Ugly yummy ravioli

I must say that I hesitated a lot before posting the picture of these ravioli but then remembering them each time I watched them in my photo list, how delicious they were, I couldn't not share them with you. And anyway you know that plating is not something I am very good at, probably because... Continue Reading →

Bouillabaisse my way

As you already may know or you can check here, bouillabaisse is a classic summer dish in my family. My grand mother, and now my mother prepare it for family gatherings. While I love it and have helped preparing it many times with my grand mother as a child (I even fished the soup...) this... Continue Reading →

Fennel

Since living in Japan I have discovered many vegetables I had never seen or never eaten before. A whole new world of vegetables discovered but at the same time many of the vegetables I loved in Europe have disappeared from my plate. There are three of them I for sure really miss: porcini, artichoke and... Continue Reading →

Plum works

A story of great success and massive failures... Like every year in June I did my share of plum works. With a garden that produces a lot more fruits that I can handle, I actually spend more time picking fruits to give away rather then cooking them. This year I prepared umeboshi like every year,... Continue Reading →

Pizza!!!

I don't know why, but quiche and pizza are two things I could eat anytime. Winter, summer, with fresh seasonal vegetables, it's always happiness in my plate!!! Recently I haven't kneaded much... week days are all too busy and weekends none the less but with different activities and more to come as our construction is... Continue Reading →

Salsola

This little herb okahijiki オカヒジキthat I discovered only 2 years ago is definitely one of my summer favorite. I was surprised to see on IG that it is also an Italian classic, though salsola is much of a spring herb there than in Japan where it rather a summer plant. Anyway, one more way to... Continue Reading →

Yukata

A summer classic in Japan is to wear yukata to go to summer festival - natsu matsuri - 夏祭り. Both boys and girls can wear yukata, and besides the obi they quite comfortable to wear and it's much easier to wear it than a "full" kimono. I was lucky enough to have learned how to... Continue Reading →

Hum…

I'm not the kind of person who complains about the weather. I take it as it is and enjoy each day as it comes... I don't mind the extreme heat, nor the cold, neither the snow, the wind nor the rain... as long as the weather changes regularly... but I think I have had enough... Continue Reading →

Nimono – 煮物

There are things that I love but never cook. I only have them in restaurants. One in particular is nimono - 煮物 a simmered Japanese preparation, often used for vegetables and fishes, or at least for those I eat. The base for the simmering is almost always the same: sake, mirin, sugar, soya sauce. As... Continue Reading →

Blueberries and blackberries vegan tart

In the summer... yes yes it is supposed to be the summer, even if you haven't felt the summer heat nor got this beautiful summer tan... I love to bake simple fruits tart: apricots, peaches, plums, berries... so when I bought these blueberries and this blackberries at the farmers market, I knew what I would... Continue Reading →

Croissants… help!

It's been the 5th time at least I try to bake croissants and each time is a failure... I never reach the level of a fluffy and buttery croissant. I have tried online recipe, Kayser's recipe from his book but it didn't work, ever... and with the 100% success I got with each single recipe... Continue Reading →

Handkerchief pasta…

The other day on my instagram feed I got surprised by a beautiful pasta. The art of plating IG feed had this "handkerchief pasta" picture of flowers rolled between two layers of lasagna. The result was for sure beautiful. And since it's been some time I didn't roll pasta it was a good time to... Continue Reading →

Tofu ae – 豆腐和え

This recipe is a classic from Japanese cuisine and Japanese cha kaiseki. I've eaten it many times when going to typical Japanese restaurants and I learned how to make it properly when I was taking cha kaiseki lessons. I use the same base in a persimmon recipe I created and it's called tofu ae. It's... Continue Reading →

Bonito

Not far away from our house is Katsuura 勝浦, a city on the ocean with a fishing harbor, a fish market, a few nice street to browse and a sea front further south where we paddle surf (or least try to!!). Katsuura is quite famous as a bonito fishing harbor in the area and they... Continue Reading →

Travel… I’m back

I was away for one week for work, in Krakow, Poland, with a very very intense schedule that gave me little time to do anything else but work. Hopefully, with the jet lag I woke up early enough to have breakfast out before work and test a few cafes (see instagram about that!). Now I... Continue Reading →

Korinky creamy summer pasta

Creamy and summer don't necessarily get along well together I reckon, but it's not like we're in Europe and temperatures are very high for the moment in Japan. It's still the rainy season and the "real" summer will only start in 2 weeks (hopefully not later!!). While in the meantime the summer vegetables and fruits... Continue Reading →

Garden greens

After one week cooking potatoes in many different ways, we started missing pasta. So it was time for a change to cook some. I love all sort of pasta and often forget how delicious spaghetti are, in particular when well dressed. So with the garden producing a little more than potatoes, though I must admit... Continue Reading →

Brandade

Probably the last recipe of this potatoes week. I could have talked about gnocchi (but I have so many times done already), about hachis parmentier, or oven grilled potatoes, and I may some other times. But it's true that with new potatoes I love simple recipes when they are steam or pan fried. Yet there... Continue Reading →

Potatoes and green beans

If there is one combination I love it's potatoes and greens: green peas, green beans, broad beans... usually I would prepare them with new onions blanched and olive oil. Today I decided to try for new sauce, a lazy mayonnaise. Mayonnaise requires that you emulsion the oil, the egg yolk and the mustard together. It... Continue Reading →

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