Archive for October, 2010


Sunday, October 31st, 2010


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It’s impossible to guess what Whitney was.

I was a “modern day” raggedy ann. Modern day, because the outfit came with a bald hair thingy so I just got red hair wig instead. This was the most costume-y outfit I’ve put in my life! :P

Whitney’s …I don’t know where to start. PRIVATE INVESTIGATER DRACULA JONES, blah blah blah. Explain it in the comment yourself Bubba, my hand will be tired thinking about explaining what you were those 2 days! 




Saturday, October 30th, 2010


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Whitney was craving curry after seeing that I got the Japanese curry rue, so that’s what I made for dinner :) so much veggies!

If a stranger was to start a conversation with me by “hey what’s your favorite veggies in Japanese curry” (provably I’ll  never meet anyone who starts talking to me by that sentence ), I would answer celery!!! Of course onions are the best but onions is a necessity in curry, celery, is a like a nice treat to find in curry!

And with help of Whitney, I baked 2 different vegan muffins! Yummmmm!  We added oreos in chocolate muffins this time!

For the recipes, go here!

Vegan chocolate muffins

http://www.hanahattori.com/blog/?p=1255

Vegan lemon muffins

http://www.hanahattori.com/blog/?p=1455




Saturday, October 30th, 2010


I actually wanted to make those 2 bite size one, but I couldn’t find the skin for it, so I made with big ones this time! It’s exactly the same steps for smaller ones too :)

Ingredients: makes 9 big ones, probably about 20 small ones

  • Spring roll skin
  • Vermicelli (very thin bean thread) -1 bundle
  • TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) -about 1/4 cup, soaked in 1/3 cup of hot water with 1 tsp of soy sauce, and stir well
  • 1 carrots- julienned
  • about 6 leaves of cabbage – minced
  • 4 small garlic cloves-grated
  • about a thumb size ginger-grated
  • salt and pepper
  • Peanut oil -about 1/4 cup, you can use any other oil you prefer
  • vegan fish sauce (if you have any, I got it at an Asian grocery store)- about 2 TBSP
  • Soy sauce-about 1 TBSP
  • Vinegar-sprinkle a little bit
  • Potato starch- about 1 TBSP
  • Red pepper flakes- depends on  how hot you like it to be.
  1. Cut carrots and cabbage and mix together and put a few pinch of salt, mix, let it sit til water comes out, then squeeze the water out.
  2. Boil water in a pot and cook the vermicelli for about 2 min, drain and mince it.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together and wrap it, the spring roll skin package should have instruction on how to wrap it.
  4. Put it in toaster oven for like 14 min or til it browns. It gets crunchy but if you like it even more crunchy, you can put oil on the surface too!

And eat with sweet chili sauce you can get at an Asian store, with pickled jalapenos (it’s the best!), or like Japanese spring rolls, you can eat with soy sauce too :) Enjoy!




Saturday, October 30th, 2010


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Ingredients:

•5 small potatoes- steak fries cut
•olive oil- about 4 tbsp
•spices- I used: garlic salt, a lot of oregano, pepper, seasoning salt, and cayenne pepper

Heat the oven for 450

1. Cut potatoes and soak in water for a few min to take starch off. And dry them off with napkins.
2. In a bowl, pour the olive oil and put all the spices and mix them well.
3. Put all the potatoes in the bowl and stir well so all the potatoes are very well coated.
4. Spread it in a baking pan and bake them in the oven for 20 min,  and turn them and bake another 20 min. I also broiled for another 5 min at the end.

I know it takes very long to bake but the preparation takes no time, once you put it in the oven you can be doing something else! I took a shower while I waited :)
It’s not fried but it’s crunchy!!  Yummmmmmz.

Try with ketchup and your favor hot sauce! :)




Friday, October 29th, 2010


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Friday, October 29th, 2010


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We wanted something quick! So we just had the Thai inspired vegan spring rolls that I made yesterday and just made one dish with burdock I got today, carrots, mushrooms, daikon, and kuruma-fu (gluten) cooked with garlic, green onions, soy sauce, sesame seeds and lots of red pepper.  Very fall-like dish to me, with lots of root veggies :)

Somehow we ate lots of American food last week, even though, it was home made, still made my body do not as well as it usually does for some reason, it’s good to be back on Japanese food everyday. My body craved my country food :P