Posted in Food

Spicy Honey Baked Chicken Sandwich

We had leftover chicken breasts in the refrigerated and I was spent the morning deciding on how I wanted to cook them up. I finally landed on a sandwich inspired by most favorite chicken sandwich ever! The DeFrisco chicken sandwich in Eugene, OR. When I was in college, I would frequent the DeFrisco cart, which was parked outside of the University of Oregon bookstore, frequently. Just thiking about it, almost 35 years later, still makes my mouth water! It was asian/Thai in flavor, but it was more of a fusion of different Southeast Asian culture. Delicious.

For my DeFrisco inspired sandwich, I wanted a sweet and spicy marinade. After reading through some recipes, I decide to use the “Honey Sriracha Baked Chicken” recipe from I followed the recipe pretty much as written, expected I used 1/2 Sriracha and 1/2 Sambal for the spicy component.

The DeFrisco cart topped their sandwich with a Thai(?) slaw, so I remembered that one of my favorite chefs had a Peanut Satay Slaw recipe, so I decided to use her recipe (minus the cruncy peanuts) for the slaw.

To assemble the sandwich, I toasted an Onion Bun and spread Hoisin sauce ont buns. I then put the chicken breast on the bun, drizzeled some of sauce from the baking dish on the chicken, then topped it with a generous amount of cole slaw. Then I topped it off with the other bun. While not the same flavor profile as the DeFrisco sandwich, it was very delicious! The Sambal/Sriracha mixture gave the sandwich a nice kick in the pants!

I’m glad the sandwich turned out well and with the leftover chicken, I can use the chicken to make additional dishes.

Posted in Baking

Vegan Coconut Mochi Bites

I had leftover coconut milk and wanted to make a snack, so I did what everyone does…Google it!

I found a recipe from Drive Me Hungry that was perfect.

The Coconut Mochi Bites are very cute and, if made in a mini muffin pan, truly are bite size! `

If you want to make them non- vegan, you can spread chocolate on them for an extra step of decadence. I had some peanut butter cups that I melted down and spread on top a few of the bites. Ooooh, dark chocolate would be an excellent spread, and a I would think a Hazelnut spread would also be delicious!

Bake time is around 45 minutes so give it some time.

Posted in Baking

Mochi Brownies

I wanted to add a little twist to boxed brownie mix. I watched Emmy’s “Emmymadeinjapan” YouTube channel and she made this recipe, which in turn was based off a YT channel called Cooking With Dog.

I should have used a standard pan, but instead used a brownie pan (the one that has metal dividers) which turned into a little bit of a mess, especially after dropping the mochi into each hole! I think it threw off the baking time, and I should have also listened to Emmy and reduced the size of the mochi!. But overall, it’s good. I can’t wait to try it again.

Posted in Blog

Share Aloha

Take care of yourself, Mind body and spirit.

E mālama pono iā ʻoe iho, Kuhi ka naʻau a me ka ʻuhane

We are all in this together. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind and respectful.


Posted in Food

Vietnamese Chicken Curry

“Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street” September/October magazine contained an interesting recipe blending Indian and Vietnamese flavors into a chicken curry. It turned out very flavorful, however, I think I added too much Ginger as the Ginger flavor was very pronounced. Next time, less Ginger and less Garlic (I should have used smaller heads).

Posted in Music

Sevana – “Mango”

I always want to keep exploring music from the world. Like I said in my Haiku, open your mind welcomes new opportunities you’ve never seen. I’ve never seen the artist Sevana from Jamaica. Now, I have and I like what I see, especially the song “Mango”. I’m adding it to my “Just the World, Damnit” Spotify playlist!
Posted in Food

Throwback Thursday Dinner – Sloppy Joes!

Or is it “Sloppy Joe’s”? And why is it named Sloppy Joes? Who’s this messy Joe person? I really should look this up. I mean, it’s important information to know, correct?

Our favorite Joe recipe is one from Ree Drummond, aka, The Pioneer Women. It’s simple to make, yet very tasty. It only takes 30 minutes from prep to table. If you don’t have buns, then well, that’s your problem and now, your 30 minute Sloppy Joe will take 2 hours because you will have to go to the supermarket and come on, now, who can go “in and out” of a supermarket in less than 10 minutes. You have to browse the aisles and pick up a bunch of items that you really don’t need!

Anyhoo, here’s the recipe if you want a throwback to small kid time meal. Sloppy Joes/Sloppy Joe’s.