Monthly Archives: February 2014

Miso Butter Kabu

Miso Butter Kabu

I love love LOVE gindara kasuzuke, miso-marinated black cod. The combo of the sweet miso and the fatty black cod/sable fish. Perfection. So when I bought a bunch of kabu (Japanese turnips which are MUCH different from western turnips) at the farmers market and wanted to come up with different dishes using kabu, I knew immediately what to do. I stumbled upon the epicurious recipe but it needs a bit of tweaking. I added a bit of sake into mine. Now I’m hooked.  Miso butter, why have I not exploited you before?!

I am now experimenting with various vegetables and mushrooms. I made it with oyster mushrooms, divine. Can’t wait to try more combinations!! I am definitely stocking my fridge with a jar of my own miso butter using mom’s miso. Mi-so love you!

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Bento Request

Balanced Bento

Sometimes happiness comes in a bento box. And this would be my C’s as she requested each of the items.

Menu: Tofu miso soup with kabu greens, vegetables, dumplings, rice, fruit (blackberries, bananas, and tangerine).

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Heart Day Bento

Heart Day Bento

I have never been a fan of Valentine’s day but I do *heart* my hearts. So how could I resist making a heart bento.

Menu: Animal shaped pasta (all the rave in our house now) with bolognese sauce, salami wrapped with cheese, avocado, carrots, and fruit (strawberry and apples). Not pictured: tangerine and pretz crackers.

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Heart Shaped Crayons

The day the crayons melted… C often sits next to B, not just in the alphabet, but when B is working in his office. And not realizing how strong the sun can be, even in October in southern Cal, the crayons sitting on C’s work desk morphed into one giant crayon:

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So the PSA announcement is: Wear Sunscreen Folks!

Along comes February and C and I decide to use the lovely birthday of President Lincoln (I still do not understand why her school observes as a holiday) as a great reason to do a craft project: heart crayons for valentines. Super easy, and again utilizing household items for valentines. All in all, it’s an easy project, which would have been easier had the removal of the crayon wrappers not require my nails to become victims of battle.

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