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...

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.

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...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This is my husband's recipe. He says this is very delicious (and I saw it was true while watching him eat), but unfortunately, I don't like egg and natto so I will have to take a photo of my own version next time-- which means I need to prepare my recipe several minutes before I get hungry next time so I can have a food pictorial. 

​But while waiting for my version, I suggest you give this a try!

**Natto・納豆・なっとう is a Japanese food which means fermented soybeans. It can be bought in packs of...

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...

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

​I made my own version of ramen once, and of course, since my husband grew up in the Land of the Rising Ramen, I expected he wouldn't like my simple vegetarian version. I don't remember why he suddenly wanted to taste my ramen that night, but when he tasted it, he said it was really delicious. He asked if I cooked a lot because, although he had just eaten a full dinner, he wanted to have my ramen too.

However, he didn't ask me beforehand to cook for him, so I cooked for only o...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Three months ago, my husband met up with his junior in the university who now lives in the same district as ours. We drove for about ten minutes to his place and went to an okonomiyaki shop a block away from his apartment.

I really wasn't into Japanese food before I came to Japan, and it was my first time to see okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a mix of vegetables (and meat/seafood) that is stir fried and flavored like savory pancakes. Some people call it Japanese pizza.

My Japanese was still so v...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

​I'm in a cross-cultural marriage. I love it because it teaches me many things about the people of the world, our differences and similarities. Not just in reference to my or my husband's culture-- all of the world. We're fond of having light and serious talks about different countries and races and we get surprised and laugh and wonder like crazy about all sorts of things all the time.
We also enjoy different foods of different places. However, I've been vegetarian since I was thirteen and wa...

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