Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Eggy Eggplant. Egg-Plant. Egg and the Plant. Stir-fried Egg and Eggplant. Mother and Egg. Egg Plant and Fruit.
Hmm...


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...

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...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I love dairies, especially cheese.

However, recently, I've been feeling like I'm developing some sort of lactose intolerance. The past couple of weeks, every time I eat my usual cheesy spaghetti, toasts or cheesecake, my head immediately aches-- from mild headache to quite terrible migraine. It is usually followed by vomiting. After I've vomited a third of my meal or dessert, my head feels lighter. But I would still feel phlegm thickly surrounding my throat. Is that a mild form of lactose into...

Sunday, May 11, 2014

When you live in Tofuland, you get access to tofu that is so delicious, you even eat it weeks beyond the best before date.

Japanese tofu is so high quality, that for me, you don't need to put anything to make it taste good. But I'm a vegetarian who tends to prefer the light tasting foods (according to my non-vegetarian husband), so I don't speak for all. But I want tasty food lovers to fall in love with Tofu as hard as I do; and I think this dish is the best candidate for that-- mostly tofu flavo...

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...

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