Friday, November 16, 2012

Stir-fried Kimchi Chicken

I find it difficult to cook for just two people. It is still much easier than cooking for one but my husband doesn't like to eat leftovers. I experimented with some things and found it to be very good. It's not difficult and super easy. 2 boneless chicken breasts 1 tablespoons of sesame oil 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil 1 onion chopped sliced (I think green onion would taste better but didn't have it) 1 teaspoon of red chili flakes 1.5 cup of chopped kimchi with juice 1 tablespoon of soy sauce .5 teaspoon of minced garlic .5 cup of mushrooms Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Mix everything into ziplock bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes. I marinated it in the morning and cooked it in the evening. Pour the chicken and mixture into a wox and stir-fry until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with white rice. Yum.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November in Okinawa

It doesn't feel like November. The weather here is averaging in the low 70's. It's just weird because it's dark by 6pm. I expect it to be colder. MJ has been spending his time at the wood shop trying to create shelves and tables. It's keeping him busy and I had no idea he was talented. It's going to the point where I am going to start taking orders for MJ's Custom Furniture. I have been getting ready for my Christmas Cookie Exchange Party. This is the first cookie exchange that I have ever hosted so I hope it works out. I have actually only been to one and it was so long ago that I forgot how it works. I have found some great resources at The #1 Cookie Exchange Website. The author of the website has even published a book since her site is so popular. I am a little nervous about it all but I have some great friends here. My friends have invited MJ and me to their house for Thanksgiving. It will pot-luck style. I will be making Puerto Rican Pernil, Lechon, and Arroz con Gandules. Yum!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Okinawa life

It has been an insane first few months. We got here and hit the ground running with trying to find a house. We found a perfect house, paid a holding fee, and then the fee was returned to us after 3 days due to someone else getting the house. We are not quite sure how that worked, but we have had bad luck with housing in Korea too. We ended up going through six different realty companies and finally found a place! We moved in the end of August and then we had to wait an entire month to get internet. I keep telling myself that we are not in Korea anymore. The balli-balli culture is not how the Okinawans roll. I have promised myself I will start writing once a week. On Friday nights - I love my class full of crazy kids. They are so different from my Korea-kiddos but I still love them just the same. Here is a picture of our new house. It still feels really empty inside but we are working on making it a home.