January 29, 2016

Kasutera is an old-fashoned Japanese yellow sponge cake which was originally brought to Japan from Portugal in the 16th century. Over the hundreds of years, the taste of the original kasutera has changed a lot to suit Japanese tastes. Kasutera is soft, light and somewh...

January 22, 2016

My brother sends me blocks of mochi packaged individually every year as part of Christmas & New Year's gifts. Traditionally, we eat mochi in a soy sauce based soup (in my region!) on New Year's day and on 3 consecutive days at home. I love the mochi soup but grilled mo...

January 19, 2016

Tai-Yaks (たい焼き) is a fish-shaped pancake filled with sweet azuki (red bean) paste. "Tai" (sea beam/porgy) is coinsidered auscicious and often served on happy occasions such as wedding and the birth of a baby.  The Japanese word mede-tai means "auspicious" and "celebrat...

January 8, 2016

Japanese sweet potato (“satsuma-imo”) is one of my favorite ingredients to work with. When I was a child in Japan, my family grew a varieties of vegetables including sweet potatoes. After we harvested the sweet potatoes in the fall, we stored them in a deep pit in our...

December 24, 2015

I made a Japanese traditional sweet potato dessert called chakin-shibori (chakin=a cloth used for the tea ceremony, shibori=squeeze, twist), which comes in many varieties. I used purple sweet potatoes and added a filling of chestnuts this time! It's simple, pretty and...

December 9, 2015

 I have so many cookie cutters in various shapes and sizes. With the holiday season in full swing, this is a perfect time to use them and make holiday cookies! I especially like animal shaped cookie cutters. It is fun to color and decorate them! All of the colors and d...

December 8, 2015

We will be at the Holiday Market this Saturday! In addition to my regular baked goods and Japanese sweets, I plan to bring some holiday cookie gift boxes. I am putting together a list of my featured baked goods for the Holiday Market and will post it on my website soon...

November 9, 2015

It is no secret that ginger is popular throughout East Asia and beyond. It is one of our favorite ingredients and we love it not only for it's taste but for all the wonderful health benefits it comes with!

 

 

November 9, 2015

Matcha is perhaps the most refined tea available on the market today. From the unique way it is produced to the important place it holds in the cultural life of Japan, few other teas can compare. The first thing you will notice upon opening the packet is that Matcha is...

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