Wednesday, November 5, 2008

C'mon people leave a comment!

I just did a bit of traveling and I found out that there is a lot more people reading this blog then I thought. It was pretty revelatory seeing as I don't get very many comments. But please people, be a nerd and throw a comment or two my way when you get on here next time would ya, pretty please? Half the fun of keeping a blog is reading the comments. and if we've never met then go ahead and post one any way. Don't be shy now, I don't bite. Thanks guys you rock the house. Have a nice day and stay warm and cozy, eat those fruits and veggies and stay healthy. Ciao.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Vegetable soup.

It is getting cold, and one of the things that makes me happy as the weather cools if is a good soup. This one is very versatile in that you can put in just about anything and it will taste good. I have tried it many times and it has never let me down no matter what I stuck in it. Now here's what ya'll need:

15 cups of water
1 kg of broccoli
5 bay leaves
1 head of garlic
1 onion
1 third tbsp of red chile flake
3 big tbsp of butter or margerine
1 tbsp of chicken stalk
couple shakes of pepper
a couple shakes of sage
1.5 tbsp of consome
2 cups of milk

Start by putting the water on to boil with the leaves and the chile in it. Then chop up the onions and garlic and broccoli and stick them in to boil and boil them until the broccoli is soft about 15 min, then strain the veggies(and save the remaining water of course) and pull out your leaves, and let it all cool for a bit, then blend the veggies until they are a fine pulp and dump it back in the water pot and put it back on the cooker and set on medium heat and heat it back up. Then add your spices and butter. Once it is slightly boiling put in the milk(none of this curdled milk business please). Goes great with garlic bread or the scones on Alleys blog, I love those very easy and very yummy. And thats all she wrote, people. Have fun cooking.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Vegetable chicken curry.

It is a cold and damp day here in my town. The goodies just came in and there was a box of Broccoli and what better to then vegetable curry on a day like this?

If you subscribe to my theories then and you want to have some then here is what you need to do it

10 cups of water
6 bay leaves
2.5 tbsp of red chile flaked
2 heads of garlic
1 onion
1.5 kgs of broccoli
8 whole chiles
1 big piece of ginger
1.5 cups of peanuts
3 tbsp of salt
a few shakes of pepper
1.5 tbsp of cumin seeds
I can of coconut milk
3 tbsp of sugar
kilo and a half of chicken

And here's how you do it: You put the water on to boil on high heat, and you toss in all the leaves and chile, then you chop up all the vegetables and you put them on to boil with the peanuts cumin seeds. Let it all get soft, it should take about ten min to get it nice and ready for the blender. Get the leaves out and the whole chiles and let the pot cool for just a bit(you all know what happens when you blend it's when it's hot), and then blend it. Once it's done add the sugar and the rest of the spices and let it boil for a little longer about five min. Get the chicken and cube it. Pull out you good pan and put in a bit of oil and fry the chicken it two batches and add half a tbsp of salt to each and a few shakes of pepper. Cook it until it's 80 percent done and then add it to the curry. And cook for another five to ten min. On the pan there should a bit of browned stuff, scoop out a bit of the curry and let the browned goodies become liquid and then it as well. Then add the coconut milk last. and thats that. My home loved it and so did I. Have fun my readers. God bless you all. Have a nice day.

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm back!

Hi guys! Sorry it's been so long since you heard from me. I miss you guys commenting and all. I am almost done my course and I will hopefully complete the last assignment this next week. Any way today was Friday yet again and I had some very great people over to our house. I made: rice, scones, vegetable soup, chicken fillet, steak sauce and of course a salad and some dressing. I wish there was some pics to go with this post but the camera is out of order . Here is the recipe for the steak sauce, it's one of my favorites, enjoy:


  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons malt vinegar
  • 25 drops hot pepper sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. In a saucepan over high heat, blend raspberry jam, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, malt vinegar, hot pepper sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat to low, and simmer 10 minutes, or until thickened.
Does that sound good or does it sound great? Do try it, you will not be disappointed.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

I'm sorry guys.

I'm sure you've noticed that i haven't posted in a while. The reason I am taking a course called the professional missionary academy and I am devoting my full concentration to it and I really can't make the switch back to posting about food as I am not in that frame of mind now. If I get on the comp it's usually something to do with pma that I'm doing. But it will be over soon and i will be posting lot's of things again. Bare with me guys.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Maple syrup steak sauce.

Greetings readers! It's Friday night once again and as usual we had company. Mister C didn't snap a shot of it this time though(looks very with out a pic, sigh). We had: chicken steak with sauce and roasted veggies with rice(salad goes without saying), I got a some very good reactions to my new sauce experiment so I'm posting the recipe. We also did suika wari(for any one who doesn't know what that it's a Japanese game , kinda like hitting a Pinyata, one person gets blind folded and the other guide him verbally to where he can hit it). And then to top the evening off we all roasted marsh mellows, fun fun.
Here's the recipe for the sauce:
4 cloves of chopped garlic
half a tbsp of flaked chile
1 cup of ketchup
2/3 cup of bull dog sauce
5 tbsp of maple syrup
2 tbsp of yellow mustard
couple shakes of pepper
and steak crisps
and a few tbsps of oil

After your done cooking steak(chicken is what I used), after you drain the oil theres a little browned stuff left that just the best sauces. Just chuck in a few tbsp of oil and the garlic and chile , and cook that on low until the garlic is done about five min, then toss in the rest of the goodies and cook it for another five min on high and thats it.

Friday, July 11, 2008

BBQ sauce for summer days.

