March 24, 2012


There was a dramatic change in weather out here while I was in vacation for just a week. Ratatouille is a perfect dish on summery days, served either warm or chilled.

It is delicious on its own but also goes well with sautéed chicken, grilled fish, omelets, pasta, etc.

March 14, 2012


A canelé is a small French pastry with a soft and tender custard center and a dark, thick caramelized crust. (Wikipedia)

This is an easy version of making canelés, and no copper molds of a special cylinder shape are not necessary.

March 05, 2012

Hinamatsuri: Doll Festival




Herb Roasted Red Snapper

No-Bake Cheesecake

Hinaarare & Hishimochi
 March 3 is a day for girls called "hinamatsuri" in Japan. It is translated into girls' day or doll festival because a set of ornamental dolls is to be displayed in households with young girls.

I decorated my house with small dolls, hishimochi and hinaarare and ate sushi, wishing my daughter's happiness and healthy growth.


March 02, 2012

Salmon Miso Soup

Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of a stock called "dashi" and a seasoning called "miso" (fermented soybeans).

Today I added a variety of vegetables and a canned salmon to my miso soup. Canned salmon usually comes with the meat and bones and is loaded with vitamins, minerals, calcium and Omega 3 fatty acids.

This soup is a meal itself.