Chocolate covered bacon is an indication of intense chocolate love. But the U.S. does not come close to matching Japan’s love affair with the cacao bean.
In Japan, chocolate fans enjoy chocolate with azuki red beans, chestnuts, green tea, shrimp chips, sour plum soda, soy beans, ...And an array of fruits including strawberries.
Whether I’m strolling with my 88-year-old mother in a quiet Northern California neighborhood or whether I’m striding down Main Street in Southern California, birds are singing! My fine-feathered friends won’t let me forget to celebrate this season of rebirth.
Japanese haiku poetry master, Basho expresses with elegance the lighthearted hopefulness that accompanies spring:
“April’s air stirs in
Floats and balances”
Courtesy of the Internet, current news appears with lightening speed. Images and information whoosh into our computers in nanoseconds. But nature needs time when nurturing true learning. When mastering the cuisine of another culture or a new baking technique, permission to make baby step progress is crucial.
Have you tasted Korean bee-bim bop? As Korean food (and TV dramas) are popular in Japan, I’d heard the term but wasn’t quite sure of the ingredients. After flipping through the pages of Linda Sue Park's picture book Bee-bim Bop!, I learned the traditional Korean dish is basically rice with mix-ins. (Instead of sweet mix-ins for ice cream, savory items are combined with rice.)
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Sesame seeds and sake wine are kissing cousins in a Japanese bento lunch box. Salted salmon (or other center piece protein) are often zapped with sake wine. A bed of rice dotted with black sesame seeds typically snuggles next to the fish.
I tossed sesame seeds and sake together with everyone’s best friend – chocolate! Why? Chocolate makes everything better. Also, Dixie Crystals is gifting...
If spring fever has you thinking about travel..You may want to sashay your way to Japan. Here's why! Hope you enjoy The Ninja Baker's Japan, Part 2.
From Hello Kitty, figure skating champions to sacred symbols and spaces, Japan is a land of contradictions and mystery. A must-see for any world traveler.
Japanese omurice (pronounced omu-raisu) is a marvelous culinary mix of the East and the West. Kernels of tomato-sauce-covered rice sprinkled with chicken are typically stuffed into the Japanese-style omelet. Omurice is like the American hamburger - readily available, easy to make AND kid and budget friendly.