Food, Family and Fun: The True Meaning of the Holidays

December 30th, 2008
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With Christmas just behind us and the new year quickly approaching, many of us are fortunate enough to be able to spend quality time with family and friends during this happy time of year. Preparing and eating our favorite meals while trading gifts and stories from the year gone by... Ahh... there ain't nuthin' better!

Here are some shots from recent celebrations:

Pork Chops on the Grill
Pork Chops on the Grill

Seasoned Shrimp Ready to Be Cooked
Seasoned Shrimp Ready to Be Cooked

Shrimp On the Barbie!
Shrimp On the Barbie!

Wii Fun
Wii Fun

Da Gang
Da Gang

And den... it was time for homemade mochi making with da wifey's family. Good times!

Pouring the mochi rice into the steamer bowl
Pouring the mochi rice into the steamer bowl

The Steamer
The Steamer

Transferring the rice to the mixer
Transferring the rice to the mixer

The Mixer (Nu Skool version of the mallet-stone pounding action)
The Mixer (Nu Skool version of the mallet-stone pounding action)

Big mochi blob ready to become little mochi blobs
Big mochi blob ready to become little mochi blobs

peanut butter and anko (red beans)
The mochi innards: peanut butter and anko (red beans)

Stuffing one with anko
Stuffing one with anko

My combination mochi
My combination mochi

The finished products
The finished products

Let's not forget da local kine eats! Kalua pig and cabbage!
Let's not forget da local kine eats! Kalua pig and cabbage!

Kalua pig and cabbage stir fry
Kalua pig and cabbage stir fry

(Wasn't quite sure if the fam wanted to be seen on this here blog, so I only included food shots this time around. Maybe next time, if/when they give the ok, we'll get some faces up in hurr! :)

Talk to me!
* How did/will you spend your family bonding time this year?
* What is the one dish you most look forward to (and who makes it)?
* What are you most thankful for this year?

10 Responses to “Food, Family and Fun: The True Meaning of the Holidays”

  1. bB:

    my family did pound mochi this past weekend, but i wasn't able to make it.

    but, the other side of family will get together new year's eve and day and i'm looking forward to that.

    the dish i'm looking forward is my mom's mochi soup, that's always good.

    i'm thankful good friends, family and da wife.


  2. M:

    Hi Ed,

    Nothing beats spending time wit family and friends and eating guud fuud.

    I'm thankful for Jesus, who died for my sins, my wife, my 2 great kids, my family, my friends and my guud health.


  3. NeedaHobby:

    That peanut butter & an mochi looks pretty good! I've never seen those new mixers. I remember one year, we went to a friend's house and were doing old school mochi pounding when - BAM - my hubby broke a mallet! Missed the rice and hit the side of the mortar (usu?) instead. :oops:

    We also played the Wii - fun! :lol: Hmmm, it's hard to single out just one dish - but if I have to choose - I guess it would be my mother-in-law's nishime. I'm thankful for my hubby, family, friends, health, house, and a job.


  4. M:

    We got a Wii fit for christmas and it's challenging.


  5. dsosa:

    Ed, one new year you gotta hook me up with some mochi pounding - your combo looks Ono! And if you like, we can hook you up for imu some time.

    Happy new to you!


  6. frankie:

    Oh snap I want some o' dat peanut butter mochi!


  7. NeedaHobby:

    @M - I hear ya. The yoga is definitely more difficult than it looks. I used to play the game religiously when I first got it. Now, not so much. I think it's a combo of being lazy and the newness wearing off. Oh well... :|


  8. World Wide Ed:

    * bB:
    my family did pound mochi this past weekend, but i wasn’t able to make it.

    but, the other side of family will get together new year’s eve and day and i’m looking forward to that.

    Wow, both sides reppin' the culchah! Too good yeah bB!?

    * M:
    Nothing beats spending time wit family and friends and eating guud fuud.

    Word M! Word!

    * NeedaHobby:
    That peanut butter & an mochi looks pretty good! I’ve never seen those new mixers.

    Yeah, I nevah saw them before either NeedaHobby, but it shaves hours off the prep work.

    * M:
    We got a Wii fit for christmas and it’s challenging.

    Congrats on finding it M! Hehe! But yeah, it's fun! I like the tightrope and soccer games (that is Wii Fit right? *blush*)!

    * dsosa:
    Ed, one new year you gotta hook me up with some mochi pounding - your combo looks Ono! And if you like, we can hook you up for imu some time.

    It's a deal dews!

    * frankie:
    Oh snap I want some o’ dat peanut butter mochi!

    We only serve Cougars over hurr frankie! Hehe, nah, some of the family was actually reppin' Kalani. D'oh!


  9. Miss Pris:

    mmmm....that mochi looks good!!

    Wow....I haven't seen "da gang" in years....tell everyone I said "wassup!" I know, I know...I still gotta arrange our reunion! haha!

    Every year, just before New Years, my family (the Korean side) makes homemade mandoo. My family and I usually make close to 500 pieces cause the whole family and all our friends come over to our house to get their grub on. Its been a tradition in our family for many many years....so I'm really looking forward to it.

    Happy New Year from my family to yours!!


  10. World Wide Ed:

    * Miss Pris:
    Wow….I haven’t seen “da gang” in years….tell everyone I said “wassup!” I know, I know…I still gotta arrange our reunion! haha!

    Will do! And yes, lemme know about the mini reunion MP! Hehe! Oh yeah, and save me some mandoo! :P