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.

Posted in Food

Mac Salad.

We are having Hamburgers for supper. Hubs wanted Hawaiian Mac Salad as a side, so, I made some. We didn’t have potatoes, so it’s not my Grandma’s Potato Mac Salad. Instead, I made what I call restaurant style Mac salad.

And to my dismay, I did not have macaroni in the pantry! I had to improvise and use the salad pasta, or what I call mini tube pasta.

Add-ins were simple: Grated carrots, peas, and chopped onions.

Once the pasta has been cooked, drain it, add to a bowl along with 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and the add-ins.

The “Sauce” is simply 2 – 2-1/2 cups cups Mayo, 1/4 cup milk, and a little sugar.

Mix the sauce into the pasta, stir it up, add salt and pepper to taste, then chill in the fridge. The longer, the better.

And that’s it. No hard boiled egg on this version. So Ono and such a comfort dish, especially if you’re from Hawai’i!

Posted in Books, Uncategorized


I am currently reading this book by Alicia Mori called “Ikigai: The Japanese Philosophy to Improve Healt, Work and Relationship”.  It was the book that was part of the Kindle Unlimited.  I actually wanted to read the Hector Garcia book “Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” but it wasn’t part of Kindle Unlmited.

I just started it tonight so I’m only a couple pages in.  It received a good rating on Amazon and I like these thought provoking, self improvement type of books.

Ikigai essentially means “What is your reason for being?”. 

What is your Ikigai?  Have you found yours yet?

Posted in Art, Books

Takashi Murakami “Ego”

My buddy Chris posted some photos of a book he purchased about Takashi Murakami. I adore Murakami’s work so I asked him the name of the book. He said the book was called “Ego “. I immediately went on to Amazon and purchased the book, and lo and behold, it arrived today! Talk about quick shipping.

The book is 287 pages and full of photos of Murakami’s art. I can’t wait to read it!

Posted in Food

Pork Fried Rice prep work. Dishes, dishes, dishes!

We had leftover pork so I decided to make pork fried rice.

There is a lot of prep work before making the fried rice but it is kind of therapeutic chopping all the vegetables and garlic, and measuring out all the liquids.

Once you get going you really get going and when it’s all over, this is the aftermath. Look at all those dishes.

But the end result was totally worth it!

Tonight’s version was basically using leftover and extra items in the fridge; Pork, Onions, Carrots, Peas, Green Onion, Jalapeno Peppers, and Eggs.

The sauce was primarily soy sauce, and splashes of oyster sauce, sesame oil, and Xioaxing wine.

What do you put in your pork fried rice?