My children love fresh cherries and we had quite a bit extra from our cherry picking trip. What to do with delicious fresh cherries? I tried this easy cherry clafoutis recipe and had my little helpers assist me. The result was super yummy. Try this recipe while cherries are still in season.
Agedashi tofu literally translate to deep fried tofu inside dashi broth. I previously shared agedashi tofu recipe but it was served with teriyaki sauce. Here's the traditional agedashi recipe and it's very simple to make. Enjoy!
Memorial day is just around the corner and I want to share a refreshing summer salad to go with weekend barbecues. I love the unique taste of blood orange and this salad uses both the blood orange fruit as well as the juice for the vinaigrette. Never used blood orange in a recipe before? Now's your chance.
I caught a slight cold over the weekend and wanted some warm comfort food. In Japan, instead of chicken noodle we eat simple kitsune udon to recover our strength. Sipping the natural dashi broth and enjoying the warm udon noodles, I think I already feel better.
My favorite part about going to Chinese restaurants is the complimentary dessert soups they serve at the end of the meal. I love sweets and it's definitely one of my weakness. Among all the dessert soups, my two favorites are red bean and taro tapioca. I was so excited to find this recipe and share with my reader. Enjoy.
It's been a while since I posted a side dish so I want to share a popular green bean recipe. Side dishes (Osouzai, お惣菜) are predominately vegetables. As I had mentioned in my previous posts, typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, the main dish, and 1-2 side dishes. A popular way to prepare side dish is Shiraae, mixing lightly-cooked vegetables with crumbled tofu, miso, and sesame seeds. Spinach and green beans are commonly used for Shira-ae dish.
I am not much of a baker for someone who spends quite a bit of time in the kitchen. Maybe it's because most bakeries in Japan are simply amazing so we don't try to make too many dessert at home. There's a bakery near my house in Yokohama where the fresh cream taste just like heaven. When my friend Ellena asked me if I knew how to make Japanese steamed bread (Mushi Pan), I went to search for a recipe that looked yummy. After the snack judges in the house (my two children) approved, I am happy to share this recipe.
The Japanese love mayo, we enjoy mayo with a wide variety of Japanese food ranging from deep fried food, okonomiyaki (Japanese Pizza), Yakisoba (Japanese stir fry noodle), sushi, to salad. This simple apple salad is mayo based but it is super yummy. The tartness of fresh apple mixed in with raisin and just a bit of lemon balances out the mayo perfectly.
I got the recipe for my favorite flavored soy sauce, Shiso Garlic Soy Sauce from Cookpad.com. This original recipe created a huge sensation in Japan a couple years ago. This recipe has only 3 ingredients, but the combination of Shiso, garlic, and soy sauce is pretty amazing. I love this sauce so much that I always keep replenishing the ingredients so it's always ready to go when I need it.
The Japanese usually serve several kinds of pickled dish along with white rice as appetizer. Today I am sharing a very simple Japanese pickle recipe that you can also enjoy at home. It's a refreshing side dish, or we call it Hashi Yasume which literally means "chopsticks break." This dish usually contrasts in flavor, texture, and temperature to the main dish and we eat Hashi Yasume between rice and main dish, and between rice and other side dishes, alternatively. Hope you enjoy this homemade Hashi Yasume.
Today's recipe is crepes. I'm sure everyone LOOOVES crepes. These days I'm always staying up late to work on my blog and so has my new foodie friend, Suzana from Firefly Blog. She has been "torturing" me by posting delicious meals at night, more precisely she posts them past midnight when I'm really really hungry! One of her recent recipes was Crepes with Peanut Butter and Banana. Crepes are my favorite and I had to try!
I LOVE gratin dish. It's one of my favorites since childhood. As I was wondering what to do with the leftover leek from last week, my fellow blogger Shannon from Living with Umami told me she was going to cook Potato-Leek Gratin. Shannon made the gratin and shared the recipe on her blog. On the same night I also cooked her yummy gratin! It was so good! If you enjoy the recipe please let Shannon know as well.