oh joy ! { video } make someone happy // a little thank you

I have a girl crush on Joy Cho from Oh Joy! She’s cute, stylish and creative. We share the love for food, bright colors and craftiness. Following her on Instagram has made her so much more loveable. She is a graphic designer, blogger, food enthusiast, and the founder and editor of Oh Joy blog. I get excited when she posts something new and I’m inspired by her latest Make Someone Happy video series about the importance of giving thanks. Watch the video here.

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Garden Update

The longer days and warmer weather are great for the garden.

The beets and carrots we planted a couple months ago are almost ready to harvest.

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Since beets grow partially out of the ground, you can easily tell when they are ready for harvest.  Beets can be picked small or large depending on personal preference.  Beet greens are also edible and are very nutritious as well.  To determine if carrots are ready for harvest, gently brush away the soil near the carrot top to check the carrot size.  Its always a surprise when pulling carrots because you never know whats hidden under the surface.

Our recently planted tomatoes are also growing strong and will hopefully provide us with plenty of tomatoes over the summer.

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Each tomato seedling is surrounded by a plastic ring made from recycled 1-gallon water bottles.  This is to keep mulch away from the base of the tomato plant to allow the stem to remain dry and helps to prevent disease.  When watering tomatoes, try to keep the leaves as dry as possible to help prevent blight.  Watering in the morning is also best so it give the leaves time to dry during the day.

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{ jou eats } santouka ramen in west la

santouka ramen, west la via it's jou life - http://wp.me/p3cljj-7zA Haiku dedicated to a favorite West LA noodle shop.

Title: Santouka Ramen
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Rich hearty pork broth
My version of comfort food
Noodles go slurp, slurp.
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I’m lazy when it comes to making Tonkatsu broth ramen. I’ve actually never tried.

The ramen chefs have much more patience than me when it comes to making soups. It’s an epic process (20 hours!!!) to make their delicious mild, pearl-colored Tonkatsu soup. Something about simmering the pork bones before adding their vegetables, dried fish, kelp and other special ingredients.

Living in West LA, Santouka is the next best thing to Daikokuya in Downtown LA, Hakata in the South Bay and Tsujita in Little Osaka. An affordable place where I am happy to shell $10 for a full meal set. It’s located in the Mitsuwa Japanese grocery market and makes it convenient to shop for Asian groceries and grab a quick-style meal. This is a Cash Only place.

I usually get the Shio Ramen, which comes with pickled plum, noodles, bamboo shoots, jelly fungus (mushroom?) and cha-shu. The cha-shu may be on the fatty side and the soup may be on the oilier side, but it unarguably makes it tastier.

Slurp away !!!

Santouka (3760 S Centinela Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90066) (310) 391-1101. Located in Mitsuwa market, along Centinela x Venice Blvd.

Summer Seeds

Our summer seed order from Johnny’s Selected Seeds came in a few days ago!  Excited about all the different fruits and vegetables we have planned.  Click the links to read additional details.

Seed packets from Johnny’s Selected Seeds.

Hybrid Diploid Watermelon – Little Baby Flower F1: Small 5.5 inch fruit with dark pink flesh that is sweet and crisp with high sugar content.

Hybrid Cantaloupe – Sarah’s Choice F1: Named “Most Flavorful” by Johnny’s.  Also has resistance to powdery mildew and fusarium wilt (races 0,1 and 2).

Hybrid Zucchini Squash – Dunja F1: Organic, early and powdery mildew resistant.  Yields dark green, straight zucchinis.  Also resistant to papaya ringspot virus, watermelon mosaic virus and zucchini mosaic virus.

Hybrid Winter Squash – JWS 6823 F1 PMR: Good tasting butternut with shorter vining and smaller fruits compared to Waltham Butternut.  Resistant to powdery mildew.

Slicing Cucumbers – Marketmore 76: Long, slender, dark green cucumbers.  Begins bearing late but picks for a relatively long time.  Resistant to cucumber mosaic virus, downy mildew (specific races), powdery mildew and scab.

Specialty Cucumber – Diva: Persian cucumber that produces distinctly tender, crisp, sweet, bitter-free, and seedless cukes.  Resistant to cucumber vein yellowing virus, downy mildew (specific races), powdery mildew and scab.

Sweet Peppers – Lunchbox Pepper Mix: Mix of yellow, orange and red snack peppers.  These mini-sized peppers are remarkably sweet and flavorful.

Soybean, Green – Butterbean: Sweet, buttery, and high yielding; Butterbeans are acclaimed as the finest in green vegetable soybeans.

We chose to grow a lot of hybrid varieties because there are a lot of gardens in close proximity in our community garden and diseases can spread quickly.  Also since we have limited space in our community garden, we chose hybrid varieties what were more compact.

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