Remember when we pulled off route 10

and took a nap amongst the weeds?

originally uploaded by *caramimi*.

I Believe (live feat. Oleta Adams) - Tears For Fears




nat-toast: natto egg salad on toast

I'm back on the natto-wagon again, after a trip to Japantown's Nijiya market. After much-too-much consumption of brown rice, I had to take a break and figure out how to incorporate my beloved natto with other carbs. Riding the success of the natto/salt/oil mix on penne, I figured a go on toast would be the ticket. I fished out the last remaining Easter egg (thanks Rachel), rye bread, and some alfalfa sprouts I recently sprouted. My lordy yummy has come to town!

1 packet natto (plain preferred, or with the mustard packet only)
1 chopped hard boiled egg
1 tbs grapeseed or olive oil (I used grapeseed)
snipped scallion or chives (as much as you like)
salt & pepper to taste
1 handful alfalfa sprouts
2 pieces of whole grain toast (I used rye)

- Mix the packet of natto in a bowl, without the sauces, till stringy
- Add the natto mustard packet, chopped egg, oil, scallions and salt & pepper. Mix well. It will become more stringy, but DON'T be discouraged.
- Divide the natto mixture between the 2 slices of toast. This would be equally delicious on whole grain wasa-type crackers, or pita bread.
- Top with alfalfa sprouts and enjoy!!!
- p.s. My finger really is blue (the darned Easter egg).

On a side note, I wanted to share I've been sprouting my own seeds in an effort 1) to budget, 2) incorporate some creativity while I am unemployed, 3) healthy & delicious, and 4) cuts down on packaging.

I know many of you may not have the time to do this, but I assure you after 2x, it will be like riding a bike. YouTube is a rife with tutorials. Btw, I just use a doubled-up piece of tulle from my fabric stash, with a rubberband around the jar rim to keep it in place. You can buy those jar sprouting screens, but it isn't necessary.



A bit of Spring wardrobe inspiration

Some past hits giving me new found inspiration. I've been neutral and monotone this past Fall/Winter. I'm loving color again, especially mixed prints with lots of gold jewelry and textures piled on top. Although I rarely wear pink, a hot version of this color has been catching my eye.

Saipan - mwars
Mwar head garlands of bougainvillea and ylang ylang.

Saipan - shelly
Shells, beads, silk, cotton, crepe, wood... a lovely mess.

A lovely pleated cotton tube with South American belt. I sometimes display this as soft sculpture, but I think I may make this into a dress this year.

Some jewelry and a top I did 3yrs ago. I'm kind of loving pearls and cotton lace again.

A leather hatlet I made. I like the shot of pink with the gilt ribbon, contrasted against dark, black leather. I need to get my hands back into the leather stash.

A gorgeous Korean hanbok found thrifting. I love this piece.

Saipan - morning gardenia
A dewy morning at my mother's house in Saipan.

Saipan - the bangles
A few pieces of my growing bangle/cuff collection.

Saipan - deeryloo
Sometimes kitsch is beautiful.

small joy
This shimmers in the barest breeze.

// photos: caramimi