Tofu with grated radish and pickled veggies

Creamy, thick tofu topped with “Oroshi” grated radish combined with various pickled things such as “Umeboshi” plums and/or any pickled vegetable. Added some dashi noodle soup and/or ponzu. Great healthy meal for hot summer days.

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Burdock root

Known around here as gobo, burdock is a root vegetable used in Asian and European cuisine. It is also known for its medicinal use. Here, it’s and every-day vegetable and can be cooked in many ways and in a variety of dishes. It has a crisp texture and somewhat earthy flavor and as a root […]

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Pumpkin with minced chicken sauce

This is something I discovered a few years ago at one of those hotel breakfast buffets that serve both traditional Japanese and western foods. So this is more or less a recreation of it. It’s pumpkin slices (boiled or in this case, microwaved) topped with a thick sauce made of minced chicken, a little bit […]

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Grilled salmon cream sauce

It’s been a while since my last post. That doesn’t mean, I haven’t been cooking though. However, things have been busy during the last half of 2021 and the beginning of this current year. Time flies… I hardly ever cook fish, but here, I improvised a salmon cream sauce pasta dish. First I grilled salmon […]

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Sesame-Cilantro sauce

A sauce or marinade or dressing? All of the above. And more. This sauce can be used for cold sesame noodles with a twist, for marinating any meat or fish, as a dip, or as a salad dressing. Cilantro, or coriander, or pakchee (パクチー)as it is called here in Japan and some Asian countries, adds […]

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Summer ’21

And yet again, it’s been a while. It seems that every year, temperatures are considered “hotter than usual” and the summer of 2021 was no different. Handling the heat is becoming more difficult as the years go on (or, it’s more likely that I’m becoming less tolerant to it with age..) No matter where I […]

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Schubert CD

#whatididduringthepandemic One of the few things that I was able to do as planned, was recording this CD. 2 sessions in 2020, one for each sonata. These two, monumental works by Schubert, written during the last months of his life, have been on my radar for quite some time and I’m glad that many years […]

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A Walk in the Park

Hey, it’s spring. After a lackluster, mild winter spring came early, too early for my taste. It’s also spring break right now, and while unable to travel abroad freely and safely, at least there are some spots nearby that are worth taking a lazy walk, enjoy some sunshine. Well, maybe not lazy, because it was […]

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