One of the most surprising things to me about living in Japan is how much seasonal foods & flowers impact daily life here. We’ve attended countless festivals celebrating the turn of the seasons, and one of my favorite apps is one called 72 Seasons, which outlines the changing of Japan’s seasons based on the ancient… Read More Picking Fruit & Vegetables in Japan!
In mid-June, we took part in one of my favorite Japanese traditions: making something to eat and drink. Japan is hugely focused on seasonal foods and treats, and umeshu (plum wine) is one of them. By June, all the ingredients to make your own plum wine at home were front and center in Japanese groceries. I… Read More Making Umeshu
Enjoying all the delicious treats we can find in Japan!… Read More Summer Treats in Japan!
One of the activities I’ve enjoyed the most in Japan has been the monthly cooking club – which, if you know how much I love cooking, ought to be an enormous surprise. Each month, the American and Japanese spouses get together to cook a traditional meal from one culture or the other. My first cooking… Read More Cooking with the Japanese!
Before we hit up Robot Restaurant, our Valentine’s Day quadruple-date gang headed through Shinjuku in search of dinner. We’d heard the food at Robot Restaurant was nothing to write home about, so instead, we settled down the street at one of the many Yakiniku restaurants lining the road. Yakiniku essentially means grilled meat, and mainly… Read More Yakiniku in Shinjuku
Kind of. He loves using chopsticks, he loves the sticky rice, he’s… warming up to eating raw fish. For a kid who downed a plate of kimchi alone, and is typically a “good eater” I was actually very surprised he is so far skipping the raw fish. But he knows what he likes, and we… Read More Our Son Eats Sushi
Of all the incredible things we knew our family would experience in Japan, my better half was most excited about all the wild and crazy foods we’d get to try. Sushi galore! Noodles! Things we couldn’t pronounce and couldn’t even guess! During our visit to Kamakura, we had our first food adventure. Searching for a… Read More Food Adventures in Japan
Fruit crisps are one of my all-time favorite desserts to make. Easy, healthy and delicious, they are incredibly simple to make, which is hugely important to a cook like me. The only ingredients are fruit, granola, cinnamon & nutmeg, honey, and butter, so it’s insanely healthy for a dessert and a great option for paleo… Read More End of Summer Easy Peach Crisp
Our son is what most folks call a “good eater.” He loves vegetables, he chugs his morning smoothies, and he rarely turns down food. Our main problem, 17 months in, is making enough food to keep him full. I’m always looking for easy, fast recipes that keep our son happy and healthy, and so when… Read More Easy Cannellini Dip
This is a great summer meal that’s both fresh & easy and best of all, it’s just one pot. Simple ingredients, just scallops, spinach, cannellini & vegetable broth and spices to your liking. MBH whipped it up in less than 10 minutes for a fast way to wrap up a busy Sunday. Full recipe here,… Read More Summer Sea Scallops