Monday, August 03, 2015

More Scenes from Shanghai (Food and Cats)

In addition to the goose pate and the pigeon, this is the balance of the Handy's Sunday breakfast. The dumplings on the left contained soup. How can you get soup inside a dumpling? Wonders will never cease.

Sesame Chicken for dinner one evening. No feet?

I am disappointed he didn't try the ox penis.

Awww, another cat picture!

This mama cat was teaching her kittens to walk. She would pick each one up by the scruff of its neck, shake it a bit, plop it on the ground and nudge it. She did it over and over with each kitten. Handy says she was very determined. The dog was entertained by it all.

Sunday, August 02, 2015


I've been on a roll with my hand-drawn anthropomorphic vegetable/fruit cartoons, what with the happy carrot and the angry avocado. Here are some friendly tomatoes.

Imagine my delight when Handy showed me this picture of a winking bok choy.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Defense of the Plain Avocado

Avocados are up in arms these days!

There was some frenzy about green pea guacamole, although the recipe has 4 stars with 271 ratings, last I checked. I haven't made it, but I wouldn't rule it out. I've had other things in guac before: corn, beans, even pomegranates.

Then there was fried guacamole.

That should really be called guacamole wontons.

This week it's avocado soup.

I don't know. I'm having enough trouble finding decent avocados lately. I don't want to waste one on an odd recipe.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Handy is on a business trip to Shanghai. Saturday night he had a room on the executive level of a fancy hotel near the Pearl Tower. I believe he was going to observe the tower from below. He does not like heights. 

This was goose pate.

This was pigeon.

He went sightseeing on Sunday at a village which has been turned into a historic park. I did some quick research and it may be Zhujiajiao.

Cat trying to escape people and the heat. 

Fried eggs with shrimp handles. Very clever. 

At this point he had exceeded his data allowance so I have no more pictures. (I had asked him to check on the phone situation before he left but I guess that didn't happen.) But he's done with his one sightseeing day and it's work work work the rest of the week and he's moved to a hotel near the work work work, so there probably wouldn't be many more pictures anyways.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Carrots and Chorizo

Trigger warning. You may want to skip the chorizo part. Here's the carrot part.

I overheard a woman raving about carrot hot dogs at lunch last week. She said they marinated them for a while. I couldn't overhear the rest of the recipe but it sounded delicious and I would definitely try them. Here's one recipe for carrot hot dogs

Here's my happy little carrot.

You were warned - turn back now. TURN BACK NOW! 

OK, now on to my chorizo issue.

I wanted to make something different. Frank asked for chorizo (the Mexican style). I made a chorizo quiche. But I couldn't bring myself to eat it. You'll see why when you read the ingredients. Eeew.

Frank is giving me a hard time because I was squeamish about this. "But you eat hot dogs. There's anus in there." Well, I eat sausage with intestinal casings. But the hot dogs just say "beef."  They don't specify the glands. Also the chorizo had the weirdest texture. Frank should be understanding of that, since he has textural issues with certain slimy vegetables.

The people in the house who ate the chorizo quiche said it was delicious. I also made a southwestern vegetable quiche that was fantastic. I think it had corn, red bell pepper, and green chiles.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday PhotoHunt: Stop

No wonder people don't stop when pulling out of this alley. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Focaccia Pizza

Remember my horrible frozen pizza? Ugh! Now THIS is a lot better. Homemade (except the crust was focaccia from Costco). All the toppings were found in the fridge. Good thing I have more focaccia in the freezer!