Sukiyaki

Sukiyaki is a Japanese winter stew. It became a traditional dish during the Meiji Era (1868–1912) and is often enjoyed in year end bōnenkai parties.

Sukiyaki is culturally seen as a special meal to share. Buddhism entered the country in the Asuka period (592-645) and forbade the consumption of beef and livestock. There were special exceptions though, like if one were sick or if it was a special occasion with an honored guest so it was not something people got to eat everyday. But the good news is you don’t have to go to Japan and wait for a special occasion to try it – you can have some right now from scratch by following this video.

Happy New Year !!!

This year, my space is both smaller and bigger. The last quarter of 2012 was marked by inactivity on this blog. There have been changes in my personal life and a good amount of my energy shifted towards family priorities.

I was in the middle of a move – again, and move around a bit more now a days. My apartment now is smaller, but has more sunlight and is in a safer neighborhood. I don’t always stay there though tending to be closer to and more frequently visiting Angeles. So there is a bit more space in that regard.

Manila Skyline

Manila Skyline (Photo credit: airforcefe)

This blog is still going in the same direction however: homesteading, DIY, and a fascination for things made from scratch.

I wanted this blog to do well, and its starting to get there. Despite the aforementioned inactivity I’m getting 5-15 hits a day! Its not a huge number like some extremely popular sites get but I’m happy that people are reading the stuff here and that it’s hopefully been helpful.

Happy 2013

Happy 2013 (Photo credit: evalottchen)

So I want to say thank you, and ask you what would you like to see written about here this year ? Some feedback would really help! =)