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Nanban Eggplant Noodles
南蛮茄子麺

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Out of all the carb choices, noodles are probably my favorite.

Then, rice, and then bread.

I don’t want to say pasta, because I don’t get the same satisfaction from short pasta when I have craving for noodles.

They have to be long so that I can slurp (lol)!

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You may ask what is “Nanban”?

Well, there are many Japanese dishes that have “Nanban” in their name.

It’s usually flavored with sweet and sour sauce with scallion and hot peppers.

I probably won’t make “Nanban” chicken anymore, but Nanban noodles are pretty tasty!

Nanban Eggplant Noodles

canola oil
2~3 cloves garlic, sliced
5~6 eggplant slices
5~6 grape tomatoes, cut in half
salt and pepper
1~2 tablespoon cane sugar
1/2 ~ 1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
water
chopped green onion
crushed red pepper
100g angel hair pasta, cooked

1. Sautee garlic, eggplant slices, and tomatoes in canola oil.
2. Salt and pepper. Add sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Then add water.
3. Serve 2 over pasta with green onion and crushed red pepper.

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Here is my Sashiko (Japanese embroidery) project #3.

This design is called “biscuit”, and I think it looks good on this canvas fabric.

Lima Bean Pasta Salad
ライマビーンパスタサラダ

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At work we usually have a holiday potluck lunch in December.

But last year we were too busy and some people were out of the office for vacation, and we decided to wait until January.

We always have a sign-up sheet in the back of the office, and we write down what we are planning to bring so that not everyone will bring brownies!

I usually bring salad that contains a lot of veggies.

I used to over-think and felt that I had to bring something with meat and not what “I” like to eat.

But over the years my thinking has changed and now I only bring what “I” like to eat.

So consequently the food I bring is mostly 100% plant-based.

No one likes preaching, and I never tell people what or how to eat.

But I do enjoy sharing what I love to eat with others!

No preaching. Sharing.

A lot of people told me that they liked this salad.

The best part was not because it was healthy but because it was tasty!

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Lime Bean Pasta Salad

1/2 pound Fusilli pasta, cooked
1 cup baby lima beans, cooked
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
2 tablespoons olive salad
mustard dressing (Dijon mustard, white vinegar, canola oil, sugar, salt, pepper)
chopped parsley

1. Combine all the ingredients.

Bonsai Melon
BONSAIメロン

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I do like melon, but I usually hesitate to buy one.

Just because they tend to widely range in terms of quality and sweetness from one melon to the next.

Not from one type to the next, but literally from one sitting here to the next sitting right next to it.

So when I saw this Bonsai melon at Trader Joe’s and the sign said something like “super sweet”, I was still quite skeptical.

But, hey, it was only $1.49!

So I decided to give it a try.

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And I was happy.

It was super sweet just as advertised!

I also liked that the skin was so thin and there was little waste.

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(Please ignore that the focus is on the background and not on the melon… I’m still working on taking better photos with a timer…)

And I am finally feeling better after suffering from a cold for a week.

Too bad I couldn’t cook anything past week including the weekend.

I know it’s probably not something people think of when they are sick, but I so much missed cooking and I can’t wait to spend some time in the kitchen this week.

A big thank you to my hubby, who fed me with good quality food the whole week.

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