?I know you’re not supposed to try to please everyone…But, I’m up for the challenge! So, I created The Ninja Baker’s Asian Style Potato Salad. Japanese sweet mayonnaise blends together ingredients with bite like Asian mustard and togarashi (Japanese chili peppers.) Sesame seeds, baby bok choy, snow peas, scallions and...
Happy Mother’s Day! I’m blessed with two. Both are inspirations. My birth mother is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist (link). Despite the obstacles of limited finances, Mom’s mighty confidence and unwavering determination resulted in multiple tennis trophies and first place titles. My stepmother, Barbara’s artistic sensibilities continue to influence my appreciation of breathtaking compositions of poetry, flowers, food and furniture!
Formidable as my mothers may be, cooking and baking never ranked as a favorite pastime. As Barbara was a popular actress and voiceover talent in Tokyo...
Soft-skinned and seedless, easy to peel and a pleasure to eat, Japanese Mandarin oranges are generally referred to as mikan. Like wines the differences in seasons and subtleties are honored. Natsu (summer) mikan, fuyu (winter) mikan and haru (spring) mikan are some of the names for Mandarin oranges. The Satsuma mikan was the first Mandarin exported to the U.S. The Chinese characters / Japanese kanji for mikan (??) mean honey citrus.
Chocolate covered bacon is an indication of intense chocolate love. But the U.S. does not come close to matching Japan’s love affair with the cacao bean.
In Japan, chocolate fans enjoy chocolate with azuki red beans, chestnuts, green tea, shrimp chips, sour plum soda, soy beans, ...And an array of fruits including strawberries.
Whether I’m strolling with my 88-year-old mother in a quiet Northern California neighborhood or whether I’m striding down Main Street in Southern California, birds are singing! My fine-feathered friends won’t let me forget to celebrate this season of rebirth.
Japanese haiku poetry master, Basho expresses with elegance the lighthearted hopefulness that accompanies spring:
“April’s air stirs in
Floats and balances”
Courtesy of the Internet, current news appears with lightening speed. Images and information whoosh into our computers in nanoseconds. But nature needs time when nurturing true learning. When mastering the cuisine of another culture or a new baking technique, permission to make baby step progress is crucial.
Have you tasted Korean bee-bim bop? As Korean food (and TV dramas) are popular in Japan, I’d heard the term but wasn’t quite sure of the ingredients. After flipping through the pages of Linda Sue Park's picture book Bee-bim Bop!, I learned the traditional Korean dish is basically rice with mix-ins. (Instead of sweet mix-ins for ice cream, savory items are combined with rice.)
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