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5 Jan

It was a gray, dreary day in San Francisco.  A first, since there’s usually sunshine shining down on “The City by The Bay” whenever we’ve visited.  But during this past December, it was blessedly raining… raining and helping provide that area of The Golden State with much-needed water.

Our main purpose for being in SF that one rainy day was to visit a family friend.  It isn’t always easy getting a hold of this busy Mom of two beautiful girls and also working to complete her California RN license requirements.  Between juggling motherhood and demands on her schedule, Eva managed a get-together.  It appears I’ve fallen under “demands on her schedule”, but just as well if it means hanging out even for a spell.

While texting and phone chatting, Eva asked several times where The Hubby and I wanted to eat, and The Hubby asked me the same question too as we drove to SF.  My answers consisted of exercising my prerogative to change my mind several times in the span of 60 minutes.  Maybe a rate of a different food type every 5 minutes or so.  After driving about, and walking up and down Market St. (in the rain with one meager umbrella designed for one person but was being used to protect our friend’s gift), I thought of Chinatown.  I imagined dim sum dishes stack high because I was ready for a rumble.

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How Do You Like Your Duck?

25 Jun

The Hubby sent me a video made by College Humor poking fun of diet fads.  I like ducks.  Roasted.  Duck a l’Orange is nice too, btw.  And I also like duck eggs.  A lot.  The one thing I don’t like are diet fads… because diet fads do more harm than good.  Being allergic to food or having a disease concerning a food group is one thing; removing a food group from your diet in the name of weight loss is another.

Hope this quack of a duck makes your day as it did mine!


Wombat Meatball Soup

1 Apr

If you want an exotic addition for a special dinner, give wombat meat a try.  It’s delicious.  Don’t know what a wombat is?  Go here to see wombats.  Cute, aren’t they?  Feisty too, making them difficult to catch.  So if you actually find a grocery that carries wombat meat and if you get blown away by the price, you’ll know why.  It wasn’t easy getting that wombat.

How should wombat meat be cooked?  Good question.  Try one of my favorite recipes.

Vegetable and Meat Ball Soup

Vegetable and Meatball Soup

2 quarts vegetable or meat broth
1 quart water
1 lb ground meat, formed into 1 inch balls
5 small potatoes, cut in quarters
2 large carrots, sliced in chunks
1 package frozen peas (optional)
1 onion, rough chopped

2 tbs chopped parsley (optional)
olive oil, vegetable oil, or butter for sautéing
salt and pepper, to season 

 In a large stockpot over medium heat, sauté and soften onions with oil or butter.  Add the water and broth.  Bring the mixture to a quick boil  then allow to simmer.  Add the meatballs.  Let the meatballs cook for 5 minutes then add the vegetables.  Allow to cook until vegetables are tender but not soft.  Season the soup with salt and pepper.  Garnish with chopped parsley.

Smile and serve.

For the meatballs, you can use beef, pork, or turkey.  Or wombat meat, if you really want to.

Happy April Fools’ Day!

Screaming for Ice Cream

26 Mar

Our good friend and The Hubby‘s homeboy, Cesar, and Cesar’s friend, Corey produced a funny short worth sharing.  If you’d like something cute and funny to lighten your day, the short is worth viewing.  It’ll be less than three minutes of your time and you’ll get a smile out of it and maybe temporary hearing loss.  To prevent an earache or hearing loss, lower the volume.  The boys are a real scream.


It’s a little early for National Ice Cream Day, but what the hey, let’s celebrate.  I scream for ice cream.  The “Nooo Boyz” scream for ice cream.  We all scream for ice cream.



Robot Chefs in Noodle Bars

10 Apr

I love, lovelove noodles!!  When I was a kid, I’d have eaten it everyday if my parents allowed it.  But they didn’t.  Bless their well-meaning hearts.  As an adult, it’s a different story.  If I have irregular amounts of appetite-regulating hormones, I would eat and slurp noodles all day long so it’s a good thing my biological feedbacks are running all right.

Peter Kim of called out my attention to a ramen infographic.  To my fellow noodle and ramen lovers out there, feed on the tidbits of info below thanks to the good people at HC.

We Love Ramen

Did you hear the story about robot chefs in China working in noodle bars?  No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke.

This is sacrilegious!… But fun!  I still vote for human chefs, preferably those who have excellent hygiene.

Have you heard the story about robots that “do not take orders”?


Go to 1:20 of the video below.  This Doctor Who episode (and many other episodes) should make anyone think twice about allowing robots to wield weapons.

Not that I have mechanophobia, but you probably won’t find me in a noodle bar that employs robots for cooks.  I would rather have this little guy in the kitchen than angry bots.  Anytime.

My sisters and I are lucky to have parents who are handy in the kitchen, with my father’s cooking chops being more survivalist in style.  One of my Dad’s specialties is instant noodles; Lipton and Top Ramen top his cooking repertoire.  So Dad, if you’re reading this (and I hope you do!), here’s recognition for the days when you cooked for us.

Meat and Vegetable (instant) Ramen

2 packages of your favorite instant ramen
4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sliced cooked ham
1 small carrot, diced
1/4 cup peas
1 stalk green onion, thinly sliced

Boil water.  Add the seasonings (that usually come with instant noodles) and the noodles into the boiling water at the same time.  When noodles are cooked but firm, turn of the heat and add the ham.  Stir then add the vegetables.

Smile and serve!  And finish your main course or you don’t get dessert.