Tomorrow we're having an awesome guest over at our humble abode tomorrow. We just fixed our BBQ pit, so we're ready to rock this summer and eager to put it to use. I will be out pretty much all day tomorrow so I needed to get the food ready today so I made the sauce and I boiled about two kilos of Inoshishi(Japanese for wild hog) that our neighbor shot and generously gave to us. I really recommend this meat, people, if you haven't had any yet try it!!! Any way here's what you need to make the sauce:

2 heads of garlic
2 small onions
3 small whole dried red chiles
2.5 cups of vinegar
1 piece of ginger
4 cups of Worcestershire sauce
4 cups of blue berry jam
1.5 tbsp of salt
a few shakes of pepper
1 lemon
3 tbsp of brown sugar
2 cans of pine apple
2 cups of ketchup

And here's how you do it: get a pot and put in all the vinegar heat it till it boils. While it's heating up chop and blend the: garlic, onions, pineapple, ginger and chile and throw it in once its boiled. let the whole thing boil for about ten min, once it does throw all the rest of the ingredients and let it cook for another 20 min, and thats that.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Friday, June 13, 2008


Hey guys! Genki? I went for a really mild child friendly curry this Friday. I made twice as much as I would normally make so that I could have enough for some great visitors we had today as well, this amount will serve 25 to 30 people. If you wanna have a go at making it here's what you need:

8 baking cups of water
5 bay leaves
1.5 cloves of garlic
1.5 onions
1 real big piece of ginger
3 tbsp of flake chile
800 grams of semi dried tomatoes
4 cans of coconut milk
1.5 tbsps of tumeric
half a tbsp of garam masala
1.5 tbsp of cumin
1.5 tbsp of curry powder
6 tbsps of brown sugar
2 sticks of celery with leaves
900 grams of peas
six big taters(POTATOES!!!!! boil'em, mash'em stick'em in a stew)
2.5 kilos of chicken breast
5 tbsps of butter
3 tbsps of salt
pepper to taste
5 whole chiles

And here's how ya'll do it: take the leaves and about six cups of the water and boil it on low, then take the: ginger, garlic, onions and chile and blend that(after you cut it into little pieces, of course), once it's a puree chuck it into the pot and boil it for about five min and then add the tomatoes and boil for another 15 min. Once that is done take it off the burner and let it cool, once it does blend it again and make sure that its really fine stuff, oh, and add the celery leaves to the blend. Next add the spices , suger, whole chiles, and coconut milk and one more cup of water, let all that boil on high for about five to ten min. Then take those taters, peas and celery and chop it into the size you desire and and add it to the mixture and let it cook through, I forgot how long I cooked it for(it was yesterday, BTW), but I think 15 min should be enough. Once its done turn off the heat and set aside. Get that chicken and chop it into medium sized pieces, and fry about four batches at a time with the butter and cover it with a pan top and cook it until the chicken is almost done. Add it and the left over liquid to the curry and cook for a few min longer and thats that. Have fun.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Spinach Pasta.

We got a lot of spinach donated to us recently, and I found some great recipes to work with and change into a new creation. Here's one that the folks in my home loved, it serves about 25 people. You will need:

2 heads of garlic
2 tbsp of flake chile
5 bay leaves
1.5 tbsp of basil
Couple pinches of rosemary
1.5 tbsp of oregano
1 tbsp of molokia
1.5 of ground senna leaves(don't cry if you don't have these 2, it's nice to have though).
3 big onions
3 cups of mushrooms
500 grams of spinach
11 cups of water
3 tbsp of sugar
3 tbsp of consome
3tbsp of salt
and a couple shakes of thyme and sage
and pepper to taste

And here's how it goes: chop the garlic up finely and put it in enough oil to cook it all and put in the chile, leaves and herbs and cook an low heat until the garlic is done, about ten min. While thats going get a pot and put in a few cups of water and bring it to a boil and when it its boiling throw in the spinach and boil it till it's soft, about ten min. Once the garlic done throw in the onions, mushrooms ( I would have used one can of olives and ground 1.5 kg beef if I had it, go ahead and add it if you desire), and fry till the onions are transparent, about five to ten min. Blend up the spinach and add it to the rest. Then put in the spices other ingredients and the water and let the whole thing boil on medium for another 25 to 30 min, don't forget to stir it. And thats all. Bon appetit.
And yes, I really like green sauce, the color green in general is really nice.

Tex Mex

I have been really busy lately with many different things, I'm sure you have noticed my lack in posting, very sorry. But here I am again.
Last Friday we had a great birthday party for us Geminis, I turned 21, Seimi turned 17 and Maimi turned 14 . I made Mexican upon request. We had a great guest over who was really fun to talk with. And Paul and Gracia came over with the munchikins which made the evening all the more special. hope to have another one of these soon.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Green curry recipe.

 First of all people, i am sure the lack of postings has been noticed. I'm sorry. I have just been really busy. For those of you who don't know I'm taking the pm and I started not too long ago.
I made this particular curry a while ago but it was a hectic dinner and writing it down was honestly the last thing on my mind, which was a pity because it was really good.
Any way, I made it again, with out the tomatoes, and this time I wrote it down for you all to use.
Here you go. Here's what ya'll need:
1 head of garlic
2.5 tbsp of red flake chile
5 bay leaves
one piece of ginger
500 grams of spinach
5 whole chiles
1 tbsp of curry powder
1 tbsp of cumin
1.5 tbsp of turmeric
2 tbsp of salt
couple shakes of pepper
3.5 tbsp of brown sugar
3 tbsp of butter
a little oil
2 cans of coconut milk two kilos of chicken thigh(with the skin people)

Start with a pot and put in about five cups of water, then put chop the onion, garlic, flake, chile and ginger and blend it with about 2 cups of water. Blend it into a paste and add it to the water in the pot. Then chuck in the spinach and let it all boil for about fifteen minutes. Then extract it and blend the mixture(extracting the leaves and whole chiles first of course). Put it back into the pot and then add the rest of the spices along with the sugar. Let it cook for about about five min then add the coconut milk to it. Then take a bit of oil not too much, and that butter and fry up the chicken and add it to the curry along with the liquid. Let it cook for another couple minutes and thats all she wrote.
Have fun.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Jump roping.

