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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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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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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Pinchos at Lizarran

Yesterday, I had dinner between two events at Lizarran in Shimbashi, Tokyo. A nice Spanish restaurant known for their pinchos. Suffice to say, it was excellent! A call for reservations a week in advance wasn’t early enough to get a table, so we were seated at the bar, which turned out to be just fine, […]

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Big sandwich au jus

So what if I feel like a big sandwich for dinner? Usually my preferred lunch, but why not for dinner? I love homemade sandwiches. Especially ones that feature deli meats, cheeses, veggies and sometimes eggs. What goes into a sandwich depends on what happens to be in my fridge. Sometimes I put a whole fried […]

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