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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Spicy grilled salmon salad

Leftover grilled salmon? Combine with Mayonnaise Red chili oil (spicy red pepper sesame oil) Vinegar Salt Lemon juice Green onions Great with rice or for making sushi rolls. I had it with a bowl of edamame rice and Korean seaweed. The same ingredients also work well with raw salmon tataki. With smoked salmon I also […]

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About Mozuku and Konnyaku

Mozuku (Cladosiphon okamuranus) is an edible seaweed harvested in the oceans of Okinawa. During my trip to Okinawa, I had it every day and brought home a pack of thick and healthy looking Mozuku (太もずく). Mozuku is extremely healthy and is said to have cancer preventative, anti-aging properties, among other various health benefits. Unlike the […]

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Trip to Okinawa

Finally, it was Vacation Time! This year, a short 4 days/3 nights trip to Naha, Okinawa, my first time to the islands down south. It was a reunion trip with two friends from my days as a doctoral student back in New York City. Students in New York back then, now many years later, each […]

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