I tried jogging a while ago a but it isn't so exciting for me, but I do have a jump rope and I think I have taken a fancy to it. I just started and I am doing ten sets of 150 35 seconds apart, not very impressive I know, but it's only been two days since I started doing it and it's been too long since I have done any kind of cardiovascular exercise. I like it because it builds coordination and rhythm. Just make sure you have a nice soft pair of shoes to use if you are going to add this exercise to your routine, there have been a few people who have messed up their knees doing this the wrong way, and don't forget to warm up and stretch a bit before you start and of course pray.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Mexican food.

Friday night, again. Time just shoots by so fast these days. Any way I wanted to make some thing special that I was certain my guests never tasted, so I went for Mexican. I looked up a few concepts to base off of and then went to work. And I called on Paco(thats right from LWG) to help me from the spirit world.
I made a good sauce and we had pork and beans, I don't think I ever had them that tasty before(sorry don't remember what I put in it). Had all that with some good veggies and on top of all that goodness Seimi made this great coconut pie. What can I say except that life is good.
Anyway, dinner was great and I am happy to be alive. Good food just makes life that much better.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Could you guys....

Hey guys! I hope you're all having a good day today. I was just thinking that if you like the food you see below if it wouldnt be too much to ask for you to comment on which ones you all like or which ones you are likely to use in your kitchen. Is that ok? Thank you, and if you're ever in Toyota Japan come to my kitchen and I'll take good care of you.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Graduation celebration.

Today was a very special day, we celebrated the kids graduating and going into the next grade. They all did super good in their school and I was so proud of them.
And no celebration is complete without a special dinner, so we asked what they wanted, they asked for pizza and thats what they got. I made my own pizza sauce, and the home loved it. i wish that I remembered what I put in it, but alas I don't.
And to make the night even more enjoyable Seimi made some exquisite chocolate Parfets. Good thing I worked out as hard as I did.
Oh and something special happened today that was really encouraging. I just finished working out, and then I got this real bad stomach ache. It hurt so bad that I couldn't move, so I went and groaned on the living room couch. Auntie Crysolite came in and asked me what what was up and then she laid hands on my stomach and prayed, and I kid you not, my friend, as soon as she started to pray the pain left me. Right after that I got up and went about cooking dinner good as new. Very heavy. The keys kick some ass alright.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

More about little old me.

I like doing these when I'm bored.

Have you...

Sung someone to sleep? Not that I can remember.
Been to a psychiatrist? No.
Baked a cake without a recipe? No way.
Recorded your voice? Yes.
Written a novel? No but I have written stories.
Had a paying job? Yes.
Lost a loved-one? Yes, my Mother.
Been in a band? No.
Danced in front of people? Can we not talk about this, cringe.
Wanted children? Yeah, I want kids in the future but first I need to get a license, and find a wife, oh and finish PMA(grin).
Been to a concert? Yes , cant wait till the next one.
Cried yourself to sleep? Yes.
Met someone famous? Yes, mostly athletes.
Wanted to be famous? Yes, in combat sports, sigh.
Used a rhyming dictionary? No.
Drew/painted a piece of art to completion? Yes once a long time ago, really sucked but it made some one happy and they keep the little picture with them in a wallet at all times, cringe.
Streaked? Yes, love being naked.
Gone somewhere deliberately in the hopes of running into someone? No.
Felt so incapable of expressing love that you cried? No.
Written a song? Yes, cringe.
Climbed a mountain? Yes, not something i wanna do by my self though, I would go with some one , does any one wanna go with me up a mountain, with a some lunch and stuff, have picnic?
Wished you were the opposite gender? No.
Stayed up all night? Yes, great fun.
Been heartbroken? I have been very sad, but not heart broken.
Been in love with someone who had no idea? N.

Do you...
Stop reading books halfway through?
I guess, I only really read a book when I am interested in it, and if I am then I read it all the way.
Sleep during movies? Yes, Equilibrium comes to mind just off the bat, very gnarly film, that one.
Cry during movies? Yes.
Talk a lot? I do talk a lot, and listen a lot. Just love people.
Sleep better alone? Yes.
Own a pair of glasses? Many.
Pinch pennies? Some times, when i need to, but not really.
Quickly lose interest in projects? Yes, really need to work on this, sigh.
Misplace things? Not really, but I have had a few experiences along these lines, sigh.
Buy stationery before you need it? No.
Love math? HELL NO!!!!
Know a lot of random facts? Yes, sigh.
Do romantic, thoughtful things for the people you love? I guess so.
Have difficulty getting rid of things you don't use? I have stuff that I sell later that I am not currently using but I will use when the time comes to sell it.
Notice and remember little things about people?Yeah, of course, birthdays and stuff like that.
Prefer wine to beer? Beer is good, wine is healthy.
Do an accent? Yes, I love accents, I do a few.
Enjoy the spotlight? Depends which one.
Love board games? No, more a hang out and chat kind of person.
Buy your own shampoo or toothpaste? Dont use shampoo, and some else does the shopping here.
Wish people would stop talking about you? If it's good go ahead if not shut up(please).
Keep a journal? No.
Enjoy exotic foods? YES.
Cook elaborately for yourself? look at my blog, go figure.
Have expensive taste? Yes, with some things, sigh.
Write on yourself? Not really

Stay up late? Yes.
Absolutely love your perfume/cologne or use it because you have it? I haven't found a really nice smell yet.
Wish you could be someplace else? All the time.
Miss people? Yes, sniff sniff.
Organize to a fault? Not really.
Take a long time to be satisfied with your work? Some times yes, some times no.
Wear clothes that are too big for you? No, I am very picky about clothes and they need to fit me perfectly or I don't buy them, the brand needs to be good, and I like to wash, hang and fold them myself
Own more than 10 pens? I own way more then that.
Wear make-up every day? No.
Get angry often? I get annoyed pretty often, need to be more patient, sigh.

