Last week end, I had a memorable dinner at a friend’s place. She prepared and I watched the beauty of a nice Japanese evening
Tofu is always a win, light, you can spice up with a lot of different things
Of course, a Japanese meal always include pickles (Tsukemono), boiled vegetable and rice
The highlight of my evening was this sweet potato mousse, very creamy, rich, tasty, I loved it, I have the recipe and will rehearse and practice. As a European, I am not expert on sweet potato but this is an absolute delight
Arigato Gozaimasu Sawako San, you made my day and taught me so much that day
Gyoza comes from China but it is a basic common meal in Japan. When you are like me, lucky enough to have a Chinese friend who has been living his whole life in Japan and is a chef, you get the best of it. He comes home, prepares them from scratch, and you enjoy a fabulous evening with friends!!
Arigato gozaimasu Ko San!!
The 1st mango auction happened over the week end in Miyazaki, impressive to see that these 2 could reach a JPY 400.000 value
Scary data and very interesting overview of the demographics trend in Japan.
What does the future bring in Japan?
In the weeks leading to sakura week, the plum trees start blooming, the weather changes, it is still chilly but the light is brighter and the sky blue, it is a wonderful and exciting couple of weeks and everyone is waiting for cherry blossom
This year, during that period, we also had the Tokyo Marathon, so well organised, spotless, lines of water bottles waiting, volunteers along the 43km, really impressive and a nice and friendly atmosphere. If you are in Tokyo at that time, have a look, it is very peaceful and friendly, I recommend it
Kobe is known internationally for the beef but actually in Japan, people say that Kobe Beef is the 3rd best after Matsuzaka and Ohmi Beef, I tend to agree
Did you know that this industry is in danger. with the ageing population, less and less people want to take over the business and the average farmers’age is currently 66.
Kobe is also known to be the bread and cakes city as it is among the ports that first opened to foreigners (Dutch and Portuguese) together with Nagasaki and you find there delicious cakes
Like Kyoto, Nara is known for the Tsukemono, pickled vegetables, they have wonderful traditional shops in the main street for this with all sorts of pickles and employees preparing them in the back of the shop, enjoy, there are worth the taste
Japan also produces Manju – biscuit filled with An, a red bean (asuki) paste, the shape varies with the season, it is always a delicious break