うめ/Japanese Apricot Jam

We recently bought some Japanese apricots () . About half of them are being used to make syrup, which we'll drink with soda, and the other half I cooked up as jam, last night. Read More...
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How do you cook your 竹の子/bamboo shoots?

We received fresh bamboo shoots today, so I'm cooking them up! Read More...
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2017 Tacos Party

It's that time of the year when tacos may be found in Naruto. Read More...
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The Problems with Beef Jerky in Japan

Sending beef jerky to Japan is full of difficulties. Let me recount my recent experience in this matter. Read More...
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Tis the Season to Eat Nabe

One of the great winter dishes, Nabe, is on the menu tonight. Read More...
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A Sampling from bakery nook in Naruto

We sampled some of the goods from a local bakery today. Read More...
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Persimmon Chutney

What's a boy to do with lots and lots of persimmons? Why, make chutney, of course! Read More...
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Smoked Salmon Spread, a la もくさくえき

They don't sell Smoked Salmon cream cheese in the stores here in Japan. What's a boy to do? Make it at home. Read More...
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Sudachi Pie

I made Sudachi pie, using some of the many Sudachis recently received from friends and family. Read More...
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Sloppy Joes

Time for some old-fashioned comfort food. Read More...
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I've got a pocket full of...

I did a little foraging yesterday. Read More...
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BBQ'd Pizza, Re-visited

Seeing as the weather is still nice (thought there is the forecast for rain later tonight - first time in weeks), and seeing as we haven't had pizza in a while, it was time to re-visit a favourite from last summer, namely BBQ'd pizza.

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Hey, Neighbours, Happy Independence Day!

Here's a little something for my friends and family on Independence Day. Read More...
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Damn you, BBC.

I made samosas this week. Read More...
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I've Got a Bone to Pick With You

Tonight on the menu: BBQ ribs. Read More...
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Red Shiso Extract / 赤しそエキス

A beautiful colour; a beautiful taste: red shiso extract. Read More...
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Whole-Wheat Sourdough Bread

More bread-making: this time it is authentic sourdough bread. It took a while, but the result was/is delicious! Read More...
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Proverb: Many hands make for...

Today was our annual Tacos Party at our English school. A good time was had by all. Read More...
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Rum Raisin Pie

I had a craving for some pie today. Read More...
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Braised Venison

I recently was able to get some fresh venison meat. Today I used some of it for dinner. Read More...
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Dill Buns

It's Spring, we've an abundance of fresh dill in the garden, so I've decided to make some dill buns. Read More...
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Pickled Easter Eggs

I pickled some eggs in the lead up to Easter.

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Hot Cross Buns (sort of)

I did a little Easter baking today.

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What's on the Menu? Grilled Sardines

Fish was fresh at the market today, so that became the focus for tonight's dinner.

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Tandoori Chicken Burgers

The weekend is upon us, so I decided to do some BBQ-ing. I'm pleased with the results.

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Prepping for White Day

I did some baking for White Day today.

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Tonight's Dinner - Thai-ish Food

Tonight we had some Thai food for dinner. Read More...
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Chanko-Nabe/ ちゃんこ鍋

Tonight's dinner is chanko-nabe, a wonderful Japanese stew. Read More...
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Dog Biscuits

I made some biscuits for Muffin today. Read More...
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Hungarian Paprika

One of my students recently gave me Hungarian Paprika, a souvenir from recent travels in Europe. Read More...
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It was chilly, so I put some chillies in my chili.

I made some chili yesterday. Read More...
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Naruto Moussaka

Today I made Moussaka, but with a twist. Read More...
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Red Pepper Jam

Red. Sweet. Spicy. Yum! Read More...
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Pumpkin Pie

Halloween has finished so I think of pumpkin. When I think of pumpkin, one of the things I think is pie. Today I made pumpkin pie. Read More...
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BBQ Sauce, a.k.a. Magic Sauce

Do you like BBQ sauce? So do I. But, if you live where I do in Japan, you cannot buy BBQ sauce. Read More...
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1 Potato, 2 Potato, Sweet Potato Pie

Naruto, the city where we live in Japan is famous for a few things, one of which is a brand of sweet potatoes. We recently received some sweet potatoes from friends and have been enjoying them many different ways. One of my favourite ways to enjoy sweet potatoes is in sweet potato pie. Read More...
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Yakiniku/Korean BBQ/焼き肉

We had some more BBQ today, but it was Korean BBQ. Read More...
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Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Fall is approaching, so apple prices are getting lower. Time for some apple cake!