Well, I hope at least one per son reads this, took me a while to write all that.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mushroom cream sauce.

Well it's Friday night again and, as usual, we had guests over for dinner. I usually ask them what they want and this time they asked for spaghetti , but not with tomatoes seeing as Tsutomu's wife is allergic(and soon to give birth to a beautiful baby boy). So I thought about what to make, that I haven't already posted about, and I came up with a mushroom cream sauce recipe(thanks for helping from the spirit world Mom you're the best, muah). They loved it and so did my home.
Here's what you need to make it:
2 heads of finely chopped garlic
2 tbsp of flaked red Chile
4 pinches of rosemary
a couple shake of thyme
a couple shakes of sage
3 small bags of mushrooms(I used locally grown shitake that our neighbors grew, tasted so good)
4 small carrots
3 4ths of a baking cup of flour
2 tbsp of salt
2 tbsp of consome
a couple shakes of pepper
3 cups of water
1.5 liters of whole milk
200 grams of bacon
5 bay leaves
4 tbsp of butter

And here's how you do it: First, put a small pot of water on to boil(big enough to fit 4 carrots), then chop up all that garlic, get out your cooking pan and put in enough oil to cook the garlic, put it on very low heat and let it heat up, then put in the garlic, Chile, herbs leaves. Just let that cook on low for about ten min, or until the garlic is done, cooked but not crispy. While the garlic is going peel and chop those carrots, the water should come to a boil in a few minutes when it does put in the carrots and cook them till they are soft(5 to ten min should be enough), once they're done strain them and let them cool for a bit and then blend them with a cup of water. By this time the garlic should be ready. Throw in the mushrooms and cook on medium for about 5 min, then take the carrot puree and combine it with the garlic and the rest of the water and about two cups of milk. Let that cook on medium for another 15 minutes. Next make a thick paste in a pan with 2 big tbsp of butter, and the rest of the milk, let it come together and do it until it's thick but not lumpy.Then combine it with the rest of the goodies in the other pot, then put in the salt, pepper, consome, cook it for another five min and thats it folks. I loved this sauce, and some time soon I wanna make lasagna with it, I haven't had cream sauce lasagna in years. I'll post when I make it. Bon appetit my friend.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

A little more about little old me.

I got this one off Lauras blog. And I had time on free day.


Yes, the guy in pilgrims progress.


The last time I chopped onions was the last time I shed tears, but I cried at the feast because I was moved.


I challenge any one to find a 21 year old with hand writing as bad as mine.


Chicken for sure.


I love kids, but like most guys I'm a bit scared of having my own. I would like to have kids once I get my license and pma out of the way and of course find some one who wants to have them with me, ha.


What a stupid question, how do you answer that?






Kellogs strawberry, the best you will ever eat, but raisin bran is a close second.


Unless I am wearing boots or flip flops.


Yes, its only Jesus.

Favorite ice cream flavor? haggen daz caramel fudge.


If they are a girl whether they are cute firstly, and next how they carry themselves.

If they are a guy it depends on the person.


What the heck for?


That I wasnt six foot seven inches, dunking would be so easy.


My family.


They are a strange pattern, but the dominant color is beige.


Dinner, I had a chicken sandwich with teriyaki and mayo and wasabi, very good.


Clackity clack clack, the sound of my hunting and pecking.




the inside of a boot that hasnt been used before.




Ki, pride, boxing, wrestling, judo, any combat sport.


when I have it its blonde.


Green and brown.




Cant think of one only and If I began i would never stop.


Happy happy for me please you dont want to be with me when you watch a scary one, an example of what i can barley handle is I am legend, and even then at the scary parts i squirmed a lot, sigh.


Hair spray(watch it people, its great, one of my favorites)






Good Lord, it depends form who, again a very stupid question.


Chocolate fudge brownies(God I am hungry again)


Marvelous Marriage.


What mouse pad?


On youtube I saw some hot chicks dancing around in very skimpy outfits, pretty cool one of them was very good.


Steves song sixth gear very loud in my ears.


Rolling stones, baby.


Well, Japan is home to me so Australia.


All the talents I have are pretty ordinary, do you still like me?

"The plump partridges and the hungry man."

Photo courtesy of: PAUL KEMP
Since Christmas time I have been craving Pheasant meat. The song about the 12 days of Christmas, which just so happened to be our resident toddlers favorite at the time, mentioned a partridge in a pear tree. Every time I would hear it my mouth would water as I thought of the sauces and gravy that I could prepare with a good roasted pheasant, every time that song would play it annoyed me so much. The reason it annoyed me was that we've seen pheasants around here so many times and I really wanted to hunt some. Over the past few months I haven't devoted much to those fowl thoughts (pun intended), but then today Me, Mike and Christian saw two , guessed it, pheasants right next to our car, we stopped and opened the door, and they took off, arggghhh. So close yet so far, if only I had a sling shot with me I would have at least gotten one of them, sigh.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Chest, shoulder, triceps and back.

Ok, this is it. I have had it with people bugging me about my laziness, haha. This is the first of the posts concerning workouts, health, fitness and anything concerning muscles, I hope you find them helpful. I train old school in my room using a combination of weights and body weight training routines that focus on upper body conditioning. I do this much of each exercise but I progress each week. I start with prayer and a small stretch.

And no jokes about the cuts on my head, people, a light fell on me while I was doing a sacrificial deed. These were taken about a week ago and since then it's gotten a lot better.

I begin with 1oo plus ups. I do these with a mirror by my side so I can look at my form and make sure that I am not cheating , and make sure that my form is good. Make sure you go all the way down and all the way up(dip lower then the photo above, I was posing for the cam and freezing so he could get the shot).

Next stretch. Then Get to work on the dips. I do these in sets of 20 ten times with a minute in between each set. Dip as low as you see above and go all the way back up.

