Corn Potage コーンポタージュ (Japanese Corn Soup コーンスープ)

I’m sorry. I know it’s been awhile since my last post. I don’t have any excuses besides being a little lazy and not really being inspired after our long, hot & very dry Summer and early Fall. We had quite a run of sunny and hot days and then it seemed like we quickly skipped Fall and went right into cold Winter weather! Crazy for Seattle that’s for sure. The cold days that hit us so suddenly in October had me thinking about soup. Not just any soup but one of my favorite soups, Corn Potage or Japanese Corn Soup. I wanted to post this recipe during Summer, when the corn was nice & … [Read more...]

Kitsune Udon Recipe きつねうどん

It has been very cold in Seattle lately so I'm posting a yummy Japanese noodle soup recipe to warm your tummy. My recipe for Kitsune Udon! Kitsune Udon is Udon Noodles served in a bowl of hot Dashi soup and topped with Aburaage (thin fried tofu) that has been cooked in a sweet & salty soy sauce based sauce. You rarely see Kitsune Udon on the menu in most Japanese restaurants here in the United States but it is super popular in Japan. You will see it on practically every menu at the local neighborhood noodle shops in Japan and for a very reasonable price. Kitsune means “fox” in Japanese. … [Read more...]

Fried Pork Wontons with a Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce

I really love Chinese food but I rarely eat it when I'm at our Seattle home. Chinese food in the United States is usually quick, cheap, and very greasy. Not always but most of the time. I know there are some great upscale Chinese restaurants in some cities but I really haven't found a good one in Seattle yet. In Tokyo there are the quick and cheap Chinese food places all over the city but there are many beautiful upscale ones as well with amazing food. I really miss my favorite Chinese places when I'm in Seattle. The kind of places with fine china and white tablecloths. Yes those kind of … [Read more...]

Yakiniku Donburi 焼肉丼 Japanese Grilled Beef Rice Bowl

Yakinuku (which means grilled meat in Japanese) in Japan is very similar to Korean barbecue. Both type of these restaurants have either electric, gas or charcoal grill topped tables where you order various cuts of meat and vegetables and grill the food yourself at the table. Of course there are places that will grill the meat for you but most people enjoy grilling the meat at the table and it is so much fun with a group. There are some differences between Japanese Yakiniku and Korean barbecue. First the meat in Japanese Yakiniku is lightly marinated and second they serve the meat with a … [Read more...]

Linguine alle Vongole in Rosso, Linguine with Clams in Tomato Sauce

I'm taking an Italian break on my blog today. I just returned from our Tokyo home a few weeks ago and it is always hard getting back into the blog posting groove but I'm back with a simple and yummy pasta recipe. I know my recipes are usually Japanese dishes but I do post other recipes like Italian once in awhile. Italian food is my second favorite food and I love preparing it at home and of course eating it. Tokyo has some of the best Italian restaurants in the world and I usually have at least one Italian meal while I'm in Tokyo. One of my favorite pasta dishes is Linguine alle Vongole … [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...]

Roast Teriyaki Chicken 照り焼きローストチキン

Last month I was ready to make my usual Roast Chicken but decided to experiment a little at the last minute. I was craving Teriyaki or Yakitori but there was a whole chicken sitting in front of me instead of the chicken thighs I normally use. I thought I should try and make a whole roasted chicken basted with a homemade teriyaki glaze. Wow as soon as I had that thought it sounded so good to me I started recipe testing immediately. I started with something similar to my usual Teriyaki Sauce but with a little more sugar, so it would reduce, thicken and coat the chicken better when basting, … [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...]

Miso Chanko Nabe with Chicken Meatballs (Sumo Wrestler Hot Pot) ちゃんこ鍋

  First let me apologize for not posting since I travelled back to our Tokyo home in June. I know the people who follow me on Instagram and twitter knew what I was up to (and what I was eating) and always follow my trips back to Japan. It was a very busy Summer for me plus we had record breaking sunshine and heat in Seattle so we spent most of our time outdoors enjoying it. Hubby was also in Seattle for the entire month of August so time just flew by. Oh and another big thing happened. A new Coton de Tulear puppy named Kenshin joined our family in August and I've been busy with puppy … [Read more...]

Corn Rice とうもろこし ご飯

I just returned from three fabulous weeks at our Tokyo home in Azabujuban and it was so hard returning to the United States even though I love our Seattle home just as much. Whenever anyone asks me which city I like better I really can't choose one. I love both places so much I guess that's why we have to live in two cities. I am happy to be out of the Tokyo humidity though. Seattle wins the best Summer weather in the world category hands down. Nothing beats Summer in Seattle. I was able to enjoy so many Summertime treats in Tokyo since I rarely go back this time of year (it's that humidity … [Read more...]

Hiyashi Chuka (Cold Ramen) with a Sesame Miso Sauce 冷やし中華ごまみそだれ

Hiyashi Chuka is a cold Ramen dish served during the hot and humid Summer months in Japan.  When the weather starts getting warm you will see Hiyashi Chuka posters popping up on the walls of every local Ramen shop.  This is a seasonal dish that you will only see during the Summer.  Hiyashi Chuka means "cold Chinese" in Japanese and I like to describe it as a cold ramen salad.  The noodles are the same noodles used in hot ramen but Hiyashi Chuka is topped with chilled fresh vegetables, shredded chicken, ham, roasted pork (Chashu) or seafood and a drizzle of sauce just to coat the ingredients … [Read more...]

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