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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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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2016/08/17 Summer Vegetable Garden

Summer vegetable garden, all vegetables growing so well.

Summer garden

Trefoil

Trefoil

Green Onion

Green onion

Turnip

Turnip

Fudansou

Fudansou

Basil

Basil

Arugula, I keep for seed

Arugla

Cabbage

Cabbage

Japanese Pumpkin

Japanese Pumpkin

Japanese Cucumber

Japanese Cucumber

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti Squash

Chayote grew tall now

Chayote

Red Shiso leaf

Red Shiso leaf

Black Soy Bean

Black Soy Bean

Japanese Pepper

Japanese Pepper

Squash

Squash

Green Shiso

Green Shiso

Many varieties of Tomato

Sweet 100

Sweet 100

Yellow Tomato

Yellow Tomato

Berkeley Tie Dye Heart

Wild Bore Tomato

Celeb Tomato

Celeb Tomato

tomato

Bosnian Tomato

Bosnitan

Roma

Jersey

Runner Bean

Runner Bean

Poor pumpkin, it is stuck in the fence….

pumpkin

Today’s harvest

harvest

 

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2016/07/14 President Award Celebration Dinner

Our Open Innovation Hub team received “President Award” from parent company which had each person’s name on it.

So we had “President Award Celebration Dinner” @Parcel 104. Everything was so tasty and nice presentation too!

Appetizer/Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops

Scallops

Entree/Wild California Halibut

Halibat

Dessert/LIttle Italy

 

 

 

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2016/07/09 JP Pumpkin Basil Pesto

Today’s harvest from garden

JP Pumpkin, Basil, Fudansou, Trefoil, Turnip, JP Cucumber,

Today's harvest

Sweet BasilSweet Basil

I made Pesto

Pesto

Pesto Pasta Tasty!

Genovese Pasta

 

 

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2016/06/18 Fig, Fudansou, Turnip

I have Fig tree in the balcony.

Fig

Ripe figs

Fig

Very Sweet!

Fig

I harvested Fudansou, JP Cucumber, Cabbage leaf and Turnip.

Fudansou

Turnip

Turnip

Boiled Fudansou and marinated with sesame

marinated with sesameMade Turnip salad

Turnip salad

And made green cabbage juice with lemon which is my friend’s house grown.

 

 

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2016/06/11 Vegetable Garden

Finally vegetables growing so fast and can not catch up to cook all of them. Some of them start flowering….

These are growing now.

Trefoil

Fudansou/Japanese green leafy vegetable

FudansouBasil

Turnip

Bok choy

Cabbage

Japanese Cucumber

Japanese PumpkinCIMG0011

Chayote SquashCIMG0013

Peas

Runner Beans

Spaghetti Squash

Red Shiso

Eggplant

Black Soy Bean

Tomatoes

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2016/05/30 Point Lobos Natural Reserve

I visited Point Lobos and took trail hike on Memorial day. It was nice and cool there.

South Shore Trail

South Shore Trail

South Shore Trail

Little bird song beautifully

Mound Meadow Trail

South Plateau Trail

Bird Island Trail

China Cove

Sea Lion Point Trail

Cypress Grove Trail

Allan Memorial Grove

Whalers Cabin & Whaling Station Museum

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2016/05/28 San Juan Bautista

When I joined Chamber of Commerce event, I stopped by San Juan Bautista booth and got a walking tour map. Checked map, it looks like around 1 hour drive, so I decided to go there. But since this is Memorial weekends long weekend, 101 was so packed and it took me for 2 hours to get there.

There are old architectures and antique stores. When I parked, a gentleman spoke to me from across the street, I walked across the street and this is his house built in 1860.

Kemp House

Kemp HouseGlad Tiding ChurchGlad Tidings Church

Bluebird Hotel built in 1894

Bluebird Hotel

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

State Historic ParkShrimp Quesadilla @Jardines De San JuanShrimp Quesadilla

Juan de Anza Adobe built in 1850’s.Juan de Anza Adobe

Old Mission San Juan BautistaOld Mission San Juan Bautista

Church in Old MissionChurch in the Mission

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