Then I do a little stretching and I do push ups on my knuckles, again with a mirror to watch my form. I do ten sets of ten a minute apart.

Then I do grip training with "Captians of Crush" grippers. I start with the hardest one(the #2 CoC) I have which is 88 kilos of pressure(195 pounds) and I do 2 reps with it, with my right. Then I do my left and do about 6 to ten with the #1 CoC which is 63 kilos of pressure(140 pounds). Then I do my right again with the #1.5 CoC which is about 76 kilos of pressure(167 pounds) about ten times. I do left again with a 45 kilo gripper and I do it 20 plus times. I switch again to my right and do the #1 CoC ten plus times wait for forty seconds and then do the 45 kilo gripper(100 pounds) 20 plus times. Then I do ten sets of ten on each hand with the 45 kilo gripper. I keep all these reps 40 seconds apart. And I do each one till the metal meets.
A little trivia the 88 kilo #2 is that at last years Arnold Schwarzenegger body building competition the company that makes these passed this one around and none of the those guys competing could close it all the way till metal met in the middle. This gripper is rarely closed, by any one unless they have trained their grip. I have it with me a lot. It's so funny to give it to these big mountains of muscle and watch them try and fail to close it, I mean I'm pretty muscular but I am only 171cm and 86 kilos and some of the guys I give this gripper to are humongous and they make me look like a kid and they still can't do it all the way.]
BTW, when you first start with the CoC grippers you get a blister on your little finger(or the whole hand could suffer if you're soft and not to used to it), but after a while you get used to it, and you never turn back.
A little warning I would like to add is that these thing are very addictive and side effects in include: greater strength and larger fore arms.
One more thing I would like to add is that these grippers are the best in the world. There's a lot of companies out there that make these but the difference is this: CoC measures the pressure by the resistance it puts out, while other companies measure the pressure by the power it takes to close it. This is the best way of measuring grip strength known to man. I found one gripper that had never been used before at this sports store and it was 100 kilos of pressure(220 pounds), I had a try at it and I did it so hard the metal ground together, I would go so far as to say if they had the 130 kilo (290 pound) type there I would have closed that one too, so much for that companies grippers, only good for showing off. Suffice it to say that CoC is the best way to train your grip.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Croutons and more

We had chicken thigh pasta yesterday, the recipe for the sauce is the same as the vegetarian sauce, just fry the chicken just before you serve it to keep it real tender.

I love croutons, but I just ran out, so I decided to make my own with brown bread(no white trash for me). It's for about two meals.
Here's what you need.
8 slices of brown bread
few pinches of salt
some of those mixed herb I was telling you about
Four cloves of garlic and a couple tbsp of butter.

And here's how it goes: Preheat the oven at 250(Celsius), chop up that garlic really small, then put it in a small bowl and combine it with the butter and put in in the micro wave for about 30 seconds, then butter the bread with it, and slice it into the size you want it to be and put it in a bowl and mix in the salt and herbs and then put it in a non oiled oven tray and bake it for 20 minutes checking it occasionally to make sure it cooks evenly. These really make a good salad that much better.
Our resident toddler couldn't stop from eating them and he just kept coming back for more with his little bowl. I said "sure Dave you can have fourths, how many do you want?" and he goes with all fingers out and both hands up " ten!". And then he proceeds to count out ten of them. He liked them so much I gave him the rest of the batch. This is one of the first times he really enjoyed my food, so I am very happy.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Green Curry

I made this curry for a get together that we had for our friends. They wanted Indian and thats what they got. I was a in a hurry when I made it so I didn't write what I put into it, the main veggies are: spinach, onions and tomatoes. Of all the curries I made this one is one of the best, we have a lot of spinach now so I will make it again some time. The Potatoes were tasty and easy to make, I'll post for those in the future as well.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

A little about little old me.

I got this off Ryans blog, looked like a wee bit of fun.
Do you get along better with guys or girls?

Both the same, depends on the person.

If someone liked you right now, would you want them to tell you?
Yes. But if I didn't like them that wouldn't be so cool. I don't like my life to be complicated by such things. Not because I capsize mentally, but because I usually lose sleep at night because of it.
Does it matter to you if your boyfriend/girlfriend smokes?
Of course. Don't like the smell. And generally it gets me in a bad mood.
Last person you texted?
Do you like shows like Forensic Files and Unsolved Mysteries
Not really.
Do you prefer to take showers at night or in the morning?
Afternoon or night.
List people you were/are best friends with?
Christian, Mike, Faith, Pete.
Name the best people who could cheer you up?
Tom, Christian, Gabe(Ito), Steve, Fay, Poner, Shonics, Jesse, Pete, Danny, and Moofy.
Have you been to New York City?
Who is the last person you added to your contacts list in your phone?
Some guy who owns a store
Do you have any expensive jewelery?
Not really.
Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
My Dad.
Do you have a friend of the opposite sex you can talk to?
Of course.
Heard any really great quotes lately?
Read a gn full of them.
Do you think you have made a difference in anyone's life?
Do you remember the name of your first school you ever went to?
Have/would you ever tattooed anyones name on you?
What is the name of your siblings best friend?
Jodi: Monica and Krystal
Maria: Patty, Amanda, And MJ.
Moofy: Me first of course, lol, Lena, Aiko, and Mia
james: David.
What's the most appealing thing about the opposite sex?
Well first if they're cute their looks of course. I don't know exactly, but whatever it is you can't fight it.
Which year has been the best so far?
Don't know.
Ever found more than a dollar/pound in a random place?
Can't remember
Has anyone ever been more important to you than a family member?
Last time you smiled!
I minute ago, pretty happy most of the time.
Last text message in your inbox?
Don't have my phone here.
Whens your next road trip?
When ever I can, I love to get out and travel around.
Would you cry if you found out you were pregnant?
Hmmm... let me think about that one....
Where is your phone?
In my room.
Do you think your current pets will be alive ten years from now?
Don't keep my lizards in a cage they run free right outside my room. And they will be eaten by a cat soon.
When was your last bubble bath?
I year ago. Don't fill up the tub so often cos it's wasteful unless you're sharing it with some one else.
Do you know anyone by the name of Dennis?
Yeah, a big black guy.
Where is your pet right now?
What color phone do you have?
White and silver.
How many kids do you want to have?
None right now.
What outfit do you have on at this exact moment?
Nothing special.
What color are your eyes?
Green and brown
What are you doing tomorrow? Making a curry for my friends who are coming.
Do you know someone who likes you?
Yeah, but no one I like back.
Does a heartbreak feel as bad as it sounds?
What color is your hair?
I just shaved but its blonde.
What are things you hate losing?
Money, friends, valuables, sleep, weight, strength, games cant think of much else off the bat.

