My younger son returned from Germany this Xmas holiday, so I cooked Xmas dinner for my family. Also our community garden will close due to the school expansion, so I harvested lots of Komatsuna from garden.
Stir fry Komatsuna
Buratta Cheese appetizer
Roast Halal Chicken
I teach Japanese Healthy Cooking class @Deborah’s Palm and I was invited to Holiday Party @Allied Art Guilt. I could make it first time.
Allied Art Guilt is beautiful place with garden & nice little stores.
We had a great fun with very special ladies.
I visited vegetable garden this morning around 9am, already very hot and I was dripping. I just harvested tomatoes, shiso leaves, green onion and left garden.
Today’s highest was 106F degree, I decided not cooking tonight.
We had dinner @Bellagio.
Polenta E Funghi
I joined Fall Kick-Off & Open House today @Deborah’s Palm.
I made Home Style Brown Rice sushi & Red Shiso Juice for tasting.
Brown Rice sushi & Red Shiso Juice
Katie/Deborah’s Palm founder speech
I joined Flamenco & Paella event today.
Paella with mussels, clams, scallops, shrimp, chicken, sausage. Yum!
I took my co-worker to Carmel today, she is visiting from Japan now.
Lunch @Flaherty’s which is my favorite.
Crab & Shrimp Burger
Fashion Shaw in Carmel Plaza
17 Miles Drive
My buddy Moo
Moo & Muse
Moo lying on beach
Resting on seaweed
My older son invited us for Mother’s Day dinner @A Bellagio in Campbell downtown.
My husband attended a conference in Monterey, I visited there with my bike/Sedona-gou.
I rode bike on Coastal Recreation Trail from Monterey to Pacific Grove. I saw sea lion, black bird, sea gull.
We had a nice dinner @Domenico’s. We had Fried Anchovy, Oven Roasted Garlic, Oysters on the Half Shell, Fried Calamari, Point Reyes Blue Cheese Iceberg Wedge.
All they were so tasty and so full.
I rode bike on Monterey Bay Coastal Bike Path from Monterey to Seaside, Fort Ord State Park.
We had 35th marriage anniversary dinner @Schooners Coastal Kitchen. We had Grilled Octopus, Small Catch, Arugula & Gorgonzola Salad, Steamed Little-neck Clams, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Apple, Organic Dark Chocolate Terrine. All dishes were so yummy!
After few days I returned from Boston, I got a phone call from my mom and she told me that she fell and could not walk. She asked me to come back to Japan but I was coughing. After I got over my cold, I visited my mom in Japan again.
She could only walk in her house, she needed lots of help. I did grocery shopping, garbage clean up, cooking for her breakfast & dinner, did some errands too.
This is a pumpkin my mom’s friend grew in her garden, very sweet and tender, good for pumpkin soup.
I and my mom celebrated Xmas and sang Xmas song with Xmas toy which is my son’s gift from Germany.
My husband hosted my birthday dinner @Yoshimura restaurant.
We enjoyed Kaisen Kaiseki Course.
I cooked Horsehair Crab for my birthday celebration with my mom too. It was very tasty!
I made year-crossing noodle from my brother’s hand made soba noodle on the new year’s eve.
Also I made Osechi/New Year’s dish, Simmered vegetable with chicken & Daikon namasu.
Lunch special in Japan
I had Eileen Fisher Wellness Event cooking class @Deborah’s Palm. This is a corporate event and I was very excited for this opportunity. Because when I checked their website, I impressed their corporate philosophy, and caring mind for environment & others as a Women’s owned company.
Menu is Rope Sushi, Sushi Roll, Hand Wrap Sushi, Appetizer Sushi, Green Vegetable with Sesame, Miso Soup, Coconuts Milk Agar-Agar.
It was a good chance to develop new recipe for soy & gluten free person who has allergy to them. I used Salt Koji instead Miso for Miso soup. But it turned out pretty tasty soup for my surprising. Also she brought “Coconut Amino” for sushi dish as a substitute for soy sauce. I used Salt Koji as a substitute for soy sauce for Green vegetable with sesame and it turned out very tasty too.
Demonstration setting in the kitchen