A couple of years ago, author Natasha Yim contacted me regarding a certain recipe I had on the blog. Apparently it turned out rather well for her and she wanted to use an adapted version in a children's book she was writing. I was quite humbled, flattered in fact. A few later, her editor Alyssa Mito Pusey....who actually is an ex-pat Kama'aina as well contacted me to get the paperwork done. And so it came to pass.....
I was quite surprised to receive an rather large envelope in the mail last week. In it was a signed copy of Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas, which is quite a cute book, a really nice story. And at the back of the book is an adaptation of one of my recipes...and this:
You know, our little blog is a labor of love...and of well, obsession. We aren't looking for a revenue stream, advertisers, or to market ourselves. So this was such a nice touch, more than I could ever have asked for. Good luck with the book Natasha!
So here's an update. The Missus is really pleased with how our okra is coming along....large and quite sweet.
We've been able to roast, grill, or pan fry Padrons and Shishitos a couple of times a week.....
The serranos are fruiting quite prolifically...the Missus prefers to wait until they get red, so we're picking a mixed bunch.
I'm not sure what to think about the huge mutant scallions we got growing.....I've three patches of scallions. This one was bought during one of those 10 bunches for 99 cent things last year.....I just stuck them in a left over window box and they are going nuts!
The ghost peppers seems a bit small so far this year. A few cherry sized peppers have already ripened.
The Missus actually likes the small ripened peppers because they are just the right size for "stir frying without dying....."
Meanwhile, the Scorpion Peppers are getting ominously large.......
The Red Habaneros are finally starting to fruit....can't wait for these. In addition to this plant, I have smaller ones that will probably get going later in the season.
We're still waiting for the cucumbers to kick in. Last year we were getting 3-4 a week.
We're having so much fun with pepper that we added a few more last week......
This might end up being one spicy summer!
And for our caffeine fix:
It seemed that every apartment, B&B, and room we stayed at in Belgium had a Nespresso machine. I'd really started enjoying getting a shot of espresso on the go when in Portugal last year. We had started really getting used to having one of these....so we decided to get one of the smaller models...using points and discounts, we ended up paying less than half price for it.
In talking to folks about this....I never knew how much some people are into Nespresso.....talking to me about limited editions ...accessories......sheeesh! I just want a nice cup of espresso! Though I am finding I enjoy the Dulsao do Brasil.......uh-oh!
Tikal is another site on the Missus's list, and the areas we planned to visit were away from the paths of most hurricanes. As a plus, I thought we'd bus our way into El Salvador. But what stopped us this time, were the ticket prices....they started in the mid $300 range...and slowly approached $800!
About the time I was contemplating just calling it a year, some civil unrest took place in another country. Now the Missus knows not to trifle with Mother Nature, but a little civil unrest, in a Country that is known as "The Land of Smiles", and that we've always heard fantastic things about? The only thing that the Missus, a classic opportunist, thought was "lower ticket prices!" And so it came about, by the time I purchased our airline tickets, the Prime Minister of Thailand was forced to resign for taking payments for appearing on a cooking show.(!) There's got to be some irony there somehow.....so maybe this is the trip that was meant to be.
We'll soon find out. As many of you are reading this, we're on the way to LAX. This may be a bit different than other trips. Other than making our first nights hotel reservations, we'll be "winging it", with just a basic outline, and no real plans. I only know when we'll be arriving in Bangkok, and when we leave, everything else is wide open. The basic outline is to spend a day or two in Bangkok, than head North, past Nong Khai into Laos, and Vientiane, and eventually Luang Prabang, before heading back to Thailand. I think I'm a bit old to be traveling by the seat of my pants, but what the heck.....
And even though I now have the largest collection of Lonely Planet guides in San Diego, at least we know where we are headed, sort of......
So I'll now turn you over to Cathy, who I can't thank enough for keeping our blog's heart beating. I'll try to check in every now and then, but other than that, we'll see you in a few weeks!
One last update:
As mentioned by "Sam" in a previous post. Vien Dong Market is now going to be a location of Thuan Phat Supermarket.
I know there's a Thuan Phat Supermarket in Westminster, so I'm wondering if they are affiliated?
