Category Archives: Food

Feline Friday: From soup to cats

Duke at the tableI made a chicken soup from the carcass and bones left over from dinner at our friends’ home last weekend, and Duke invited himself onto the table. He’s much more polite than Romeo, who will try to intercept bites of food between table and mouth. Duke, on the other hand, will wait patiently to see whether he’s offered any snacks.

By coincidence, Betty Shimabukuro did a nice little story about stretching out a chicken into nearly a week’s worth of meals (“1 chicken, 4 meals“).

I’ve written several times about this same trick. The first example I found in a quick search dates back to April 2008.

I came back to the subject in an October 2015 post, and again in February of this year.

Besides the cat, our chicken soup was accompanied by artichokes (which have been beautiful and relatively inexpensive recently), a plate of olives, hot bread, and a red wine. I threw a bunch of things into the soup, including onion, garlic, hot red peppers, kale, spinach, leftover rice, celery and carrots, bay leaves, some salt. It looks like we’ll get two dinners out of the soup, and at least one additional serving, probably for a lunch.

–> See the rest of this week’s Friday Felines (lots of good photos this week)!

Leftover night: Eating out of the refrigerator

Last night we were trying to eat up various leftovers, odds and ends had lingered long enough in the refrigerator.

Usually if we just have a few scraps of cooked meat, we will heat some refried beans and then use the meat to make a filling for soft tacos. But Meda likes to have an avocado on hand when we go that route, and it was lacking.

So back to the drawing boards. There were chicken scraps from the last cooked Costco chicken we had late last week, one leftover chicken thigh, and a couple of small bits of meat from Friday night’s dinner. And a good amount of watercress, after the previous night’s watercress salad.

So we cooked a little brown rice, and I threw together an informal stirfry. It was pretty plain. Onion, garlic, then the bits of meat, shoyu, a little sherry, two diced hot peppers, then the watercress. I forgot the little tomatoes I was supposed to add, which was a shame.

Meda made a few deviled eggs, using up hardboiled eggs she had made earlier. Oh, there was also the last part of an artichoke from a previous evening, just the heart, really.

The result, with a glass of shiraz, not too bad for a quickie meal.

Photo with my iPhone. Click to see a larger version.

Clearing the refrigerator

Throwback Thursday: In the kitchen c.2001

Here’s a selfies with one of our homemade pizzas in May 2001, before the word “selfie” was applied to such photos. It was just months after the Star-Bulletin and I parted ways following it’s purchase by Canadian publisher, David Black.

The photo was taken in our kitchen in Kaaawa using a Canon S10 digital camera, according to the embedded data.

It appears to include pepperoni, green peppers, olives, basil, mozzarella cheese, probably anchovies, on a homemade crust.

2001 pizza

Another fine birthday celebration

We’ve celebrated Meda’s birthday through most of the week, finishing up last night with several friends over for dinner. Here Meda’s getting ready to deal with the cake & candle, while merriment goes on in the background.

Celebrate ’em while you still can!

Hopefully I’ll be back to substantive blogging on Monday.


Going to Seed

Seed Restaurant in Kaimuki has been around for a couple of years, but we’ve just “discovered” it after moving into town from Kaaawa.

You have to work a bit to find the entrance, in a dark hallway off Kaimuki’s municipal parking lot. It faces 11th Avenue, but you enter from the parking lot side, and you pass a couple of other food spots before finding it. Watch for the Himalaya Cafe signs, and Seed is right downstairs.

Seed doesn’t fall in the “fast food” category. It’s a little pricey, with most lunch fare hovering just over the $10 mark. But the food is good, prepared well, and well presented.

And there’s more. Social justice. Seed creates employment for survivors of our urban illnesses.

Here’s their own statement:

Some even comes from our urban garden on the premises. We use chemical-free produce and responsibly managed animal sources. Daily recipes might vary depending on what’s available from island farmers.

We won’t serve it if it isn’t true to the body. Our plates are proportioned and balanced for optimum health.

Seed is staffed by survivors of homelessness, human trafficking, domestic abuse and other unique challenges. We create flexible jobs in community with the help of volunteer employees. Justice works.


We’ve only been there for lunch, but Seed is open for dinner as well. It’s BYOB, so you’ll save a bit there.

Here’s a link to the Seed menu.

Here are a few photos: A not-very-good look at the interior, and the items we ordered for lunch today (Meda’s very healthy-looking chicken/vegetable wrap and pasta salad, and my slightly naughty burger that comes with a generous green salad).