A Tropical Island Inspired Day

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Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

http://www.myrljeffcoat.com

 

One of the more fun things I get to do every couple months is invite my daughter Jill, and several of her co-workers to my house for lunch.  Jill has worked for many years at Franklin Templeton, here in the Greater Sacramento Region.  The offices are close to my home.

Today, I cooked up a pot of Asian Chicken Noodle Soup, and created a platter of several items I thought they might enjoy – (1) Spicy Meatballs – (2) Rice with Candied Walnuts, Carrot and Cranberry – (3) Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts and Pineapple Slices with Blue Agave Nectar, Ginger, Cinnamon.

I used banana leaves from our local KP International Market, to decorate the bed of the platter.  This provided a slightly tropical feel. 

Island tunes from the beloved sounds of Hawaiian ukulele player Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, played softly in the background.  Although this gentle giant lived a mere 38 years, he left behind an enduring memory for his fans.

I make no secrets - Once everyone returned to work, I had a really long nap
J

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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Roy - It really was a fun lunch!  I had some more of the Asian Chicken Noodle soup for dinner this evening, but haven't really been hungry since lunch.

Lou - I'm glady you like how it looks!  I hope you are having a wonderful week!

Mar 19, 2013 12:57 PM #7
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Hi Myrl,Seems like a great Hawaiian feast and the nap sounds like it was well deserved. You should have a restaurant so you do all these fab dishes.
Mar 19, 2013 03:21 PM #8
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Myrl, as an obsessive compulsive cook I can clearly see we could have fun with having a cook off:)) loved your presentation and I can see the flavors just from the pictures!

Mar 19, 2013 04:02 PM #9
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Berni Kerr
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Myrl,  That looks so Delish, and a lovely presentation on the platter.  I love the uke to accompany I bet they had a fabulous lunch.  You do deserve a nap after that!

Mar 20, 2013 09:57 AM #10
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Myrl, That really looks delicious!  I would bet that your daughter and her coworkers enjoyed a fine lunch!

Mar 20, 2013 10:37 AM #11
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Juli Vosmik
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Myrl, I'm sorry, but I really think you're in the wrong profession - what a beautiful presentation and such thoughtfulness went into the whole affair.  WOW, I'm so jealous.  My mouth is watering.  

Mar 20, 2013 10:40 AM #12
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Juli Vosmik
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Myrl, would you please share you recipe fo the spicy meatballs as well?  I have one that's not so good.  And, I like the recipe for the chicken soup - looks really easy.  Can I use Oriental noodles insteady of the angel hair?

Mar 20, 2013 10:46 AM #13
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Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert
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Myrl,

 You obviously have a great talent for cooking and great presentation as well thanks for sharing! That looks like a delicious lunch! Yummy and hawiian music in the back ground you just cannot go wrong!

Mar 20, 2013 12:14 PM #14
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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William - Perhaps in my next life, I will open a restaurant.  I think it would be neat to meet up with Chef Ramsey and have him show me around Hell's Kitchen.  But, I don't want to go there at the end of this life. . .tsk, tsk!

Endre - It would be fun to have a cook-off.  I have worked with folks all over the globe, and I often have enjoyed potlucks where they bring their favorite dishes.

Berni - I don't exactly know whether I deserved that nap, or my body simply mandated it.

Mar 20, 2013 12:30 PM #15
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Juli - The soup recipe is adaptable.  Yesterday, I used Ramen noodles.  I also added spicy tomato juice, chopped bok choy, chopped yellow squash and zuchini.  The meatballs were pre-cooked, and found in the freezer section at the grocery store.  They only needed to be heated.  I put them in a crockpot, with a mixture of 50-50 barbecue and Mae Ploy sauce.

Tony, Darcy, Yolanda - It was relaxing and really fun!

Mar 20, 2013 12:39 PM #16
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Juli Vosmik
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Mae Ploy?  Is that a brand?  Where do I find it?

Mar 20, 2013 01:01 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Juli - Mae Ploy is the brand.  It's actually their "Sweet Chili Sauce."  You can usually get it on the Asian aisle of most grocery stores, Sam's Club, or Costco.  Walmart also has it.  It quite common.

Mar 20, 2013 08:22 PM #18
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Hi Myrl, it looks delicious and reminds me of the Malaysia popular breakfast - nasi lemah, rice cook with coconut milk at the side sambal ikan bilis, eggs, cucumber.

Mar 20, 2013 11:15 PM #19
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I'll be right over

Mar 21, 2013 03:27 AM #20
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Debbie Walsh
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Wow does that look good!  I haven't had lunch yet and you grabbed my attention with that picture!

Mar 21, 2013 05:30 AM #21
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Sondra Meyer:
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Wow....what an amazing meal!  I've never pulled off anything remotely close at my house.    The photograph is great.  I've been trying to photograph food lately and have learned that it is harder than it looks. 

I'm going to have to try this.... I'll have to do some research to find the banana leaves. 

Thanks for the inspiration. 

Mar 22, 2013 01:24 PM #22
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Myrl - Now that looks really tasty! It's like an edible work of art. So when are you opening Cafe Chez Myrl?

Mar 25, 2013 12:59 AM #23
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Roy Kelley
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We have snow in Maryland today.  Could use some tropical island thoughts!

Mar 25, 2013 07:32 AM #24
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That looks sooo good!  Thank you for checking in on my blog today!  Look forward to more foodie posts from you!  Kathy

Mar 25, 2013 01:25 PM #25
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Hi Myrl,

Yum Yum....I wish I was closer as I would love to stop in and sample the tray of food. What a lovely thing you do for your daughter and her friends. You are a good mom.

Mar 25, 2013 02:16 PM #26
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