Oyster Noodle Cooking Lunch ♪

Now, we have a few regular members of Global Space Net. ♪

I would love to have fun with more people and exchange all kinds of knowledge!

This time, my friend taught us how to make Hong Kong style oyster noodles. Right now is the perfect season for oysters and we can get really fresh ones at the local store.

This is the Somen noodles we cooked this time! They were very yummy!

 

 

2019.02   妻ママ日記

Delicious Japanese Fugu Hot Pot for the Winter!

We have many kinds of hot pots in Japan, with the main ingredients ranging from all sorts of meat to seasonal fish. They are especially a delight for the cold winter seasons and go perfect with Japanese Sake.

One of the popular hot pots for the winter season is the Fugu Nabe, or Blowfish Hot Pot. There are many restaurants in Tokyo where you can enjoy fresh Fugu that are swimming in windowed water tanks right until you are served. You can also order fresh Fugu online and enjoy it at the comfort of your home! That is what we did this time.

As many of you might already know, Fugu is well known for being dangerous if you eat the wrong parts, especially the areas around the inner organs. So Fugu always must be processed, cleaned, and served by a certified professional. The Fugu we had delivered to our door is no exception, and the fish was already cleaned and cut into sashimi-like pieces. All you need to prepare is some vegetables, mushrooms, and Tofu to put in the Hot Pot.

The Fugu can also be eaten raw as Sashimi called “Tessa”, so with some Ponzu sauce (a blend of soy sauce and citrus juice), you can enjoy the unique texture and taste of the meat.

Even after enjoying all of the Fugu meat, nothing is over until you put in some cooked rice inside the broth and make a tasty porridge, the perfect Shime (or last dish of the day).

Make sure to enjoy many kinds of hot pots when you visit Japan!

 

2019.01    妻ママ日記

Japanese Home Cooking Dinner & Sake with Guests from Hong Kong

I had another group of guests from Hong Kong this January. ^^

One of my guests came to Japan snowboading in Hokkaido. He want to be a good snowboader and visited Japan few times in a year! He have already spent few weeks in Hokkaido and came to Tokyo to meet his friends.

This time they tried some Japanese sake with my home-made dishes at my house.  They were really interested in Japanese Sake. I’m so happy to know they really like sake. ^^

I served some Japanese sake from Aizu.

I made many dishes that go well with Japanese sake. When guests have something they cannot eat, I can arrange dishes with that in mind too.

I try to make home-made dishes using seasonal ingredients.

 

We spent about three hours at my house and it was a fun time.

 

01/25/2019

 

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Home Cooking Lunch with Japanese Sake with guests from Hong Kong ♪

I had guests from Hong Kong in January.

They have visited Japan many times and have always enjoyed eating at nice restaurants.

This time they wanted me to make some homemade dishes for them.

They also wanted to try some Japanese sake. ^^

 

I made small dishes  that goes well with Japanese sake. One of the guests really loved Ume-shu so I made rolled chicken with my home-made Ume-shu.

I had a fun time with them. I hope we can meet again soon.

 

 

 

01/18/2019

Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki Dinner with Students

I had guests in November and arranged a Takoyaki & Okonomiyaki party for them. They are all foreign university students who are studying in Japan.

 

 

We started by making nice takoyaki balls with everyone. Making perfectly round takoyaki balls is difficult, so it was a teamwork effort.

 

 

 

 

We also made Okonomiyaki in another hot plate a few times.

Afterwards, we made Yakisoba noodle. We were all full by the time we finished eating everything.

 

But we still weren’t finished until we have had some dessert. In the very end, we made sweets balls on the takoyaki machine using some pancake flour mix, bannanas, and chocolate chips. Everyone loved the sweet pancake balls too.

 

If they have plans to come back to Japan again, I hope we can cook and eat again together!

 

2018.11

English Lunch Meet Up in August ♪

We had a lunch meet up in August. ^^   Six members came and my children also joined in because they were on summer break!

I cooked spicy bean curry this time.

 

I also baked a cake for dessert and my children put strawberries on it for decoration.  It was a very nice decoration!  ❤️

 

For some people, it was the first time joining this luncheon so they introduced themselves to everyone and we all had a great time!

Everybody often travel around Japan and oversees. ♪ I usually see beautiful photos on my friends’ SNS. It was so exciting to hear about their wonderful experiences of their journey.  They are very curious things for me. ^^

Keep in tune for the next luncheon!

 

2018.08

 

Japanese Sake Lunch with guest from Singapore!

I  had a Japanese Sake party with a guest from Singapore this Summer. She came to Japan once in Spring but we met up again. My friend also joined it and we had a wonderful time together. ^^

 

 

I made several kinds of dishes to go along with Japanese sake.

These are some of the dishes I arranged to use seasonal summer ingredients.

 

 

I would like to see my guest again in the near future.

 

2018.08

Japanese Cooking Lunch in August ♪

About the Japanese Cooking Lunch in August!  We had a very hot summer this year so wanted to eat something to make us all feel refreshed. ^^

 

We made Salmon Chirashizushi, which is mixed rice with baked salmon, and some garnish such as sesami seeds and pickled plum(ume), etc.

 

Salmon Chirashizushi

salmon chirashizushi

 

We also made some fried rolled porks with ume paste.

 

The ume paste is a good addition to cooking in Summer.  The taste is really makes you feel refreshed. Try it for your cooking! ^^

 

2018.08

Vegetarian dishes for a home stay student

We occasionaly accept home stay students from abroad. A student was staying in my house during this summer for about two weeks. She was a vegetarian so I tried to cook vegetarian dishes for her.

A good ingredient to start off with when making vegetarian meals are beans.  I cooked several kinds of beans and put them in a freezer so we can use them any time if we want. ♪

This is a bean curry with rice & salad, fried wantan with cheese.

bean curry with rice and salad, fried wantan with cheese.

This is next morning’s breakfast plate  ^^

 

Toast with Avocado and cheese with clashed almonds for lunch.

avocado toast

 

Spaghetti with Tomato & Cheese

spaghetti with tomato and cheese

 

Hand Rolled Sushi for vegetarians & Ricepaper Spring Roll

 

Korean Cheese Toppogi

Korean cheese toppogi

 

I also used tofu and cheese a lot for cooking.

My daughter and I tried the same dishes during her stay. It was a nice and  fun experience for us.  But I did miss bonito flavored miso soup and fish such as sashimi sometimes. ^^;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Summer Taco Dinner ♪

Mexican Summer Taco Party in July!

It was a hot and humid summer this year. Fresh salsa and spicy chili con carne were good for summer meals. ♪

I had been in California for few years and had enjoyed Mexican food very much. Some of my mexican friends taught me some recipes for me so I can cook by myself in Japan sometimes. ♪

I invited my friend and her husband this time and the husband really loved tacos.

Delicious Tacos!

He said he really liked my tacos and I was so happy to hear that. ^^

 

This time,  I used two type of beans: the kala chana beans & the urad whole beans.

Both of the beans are really tasty. I made chili con carne with urad whole and cooked kala chana beans with cheese.

Beans with cheese, and the Mexican Omlet

I also cooked a mexican omlet with bell pepper and fish ceviche.

And of course, Corona Beer goes well with Mexican food!

Orange and peach milk pudding for dessert 🙂

 

I want to try exploring not only more mexican meals but also new dishes from around the world!

 

2018.07