How to Start a New Year Fresh

Posted on Dec 28, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

Here is our strategy practiced at the end of the year in order to start a New Year totally fresh without any strings in the old year attached. One important advice. Do it with soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat flour. Check the ingredients list on the back of the noodle package. Only ingredient you will find is buckwheat flour. Dozo Yoi Otoshi...

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New Holiday Dessert: Try Uguisu-mochi

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

 Want entertain your family and guests with something new dessert during this holiday season? How about the Japanese dessert with rice and beans? This home made version is surely better than the commercial mochi ice cream in flavor and texture. Check out the great SAVEUR 100 COOKS’ EDITION which just came out. It is issue 171. On page 78 #item 98 you will find my Uguisu-mochi recipe. Uguisu-mochi is made from sticky rice flour, which produces very tender and soft...

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Want to To Learn More? Worldwide Culinary Apprentice is the Answer

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

Happy Holidays!!! Chef Rogers Powell, the founder and operator of very popular online cooking school, Worldwide Culinary Apprentice, invited me to join him to produce Japanese cooking videos. The series is called Fundamentals of Japanese Cooking. Please visit www.worldwideculinaryapprentice and watch the videos during this holiday seasons: sushi rice, sushi shoyu, tamago rolled omelet, secret of wasabi!, simmered shiitake mushroom, and more. Chef Rogers have many great...

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The Wasabi

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

Cultivation of wasabi rhizome began quite many years ago in Japan. The wasabi farm, which I visited several years ago in Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan, is owned and operated by Yoshihiko Shiratori, who is the seventeenth generation. The business was founded by his ancestors four hundred years ago. It is the oldest wasabi farm in Japan. Mr. Shiratori’s farm is situated 2,200 feet above sea level and surrounded by high mountains, clean air and water. His wasabi grows on...

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Tamed Pigeon

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 in Hiroko's Blog

Washington Square always entertains us with different street artists. We saw new artist yesterday. They own domesticated pigeons…. From far away we spotted a woman and a flock of pigeons on the ground. There were several by standers around them. Pigeons were not moving. Were they hypnotized by the woman? As we approached to the pigeons and woman we learned that the pigeons are stuffed birds! In the photo you can see her finishing an additional pigeon, which later...

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