Kitchen Shenanigans

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Kitchen/potting shed

Yesterday I potted up two newly sproutting avocado seeds--the big ones from those humongous 'alligator pears' that show up seasonally at the Asia Pacific Market. The avocado itself may not be good, brown where it should be butter-yellow, but the seeds are pretty easy to start so at least I get a... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Japanese griddle reprise

Last time, for Christmas feasting, we got out the 'zojirushi' Japanese griddle that sits in the center of the table, surrounded by bowls of bite-sized meats and vegies. Charlie, his housemates Rob and Vale and I all sat around cooking our own dinners to our own tastes. There were sauces and spices,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Non-traditional Christmas feasting

This afternoon we fired up the Japanese 'zojirushi' griddle, brought out bowls of bite-sized pieces of filet mignon, venison, bratwurst, potato slices, and some crab cakes. The griddle sits in the middle of the table and everyone cooks their own bits of meat and veg to their own taste. It's all very... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Crab cakes and chicken burgers

Last week I got some crab cakes from Omaha Steaks. They were okay, not amazing. They were pretty pricey, and I decided to give the fresh ones from the grocery store a try. And they were cheaper with good reason. The search continues. I might have to try some recipes. Do you have a favorite special... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Ordering Chinese

Yesterday evening we ordered Chinese dinner while watching the last two episodes of the show we were binging all day. It was time for something different from what has lurked in my larder of late, and for me not to cook. We have a usual place to order from for delivery, and we know what we like, so... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Brussels Sprouts ala Charles

My son doesn't cook nearly as much or as finely as his sisters, but he has a few things he makes well and is justly pleased with. One of these is his brussels sprouts. He sautees sliced shallots in a skillet, and prepares the sprouts by slicing them and cutting out their cores--the bitter bits, he... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

shenanigans of another time and place...

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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Eggses, Precious!

This morning I treated myself to duck eggs, purchased yesterday at the Asian Pacific Market. They cost twice as much as the nicer-than-common chicken eggs I usually use, with bright orange yolks that make standard chicken eggs look positively anaemic! Duck eggs are tougher-shelled than chicken, not... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, October 28, 2022


I am thinking of making a custard today. It has been years since I made it, then I saw something online, a recipe that is just eggs and condensed milk. As it happens, today's episode of the British Baking Show is all about custard. I remember mixing up the ingredients, pouring them into little pyrex... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 17, 2022

Kind of a Frittata

Just made a most tasty lunch! Two eggs, beaten, with some thawed cocktail shrimp mixed in, poured into a small pyrex dish... zucchini and onion--sauteed with a dash of Yoshida sauce--added on top of the egg mix... then 4 minutes in the microwave. Turned out on a plate, a bit of ketchup on top. Yum!... Sign in to see full entry.

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