Saturday, September 15, 2018

Hello everyone!

Oh it’s been a year since I last posted here! If you’re following me on Instagram, you will notice how erratic my posts are. It’s hard to practice presence while facing the screen so I usually ditch the phone. Also, we’re expecting number 2 by the end of this year, so I have very minimal energy left for blogging or even keeping my Instagram posts regular.

In a year or so, I’m imagining I’ll be posting [chaotic] YouTube videos of my kids and I cooking. It will be oh so FUN (30%...

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...

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, 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...

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...

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