Japanese Curry Soup / カレースープ

A Breakfast Dish
A Politician’s Slimming Secret\


Curry Roux – Japanese Curry Roux

Curry Soup may seem to be an unusual dish for breakfast.  And Curry itself is not particularly associated with Japanese cuisine, unless we count Curry Rice, a kind of Home Cooking or Continue reading

Chicken Soup and Colds – Is There Anything There?

Old Wives’ Tale or Ancient Wisdom?
A Cure or Just Prevention?


For centuries, Chicken Soup has enjoyed a reputation for efficacy in helping prevent or curing upper respiratory infections – in many countries and over a long time span.  Is this reputation justified or is it just an Continue reading

Cancer-Fighting Buckwheat

Soba Noodles with Caviar
The Apotheosis of Buckwheat

This dish is smile to make and transforms the humble Buckwheat Noodle, Soba, to an elegant gourmet treat.  Salmon Roe, Ikura, is the key.  Use the best and freshest caviar available.

Again Buckwheat is a rich source of the Continue reading

Can This Noodle Stop Cancer? / ソバ麺

Buckwheat Fights Cancer
Helps Regulate Cholesterol

Soba Buckwheat

Soba Buckwheat Noodles

Buckwheat is currently not very popular as a human food in North America.  But it is a favorite in Japan, where it plays an important role in Japanese Cuisine, especially in the form of Soba Noodles, Continue reading

Sauteed Bamboo Shreds / タケノコを炒めた

Pandas’ Favorite, High in Folate
27 Calories in 100 Grams

Bamboo Shoot Trip

Bamboo Shoots

Pandas’ favorite food is Bamboo, Bamboo, Bamboo.  They love the leaves, shoots and even the stalks of the Bamboo.

People love them too.  Perhaps Continue reading

Osechi Ryoori お節料理A- Spinach Roll for Bento


Bento Spinach for New Year

Bento Spinach for New Year

nother 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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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

Eggplant with Miso and Sesame / 味噌とゴマのナス

August is Eggplant Month
A Versatile Vegetable

This is one of the popular Eggplant dishes in Japan. Eggplants come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  The little miniature ones called Ko-Nasu are sweet. The larger Continue reading