Allison Day


For the month of October, 2008

Everyone loves getting packages. Especially when they’re somewhat unexpected packages with awesome goodies inside. And I got three! In the same week! How awesome is that?

Bento Box!

First off, I received the bento box that I won in Yvo’s Does This Make My Lunch Look Phat? contest. Seriously, the cutest little bento box ever! It’s so little, and cute, and adorable, and even though I work from home I might just have to start packing myself lunches in it. It’s just that cute.

Cookies for the Cure

Then, cookies! I love cookies! Especially when they’re as yummy as these were! (Notice the use of past tense there – Son almost didn’t get any.) These were from Sam of Becks and Posh. She volunteered to send cookies (among other “prizes”) to anyone who donated to The Race for the Cure through her donation page.


As anyone who has read my blog for a while knows, I am a huge supporter of anything to help those with cancer (especially leukemia), so it was a no-brainer for me to donate. Besides, I got cookies! Yay! Cookies!


Finally, my BBM package arrived, all the way from Europe! Look at all the cool things I she sent me!


First up, sardines packed in tomato sauce. Huzzah! These were so good… Son and I just shared them for lunch today. Toast up a slice of bread, butter it and sprinkle garlic sauce on it, then top with the sardines… yum! Reminds me of when I was younger… every now and then, my dad would open a can of sardines and we would place each sardine on a saltine cracker. Delicious memories.

Sardines in Tomato Sauce

Next, rose scented soap. I haven’t used it yet (it’s too pretty to use!) but it smells beautiful! I think I shall save it for those days that I want to feel very beautiful and elegant.

Rose-scented soap

She also packed me some salted caramel – delicious, but I only got one bite of it! Son stole it before I could have any more. This is the guy who salts anything and everything, and he loves salty sweets. This was no exception… he loved it.

Salted Caramel

Then, a La Source candle. I don’t burn candles very often, but this is as good an excuse as any to start. The candle smells fantastic – I can only imagine how wonderful my apartment would smell while burning the candle!


And then… lip balm. Oh, the lip balm. I’m one of those girls who don’t always wear make-up, but I always have to have some sort of lip balm or chapstick on. (Although Son hates it… he refuses to kiss me if I’ve just put on chapstick!) The stick I got in my BBM package now has a permanent place next to my bed – every night before I go to sleep, on goes the lip balm! I love it.

Lip Balm

Moleskines! This was one of the things in the package that I was most excited about. I’ve always wanted a Moleskine, but never actually bought one. And she gave me two! And they’re mini ones… so cute!


Along with the Moleskines, the little package of saffron was the other thing that made me dance around my apartment excitedly. (Oh, who am I kidding? The entire package made me dance around my apartment excitedly!) I’ve always wanted to cook with saffron, but could never quite justify spending that much for the spice. (Son would have a heart attack if I bought some and he saw the price tag!) Now to decide… what to make with it?


She gave me a poncho! This one did make me giggle, but it certainly will be useful. It’s the perfect size to stash in the car, for any time I happen to get caught in the rain! Especially since the rainy season is coming up… *hides from everyone not in Southern CA throwing rocks at me* 😉


Another one I was super excited about was the Scandinavian Feasts Cookbook. Obviously I cook Japanese all the time (sushi, anyone?) but I’ve really ignored the other side of my heritage. Sad, I know. So keep an eye on Fridgg… you might just see some Swedish recipes soon!


Lastly, a cheese slicer thingy! This is pretty cool, because I’ve been wanting to branch out and try more cheeses (I LOVE cheese, but have mostly limited myself to cheddar thus far), so this is a great way to force me to do so!

Cheese Slicer

(Another package I got this week was this, which I purchased from this awesome woman. I’m super excited about it… and even using one of my Moleskines to document my journey! How cool is that?)

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Salmon Summer SushiPosted on October 23rd, 2008 · 7 Comments »

Maki Recipes


Every now and then, a reader emails me with an idea for a sushi recipe. I always do my best to respond to every email, and I’ll usually ask the reader if they mind if I make the sushi and post about it. Unfortunately, sometimes it can take a while for me to get to making the sushi, and then sometimes even longer for me to get around to posting about it. Such is the case with this roll.

Over a year ago, reader John Dearden emailed me to describe a roll that he makes quite often. Avocado, cream cheese, red onion, and smoked salmon – sounds quite delicious, right? (Also, sound familiar? To his credit, he did email me a whole six months before I wrote that post. 😉 ) I didn’t make the roll until the beginning of July, and finally I’m getting around to posting it! (What? I’ve been busy. *hides*)

The verdict? This was delicious. The flavors all meld together incredibly well, and the sharpness of the onion is gently softened by the smoothness of the avocado, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I love this medley of ingredients in this Salmon Summer Sushi, just as I loved this combination of flavors in the Salmon Summer Rolls.

And the name? Well, I couldn’t help but steal the name from the summer rolls, since not only do they have the same ingredients, but they just taste so summery! (Besides, with the way temperatures have been in Southern California the past few days, it certainly feels like summer. *melts* )

P.S. I have an awesome contest going on over at Fridgg, where you can win some delicious garlic sauce! So head on over there and be sure to enter!

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