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...

October 15, 2017

October 15th is "mushroom day" in Japan, so I thought about introducing another tip on fun fruits for lunchbox.

It's quite simple, but super cute in lunchbox - all you need is raspberry and marshmallow!

Slice marshmallow so that it would fit the hole of raspberry.

August 2, 2017

Using ring form and slicing suggestions

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...

April 8, 2017

One of the beautiful British traditional cooking is lemon curd (or fruits curd, for that matter.)  It might be best known to be served with scones, but possibility is limitless!  My personal favorite is to serve with chiffon cake (its recipe is also available!)  It can...

November 29, 2016

My beautiful niece had her 7th birthday.  She likes banana cake, but I wanted to decorate it with fruits - to make it a little more healthy and refreshing.

Here are very simple way of decorating small cake (you can use muffins, cupcakes, brownies, and whatever small cak...

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...

November 29, 2016

Banana is a wonderful fruits with potassium and vitamin C.  It also gives carbohydrates which creates energy, thus makes one of wonderful add-in for lunch box.  I usually draw name and small drawing with a ball point pen which would make it more fun to bring to school!...

November 18, 2016

Kaki means two things in Japanese.  It can be fruits (persimmon) or oyster -  depends on vocal accent on the first syllable.  Yes, I know it's confusing, just like  ost (cheese) and øst (east)  in Norwegian!

In this case, I am talking about the fruit...

September 29, 2016

In Japan, it's very common to eat fruits after a meal as dessert.  It's the best "candy from nature," because they come with fiber.  

One thing I have learned in our household in Norway - if I leave fruits (say, apple, oranges, kiwi, etc) on the kitchen counter, th...

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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.