Mushroom mix

 Thursday, April 28, 2011

This is how simple a dish can'll need simple ingredients as well. Delicious and quick enough to make! 

  • shiitake mushroom
  • shimeji mushroom
  • butter
  • soysauce
  • pepper
  • green onions (optional)

1. In a wok on high heat, saute the shiitake mushrooms in butter until browned. Transfer mushrooms into a bowl.

2. In the same wok, saute shimeji mushrooms in butter.

3.Lower heat, pour in shiitake mushrooms and soy sauce. Mix, sprinkle with a dash of pepper and garnish with green onions (optional)....dekiagari!



Sweets for heart's day

 Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In Japan, it's common for Japanese women to give chocolate to men on Valentine's Day. Men  on the other hand, give various gifts to women on March 14th  which is called White Day. This tradition, sweet as it may sound started as a marketing tool for chocolate companies in Japan. Japanese women are encouraged to express love to men by giving chocolate and other gifts on February 14th. This doesn't mean just lovers, a daughter to a father or a sister to a brother can give chocolates too.

This year, the kids and I made some for Papa and the other men surrounding us. Lotte cocoa and white chocolate were our base chocolate flavoring and glaze. See what else we made here.

 Lamingtons for hubby. ♥

A Lamington is a sponge cake in the shape of a cuboid, coated in a layer of traditionally chocolate icing then desiccated coconut.They are easy to make, try this recipe.

Papa(ぱぱ) .I LOVE YOU. Sarina(さりな)
My 4-year-old daughter wrote this on the box for Papa. We made some more to be given to Ojisan (grandpa). We made mini sponge cakes, white chocolate hearts and chocoball sprinkles.

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We love BR! (Baskin Robbins)

 Saturday, April 16, 2011

Baskin robbins' Strawberry Girls festival!

We just love baskin robbins! Yummy!
check their site!



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Tuna toast

 Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Two of my girls' favorite pizza are Tonno (tuna) and Salami. Tuna toast comes in as a favorite too! Easy-peasy recipe...

Spread mayonnaise on bread. Top with tuna bits, corn and onion.

Cover with layers of cheese strips. Place in mini-oven and let the cheese melt and the bread toasts. There's one yummy breakfast or merienda for you!

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Ōmisoka (大晦日) - Kagami mochi and noodles

 Thursday, April 7, 2011

The second most important day in Japan is the last day of the year, following New Year's day as the most important. It comes with the belief like most of us Filipinos do. Welcoming the new year with a clean house, a clean personality and there's abundant food at the table. It is also the busiest day around here. :D Cleaning up not just the houses but stores, school and everything. Hanging out the tatami mats, 

Above is "Kagami-mochi". It's made of mochi (Japanese rice cake) layered into 2 or 3 levels. There's a "mikan" (Mandarin orange) on top of 2 layers of mochi, used as a symbol of prosperity. There are also variations of kagami-mochi wth other figures on top.

Kagami mochi is actually a decorative item, but nowadays, they are edible. And this reminds me of Tikoy during Chinese new year...

(My girls posing with the cake.)

After cleaning, we'd have dinner. Around 11:00 pm on Ōmisoka at home, we gather for one last time in the old year to have a bowl of toshikoshi-soba (年越しそば) or toshikoshi-udon (年越しうどん) together—a tradition based on people's association of eating the long noodles with “crossing over from one year to the next,” which is the meaning of toshi-koshi. Much like how we believe pansit is.....While the noodles are often eaten plain, or with chopped scallions, we and some other people top them with tempura. :)

(My daughter with spinach caught in camera.)

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Of donuts and other things

 Sunday, April 3, 2011

Little girl's special day was celebrated with my mom (above photo). Yep, my mom, though when I introduce her as my mom, people are amazed maybe thinking we pass off as sisters. She's my best bud, the only one person I can run to when things get awry. We could talk about anything under the sun...from the kids to home decor, from car insurance to food and coffee, even tax return tips to perfume and make up. 

Mom and I  have been through a lot of happy and not so fond moments  that has help our bond strengthen through the years. At times, we would go out together for coffee and donuts just to be updated about each other lives. These "dates" are filled with conversations that could be emotional, funny yet sometimes doesn't really connect to anything in between. Like last time, after celebrating Ayana's birthday we went home with a box of Krispy Kreme donuts. We had coffee while munching on then and we were talking about tax extension form 2010 taxes. I have ,perhaps, the least idea on how to file taxes here in Japan so I listened as mom explained about property taxes, the differences with non-resident, non-permanent and permanent resident taxes and also where to get and file the  tax extension form 2010.

I know that she did talk much about it but I will still have to ask her about these things again. We then hopped to other topics surrounding the kids, school and home. We each  finished two donuts without noticing the time. Original glazed donut is my favorite after all. That's just how it is with us. We can go on talking for hours on end, it may sometimes take longer for us to see each other again, we sometimes get into petty fights but in the end, we would be there talking like the last time we chatted was just yesterday. This is the kind of bond that I want to have with my kids. By the way, Happy Mother's day mom. (UK celebration is today.) ;-)

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