Yakisoba

Happy July 4th!  Is everyone having BBQ on the beach or in your backyard?    One of the culture shocks I had when I talked about BBQ is: why don’t they finish the BBQ feast with fried noodles, yakisoba!? When I have a BBQ or Okonomiyaki party, there is always yakisoba. But when I had…

Cauliflower Fried “Rice”

Happy National Eat Your Vegetables Day!  Did you know, today 6/17 is the day to enjoy yummy vegetables!  To celebrate this day, I want to give a little twist on my food to get as many vegetables as possible.    Have you seen rice cauliflower in the produce section or frozen food aisle? When there…

Rich Creamy Sesame Soba Salad

Tahini. Condiments made from toasted sesame. Sesame Paste.  From the above statements, I should think tahini and I have a close relationship, but still tahini is my newer condiment. I’m still on my way to find the way to enjoy it at this moment. Its rich toasty flavor of sesame appeals to my appetite but…

Cheesy Curry Fried Rice

Fried rice is a very flexible food. You can add anything you want, and once the ingredients are different, they can give totally different flavor just in a plate.  I’m writing this recipe right after I noticed I uploaded curry fried rice a long time ago. But the difference is everywhere! I am no longer…

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

Peanuts butter. What do you use it for the condiments?  When I first arrived in the US, I didn’t know PB & J sandwiches were that popular because I couldn’t believe the combination of these condiments.  PB is already sweet(well, Japanese PB is!) jelly is already sweet. Do you mix them? Really? This is one…

Zesty Pasta Salad

Happy wheat Wednesday! I remember we had a huge debate for which one’s best whether macaroni salad or potato salad. Now, I know I just dropped a bomb because this is one of the hardest questions for foodies.  Both are great side dishes for BBQ, good for potluck, or have rich creamy taste. Mmm, I…