Archive for Cooking at Home

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

 

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

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.

Wind CaveAokigahara extensive forestIce Cave

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.

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.

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.

11/30 Weimar

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

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.

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.

12/3 Gotha

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

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