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Ichigo Ichie: Sumo Soup: Living Large with Chanko Nabe

Ichigo Ichie: Sumo Soup: Living Large with Chanko Nabe

“Ichigo ichie” (一期一会): a Japanese idiom meaning “one time, one meeting”. The phrase embodies the cultural concept of treasuring meetings with people, and is often translated as “one chance in a lifetime”, reminding people to cherish any meeting or experience they are part of, as they may not be repeated. The phrase “ichigo ichie” has been … Continue reading

Book Review: Miso Tasty Cookbook

Book Review: Miso Tasty Cookbook

Miso Tasty, my favourite supplier of miso (みそ) in the UK, created by chef and food blogger extraordinaire Bonnie Chung, has just published a fantastic new cookbook! Not only is this a lovely book to have on your shelf (it feels nice and fabricy and is beautifully designed with delicious photos throughout), it’s also packed … Continue reading

The sweetest present

The sweetest present

I know I’ve been sharing a lot of pictures of stuff recently, but I’ve had a birthday and Christmas, and I’ve been very lucky. My Japan collections are fully topped up for the year to come, which is just as well as I now need to save my pennies for my Japan trip in May. … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Matcha & Azuki Cake

Monthly Recipe: Matcha & Azuki Cake

My office has the tradition that when it’s your birthday you have to bring cake in for everyone to share, so I decided to bake myself a birthday cake with some distinct Japanese flavours last week. I found the recipe here, and I would like to thank Hiroko Liston for posting it as it was … Continue reading

Umami (うま味)

Umami (うま味)

(Image source) Umami. Do you know that word? It’s a Japanese word (うま味) meaning something like ‘pleasant savoury taste’. According to Wikipedia: “People taste umami through receptors for glutamate, commonly found in its salt form as the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG). For that reason, scientists consider umami to be distinct from saltiness.” Although originally … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Miso Walnut Brownies

Monthly Recipe: Miso Walnut Brownies

I was feeling in the mood for something sweet this month, and decided to search online for cakes using Japanese ingredients. I came across this Sachie’s Kitchen recipe for Miso Walnut Brownies, which looked really good, and then found this blog where someone actually tried the recipe. On the I ❤ Bake Club blog Frances … Continue reading

Monthly Recipe: Yatsuhashi (八つ橋)

Monthly Recipe: Yatsuhashi (八つ橋)

When I first came across this recipe on JustHungry.com (which is a fantastic website, by the way), my initial reaction was that it would be way too hard for me to make. But the idea of making yatsuhashi – my favourite treat from Kyoto – was too tempting by far, and I just had to … Continue reading