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 →

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 →

Failures… and successes

The weekend is so short that two days are not enough to do all we want to do... first there is the mandatory refill of fresh local products, there is no way we can miss that, it’s a must, I couldn’t imagine buying all my vegetables and fruits in Tokyo (I don’t know how I... Continue Reading →

Autumn warmth and color

As the summer fades away, autumn days are slowly settling in. Autumn in Japan does not mean yet fallen leaves, cold mornings etc... we’ll have to wait at least another month for that! October is usually a fair month with warm days and just chilly enough evening and mornings to enjoy a walk or a... Continue Reading →

I knew it…

Well... while this week has been crazy busy with work, I also was very excited with my sourdough experiment... and things turned out almost as I expected they would... with utter fun when Lois grew and foamed and in utter disappointment when it stopped, finishing in a nauseous mess that stunk like I couldn’t imagine... 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 →

Having a country house…

While we are celebrating the 8th anniversary of the purchase of our country house, I thought it was time to reflect a bit on how this purchase has modified our lives, probably more deeply than we could have expected or maybe realized and in many ways how this house and its surroundings have changed my... Continue Reading →

Blueberry tarts

Well, well, well... the rainy season doesn’t seem to clearly end this year again, turning the garden into a jungle, with the heat and a few hours of sun somehow everyday and the season for summer fruits has truly started. Be it melons, peaches or blueberries, the freshness and sweetness of all is a joy... Continue Reading →

Gnochetti

When I make pasta for ravioli I always end up with a significant amount of pasta that has been floured and roll and is unsuitable for making ravioli again. It has become to dry. Usually I would just keep it that way, cut in squares and boil it or fry it as a little bonus... Continue Reading →

Edamame fougasse

Ohoh! Exploring new possibilities with edamame will last the whole season!!! This recipe of fougasse came naturally to my mind as I love to bale fougasse for summer evenings drinks or summer lunches when I need something quick. In Japanese bread shops you can sometimes find edamame and gouda breads, and I like them very... Continue Reading →

Breakfast…

Breakfast, as I often say, is my favorite meal and I would never skip it!!! But it wasn’t always the case, it took me twenty years to be able to eat breakfast... Probably because waking up early to go to school wasn’t adapted to my sleep rythme and I’ve never been a morning person... When... Continue Reading →

Eggs are my best friends…

I’m a big fan of cooked eggs and always have been. I recall the soft boiled eggs with bread and butter of my childhood, the omelettes, with cheese, potatoes or wild asparagus or wild mushrooms... going to the chicken farm near my grand parents home to get fresh eggs... this love for eggs hasn’t changed... Continue Reading →

Bread in a pan…

Who would do that honestly??? I never thought I would... until we moved to our new apartment where the kitchen doesn’t have an oven yet and we are still not sure about the renovations we want to do and given the circumstances we prefer to wait a bit... I don’t see myself stopping telework, I’ve... Continue Reading →

June berry ジューンベリー

When I thought I had tried most berries that exist in Japan, our friends challenged me with a new sort!! The other day Y.-san arrived with a cup full of small dark red berries that looked a lot like dark red currant... so when he said in Japanese “we just harvested june berries, so here... Continue Reading →

Respectus panis

I’ve making bread at home now for what...??? 6 or 7 years... at first I started easy, not every weekend, just once in a while, now it is just part of my daily weekend routine, and even when I could I was baking bread during weekdays!!! I have tested all kind of recipes, followed the... Continue Reading →

The garden doesn’t wait…

I know it, but sometimes nature reminds it violently to me... whether it’s a roof tile broken during a typhoon by a branch we neglected to cut, an overflow of the gutter because it was filled with fallen leaves... I learn my lessons. I also now monitor more closely the plants and trees, can predict... Continue Reading →

Fava beans

Now is the season and it’s always a feast for me!!! Well... it wasn’t always like that, it took me time to enjoy fava beans but now I love them and I was thinking of doing a fava beans week like I did in the past for many of my favorite ingredients: 5-7 days, 5-7... Continue Reading →

One week…

This week was just like another, but it felt looooong and painful, busy with work (I’ve started a new online robotics course that keeps me busy, among the many other things I work on)... It was also our first week of telework for the both of us together in our new apartment with schedules not... Continue Reading →

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