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The Cat had a pic of the peach meringue dessert from a couple of posts ago.

Peach Meringue Tart
Inside

Nom!

Recent bowls (both The Cat’s and The Mouse’s).

Jook with Leftovers

From Sunday’s Korean brunch.

The Mouse’s Lunch

Pasta shells with canned sardines and frozen mixed vegetables, heavily seasoned with turmeric. Sardines and turmeric, interesting flavors, The Mouse might do this again. Hee hee.

Vegetable Jook with Pickled Mustard Cabbage

Another jook bowl for The Cat. The Cat wasn’t complaining. 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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Not temperature, spice. Sardines in hot sauce on sale at the grocery store. The Mouse tried sardines in hot sauce before, not a favorite, but he has been watching a lady on YouTube attempt to raise her spice tolerance. The Mouse thought give the sardines another try. Plus the whole lunch was cheap eats. Hee hee.

Lunch

Normally, The Mouse would throw the sardines over steamed rice, but because the sardines were packed in hot sauce, not oil, the Mouse thought might be better with instant noodles (the fried noodles adding the oil factor). Normally, The Mouse tries to stay away from instant noodles.

Cooked the noodles, 1/3 of the soup packet, sardines without the sauce (too spicy), mustard green stem.

Bowl

The hot sauce was more vinegar-y than spicy. The Mouse still not a fan, but it was okay. The Mouse prefers the oil packed sardines. But the picture turned out nice. Hee hee.

So, a dollar for the sardines, less than fifty cents for the noodles (The Mouse only used half a package, a couple of cents for the mustard greens. Cheap eats indeed! 🙂

Stay safe and well.

The Mouse

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The Cat and The Mouse are invited to Christmas eve dinner at a member’s only club tonight. The Cat is running around playing Santa Cat. The Mouse is left to his own devices at home for lunch.

Since it’s Christmas eve, lunch is red, white, and green.

Green Beans, Sautéed Onions (White), and Sardines in Basil Tomato Sauce (Green and Red)

Green Beans, Sautéed Onions (White), and Sardines in Basil Tomato Sauce (Green and Red)

Bamboo Rice (Green), Wasabi Flavored Sesame Seeds (Green again), Red Shiso Leaf Furikake

Bamboo Rice (Green), Wasabi Flavored Sesame Seeds (Green again), Red Shiso Leaf Furikake

Getting in the spirit. 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Old Sock Pasta

Just me, unsupervised in the kitchen again.

It’s the beginning of tax season, The Cat comes home late. The Mouse can’t wait for dinner (eating late makes me fat).

For the next several months, I’ll usually eat dinner by myself, then prepare something light for The Cat when she gets home.

Been looking at Italian restaurant menus lately (don’t ask). Came across a menu for one of the original Japanese/Italian fusion restaurants. We tried it a long, long time ago. I didn’t mind the restaurant, The Cat thought otherwise.

One dish that I didn’t try but was curious about is their natto and bacon pasta.

I was just about to make my dinner when The Cat came home a little earlier than expected. I thought I could finish before she got home, but, it was her fate to see (and smell) my dinner.

Digging through the pantry and refrig, and with natto and bacon pasta on my mind, I assembled these ingredients.

Why?

What?

I planned to make natto and sardine pasta in mustard sauce.

Right now, you’re probably thinking I’ve completely lost it (I know some of my relatives do). But to me, there is logic to my madness. I’ve seen pasta dishes with beans and anchovies. In some packages of natto, there is a small packet of mustard.

Mustard Packet

Mustard Packet

And natto is just soy beans, albeit fermented, but beans nonetheless. Finally, anchovies and sardines, close enough. So, in my mind, my dish was not too far off.

Shredded some Romaine lettuce, threw the hot pasta on top (to wilt the lettuce), added the sardines and natto. Topped with fresh basil.

Natto and Sardine Pasta, Mustard Sauce

Ta Da!

Natto and Sardine Pasta, Mustard Sauce. The picture is pre-tossed, forgot to take one post-tossed.

I thought it was great (I would definitely make this again, just not when The Cat is around), The Cat thought the mustard and natto together smelt like old socks. Hence the name of the dish “Old Sock Pasta”. I would but this on a menu. But that’s just me. Hee hee! 🙂

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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