Have you eaten popcorn in the past 48 hours?
nope. Hate it unless it's covered in caramel. Yummy yummy.
Have you ever been in handcuffs?
If you could say anything to any one person what would it be?
I love you.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Matcha Greenies

Hey people. Heres my latest little culinary adventure. I warn you unless you're a new bottle then don't read any more, haha. I made these greenies with the same recipe below with a little twist. I made them with maccha chocolate. Not something I would do too often but I'm glad I tried it. I got a lot of good comments form my home on it. If you want to make it heres a tip add one tbsp for the ratio I posted.  They aint as a good as the ones I usually make but they were good and fun to eat.

Chicken Wrap

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Thai chicken curry for the people.

G'day people. It's Asian once again. This time I have a nice mild curry for you. If you are into curry and you like some variety then I recommend this one. You will need:
2 kg of chicken breast(thigh is better but I used breast)
1 medium piece of fresh ginger
1.5 heads of garlic
1 tbsp of cumin powder
2.5 tbsp of red flake chile
4 dry whole chiles
5 bay leaves
1 stick of lemon grass
1 kg of bamboo shoots
2 tbsp of tumeric
1.5 tbsp of salt
couple shakes of pepper
half a cup of water
half a cup of fish sauce
half a cup of vinegar
2 tbsp of brown sugar
1.5 cups of whole milk
3 small blocks of Japanese curry paste
2 cans of coconut milk

And heres how it all goes: Start with getting a small pot and put in half a head of garlic and boil it for five to ten min until the garlic is mushy. While the garlic is boiling grind the ginger and put it in a bowl with a tbsp of chile and 1 tbsp of cumin powder. Once the garlic is done mash it into a paste and put it in with the ginger mix and combine into a paste.

Then chop up the chicken into thin pieces. Each breast should be cut into about seven pieces. Then put it in a bowl and mix it together. Then get a pan and put in a bit of oil(about a quarter inch), and fry the chicken on high and cook until almost done( this is the key to having a nice tender chicken breast curry, none of that rope cribbage that you need a chain saw to cut, make sure you get this right), make sure the chicken is still juicy, it shouldn't even be brown, and the inside should still be a bit pink. Do two kilos in three batches, not all at once or you lose the juice.

When all the chicken is done set it aside and cover it. And the pan should have a bunch of stuff stuck to it and that's good, keep it and we'll use it later. Then get your big'ol chopper out and chop away at a head of garlic, make it fine. And once its done put it in some oil and do it on very low heat. Put in the leaves and the whole chiles and the rest of the chile (2tbsp). Let it all cook together for about five to ten, or until the garlic is cooked but soft. Then put in the tumeric, lemon grass, bamboo shoots, salt and pepper and fry for about five min, put in the fish sauce and the vinegar, and get that water and put it in the pan that you fried the meat with and get all the goodness stuck to it and when you do that chuck it in with the rest of the mix and cook it for five. Then chuck in the milk and the coconut milk and the sugar and the curry blocks, and let it thicken on high heat, stir it people, let it all come together and then add the chicken five minutes before serving it(cook it just a bit more, enough to cook it all the way through) and it should be really tender and just right. Goes really well with genmai and beer. Bon appetit'.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Pasta cream sauce. Chocolate pudding and banana crumble. Macaroni salad.

Old country cuisine again tonight people. We had three guests over at our house and I wanted to make them something special that they never had before. So I settled for a pumpkin cream sauce. Ok, now don't go and be closed minded like me. The first time my Mom and Nona made this I swore that I would never eat it, but I had a taste and it changed my life for the better. So all I can say is "try it you just might like it". Any way this is what you'll need:
2 heads of garlic
half a pumpkin
1.5 tbsp of flake red chile
150 grams of bacon
2 clumps of mushroom
5 bay leaves
3 pinches of rosemary
couple shakes of thyme
couple shakes of sage
1 can of black olives
2 liters of whole milk
5 tbsp of butter
half a cup of water
couple shakes of pepper and 1.5 tbsp of salt
1 cup of flour depending on how thick you want it.

Start by steaming the pumpkin and cook it for about 20 min(or as long as it takes). Whilst the steamer is going chop the garlic really small. Preheat a pan on really low heat and chuck in the garlic. Have enough oil to pretty much cover all that garlic. Next put in the chile, leaves and herbs. Cook until the garlic is ready but soft(about ten to fifteen min) and then put in the olives and the mushrooms and cook for another five minutes.
Next lower the heat and chuck in half the milk and then the pumpkin(make sure that its a paste and not clumpy). Mix and stir, then take a small pan and melt the butter and put in the flour and mix it into a paste and then put the rest of the milk in the pan with the paste and stir it and make sure that there are no lumps. Once that is done combine it with the rest. Then put in the salt and the pepper and and cook it for another ten minutes and thats all she wrote mate. And lastly cook the bacon for a few minutes just enough, so its still soft and throw it in too. Serves about 15 people.

