Let’s Say Yay to No-Waste Cooking! Crispy Salmon Skin Hand Roll

Happy International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste! Today is a very important day to look back at how we are doing to keep this beautiful planet.    In Japanese schools, the exact same menu is served to not only students but also teachers, school nurses, janitors and of course, cooks. They eat…

Happy National Fried Rice Day! Takana(高菜) Pickles Fried Rice

Happy National Fried Rice Day! Today is the day to enjoy this versatile, perfect for cleaning up the fridge.    Whenever I have leftover rice from the previous dinner, they pretty much transform into fried rice for lunch. Usually I use diced onions, carrots, and seasoned with ginger and garlic with a sprinkle of salt…

Loco Moco

Happy National Hawaii Day! Today I’m taking you to a virtual trip to one of the most popular destinations for a vacation, Hawaii!   We as Japanese people love Hawaii. It’s been a super popular destination for honeymoon for such a long time, and it’s ranked into people’s bucket list destination. I’m originally from Japan…

Beef Bowl

Happy International No Diet Day aaaaand National Beef Month!  Yes, as you can see, I’m breaking my vegetarian/vegan diet(well vegan is too hard for me, but I try, as much as I can, so please bear with me today! Probably you don’t want to hear me saying “cheat day” too much, so I pretend I’m…

Wakame Seaweed Rice Spring Version

Happy 4/20! I bet some readers here know what I mean…yes 420 means “weed” (marijana) which is still illegal in a lot of countries including Japan, but well, this is how I enjoy having weed!   I love seaweed. I grew up eating nori (roasted seaweed) wakame (silky seaweed you find in miso soup) mozuku&mekabu…

Shiso Perilla Rice Ball

Happy National  Rice Ball Day! So have you tried rice balls?  A rice ball is the Japanese version of peanut butter and jelly. Everyone must’ve brought one in their lunchbox when they were little, and it’s going to be a very interesting topic of what is the best item to put in a rice ball….