ハロウィン Halloween words in Japanese

To be festive I thought I would make a post on Halloween related words in Japanese.

おばけ Obake Ghost
ゆうれい Yuurei Traditional Japanese ghost
こうもり Koumori Bat
ばけもの Bakemono Monster
あくま Akuma Devil
くろい ねこ Kuroi neko Black cat
がいこつ Gaikotsu Skeleton
ち Chi Blood
あめ Ame Candy
かぼちゃ Kabocha Pumpkin
まじょ Majo Witch

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食べもの Mitsuwa food fair

This weekend for my birthday I went to Mitsuwa’s food fair. There were so many different types of food from all over Japan to choose from. When I first arrived I went to the Takoyaki stand, one because it’s one of my favorites and two because they were so energetic. They were saying いらしゃいませ! おいしい たこやき!(Welcome! Delicious Takoyaki!) Then I went to get a kabocha korokke(my favorite!) and also an inari with crab bento. Lastly at the very bottom is Mitsumame from one of their cafe’s that is there year round.

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ドキュメンタリー Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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A few weeks ago I watched this awesome documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It was so inspiring how this 85 year old man, Jiro Ono, works every day making amazing sushi. All he serves is sushi in his 10 seat restaurant in a Tokyo subway station. He says in the movie that he really does dream of making sushi at night. I think this is what keeps him living, knowing he has such a love for something that he has perfected. If you like something to inspire you I highly recommend watching this documentary. When you are done watching you will feel the need to be as dedicated as he is to whatever your craft may be.

本 Japanese/English cookbook

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For an early birthday gift I got this awesome cookbook. It is written in both Japanese and English. So whether you are looking to just cook Japanese cuisine or if your trying to read and cook Japanese this book is for you! You can find here on jbox.com.

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えび Shrimp with a Japanese flair recipe

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So for lunch today I made a salad with shrimp. I’m going to share this tasty shrimp recipe.

Ingredients:

1 pound of fresh uncooked shrimp peeled
1 tbsp Soy sauce
1 tbsp cooking sake or white wine
1/2 tsp thyme
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/4 celery salt
1/2 tsp black sesame seeds
Just a small drizzle of Sesame oil
Olive oil to lightly coat
Lemon after cooked

Put all ingredients except lemon in a bowl with shrimp an mix well. Fry on medium heat till cooked. Afterward squeeze fresh lemon on top and place on your favorite salad ingredients.

べんとう Lunch

Last week I was in the mood to make a bento lunch. For the first time I tried making the chick hatching out of a hard boiled egg. I used black sesame seeds for the eyes and a carrot piece for the beak. I also added in my bento bowl carrots, broccoli, strawberries, rice underneath and canned sardines(by the way I love sardines (^ – ^) ).

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夏 What makes a Japanese summer

When I think of a summer in Japan I think of many things. They have their own unique summer. I think of festivals and wearing a yukata. Fanning yourself from the humid heat with a traditional japanese fan and eating shaved ice or drinking ramune. Below I will go into detail about each unique thing.

incense pig

This pig is not only cute but you can put incense in him called
かとりせんこう(katorisenkou) that are suppose to repeal mosquitoes. You can buy it at jbox.com

まなつび  (manatsubi) midsummer day

むしあつい  (mushiatsui)  humid

まつり (matsuri) festival

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はなび (hanabi) fireworks

すいか   (suika) watermelon

ラムネ  (ramune) japanese soda

かきごうり (kakigouri) shaved ice flavored with sweet syrup

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ゆかた (yukata) cotton summer robe/kimono

せみ  (semi)  cicada

ほたる  (hataru) fireflies

きんぎょ  (kingyo) gold fish

furin

ふりん (furin) chime

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うちわ (uchiwa) japanese fan

かいせき Interesting videos on kaiseki

I wasn’t able to embed the video but it is very interesting and beautiful presentation. I placed the links below.

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This is part 1.

This is part 2.

ケラケラ This Japanese video is too funny

ちゃわんむし Egg Custard

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Yesterday my fiancé and I decided to make chawanmushi since it’s one of my favorite dishes. Only problem was we didn’t have a steamer so we made a ghetto rigged one. We put a pizza pan that has the holes in it on top of a pot of boiling water then covered the top with tin foil. It took much longer then it should have taken but still tasted good. Also when we took them out they deflated making them look funny.

I only added the shiitake and carrot since that’s what was in my refrigerator but traditionally you can also add shrimp, chicken, ginkgo nuts and a couple others which have slipped my mind.

Recipe:
4 eggs
1 can chicken broth (2 cups)
Tbsp mirin
Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp dashi
4 small Shiitake mushrooms
4 slices of carrot

First start the boiling water. While the water heats lightly mix the eggs so they can mix without bubbling. Then add the broth, mirin, soy sauce, dashi and mix. place a shiitake and carrot slice in each of the 4 ramekins. Add the mixture to each ramekin then cover each one with tin foil and place in covered steamer for about 20mins or till toothpick comes out clean. Finally let cool since it will be super hot and enjoy!

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