Concoct your summer vegetable salad

Some people tell me I eat like a rabbit, which could be true at times, but don’t worry because I do eat other things than vegetables. I post vegetable dishes frequently because I tend to have abundant stock of vegetables at home, and I must say sometimes over stock of it that I need to…

Learnings from making lunches

This past winter, I made an effort to make and bring lunches to work because I was tracking my macros and wanted to eat healthier and eat less restaurant food, which I was often opting for lunch and dinner (and occasionally store-bought breakfast). Living in Tokyo with almost unavoidable convenience to dine out in high quality at…

Warm swiss chard salad

It was in college when I discovered swiss chard, which was when I lived in the land of USA and wandered around Trader Joes and Whole Foods for fun. During that time, I was exposed to a lot of new foods that I hadn’t known before, and this was one of them. I don’t think I came…

Fermented food: natto

Kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, miso… these ingredients have been getting attention in the food industry for several years now. They are categorized as fermented foods, food that are good for your gut. From ancient food history, it has been a common practice to have fermented food in Japan. For example, miso (fermented soybean paste) and soy sauce are originally…

Yuzu Citrus Dressed Cabbage, Avocado, and Wild Rice Salad

I promise I don’t make anything too intricate. What I make at home are all so simple, maybe too simple. I concocted and uncovered this ultimate dressing I made from my friend’s gift of yuzu kosho (aka peppered yuzu, or chili with yuzu flavor from Kyushu) that is as easy as putting together the chili…

Homecooked Korean-Mexican adzuki salad

This was exactly what I needed the other day, something spicy, colorful, and rich in nutrients. It was super easy to make (again) with whatever that was in the fridge (yet again). I had loads of frozen adzuki beans because I had been cooking a lot of it, so I needed a way to use it…

Quick and easy salmon veggie bowl

Sometimes you simply have a hodgepodge of ingredients you have to put together for a quick meal. To be honest, I don’t have a recipe in mind most nights I cook, I find whatever is in my fridge to make whatever I can. Here is a bowl I put together that has heaps of nutritional balanced…

Summer tomato, zucchini, coriander asian salad

Summer is approaching and that means summer veggies will gain its sweetness and all the goodness will be available…! So here’s a quick and easy tomato, zucchini, and coriander salad. Zucchini is a squash and like cucumber, it has a property of cooling down your body once ingesting. I like my zucchini raw, which also…

Asparagus quinoa salad

Asparagus is in SEASON (actually it’s been in season for a while now). My mom got a good bunch of it sent from northern Japan, and I found some quinoa in my mom’s pantry, so I put those together. And yes, I like to find good stuff in my mom’s kitchen… 🙂 I cooked quinoa…

Pickled new onion (recipe) Mexican and Asian Salad

It’s in season for newly harvested vegetables, and the two root vegetables that I love seeing at the grocery store at this time are onions and potatoes. Japanese language calls them “new” onion and “new” potatoes. I remember back in college, I wondered if I would be able to eat my mom’s pickled fresh onion,…

Ogura Toast

Japan is known for its top-notch quality food, and I also applaud for the variety Japanese food offers. Japanese cooking uses multitude of cooking methods, always uses seasonal ingredients, it has its distinct dishes and flavors in each region… yes, it could be the same in any country, but remember its SUPERB quality! This past weekend,…

Homemade Spring Rolls

I had always wondered why spring roll is a popular choice to order at southeast asian restaurants. I guess it’s an awesome menu item though, since usually the ingredients used are used in other dishes, easily and quickly made. This time, I was at a home party with a theme of southeast asian food, and the…