BBQ Ribs

Thanksgiving dinner. A rack of BBQ Ribs. So, the meat is already cooked and seasoned but I made it extra delicious. For some reason, cooked bbq meat isn’t as good as it should be. It doesn’t mean it can’t be tweaked. Ingredients: Your favorite cooked+seasoned ribs and Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce. Defrost the meat then…

Lemon & Pepper Salmon

I always go for the easy and delicious. This could not get any easier. Ingredients: Weber lemon pepper marinade mix, lemon juice, and salmon. I think the marinade could easily be duplicated = Sugar, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, corn starch, red bell pepper, lemon peel and turmeric. Marinade for more than 3 hours. Wrap…

Chicken & Pasta

So trying to mix and match..Yesterday’s grilled chicken was delicious. So I thought, “Why not use the marinade as a pasta sauce?” It turned out…not so good, yet edible. Ingredients: Tuley Bros marinade, cubed chicken thighs, garlic, onion, water, corn starch, macaroni noodles, salt, and pepper. Onions+garlic+chicken=cook for a couple of minutes. Marinade sauce+water+salt+pepper (to…

Chicken grilled

Support local products as often as possible. Ingredients: Boneless chicken thighs (cut into strips) and Tuley Bros marinade. Marinade meat for a couple of hours or overnight. Grill and serve. I forgot to take a photo of the cooked version….was too hungry to remember!

Grilled Steak

Not much to say, this was a delicious steak. Ingredients:  Pepper, Lawry’s seasoned salt, Garlic powder, and Onion powder. It’s best to cook in a cast iron grill pan.

Deep-Fried Potato

How do you get a fried potato crispy?  I tried double frying, but it didn’t work. Initially after I took them off the oil, they were very crispy. But after a while, they got soggy and lumpy. The recipe is from The Contented Wife Blog.

7 Eleven Onigiri

Onigiri was my comfort food when I lived in Yokosuka. After a long work day, I would walk my way to a 7 Eleven store and pick up a couple of onigiri’s and a salad plate. You can stuff it inside or mix furikake into the rice. They’re easy to make. Ingredients: Cooked rice, Stir-fried Pork…

Curry Noodles

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ = Very good! This is great for late dinners, especially when you don’t want to watch what you are cooking. You can just put everything in a pan and boil away… This recipe is only good for one serving. It is perfect for cold weather late night dinners, like right about now….

Bratwurst & Buns

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ = Very good! I’m disappointed to say that I will never make bratwurst from scratch. We’re currently very happy with the brand we buy from our local meat shop. They make their own bratwurst and they’re very delicious. They are seasoned well and  boiled in beer. All that is needed is a…

Lumpia – Spring Rolls

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ = Very good! When I was younger my mom would make spring rolls stuffed with cheese (similar taste as gouda). She served them as snacks, usually after she was making spring rolls. I loved nibbling at the crunchy wrapper as the cheese oozed out… Anyways, last night I made Spring rolls that…

Pork Adobo

 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ = Very good! I don’t have chicken at the moment. I spent the afternoon re-arranging my drawing area. By the time Erik got home, I was on the floor re-arranging watercolor, acrylic, and oil paint tubes. I didn’t start cooking until 7pm.. since he  leaves very early (4am) for work tomorrow, we…

Shrimp Alfredo

♥ ♥ = Getting there! Hands down, this is my second try at making Alfredo sauce from scratch. This one recipe I am continually trying to perfect. This time, the aromatic flavor of the shrimp mellowed down quite a bit that all I could taste was the mirin and garlic overpowering the pasta. Don’t get…

Stir-Fried Pork

Ingredients: Thinly sliced pork, onions, apple juice, ginger, garlic, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 tbsp mirin, 1 tbsp red wine, 2 tbsp soy sauce, red pepper flakes, & sesame seeds. Fry everything in a pan on medium high heat, cook until all the juice thickens and the meat is very tender. Preferably served with rice and…

Garlic & Shrimp

What is a Shrimp? I’ve been eating shrimp ever since I can remember. My mom cooked them in many different ways such as soup, pan fried, and even steamed. And yet, I know nothing about these little crustaceans. “Shrimp” n. a small free-swimming crustacean with an elongated body, typically marine and frequent harvested for food. Word Origin: middle…

Furikake (振り掛け / ふりかけ)

Furikake is a dry japanese seasoning that is sprinkled over the cooked rice. It is usually made out of minced seaweed, ground fish, sesame seeds, sugar, salt, flavorings, freeze dried stuff, dried vegetables, etc.. According to Takaokayausa.com, In the early 1900’s, a Japanese pharmacist invented Furikake in order to compensate for the lack of calcium in…

Bacon & Kimchee fried rice

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ = Very good! Yesterday, we took a short trip to the Asian store after getting an oil change. We bought ready-made Kimchee. For lunch, I’m too lazy to cook anything that requires a lot of pots…so I’m using left-over rice from last night’s pan fried pot-sticker dinner. This recipe is a tweaked…