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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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