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Arashi Jet!?
flan, fran, khr
I found this story on Tokyograph. Even though I hate flying, I would love to be in a airplane with Arashi's faces on the side. I think it would be exciting!!! \^o^/

This is the link for the story. http://www.tokyograph.com/news/id-6580


Arashi's new album
flan, fran, khr
So apparently Arashi did it again and proved why they are one of the most beloved groups of JE. Their new album "Boku no Miteiru Fuukei" which was released on Wednesday. More than 275,000 copies have already been sold! Congrats Arashi on showing us whose boss in Japanese music!

If anyone bought it or already heard it somewhere else let me know what you think about the new album. Or if you just want to chat about Arashi or JE boys! ^^


Writer's Block: Collector's piece
flan, fran, khr
Do you collect anything? If so, describe your favorite collection (past or present).

When I was little, I was fascinated with bugs and science. I used to collect different bugs (e.g. grasshoppers), thinking that I could keep them as pets. But I was always saddened that the bugs would be dead the next day D; Soon I grew out of that and discovered Japanese anime and manga. To this day I collect anything Japanese. As a self-proclaimed Japanophile, I love everything Japanese. I love to watch different animes and doramas, my fave being Gokusen. I love reading manga and listening to both Jrock and Jpop. I love Johnny's Entertainment and Visual-kei. I buy a new comic book whenever I can. I am currently trying to collect the Otomen and D Grayman series.

flan, fran, khr
I have always been into drawing. It's one of my many hobbies, especially when I am bored (which is a lot ^^). Anyway, I figured that since I like anime and manga so much that I would try my hand at it. I drew a couple of my favorite icons, manga and anime characters. I don't think they are the best but they are okay. Once I drawn something, I tend to make a copy for my drawing portfolio and give the original as gift to a friend or family member. I will gradually post a piece of my fan-art, so let me know what you think. What do you think? If anyone really likes them I may even take requests (but who knows).

onigiri (rice balls)
flan, fran, khr
Well, of course, i had to try to make rice balls; so, here is the recipe if you want to try it out:
(serves 4; 8 rice balls)
15ml/1 tbsp salt
1kg or 2 1/4 lb or 7 cups fresly boiled Japanese rice
4 umeboshi (plum pickles)
1 salmon steak, grilled
1/2 sheet yaki-nori seaweed
15ml/ 1 tbsp white or black sesame seeds
1) Put the salt in a bowl. Spoon an eighth of the rice into a small rice bowl. Make a hole in the middle and put in one umeboshi. Cover with rice.
2) Wet the palms of both hands with cold water, put a finger into the salt bowl and then rub the salt evenly on to your palms.
3) Empty the rice and umeboshi from the bowl on to one hand. Use both hands to shape the rice into a triangular shape, using firm but not heavy pressure. Make another three rice triangles in the same way.
4) Flake the salmon, discarding the skin and bones. Mix the fish into the remaining rice, then shape it into triangles as before.
5) Cut the yaki-nori into four even strips and wrap a strip around each of the umeboshi rice balls. Sprinkle sesame seeds on the salmon rice balls.
tip: use hot rice to make the balls, then allow them to cool completely and wrap each one in foil or clear film
** If you don't like umeboshi, you can replace it like I did with something
you like (I used avocado). If you don't like seaweed, than you don't have to use it.

Special message for newshfan!!!
flan, fran, khr
Happy Birthday to newshfan!!!

Steak bowl...Yummm ^.^
flan, fran, khr
well i did it again...i was bored and decide to cook and boy was it delicious
I'm obsessed with healthy food right now, so I decide to pick a recipe from an asian cuisine cookbook and came up with this:
Ingredients (serves 4)
1 large mild onion
1 red pepper, seeded
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp butter
14 oz sirloin steak, trimmed of excess fat
4 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp chopped parsley
7 cups freshly boiled rice
salt and black pepper
For garnish (optional)
bunch of watercress
a few red peppercorns
1) Cut the onion & red pepper into 1/3 inch slices
2) Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan & cook the onion until golden on both sides, adding salt and pepper, then set aside.
3) Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter. Cook the steak over a high heat until browned on both sides, then cut it into bite-size pieces and set aside. For well-done steak, cook it over a moderate heat for 1-2 minutes each side.
4) For the sauce, mix the tomato ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and 2 tbsp water in the pan in which the steak was cooked. Stir over a moderate heat for 1 minute, mixing in the meat residue.
5) Mix the remaining butter (1 tbsp) and the chopped parsley into the hot rice. Divide between four serving bowls. Top the rice with the red pepper, onion and steak, and pour over the sauce. Garnish with water cress and red peppercorns (if using) and serve.

Bored so I cooked (tonkatsu)
flan, fran, khr
Okay as most of you may know I usually don't cook on a regualr basis. It's not because I'm not capable, but I was never taught and don't have the motivation to cook. Most of the time I'm too lazy to cook, especially in the 100+ degrees heat of the desert, I usually have to force myself to eat (mostly tv dinners). Anyways back to the subject, one day I was so bored that I decided to cook *exciting, i know [lol]* I felt like japanese so I looked up the recipe for tonkatsu because I remembered watching an episode ofArashi's cooking show and saw them make something similar (i think) . Anyway, I found the recipe and made some tonkatsu, which turned out really good by the way. My grandma was going to make mashed potatoes as a side but instead I put the chunks of potatoes on the side and put a little cream of chicken soup on top. So far this has been one of my favorite food experiments *yummy* So here's the receipe in case anyone wants to try it. If you do try it post a picture of how it turned out, and let me know if you liked it or not:

Tonkatsu (pork cutlets) *if you don't like pork chops you can use chicken*
4 pork chops
1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoons pepper
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (or any available bread crumbs)
vegetable oil for frying

cut edge of pork chops in several places. sprinkle salt & pepper on the pork. put flour lightly on pork. dip the pork in beaten egg. put panko on pork & pat them well. Fry the pork in 320 degree oil for a few minutes. Turn over the pork chops & fry for a few more minutes. Take out the pork chops & put them on a paper towel to drain oil. Cut each tonkatsu into small pieces. P.S. **make sure the meat is cooked thoroughly**

Tonkatsu sauce (keep in mind there might be different variations for the sauce)
1/4 cup ketchup
4 teaspoons rice wine
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons applesauce
4 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
4 teaspoons yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

mix all ingredients together; then whisk thoroughly P.S. *** If you don't have Worcestershire sauce available use A1 sauce or bbq sauce. I didn't have enough rice wine so I substituted it with some maraschino cherry juice. *** Remember to have fun while making food. I know I did. Plus it's always fun to experiment with different spices and toppings.

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Someone's Special Day!
flan, fran, khr
  Want to wish a very Happy Birthday to my special friend subbaholic of ohmiya_sg!!!! ^^


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