Then there my "Chinese Food" trilogy, which I also bought at the same time:
Of course, this one could get off on a technicality, since I preordered Serve the People, and it didn't arrive until several weeks ago. I just finished The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, and really enjoyed Jennifer 8 Lee's writing style. I'm still working on Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper, which may end up being one of my favorites.
Last year, I ordered my "Japanese Cookbook Trilogy":
The reason for purchasing Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art, has an interesting story behind it. I don't know how, or why, but my Mom owned a copy of that book. After she passed away, it disappeared...or maybe got accidentally discarded, I'm not sure. So when I saw that the 25 anniversary edition had been published, I bought it.
This one might be stretching it, but it's kinda, sorta my "food science trilogy":
I know Sauces by James Peterson might be pushing it, but I spent 3 hours reading through it after it arrived.
So do you think this is a bit strange? I'm not trying to get all Jim Carrey on you, but I just noticed this weird habit.
Tag I'm it! Reid from Ono Kine Grindz has "tagged" me for this meme, he originally got tagged by Stephanie fromda*xiang and so on..... Being really new at this I must say I'm truly humbled.....
So here goes:
1. Total number of (cook) books I’ve owned:
At last count +/- 50 or so.
2. Last cookbook(s) I bought:
I'm waiting for my latest Amazon delivery, so those don't count. So it's Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop. A really super book.
3. Last food book(s) I read:
Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop, I've really developed an appreciation for Sichuan food, and this book is really a treasure trove of information.
Chinese Food Finder by Carl Chu, not just a listing of restaurants, but Carl also gives a listing of dishes representative of the specific type of cuisine.
4. Five (plus 2) cookbooks that mean a lot to me:
This is really tough, so I decided to list my favorite cookbooks that I use on a regular basis.
Chinese Cook Book Volume I by Fu Pei Mei. Known as the Julia Child of Chinese Cooking, Fu Pei Mei was a respected and almost deified Taiwanese cooking instructor who had her own cooking show in Taiwan. Her Chinese Cook Book Vol I is probably the most accessible. Fu Pei Mei passed away from cancer on Sept 16th, 2004, and had a great long career for someone who only learned to cook after she got married. Easy basic Chinese recipes!
50th Anniversary Best of our favorite Recipes 1946 - 1996 by The Maui Association for Family and Community Education. OK, no laughs, but since I can't up and call Mom when I have a question, I just reference this. This is a compilation from various community cookbooks over a 50 year period. I've never, ever been able to copy a recipe "ver batim" and have it come out right - probably explains why I can't bake! So I look for references and guidance in my cookbooks.
The Legacy of the Japanese in Hawaii: Cuisine by The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Good source for "local style" Japanese recipes. For example, if you want to make Nishime, or other Japanese - Hawaiian type dishes it's really hard to find a good recipe source.
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Alright, time to come clean, I don't actually own this cookbook, but have borrowed it from the local Public Library at least 8 times (not including renewals). Great comprehensive source of basic recipes, and now my guilt has resulted in my purchasing this from Amazon, so will actually have my own copy in a week or so.
The Way to Cook by Julia Child. I've been without my Joy of Cooking for over a decade so this fills the spot - my "Bible" of cooking.
The Choy of Cooking by Sam Choy. Very easy down to Earth Pacific Rim. Made me understand what a great place Hawaii is with regards to food.
The Food of Paradise by Rachel Lauden. More of a well researched study in Food Anthropology than cookbook. Well researched and very informative, if you wonder why we eat what we eat in Hawaii, this really explains alot.
5. Which 5 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?
I'm really too new at this for me to fill this out, but I'll try to give you a few:
Whew, this has been more work than I thought it would be. But finally, my really most important "cookbook" is one where I've never tried any recipes:
After my Mom passed on in 1996 I found this "cookbook" with hand written recipes. There were many loose sheets, some of which were recipes written before I was born. Some were full of info from my Mother's life before "me", we never talked much about these "things" in our household, but I found this so interesting:
Mom worked as a Housekeeper on Kauai and had written and collected some of the families favorite recipes. Who knows, the meatloaf looks really good I might try that soon!