Perilla – shiso

If you like Japanese food or have traveled to Japan you that green leaf for sure!! Perilla, or shiso 紫蘇, or ooba 大葉 grows very easily and spreads like weed in both planters and the garden. It requires very little maintenance and grows every year with more and more plants, only the caterpillars seems to... Continue Reading →

Pumpkin

At last... the beautiful autumn days have arrived and with them the most typical autumn vegetables (with mushrooms): the pumpkins!!! While in Tokyo supermarkets you may find only Japanese kabocha, the one with the soft dark green skin and the vibrant orange flesh, that is also found all year round... In the countryside, in farmers... Continue Reading →

Lemongrass

With the terrible summer the garden hasn't produced much since August. My eggplants are having a hard time growing, same for the celeriac, and the ukon. The beets have disappeared... only the peanuts, the celery branch, and the herbs are doing fine. Regarding the fruits... the jujube are few and very tiny, the persimmons are... Continue Reading →

Butternut squash ravioli

It's been a while I didn't make pasta! It was too hot and the summer vegetables don't go to well for making ravioli filling. But now that autumn is here, hey! Hey! It's time to get the pasta machine out and roll some pasta!!! As the title indicates, I made butternut squash ravioli. It's not... Continue Reading →

Autumn days

With the sudden change in weather, my inspiration is back! Though I'm still tired of the rainy weekends and sunny week days (when at work... when I'd rather be in my garden...), I've been busy with some sewing projects, perfect for the weather. A. has challenged me to make a cover for his surfboard, and... Continue Reading →

Lack of inspiration

I don't know if it's the super hot and humid weather, the hard time we've had with jetlag (it took almost two weeks to recover with a permanent impression of being tired, feverish, and to have a cold), or the impression that the summer is over and somebody (Mr. bad weather) still it from me...... Continue Reading →

Panisse

Probably very few of you know what panisse are... you only know if you've been to Provence long enough or have a specific interest in regional cooking... Panisse are an other traditional recipe based on chickpea flour and that cones from Italy apparently, but is also famous as far as Marseille. I've already shared the... Continue Reading →

Ginger

For most people outside of Asia, ginger is this wrinkled beige root that can be found all the time, but in Asia, even if you can find more or less fresh ginger all year round in supermarket, there is still a season for harvesting fresh new ginger, and it's now! Ginger is often use as... Continue Reading →

Umeboshi tasting

Remember, I told you about my pathetic failure with one batch of umeboshi a few weeks ago... well when we came back to Tokyo I had a little surprise: I had a tasting set of umeboshi!!! Three types of red shiso umeboshi, with slightly different preparations and different kinds of plums all prepared by K.... Continue Reading →

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