Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Christmas Dinner 2021 we celebrated Christmas physically by ourselves without family, we made only dinner for 2 without all the dramatic presentations.  But delicious as ever.

This year, with everyone vaccinated within my family who could be with us at home, I decided to celebrate!

For appetizers we had Jamon Iberico de Belleto fed only with acorns, Gilda (peppers, anchovies and olives) I brought back from our trip in Bilbao and San Sebastián, cheeses from our neighborhood cheese place.

I was going to make the mashed potatoes and garnish it with fresh white truffle but I had no more time to sieve it nor mash the potatoes.  So I just cut them into pieces and added butter and sprinkled them with salt and shaved the white truffle on top.  Next time, I may drizzle some truffle oil too.

Desserts this year were Tunisian traditional desserts crafted by @Layla of California and festive chocolates with peanut butter centers by @JohnKelly 

If you need any of the recipes - please let me know.  

Below were sweets I ordered from the website  I provided in my link.  But I quickly made up my concocted dessert with some  japanese style cheesecake  with whipped cream, pink strawberries and crumbled French style meringue.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

NYBG - New York Botanical Garden

It’s nice to be out and about especially in a place where nature has been properly curated and with temporary art installations for one to see.

It is nice to live in the Big Apple because even during pandemic, there exist things easy to access without really having to get out and need a car to take you there.

We bought a round trip ticket from Grand Central using the Northwest Harlem line with just about 5 stops to the Botanical Garden.  That is only about 15-20 minutes ride!

As you enter the Botanical Garden you will see Yayoi Kusama’s influence around the garden like these grown trees wrapped in dots on material. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021


I usually prepare the entire meal myself.  Today, my sister came over for lunch.  We had something else to do so I decided to order some French f

ood from one of my favorite French Restaurants near me.  It turned out fabulous!

I ordered Quenelle- it is like a dumpling made with seafood and the sauce taste like lobster.

Benoit New York Restaurant is an Alain Ducasse Restaurant. I am glad I can order from them on occasion during this pandemic.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Kaboucha Squash Soup

i saw this cooked on TV about a couple of weeks ago and deckded to tey it. it js so delicious so i would like to share it with you: INGREDIENTS 1/4 Kaboucha squash 2 green onions 300 ml dashi * 2 tsp sugar 100 ml Dashi* 1-1/2 TB mirin 1 tsp usukuchi soy sauce First peel Kaboucha squash and slice into cubes Make Dashi:* 300 ml water 1 sq Kombu Bring to boil Then remove kombu Add 100 ml more cold water And bonito flakes Boil next 20 seconds skimming on top or donnot have to. Strain mixture in paper towel lined sieve into bowl Pour back Dashi mkxture in pot and add Kaboucha in saucepan and sugae, mirin and the soy sauce. Cover parchment paper on top Bring to boil until Kaboucha is cooked tender. When cooked cool mixture. Mince the scallions. Pour squash and liquid in a Vitamix or good blemder. process until smooth. Then pour it back in the pan You can add more Dashi, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and salt to adjust seasoning. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle minced scallions and serve. in my case i served it with sliced Shiso leaf. makes a good linch accompaniment or first course dining.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Saturday, August 29, 2020


I was watching NHK TV when I saw this in one of their shows.  So Intried it today!  It’s onion rings that can be a full lunch in itself!  They used it for their segment BENTO! 

Today, I decided to have it for lunch.


1 Large onion (preferably sweet like Vidalia onion

10 strips of bacon thin pork belly

1/2 c flour

1 egg beaten

1/2 c or more of panko

1/2 cup safflower oil for frying

2TB ketchup, 1 TB Worcestershire sauce and 1 tsp soy sauce 

Peel and slice onion.  Slice about 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick circles.  Remove some lose onion out if the circle to look like a ring.

Thread the bacon through going around the ring of onion wrapping it around covering the onion well with the pork belly.

In separate bowls, put the flour in one of the bowls, beat eggs in the other bowl, and panko on the third ball.

Coat onion ring wrapped with pork in flour first, and then egg? And last in panko.  Make sure it is well coated around.

Heat oil in a small pan .  Once it’s hot, drop the prepared onion rings 2 at a fine.  Fry 3 minutes in each side.  Drain on rack.

Serve with sauce above made with Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.

Also can be served with cauliflower rice.

Monday, August 17, 2020


I did this video a while back and for some reason arrived in my email box.

Since it is still summer, I hope you will be able to find this delicacy I love.  I find this in the East Coast mostly in New York.  

If you find fresh ones,  they are easy to prepare.

In a big pot to hold your 1lb or 2 lbs of steamers, add about 2-3 cups of water depending on the amount of steamers you want to cook.  If you have a colander in your pot (steamers pot), put your steamers in that.  Cover and boil for about 5-10 minutes until the clams open.

Remove the steamers to a bowl.  Reserve the broth in a separate bowl.  Pour the broth in separate 1 cup bowls.

Melt half a stick of butter for a pound of steamers and pour the oily part in a small container or dipping bowls.  (In other words only take the clarified butter). 

To serve:  watch the video how to eat it.  Dip the peeled steamer first in the broth to clean of some sand it may have, and then dip it in butter.

I love this in the summer with freshly boiled bi-color corn.  Those are usually sweet!

Have a great appetizer or main meal.  Don’t forget your salad!