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Category Archives: Beans/Lentils

Strawberry Red Bean Crepes

Once in a while I get craving for crepes. Actually I know exactly when it comes: whenever I hear the name, Julia Child. At the end of the last year my sister was visiting us from Japan, and the night before she left we watched “Julie and Julia”, and it did it to me. The […]

Pina Colada ZENZAI

You may ask, what’s ZENZAI? Well, what you are looking at is NOT the traditional zenzai, but a modified one. Zenzai is a Japanese sweet red bean soup served with Mochi (sticky rice cake), and it’s a popular dish around the new year. My version does have Mochi. When I was growing up, my grandparents […]

Split Pea Soup with Roasted Cabbage

My husband and I recently started watching the TV show called “90 Day Fiance” on TLC. We found the show by accident, but now we are hooked (lol). The show follow Americans who meet someone overseas online, go see the person in his/her home country, get engaged (often), and then bring the person to the […]

Vegan Thanksgiving

I hope everyone had great Thanksgiving yesterday. I wanted to post this last night, but I was too tired to do it after coming home late from our family Thanksgiving dinner and an attempt to shop (the line was too long to check out so we left without buying anything). So here it is. Like […]

Vegan Thanksgiving: Prep

This is our first 100% plant-based Thanksgiving, and I was a bit nervous but at the same time quite excited. We were invited to my brother-in-law’s house for their 3 o’clock dinner, and I volunteered to bring a few vegetable dishes. One of the dishes I wanted to bring was this Japanese Soy Braised Kabocha […]

Soboro Bento Box

Today it is well known that Japanese people eat with chopsticks. But did you know that they “cook” with chopsticks, too? For cooking we use larger sized chopsticks like these. I do cook with tongs and wooden spoons, but my go-to cooking utensil is still my old chopsticks that my mom got for me. I […]

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