Chinese Sweet and Sour Meatballs 肉団子の甘酢あん

I have another favorite Chinese recipe that I’m so excited to share with all of you. You know how I’m always going on and complaining about the lack of really good and authentic Chinese food here in Seattle and Bellevue? (If you follow me on Social Media you know). Well I’m teaching myself my favorites so I can make them whenever I’m iat our U.S. home. I have no choice. I’m tired of doing without or eating mediocre Chinese food. Most of it is really not edible in my honest opinion. Very greasy and oily and just not what authentic Chinese food should be. I’m surprised these places can stay in … [Read more...]

Tsukune Teriyaki ~ Japanese Chicken Meatballs with a Teriyaki Glaze 鶏つくねの照り焼き

Sorry I know it's been WAY too long since my last post. I returned from my yearly Spring trip back to our Tokyo home in April and I was a little depressed. Of course I'm always happy to return to Seattle, back in our beautiful Bellevue home that I love and hugging our sweet puppy Kenshin but I'm always a little sad leaving Japan. I'm sad leaving my friends that I reunite with every time I'm back in Tokyo (who I met through social media!) and all of the fabulous food! Yes that's one of the real reasons I'm depressed. It takes me a couple months to get over it but planning my Fall trip helps. We … [Read more...]

Tempura 天ぷら

I cannot believe I haven't posted a Tempura recipe before! I've thought about it for a very long time but it seems like another recipe always pushes it to the back burner. Well not anymore. I've actually been testing various Tempura recipes for the past few months and I think it's finally perfect. Tempura isn't a difficult dish to master but there are a few very important steps you must follow so you get a very light and crispy batter. Most restaurants in the United States do not know how to make Tempura correctly so I rarely eat it out when I'm at our Seattle home. If your Tempura has a … [Read more...]

Matcha Yoghurt Pound Cake with Almonds

I have had such fun two months as a noosa yoghurt Brand Ambassador. I loved sharing my favorite flavors and some new limited flavors with all of you on my blog and in my social media posts. For my last noosa yogurt post I wanted to use Japanese Matcha with noosa yoghurt in a dessert that would be perfect during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project. I think I came up with a perfect dessert that combines both beautifully. Matcha is finely ground powdered green tea. The green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed during … [Read more...]

Cranberry, Apple & Pecan Bread Pudding

Happy Halloween! I have a super yummy Halloween post to share with all of you. I really love a good Bread Pudding and I know how rich and full of calories it could be so I replaced the heavy cream in my recipe with noosa cranberry apple yoghurt! Since becoming a Brand Ambassador for noosa yoghurt earlier this month I have been experimenting with different ways to incorporate yoghurt in some of my dessert recipes to make them a little more healthy. I really love yoghurt so I think it actually makes them taste better and this recipe is no exception. After making a similar Bread Pudding over … [Read more...]

Japanese Egg Salad Sandwich たまごサンド

  I finally have a new blog post! Sorry about the long stretch but I was planning to do another post but then we had this three month long heatwave in Seattle (well maybe not THAT long but close) and since it involved hot soup I decided I shouldn't do that one right now. I'll wait until it cools down a little. We really didn't have a Spring this year it went right to Summer so unusual for Seattle. So I went with something that doesn't involve too much time in the kitchen and will be perfect for picnics or a Summertime lunch for the kids. I know many of you who follow me on social media and … [Read more...]

Shio (Salt) Ramen 塩ラーメン

Yes I know it has been quite a long time since my last post. I was kind of in a funk after the holidays and couldn't get into my recipe groove. I was blaming the holidays but it's already March so I don't think I can use that excuse anymore. Another problem was I couldn't decide what recipe to post next but then I was inspired by a bowl of Shio Ramen while experimenting at home. I thought this is it! I had to share this recipe with all of you. Yes this Shio Ramen brought Lovely Lanvin's groove back. I am having my first Ramen cooking class at Nikkei Horizons in Seattle this month and that … [Read more...]

Omurice オムライス

Omurice is a scrumptious half omelette and half rice dish that gets it's funny mixed up name from the two words omelet and rice.  Omurice starts with a chicken and tomato fried rice, or Chicken Rice as it's called in Japan, wrapped in a thin sheet of a fried egg.  Whenever I prepare Omurice and post photos on social media people are always surprised that this is a Japanese dish.  Omurice is a western influenced Japanese dish, or Yoshoku, created in Japan over a hundred years ago but is still one of the most popular dishes in Japan today.  You can often find it on the kids' menu in many … [Read more...]

Ricotta Pancakes with Maple Syrup and Fruit

I am obsessed with Ricotta Pancakes right now. My obsession started last year when I finally tried Bills of Australia's Ricotta Pancakes at their Tokyo restaurant in Omotesando near Harajuku. I have had other Ricotta Pancakes but nothing compares to Bills. They are the lightest and fluffiest pancakes I have ever tasted and are pure heaven. Bill has a few restaurants in Japan so when we at our Tokyo home I can pretty much get them whenever I want if I don't mind standing in a very long line. Hey that's Japan for you, the land of the long queue (hubby's words) and if there is a line you know … [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pecans and Sea Salt

One of my favorite desserts in the world are chocolate chip cookies. There is just nothing more comforting than a warm chocolate chip cookie right out of the oven with a tall glass of ice cold milk. I know I always go on and on about the beautiful French pastries and Wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets) I enjoy when I'm at my Tokyo home but I have to say the cookies just aren't the same. Of course there are a variety of cookies available in Japan but I've never been able to find a really good old fashioned chocolate chip cookie that I like. The chocolate chip cookies I have tried are good but … [Read more...]

French Toast with Maple Syrup and Toasted Pecans

Is there anything better than French Toast with sweet butter and pure maple syrup for breakfast?  I don't think do.  I wanted to share my French Toast recipe with all of you before I head back to Tokyo.  I like my French Toast pretty traditional without too many things piled on top.  If you have good French Toast made with the best ingredients I think simple is best. French Toast is hands down my favorite breakfast food.  My Mother used to make it for us growing up but I didn't see many restaurants with French Toast on the menu growing up in Tokyo.  American breakfast food was something we … [Read more...]

Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

Whenever I make Banana Bread I always get asked if the recipe is on my blog.  Well I'm finally posting it!  If you love banana bread and chocolate then you will love this recipe.  If you love pecans as much as I do then you will really love this recipe.  There's something about chocolate and pecans that make me go crazy.  Add them to an old favorite like Banana Bread and you have a match made in dessert heaven. I found this recipe in Bon Appétit magazine over ten years ago in the Too Busy to Cook column and as soon as I saw the chocolate chips in the recipe I tore it out immediately.  I … [Read more...]