Mother’s Day is just around the corner so today I want to share a delightful Seared Scallop dish that you can cook to celebrate this occasion. Also, I prepared an international giveaway so don’t forget to check out the details!
The weather has been really nice in the Bay Area and my children want to play outside in the park and go biking. My already-busy life has turned into super-hectic life and I find myself struggling to find time to do everything.
When I am too busy to make a full bento for my son’s lunch, I sometimes make this Cute Octopus Sausage Bento because it’s super quick and fun!
I didn’t know seaweed is considered “strange food” until I came to the US. Japan is surrounded by the ocean and we eat many kinds of seaweed. For example, nori for sushi and rice balls (onigiri), and wakame for miso soup and salad. Beside these, there are many other different types of “seaweed” for culinary use.
Even though seaweed is a common ingredient in Japanese cuisine, I was surprised by many requests for Seaweed Salad recipe from JOC readers around the globe.
When I shared Salmon Fried Rice recipe, I mentioned that salmon is my children’s favorite fish. Their favorite way to enjoy salmon is always salmon sashimi or sushi, then Salted Salmon (Shiojake/Shiozake), and finally they would choose this Teriyaki Salmon as their third favorite.
Ketchup spaghetti?! Yes, it’s a spaghetti recipe that is seasoned mainly with ketchup. This ketchup flavored pasta is popular and widely available in cafe restaurants in Japan and we call it Spaghetti Napolitan (スパゲッティーナポリタン).
From what I can find on the web, the recipe was originated from Japan (please let me know if Spaghetti Neapolitan exists in Italy). I want to share this recipe because recently I had received several request from readers. They all referred to this dish as “Ketchup Pasta” hence I called it Ketchup Spaghetti.
I came to the United States to study when I was twenty years old. Until then I grew up in Yokohama (横浜; about 20 miles/30km from Tokyo). Since moving to the US, I miss a lot of things in Japan especially my family.
I also miss the various snacks and Japanese produce that I cannot get in the Bay Area. Whenever my mom comes to visit me, I always ask her to bring Butter Cookies called Hato Sabure (鳩サブレー) from this traditional Japanese confectionery store.
Another weekend went flying by. I cooked and shot four recipes on Saturday and got to have dinner with my friend Melanie from Far West Rice. My husband’s cousin and his family are visiting from Japan and we had a great Sunday lunch at the Beach Chalet in San Francisco. It’s one of our favorite places to go since my husband loves their beer and I love watching the ocean waves through their glass window on a clear sunny day.
As the weekend is coming to an end, even though Monday is a minimum day for my son’s school (which means school dismisses before lunch), I start thinking about what to pack for this week’s lunch menus.
Typically when we have a “Japanese” dinner, one of the dishes is usually a baked/grilled fish. My children love all kinds of fish, from Hamachi Kama (yellowtail collar) to Miso Cod. One of their favorite baked fish is Salted Salmon (Shiojake/Shiozake). Sometimes when we have leftover, I would use it to make Salmon Fried Rice the next day.
Thank you for your kind well wishes on my previous post. I think I’m getting better but the recovery is slower than usual. Age, I suppose? My husband thinks it’s all due to me lacking sleep for the past 2 years… maybe. I can easily work on the blog for 5-6 hours after kids go to bed and I feel like it’s still not enough time. I wonder if all the other mommy bloggers are struggling with the same challenges.
Speaking of mommy bloggers, Just One Cookbook made it to Babble’s Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2013! Thank you so much for reading and supporting Just One Cookbook!