Archive for October, 2010

This is an example of unsophisticated home-cooking that makes up for its lack of visual pizzaz with wonderful flavor and texture. Age-bitashi is a dish in which the main ingredients have been deep-fried, then soaked in a flavorful broth. The main ingredients of this particular Age-bitashi are Jakoten (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jakoten) and Sato-imo (taro) which are plentiful […]


This bento (Japanese-style packed meal) is my response to the #twitterpastaparty challenge (any kind of noodles permitted). After rummaging through my stock of food staples to see what was on hand, I decided to make one item with harusame (bean threads/cellophane noodles) and another with some chlorella-enriched, greenish somen (very thin, wheat noodles which are […]


I packed lunches for my husband and kids five days a week for over twenty years. Then the kids grew up and left home, and my husband began to eat lunch at the company cafeteria to save me trouble. The part of me that had felt both burden and joy in preparing bento (Japanese-style packed […]