Miso Salmon with Sake Butter

I love love love Cheesecake Factory’s Miso Salmon. Whenever I’m in the US I got there every chance I get. (This, the Chinese Chicken Salad and Red Velvet Cheesecake are my favourites). Since the closest CCF to me is over 2.5 hours away, I figure why not try to make my own?

So I put ‘Cheesecake Factory Miso Salmon Recipe’ into Google and found this: http://www.grouprecipes.com/12197/miso-salmon-with-sake-butter.html

Straight forward and easy to follow. The results – EXCELLENT.

Since my salmon pieces were a little bigger so I had to adjust the recipe a little by being more generous with the measuring of the ingredients and tasting (uh, don’t taste from the raw fish of course).

I used a meat thermometer (160F – about 18 minutes) for the salmon which turned out dryer than I’d like so I would adjust the time a bit next time as it still cooks while sitting out. Next time I’ll also be sure to prepare more of the miso/brown sugar mixture so there’ll be extra to mix on the plate with the sake butter.

I can’t wait to make this again! This will definitely be something on my “go-to” menu.
I served it on a bed of rice with asparagus.

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Korean Jjajangmyun

Sometimes I go for Jjajangmyun (Black bean Sauce Noodles) at the food court at H Mart on Seymour. For $4.95 +tax it’s not bad. There isn’t much meat though and I find I get hungry fairly quickly after.

So I figure, why don’t I give it a whirl. A quick Google led me here: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/jjajangmyun (amazing! so many yummy recipes!) it was easy to follow the video is especially helpful. The only thing that took a fair amount of time was prepping the veggies. Instead of pork belly, I used pork tenderloin, seemed less fatty, but the husband thought it wasn’t enough meat. I also doubled the amount of veggies the recipe said, along with a bit more cornstarch to compensate for the excess water.

Tasting the sauce at the end is very important, I had to add more sugar to the sauce as it was a tad too salty for me.

So here are the results from my latest food experiment.

I also made this potato side dish that I love to eat when I’m at Korean restaurants. Unfortunately, mine kinda turned into mush. I think I’ll deep fry them a bit before mixing ingredients in next time so the outside is crispy.  http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/potato-side-dishes

Vancouver Sun Run 2012

I did my first Sun Run last year, took me about 1.5 hours but I finished! I received the email today for early bird registration, my legs ache thinking about it….making my inner couch potato fight with my inner-inner runner.

Hmmm….I guess if I start training now I could be in trip top shape for April. I’ve gotta motivate myself back on to the yoga band-wagon. It’s been over a year now since I’ve “fallen off” so I guess this would be motivation to claw my behind back on.

Does that mean I should stop eating this box of chocolates on my desk?

Here’s the Sun Run site for more info:
http://www.vancouversun.com/2012sunrun/index.html

Pom-pom Yarn Scarf

Last night I went to Michaels and picked up some pom-pom yarn to do some scarves. My co-worker has been very into knitting lately and inspired my to give it another try. Being an eager beaver, I couldn’t wait until today for her to show me, so I Googled the yarn and instructions on how to start.

It’s the Bunny Tail Pom Pom yarn and here’s the link for the instructions:
http://www.michaels.com/Bunny-Tail-Yarn-Video/LtBT1Vm2172u2,default,pg.html

The instructions on binding/casting off seem complicated and my co-worker is showing me how she does it so I’ll have to see how much harder it is and share it those instructions too.

I haven’t quite finished it yet but once you get a groove going you finish fairly quickly. I’m using US Size 4 needles, with 8 cast on stitches. Looks like I only need the 1 ball of yarn for this scarf. Will be sure to post a picture once it’s all done. It’s fast, fairly easy and cute I think I’m addicted.

Here’s a photo of the before:

A few rows in, I thought it was too loose at first and didn’t look right but looks way better after a few rows in:

And after 1.5 hours:

Is the week over yet?

Just your ordinary day at work, pushing paper, staring at a computer screen and being a “happy helper”. Anyone else can’t wait until this week is over? oh, bite me.

Eczema is flaring up again, hands are so rough and splitting. Knees, arms and hips have patches. I’m feeling pretty miserable, this must be how Chicken Pox feel like (no I haven’t had them – gotta go get that vaccine). I’ve been slathering my “good skin” in baby oil and applying cortizone ointment on my eczema but it doesn’t seem to help. I know scratching makes it worse but it’s so hard. My doc gave me a prescription for an antihistimine but it’s super drowsy. I need a cure….maybe it’s time to try and invent one.

Maybe it’s the holiday commercials on TV, but I’m getting this twinge of wanting to get my Christmas shopping started, is that weird? Or maybe it’s just an excuse to get some retail therapy without feeling guilty?? On the other hand I don’t want to go shopping for myself until after losing this post-wedding weight….I’ll treat myself then.

Hmmm…..head start on the new year’s resolutions?