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Found/bought a package of beef cheeks at the grocery store. First time seeing for The Mouse. Searched the internet for cooking methods … low and slow.

The Mouse decided to do a slow braise with red wine.


Christmas present a couple of years back. The Cat and The Mouse are always hesitant to open a bottle of wine, The Mouse shouldn’t drink too much (a jigger at most), and The Cat cannot finish the bottle at once. Kinda waste for the leftover. At least with the braise, the bottle didn’t go to waste.

First parboiled in plain water, washed cheek and changed water. Added wine (withheld a portion for The Cat to taste). Braised for approximately 2 hours, added large dice turnip, another hour braise. Salt, pepper, miso paste, dried oregano to taste.

Served over noodles.

The Dish

The Cat liked (similar taste/texture to oxtail), The Mouse thought it was okay. Next time, add aromatics (celery and onion), maybe a little beef or chicken bouillon? Dried mushroom?

The Mouse needs more research on the beef cheek. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Yesterday was another order lunch day from one of the warehouse’s customers. The Mouse wasn’t going to order, the prices were kinda up there, but the controller is picking up the tab for the accounting staff this week.

Miso Braised Short Ribs

To The Mouse, the taste was more teriyaki than miso, oh well, free lunch for The Mouse. 🙂

The warehouse is also trying to market a new brand of coconut milk. One of the managers made bread pudding with haupia sauce. The Mouse got to sample.

Bread Pudding with Haupia Sauce


Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The source:

Kalua Pork and Lau Lau Combo Plate

The Mouse reserved most of the Kalua pork, way too much for The Mouse to eat in one sitting.


Chopped up, oil to coat pan, cabbage (dry braised), Kalua pork and Hanapepe salt at the end to warm through.

Braised Cabbage with Kalua Pork Accent

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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The Mouse style (no recipe).

Start with …

Pork Belly

Browned, lightly salted. Simmered overnight with water, apple cider vinegar, whiskey, liquid smoke, and ginger.

No garlic, The Cat’s stomach and garlic are not friends.

In the morning, added a can of beans.


The Mouse didn’t do the regular pork and beans beans (Navy, I think?) these beans were larger, and since the pork belly was chunky, The Mouse thought a better fit.

Simmered for about half an hour. The Mouse thought about adding a package of gravy, but already flavorful, might be too much.

Pork and Beans, The Mouse Style

Went into The Cat’s bento, and maybe dinner for The Mouse. 🙂

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You’ve seen it before, The Cat likes.

Pork Hock


Canned Mushroom

Regular button stems and pieces, and broken straw.

Package of mushroom gravy, throw everything in and hope for the best.

Pork Hock Stew with Mushroom

Add steamed rice and vegetables. Bento ready! Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse


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