My PB&J: Episode 10 - Nikujaga (肉じゃが) Recipe
Food is one of the essential keys to growing a happy & healthy baby! Here’s a Japanese staple I’ve learned to cook for my own growing family!
- 1 large onion
- 1/2 carrot
- 2 or 3 potatoes
- 250g thinly sliced beef or pork
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 cups Japanese dashi or vegetable broth
- 4 Tbsp mirin
- 4 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp cooking sake
- 1 Tbsp sugar
If you get a chance to try this recipe out, let me know what you think about it!
I figured out a trick to help me not spend too much while I’m out in the city!
Walk around so much trying to get one thing done that you’re too tired to even go anywhere else but home!
Reblog if you’re going to try to push that sucker out of you without an epidural.
Japan’s making me :/
I still have mixed feelings about it but I know I’ll feel like a fucking warrior afterwards…you know, unless my doctor says I’m too fat and I have to have a C-section.
Today is just a normal Thursday but for some reason I feel really awesome. Last night was another story though. I had really bad round ligament pain and Daisuke had a nomikai and didn’t come home until 2am so I whined and cried by myself most of the night. Boo hoo me. But when he did come home, after ringing the doorbell waking me out of my fitful slumber, he drunkenly tried to comfort me by petting my belly & saying かわいそう (poor thing) over and over again until he passed out. Usually the pain lasts a few hours and strikes up every few days or so, so I’m grateful for the days Kina decides to just chill. It must be hard for soon-to-be dads seeing us moms-to-be in pain but Dai-chan does what he can and that’s almost all the comfort I need…and for Baby-chan to stay out of my ribs.
This morning I woke up refreshed which was wonderful. So I made Daisuke a bento, then chatted with my sister while I organized my side of the closet. I finally got all of Kina’s clothes organized by size, picked out a few potential first outfits, and wrote out a list of the next batch of things I want to buy for her! After getting dressed, I had this urge to make my own miso soup. I mean, we did just run out of all the Costco instant soup we bought back in Sapporo but I’ve been wanting to make my own for a while. It was almost too easy so I also made some kinpira gobo to go with dinner tonight too!
I finished just in time to walk to the JR station and head to my favorite at-home lesson. I love when we have lessons together because I get the chance to chat with and learn from a genuine Japanese mother! She just told me last week that she’s expecting her 2nd child and I’m beyond excited for her! I now try to use my lesson time with her daughter to give her a break and today she needed it. She’s had REALLY bad morning sickness and actually fell asleep on the floor while I was over so I did my thing and watched her daughter until she woke up. I didn’t mind at all because I can sympathize and can only imagine how hard this is on her.
Now I’m waiting at Starbucks for my last lesson for the week. One of my favorite baristas served me today and she told me she always feels happy when I come in. How sweet is that?! When I got settled in, my other favorite barista rushed over to chat me up and ask about Baby-chan.
Recently most days feel like a blur or nothing special but days like today show me that the little things in life can be just as satisfying. I guess I’m enjoying them a lot more because I know how crazy things are going to be soon and as excited as I am for them, I’m trying to savor these present slow days.
2 more weeks until our marriage rings will be finished and ready to be picked up from Niwaka!
The meaning behind the name of the rings we chose is “mutual”. It holds so much truth in the relationship that Daisuke and I have built together over this last year. As soon as we saw this design and the name, it was the instant first choice!