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So I've finally set up my new blog. Here is the address: I won't be posting much here anymore, and my payments on this site will run out at the end of October. Click on the new blog link... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2010 at Tokyo nights
All my bags are packed (not really), I'm ready to go (and how!)...♪ ♪ Goodbye, steaming armpit of the world! In two days I will leave the humid hell that is Tokyo summer and go back to Canada for an extended... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2010 at Tokyo nights
For those who live in Japan, or are in the know when it comes to insulting remarks in Japan, let it be known that there is a brand of shoes called "Yellow Cab." I'll just leave you with a link... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2010 at Tokyo nights
My first (and only?) Hanami Bento (cherry blossom viewing picnic lunch box) post is now up on my food blog. Check it out here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Tokyo nights
Kay, seriously we are having the WORST weather for hanami season! Wither the warm days with slight b... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2010 at Mochi
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Mar 15, 2010
I finally got around to doing my stuffed chicken in herbed crust the other day. I wanted to show a better photo of how it looks when done. As I mentioned in the recipe, butterflying the chicken causes the cheese to leak out during cooking, especially if you choose a soft cheese like goat's cheese. This time I carefully made a cut in the middle of the chicken only, using a fillet knife. I stuffed the chicken and used some tough sprigs of rosemary to keep the opening closed during cooking. Worked like a charm! I changed it up this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2010 at Mochi
I already posted my scone recipe a while back, but I wanted to show you how the basic recipe can be used in other ways, if you want to spice it up a bit. All I did was split the recipe and do half cheese and onion and half with chocolate chips instead. This gave me a sweet version for those mornings when I need a bit more energy. I also thought up the following ideas which I might try out this weekend: 1) Roasted garlic, caramelized shallots and herbs. Oven roast your garlic until soft enough to squeeze out... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at Mochi
I'm lazy. It's no secret. Sometimes I'm so lazy, on my days off I don't want to get out of bed to even eat something. This means that when I'm coming home from work and I'm tired, cooking is often the furthest thing from my mind. BUT... Since I am trying to make an effort to eat healthier, despite the previous post's indications otherwise, I decided to make myself a healthy Sunday night dinner. Just like Mom used to make! I started with a roast chicken: Nothing too fancy here. Just some sage, rosemary, garlic and lemon that I stuffed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2010 at Mochi
This time of year in Japan is one of my favorites, from a food perspective, because late Feb./early ... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at Mochi
Thank you...after 5 years in Japan I would never have figured that out myself.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Traditions at Tokyo nights
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Actually, Japan isn't at the top of the world. That post belongs to America, and even they are going to lose it to the Chinese within the next year or so...but thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2010 on Japanese Advertising at Tokyo nights
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I saw this recipe for quiche lorraine scones online a while back at Brown Eyed Baker and was inspire... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2010 at Mochi
Sorry this post is so late! I'm a liar! I said I'd post it a day after the deviled eggs recipe and I never got around to it. The main reason is I wanted to make the recipe again and take better photos. Alas, I've been busy (and fighting off the flu) and I still haven't taken that chicken breast out of the freezer. I just decided that I'd post the recipe anyways and use the older photo I took in a hurry before eating. Please forgive the bad photography? This recipe was also made with the wonderful basil mustard... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2010 at Mochi
When you're a teacher in Japan, you are essentially a product to be marketed. You are a money maker, a PR Patsy, a sweetner, if you will, to draw in those money making bees (i.e. students or parents of students).... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2010 at Tokyo nights
Like many people, after the holidays I always find myself with lots of extra ingredients in the fridge. Gourmet tidbits I'd planned to make for guests, but never got around to it. I decided to clean out my fridge and make myself a kind of charcuterie-based dinner. I gathered up all the eggs, prosciutto ham, provolone and gouda cheese, etc. and set out to make a few tasty treats. I also pulled out a few new ingredients I'd been meaning to try. This past week at National Azabu Supermarket, one of my favorite places to shop, I found this: This... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2010 at Mochi
Just a quick example of the stunningly brilliant names used by Japanese ad execs to get us buying their products: That is all. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Tokyo nights
Since my first January in Japan, I visit... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2010 at Tokyo nights
I meant to post this picture before Christmas, but things just got ahead of me. I also didn't spend much time decorating, so there's no fancy piping or anything on the cake. I have better things to do with my time. It's just chocolate fudge cake with almond praline mixed in and a vanilla buttercream frosting. I got the decorations at a local baking supply store. This isn't the fanciest Christmas cake you'd see in Japan, but it'll taste just as good! It's also doubling as my birthday cake (my bday is tomorrow!) Hope you all have a great holiday... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2009 at Mochi
I had this party on Thursday and we all had to bring in a baked good (or buy something). I decided to do sugar cookies decorated with royal icing a la Martha Stewart. Backbreaking (or rather backbending) labor, but the results weren't too bad for my first time. I'd never used this decorating method before, being more of a "just sprinkle on some colored sugar" type myself. Will do these again for sure. The recipe is one I got from Brown Eyed Baker. Click here for the recipe. I must warn you though, the dough turns super sticky and hard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2009 at Mochi
I've finally started my Christmas baking! Took me long enough! I have several parties coming up, inc... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Mochi
It's getting really cold here in Tokyo. Usually I expect this kind of weather in January or February, but here is it the beginning of December and it's already chilly. What better weather to eat a hot, hearty chili? I know a lot of people want to watch their money over the holidays. Christmas is always an expensive time, and it's worse this year with the economy being in terrible shape. Price hikes are everywhere, including the grocery store. My Chili recipe is fairly cheap and makes a large stock pot full, so you can have several portions to eat... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2009 at Mochi
Went to see a movie the other night with a friend. I got to the hills too early, so I wanted to shop around for a clutch purse for my big party on Saturday. The rain was against me. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2009 at Tokyo nights
When I first came to Tokyo I admit I was only thinking about living somewhere exciting. I wanted to be able to go party until the wee hours if I wanted to, visit strange theme bars and clubs, have a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2009 at Tokyo nights
So I was on my way home tonight when I remembered I hadn't faxed in my time card to the head office for this month. Liking money, as I do, I thought I should fax that sucker in toot sweet.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2009 at Tokyo nights