Posts Tagged ‘shiitake’

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 […]


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 […]


I couldn’t help myself. I just *had* to experiment with a second lasagna dish for the foodie group’s lasagna competition. Something with an Asian slant. Ingredients: Fresh Pork belly, 800 grams (approx 1.8 lbs) Green Tea leaves, 2 tablespoons Fresh Garlic, two medium cloves Fresh Shiitake mushrooms, 8 large Pine nuts, 1/4 cup Korean chili […]


Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale, or “Shoh-ga” in Japanese) appears in Japanese cuisine in many forms, but I’d always thought of it as an ingredient that worked its magic in the background, seldom– if ever– in the foreground of a dish, and certainly not as the star of the show. My awareness of ginger root began […]


One of the few food-related traditions that I inherited from my childhood home is “o-zoni,” or Japanese New Years Soup. The “o” is an honorific, so from here on I’ll refer to it as zoni. Zoni is a soup containing mochi rice cakes, and for the first 30 years of my life it never occurred […]


Sushi Jewels

27Sep09

I had an urge to make something pretty today, a rehearsal for a Christmas buffet perhaps, and as always, I scrounged around my refrigerator and pantry to see what I had at hand. This is what I came up with. You could say that it’s my take on a dish called Temari Zushi, which I’ll […]


Ingredients: 10-12 fresh or defrosted shucked oysters, patted dry and dusted with potato starch (or corn starch, or flour) 8 large, or 12 small, fresh shiitake mushrooms, hard stem tips removed, caps sliced or diced. a bit of flour and milk for a white sauce made from the oyster drippings 1/2 cup Shiso-Walnut Pesto (recipe […]