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March 27, 2017

Soup might not be fancy, but it is one of the most comforting dish.  This is a very simple but beautiful cauliflower soup.  

Before adding cream at the end, you can freeze!  

Ingredients:

1 head of cauliflower

1 onion - finely chopped

1 tbs butter

1 vegetable bouillon cube

(3 potatoes - peeled and chopped into a bite size.  Add this if you want to make it more creamy) 

1 dl cream

Direction:

1) Remove cauliflower leaves.

2)...

January 5, 2017

Broccoli is a relative of cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.  It's an excellent sauce for vitamin A and C, as well as riboflavin, calcium, and iron.  It is mostly known to eat their buds, but the stem is wonderful for Wok, stir fry, or soup!  So please eat its stem as well as the buds!  

Here are some tips on working with broccoli.

Purchasing: Pick dark green colored one with tightly closed buds.

Preparati...

November 29, 2016

Banana used to be very expensive - when my mother was growing up in Japan, that is... (Now, you can buy bananas almost anywhere in the world, and they are not exactly super expensive fruits.)  She had to get sick so that her parents feel sorry and buy her a banana.  It was so exotic, exclusive, and she didn't mind getting sick, because of banana... - I don't think my grandma would have approved that, but at least, that was my...

November 29, 2016

When there are more than enough of banana which you can eat as they are, there are many ways of using banana in cooking.  Banana bread, banana cake (Please see an article: Banana Cake), etc.  And there are still more bananas left, it is possible to freeze.  The tip is to peel the skin and cover with cling film.  Banana meat keeps its creamy colour.  My mother used to insert a chopstick into banana and made popsicle (I believe...

November 22, 2016

Cheese cake might be one of the most festive dessert.  Although baked cheese cake originally came from Greece, non-baked creamy type cheese cake was invented in America.  There are different types of cheese cakes in the world, using different types of soft cheese (and baked or non-baked,) but this recipe is typically known as cheese cake, using cream cheese.  Awesome fact: without the decoration layer (= only cookie layer and...

September 29, 2016

It goes the same for most of root vegetables such as swede (kålrot,) celery root, parsnip (pastinakk,) turnip (nepe), Daikon (Japanese reddik) etc..

If they are kept in plastic, please make sure they are dry.  The water tends to make them rot faster.  Thus, it's wise to wrap them in newspaper or advertisement paper (but not with the shiny coating on the surface of the paper.  It's important that they absorb water...) or kitchen...

September 20, 2016

Pressure cooker is one of the nice kitchen tool to have.  In Japan, it's quite popular - my mother had one as well.

She used the pressure cooker not only to cook beans, but also fish (if it's finger size fish, we could eat from head to tail!) or stew.

When I came to Norway, I searched desperately for pressure cooker, and my desperate attempt brought me to Germany, but it was quite expensive (and I wondered why...)  In recent yea...

September 20, 2016

Dried beans are quite inexpensive, easily available, high in protein, fiber, and Saponin which lowers cholesterol. 

Most of them are quite mild in taste and matches with almost everything.  You can add them in soup, salad (replace pasta with beans!) stew, or whatever you can fancy.

It is super worth "storing cooked beans in your freezer" to save your time when cooking.

Here is a quick guide of how to cook and freeze beans.

What yo...

September 20, 2016

Growing up in Japan, I am used to eat fish, and I intend to encourage my family to enjoy sea food.  My husband tells me that it's dangerous to go to aquarium with me, because everything looks delicious to me.  (Yes, I know that they are there for education... but still....)

Anyway, if/when have leftover fish meat, you can dismantle fish meat (separate from skin and bone - very wise to use surgical glove!) put them in...

September 20, 2016

"When buying fruits and vegetables, what should I look for?" my friend asked me.

Living in Norway definitely limit us from buying "picked AFTER ripen" fruits and vegetable.  I remember how shocked I was to see pineapple, sold on the side of the street in Sri Lanka, or fresh dark red tomatoes in Spain...  They have completely different color, aroma, and most of all, flavor. 

But let's get back to reality.  We rarely get...

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