Potato salad stuffed “chikuwa” fish cake 熊本惣菜ちくわサラダ

I saw this recipe on line. According to the recipe, this was invented by a side-dish store (called “Sozai-ya” 惣菜屋 ) of  Kumamoto city 熊本市 on Kushu Island 九州, the southern most island of Japan. It was invented as a way to use up an excess amount of potato salad. Since I had frozen “chikuwa […]

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Bread made with cooked oatmeal オートミール入りパン

This is my wife’s baking. Again this is from the “Beard on Bread” cookbook. It is rather unique in that it is made with “cooked” oatmeal.  The oatmeal isn’t visible in the final product but the texture is nice and while raising and cooking, we can definitely smell oatmeal. Instead of making a loaf which […]

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Fried taro root cake in broth 里芋まんじゅうの揚げ出し

This recipe is again from “a Buddhist  Monk” which regularly appears in Asahi-shinbun Japanese newspaper. Since I got taro root or “sato-imo” 里芋 from our regular grocery store and saw this recipe video, making this dish was a “no-brainer”. I did not follow the original recipe precisely since I only had oyster mushroom (it calls for […]

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Burdock root wrapped in prosciutto プロシュート巻きごぼうの照煮

This is a modification of a Japanese recipe. Japanese really like to wrap cylindrical vegetables in meat or ham. I read a recipe in which whole burdock root or gobo 牛蒡 was first simmered in seasoned broth and then wrapped in thinly sliced pork belly and cooked in “teriyaki” 照り焼きsauce. Since I bought a package […]

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“Kawaki-mono” dry Japanese drinking snack 乾き物酒の肴

I found “Assorted Japanese Junk Food for Sake” at the Amazon website through a 3rd party vendor.  The advertisement said, “Japanese junk food to go with Alcohol”–a somewhat literal translation of the more polite expression  “drinking snacks”. Somehow, for Japanese, “Junk food” or drinking snacks may not have the same negative connotation it has for […]

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