Friday, June 9, 2017

Good morning!

Yes, morning. It's five in the morning right now and I'm wide awake. Well, my 9-month-old woke me up at four today and now she's in the carrier, already dream-feeding.

I've been hoping to get back to blogging officially after I've completely finished reinstalling my site, but with a baby who's awake for longer hours and crawling everywhere and grasping on everything to help her stand (even swiveling chairs!), it was an extra big shot for me. So I decided I should write new blogs...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Noodles. I find it to be a very beautiful word. The "oo" sound and the adorable arrangement of the last four letters; there's no way you cannot think of a wonderland where everything is made up of noodles and different sauces and soups. I can literally sing this word and just this word across all genre and in different context and emotions and yet be proud of myself. Well, unless someone in a different sanity level hears me do it. You're singing with me, aren't you?

I had always loved pasta and n...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

One afternoon, in my usual lazy-to-cook-for-one mode, I raided the fridge for the easiest ingredient I can handle. Then I saw tofu. Without a second thought, I took it out as if someone's going to grab it off my hands. Oh, I think I just have this addiction to recipes that don't include chopping boards... 
You feel me, don't you?

So there was me and tofu, in the kitchen, staring at each other. Hunger pushed and when I got back to my senses, I realized that I was able to replicate the simpl...

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Last week, I have been eating a lot of cheesecakes and rice late at night. So, I decided to go on a diet and reduce my carbohydrate intake even just at dinner. Luckily, we have a lot of melon and watermelon at my husband's hometown. So right after we finished our a-bit-late lunch, I asked my mother-in-law to not prepare anything for me for dinner because I was hoping I could just eat fruits and the usual vegetable salad. She said, "Really? Well, how about tofu salad? It's more nutritious." I've...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Eggs here in Japan are sold in very fresh state. They have expiry or best before dates on their packages, usually two weeks from the day they are out in the supermarket. Within that period, my husband eats it fresh-- just break it on top of warm rice and mix. When it goes more than two weeks in the fridge, I make omelets and tamagoyaki. All for my husband.

I've just always been bad at eggs. 
Since I was five, my grandmother would always offer me about two thousand yen if I eat one whole...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eggy Eggplant. Egg-Plant. Egg and the Plant. Stir-fried Egg and Eggplant. Mother and Egg. Egg Plant and Fruit.
Hmm...


One time my older brother mocked me for my choice of password for my laptop. My password then was password. But after a few months, my younger sister started overusing my laptop when I'm not home, without my permission. So I decided to change my password. After some time, my brother borrowed my laptop and asked me my new password. I whispered to him "new password". He said verbat...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Eggplants can get too expensive here off-season, with two small pieces ranging from about two hundred to two hundred and fifty yen. Yes, two small pieces. Sad.

My husband and I love eggplant. So whenever it is cheap, we hoard eggplants to amounts that will hopefully make us less in love with it. Though it seems, you cannot have too many-a-eggplant.

​Once we've turned half of our eggplant stock into pasta sauces and omelets and nasu dengaku and all, I started feeling like I haven't actually tas...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I love dairies, especially cheese.

However, recently, I've been feeling like I'm developing some sort of lactose intolerance. The past couple of weeks, every time I eat my usual cheesy spaghetti, toasts or cheesecake, my head immediately aches-- from mild headache to quite terrible migraine. It is usually followed by vomiting. After I've vomited a third of my meal or dessert, my head feels lighter. But I would still feel phlegm thickly surrounding my throat. Is that a mild form of lactose into...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

When you live in Tofuland, you get access to tofu that is so delicious, you even eat it weeks beyond the best before date.

Japanese tofu is so high quality, that for me, you don't need to put anything to make it taste good. But I'm a vegetarian who tends to prefer the light tasting foods (according to my non-vegetarian husband), so I don't speak for all. But I want tasty food lovers to fall in love with Tofu as hard as I do; and I think this dish is the best candidate for that-- mostly tofu flavo...

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Let me be honest with you-- I'm not a fan of asparagus.

​However, my husband has been mocking me for being a vegetarian and yet not loving so many vegetables (forgive me, spinach, okra and other slimy green vegetables). ​He, on the other hand,  a non-vegetarian, eats all kinds of vegetables. Well, at least vegetables in Japan.

​So one afternoon, when I saw that asparagus was cheap at the supermarket (ten sticks of thin asparagus for ¥88), I decided it's a good opportunity to sl...

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm not a fan of spinach. Unless it's with a lot of cream cheese, I cannot eat it with a genuine happy heart. 

But I marriedPopeye. And now I often find myself staring at bouquets of spinach and wondering to myself, "what should I do with you?" I usually just blanch them for my husband and he eats it with some flavored soy sauce; but you can never make me eat it that way. Haha!

So one night, I cooked peppered pumpkins and thought I should try doing that to spinach. Then I did. 

​When h...

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...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

I love this dish. However, it's quite difficult to get coconut milk in Japan-- in my five months of stay here, I've seen canned coconut milk just once, in an imported goods store at the big AEON mall. Because coconut milk is imported here, its cost is rather high. Luckily, I brought two packs of powdered coconut milk before coming to Japan last time.

I was not sure if my husband will even taste this dish if I cooked it (because I know he doesn't like vinegar and sour dish...

Saturday, December 7, 2013

​Well, the point of this recipe is definitely not to produce these left over ingredients so that you can have a recycled pasta. That is insane, I know. But don't you ever have that feeling of disappointment in yourself whenever you have to throw away food? And yet you cannot push yourself to eat those food even just one more time?

I love recycling left over food. And spaghetti is my first fairy godmother in mind.


This is not a recipe, but just to give you a delicious hope on saving your on-t...

Friday, December 6, 2013

Almost six weeks ago, I started studying for the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (shortly known as JLPT). Last August, my husband sent an application form for me to take the JLPT-N3 level exam. However, in September, I got a part time job at a vegetarian restaurant 45 minutes away from home. I got too busy and couldn't study for the exam.

Oh, you got me. I was lying. Yeah, I took just a once-a-week shift at the restaurant and definitely had plenty of time for studying....

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