Tuesday, January 24, 2017


Untitled I recently saw dashichazuke featured on a morning program.

Instead of tea, you use dashi (stock).

These days, I make my stock "coldbrew" style a day ahead.

Filling a container with the amount of water suggested on the package and putting in a "tea bag" style dashi packet.

Then I put the container in the refridge overnight.

The next morning, I put some rice into a bowl and then serve with different toppings.

Bubu arare (tiny rice cracker balls), nori (revived in the toaster), tsukemono, some fish...(put whatever you enjoy)

Untitled The first time I did this, I thought that the grilled saba (mackerel) would have enough saltiness so that I wouldn't need to season the dashi (stock), but it did need a little seasoning, so...

Untitled The next time I made this, I heated up 300 mililiters (about a cup and a half) of dashi (for 2 people) with a teaspoon of shoyu and a teaspoon of mirin.

I heated this thoroughly but didn't boil it.

If you give this a try, I hope you like it.

It is perfect for these cold mornings.

Monday, January 23, 2017

culture shock

Untitled I recently bought a bag of rice.

I usually buy rice that is packaged in plastic bags and usually only buy 2 kilos (about 5 pounds) at a time.

Anyway, while the bag itself is sturdy, I was shocked that it was just tied at the top.

Untitled The bag wasn't even sealed!

Sometimes I think Japan is a little too trusting...

Friday, January 20, 2017


Untitled I found some nori in my pantry that was stuck together and rather stale.

I would usually ask my mom as to what she thought should be done, but since that isn't possible, I turned to the internet.

Of the solutions, I chose to revive the nori in the toaster.

Total 3 minutes.

1 minute, flip, 1 minute.

Turn off toaster and let sit for another minute.

Actually, I think the internet said something about 30 seconds for each side, but since I didn't write anything down, I just ad-libbed.

I'm glad it was revivable and I didn't have to throw it out.

We added some to our okayu (rice porridge) the other morning.

Hope you have a nice weekend.

Thursday, January 19, 2017


Untitled I stumbled upon a small festival/first prayer event at Sonpachiyakujin yesterday while walking back from the market.

They had so many food stalls all crammed into their entranceway and many spilling out into the streets.

Usually when we visit this temple it is so quiet and no one is really around.

It was nice to see so many people out and about.

The weather yesterday was a little warmer though the weather dude is saying we will either have rain or snow this weekend.

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

meatless monday

Untitled I rarely keep to the "meatless monday" thingy.

But this past Monday, instead of using a chicken consomme cube, I used some leftover Japanese dashi when I made tomato miso soup, making it "meatless".

I also used whatever veggies were in my fridge (maitake, carrot, gobo).

Topping the soup with some leftover baby leaf just before serving.

According to the weather dude, the wintry weather will be around at least for the next week.

(Can you believe we were having March temps a couple weeks ago? Some ume (apricot) plants had started to bloom!)

What things are you cooking these days?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


Untitled We recently received this handwritten nengajo (New Year card) from my cousin in Okinawa.

In Japanese it reads "ryu-hi-hou-bu"...in Chinese "ron-fei-fon-ooh"

In English, it is "Dragons Soar, Phoenix Dance"

The saying is used as wishes for the new year.

I think both the handwriting and the writing are beautiful.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Untitled we got snow!

It was off and on throughout the day.

Satoshi kept shuddering as he looked out the window.

I'm glad we bought enough groceries so we didn't have to venture outdoors.

Click on the links to see the two videos I shot yesterday this one...that one.

Untitled It was also our anniversary yesterday.

17 years...seems long yet short.

I am thankful for Satoshi always putting up with me...Love you always.

Dinner was beef rolls with japanese tartar sauce, watercress daikon salad and a glass of wine.

This morning we had some flurries, and it was also off and on, even as I typed this

Have a good week everyone.