Thursday, August 31, 2017

Good morning.
August is ending today and I haven't written a blog. I've been thinking if I should blog about my tofu burger, wasabi-mushroom fry or sengiri daikon recipes, but I thought I'd just share about my daughter's first birthday. It's her month anyway! 

If you're following me on Instagram, you probably know the story about her first birthday cake. If not, it's okay. I'll be telling you now. Yay!

I had been preparing for my daughter's first birthday more than a month before it. Well,...

Saturday, July 29, 2017

It's July 30, 2:30am right now and I'm just starting to write my post for today. I know it's better that I go back to sleep because I need the energy to last a busy Sunday with my husband and very active, almost-toddler daughter. But I am pretty obsessed about keeping my word; and I said last month that I will be posting every 10th, 20th and 30th of the month.

Luckily I still have one last cooking video that I made last May. I've been saving it up for times when I need some cover ups. Just like...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

For about the first time in my life, I'm having [time] management issues. My mind used to be an intricate, well-sorted web of alerts and reminders that I seldom forgot deadlines or anything in my to-do list. But especially during the past weeks, I have been feeling some deep pressure in my head, as if it's keeping my thin protective sanity layer from exploding. Being a stay-at-home-mom is tough and busy, but of course, very fun.

I'm barely touching the computer and making updates to my blog rei...

Monday, July 10, 2017


Ever since I moved to Japan in 2013, I've made it a habit to go for long walks in supermarkets to familiarize myself with the products here. Well, until my husband and I moved in to a slightly bigger apartment that's located in the middle of rice fields.

Now that we're living in a small rural town with just one supermarket nearby (and one convenience store that closes from 12mn to 5am), I started using the train more and more. My hobby became train station hopping (yes, some train stations hav...

Thursday, June 29, 2017

I've told you before about my unhealthy start as a vegetarian ( check that blog here ). Well, yeah, as a vegemeatarian, thanks for the correction.

So during my first year of mostly soy meat in my diet, I learned different ways of cooking soy meat. Fried, barbecued, stewed, boiled in soup, stir fried with vegetables, stir fried with Chinese noodles, simmered in sauces for spaghetti and lasagna. I knew without soy meat (and frozen goods like soy ham and soysages), I would have ended up eating jus...

Monday, June 19, 2017

In 2016, in between my fifth and sixth month of pregnancy, I volunteered to cook lunch for a workshop with 80 people. I wanted to cook something special that at least most of the participants have never tasted. However, with my bulging baby-filled stomach, no one wanted me standing for long and staying too much in the hot kitchen.

However, I have been wanting to cook for this spiritual workshop (where they talk about the spirit and meaning of life, do yoga and/or tai-chi, make arts while reflec...

Saturday, December 24, 2016

To those who haven't decided what to prepare for Christmas Eve, here's my suggestion: make sinful foods a little healthy!


If you're like me who's a lover of creamy cheesy stuff, and has an inkling that special occasions should be white and cheesy, this is a good entry in your holiday menu! Instead of regular creamy sauces, mix in some roasted, baked or stir-fried cauliflower in them!
 

This dish can be a pasta sauce or pasta topping (instead of regular cheese) or pizza topping or appetizer or eve...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Japanese people generally don’t like vinegar. Actually, if you go around the local supermarket, you’ll see sushi vinegar (which is quite sweet); normal vinegar; and imported balsamic, rice wine, et cetera kinds of vinegar. However, the normal vinegar available at least in my area, has about, I guess, 25% the sourness and acidity of vinegars we have in my country. So when I cooked it for myself, I ended up using a lot of it to achieve the sourness I craved for. However, this recipe is the one I c...

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pestoey. I guess even without explanation to this word I dug from my own introverted vocabulary, anybody will understand what it probably means. But just in case I'm wrong, I called it pestoey veggy spaghetti because it can be the usual garden fresh spaghetti but instead of tomato sauce, I drowned the stir-fried vegetables in my usual pesto sauce.

I learned this from my mother-in-law when I went home to their place one time. I just saw her stir-frying shimeji mushrooms then tossing in the left-ov...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

​Many of the Japanese I know are not fond of coconut milk. I cannot blame them-- I've never seen a coconut tree here. So I never bothered to use it in my recipes. But I also thought, I want to cook and eat it, so I will. And I did.

​So last year, I cooked this recipe for the first time and asked my husband to taste a bit of it.

Then he asked me to cook it for dinner and his bento again. And then again. We ate it 5 times during that week. 

Then a few weeks later, I found out from his mot...

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We live in a very rural place in Japan. In fact, around our apartment are rice fields and just one supermarket 7 minutes away on foot. There's no convenience stores nearby. Well, there is one but it closes from eleven in the evening until 4 in the morning. It felt like I just said a joke.

There are beauty salons here. A bit too many. Imagine: our neighborhood has one bake shop, one supermarket, one flower shop, one sushi shop, no café and five hair salons!
 


I need coffee shops. That's whe...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sweet-miso glazed eggplant, or which I am more comfortable to call "nasu dengaku,  | なす田楽", is a VERY easy recipe which involves a homemade sweet miso sauce and eggplant which I sometimes grill, fry or roast.


​I've cooked this recipe at a family friend's gathering for dinner, together with other dishes, but this one became the highlight of the night. Everyone loved the sauce and even used it to dress their fresh cucumbers and lightly grilled tofu. Now I owe everyone this recipe. Sorry it's...

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

​Kiriboshi daikon is a dish of dried strips of radish. It is sold in packs and normally cooked (usually simmered) as a side dish.


This dish has many variations. Some mix hijiki (a black kind of seaweed) and/or wakame, some mix vermicelli, some mix boiled edamame. It smells very strong that's why I haven't found the drive to actually eat it. But my husband likes this, so I keep on cooking this from time to time-- despite the, uhm excuse me, farty smell.

Ingr...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

​Well, here we go to two great recipes that I learned from my husband and from his mother.

This peppered pumpkin is one the my husband's favorite way of eating pumpkin. I've never seen pumpkin prepared this way until he cooked it, and I instantly fell in love as much as I fell for him. Uhm... maybe I'd choose the pumpkin. *evil laugh*

​I've heard about tofu burgers before but my first time to cook it was after I actually watched my mother-in-law prepare her own version. Which was also her first...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

​Fried tofu on gingery cabbage topped with stir-fried shiitake mushroom is a simple-tasting yet delicious dish that is perfect for freshening up your taste buds specially after a series of excessively flavorful meals.

​Inspired by the Filipino soup, nilaga, the cabbage layer of this dish is flavored quite similarly with the said soup. However, since this one was also meant to be included in my husband's bento, I made this one as "dry" as possible. I just lightly stir-fried the cabbage on ginger,...

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