Posts Tagged ‘umeboshi’

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 […]


Sushi fans will probably be familiar with shime-saba (pickled raw mackerel). Traditionally, saba is marinated in a sweetened-vinegar mixture before serving raw as sashimi or sushi topping. I have never seen saba served raw unless it has been marinated first. Years ago, I was taught how to salt, and then marinate, a fresh-caught mackerel, but […]


I am absolutely nuts about cheesecake. I invent a new cheesecake recipe at the rate of about once each season of the year. One of my family’s favorites is the Persimmon Cheesecake that I make every fall. Earlier this spring I invented a cherry blossom-scented Sakura Cheesecake. Recently my eye wandered to my stock of […]


Pacific saury– called sanma in Japanese, and sometimes marketed as “mackerel pike” — is my absolute favorite fish of all, especially if it’s in season (autumn). Saury is one of those fish, like fresh sardines (iwashi), that lose their freshness very quickly, and if it has to be shipped any distance at all, it’s basically […]