Osechi Ryoori お節料理A- Spinach Roll for Bento

Tosa Sake for New Year

Tosa Sake for New Year

Another favorite in New Year’s Bento boxes is a Spinach Roll. Similar to the Spinah Goma Ae that’s s popular in Japanese cooking. But a notch more advanced.  Also, a bit more salty and sweet, like most Osechi dishes. Continue reading

Osechi Ryoori / お節料理- Bento Mushrooms

Getting Ready for New Year’s
What to Put in the Boxes

New Year’s Day may well be THE holiday in Japan.  Almost everything is closed, while people make visits to shrines, pay visas to friends and relatives, drink sake, and eat, of course. But in traditional Japan. not much was cooked on the first day or so of the New Year.  Instead, it has been traditional to eat meals packed in Bento lunch boxes, sometimes quite elaborate, and usually  multitiered.

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Pineapple and Bananas with Ginger Cream Sauce

Sour Cream and Yogurt Showcase the Ginger
Echoes of Seville

Bananas

Bananas

This simple Asian Fusion dessert combines Pineapples and Bananas with some Western ingredients like Sour Cream and Yogurt very effectively.  Butter is another Western touch, along with the Orange Marmelade.  While any Orange Marmelade will work, one made with bitter Continue reading

Sichuan Bean Curd / 四川豆腐

Wood Ears and Shaoxing
Hot Chili and Ginger

Shaoxing WineThis simple, fragrant Sichuan preparation enhances Bean Curd in a delicate way. The Wood Ear Mushrooms 木耳 are optional, but are worth searching for.: The chewy texture really makes this dish.  A good dish when you are in a hurry. Continue reading

Sag Paneer / साग पनीर

Ghee and Garam Masala in
An Indian Classic

How to cook delicious and healthy Asian dishes using tomatoes

Tomatoes

Sag Paneer is one of the standards of Indian classical cuisine.  There are quid a few ingredients, but if they are organized in their several Mixtures, preparation is fairly streamlined. Continue reading

Noodles with Black Vinegar and Vegetables / 黑醋和蔬菜麵條

How to cook Asian dishes with Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil

Don’t Cut the Noodles!
Good for Picnics

Don’t cut these Noodles, whatever you do!  They symbolize long life.

This Chinese noodle dish can be made in advance and refrigerated.  Convenient when planning a picnic. Continue reading

Fillet of Sole a la Japonaise / ソールのフィレ 和風

Duxelles with Sake
Bay Leaves, Butter and Shiitake

how to use Japanese sake Sho Chiku Bai

Sho Chiku Bai Sake

In this Asian, specifically Japanese, makeover of a French classic, Duxelles get an Asian accent with Sake. Western (Butter), Middle Eastern (Bay) and Far Eastern (Shiitake) elements also combine. Continue reading