I made a good salad to go along with this meal. Heres what you need.
1. 5 lettuce
1 bag of bean sprouts(no salad is complete without them in my opinion, just love the stuff)
Half an onion
20 cocktail olives
half a kilo of macaroni
a cup and a half of croûtons
and the salad dressing recipe I posted earlier.

Combine all the vegetables. (make sure the onions are really small, and if you you take the sting out of them if you soak them ). Boil the macaroni until its almost done(it'll get soggy if you cook it all the way because you put dressing in the salad.). Once it's done throw it it and mix it in with the dressing. And save the dry bread stuff in a bowl and out it in right before you serve it.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Indian Butter Chicken

I came across this delightful recipe from India on The chef uses fresh tomatoes which I substituted with a half a cup of tomato paste. He also used coriander seeds which I am out of at the moment so I used about 1 tbsp of tumeric instead. It tasted really good and I got great comments from those live I with about it. We'll see more of this on my table for sure. I definitely recommend it to any one who wants a chilled out but tasty Indian meal. Ad this guy is really fun to watch, amen? Haha. Love the way he cooks and talks and hes darn good at what he does.
BTW, the reason my dish looks orange and not red is that I didn't use food coloring at all. I stay away from those because red food coloring is made from crushing a red beetle and getting the juice out of it. Sounds gross doesn't it so I didn't put any of that in my meal. And plus I like to keep my meals and food as natural as possible so I don't use coloring and generally prepare my food from scratch. I bit more work ,I must admit, but you get faster the more you do it and we're talking a far superior flavor. So natural it is for me and mine.
Another thing I would like to add is I don't use plastic spatulas when I fry food because over time they melt and those particles go into your body and are toxic. I also don't use Teflon pans because they're loaded with unnatural chemicals and are unhealthy, even though they require less oil. You're way better off using a cast iron pan/pot with a bit more oil and getting bit of exercise then putting that junk into your system. This may sound a bit extreme to some, but just devote a little time to research and you will likely come to the same conclusion. Just remember that the people that sell food and such products are not doctors, and they are interested in making money and not so interested in our health(if you wanna know more about this and other food related info let me know). So Research anything that you use on a regular basis and check whether its healthful or not.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Salad dressing.

Here's a really easy but good recipe for salad dressing.
You'll need:
10 tbsp of olive oil(I didn't use it this time, don't tell any one)
7 cloves of garlic
5 tbsp of vinegar
5 tbsp of cooking wine
1 tbsp of salt
and a few mixed ground herbs

Start by boiling the garlic. Boil for five minutes to ten minutes then mash with a fork. put it a bowl and then throw in the: oil, vinegar, wine, couple shakes of pepper, and the salt. Then last the herbs.
Now this is how you do the herbs. A dear friend of mine named Fay gave me the coolest little herb grinder not too long ago and I use it frequently. I always have on hand this one particular mixture of herbs that I grind into or on top anything from, to dressing. The mixture consists of: thyme, sage, basil, oregano, mint, salt, rosemary and dry parsley. I would suggest for a a medium size grinder about 2 tbsp of each except the thyme and the sage a tsp of both of them is sufficient in my humble opinion. the above mixture is very handy to have around, and if you don't have a grinder in your kitchen I highly recommend that you get yourself one.
All done. Now throw that into the salad and toss it(no wicked thoughts people). Bon apetit'.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Asian cusine for the people.

Konbanwa minasan! Today its Aisan meals from Indonesia and Thailand. We have: chicken on a stick, meat sauce, stir fry and peanut sauce. All of them are pretty easy and fun to make.

Lets get busy and start with the chicken. All the following should serve about 15 people.
You'll need:
2 kilos of chicken breast
1.5 cups of flour
1.5 tbsp of salt
few shakes of pepper.
sticks to skewer the chicken

Star by cutting the chicken up into one inch pieces(skin and all folks, it's not poison and not too much fattier then the muscle, and its loaded with lots for vitamins and is in fact healthy for you), and stick it on (meat and skin). Then take a the flour, salt and pepper and put it in a bowl or tray and mix. Then dip the meat into the mix and make sure its covered in the mixture. Next get a pan and put in about a quarter inch of oil, and one table spoon of butter and melt it in the oil. Then neatly put in the chicken and cook both sides covered on medium till golden brown.Every new batch add one more tbsp of butter.

Chicken sauce
you will need:
1 can of coconut milk
7 pieces of minced garlic
1 tbsp of chile
5 tbsp of oil
a quarter cup of fish sauce
1 tbsp of tumeric
1 little block of curry paste(or one tbsp of curry powder)
a couple shakes of pepper
a quarter cup of vinegar
a qaurter cup of water
1 tbsp of salt
1 tbsp of brown sugar

Start by putting the oil and chile in a pan and cook on low till the garlic is cooked but still soft, about five min. Then throw in all the spices and then all the liquids(saving the curry for last). Then let it simmer for about five min, and thats all she wrote mate.

Now for the stir fry.
You will need:
half a head of cabbage
1 tbsp of red flake chile
4 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp on salt
and a couple shakes of pepper
and a bit of oil

Start with the garlic. Chop it up it up really small and chuck it into the oil along with the chile and cook on low till the garlic is nice and soft but cooked. Then throw in the cabbage and mix, then toss in the rest of the goods and cook till the cabbage is done but still slightly crispy(about 5 min).

