October 11, 2018

Good old classic.  I love the aroma when baking this cake...  

My neighbors who live across the street have two apple trees (one of them is over 140 years old, and other one is called "winter apple" which has the harvest season slightly later than other sorts.) I h...

March 7, 2018

Despite the delicate look and texture, baking macarons are rather violent if you ask me.  I never thought "tapping" was so important to bake the perfect Macarons!

It all started with leftover egg white after spaghetti Carbonara.  I thought, "What am I going to do with 4...

February 3, 2018

I must admit that I love Belgian waffles as much as Norwegian waffles.  They are different - in heavenly way! 

I have tried many different recipes for Belgian waffles, and had horrific experiences.  My conclusion was (in my opinion, that is...) that it's better wit...

December 20, 2017

I never knew of Bacalao until I came to Norway.  We eat lots of cod in Japan, but combining with tomato was new to me.   I have learned that original recipe came from Portugal, but it was Norway who provided the dried and salted cod (it is called Klippfisk in Norwegian...

December 10, 2017

Introducing gingerbread cake, instead of cookies!  The best part of this cake is: it's just mix'n bake!  All you need is one bowl and a wooden spoon! (... and cake form, of course...) So easy and fun to bake with children!

This cake is perfect for coffee/tea break...

December 4, 2017

If I imagine "seasonal cake" for autumn, carrot cake would be one of them - in my opinion.  This is a cake which I have baked so many times for my friends, and always had a discussion on "amount of frosting."  I really like to give a generous amount of frosting, and we...

November 3, 2017

It may be too delicate to call it as a tea cake, but Madeleines are wonderful when eaten fresh.  This French cake is baked in a special form with shell-shaped cups, and you will enjoy heavenly aroma of oranges wafting in the kitchen!  This recipe uses icing sugar inste...

October 22, 2017

It is getting colder, and Halloween is coming up.  Here is a very comforting and "orange" soup with deep, round flavor - enjoy it with foliage outside of the window!  

I prefer butternut squash instead of pumpkin as they have smaller fiber and easier to get more cr...

October 15, 2017

Once in a great while, I get an urge to eat hash browns.  Maybe because it's not easily available in Norway.  In US, it's everywhere although this is something you shouldn't eat every day.  So I guess this recipe goes into "comfort food category." 

I made...

April 8, 2017

Also known as Angel Food cake.   It is super light and airy.  This is a recipe which I inherited from Mrs. Hirakawa (my old neighbor in Japan - she made this cake with such a grace) and replaced green tea powder with lemons.  It requires a special baking form which is...

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About Me

Humans are the only species on earth who  actually enjoys both cooking and eating.

I came from poor family in Japan, and ended up living with 4 different families in 3 differnt countries who were kind enough to take me in.  I have learned to be open to new things, appreciate what we have, not to waste, and be creative.  The experiences helped me in every way when I studied to be a cook.  Thus, this website is more about tips and tricks, instead of recipes - things I have learned.  

This website is dedicated to my friends who inspired me with their questions,

convinced me that these information are useful,  and encouraged me to share.