This is a blog for people to discuss what they are eating. There is a theory that by journaling eating habits, people will eat healthier. I am trying to cook more at home and feed my family a wider variety of foods. People can just read or join as co-authors. Topics don't have to be recipes with nice photos. You can write about eating habits, special diets, culinary cultural differences, etc.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Everything I cook looks Asian...

Pam commented a while back that everything Asian she cooked turns out tasty but not quite Asian enough. I have the reverse problem. Everything I cook LOOKS Asian.

Exhibit #1: Swedish meatballs, chicken and mushroom in a sour cream sauce over butter noodles. Steamed veggies and a mug of milk. Separating the veggies on another plate helped a little. Still, it looks like Singaporean fried noodles to me. (Yes, my new dinnerware. Cheap but cute!)

Exhibition #2: Now this definitely does not look Mexican! Having the chopsticks doesn't help matters. But this is in fact, a quesedilla party. We had plain and spicy versions of beef and chicken, sauteed onions and green peppers, bottled salsa and chunky guacamole. (Avocado wasn't ripe!) We had the hot plate right at the table.

We also had veggie sticks with two kinds of dip and potato galettes (potato pancakes.) Later, I made chicken wings with Lousiana hot sauce and barbeque sauce. And an apple/peach cobbler. No one really liked the cobbler! Hiro's best friend said the cake mix made it taste artificial, too American. LOL At our last party, we served it hot with ice cream and brandy and it was a big hit....
For dinner, I made rice balls, broccoli with beef and chicken in oyster sauce and sauteed komatsuna (Japanese spinach). Too dang tired by then to take pix.
Still, everything except the cobbler was a huge hit!!! Lots of fun but that was a lot of cooking in one day!


Blogger pamwax said...

Whether it looks Asian or not, it looks good taste wise and presentation wise. The dishes are look cute also.

January 25, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Blogger JamericanSpice said...

I should hire you to be our cook :) I'm still learning to make american dishes.

January 25, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Blogger chaki said...

Welcome Jamerican Spice! If you ever have recipes, American or non-American, share with us. This is a team blog!!

Check out your blog and #1, your son is gorgeous, #2, agreed on how cameras should be built into our foreheads so we never miss a moment!

January 25, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Looks yummy. I have been getting more and more requests for "Asian" style meals from my hubby. I think he's finally coming around :). He's still not too fond of rice or noodles, but... I can always say that the white potatoes he likes are not good for my sugar... that way he feels guilty for asking for them. I'm soooo bad, eh?

And I love the way you have the quesedilla dishes laid out. Very nice and neat and convenient. I have a nice taco tray with the little indents to keep your taco shell upright as you fill it. And it sits on the top shelf of my pantry because no matter how many times we have tacos... I never remember I have it until the meal is mostly or entirely over.

January 25, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Blogger chaki said...

Thanks Pam and Holly for liking the dishes. Most everything was purchased on Friday. We had been using mismatched plates for far too long. The good stuff we haven't used since the kids.

The partitioned plate is big and glass. I love it but I know the family would have wanted the plastic compartmentalized tray (lazy susan style) that spins around.

Taint Pete's taste buds by putting a few drops of soy sauce in everything so he develops a craving! hee-hee.

January 25, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Blogger KMS said...

I like all versions of meatball recipes. Everything looks yummy. Well done.

January 26, 2009 at 4:16 AM

Blogger Arsenette said...

I love Hiro's chopsticks! They are purple!! Heck I don't care if they don't look Asian.. I'd totally love the flavor :)

So they didn't like the cobbler? Hmm.. I don't like it either but then again it's cooked fruit.. yes I know.. sacrilege..

January 26, 2009 at 5:10 AM


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