Burdock – 牛蒡

There are a few vegetables that are hard to find in Japan and I really love: fennels, artichokes, salsify... When I first ate burdock (gobo ゴボウ 牛蒡) I was quite surprised with the very peculiar taste, and I realized it was a good alternative for both salsify and artichoke at the same time. This long... Continue Reading →

BD chocolate cake

It is really not something that I cook often... maybe it's been 5 or 10 years since I last baked a proper chocolate cake... Usually for A.'s birthday I bake a strawberry tart but as I already baked one two weeks ago, I decided to surprise him with very very rich brownies. So for the... Continue Reading →

Spring is here!

After the fukinoto and the canola which both announce the arrival of spring and the cold unstable weather that usually accompany the plum blossom end, the next step is the real arrival of spring in late March or early April with the famous cherry blossoms of course, Mole's quince and the jonquils putting beautiful colors... Continue Reading →


Well well well the title of this post is very ambitious and may be misleading. I am not going to give an extensive review of the city nor of it's eateries and markets... I was there for three days for work and it was my first time in Melbourne and I didn't touch a pan... Continue Reading →


Every year one of the first vegetable that shows the arrival of warmer days and real spring (meaning up and downs in temperatures and unstable weather) is canola. Not only canola is delicious, it is also beautiful in the nature, with its tall vibrant green leaves and yellow flowers. Isumi and Otaki are quite famous... Continue Reading →

Lemon curd

When I find beautiful, naturally grown local lemons I want to make many different things with them. The first lemons I harvested in our garden on are newly planted lemon tree were a little small. But when I can find large and juicy, one thing I love is lemon curd, and lemon tarts. Using up... Continue Reading →


I am a big fan of tofu... most of you may say that tofu is an insipid, watery, white thing, but it is actually much more than that. I was convinced very quickly when we went to a tofu restaurant near Nezu (we used to live in Nezu) the very first months we lived in... Continue Reading →

Cheeses from Chiba

When we first settled in Isumi, and I found a cheese factory right down our valley I was really happy! Soon after that At Ohara harbor market I found Takahide farm and another Yojuemon cheese factory. This was more than enough in a country that doesn't have a strong milk and cheese culture and I... Continue Reading →

Braided brioche

When looking at Instagram and at breakfast tables, I was often seeing beautiful braided breads and brioches and was always intrigued by their realization. Not the braid itself, but how to obtain a dough that wouldn't be too sticky to actually make a braid. I didn't do much search. My recently acquired cookbook again helped... Continue Reading →

Vegan bagels

I love bagels a lot, but for some obscure reason I almost never make and bake any, hence my last posta about bagels is almost a year old... So when I saw a recipe in my bread in 5 book, I just wanted to try it. What's different from the previous one? Basically that it... Continue Reading →


In a couple of days this fruit/vegetables I didn't know about is everywhere around me... it all first started when I stopped at Tsukuba station to buy something for lunch at the station store selling local products. I wanted their super delicious 100% carrot juice but they didn't have it anymore... so I had to... Continue Reading →

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