- 2009: Happy New Year. Just something about the stock market.
- 2010: A Simple New Year's Brunch in Honolulu (note that my epicurean tendencies had already developed).
- 2011: The Shape of Things to Come in 2011 and Beyond. Astonishingly, all my predictions came to be:
- Peak Oil has not occurred
- Global Warming will be ignored by the U.S. Congress because of the Republicans.
- There will not be another 8.5 or stronger earthquake for another 20 years.
- Honolulu will not suffer for a serious hurricane because of natural protective conditions.
- The U.S. will not totally return troops from Iran or Afghanistan for a long time to come.
- Our economy will continue to rebound.
- 2012: Happy New Year, which reported that I used a whole Peking Duck--after I had skimmed off the skin and tastier flesh--to serve as the base for my ozoni.
- 2013: Ozoni: My First Meal of the Year (above), where I was impressed how beautiful my brunch that year looked. I actually drunk some Johnny Walker Blue Label with the meal.
- 2014: What will Happen in 2014, where my predictions were a bit off.
- 2015: The Shape of Things to Come in 2015: Part 2. Part one was posted on December 31. My first car was a Triumph TR3, British Racing Green with leather seats. The TR7 was produced in 1974.
One of the keys to a great soup base is dried scallops. Amazon sells a good Japan version for $150/pound.
In the pot, you are advised to heat the broth ingredients for many hours, adding the mochi and vegetables only at the very end. My ozoni took 15 minutes to make:
The beer was a $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon, but the ramen bowl cost around $18. Chili and vinegar are used instead of shoyu and hot mustard. Pricey, but okay. This dish will make you sweat, especially if you too liberally apply the hot pepper powder.