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Seems like kitchen is going through a bit of change (just a little bit).

Our toaster oven, who’s been with us for over a decade has “retired” (mechanical failure). It reheated roast pork, made toast, heated pastries, a loyal help in the kitchen.

The Old Guard

The Old Guard

Loved it, it was simple, two-tiered, dependable.

Picked up its replacement.

The Newbie

The Newbie

A little more complicated than the old one. Still getting used to it.

We kept the old guard, dunno what to do with it yet. Maybe turn it into a spice holder or somethin’

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Playin’ in the Kitchen

New impulse buy.

Citrus Saver

Citrus Saver

Kinda cute, shaped like a lime, not sure how this plastic container is supposed to keep cut lemons and limes fresher though. At least it was cheap.

According to Wiki, black salt (kala namak?) has a slight sour taste. Tonight, tried it to season a stir-fry.

Stir-Fried Celery, White Stemmed Cabbage, and Leftover Kau Yuk

Stir-Fried Celery, White Stemmed Cabbage, and Leftover Kau Yuk

Not knowing the potency of the salt, erred on the side of caution and used a tiny bit. There was a slight pungent smell, not enough to smell like “rotten eggs”. Just a faint fermented smell, which I’m ok with. Taste was mildly fermented, in a good way.

Last working Sunday … free at last!

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Last night, I checked out a drum festival at our local community college.

Sign

Of all the instruments, drums are one of my favorite. Not only can you hear the sound but oftentimes feel it too.

Eisa Performers

These performers were getting ready to go on stage.

Taiko Drummers

In addition to the Eisa performers, Taiko performers took the stage as well.

Taiko Drummers

Here’s a better shot.

The plan was to pick-up dinner at the festival (see link above), but the food was in the cafeteria. It was so crowded, the people were packed liked sardines with no end in sight. I couldn’t even take pictures of the food. Sigh.

The alternative was here.

Meow

One of my favorite. First time for dinner though. Ordered the two dish teishoku dinner.

Hamburger Steak and Tonkatsu Teishoku

All of this food for one price, what a deal.

Hamburger Steak, Fried Egg, Demi-Glace Sauce

Tonkatsu, House Made Sauce

The hamburger is Japanese style, very fine ground, which is okay by me. If the whole dish was thrown on a big bowl of rice … loco moco! The tonkatsu was tender and juicy.

Fried Egg, Demi-Glace Sauce on Rice

You know I had to do this. Didn’t do a good job transferring the egg over to the rice, a little messy, tasted good anyway.

I missed out eating from a paper plate and some of the performances. That’s okay, the dinner more than made up for it. Food or drums, hmm, let me think about that.😉

On a related unrelated note, just picked up my new pair of eyeglasses.

New Eyeglasses

I think it makes me look like an anime character or something.🙂

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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Oh Happy Day

At first I was like

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And then this happened

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Because

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Let the eating begin!

Enjoy (you know I will)!

The Mouse

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I found two packages of chicken bones at the market the other day.

Chicken Bones

I would have preferred chicken feet, but the market was out of them. Sometimes I don’t find the ingredient, the ingredient finds me. I think these were thigh bones.

Very simple, chicken bones, water, ginger, Shao Xing wine. Simmer until fragrant.

Chicken Stock

I was going to just toss the bones but being Chinese, I took off the meat and stored the meat with a little bit of the stock in the freezer. Add a can of cream of mushroom soup and some frozen vegetables and “voila” chicken ala king.

Chicken Meat with Stock

In its first incarnation, I used some of the stock to simmer turnip greens from the previous post.

Turnip Greens in Chicken Stock

On a somewhat related note, I got a new kitchen toy.

Soup Skimmer

It’s made to skim the scum off of soups. Works like a charm. It also cleans off the fat pretty good too.

Enjoy.

The Mouse

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