Washoku Wednesday: Daikon (Radish)

(A big thanks to new mom Courtney - congrats on the beautiful baby! - for her latest post on a vegetable I am still learning to love but one that is so ubiquitous in Japanese cooking.) Have you tried daikon? It’s a root vegetable that’s very common in Japanese cooking. It looks like a long... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Goma (Sesame Seeds)

(Thanks, Courtney, for a post this month on one of my favorite Japanese flavors!) This month, we’ll discuss goma, or sesame seeds. My fascination with sesame seeds started before my arrival to Japan. I lived in Andalucia, Spain for several years before moving to Japan and the Moorish (North African) influence had left its imprints... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Ume (Plum)

Late May to early June, Japanese grocery stores set up displays in the front of their stores with these little green fruits, rock sugar, shochu alcohol and large glass jars. It may seems like an odd mixture of supplies but these are the essential ingredients for making umeshu, a plum liquor, and other plum items.... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Miso

(Another tasty post from Courtney today! I love miso so I can't wait to try out these easy recipes!) This month we’re going to discuss miso, that salty fermented soybean paste that is used in a variety of Japanese dishes. Not just miso soup! Basic miso is made by fermenting soybeans with salt and a... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Sakura (Cherry Blossom)

Happy Spring! Here's another great post from fellow Japan resident and foodie friend Courtney. Spring has finally arrived in Japan signaling the end to a particularly brutal winter this year. As if trying to persuade spring to come earlier, everyone waits anxiously for sakura, whether it’s the actual cherry blossoms blooming or the arrival of sakura-flavored... Continue Reading →

Washoku Wednesday: Dashi (Japanese Broth)

Welcome to my newest series, Washoku Wednesday. Earlier this year, UNESCO awarded intangible cultural heritage status to washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine. I love Japanese food. I love to eat it, cook it, eat it, learn about it, eat it .... you get the picture. 🙂 But I don't feel I know as much as I should.... Continue Reading →

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