For the first couple of Thanksgivings and Christmases it didn’t even occur to me to miss turkey. All of a sudden, about a week before my third Christmas here, I felt I had to roast a turkey. Since rarely went out of my way to get food that wasn’t sold in the local supermarket, I … Read more
As you can imagine, now that I’m working on a rice cooker cookbook, I have been making a lot of food in the rice cooker. I love how easy it is. With summer in full force, I don’t seem to have the usual cooking energy and five minutes of active prep works for me. I’ve … Read more
seI’ve got another rice cooker lentil recipe for you. My last recipes, Thymely Rice Cooker Lentils and Spicy Rice Cooker Lentils, have become quite popular and I think more needs to follow. The instructions are very complex so follow them carefully. Sausage and Cabbage Rice Cooker Lentils 2/3 cup brown lentils 1 chicken bullion cube 1 cup purple … Read more
I needed something fast last night so I went for some frying pan curry. It was almost the same as last time except I added maitake mushrooms tofu as well as spinach.
This is a result of thawing some marinated yakiniku pork and then remembering I had two day old rice to use up. Old rice is great in chahan (fried rice) and rice pudding. I was really impressed with this. I should note that I use very little oil when I make fried rice – I … Read more
I decided to have a light dinner last night. I also remembered about mitsuba, a veggie I hadn’t bought in a year or two. I love it in miso soup. I found, what I thought was, a new type of potato – the oyaimo (親芋). It looks like it is actually a large satoimo that … Read more
Rice balls: salmon and ao nori Soup: this kabocha soup made with kombu instead of chicken stock Greens: baby bok choy sauted in a bit of oil and seasoned with Mary’s Mixed-Up Sea Salt
This was a 4:30pm lunch. I added shiso-ume paste to the mentsuyu (noodle dipping sauce) and it was really tasty. Give it a try.
This is my first Japan Blog Matsuri post. I have wanted to participate for a long time. Super Happy Awesome is hosting and you can check out other Matsuri posts in the comments section here. The topic is Summer Lovin’ and this summer I’m lovin’ noodles. Regular readers will know that I have posted several … Read more
That’s right, I put a thick creamy sauce on soumen. I think my hubby will find this a bit blasphemous but I like it. I’m pretty sure this would taste great on cold soba as well. I found shiso umepaste (pictured below) at a grocery store near my in-laws. I hope they sell it at … Read more