The peanut sauce. (warning: the following recipe includes ingredients which may contain traces of peanuts).
You will need: 
half a cup of smooth peanut butter
2 tbsp of soy sauce
1 tbsp of brown sugar
half a cup of milk
1 cup of water
half a tbsp of red flake chile
4 cloves of garlic
one small piece of ginger

Start with the garlic. Chop it really fine and put it in the pan without heat. Grind the ginger. And throw in everything and stir on medium high. It'll thicken and once it does then just cook it for another couple minutes, and thats it.
This above combination goes really well with genmai(brown rice). I used to detest genmai but then I started working out seriously and getting more into the nutritional aspect of food. Really, genmai wins hands down, no contest, as far as being a health food is concerned. And I would actually prefer genmai on a regular basis. Of course I enjoy white rice once in a while but there's nothing like the goodies your body gets out of the genmai.
And, fellow publicans, this also goes well some good cold stubbies( Australian for beer). Well thats all for now. Hope you have fun with these recipes. And don't forget to comment if you like what you see/ eat, or even if you have some constructive criticism to offer.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Dress up...and shepherds pie

We did something fun for dinner today. We had shepherds pie(if you want the recipe look on Alisa's blog, its very tasty) , and we all dressed like shepherds. Mike and I took the cake. It was great. I just love dress up and costumes. We'll be doing this again for sure.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

So it's Italian for dinner again people. I just can't help it, I love Italian food. This time it's risotto. This goes very well with rice(not genmai, but if that's all there is then shoganai), and mashed potatoes. And heres what you need to do it. (Oh.. and one more thing, when I say cup or cups in this recipe I mean about the size of a coffee mug, not one of those cup with all the numbers on it.)

6cups of water
4 bay leaves
2 pinches of rosemary1tbsp of red ground chile
.5 tsp of sage
.5 tsp of thyme
1 head of garlic
1.5 tbsp of ground senna leaves(don't panic if you don't have it)
1 clump of mushrooms
5 tbsp of butter
1 and . 25 cups of flour
4 cups of milk
2 tbsp of salt
some pepper
2 tbsp of consome(or chicken stalk , in western countries, I think)

The chicken:
2 kgs of chicken breast
1 cup of flour
1.5 tbsp of salt
a few shakes of pepper
some oil
1 tbsp on of butter per batch of chicken.

lets get cracking. Heres how to do the sauce. Get a big pot and throw in the water, leaves, herbs and the red chile. Chop all that garlic and chuck that in there along with the mushrooms and boil it on medium for 15min.
In a pan, melt the butter and combine it with the flour bit by bit and then toss in the milk and stir until there are no lumps. Then put it all together and finally flavor with the salt, pepper and consome.

And here's how to do the chicken. Cut up the breasts, get a big pan and put in enough oil to fill it up a quarter inch. Then put in a table spoon of butter, let the butter melt and then and place the pieces along side each other and cook covered on medium heat. When doing another batch put more butter more butter in the pan. Enjoy.

Gnocchi (pronounced ˈɲɔkki "Nyoki")

Alright people. were heading to the old country here. Today we are gonna make Gnocchi. Its one of those dishes that isn't really famous in Japan and I probably would have never eaten it if my Nona(Italian, grandmother) didn't make it for me. It's a great dish and it's well worth the time spent to make it. Heres what ya'll need:

18 potatoes
4.5 cups of all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tbsp of salt
a few ground herbs(if you have a grinder just chuck a few herbs in there, for this it should all amount to about 2 tbsp. I use basil, oregano, thyme, sage and parsley)

Now lets get busy. Boil some water in a pot, and once it's boiled chuck in those spuds(you'd better have peeled'em). Cook'em for about 20 min( if you want it done faster then cut the spuds into quarters). Once they're are done pull'em out with a strainer and keep the water boiling on low heat. Mash those potatoes real well, then season them with the salt and the herbs. Chuck in the eggs and the oil and knead in the flour power. Then on a clean floured surface roll it into rope like pieces and cut into half inch pieces. Then toss in those goodies and boil'em till they come to the top, about 5 min. And thats all she wrote mate. Serve it with a good sauce. I used the same recipe as the pasta sauce below except that I added 1.5 kgs of ground beef to it. Have fun.

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Hey guys! Genki? Above is a great tasting chicken breast, I made with Dijon mustard and honey and lots of love. It tasted great, but sadly I forgot how to make it. Dont worry though there's more where that came from.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Chocolate fudge Brownies

G'day people! Heres the best brownies recipe I've come across, I got it off this awesome site called "". I've made it many times and my h0me still asks for it. A few people have asked me for it so here it is for ya'll to use. It's one of those real moist and heavy kind just the way it should be and a real treat for us chocolate junkies. BTW, I bake it without the nuts and thats the way most people who have eaten this like it. Have fun.


  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 bars (4 oz in total) broken into pieces(not the extremely sweet kind, turns out better)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan.

MICROWAVE sugar, butter and water in a large microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 4 to 5 minutes or until mixture bubbles, stirring once. Remove from heat. Add baking bars; stir until melted.

STIR in eggs one at a time until incorporated. Stir in vanilla extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt; stir well. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 15 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Vegetarian Pasta Sauce

Hey guys! Welcome to my new blog. I hope you find it useful. I thought I would start with a simple vegetarian pasta. With the following measurements Ive got about 20 people in mind. Lets get to work then.

4 heads of garlic

3tbsps of red crushed chile

7 bay leaves

2 pinches of rosemary

2tbsp of basil

1.5tbsp of oregano

2 tbsp of crushed senna leaves(if unavailable, no worries)

1 tbsp of molokhia crushed(if unavailable, no worries)

2 clumps of mushrooms

3 onions

4 green peppers

2 cans of black olives

3 cups of tomato paste

14 cups of water

3.5 tbsp of salt

pepper to taste

3 tbsp of brown sugar

And heres how it works. Pull out that old chopper and chop up all that garlic. Preheat the oil with very low heat then chuck in the garlic along with the leaves, herbs and the Chile and cook with low heat for about 15 min or until the the garlic is done (but not crispy or brown, aka burnt).

Then pull out the onions, chop them up and throw those tear jerker's along with the mushrooms, olives and the green peppers into the mix, and up the flame to medium heat . Cook for about 15 min or until the onions are transparent.

Then put in the paste, water, sugar pepper and salt and stir it together and up the heat to high and cook for about 25min stirring frequently and then, voila! Make sure the pasta is ready around the same time. Bon appetit.