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Friday February, 29 2008

Easy Chicken Teriyaki & Boiled Eggs in a Bento

Filed under: General — makani @ 11:41 am

So I found a simple, easy recipe for making Chicken Teriyaki that I’d like to share. I found it on the internet on one of the many bento blogs out there but when I tried to retrace my steps so I could credit the blog I couldn’t find it again. If you recognize it, let me know.

You need about 270 grams or 9 1/2 oz of chicken. The original recipe called for thighs, I used 3 breasts and it was tasty. I’m pretty sure you could use any part of the chicken as long as you de-boned and cut it into small pieces.
3Tbs Sake,
3Tbs Mirin (Rice Cooking Wine, I’m sure any cooking wine would do.)
3Tbs Raw Cane Sugar or Honey (I used Honey)
3Tbs Soy Sauce.

Mix all that stuff (except the chicken) together in a bowl. Now take your chicken and cut it up nice and small and then poke it all over with a fork. Dump into into the marinade and stick it in the fridge overnight.

Heat up your frying pan (a medium heat works great), put a little oil in so nothing sticks, and throw on some chicken. Put a lid over it and cook for 4 minutes.
Take the lid off, turn the chicken over, spoon some of the marinade on and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. How long it takes of course depends on how thick your chicken is.

Take them out, drain off the excess oil and there you have it!
I made plenty extra so I froze it. I’ll let you know how well it freezes.  The three good sized breasts I used made enough for about 6 bentos.
I think next time I’ll try a few spices, like maybe some ginger.

Chicken Teriyaki Bento
As you can see, I now have an onigiri mold. It makes life so much easier. That cloth in the picture is actually my apron.

Now as for the hard boiled egg. I took an egg, washed it well and put it into the rice cooker with the rice. When the rice was done, so was the egg. I’m looking into getting a boiled egg mold so I can have cute shapes.

Thursday February, 28 2008

The Good and the Bad

Filed under: General — makani @ 1:34 pm

So the guy came and fixed our roof.  Yay!  $300, just like he said it was going to be.  Great guy.
That’s the good news, and it is indeed good news!   No more worries about water damage.

The bad news is I need a new roof.
This guy wasn’t telling me this to get new business.  He doesn’t do whole roofs, just patches.  He’s just telling me because he thought I should know that the wind and weather is taking it’s toll.
A new roof is a couple of thousand.

It’s good to know that’s what we’re saving up for next.  I thought it was a Wii.  Nope, it’s a roof.  Home ownership is fun!

It is more good than bad.  It’s just hard to remember that when you need a new roof.

Tuesday February, 26 2008

The Roof

Filed under: General — makani @ 10:42 am

So yeah, we had some shingles blow off our roof in that bad windstorm that came through our area.  I finally got a nice estimate on fixing it, about $300.  Not so bad.  Won’t get anywhere near our deducible but compared to the other estimates I was getting ($1000+) this looks pretty good.  I know this guy’s mother-in-law, she’s our next door neighbor.

Why is this one so low?  Well some of the other folks wanted to take apart the whole roof on that side and that is totally unnecessary since the largest gap in any one area is about three shingles.  (We lost about 20 or so total.)  This fellow is actually only going to patch it.  I don’t really care if the new shingles don’t match exactly. (A few of the folks were telling me it was going to be hard to match the color.  I don’t care if the new shingles are purple! I just don’t want the roof to leak.)

He did a few other roofs on our street and did a good job so I feel pretty confident.  This is also a small town and me knowing his mother-in-law works in my favor.  If I complain to her about something he would hear about it, probably for weeks.  She’s a lovely lady but she believes in a job well done.

He’s very nice.  He told me he’d start today, he only called last night.  He said that if he’d finished before I got home he’d catch up with me later.  It just feels nice that he trusts me to get his money to him.  I will too.  After all, his mother-in-law lives next door. ;p

So that’s one more burden off my mind.  It’s more money going out but we’ll be ok.  In a few months all we be well.

Thursday February, 21 2008

Same Blog, New Name

Filed under: General — makani @ 3:17 pm

Renamed the old blog because I felt like it.

Onigiri is like the best thing ever now that I have different fillings for it. Tasty rice!

Tuesday February, 19 2008

Onigiri

Filed under: General — makani @ 11:44 am

So Onigiri is the easiest thing in the world to make.  It’s rice with stuff in.  Why didn’t I do this before?

If you have a rice cooker making this stuff is so easy it’s criminal.
Once you have some cooked rice let it cool just enough to handle without burning yourself.  Wash your hands and rinse with cold water.  Pick up some rice, make a dent for your filling and put it in then add a bit more rice and smoosh.  Making the triangle shape is the hardest part.  I have roundish rice balls but with practice I think I could have food fit for anime.

The hardest part would be figuring out what to put inside it.  I picked up some Umeboshi Paste at the local market and used that for some of them.  Umeboshi paste is VERY salty but with the rice it’s pretty tasty.  I used pickled ginger for the rest.
You can stuff anything (as long as it isn’t too oily, that will make the rice fall apart) into these rice balls.  Tiny meatballs, pickles, leftover chicken, olives, whatever.  Seriously.

Although you don’t use much filling so it’s really a giant rice ball with a center of goodness.  I’m longing to make some tiny meatballs and use those.  Anyone have a good meatball recipe?

Monday February, 11 2008

Country Club

Filed under: General — makani @ 4:32 pm

I was taken to lunch at a Country Club on Sunday.  My only question is why someone would pay $15 for a buffet brunch.  It was a tasty spread but very small.

Tuesday February, 5 2008

News

Filed under: General — makani @ 12:09 pm

In news of the awesome:
Went out to the local ice cream shop for Sundaes on Sunday. Chocolate Peanut Butter and Mocha Chip ice cream with nuts, hot fudge and whipped cream. There are no words for my joy.

And in news of gaming: God of War 2 on Titan Mode is supposed to be insanely difficult.
Someone beat it in three hours.  That link will take you to the page with video for download. It’s in segments. Not as impressive as a straight play through but still impressive.

And finally in news of computers: I’m finally sending out my hard drive to see if the data can be recovered. Hopefully it doesn’t need to go to the clean room.

Also, there were free mochas in the cafe this morning. Tasty!

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