braised Chicken Feet

Braised Chicken Feet

Steamed Beef Meatballs

Steamed Beef Meatballs

We find it easier to order dim sum with more than two people (one of the reasons The Cat’s mother came along).

The Cat liked the chicken feet, the rice  gruel, and the dried beancurd wraps. The mother liked the chicken feet. Funny, for a person whose teeth are not in the best of shape, she navigated the chicken  feet like a pro. Hee hee.

The Cat wants to return to try other dishes, just not at night.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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