August 1, 2010
Sometimes I feel like I can exist strictly on cold food in the summer, so I tend to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables out of hand. One of my favourites has to be the tomato. Tomatoes in the summertime taste completely different from their wintertime cousins. Sweeter, juicer, more tomatoey, summer is the perfect time for simple tomato salads.
June 29, 2010
I have a bag of mochi sitting in my fridge, just waiting to be puffed up, brushed with soy sauce and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. Grilled mochi makes the best snack: it’s fast, filling and completely satisfying.
June 8, 2010
Most people, when they think of clay-pot chicken rice they imagine glossy brown chicken, sweet and juicy Chinese sausage, and fluffy soy-saucy rice served in a clay pot. I, on the other hand, just picture the rice cooker of my childhood. Growing up, we didn’t have a clay pot, but that didn’t stop my mom from making this traditional Chinese dish. Instead of a clay pot, she’d cook everything in the rice cooker for a fast, one pot meat of tender chicken, sweet sausage, earthy mushrooms and soy-sauce-soaked rice.
June 3, 2010
After my initial discovery of all-season turkey, I started to have an immense craving for a Thanksgiving style dinner with all the fixings. I thought buying a whole turkey would be a little extreme, even for me, but when I saw a pair of drumsticks, into my shopping basket they went. I was planning on roasting them, but then I remembered a recipe I found online, tucked away, just waiting for a turkey day.
May 29, 2010
My favourite sushi restaurant makes a fantastic tamago-yaki. While we sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs making sushi, I always eye the big golden yellow block of tamago. Their tamago is perfect: solid, yet still layered, with no burnt parts. Mike likes to judge sushi restaurants by their saba/mackerel sushi, but I use tamago as my benchmark.