Taking time

The past two years have just gone in a flash. Since A. changed jobs and we moved, it's been a continuous flow of things: 2 jobs for A., a cross appointment for me (which is basically a new job on top of mine), we started pottery classes, we had a giant garage and workshop built,... Continue Reading →

Ochazuke – お茶漬け

Those who are familiar with Yasujiro Ozu's movies must know "The flavor of green tea over rice" or "お茶漬けの味", while being a cinematographic beauty and a brilliant socio-cultural representation of the the Japanese society transition of the time, it also introduces to a large audience ochazuke. Literally, as in the movie, it's a dish that... Continue Reading →

Cooking for the sick me

Well I wasn't just tired, actually I was really sick. So when I was writing my blog post the other day I actually had a very high fever on that same day and the next day I was diagnosed with a pneumonia. What the heck is that disease? I thought it was only for old... Continue Reading →

Gyoza

I cannot hide that I have a thing for stuffed food, for pies and for dumplings... whether they are Italian ravioli, Japanese gyoza, French ravioles, Russian pilmini, Chinese shumai and other little stuffed breads... I simply love them, how the filling is steamed in the little poach and when opened all the captured flavors develop... Continue Reading →

Yuzu!!!

Japan has hundreds of different citrus fruits, strangely few oranges but surely many types of tangerines, lemons, natsumikan, kinkan, kabosu, sudachi, shikwasa... and of course yuzu. Yuzu 柚子 is used either non ripe in September and becomes ripe in the end of October or the beginning of November. It is used a lot in Japanese... Continue Reading →

Extravagant bread!!!

Last night I asked A. what he would like for breakfast, or more precisely what kind of bread, brioche etc... ans he said I want an extravagant bread!!! But not extravagant because there are fancy things inside... hum... that didn't really help so I started kneading a 1/3 whole wheat 2/3 white wheat and decided... Continue Reading →

Macau

My job really takes to places I would never have thought of going, Macau is one of them... when we moved to Japan we traveled a bit around; Seoul, Pekin, Shanghai, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia... but Macau wasn't really on our list. And I wasn't planning to go to the conference until I was invited to... Continue Reading →

Dreaming of country life

Yes... it's Saturday 22:00, the picture is me in the kitchen wearing an apron over my working cloth, as we just arrived in the country after I flew away from work. As soon as we arrived, I wore my rain boots to check the garden and pick some parsley, and headed inside to start cooking... Continue Reading →

Changing habits

Like pretty much every one we have our habits. Ours change with seasons and adapt to our agendas. And sometimes we pick up new ones and abandon those that don't fit with our philosophy or ethics anymore. There has been two major changes recently, one by choice, the second forced. We used to go swimming... 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 →

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 →

Lozère

Hello there!!! You may have wondered where I was all this time... well... after another crazy busy week in Tokyo, a rapid stop in Paris, and a long drive, I was in Anilhac in my parents country house to celebrate their 50´s wedding anniversary. The house is not equipped with internet and there is no... Continue Reading →

Ugly yummy ravioli

I must say that I hesitated a lot before posting the picture of these ravioli but then remembering them each time I watched them in my photo list, how delicious they were, I couldn't not share them with you. And anyway you know that plating is not something I am very good at, probably because... Continue Reading →

Bouillabaisse my way

As you already may know or you can check here, bouillabaisse is a classic summer dish in my family. My grand mother, and now my mother prepare it for family gatherings. While I love it and have helped preparing it many times with my grand mother as a child (I even fished the soup...) this... Continue Reading →

Plum works

A story of great success and massive failures... Like every year in June I did my share of plum works. With a garden that produces a lot more fruits that I can handle, I actually spend more time picking fruits to give away rather then cooking them. This year I prepared umeboshi like every year,... Continue Reading →

Nimono – 煮物

There are things that I love but never cook. I only have them in restaurants or cooked by someone else. One in particular is nimono - 煮物 a simmered Japanese preparation, often used for vegetables and fishes, or at least for those I eat. The base for the simmering is almost always the same: sake,... Continue Reading →

Korinky creamy summer pasta

Creamy and summer don't necessarily get along well together I reckon, but it's not like we're in Europe and temperatures are very high for the moment in Japan. It's still the rainy season and the "real" summer will only start in 2 weeks (hopefully not later!!). While in the meantime the summer vegetables and fruits... Continue Reading →

Garden greens

After one week cooking potatoes in many different ways, we started missing pasta. So it was time for a change to cook some. I love all sort of pasta and often forget how delicious spaghetti are, in particular when well dressed. So with the garden producing a little more than potatoes, though I must admit... Continue Reading →

Tsunan – 津南町

Every once in a while we go to visit our friends and their cat in Tsunan, in the Niigata mountains. We originally planned to go for new year but the snow has stopped us: our car is not equipped for snow... so we took the opportunity of the long golden week to drive up and... Continue Reading →

Hikes

Spring and fall are the perfect seasons for hiking in Japan. The temperatures are just right not to get a sweat but not to freeze or die of over heat, bugs are fewer and either the flowers and tender greens, or the crimson colors of fall make a picturesque scenery. There are plenty of options... Continue Reading →

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