Variations around flat breads

I am always amazed by all you can do with just flour and water... and recently I’m getting addicted to flat breads... Remember when I first tried here? Well... the same person that makes the dried chickpeas that triggered my wish for flat bread to eat with falafels, well, also makes chickpeas flour... I use... 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 →

Sansho – 山椒

This shrub looks like nothing particular in the garden, yet it bears fragrant leaves and fruits. It is sansho -山椒 or Japanese pepper. I planted the tree the very first spring we started our kitchen garden, and without failure it has produced the fragrant leaves we often eat during early spring with bamboo shoots, and... 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 →

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 →

Yama udo

One of the wild spring green I like to cook is udo or rather yama udo ヤマウドウ. It is a kind of long stick that likes to grow on steep road sides and is very easy to prepare, with a distinctive taste but not strong such that of fukinoto. One preparation that is really easy... Continue Reading →

Green peas

I love spring greens and new vegetables, but among them I love green peas more than the others probably. I love the taste and texture, the color and the versatility, but I also love to shell them, I’ve always had. I remember as a child how many times I helped my mother or my grand... Continue Reading →

Bamboo shoot again!

We are moving in our new apartment tomorrow, but getting everything ready and working doesn’t mean not cooking, we have to eat 😉 Luckily we are only moving vertically so it’s quite easy to go and meet with the workers in between two online meetings, and anyway we decided not to do a lot of... Continue Reading →

Kwarezimal, my way

When we decided to go to Malta last winter I didn't know what to expect... the history of the island is so much different than this of the neighboring places such as Sicily and Greece... I imagined that the landscapes and the culture would overwhelmed me with beauty and mystery but I didn't expect that... Continue Reading →

Bamboo shoot

The short season of this delicious and subtle vegetable has started and it’s time to enjoy it now!!! Usually I would only cook it on the weekend because it requires a very long boiling, but thanks to telework this is something I can cook any day now! That’s the one good thing of working from... Continue Reading →

Magic ingredients

While many places in the world now have braced for the virus impact, life in Japan has been pretty good and simple for what concerns me. I can totally live without attraction parks, without stadiums, and for a certain extent without concert halls, jazz bars etc... I barely go shopping as well... So, so far,... Continue Reading →

The last kabocha

While spring is definitely in the air, and I am craving for spring greens which are not yet quite there (the one available come from the far away south of Japan), I was thinking that before entering that green season, eating a last kabocha would be great. Indeed since December I cooked cauliflowers, romanescos, broccolis,... Continue Reading →

Over excited…

not about the fuss about this damn virus, nor about my duty as exam supervisor at the university entrance exams... but there are many things going on around me that have gotten me very excited recently. First, spring is coming and with it the new greens are on their way for sure. Then, it is... Continue Reading →

Noodles

Last time I made gyoza A. complained because I didn't make the wrappers. And I totally agreed with him. The homemade ones are thiner, tastier and so simple to make that I kind of felt a bit ashamed of it... When I cook in the evening on week days I usually like to prepare things... Continue Reading →

Indian cooking

A while ago, one of my former student from India offered me a set of Indian spices... It took me a while to know what to do, and finally, upon recommendation of a Canadian friend who cooked for me an amazing Indian curry some years ago, I asked for Vij's at Home: Relax, Honey: The... Continue Reading →

Steamed gyoza – 水餃子

As I was saying in my previous post, I'm a big fan of dumplings of all kind. But recently I have a crush for sui gyoza-水餃子 which are simply steamed gyoza. And because I want to make some more often, last time we went to Kappabashi (to buy bowls for my sister xmas present) A.... Continue Reading →

Artichokes

One of the food I miss much in Japan as you already know, is artichoke. For some reason it is something that reminds me my childhood. From the simply boiled large ones that one of my grand mother would prepare to eat one leave after the other dipped in mustard vinaigrette, or the tiny purple... Continue Reading →

Almost there

While I'm hoping that the doctor will tell me I'm good to go tomorrow I'm still taking it easy, resting a lot and trying to sleep a lot. But the one thing that makes me confident that I am recovering is that now my appetite is gigantic. Indeed in the first few days when I... Continue Reading →

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