Crying a Thousand Beautiful Tears into my Tofu

On my business trip, I had an overnight in Kyoto, and my coworker and I stopped to get lunch at Kyoto Station before going to our hotel. While I’m partial to the “solid tofu”(katatôfu [堅豆腐]) of the Kaga region, I also love Kyoto’s yuba (ゆば, 湯葉), the “tofu skin” and didn’t want to leave the city without eating…

Vegan “Unagi” with Shiitake

I love unagi, but with the endangerment of the glass eel population (as well as the rising cost), it might be best to cool it with the eel. Although I’ve been following the eel news for several months, I hadn’t considered alternatives, but I saw this recipe for “Mock Eel” in the latest issue of Saveur and…

Kitchen Library: June 2014

Time for a long-overdue Kitchen Library! This is a roundup of some recipes I loved and some pictures of things I ate. (I’ve been putting articles on Twitter and Facebook lately instead of in [woefully infrequent] Kitchen Library posts.) All of them are vegetarian or vegan!

Rosemary-Orange Ricotta Muffins

For a fluffier version, see Version 2.0! It’s been a year since I repatriated, and I’m still having trouble with the groceries here. I’ll spare you the spiel so I don’t have to retitle this blog Vague Complaints of a Wandering Food Blogger,* but I’ve noticed that the herbs sold in the supermarket are much larger quantities than…

Kitchen Library: March 2014

Some vegetarian recipes I made this month, and a crappy photo of Zoka Coffee‘s Winter Blend, the perfect coffee for the Hannibal season 2 premiere. The blurriness reflects, uh, Will’s [classified].

Honey Cream Scones with Nuts

I had extra cream from another recipe, so I decided to try a cream scone recipe. Cream scones use heavy cream in place of the egg and butter, which makes them light and airy–and there’s no need to deal with cutting flour into cold butter. Very easy. I photographed a batch I made with pecans,…

Raspberry-Almond Mini Baked Oatmeals

One of my go-to breakfast recipes is Heidi Swanson’s baked oatmeal (via Lottie & Doof). Extremely versatile, you can swap in any seasonal local fruit you like–in Japan, I often used persimmons, apples, or figs instead of bananas on the bottom; diced apples, raisins, or mikan mixed in when blueberries were out of season; and, best…

Kabocha Soba Oyaki

The more I learn about cooking and food culture, the more I’ve become fascinated with cultural concepts of portable foods. As I’ve written before, Japan’s main example is onigiri, rice balls, but in the Shinshû/Nagano region, it’s oyaki, the steamed buns often made with savory fillings and soba-flour dough. Combine oyaki with another one of my…

Mameshiba Cupcakes

ね、知っている?(Hey, did you know?) These cupcakes may be the simplest of the geeky/nerdy (it varies…) birthday cakes I made this spring. My spouse loves Mameshiba, which is… well, as the song goes, they aren’t quite beans and they aren’t quite dogs; and everyday they bring you a bit of trivia– You know what? This is…

Kitchen Library: What I Ate on New Year’s Break, Part 2

Or, “A Study in Failing to Photograph Anything Properly.” Part 1 is here, with considerably better photos. I really shouldn’t have promised this part 2 prior to checking my camera, but since I mentioned it, here’s a run-down and some cell phone photos!