Contrary to the post you’re about to view, I haven’t done much in the past few days. New Year’s day I was pretty sick and I stayed in bed all day on the 2nd. Yesterday I actually started feeling better, which was great.
Since I was feeling so much better I decided to leave the apartment. I took a shower and made myself a much desired cup of coffee (but, oh, how I hate hand grinding!). After we were both ready we took a walk to the thrift store since Mike’s hand-me-down bike had a flat.
Imagine my surprise when I spotted the very same coffee grinder Mike has at home in the back of the store. I practically ran over to it to make sure no one else snagged it.
I’m sure he’ll want you to know that he has a much nicer grinder – a Rancilio that we drove to Philadelphia for – currently on loan to his brother (yep, it’s that good).
Then we picked up some things from the drug store & the grocery store. This is a small add on to my earlier observations about Japan.
1. Refill packs are really common. In most stores, you pay a bit more for the bottle the first time you buy things. The second time around, you buy these handy refill packs for $1 less on average. They’ve got refills for every cleaning fluid, soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc. Below: laundry soap, left, fabric softener, right.
2. Thoughtful packaging. Like I mentioned when we first got here, everything is wrapped in plastic twice over. We’ve got this bag of cookies I picked up for ¥100 that, inside the large bag, are about 10 smaller packs of two cookies each for a good serving size. In addition to that, sometimes you get a little bonus or gift with what you buy:
That’s right, our little containers of heavy cream come with a piping bag, just in case you’re making whipped cream out of it. HOW CUTE!
Having only had a very weird sandwich (chunky PB, strawberry jelly, and banana slices), I was pretty hungry around 5 p.m. so I whipped up these bad boys:
Ginger-fried soybeans (daizu to chiriman no ageni) and
We then went to go get Mike a new bicycle (they’re generally under $100 here), but found that the store closed early because of New Years week.
After arriving home we made some chicken tikka masala – quite possibly one of my favorite things to eat ever.
Here’s the play-by-play!:
1. fry onions
2. add ginger & garlic
3. add super secret blend of spices
4. add marinated chicken cubes
5. simmer with cream
Like I said, not a very exciting few days… though last night I did a bit of Japanese homework while Mike also studied. I started coughing & not feeling so hot again so I took an Airborne and watched a little anime before hitting the sack early. It was a pretty awful night. I kept waking up, couldn’t get comfortable, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t relax. I started coughing a bit which carried over to today.
Woke up, had bacon & eggs with oolong tea for breakfast.
And took some Sudafed with my OJ:
Did a few errands with Mike, got ramen for lunch (quite good when you’re sick), and snapped a few quick photos of the setting sun from our balcony before it (and its warmth) was gone for the night.
PS: the spice mixture isn’t at all a secret. Here are a few that we used, but if you want the complete recipe I strongly suggest…
Both are available through the New York Public Library if you’d like to try before you buy!