Friday, 31 December 2010

FFILT - family, food, & things I love Thursday

- sunny Vancouver days (FINALLY!!)
- views of snow-capped mountains
- walks by the ocean
- walks through old growth forest
- roast pork and apple sauce
- apple pie and imperial cheese
- fresh hot Montreal-style bagels
- homemade turkey soup
- Christmas leftovers (a 24 lb bird for Christmas means LOTS of yummy leftovers!)
- "flunch" with 2 generations of female relatives (U and the other boys were sent off elsewhere)

Friday, 24 December 2010

Things I love Thursday

- making and decorating grandma's Christmas cookies with my cousin
- watching the hockey game with my uncle
- bickering with my dad
- playing with a dog
- roast lamb
- sharing all of the above with U

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Lights and Action!

U arrived in Vancouver this morning and we put him to work immediately - we put up the outdoor lights in the morning and then decorated the tree in the afternoon. Good fun!

Thursday, 16 December 2010

TILT eh!

With one day of work left before THREE WEEKS in Canada, there is PLENTY to love this Thursday!

- planning my first meals back in Canada (dim sum on Sunday morning and then the neighbourhood brick oven pizzeria for pesto and goat cheese pizza (no tomatoes!) )
- fun coworkers
- being needed at work
- the neighbourhood kushi place
- Christmas shopping with U
- finally casting off a scarf I've been working on for far too long
- seeing my dad in less than 3 days!!

Monday, 13 December 2010

Quote of the day...

In a letter dated February 1925, from an American businessman to a close and highly regarded Japanese friend:

"Peoples of different races generally do not live together with complete sympathy and understanding, and rarely succeed in creating social and economic conditions which easily blend. Neither do marriage and the mixing of bloods usually produce fortunate results."

Thursday, 9 December 2010


Some things I'm loving this Thursday:

- mid-week trips to Tsukuba
- mabo tofu
- playing 10 yen old lever type arcade games
- having the hotel onsen bath all to myself
- being looked after
- having finished the JLPT (whether I passed or not there isn't anything else I can do now)
- dinner plans with friends
- lookin forward to going to Canada in 10 days!!

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Hole in One

I made tonjiru for dinner tonight. A huge pot of it - lots of naganegi(long onion?), daikon, carrots, shirataki... but no tofu. Why? I love tofu. I love tofu in tonjru. I bought a pack of tofu to go in the tonjiru. I opened the packet and tilted it sideways to pour out the tofu water but apparently the tofu didn't want to be cooked and had visions of freedom - it jumped out of the packet, launching itself over my hand. It missed the dirty dishes in the sink and made a perfect no-splash olympic dive right down the sink drain.

A hole in one.

Nothing but net.

I automatically reached out to grab my fleeing tofu (that didn't get very far because I have the mesh bag thingy in my sink drain basket...) but when my hand came up with a small crumble of coffe ground covered tofu I suddenly decided my tonjiru didn't need tofu afterall...

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Seeing green

My offering (the soup, not the bread) for this month's Washoku Warriors challenge. Head on over to La Fuji Mama's to check out the other offerings!