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BBQ Tandoori Chicken

Chicken + Tandoori + BBQ = Good!

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Kushikatsu/串カツ

Dinner tonight was kushikatsu, which are bite-sized pieces of food on sticks, deep-fried.

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Grilled Pizza

Taking advantage of the warm weather, we decided to grill some pizza for dinner.

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IH Cooking

Our gas range is gone and in it’s place we have a new electric range.

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Easier Fig Newtons

I made some Fig Newtons today.

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Tacos Towers

We had our annual Tacos Party today. Read More...
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Yes, I put basil in the ratatouille!

I used up some zucchini that I didn’t want to go bad, making some ratatouille.

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Strawberry Picking

We picked some fresh fruit today.

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I pita the fool that doesn't eat this well!

I had a craving for some Middle Eastern food, so I made some pitas and fillings.

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Home-made Baumkuchen/バウムクーヘン

My oldest daughter did some wonderful baking today.

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Ready for White Day

I made some cookies this afternoon for White Day.

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Chinese BBQ Pork or チャーシュー

I cooked up some pork this weekend and used a seasoning package sent to us at Christmas time.

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I'm not a jerk, but our chicken is!

Today we enjoyed some flavours from the Caribbean for our dinner.

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Fish Tacos

‘Wraps’ were on the menu tonight. ‘Wraps’ is how we describe flour tortillas because they are soft, not crunchy and the fillings can be wrapped inside by the tortilla shell.

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I had a craving...

I needed to eat meat on the bone today. And so...

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Su-ki-ya-ki !

Tonight, we enjoy a classic Japanese dinner.

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Having a Ball

Today I made another batch of Christmas sweets.

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Not Your Mother's Nabe/おかーさんの鍋じゃない

Tonight on the menu: Nabe.

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Fresh Turmeric

Today I picked some fresh turmeric from our garden to use in tonight’s dinner.

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The Blob a.k.a Mochi a.k.a もち

Today, at my daughter’s elementary school there was a bazaar. One part of the bazaar was mochi tsuki / 餅搗き. I helped making the mochi.

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Score! Butter late than never.

I was able to buy some butter today.

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It's a bit chili in the house.

It’s been a while since I posted anything. We’re enjoying another long weekend now and I had a chance to do some cooking this weekend.

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Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

This is a great food when you need a cinnamon fix.

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Sudachi Meringue Pie

Pie was on the menu for tonight’s dinner.

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If at first you don't succeed,...

There’s another typhoon heading this way, and before it visits us I decided to go out and do a little foraging.

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Arrr! To the plank with you!

Today was a nice day. Therefore, one must BBQ!

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Salt & Vinegar Chickpeas

I recently came across this Salt & Vinegar snack and I knew I had to give it a try. Read More...
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Broccoli Bites

Here’s a side dish that I threw together to have with tonight’s meal using broccoli. Read More...
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The value of experience

Today we explore the art of bread making. Read More...
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Pickled Shiso

Here is another idea when you find yourself with a garden full of shiso. Read More...
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Fig Newtons

Figs. I love them fresh. I love them dried. l’d love them even if they were fried. But today, I didn’t fry any figs. Instead, I made some cookies. Read More...
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Tandoori Chicken

It’s the weekend, and that means barbecuing outside. Today, chicken is on the menu. Read More...
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In a Pickle

Do you eat pickles? Do you like pickles? For me, the answer to both questions is a resounding “Yes!” Read More...
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梅ジャム/Japanese Apricot Jam

I made some jam last night. Read More...
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A Berry Nice Way to Start the Day

I found some nice treats this morning in our yard. Read More...
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Did Someone Say 'Perogies'?

