Caramel Pots de Creme!
How was your holiday weekend? I worked one day, put up some mini blinds, went to the Farmer's Market, saw Kung Fu Panda 2 with my UCLA roommate and her family (such cute girls Lucia & Julia!), and Cidney graduated!! Whoo hoo!
PetSmart Beginning Education class. Six weeks of sit, loose leash walking, down, drop, leave it, shake and come. She's doing well, but needs more practice and the intermediate class. We had a good time and our trainer Blythe was awesome. As an adult, I've only had cats so this whole idea of actually training an animal is kinda cool. :)
Also, Cidney didn't mind the hat on her head. I never thought I would become someone who dressed up pets...but just wait for Halloween and Christmas.
Joanne Chang's Flour book has homemade dog biscuits. I think I'll have to try to make some for my graduate! Congrats to the class of 2011! :)
Cidney the Dog Grad Night!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
The Spice Table, Los Angeles
Saturday, May 28, 2011
The Spice Table in Downtown Los Angeles
My friend Susan and I went to The Spice Table for lunch. This Southeast Asian restaurant "celebrates the culinary heritage of Chef/owner Bryant Ng (Singapore) and his wife Kim (Vietnam)." Thus, banh mi for lunch.
Japanese American National Museum), across from the Japanese Village Plaza (get the imagawayaki) and next to the Yogurtland.
lunch and dinner - I will definitely want to come back for dinner and try the menu. They have an interesting way of saying no substitutions; the menu reads, "Changes and modifications are politely declined."
Although a little messy, this was really good. I'm pretty weak with the spices (I am Japanese American) so it was spicy to me.
My friend Susan got that and I tried a bit. I like it but would get it again without the mayo.
I really liked the slaw. I'm not a fan of regular cole slaw (too much mayo), but this was only lightly dressed and those peanuts just make it delicious.
Flying Pig's food truck's brick and mortar restaurant. I just hope they don't do any filming there...
Los Angeles, CA 90012 (213) 620-1840
Lunch menu - Dinner menu
Zunda Mochi from Sendai Japan
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Zunda Mochi from the Sendai region of Japan
It has been awhile since the Japanese earthquake on March 11, 2011 and the recent tragedies in the mid-west reiterate the power of natural disasters. Japan may have fallen off the front page of the newspaper, but the people in the affected areas are in need of long-term assistance. There are still thousands of people in shelters because their homes were destroyed in the tsunami. One of the hardest hit regions is Sendai, Japan.
Last month, my friend and fellow librarian Jun taught me how to make Zunda Mochi. Jun’s family is from Sendai and she still has many relatives there. Last year, she visited Sendai and came back with a package of Zunda Mochi which she shared with me. I was immediately smitten. I love all things mochi and the combo of slightly sweetened soybeans or edamame and mochi is a winner.
After the earthquake and updates from Jun about what her family went through, I thought about Zunda Mochi. I wanted to make Zunda Mochi as a celebration of the region's perseverance. Jun said this is a home cooked comfort food; it is sad that so many people do not have homes to return to. I hope you contribute financially to the continuing relief effort in Japan and here in the states. I've listed one way to support Japan at the end of this post.
annual mochi making day for New Year's? Well, I still have some mochi in the freezer and we cut some of those pieces. You can also find mochi in the Asian grocery store....just make sure it is plain and unsweetened.
Whiz the naked (skin-off) edamame with some sugar and a bit of water in a food processor. You should get a fairly fine paste...but if you like things a bit chunky, you can leave it more chunky too. You don't want hummus...there should be a little texture.
I Nom Things version. Google the recipe, find one you like and sit with a friend and shell some soybeans.
My friend (and soon-to-be mom!) Jun with the dessert of her peeps.
Buy my friend Azusa's Humble Bean Cookbook and help Japan!
One way you can help Japan is by purchasing Humble Bean’s recipe booklet. Azusa, an awesome artist and cook, has created this booklet with proceeds helping the victims in Japan. Buy it here!
- Quick Japanese Pickles
- Milk Misoshiru with Kabocha
- Daikon and Scallop Salad
- Pan Fried Gyoza
- Chilled Tomato Somen
- Shiitake and Bacon Pasta
- Bacon and Shiso Fried Rice
- Kuwayaki Donburi
- Sukiyaki Donburi
- Tuna and Avocado Donburi
- Matcha Pancakes
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Yields: 2 cups paste
One 16 ounce bag of frozen shelled edamame
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon water or more as needed
2 pinches of kosher salt
1. Remove the skin from the defrosted edamame. You should yield 14 ounces or about 2 1/2 cups of edamame.
2. Place edamame, sugar, water and salt in a food processor. Process into a paste of desired consistency.
3. Boil mochi pieces until soft. Remove and place on dish.
4. Top mochi with edamame paste.
Note: Paste freezes well.
Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones - Tuesdays with Dorie
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones
For this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection, Patricia from Life With a Whisk chose Oatmeal Nutmeg Scones on page 30 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.
Tuesdays with Dorie bakers and see their creations!
Patricia from Life With a Whisk blog,
or, Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours (page 30)
Maple Cornmeal Biscuits - Tuesdays with Dorie
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Maple Cornmeal Biscuits
For this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection, May 17, 2011 – Lindsay from A Little Something… Sweet chose Maple Cornmeal Biscuits on page 24. of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.
These are sooooo good! I could eat a hundred of these light, slightly sweet biscuits. The maple syrup flavor is subtle yet delicious!
I made half the recipe and used a cookie scoop to dish out these drop biscuits. Yes, no rolling or forming...but scoop and bake. So easy! My scoop was small as I got 12 small biscuits (the full recipe yields 12 larger biscuits)
I hope you get a chance to make these soon. They are perfect with breakfast, lunch or dinner!
Check out the other Tuesdays with Dorie bakers and see their creations!
Lindsay from A Little Something… Sweet blog,
or, Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours (page 24)
Spinach and Ham Quiche - French Fridays with Dorie
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Spinach and Ham Quiche
This week, the French Fridays with Dorie group made Spinach and Bacon Quiche from Dorie Greenspan's cookbook Around my French Table.
I did make and eat this on Friday, but ran a little late in my posting.
I'm going to tell you something. In confidence. You know, between you and me.
I stepped on the bathroom scale the other day and there was a number (in big, bright blue digital characters) that is just not right with the world. I mean, the biggest number I've ever seen. Ever.
I'm afraid the state or feds are gonna come barging through the door, while I'm standing in front of an open refrigerator, and arrest me for perjury...for the weight shown my driver's license is, um, not close to the actual number. Oy vey. I need to move a lot more and eat a lot less.
Finally, I know this probably isn't anywhere "around my French table", but I did eat my second half with some Salsa Lizano sauce from Costa Rica. It goes perfectly with egg dishes. :)
French Fridays with Dorie members and see their creations!
purchase the book or find it at your library.
LA Food Blogger Bake Sale - Saturday, May 14th
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Los Angeles! Plan your weekend around this awesome bake sale!!!
What: More than 40 Food Bloggers across Los Angeles come together to bake their favorite treats from their blogs to raise money for Share Our Strength in the 2nd Annual Food Blogger Bake Sale, to help the fight against childhood hunger in America!
I'm going to bring Espresso Mini-Bundt Cakes!
When: May 14th from 11:30 – 2:00pm
Where: BLD Restaurant (7450 Beverly Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90036)
Why: Because we want to raise a TON of money for Share Our Strength and help END childhood hunger in America! Don’t you want to help?? Did you know that nearly one in four—children in America face hunger, that’s more than 17 million kids!!
Thanks to Gaby of What's Cooking Gaby for organizing all the bake sales! Check out Gaby's blog post for a list of the bakers participating in the Los Angeles bake sale... and for other locations!
Fresh white corn
Olive oil, salt & pepper
Brown Sugar Bundt Cake - Tuesdays with Dorie
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Brown Sugar Bundt Cake
For this week's Tuesdays with Dorie selection, Peggy from Pantry Revisited chose Brown Sugar Bundt Cake on page 179 of Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours.
I Like Big Bundts. :)
Tuesdays with Dorie bakers and see their creations!
Peggy from Pantry Revisited blog,
or, Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours (page 179)
My notes: I used 2 granny smith apples instead of pears. I skipped all the nuts and raisins.
Royal/T JustJenn Mother's Day Tea
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Happy Mother's Day to all!
Royal/T in Culver City. Royal/T had a sold-out Mother's Day tea and comic/cookbook signing by my good friend, the super talented JustJenn!!!
own copy on JustJenn's website!
JustJenn Royal/T cupcakes!
By the way, I took my mom and dad out to dinner last night... well, I must admit that despite my best efforts, my mom was able to get the check. I know, can you believe this? I'm 40 years old, employed, and my mom demands the check. She has stealth maneuvers! She makes direct eye contact with the wait staff and says, "Give me the check" BEFORE we even order the food. Sometimes she'll "go to the bathroom" and come back and the check is paid. Oy vey.
I hope you and your family had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! - mary the food librarian