Acai bowl at home

Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’m in search of non-heated foods and fruit bowls, and acai bowl came to my mind. My first time having acai bowl was when Amalia bought home non-commercialized frozen acai from the street vendors in Rio de Janeiro (my post here). This was some legitimate local acai, which…

So much love in this homemade obento

Japanese culture gives subtle love here and there to people and to the earth, and I think one of them well depicted with homemade obento. Typically, kids bring bento for their lunch boxes (yes, same in many other countries), but these packed lunches are well balanced with nutritious food to fulfill one’s energy until dinner…

Let’s talk about figs

Figs – a fruit that I had never purchased fresh ones for myself up until this year. I had always had figs in dried form because they are easily available all year long in supermarkets (yes, in Japan they have it in convenience stores), but when I moved neighborhoods this past summer and my local…

Homemade two ingredient + LSA green juice

My friend gave me a gift from Australia, LSA. Though I try to be on top of health ingredients (sad to mention it’s hard to do so all the way in this island country!), LSA was a new discovery for me. I was so happy to get this in my hands! Not feeling the best these…

Fourth of July, Homemade Red White and Blue Popsicles

Red, white, and blue – I wanted to bring out something with those colors and connect it to food… and with now being summer season, I chose berries! For fourth of July, I prepared dark cherries and blueberry frozen yogurt popsicles. Originally I had strawberries in mind for red but found none of it at the…

Japanese Greengrocer in Tokyo

Greengrocer – is another word for produce market. I just learned that on Wikipedia as I typed in the word yaoya in Japanese, a word I routinely use when I am speaking in Japanese. These usually mom and pop shops are found amongst shops of rather old specialty shops such as chicken store, meat store, toy stores, local…

Homemade Yuzu Ginger Tea

Lucky, I got a share of homegrown yuzu that arrived from my friend’s grandmother. I usually do not chose to purchase yuzu at supermarkets, perhaps because I find myself reaching to lemon, which is generally more well known and which I find more often in recipes. This time with them in hand, I squeezed its juice…

Avocado bowls of Japanese Style Tuna and Cod Roe

Having an avocado in my fridge makes a big difference for me, a happy positive difference,   other than the times I stress over needing to eat my poor over-ripening avocados. This fruit is filling and nutritious, can go both western and Asian. There’s also no need to cook and can be eaten raw, so usage of it…

Amalia’s breakfast: fresh fruit juice and superfood omelet

This is the last of Amalia’s fiesta series, at least for now… Hopefully more to come in the future…! As I’ve mentioned in many posts, Amalia cooked with the freshest ingredients picked up from the farmers market and local supermarkets. Her cooking involved lots of superfood, which I think contributed greatly to my overall health…

Amalia’s breakfast: Empanadas and acai bowl

From what I know, acai has become a fad in the last two to three years. Acai related products are everywhere; Whole foods stocks them, many foreign acai juice brands are imported to Japan, and Japanese brands have started to make their own acai juice and acai mini bowls sold at convenience stores. Acai originates…

Amalia’s breakfast pancakes

Second of Amalia’s amazing breakfast: pancakes! It wasn’t just pancakes. Aside from the perfectly made pancakes was a banana caramel for its topping, with all the other options of marmalade, banana jam, peanut butter (I will explain about banana jam in another post). AND a platter of guava and papaya slices. A new item to me was queijo…

Introduction to Amalia’s cooking, hogao

I am back here on Plates of Art and am typing this post. One of the reasons I wanted to get back here and write is because I met an extraordinary chef who intrigued me back to my interest of cooking and health.This chef, her name is Amalia, whom I met at my travel destination of Brazil,…