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

by World Wide Ed on Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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?

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