Category Archives: Weird Food

Tuna Steak

I know my abysmal cooking skills are not the most exciting thing on the planet to read about but I made tuna tonight and it actually turned out.

I suspect tuna steak is probably one of those things it is hard to get wrong. You turn on the oven. You put the fish in. You flip it halfway through. Over-baking will make it tough but probably not kill it.

But, much to my delight, my marinade worked too! And that feels even more like an accomplishment because I blended two different recipes I found online to make use of what I had in the apartment and then added apple cider vinegar instead of cooking sherry.

Bethany had nothing positive to say but she also had nothing negative to say either so I’m taking this as a win. (In her defense, she was in charge of potatoes and she seriously under-cooked them so she was distracted. Her corn turned out nicely.)

Sometimes it is just the little wins in life.

Mochi Ice Cream

Mochi ice cream is a small, round confection consisting of a soft, pounded sticky rice dumpling (mochi) formed around an ice cream filling.

Bethany and I have become mochi ice cream experts. Every time we go to a new grocery store, we slowly work our ways through all the flavors: from blood orange to banana split.

Bethany’s favorite? She’s pretty traditional: strawberry.

My/Mo Ripe Strawberry Mochi Ice Cream - 36 Mochi Ice Cream Balls ...

My favorite? Pistachio!

Get The Goods (With images) | Nice cream recipe, Gourmet ice cream ...

Mmmm. Do you have a favorite mochi ice cream flavor?


One of the attorneys who gave me advice on my law review note sent me a cheesecake from his hometown bakery to commemorate my graduation. It is not every day someone sends me cheesecake, so I called up my sister Anna (who works at the Cheesecake Factory) and told her to come eat it with me and give me her professional opinion.

My two sisters and I had a lovely day together and came home to enjoy our treat. First bite…

Well, we concluded. It didn’t taste as good as Aunt Danica’s cheesecake. But what did?

Second bite…it was better than Wal Mart cheesecakes. Probably.

Third bite…wow there is so much left….

Fourth bite…water. We needed lots and lots of water to wash this down.

It was an absolutely lovely gift and I greatly appreciate the gesture. But we concluded the best thing to do with the rest of the cheesecake was send it home to my teenage brother.

Eating Healthy

Bethany and I have been trying to eat healthy. Or, to be more precise, I am trying to eat healthier and by virtue of me cooking for her, Bethany eats healthy.

Day 1: Baked salmon with baked sweet potatoes and avocados.

Day 2: Leftover baked salmon and sweet potatoes with salad.

Day 3: We give up and eat frozen pizza.

All things in moderation, right?

Food Fails: Mexican Ramen and Tinned Kippers

During our last grocery store run, Bethany and I decided to each get something weird. She opted for Tapatío’s Ramen Noodle Soup. 


Tapatio Big Bowl Ramen Noodle Soup (3.7 oz) from Safeway - Instacart

Her review: “Gross. Hispanic food should not be made into ramen.” 

Meanwhile, I tried tinned kippers.

MW Polar Smoked Boneless Herring Kipper Snacks, 3.53 oz

I really liked the idea because it sounded like something C.S. Lewis would have for tea time with toast. Alas, even on toast and with a giant mug of tea, I found it overly fishy in smell and taste. I kind of feel like this is one of those things you only eat if your country is going through a world war.

But don’t take my word for it. Both available at your local Wal Mart. 

Quarantine Shopping

I am, admittedly, an unfocused shopper on the best of days. Add the pressure of a possible weeks-long shut down and it doesn’t get any better. There is just so much added pressure! I start questioning everything. 

Like, do I need milk? Granted, Bethany and I never drink milk and usually get almond milk because regular milk spoils on us. But what if we need milk in the next two weeks? 

Or bread? We still haven’t finished the last loaf we got a month ago but…I mean, bread is a necessity, right? 

Eggs? I have lots of eggs. Maybe I need more eggs.

Canned beats? Those sound super important. Probably. 

Banana peppers? I don’t have any of those. 

Do I need baking goods? Bethany and I have never baked but maybe we need flour and sugar. You never know. 

Cheese? No such thing as too much cheese. 

Toilet paper? Nah, none of that available anyway.

What even are essential staples anyway? Pringles? French bread? Ice cream? 

Eventually, I just give up and just buy frozen pizza. 


Packed Lunch

I felt really good about myself this morning. I packed a lunch. 

Well, I threw the fixings of a sandwich into a Wal Mart bag. But those are elements of a lunch, right? So, basically, I packed a lunch today and won’t survive off of peanuts and protein bars. Score

Sure, I forgot the sliced tomato and lettuce. 

But I have ham and cheese and hummus!

Except you know what I don’t have?


I forgot bread. 

I am not very good at packing lunch.