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Peas on Earth

The office gatekeeper (aka receptionist) had a cartoon of peas standing on the earth, peas on earth.

Thought I’d share but seems like the picture is copyrighted. Didn’t want to get into trouble, but the sentiment is still there.

Somewhat, but maybe not, The Mouse’s dinner tonight.

Soybeans, Turnip, Banana, Smoked Pork

Can you tell I like this compartmentalized plate? Must be a throwback to hanabata elementary school cafeteria days.

Plus, with The Cat still crazy busy, the plate works to cut down washing. Hee hee.

Didn’t have peas in the freezer, had to use edamame as substitute.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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A former co-worker (thanks M) and a stranger that struck up a conversation with The Cat recommended here.

Sign

Sign

The Mouse has been avoiding Mexican cuisine due to his age related onset of lactose intolerance to dairy. And since past experience with Mexican food included a load of cheese … well, the best defense is avoidance.

But, The Cat wanted to try. So, with a container loaded with lactase pills, The Cat and The Mouse went to try try.

Complimentary Basket of Chips and

Complimentary Basket of Chips and

 

Salsa

Salsa

Salsa had a bit of heat, but not intolerable to The Cat and The Mouse. Off to a good start.

Guacamole

Guacamole

Server suggested a bowl. House-made. Awesome.

Special

Special

Uhm, no. Adventurous but, a little too early for that.

Cancun Fish

Cancun Fish

The Cat’s order. Covered with mango and avocado, The Cat’s favorite fruits. The Cat also liked the beans.

Carnitas Plate

Carnitas Plate

The Mouse’s order. Only cheese was a little bit on the beans, easily handled. Came with three small corn tortillas (in the foil). Well cooked. Not pork belly (I think it was shoulder), but very acceptable.

Ran out of flan for dessert. Reason to return. Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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It’s been a bit of awhile since I’ve used the Martha (our cast iron slow pot). The usual suspect (pig foot). A slight riff on the “classic”.

The Main Attraction

The Main Attraction

 

The Supporting Player

The Supporting Player

Normal prep. Par-boil food, rinse and separate pieces, into the Martha with dried shiitake, brown ale, ginger, vinegar. Slow simmer for seven to eight hours.

Brown Ale Braised Pig Foot

Brown Ale Braised Pig Foot

Wasn’t trying to make soup, although there is a bit of soup. Aiming more toward meat for The Cat’s home bento. Not sure if the soup jelled, will check later.

As a preview, The Cat’s dinner last night.

Seaweed and Pig Foot Soup, Steamed Okinawan Sweet Potato, Boiled Napa Cabbage and Turnip

Seaweed and Pig Foot Soup, Steamed Okinawan Sweet Potato, Boiled Napa Cabbage and Turnip

The Cat said “おいしい“.

The Mouse said “ありがとう“, please enjoy, (bow). Hee hee.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

 

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One Pot …

Back to a one pot dish (skipped a couple of weeks), some for The Mouse’s dinner, some for The Cat’s lunch. Keeping it simple.

Sliced Pork Belly

Sliced Pork Belly

From the Korean grocery store.

Turnips

Turnips

Again from you know where.

Blanched Pork Belly, Kimchi

Blanched Pork Belly, Kimchi

The Cat says turnips and pork is a classic combination in Chinese cooking.

Turnips, pork belly, red miso, gojujang (from my Bibimbap lunch), leaf kimchi (just a little bit), water, soju.

Low temp simmer.

Turnip and Pork Belly Stew, Miso and Gojujang Flavor

Turnip and Pork Belly Stew, Miso and Gojujang Flavor

First day taste was a little “interesting”. Today, the flavors mellowed and combined. Yes!

Bowl of rice, stew (with gravy). Perfect.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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Ok, I misspoke, thought the B-Day parties were the last eatin’ events in January. Forgot Chinese New Year (those sneaky Chinese, The Cat and The Mouse included) move the dates around every year, must be a conspiracy to confuse. I know solar calendar vs lunar calendar, but conspiracy is more exciting.

Disclaimer, The Cat nor The Mouse picked the restaurant (although, The Cat did think the food was really good there at one time, plus, we think it’s one of the few places in SPAM land to have Hainan Chicken rice on the menu). The Cat’s relative picked the place.

So, onward to S_______ Cafe in Chinatown (named masked to protect the …).

Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup

Crabmeat and Fish Maw Soup

It was … okay. The maw was a little crunchy/chewy, not sure if that’s the perfect texture. Had fish maw at other places that were softer in texture.

Country Style Rice Noodle

Country Style Rice Noodle

This was okay, not bad, added a splash of shoyu or vinegar to up the taste. The Cat’s relative couldn’t/wouldn’t touch it, she believe she cannot eat shrimp, crab, lobster, fish, chicken, beef, and a whole list of things, kinda Alanis. So, she couldn’t/wouldn’t touch the soup either.

Duck and Dried Pork Skin Pot

Duck and Dried Pork Skin Pot

Hmm. Duck a little overcooked, the pork skin either not hydrated or not cooked long enough. Something definitely off on this dish. And such potential too. Now, to be fair, since it was Chinese new year eve, maybe the kitchen was overwhelmed (the tables were full). I dunno. One of two dishes The Cat’s relative “touched”.

Capital Pork Chop

Capital Pork Chop

The second of two dishes The Cat’s relative “touched”. I hope The Mouse doesn’t get “Morris” in his old age. The pork chops? Not bad, The Mouse prefers pork belly to chop, not bad for the chop cut of meat tho’.

Hainan Chicken Rice

Hainan Chicken Rice

The Mouse thought this was pretty good, especially the rice, cooked in chicken stock and fat. Mmm. The Cat thought the dish was better before. The ginger and chili sauce sets off the cold chicken well. One of two favorite dishes for The Mouse for the night. Better be since The Mouse ordered it. Hee hee.

Stringbeans with Pork and Preserved Vegetable

String Beans with Pork and Preserved Vegetable

Again, “something” missing, dunno if the flavor was well distributed or just overwhelmed kitchen. Sigh.

Egg Tarts

Egg Tarts

From the morning dim sum service. A little something sweet to end the dinner. 🙂

Hope your Chinese new year celebration went well.

Enjoy. Eat well.

The Mouse

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