What is Soshoku? = Healthy Japanese Cooking

Soshoku (Example) by Wikipedia

Soshoku = Plain (simple) Diet

Since the Kamakura era (1185-1333) in Japan, the word Soshoku(素食) has come to mean “frugal meal” in the Zen temple. A Sample menu is “One soup with one side dish and rice.”

Over time, Soshoku became the general home diet in Japan and led to the establishment as of the traditional Japanese diet.

Now we need to prevent getting diseases associated with the eating habit of western culture. Japanese Soshoku(素食) is recognized as the balanced healthier diet and will help to prevent lifestyle diseases.

Because Soshoku(素食) is low-fat and high-fiber diet which will help followings;

–         To take out the bodily waste, to enhance good blood circulation

–         To enhance the weight loss, to prevent the over weight

–         To lower the blood-sugar level

–         To lower the cholesterol level

–         To lower the blood pressure

–         To lower the level of neutral fat

Original Sample “Soshoku” menu looks like this

One soup/One side dish/cup of rice

About

Motoko learned that healthy homemade diet is the basic for healthy life from her mother in the course of nature when she grew up with her mother’s healthy homemade diet in Tokyo, Japan.

Certified Food Protection Manager,

Author, Healthy “Soshoku” Cook Book

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2017/03/04 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi Class at student’s house. They are pretty healthy diet conscious and very knowledgeable for healthy eating. So I shared my healthy diet concept and vegetable garden pictures.

I am so glad that they understood Japanese healthy cooking concept, and Japanese home style cooking is pretty simple and easy too.

I also shared my experience when I traveled to Germany since his mom is a German. It was very fun class and I really enjoyed teaching them healthy diet and healthy life style.

Today’s Menu: Hand Wrap Brown Rice Sushi, Green vegetable with sesame, Miso soup

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2017/02/11 Japanese Rice Bowl Class

I taught Japanese Rice Bowl class today at student’s house. They have nice spacey kitchen.

Today’s menu is Japanese Brown Rice Bowl & Miso Soup

I explained how to cook tasty sushi rice and how to make miso soup stock. I harvested Turnips & Green Onion & Trefoil from vegetable garden this morning and used for Miso soup ingredients. They are amazed and distinguished home made miso flavor.

Rice Bowl & Miso Soup

 

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2017/02/05 The Art of Sushi Class

I taught The Art of Sushi class today at my house since my husband is traveling this weekend.

I had young Indian couple and they are very interested in how to make tasty sushi at home.

Today’s menu is Hand Wrap Sushi/Inside Out Roll/Miso Soup/Green vegetable with Salt Koji.

They understood that making tasty sushi rice is very important for sushi making process. I used house grown Turnip for miso soup.

Insie out roll prep

Green vegetable with salt koji prep

Today’s Dish

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2016/12/25-2017/01/02 Japan Trip

I traveled to Japan and spent time with my mom and my relatives. Also I traveled to Kawaguchiko and visited Wind Cave, walked trail to Ice Cave through extended Aokigahara forest, visited Iyashino Sato Nenba, enjoyed beautiful Mt. Fuji scenery. Also after I and my mom tasted “Kikuimo” in my birthday course dinner first time, I found “Kikuimo” in Iyashino Sato Nenba. So I purchased it and stir fry them.

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2016/11/24-12/05 Germany Trip

I visited my son in Germany and enjoyed X’mas Market traveling in Germany.

11/24-11/25 Fulda

I visited Fulda Castle, Dom and Museum.

11/26 Hann Munden, Trendelburg Dornroschenschloss, Sababurg Castle

My son got job and he lives in apartment, I stayed his room started on 11/25. He has a car too. We drove to Hann Munden and visited Trendelburg Dornroschenschloss, and stayed Sababurg Castle where “Sleeping Beauty” tale by Grimm was set.

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11/27 Sababurg, Bad Sooden Allendorf

Sababurg Castle is very nice setting to stay located top of hill, surrounded by trees, there is beautiful garden and outdoor theater.

We stopped by Bad Sooden Allendorf, swam in saltwater pool.

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11/28-11/30 Dresden, Meisen

I took train to Dresden and visited Kunsthofpassage, Pfunds Molkerei (which is famous as the most beautiful milk shop), Albrechtburg castle, and Old Age X’mas market.

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11/30 Weimar

I stopped over Weimar and visited Anna Amalia Library, Stadtschloss, Bauhaus Museum

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12/1 Eisenach

I took train to Eisenach and took bus to Wartburg castle, the most valuable world heritage which made a significant mark on world history. Visited Luther Haus too.

20161201 Eisenach

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12/2 Erfurt

My son took day-off for me and guided me to Erfurt, we visited Kromer bridge which is the oldest and longest bridge built houses  on.

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12/3 Gotha

My son drove me to his company and gave me a tour. Then we visited Gotha Castle and museum.

