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...

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...

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...

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...

Monday, June 16, 2014

​My husband loves my cheesecake. And my cheesecake is my favorite. Probably because I can make it a bit more lemony than the ones available here. Honestly, I'm not yet fully satisfied with the texture of my cheesecake (because I want it a little more fluffy) but my husband finds it perfect so I guess you'll also be fine with this recipe, especially if you are more into the texture of unbaked, moist cheesecake. Without the gelatin. Hooray!

​We started this cheesecake craze when my husband's co-wor...

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...

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My mom's friend once asked, ​if there's a takikomi gohan, is there a takikomi goku?​

Yes, she is fifty plus and yes, she's referring to the anime Dragon Ball.

So, just so you don't go poking me on Facebook or sending me an email for follow up versions of takikomi​, let me explain these Japanese words.

Taki​​komu​ means to cook something with rice. Gohan means cooked rice. Takikomi gohan is rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients.

​Now you might ask, ​what does Goku mean?​ I cannot ans...

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

​I'm almost sick of this dish now. I used to love eggplant in whatever dish and pasta in any sauce,  but I've cooked this one too many times in the past weeks. If my husband asks me ten more times to cook this pasta on the following ten weeks, that's it. I will cook it. And eat it with him like it's been a long time since I had this dish. Well, a week is long especially if work is on a rocky road. Mine is fun though. Heh-hey!

​As many of my dishes are, I learned this from my mother-in-law. I...

Monday, March 31, 2014

​Neither my husband nor I have ever tasted the original Mexican tacos. And I'm not sure if this is my second or third time to cook tacos, nevertheless, it's a recipe I am very proud to declare as a "must-try!"

​The first and only tacos I've ever eaten from the moment I was born until a week ago was that cooked by a vegetarian friend probably 8 years ago. But that moment of gastronomic experience lives in me until now. She used ground textured soy protein then, but I used frozen-and-thawed tofu--...

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 25, 2014

I think you caught me here. Yes, I was fantasizing about meatball spaghetti.

I was watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for the sixth time since it was released (you can't blame me, I love seeing food) and I just couldn't help but wonder how it would feel like eating ****balls while eating pasta. I kept on thinking, wouldn't it be inconvenient to eat such food? Your spaghetti twirled on your fork, how the heck can you eat a chunk of meatball with it? Will you squish it with your fork so tha...

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, December 26, 2013

I have seen several Japanese curry recipes online before, but all are not vegetarian. Fortunately, a couple of months ago, I was blessed to be served vegan Japanese curry (without alliums!) at the vegetarian restaurant I worked for for a month. It was heavenly.

As soon as I got home from work that day, I noted on paper the ingredients that was used in the curry I ate that day. I closed my eyes several times to record in my long term memory and nasal memory (is that a thing?) the details of the cu...

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