Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Call Me Baby

Baby Back Spare Ribs

DSC_8168I recently realized that I was singing with wrong lyrics on Carly Rae Jepsen ‘s catchy hit song Call Me Maybe?  I sing loud and sometimes dance to the song - Call me baby – instead of maybe and this is crazy! I’m relieved to know that no one heard it, because I mainly sing in my car.

The above paragraph has nothing to do with the recipe. I just remembered it because of baby back ribs. Still too cold for barbeque outside, so I grilled it in the oven but if I ask my husband to barbeque he definitely would do it…even in the rain, wind… Hey, shut the door! Where you think you’re going, baby?  

Ingredients for 3 to 4 people

Equipment: steamer pan with lid

  • 1 package of pork baby back ribs at least 18 ribsDSC_8116
  • Sake about 1/4 cup
  • Salt 2 teaspoons
  1. Cut ribs to fit in your steamer rack but don’t put it in there yet.
  2. Sprinkle sake and salt over ribs and rub it in. Leave it for 10 minutes.DSC_8129
  3. Pour about a 2 cups of water in the steamer and put the lid on to boil water at medium high. 
  4. When the steamer lets out steam then place ribs in the rack. Snuggle up to each other to fit.
  5. Put the lid back on and steam for 40 minutes or so, check the water level half way through –add more hot water if necessary.

Make sauce and complete cooking  Note: This sauce is on the salty side, adjust miso paste and soy sauce for your liking.

Equipment: Line a 1 inch rimmed cookie sheet with foil; pastry brush

  • Ketchup 4 Tablespoons
  • Oyster sauce 4 Tablespoons
  • Soy sauce 2 Tablespoons
  • Miso paste 1 Tablespoon
  • Tabasco 1 teaspoon or less
  • Sesame Oil 1 Tablespoon
  • Brown sugar 3 tablespoons (optional)
  • Water 4 Tablespoons
  1. Mix every thing well in a small bowl. Reserve 1/3rd of sauce in an another small bowl.
  2. Heat oven to 400F
  3. Glaze the steamed meat all over with 2/3rd of sauce using the pastry brush.
  4. Bake it for 5-6 minutes. Glaze again with sauce and put it back in the oven.
  5. Switched to Broil setting, broil or 2-4 minutes until edges get charred. DSC_8153
  6. Cut meat along side of bone. Serve hot with reserved sauce.DSC_8170DSC_8167I grilled sweet potatoes and romaine lettuce too.


By the way, I like this part of the lyrics the best.

Before you came into my life
         I missed you so bad
 And you should know that        
    I missed you so, so bad

And I got the kick out of this video. Thank you troop for your service!!!

My son is deep into cooking now. He made bean burger which taste better than garden burger.
DSC_8090The oven baked cornmeal crusted cod was mighty fine!DSC_8099Cinnamon rolls were father and son efforts.DSC_8084DSC_8087


We three went to downtown Portland for ramen – new The House of RamenP1030033We liked it!P1030028

Then we stopped for a cup of drinking chocolate at CACAO.P1030041Text me, maybe? You took your time with the call.P1030038P1030039I never go home empty handed. I’m so, so bad!DSC_8158I like the white chocolate with spicy passion fruit filling – spicy and sour.DSC_8162DSC_8160The smoky blue cheese chocolate spread. This is crazy! It’s hard to look right but this one is either sweet or savory. Yummmm.

DSC_8164These caramels are what my son wanted. I’m spoiled, I only eat Hokkaido caramel.

Then I checked out YO Vintage shop across the street from CACAO. The vintage Lizwear for $23, now you’re in my way!DSC_8118

Whole Foods on the same street (13th street) has a special feel to it. P1030049Hello gorgeous..I looked to you as it fellYour stare was holdin’ . P1030044

I have many left over strawberries from other projects. I needed to address it before the spoilage.DSC_8106This is strawberry sauce. So very easy to make and not overly sweet. Put on yogurt or…DSC_8114…on the cornbread my husband made the other day instead of jam.DSC_8147

Strawberry sauce

  • Strawberries 400g Wash, remove stems and cut in half or quarter.
  • Water 100cc
  • Sugar 60g or more/less depending on your preference
  1. Cook strawberries and water in a sauce pan at medium heat. Stir and crush the fruits with wooden spoon, 3-4 minutes.
  2. Scoop off white foamy scum when it appears on top of the surface. Repeat as necessary This step is rather important for better tasting sauce. Approximately 8 minutes.
  3. Add sugar and cook more until the fruits loose shape. About 10 minutes.
  4. Strain through sieve and put in a clean jar/container. Keep in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks.

If you have a question, here’s my number, so call me, maybe?




  1. Rob and I have been to the CACAO store downtown! Rob thinks it is heaven!

    Your blog makes me so hungry!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I looove CACAO!

  2. You are so creative Akemi. Even with your songs!! Hehe

    1. Don't you love the song? Let's do Karaoke together!

  3. I've heard people singing in their kitchen while stirring the pot...In the car...it's the CD's job....but Hey! Didn't know you've got the singing talent in addition to cooking...you're one amazing girl:) I always enjoy reading your blog:)

    1. Thank you so much. I don't sing that well but I don't care really. I like to sing and dance!

  4. That song. I sing it all the time, all the time! And that video! You're just made my day. The only thing that could make it better is if I had some of those ribs. Yum.

    1. Thank you Damaris. I wish I could go to Florida with you! Now that's crazy idea!

  5. いつも色々なお食事が出てきて楽しいです。リブ、うひょーーーーーー美味しそう!味噌にオイスターソース、私好み!
    それから歌の歌詞ですが、英語だとバックグラウンドになってて、ぜんぜん何の歌なのか知らずに「私この歌好き!」とか言ってることもしょっちゅう。息子の方がしっかり歌詞知ってたりしてビックリします。やっぱり英語で生活してると、聞き取りにくい歌詞もすんなり入ってくるのかな?私にはぜんぜん何を言ってるのか分からないのに。あ、そうそう、ここだけの話、Bruno MarsのSex takes me to paradiseっていう歌、ご存知ですか?あれも何を言ってるのか分からず、車の中で子供達と聞いてたら、主人に笑われました「何て言ってるか知ってる?」って。もちろん知りませんでした・・・・。お恥ずかしい!英語駄目です・・・。

    1. 良かった私だけじゃなくて、早口の歌は全然ついていけないです。 その歌は知らないけど、知らなくて良かったかな。コメントありがとう!ますます大きくなっていくなみちゃんのブログ、忙しい中コメントいつもありがとう。

  6. I looove this post. And I love the video so much I'm stealing it for my blog post for today. Thanks for sharing!!