Carrots salad

They were selling organic vegetables, lunch boxes and drinks on the back street of Omotesando.  I got colourful vegetables and made a salad.

Crispy Sweet Potato Sticks

Fall is here and so are Japanese sweet potatoes.  Here is how to make a simple, healthy and delicious snack for your family. Here’s what you need: One sweet Potato, cinnamon, olive oil and a dash of salt and sugar. 1. Cut the potato into sticks. 2. Soak the cut potato pieces in water and then drain well….

Brown Rice Vegetarian Sushi

Many hundreds of years ago, sushi in Japan was first made using red vinegar.  Nowadays, you can only purchase this vinegar at specialty stores because people no longer use it at home.  I purchased a bottle of this red vinegar and decided to make a vegetarian sushi. This is a tool to shape rice. Red vinegar. Mix the red…

Green Tea Soba Noodles

Green tea noodles…. 🙂 I bought a package of green tea soba in Kakegawa, the town that produces green tea leaves and is famous for having the lowest cancer rate in Japan. Today I cooked cold green soba for lunch with carrots.  When it is hot and humid you lose your appetite but cold noodles will…

Stir Fried Tofu and Vegetables

We learned how to cook another vegetarian dish at the Teran Temple in Akasaka. Here’s what you will need: 500g tofu, 2 pieces of shiitake mushroom, 30g carrot, 30g burdock, 1 bunch of mizuna leaf, 1 tablespoon of sesame seed oil Sauce A: 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 tablespoon of sake, a dash…

Roasted Kabocha Pumpkin Salad with Mitsuba Leaf

This 300 yen salad spinner I got from the 3 Coin Store is so handy. It drains the water in just a few seconds after you have washed your vegetables. I obtained kabocha pumpkin slices from a grocery store on the basement level of Hikarie ShinQ in Shibuya because they are pre sliced. You sauté in olive oil until tender…

Soramame Fata Beans and Hijiki Seaweed Pizza

In the Spring time, soramame fata beans are one of the favorite vegetables in Japan and you can enjoy it in a variety of dishes. Hijiki is a seaweed that is very high in calcium.  You can purchase it dried and then soak it in water for 30 minutes before cooking.  Historically, pregnant women would consume Hijiki in Japan,…

Spring Onions with a Miso Filling

Spring onions are soft and sweet.  They will become a tasty, sweet, juicy dish when you cook them in the oven. I would like to introduce you to an easy and delicious dish called baked spring onions. First, you cut each onion in half and remove the center to make a hole.  The center part…

Hot Lemonade with Honey

When I catch a cold, I like to make a cup of hot lemonade with honey in it. I try to purchase organic lemons because they smell good.  Lemons are very yellow and sour as if they are medicine and not sweets.  A cup of hot lemonade….Now I feel like my cold is going away.

Japanese Eggplant and Cherry Tomato Pizza

I bought these fresh, small sized Japanese eggplants so I decided to make a pizza with them. You slice the eggplants and soak them in water.  Next, you brush the eggplants with a pesto sauce and olive oil. Then place the sliced cherry tomatoes on the dough.  Bake at 180 degrees for about 17 minutes….

Vegetarian New Year Food

Thanks to the vegetarian cooking class I have been taking, I can now even cook the new year Osechi food the vegetarian way. The carrot we use for the new year’s cerebration is not the regular orange color.  We get these red carrots from Kyoto that they sell at this season even in Tokyo.  For…

Shiitake Mushroom Appetizer

Fresh mushrooms taste very good by simply grilling them for a few minutes.  They taste good with soy sauce or soy sauce with vinegar to taste.

Sesame Flavored Mashed Taro Potatoes

What you will need: 3-4 large size taro potatoes (6-8 small size), 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and mirin each, 1 teaspoon of miso, some green to garnish. First, boil the taro potatoes and set aside.  Grind the sesame seeds well and mix with the miso and mirin.  Add taro potatoes to this mixture and…

How to Make Matcha Tea at Home

The traditions and rituals that surround drinking matcha tea is somewhat overwhelming.  At home, you can enjoy preparing and drinking matcha tea in a casual setting. You will need matcha powder, a spoon, a whisk, and a cup to cool the hot water down. Boil the water. To make Matcha tea, the hot water needs…

Vegetarian Noodle Salad

Here is how to cook this easy dish. Here’s what you’ll need: Dried somen noodles, carrots, radish, lotus root, dried seaweed and a basil leaf. First you boil the water and cook the somen noodles for 2-3 minutes, rinse with cold water and drain well. Cook thinly sliced lotus root and shaped carrots/radish in boiling…

How to Make Mushroom Miso Soup with a Miso Spoon

I bought this miso scoop spoon which has been so handy.  One round is for one person.  If you need to cook for five people, then you scoop five using this spoon. If you are a vegetarian, instead of using dried bonito or dried fish to make the soup stock, you can alternatively use dried…

Sesame Tofu

This is my first time cooking sesame seed tofu. Here’s what you need: 70g roasted white sesame seeds, 50g Kuzuko powder, 440ml water, 1 teaspoon of soy sauce, and a dash of grinded ginger root. 1. Use a Japanese mortar and pastel to grind the white sesame seeds for 30 minutes to make them pasty….

Zen Food Recipe — Deep Fried Mashed Potatoes on Seaweed

What you need: 2 cups (180cc x 2) of grinded potatoes, 1 sheet of dried seaweed, 3 tablespoons of Mirin, rice wine. 3 tablespoons of soy sauce. A dash of powdered sansyo seeds. Rice oil. 1. Peel off the skins from potatoes and grind them using a hand grinder. Drain well to remove access water….

Zen Temple Vegetarian Food — Taro Potatoes with Vegetable Sauce

The zen monks do not eat any meat, not even seafood.  They get their protein from soy beans and tofu products. Seaweed is high in calcium.  They take all of their minerals and vitamins from vegetarian dishes.  They are known to live very long so I suppose zen food is very healthy so I have…

Making Tofu Salad with Kaiware Radish Sprouts

Kaiware radish sprouts are very nutritious and perfect for the summer.   I like to use them to garnish my tofu. First, cut the tofu, kaiware radish sprouts and fried calamari into small pieces.  Next add ginger paste, dried bonito flakes, and sliced myoga ginger on the top to taste.  Sesame seed dressing would also…