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...

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...

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 14, 2013

It has been a tradition in my family to have sopas every New Year. We usually sit on the couch doing movie marathon while sipping some sopas, sometimes after a clean game of cards, scrabble or word factory. That's how we usually pass the last few hours of the year.

Sopas, as in the title, is just macaroni (or any pasta) in milky soup. Although my lactose intolerant vegan mom would have ginger and/or celery in her soup instead of milk.


  • macaroni

  • cabbage

  • carrot

  • soy ham (...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I eat broccoli. But most of the time, just because it is nutritious. However, recently, I have started to learn to love it for its unique taste, so I started training myself to eat it, including its stalk.

I don't remember anymore where I got the idea or inspiration to make this recipe, but I do remember that my husband and I loved this very much. 


  • broccoli

  • ginger

  • bell pepper

  • breadcrumbs

  • olive oil

  • black pepper

  • seasonings

  • nori


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...

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....

Thursday, December 5, 2013

I'm not sure what a Mushroom Alfredo is, to be honest, but I tasted a mushroom Alfredo once when I was in the university.

​Soon outside the gate of my campus is a commercial building. It has McDonald's and computer shops and an office supply shop and a triangular café.

I don't know why buy I don't remember the name of the café. But I remember its smell very clearly: utter and sweetness.

I used to pass time with friends on one of its three corners. They have very delicious frappes and cookies and...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

​Jack Johnson, if you know him (if not, you should check out his songs and maybe play it while reading my blog), has a very sweet, loving, manly voice. I love listening to him any time of the day and he immediately brings me to a breezy Sunday afternoon by the beach or in a house on top of a tropical cliff looking over the sea. It makes me sigh and believe that the rest of the world is one and in harmony.

Yesterday, I got an email from a language school who wants to interview me for a job at...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

When you are married to someone who doesn't share the same food preferences with you, it can get difficult to prepare meals for them. Lucky me, I live in a world with a long, beautiful, invisible thread that connects everything and everyone easily-- the Internet.

​It has become a routine for me to Google pictures of food to give me inspiration and ideas on what to cook, whenever I feel like my husband might be getting bored with my menu. Yes, I Google just photos-- I don't like reading recipes....

Monday, December 2, 2013

Sometimes my husband comes home with gifts (omiyage) from his co-worker's trip. He usually brings home his share and hands it over to me and says, "Hai, omiyage". So sweet, isn't he?

​But he usually ends up eating it in front of me. Hohoho!

​Last week, he came home with a small pack of honey-roasted macadamia nuts from a co-worker who went to Hawaii. My eyes were ogling and my heart thumping and shouting even in my sleep, ​Don't let him munch on it! I neeeeeed those little nuts!​

I was sure...

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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