I did some cooking today. Read More...
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Tacos Party

Today was our annual Tacos Party. Read More...
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How I BBQ

This is how I usually go about doing my BBQ-ing. Read More...
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Sorrel Pesto

Our garden provides us with a number of herbs and plants during the year. One of them is sorrel. Do you know sorrel? Read More...
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In a bit of (a) Jam

We went strawberry picking today. Read More...
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April's Cooking Lesson

Today was another English cooking lesson at our school. Read More...
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March's Cooking Class

Today was our monthly cooking lesson day. Today’s menu reflected the foods from Vietnam. Read More...
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Introducing: Clamato!

I like drinking Clamato. Do you know Clamato? If not, let me introduce you to this drink. Read More...
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February's Cooking Class

Today was another cooking lesson day. Great food, friends and conversation made for a good time. Read More...
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National Apple Pie Day!

When the Lord gives you apples, one thing you can do is make some apple pie. Read More...
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Christmas Dinner

Tonight we had our Christmas dinner, one day late but delicious and enjoyable just the same. Read More...
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The Case of the Missing Fruit

I had an adventure today when I tried to buy some dried fruit. Read More...
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November's Cooking Lesson

Today was this month’s cooking lesson. Read More...
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Pickled Olives

Today I put my pickled olives into jars. Read More...
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Adventures in Olive Picking

I did a bit of olive picking today. Read More...
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Olives from our garden.

Today I picked the olives off of our trees. Read More...
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October's Cooking Lesson

How time flies! Here is this month’s cooking lesson blog. Read More...
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September's Cooking Lesson

Today was Septembers’s cooking lesson at our school. Read More...
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I Relish Summertime

I did some cooking with summer vegetables today. Read More...
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What's for dinner? Naan of your business.

We had some Indian food for dinner and enjoyed cooking it outdoors. Read More...
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On the menu: Quiche

Today’s dinner is quiche. Read More...
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Leaf it to me.

We have a lot of mint, shiso and cilantro growing in our small garden. We decided to use some of it and do some cooking. Read More...
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…and you shall receive.

We are thankful for the many gifts received today. Read More...
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Strawberry Pie

I made some pie with the strawberries we picked yesterday. Read More...
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Happy Mother's Day 2013

Mother’s Day, 2013. Read More...
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Have you tasted Konatsu?

We recently received a box of Konatsu, one of my favourite citrus fruits. Read More...
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Egg-cellent!

What do you do when life gives you hard-boiled eggs? Make Scotch Eggs! Read More...
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White Day Treats

Today I made some treats for White Day. Read More...
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I had a craving for bagels today.

I made some bagels today. Read More...
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February's Cooking Lesson

The cooking class met again this week and cooked up some more delicious food. Read More...
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An Ode to the humble Cabbage Roll

In homage to my mother, I made some cabbage rolls today. REAL cabbage rolls, with rice filling. Thanks, Mom! Read More...
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January's Cooking Lesson

We’ve started the new year with a busy and filling lunch for our cooking lesson students. Read More...
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Cooking Lesson's Xmas Party

Yesterday my cooking students and I had our annual Christmas potluck party. Read More...
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November's Cooking Lesson

Today was another English cooking lesson. Read More...
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Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Have you ever eaten quince paste? It’s delicious. Read More...
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A Happy Food and Drink Day

Today we enjoyed sights, sounds, and savoury delights. Read More...
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October 2012 Cooking Lesson

Today my students and I got together for another cooking lesson. Read More...
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Lemon-Sudachi Meringue Pie

Today, I made some pie. Read More...
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Shiso Pesto

We have a lot of green shiso at the end of the summer. One way that we use it is to make pesto. Read More...
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Pickled Peppers

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When people give you peppers, you make pickled peppers! Read More...
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Chocolate Banana Ice Cream

It’s hot. No, I mean really hot. Read More...
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Pizza Sunday

It’s Sunday and there’s pizza. Read More...
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A Busy Afternoon in the Kitchen

