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Archive for January, 2014

Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Hunan restaurant (the only one on the island as far as I know).

Long Bean and Eggplant

Long Bean and Eggplant

Spicy Lamb Lollipops

Spicy Lamb Lollipops

They forgot to order it mild.

Braised Pork Belly

Braised Pork Belly

I got to the restaurant after The Cat, her mother, and The Cat’s business partner finished eating (I had a early evening shift at Willie’s). By the time I got to the restaurant the food cooled off. Ate one lamb lollipop, finished the vegetables, and took the pork belly home (beggars can’t be choosy).

Maybe I’ll look for frozen bao buns and make pork belly bao buns at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy year of the horse everyone!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Cheap Eats

Surprisingly, at the mall.

Sign

Sign

Cheap Eats

Cheap Eats

Last Weeks Dinner

Last Weeks Dinner

Before heading off to Willies for a late night shift.

Today's Brunch

Today’s Brunch

While running errands. Also $4.90. Plus natto!

Pickled Ginger

Pickled Ginger

Best part is the jar of pickled ginger, all you can eat, free (I love pickled ginger).

Beef is not the best cut of beef in the world, but for under $5.00? Can’t complain.

The Mouse’s schedule is still a mess. Maybe next week will catch a breath.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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For this post, kind of the same.

Last time we were in Shanghai, saw several cats during dinner time. Back then (dunno current practice) there were no canned or dry cat food. Left over rice, a little vegetable, and scraps from the fishmonger cooked into a one-pot meal for the cats.

Kind of like tonight’s dinner for The Cat (made by The Mouse).

The Cat's Food

The Cat’s Food

Leftover rice, a spoon of quinoa, a spoon of millet, leftover boiled potato, chopped up Shanghai cabbage, and leftover BBQ chicken wings all stirred up.

I called it The Mouse’s mess, The Cat called it comfort food. I think the cats in Shanghai would’ve appreciated it too. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Cat’s Practice

Hot (temperature, not spice) pickled cabbage.

Hot Pickled Cabbage

Hot Pickled Cabbage

First time making this. The Cat found the recipe in one her Chinese books. Stir-fried Napa cabbage, salt, vinegar, minced ginger, green onions, and sugar. I don’t think The Cat accounted ย for the cabbage giving off so much water. The taste was kind of diluted.

I think the nest time she either needs to drain the water or add more ingredients (maybe even some chili powder?). Oh well, practice is the best teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Finding Balance

This holiday season has been extremely weird. You know those cartoons where a character drops a snowball down a hill and it rolls and rolls until the little ball becomes a giant avalanche? That’s kind of how my schedule evolved

It started with the once a week gig at the church assisting in counting their Sunday collection. Then the mostly late night stint with Willies which kind of screwed up my sleep pattern. Next came helping the beef chip people man their table once a week at the local farmers market. Last week, I started a limited term position with Howard Hughes Corp to help validate the data as they update their software.

To add to the chaos, the church is changing their accounting software from QuickBooks to some point-of-sale system which in my opinion is not set up to handle all accounting requirements. I’ve been going in more than Sundays to try to “learn” the system (vendor support is a joke).

Sometimes I think I spend as much time on the road going between jobs as I actually work.

Where am I going with all this?

My eating has been leaning more toward veggies and lighter ingredients instead of SPAM, pork belly, and bacon. Sigh.

Stir-Fried Vegetables and Tofu with Brown Rice

Stir-Fried Vegetables and Tofu with Brown Rice

From a place that specializes in deep-fried Japanese foods.

Tuna Sandwich

Tuna Sandwich

From a burger joint.

Salad Assortment

Salad Assortment

From a take out place that has duck confit quesadillas.

I’m not sick (just took my temperature). Guess it’s my body’s way of keeping me sane. Not to worry, the pork belly, bacon, and SPAM will return just as soon as my schedule settles down (hopefully soon).

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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