4/02/2009

Clam & Thinly Sliced Pork


This is very easy.   Clam is a taste of Spring. 

Hanamaru Recipe ( TBS's morning program).

Ingredients:
Clam( I used about 20 clams ) , Thinly Sliced Pork ( I used about 100 grams)

Japanese Sake ( 2 table spoons ) 

Ponzu or Lemon juice and Soy Sauce ( Actually, the clam is already salty, so taste it before adding any soy sauce or ponzu, please.) 

1. Make sure that the clams' sand is eliminated.  ( I made salty water and put clam in there. 
Cover the whole bowl and waited for an hour. ) 

2. Put clam in to the pan.  Pour sake over them.  Cover the lid.   Start cooking over medium heat. 

3. When the clam starts opening, put pork on clam shells.   Cover the lid again.

4.   Cook for several minutes till the pork color looks cooked.  

3/29/2009

As Good As It Gets --- Movie

It is sweet movie.  Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt are wonderful !  I hadn't realize that they did receive Academy Awards for this title.  Did you know ?  It is great film, but it is describing people's lives and feelings not in dramatic way.  I am bit surprised, of course, because it is focusing onto relationships , I like it, but still I was surprised.... 

When people get older, it seems difficult to change the habits and ways of expressions.   Many scenes of this movie would remind you yourself or some of your friends or your parents etc.etc.......

If you would like to see young beautiful actress and nudes or bed scenes... I would not recommend this.  If you are in middle age or having difficulties to deal with people or boyfriend or girlfriend, I would recommend it.  Also, if you are unhappy, this is good and you would realize how much you are given.  If you are gay and artist, yes, please watch.   Life is full of difficulties and challenges, but" let's watch the bright side of it". ( Jack Nicholson sings playing piano and actually he himself is unhappy person despite of his success.)  

It convinces me maybe people tend to become more difficult when they get older ( especially  if the personality is difficult ) , but if you find the charms which you cannot see from the surface, it looks probably even more charming and attractive.  The role of Jack Nicholson is difficult because if he did not act well, this man is just meany , unhappy man, but he acted very well and it turned out this mean man is heartwarming  charming and very romantic man. 

Helen Hunt is very good also.  She is cute in a way like young girl and at the same time, expressed matured woman's charm. 

Somebody said, when you are lucky, you do not grow much.  When you are struggling with difficulties , you will grow.   Very deep.  

Food and drinks from this movie ?  mmm, bacon for dog ? :)  There is not scene that they eat something symbolic together.  ( Mmm, next time, they should think about it because I feel eating good food and sharing that time is important ! ) 

There is a scene that they have dinner at Baltimore and order crabs, but the food do not appear and I was not tempted much . ( Usually, if I see some kind of food in movie, right after that, I feel like to cook and eat that ! ) 

St. Elmos's Fire --- Sandwich at 5 a.m.


The other day, I woke up in the middle of the night.   Couldn't go back to sleep , so checked TV programs.

There was " St. Elmos's Fire " on movie channel.
OK !  This movie is from my school days and I' d seen it a few times before, but started watching it.

mm, Demi Moore looks so young.  Ah, what is this actor doing lately etc. etc....

In the story, there is a scene Wendy says " When I started living alone... I made sandwich at my own kitchen and it was the best sandwich I 'd ever made. "  mmm, I recalled the days I started living alone, yes, I remember that feeling.  Suddenly I felt hungry.  In the movie, she said she made ' PBJ ', but I didn't have peanut butter.  So, I made this Scrambled Egg and Cucumber sandwich.  It was delicious !  

Ohmiya Hachiman Shrine


This is Ohmiya Hachiman Shrine near Nishi Eifuku.  As to Japanese shrines, I would like to write some other times.   For now, enjoy the photo.  The red one is the entrance or gate.  



















This is a sort of lion protecting and greeting you in front of the main shrine. 

Cherry Blossom ? Probably Next Weekend @ Wadabori Park II


I would say, cherry blossom was 20% blooming. There were people sitting on the ground having Hanami ( cherry blossom watching ) parties, but it is still cold.  Probably next weekend cherry blossom will be fully blooming.  










Cherry Blossom ? --- Probably Next Weekend @ Wadabori Park


4 stations away on Keio Inokashira Line toward Kichijoji ( from my station ) is Nishi( West ) Eifuku.  ( Take Local train)

10 to 15 min. walk from there takes me to Omiya Hachiman shrine and Wadabori Park behind the shrine.  Although I have been living in this area since childhood( my school was about 5 stations away from this station ) , this was the very  first time to visit this shrine and the park.  Nice park with trees and a river.  


The top is the street from the station.  Small local shops such as veggie shop, dry cleaner, beauty parlor , restaurant.....are along the street.   

In the park, in the small corner, cats were lying relaxed.  

Marinade --- Octopus and Cucumber


Lately, I am so into vinegar.... I do not know why.
Probably the body is sensing the change of the season, that is my guess.    Spring has come, although it is still bit chilly, I can feel.

I found Octopus for sashimi at supermarket and
made this.  Just octopus and cucumber.

For dressing, you can add oil such as olive oil or grape seed oil.  This time, I didn't use any oil.

Just mix 3 spoons of vinegar, 1 spoon of soy sauce, pinch of salt and some pepper.  
Oh, and please prepare boiled water and wash octopus before use to clean the surface.