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Saturday Open House February 2010

Saturday Open House February 2010

We had a wonderful turnout for our February Open House Dinner. We had about 40 people over and I managed to do a lot of the cooking the day before so this time, for the first time I was able to mingle instead of just cook (not that I mind just cooking). People brought some wonderful desserts, bread and RICE. I say RICE because this rice was amazing. Raisins and currants and the flavour was delicious. I hope I took a picture and I am going to get the recipe from her for sure. I will post it later.

We served a Vietnamese Sesame Spinach Salad (Bo Xoi Tron Me), Classic Thai Fried Rice , Vegetables with Tofu & Spinach Curry , Nasi Goreng , Meatballs with Fresh Basil and Sweet Chili Sauce,  Thai Beef Salad Wraps.

I had prepared and was ready to make the following but everyone was full so I made them the next day for us. Inside-out California Rolls, Korean Short-Ribs, Thai Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Baby Bok Choy with Sesame and Soy Sauce, Soy Marinated Flank Steak.

It was also an opportunity to let people see the new Hombu Dojo (the new Home Dojo) we have just created. It was always a dream of mine to have a dojo in my home.. sorry I need to explain. A dojo is place to train in the Way. A place to train for enlightenment. A martial arts training place. I have just moved my current dojo to a church as opposed to a building that I lease 24/7. Belle wanted me to have a place where I can train 24/7 and a place to run special classes for my black belts and others. We converted our living room into a dojo, complete with tatami mats (Olympic judo mats).  I am thrilled with it and Dylan has already has his first class in it. This is a dream come true. During the Open House the children had a great time running around in the new dojo and playing the Wii in the other room. They were all wonderful.


We remove the plants and supporting mats when it is time for class.

I am posting the meatball recipe tomorrow (if I find any time). The original recipe calls for pork but I had people coming who do not eat pork so I changed it to beef and made a few other changes. The rest that have not been posted will follow.




I forgot to take pictures (as usual) so these few are all I have. What a wonderful group of people coming together for no particular reason except to enjoy some food and each others company. Life is great!

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5 comments to Saturday Open House February 2010

  • The dojo looks awesome. Maybe you guys won’t be moving afterall!


    Ward Reply:

    Funny because Belle and I were just talking about that today. Maybe we should finish the renovations.
    Thanks Dawn and I love your Blog.


  • Once again, we had a great time. Fabulous food (I agree with you on the RICE!!!), great friends and new friends. I am so happy about the Hombu Dojo. It’s a very good thing and I believe students are going to get a lot out of it nad the lessons they learn. Congratulations!


    Ward Reply:

    Thanks again Steve! I know the Hombu Dojo is going to work out great and come better weather we will be doing Jodo on the back deck. It might be Persian and Middle Eastern for March’s Open House Dinner. Saeed (one of my Aikido black belts) gave me a great Persian cookbook for Christmas so it has me thinking. Either that or a totally Vegetarian night (Hayley will be thrilled). She loves my Vegetarian Curry so I was thinking…..


    Steve Reply:

    March will be a mess in our house because Julie is travelling a fair bit. I hope we’ll be able to make it. I haven’t been exposed to much in terms of M.E. cuisine so that would be really cool.


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