Archive of Past Blog Entries

Japanese Plum Sushi, #PicnicGame

Today we are celebrating International Picnic Day by bringing you a basket packed with goodies from A to Z, in the style of the picnic game! Drop by the Sunday Supper Movement to see the whole picnic spread out on our virtual blanket. I'm going on a picnic and I'm bringing... Asian Chicken Salad from Try Anything Once Culinary Beautiful Beet Salad from Small Wallet, Big Appetite Chicken Muffuletta from Marlene Baird... Read Full Article233

Chunky Monkey Vegan Banana Bread, #SundaySupper

Recipes men love is the Twitter chat around today’s #SundaySupper table. (You are definitely invited! Please scroll down for the details.)  As my husband, David, is the man I love, I’m contributing his favorite food  - vegan fare! Specifically, Chunky Monkey Vegan Banana Bread. (Based on the famed Chunky Monkey banana ice cream sprinkled with bits of dark chocolate and walnuts.) Vegan Banana Bread: Inspired by... Read Full Article234

PB ‘n J Cheesecake, #National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

The Furies (the troublemaking goddesses in Greek mythology) continue to stir up chaos in our world. Topsy-turvy change seems to be the name of the game on planet earth. Despite the roller coaster ride of current events, however, some classics do endure the test of time. Toddlers still love Goodnight Moon; families still splash in ocean waves together…And most everyone continues to enjoy peanut butter cookies! Crumbled peanut... Read Full Article235

Café Zinfandel Cake & Pinot Noir Quinoa, #SundaySupper

Dad played a decorated war hero, General MacArthur on NHK TV. (The PBS of Japan.) In real life, medals never dangled on my father’s chest. Yet, he’s always been my hero. His gentle spirit and generosity continue to influence and inspire me. More times than I care to recall, he drove me to the train station so I could catch the right train to make it on time to school.  A content kitty cat catches up on the news with... Read Full Article236

Asian Pizza Rice

Dashing out the door to the PTA or a dance party? For a fast and easy dinner, how do you feel about a Japanese-style cheese pizza topped with octopus and mayonnaise? I thought so. I’ve modified Asian flavor profiles and pizza with The Ninja Baker’s Asian Pizza Rice. This is one of those meals you can whip up in mere minutes. Especially if you’ve already got cooked rice in the freezer. (Simply zap to life in the microwave... Read Full Article237

Vegan California Sushi Roll, #International Food Challenge

California sushi rolls allegedly cropped up in LA’s Little Tokyo in the 1960s. The California roll is a made-in-America invention. Avocados with sushi, mayonnaise with tuna, canned Spam on white rice are creations of the West. The Ninja Baker's California Sushi Rolls  In ‘60s and ‘70s Japan, going to a sushi restaurant was like visiting a 3-Star Michelin restaurant in Paris. Every detail bowed its... Read Full Article238

Japanese Tea Ceremony, Green Tea 'n Chocolate Cookies

“Tea is quiet and our thirst for tea is never far from our craving for beauty.” (James Norwood Pratt, author of Tea Lover’s Treasury and Tea Dictionary) Perhaps the quote explains why students of sado, the Japanese tea ceremony, dedicate themselves to the discipline of perfecting the art of offering tea. Sado is a discipline. Clad in a spring pastel kimono, green tea is offered to guests with a... Read Full Article239

Easy Japanese Savory Okonomiyaki Pancakes, #WeekdaySupper

Imagine a samurai slashing his sword through a pancake. Seems comical, right? Except for this Ninja Baker's hyperbole about sword play, something similar to today's savory okonomiyaki pancakes were served to warriors of the Edo (Feudal) period. Similar to a pizza, you can pick whatever toppings you like for your okonomiyaki pancake.   Two styles of okonomiyaki vie for affection on the Japanese culinary... Read Full Article240