Snow in March?

Yesterday it was a balmy 25 degrees Celsius here. Today I wake up to rain that changed to wet snow and within a few hours it looked like this outside and the temperature was 1 (one!) degree Celsius. So I ventured outside and walked around the block. It’s really the first snowfall this season that […]

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While staying home…

It sure is a weird time. Covid-19 is sweeping over this planet. I’ve been staying home a lot-as much as possible-since the end of February. Not that there were any real restrictions here, but with almost all work-related events and obligations canceled in March, traveling abroad not being an option at the moment, it’s been […]

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Update March 2020

It’s the beginning of March 2020, and it’s been a while since I updated this blog. Other than the usual food pictures, I haven’t had much chance to write about other things. Usually, the first half of March is still rather busy, filled with end-of-school-year events. However, a combination of circumstances is giving me a […]

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Tamagoyaki-Japanese Style Omelette

Tamagoyaki, a pan-fried, rolled omelette-type way of cooking eggs in Japan, can come in different shapes, sizes, ingredients and flavors, and can be eaten hot or cold. Some Tamagoyaki, also dependent on the region, can be sweet, salty or almost tasteless. They can be served hot out of the pan, cooked with dashi broth or […]

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It’s been a while…

A few months have passed since my last post in November. Since then, a new decade has begun. And now it’s already February of 2020…! Time flies As preparations for my recital in the beginning of January took up a lot of time and focus, I skipped the usual end-of-year things and ignored the holidays […]

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Beef ragu with marinated peppers

Another meal made of leftovers and whatever was in the fridge. It was a coincidence that I happened to have green, yellow, orange and red peppers in the fridge. So I put them through the slicer and marinated them with olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar. Then I sautéed for about half a minute, […]

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What’s been cooking recently…

After getting into making cucumber pickles (see previous post,) I also made radish (daikon) pickles, as well as pickles using Japanese mountain yams (yamaimo) with umeboshi (preserved salty plums) flavor. Here is a lunch ham and cheese sandwich with my pickled cucumbers and marinated fresh Italian tomatoes, bruschetta style. The picture isn’t very good but […]

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Looking ahead to 2020

It’s still mid-2019, summer is about to retire, even though it’s still warm. After performances that occupied me during the first half of the year, the summer months were devoted to my students, teaching, preparing them for their performances, judging competitions, a master class and related business travel. In short, it was a very busy […]

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Chicken salad with corn and Asian pears

This is what happens when there are leftovers in the fridge. Throw everything together and sometimes it results in a yummy surprise. Leftover boiled chicken breast Leftover canned corn Leftover slices of Asian pear Add small amount of mayonnaise, Cesar salad dressing, mustard, apple cider vinegar along with salt, pepper, paprika and some dried herbs. […]

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