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...

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--...

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This is my husband's recipe. He says this is very delicious (and I saw it was true while watching him eat), but unfortunately, I don't like egg and natto so I will have to take a photo of my own version next time-- which means I need to prepare my recipe several minutes before I get hungry next time so I can have a food pictorial. 

​But while waiting for my version, I suggest you give this a try!

**Natto・納豆・なっとう is a Japanese food which means fermented soybeans. It can be bought in packs of...

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...

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'm not a fan of spinach. Unless it's with a lot of cream cheese, I cannot eat it with a genuine happy heart. 

But I marriedPopeye. And now I often find myself staring at bouquets of spinach and wondering to myself, "what should I do with you?" I usually just blanch them for my husband and he eats it with some flavored soy sauce; but you can never make me eat it that way. Haha!

So one night, I cooked peppered pumpkins and thought I should try doing that to spinach. Then I did. 

​When h...

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...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

If regular cheese come out of shrubs, root crops, trees or clouds, I could have been vegan. I know all about those vegan cheeses: the expensive ones sold at vegan markets and the pretty-time consuming homemade ones. That's why I had been vegan, but just for two months. Now I just try to cook and eat more vegan meals (as you perhaps have noticed, most of my recipes are under vegan/vegan option category). 

​Lucky thing is, my husband is not a cheesaholic. That's why I didn't have cha...

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, January 16, 2014

​Fried tofu on gingery cabbage topped with stir-fried shiitake mushroom is a simple-tasting yet delicious dish that is perfect for freshening up your taste buds specially after a series of excessively flavorful meals.

​Inspired by the Filipino soup, nilaga, the cabbage layer of this dish is flavored quite similarly with the said soup. However, since this one was also meant to be included in my husband's bento, I made this one as "dry" as possible. I just lightly stir-fried the cabbage on ginger,...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

This is a recipe I would love to serve to my best friend, who's a big fan of both vegetarian fish and carbonara. Should I prepare this on your birthday this month? Yay!

In this recipe, I used frozen soy fish because the canned soy tuna I used to buy has been out of stock for several months now. Whenever I use the canned soy tuna, I usually make my own white sauce out of flour, butter and milk. I find it too rich when I use cream because the canned one is very flavorful.

 Ingredients

  • soy fish

  • ...

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...

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