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2016/11/19 Home Style Sushi Wrap Class

I taught “Home Style Sushi Wrap” class @Deborah’s Palm. This is the first class as a chef of Cozymeal. This class was the birthday gift from parents to 17 years old son who likes Japanese sushi so much, so he wanted to learn how to make sushi.

Menu – Miso soup/Turnip from vegetable garden and home made miso

Hand wrap brown rice sushi/Salmon, Albacore Tuna, Yellow Tail, Japanese cucumber, Pickled Plum paste, Shiso leaf, Avocado, Albacore tuna with green onion & mayonnaise

Hand wrap sushi class

He did very good job!

Hand wrap sushi

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2016/09/25-10/04 Netherlands & Belgium Trip

I and my husband flew to Amsterdam and met our younger son who traveled from Germany. We traveled together Netherlands & Belgium.

09/26 Amsterdam

We visited Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum

20160926 Amsterdam

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09/27 Rieker Molen, RIJKS Museum

I rode bike from Amsterdam to Rieker Molen and returned Amsterdam

9/28 Delft & Rotterdam

I took train to Delft and visited Royal Delft, New Church, Old Church, Vermeer Museum. Took train to Rotterdam, met son and explore Rotterdam modern architectures.

20160928 Delft, Rotterdam

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9/29-9/30 Bruge

I travel to Bruge myself and visited Markt Plats, Bloodbasiliek, Stadhuls, Groeningemuseum, O.L.Vrouwekerk, Begijnhof, joined Da Halve Maan Brewery tour.

I rode bike to Damme which is located 7km north from Bruge.

20160929-0930 Bruge

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10/1-10/3 Brussels & Antwape

I visited Musee Maglitte, Ortha Museum. We visited European Parliament Visitor’s Center, guided tour at Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Also I visited Hemicycle and Antwape.

20161001-1003 Brussels, Antwape

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2016/09/11 Vegetable Garden & Chayote

I visited vegetable garden today.

Trefoil

Trefoil

Fudansou/cooked with salt koji.

Fudansou

Basil/I made pesto sauce.

Basil

Arugula/keep for seeds

Arugula

Eggplant/still very small…..

Eggplant

Benrina/another green leafy vegetable

Benrina

Japanese Pumpkin/growing so well, already harvested 4~5 pumpkins

JP pumpkin

JP pumpkin

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash

Chayote Squash/my friend @work gave me a fruit and grew so tall. I harvested three fruits. This is very first time I planted Chayote, I am so excited to see a fruit.

Chayote

Black Soy Bean

Black soy bean

Wild Bore Tomato

tomato

Runner Bean

bean

Chayote

ChayoteCut in half

cut in halfSteamed with salt koji

steamTender and tasty

cooked

This is Chayote health benefit

 

 

 

 

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2016/09/03-04 Carmel

I visited Carmel and stayed overnight. I enjoyed nature & elegant atmosphere in Carmel.

Point Lobos State Park

Pine Ridge Trail~Plateau Trail~Bird Island Trail~Mound Meadow Trail~Lace Lichen Trail

Pine Ridge Trail

Bird Island Trail

I enjoyed self guided Carmel Historic Walking Tour

First Murphy House

First Murphy House

Harrison Memorial Library

Harrison Memorial Library

Pine Inn

Pine Inn

Cottage of Sweets

Cottage of Sweets

City Hall

City Hall

L’Auberge

L'Auberge Hotel

Church of the Wayfayer

Church of the Wayfarer

Cypress Inn

Cypress Inn

Carmel Bakery

Carmel Bakery

Conway of Asia

Conway of Asia

China Art Center

China Art

La Bicyclette

La Bicyclette

El Paseo Courtyard

El Paseo Courtyard

The Tuck Box

The Tuck Box

Las Tiendas Building

Las Tiendas Building

Palomas Home

Palomas Home

Forest Theater

Forest Theater

Hansel & Gretel House

Hensal & Gretel House

Forge in the Forest

Forge in the Forest

Fire Station

Fire Station

Carmel Drug Store

Carmel Drug Store

Carmel Forecast

Carmel Forecast

Alain Pinel Realtors

Alain Pinel Realtors

Carmel Art Association Gallery

25 Carmel Art Association Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2016/08/27 Vegetables from garden

I harvested tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, Japanese bell pepper, Cabbage from garden.

I seeded about 10 different kind of tomatoes this year. All grew so well and overflowing now.

Vegetables

I like Wild Bore tomato flavor, so I seeded them a lot. We visited The Wild Bore Firm and tasted tomatoes and purchased which we like, kept seed and grew them every year.

Wild Bore Tomato

I made tomato soup with only tomato & salt koji. Very simple but so tasty!

Tomato soup

I harvested rhubarb from balcony & purchased some from store, cooked with sugar to paste.

Rhubarb

I made Rhubarb paste and dehydrated to jello sheet.

Rhubarb Jello Sheet

Picked some figs from garden and dehydrated to dried figs.

Dried fig

 

 

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