I’m proud to say that I am participating in a book club! Many people stop reading for fun after they reach adulthood, and I’m also guilty of that. I’ve tried to stick to my reading goals for each year, but only read a measly 5 books last year. (I read 15 books the year before, and 18 the year before that!) So I am excited to get back on track while also enjoying the company of others.
A group of women at the office do a monthly book club, and this month’s book was The Professor and the Madman. Now, in order to celebrate the Britishness and insanity of the book, the theme for our book club meeting (and food festivities) was Crazy Tea Party!
I really like onigiri. Each time I’ve been to Japan, I’ve eaten at least one per day. They are a cheap snack you can get in all convenience stores and keep in your bag for when you need a quick energy boost. Traditionally, they are palm-sized triangles of rice with fish or other things in the middle, with a rectangular piece of seaweed wrapped around it. This recipe is for a smaller bite-sized version using Japanese style pickled vegetables.
First step is to decide what you want to put in your onigiri (rice balls). Today I have rice mixed with pickled vegetables, but you can also have rice with salmon in the middle or algae or anything else you want.
Mmmm, bean dip. It is a nice addition to any sports viewing party, alongside the staples of salsa and guacamole.
This basic bean dip is great for parties or potlucks, or just for a snack when you get home. It can go well with chips, crackers, or toasted bread. It is super easy and quick even though these instructions might look intimidating!
This dish is my take on a traditional Chinese dish that my dad makes. It involves leafy veggies, some variation of bak choy usually, and rice. Although you end up putting the rice in the wok with the veggies, it isn’t exactly the same as fried rice. This is because you cook the rice in a pot simultaneously and then when it is almost done but still wet, you add it to the wok and cook it the rest of the way with the vegetables. So in a way, it is a wetter fried rice than your usual fried rice. Continue Reading