It was a nice day outside today. Yet I spent the afternoon in the kitchen. In the end everything turned out fine. Read More...
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Perogies

Someone once said, when you get lemons, make lemonade. I say, when you get potatoes, make perogies. Read More...
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Onion Bread

I used some of those caramelized onions from yesterday to make some bread. Read More...
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Caramelized Onion Dip

What to do with an abundance of onions? How about some onion dip? Read More...
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Lotus Roots

We received a gift today from one of our students. Read More...
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Bar - be - Q

What looks like a barbecue, smells like a barbecue, and feels like a barbecue? Well, a barbecue, of course! Read More...
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2012 Annual Tacos Party

Today was our annual Tacos Party. Read More...
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Gyoza

My eldest daughter wanted to make dinner tonight. Read More...
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Strawberries

Today, we went strawberry picking.

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Would my Baba be proud?

Today I did some Ukrainian cooking for dinner. Read More...
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Chocolate Marshmallow Pie

Today was showering rain, cool and wet and I felt like having some chocolate. Read More...
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Today's cooking lesson.

Here is what we cooked for March’s cooking lesson. Read More...
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Getting ready for White Day

Today I made some marshmallows for White Day. Read More...
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I'm a Diubach!

Jura - a fine Scotch Whisky. Read More...
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Pita, pita, pumpkin eater.

Well, there’s no pumpkins today, but there are plenty of pitas. Read More...
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Whatcha eatin'? Naan of your business!

Curry for dinner tonight, so I made some naan. Read More...
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Banana Chocolate Pie

Here’s the pie we had for dessert at today’s cooking lesson. Read More...
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Today's cooking class.

Here’s what we did at today’s cooking lesson. Read More...
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Open sesame!

We were out of bread so I baked some sesame buns today. Read More...
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3 cheers for my brother!

This is one of my favourite condiments. Unfortunately it is often difficult to find. Read More...
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Pasta Puttanesca

Today my cooking students made pasta puttanesca. Read More...
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Say 'ahh'!

Recently, I had a craving for cinnamon buns. Today I satisfied that craving. Read More...
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all. Here’s how we started the day. Read More...
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The seeds

I got my seeds today. A kilogram of them. Happy, happy. Read More...
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Gingerbread House

Today, we played architects. Read More...
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Making Christmas Cookies with Students

It’s been a busy week. Here’s some of what we’ve been doing in class.


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Fruitcake Update

I promised some more information on the fruitcake, and here it is.



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Some Ukrainian food, anyone?

It took a few hours, but I finally finished. Read More...
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Christmas Cake

Lately, I’ve had a craving for Christmas cake, and seeing as how it’s difficult to find in stores, I thought I’d try my hand at making some. Read More...
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Christmas Lunch Party

Today was the annual end-of-year / Christmas party with my cooking lesson students. Read More...
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More Christmas Cookies

More cookies? OK by me. Read More...
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Pita bread

Have you ever had pita bread or pocket bread? Read More...
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Apricot Balls

We started making our Christmas cookies today. Read More...
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Feijoa

Feijoa is a delicious, tropical fruit. Read More...
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November's Cooking Lesson

Our last cooking class for the year. And what was on the menu? Simple, comforting foods. Read More...
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Kama matsuri and Sake matsuri

A great way to start the day - buying some pottery, then drinking some sake. Read More...
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Membrillo - Quince Paste

Do you know the word ‘quince’? In Japanese it’s called ‘かりん’. Read More...
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October's Cooking Lesson

Today’s Halloween, but the food was not scary. It was delicious! Read More...
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Naruto City Public Market

Sunday market anyone? Read More...
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Uzumatsuri - Naruto's Whirlpool Festival

Today we went to Uzumatsuri in Naruto. Read More...
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Chicken soup.

Chicken soup. Good for the heart and good for the soul. Read More...
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I'm a new land owner.

I drink Scotch and get free land. A win-win situation. Read More...
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Fresh bread!

The smell of fresh bread in the house is great! Read More...
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