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great visit home, can't wait to see/hear more.


When I lived in Kanagawa, I grew beets in large planter boxes on my balcony, just to be able to make Georgian beet salad. They're pretty easy to grow, especially if you want the greens more than the roots!

Sara in Austin

Spicy Curried Mussels (Gourmet Magazine)

2 shallots, finely chopped
1 1/4 tsp. curry powder
1/4 tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes
1 T unsalted butter
3 T dry, good quality sherry
2 lbs mussels, scrubbed
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup water
2 T cilantro, chopped

Cook shallots, curry powder, and red pepper flakes in butter in a 5 to 6 quart heavy pot over moderate heat, stirring until shallots are softened, about 4 minutes. Add sherry and simmer, stirring, 1 minute.

Add mussels and cook, covered, over moderately high heat 4 to 6 minutes, checking periodically after 4 minutes and transferring mussels as opened to a bowl. (Discard any unopened mussels after 6 minutes.

Add cream and water to pot and bring to a boil. Add cilantro and salt to taste, then pour over mussels and toss lightly.

Serve mussels and juices with crusty bread as an appetizer for 4. (If you omit the bread, people will lap the remaining juices from their bowls.) This also works nicely served over steamed rice.


That last picture is extremely classy.


Amy this is a fantastic post, and really cute. Your writing has gotten funnier...is that pregnancy hormone related?


welcome home Amy!
we just got back today from a week in a very hot/muggy/humid tokyo-- wow how do you stand it being pregnant? hope you had loads of fun and keep up the great posts.

your blogger reader in hawaii.


Wow, eating back at home (well, parent's home) and we still get food shots. Thanks - looks like you ate well.


You shouldn't be drinking while pregnant.....


I think that glass of beer was a joke about how big her belly's gotten, she mentioned earlier that she couldn't partake of any alcohol on her plane. Chill, my ellipsis-loving preacher ;)


rum stash is hilarious. it seems like there is even a bottle-specific hole cut out for it?


I am eager to looking forward seeing the future baby. is it Japanese or Canadian?


Thanks Kat!

PK, that's a great idea! I wonder if rhubarb can be grown on my balcony too...

Thanks Sherry, that sounds pretty close! Maybe coconut milk instead of cream and a few Thai herbs would do it.

Al, I like a man who can recognize class.

Thanks Prose. Maybe pregnancy gives me better material?

Thanks Debi! Oh that's easy: I've been mostly unemployed since spring, so I can go out in the early mornings and evenings and stay home with the AC on during the day. I can't imagine being pregnant and going out to work every day in this weather!

Joe, I did indeed eat well!

Rv, I didn't know that, thanks for letting me know. You know, if there's one thing pregnant women don't get enough of it's advice about what to eat and drink. Can't wait to hear more!

Thanks Anna. I didn't think it was necessary to add "just kidding" to the end of the post, but maybe I should. Just to calm down the pregnancy police.

Asiansupper, there is indeed. Rum is not Ira's regular drink so he must have actually gone out and measured.

Thanks Laborduo, but I'm not sure what you're asking- do you mean nationality, race, cultural identity?


tres elegante ta capeline....


I love the cat and aquarium picks! That's a hobby I'd love to get into.

Your pseudo hogweed looks like something in the dill family, maybe fennel. Hogweed causes blisters and blindness with contact. Nasty thing I hope I never encounter.

I'll email you a couple of cute pics of my kitties :) But there's some nice action shots of anime cat in this post: http://tinyurl.com/2agjdqk (or just click on the "pets" tab).

(Also, I live in North York, not York Mills ^_^)


Also, I don't think rhubarb would do well on a balcony only because it grows ridiculously large. Maybe if you have a giant container and a big balcony. But it's super easy to grow, so if you can find a spot, go for it. 700 yen indeed...


I am very surprised you have fire ants up there. They're not usually found anywhere that has a harsh winter. Here in South Georgia, they are literally everywhere...mounts popping up faster than crabgrass. This summer we had them invading the house (not pleasant), and my arms, back, and legs are covered with bites. Here's hoping you get a cold snap which kills all the buggers. Oh, and just wanted to tell you that your last pic is like a Southern Playboy shot. Every southern man's dream...a fertile woman who can double as a drink caddy. ;)


Merci, Catherine!

Aspasia, the weed looked like dill but didn't smell like it (of course the ants prevented me from getting a really good whiff). I found the hogweed hysteria a bit funny (although I admit we were on high hogweed alert that day), and would have liked a little more info in all the articles I read. Like how exactly hogweed causes blindness. Thanks for the correction, I really did know the difference between York Mills and North York at one point, but time and distance makes me a bit fuzzy on things.

Sandy, we were surprised too! This is the first year they've been in Brampton, and last winter was indeed mild. There've been other southern species showing up in recent years, like an opossum who frequented the back yard a few winters ago.


quebec technically has reached as far as it's going to in order to strive for their own independence... right now they consider themselves a nation residing within a nation... and i'm sure that they are aware how any other moves to seperate would not be good for their economy.

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