More Wafu pasta

I have a principle that I apply for pretty much anything and even more when I cook or think about cooking, it’s to be always flexible and opened to opportunities, or see change in plans as one. Nothing is definite. A recipe evolves and comes to life as ingredients are mixed together, taking the mood... Continue Reading →

One year of ochazuke…

Last winter you could see that I discovered having a thing for ochazuke. This thing suddenly arrived when I was stuck at home with a pneumonia and I thought it may be temporary until I fully recovered, but it continued on... so I thought then when winter would be over, but not even... it has... Continue Reading →

Surimi – すり身

What the heck?! you may think... When you hear the word “surimi” you probably think about this disgusting white or orange industrial thing they sell in supermarket, I would definitely at first. I have never eaten any so I don’t know how it tastes like or feels like but my surimi looks quite different... it... Continue Reading →

More of the little red beans!

I hesitated in doing an adzuki week but thought I would come dry of ideas quickly except from the many sweets... but we don’t eat so many. But discovering more and more recipes, maybe I should have had... another time! So to change a bit from sweets I wanted a savory recipe to test and... Continue Reading →

Kintsuba

Sorry for the delay! I was hoping to publish it much earlier but then I got busy with work and I am struggling with wordpress and jetpack... technical issues that are getting more and more annoying. So to continue with adzuki, there are a few more recipes I would like to share, and as promised... Continue Reading →

The magic of the little red beans

One thing I have very rarely talked about here is adzuki - 小豆 literally small bean. They are present in many Japanese recipes and in most of the Japanese sweets. In fact beans are an important staple in Japanese cuisine: to name only a few the soya beans or daizu 大豆 literally big beans, the... Continue Reading →

Wafu pasta 和風パスタ

If you’ve been following me for a bit you are no stranger to the fact that I LOVE pasta. All kind!!! Wafu pasta are a common thing on our table, even if for Italian people I reckon this is a terrible thing. But honestly... it is delicious, and since it mainly involves spaghetti or capellini,... Continue Reading →

Lotus root burgers

I often talk of recipes with lotus roots. It’s a Japanese staple easy to find when in season and super very versatile to cook and delicious. I love it in Japanese classic preparations such as stuffed or with vinegar, but also in more western style like on pizza or in quiche... lotus root is reaching... Continue Reading →

Omurice – オムライス

I am lucky to work with one of my students on the development of a system that proposes variations to things someone do depending on preferences... for developing such a system we decided to chose a concrete example, and the first idea that came to our mind was a system that could help you in... Continue Reading →

Burdock – 牛蒡

With the fall, burdock 牛蒡 gobou is back in season. This long root that looks like a salsifis but is firm and ressembles in texture artichokes, and a bit in taste too... is a classic flavor in Japanese cuisine. Probably because of a rather country style strong flavor and its fibrous texture, it often appears... Continue Reading →

What is it with new rice???

Japanese are big fans of “new” things. “new” as in newly harvested: of course there is new potatoes, but also new tea 新茶 - shincha, new sake 新酒 - shinshu and new rice 新米 - shinkome. If you are not an aficionado of any of the above products you may not get the point of... Continue Reading →

Negimiso – ネギ味噌

There are plenty ways of eating miso in Japanese cuisine: miso soup of course but not only! I have quite a lot of miso remaining from the past years I made some and in 2-3 months the miso I made last year will be ready, so it is time to start emptying a few pots.... Continue Reading →

A twisted “nimono” recipe

I love nimono, that is not new... I learned how to make them right with Japanese cookbooks and when I was going to cha-kaiseki classes, but for some reasons, I often wrongly thought that it takes time to make a nimono dish, and so not cook some as often as I should. But as my... Continue Reading →

Tonkatsu!!! No, hirekatsu!

What the heck!!! Tonkatsu is the famous, and usually most beloved by foreigners, Japanese fried pork cutlet. It is a fatty part of pork, further rolled in panko and deep fried. It’s heavy, fatty and honestly the rice and the shredded cabbage on the side cannot help pumping the fat!!! We never eat it. But... Continue Reading →

Koyadofu – 高野豆腐

There is more than one ingredient in Japanese cuisine that is intriguing, konyaku, fu and koyadofu are some of them. So let’s talk about koyadofu this time... Koyadofu 高野豆腐 or freeze-dried tofu is a product that has been used in temple vegan cuisine and for traveling warriors for about 500 years. It is a way... Continue Reading →

Japanese simplicity

Who said that cooking Japanese cuisine was complex??? I have the simplest and most delicious recipe of miso soup for you today and an ultra easy ochazuke recipe. Of course both require basic Japanese ingredients: dashi, and miso for the first one, and Japanese rice, dashi and umeboshi for the second one. Indeed now is... Continue Reading →

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