Onigiri with salmon

Onigiri is a Japanese word that simply means rice ball, generally one stuffed with a filling of something like salted salmon or umeboshi (pickled plum) and then wrapped in nori (seaweed sheets) and eaten as a snack. You can shape the rice into more fanciful shapes than a sphere, but if you want to keep things easy, a ball or disk is the way to go. Jack and Ol are watching a movie right now, so I made pancakes of rice, placed roasted salmon (the salted salmon is still marinating) between them and wrapped the whole shebang in a half-sheet of nori. They are thrilled and eating like pigs. SO healthy and such a nice change of pace for moi! www.em-i-lis.com

Kinda snoozy Saturday

We've been both busy and lazy today: Tae Kwon Do and Ikea alongside lazing about in the yard and watching Myth Busters. I can deal with this mix! From the second I woke up this morning -5am! Thanks a lot you stinking cat!- I knew I had to make muffins. Had to have them. So I browned some butter and made strawberry muffins with just a hint of cardamom. While at Tae Kwon Do, Jack was seized with a yen for salted salmon-stuffed onigiri (Japanese rice balls) so after class we went a got the makings for it. Thank god it's something other than pesto pasta- his study of Japan in school is prompting all kinds of goodness and various interests. www.em-i-lis.com

Ol and I enjoyed salads with greens just plucked from our VegTrug, and I spent a nice while in the chaise lounge pretending to read but really just watching cat-on-a-leash pounce around and snapping pictures. I am thrilled that a bird family has made a nest under our deck. It's very shabby-chic, yes?