Archive for November, 2009


Monday, November 30th, 2009


Do you see something weird in the photo?? I know it’s weird that you would find the can top on the floor, but that’s not what I’m talking about here. ( ←I’m blaming that on Kurosuke) The question is, do you see what I took pic of?? :P




Sunday, November 29th, 2009


I made up the recipe, I realized the collard greens had really good juice, so I didn’t even use veggie bouillon! Oh so yummyyyyyyyyy. You can skip any ingredients you don’t have, and I swear it’s not as intense as my instructions sounds! It was really really easy, yo!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pie shell without any animal ingredients (you can use this or you can go without it, I think it’ll taste really great without pie shell too)
  • Oil of your choice, I used grapeseed oil – about 2 Tbsp
  • 1 clove of garlic – minced
  • 2 stalks of celery-minced
  • 2 skinny carrots – minced
  • onions – thinly sliced, I used about 1/4 of one onion
  • mushroom of your choice (optional) I used the Shimeji mushroom, about 1/2 package
  • Herbs (from my collection: basil, oregano, parsley, and rosemary, and I added dry thyme) mince fresh ones
  • leftover collard greens
  • leftover Tofurkey (optional i had like a bite size left)
  • veggie sandwich ham (optional, i just had it and had to use it before it goes bad)
  • Unsweetened soy milk
  • corn starch – 2 Tbsp
  • water – 2 Tbsp

Mashed potato

  • 4 little potatoes – we didn’t peel them, cut and boiled
  • soy margarine – about 1 Tbsp
  • Unsweetened soymilk – about…1/2 cup
  1. Warm up the oven 375 and boil potatoes
  2. Sautee garlic in the oil with sea salt in a big pan or pot, add carrots and celery, and onion. Add salt, pepper and herbs.
  3. Add Collard greens with the juice ( I say, about 1/2 to 1 cup), Tofurkey, and veggie ham. Stir, and then add soymilk, don’t let it boil
  4. In a little bowl, mix the corn starch and water. Add the mixture to the pan/ pot. Stir well.
  5. After boiling potatoes for like 20-30 minutes, mash them with a masher, add margarine, mash more, and add soymilk, and mash more. Add salt and pepper, and mix well.
  6. Put it veggie mixture  a pie shell or a baking pan.
  7. And cover it with mashed potatoes, put it in the oven for about 35 minutes. Enjoy!! :)

I put gravy on top since we had the leftover gravy, but since the veggie mix is flavored pretty well, I think I would enjoy it without the gravy too! And of course I had to top it with hotsauce, Texas Pete!! :P




Sunday, November 29th, 2009


I can make American foooooooooood! :)

I wasn’t so much of a Thanks Giving day fan, but Now I do love Thanks Giving! I do do love the food for this holiday! hee hee

What I made this year:

  • Corn bread (all time favorite)
  • Collard Greens (all time favorite)
  • Mashed potatoes, creamy one!
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Pumpkin pie

*All Vegan

And Whitney did the Tofurkey. Thanks, bubba! It was yummy!

Brighter Greens are Sydney’s. yummy! Mine is the very Southern dirty green one. :P

And my pumpkin pie! I found this vegan “Rice whip”, oh you know how it got me excited!!

And from the lftover, I made up a recipe for my Shepherd’s pie! It was so so good, even though Whitney had ruined my plan by eating all the Green bean casserole that I was gonna use for the main ingredients :P The worst part, he didn’t even wanna eat it!

But it’s ok, I think I made a pretty good recipe! I will make another entry for that recipe now! :)

Hope everyone had a great Thanks Giving and ate lots of lots of yummy food! :)

love,

hana




Tuesday, November 17th, 2009




 
This Sunday, we went to see an animal cardiologist to see what’s wrong with Kiki’s heart. We were a bit frustrated after a few test at our neighborhood vet that were very expensive and still didn’t know what was wrong. But after talking to him (the specialist in cardiology), he told us it was hard for even him to figure out, so we need to give them points for pointing out that her breathing was abnormal. I am very grateful now for noticing it.

 
He told us that what Kiki has is very very rare. She has several holes in her heart, which would require heart transplant if it was available, and looking at her heart, he would have guessed her lifetime expectancy would be a year from her birth.

 
But she has made it, she just turned 3 years old! My babygirl is 3 years old as of Nov 15th, 2009! :) And still going strong! We felt bad that we had to put her through the stressful tests and all that on her birthday, but, we did get her a carrot shaped toy! Kurosuke totally took it as soon as we got home, but at least she got to be with the toy while she was at the vet and in the carrier :P

 
We knew she was a special girl, but we didn’t know she was a miracle kitty. The doctor called her that many times. And I realize even more now, that, I am so blessed to have her, to be able to see her alive and healthy (other than the heart part) everyday.

 
It was very hard to hear the doctor say she might live for another several months or years, he can’t know. But we are glad to be aware, so we can do everything to make her life as good as it can be. I can try to spend my days with her the way I won’t regret, unlike so many regrets I have with Milan. I still can’t get over him even now and wish I have spent more time with him especially the last few weeks before he went, I wish I could have done more for him.

 
Kiki’s so so precious. And she’s my hero. I say this so many times, but I love this! Whenever I scream a bit when Kurosuke attacks me, she runs to me and attack Kurosuke! even though she ends up getting being chased by him in return. At first I thought it was a coincident, but she does it everytime! So sweet! And when Whitney and I were arguing sitting on the couch, Kiki came to put her front paws on the couch, coming check on us and looked us with her huge angelic eyes. Who could keep arguing after that! Not us! And we will try to not yell to avoid stressing her.
 
There are many things we have to change around here! But Kiki will keep living and keep updating her miracle record and become even more of a miracle kitty!!! :)




Tuesday, November 17th, 2009


We reopened our comments section! :) Thanks, Ashely for suggestion, and Thanks, Whitney for fixing it, so we hope to not get creepy, “I have no idea what they’re saying”-Russian comments like 50 a day.

 
So, get to commenting! :P Except all you spam people!




Monday, November 16th, 2009


Japanese hot pot, all you out there who love the Chinese Hot pot might get disapointed since Japanese hot pot is not spicy at all. But, it’s so good! Warms up your body in the cold wind in winter, and warms up your heart too! :)

 
I wanted to make this “Miso Nikomi Udon”, I grew up eating that every winter, but I don’t think people outside of the region eat it. I doubt most Japanese people are familiar with it!
 
Nagoya area eats this red miso, which is way darker than other area’s red miso. The miso soup you had at most restaurants here in the US use white miso and I would imagine it would be really really hard to try finding a restaurant who serves the Nagoya red miso.

 
I asked my mom how to make it, because I’ve never made it myself! And she suggested the broth after doing the plain Nabe (Hot pot with just vegetable) would leave really good broth from all the vegetables cooked in it, so we first did the plain Nabe, with vegan ponzu dipping sauce.
 

We just put whatever would be good in it, so much vegetables!! I blew whitney’s mind by eating way more than he did. Nabe is kinda dangerous food since my tummy gets like a huge bottomless bag. :P

 
Now that we got all the yumminess thanks to all the veggies, we put miso and mirin!
 

Let me make it clear, it’s not supposed to have this much variety of veggies, but we gotta get a good use of the leftovers! ;)

 
I was impressed how much Whitey liked it! That makes one jolly wife! Even though it wasn’t as good as my mom makes, it was still good. But I hope to eat hers soon! :)