Archive for the ‘Seafood’ Category

2 uncooked medium-sized potatoes 5 slices smoked salmon 1 Tablespoon Pesto 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice Salt, pepper to taste 1. Peel the potatoes and use a slicer to make very thin slices. Then cut the slices lengthwise with a knife to make thin matchsticks. Place the potato sticks in a bowl […]


Japan has a very season-conscious culture, and this is certainly reflected in the foods that are listed on my weekly food co-op order sheet. Nothing beats eating the produce of the sea and the hills when they are in season. There are products that become available to me only at this time of the year […]


Mizore, which literally means “sleet” in Japanese, is also a culinary term used to describe clear soups or nabe-mono into which finely grated daikon radish has been stirred.  Ae stands for Ae-mono, one of the basic categories of Japanese cuisine in which small-cut ingredients (often cooked vegetables such as spinach or green beans), are tossed […]


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 […]


If you live in Japan, or have access to some of the more common Japanese snack foods, you have certainly seen– and probably eaten– some of the huge variety of dried squid products that are usually packaged in small quantities as a jerky-type snack to accompany alcoholic beverages. I’m a great lover of squid myself, […]


Pacific Saury (sanma) is my Absolutely Favorite fish in the Whole Wide World (salmon is in second place by a hair’s breadth), and when it is in season, sashimi is the absolutely best way to eat it. Like sardines, saury is a fish that deteriorates quickly, so whether you buy it fresh or frozen, you […]


Those who have been following my food blogs already know how much I like fresh salmon. September is the peak of salmon season around here, and now that it’s well into October, it looks like today’s salmon is the last of the fresh stuff. From now on, until next September, the salmon we eat will […]