rhubarb strawberry granola(!) with roasted rhubarb and fresh strawberries. i used pureed rhubarb in place of applesauce for a granola recipe - you can't really taste rhubarb in it but it worked as a binder perfectly. i threw in dried strawberries from a local dried fruit shop just to make it a rhubarb strawb combo!
ルバーブといちごのグラノーラ ローストルバーブとフレッシュのいちごとともに。 #heresmyfood
spring vegetable rice with herbed omelet. a sort of #pilaf, with the rice cooked in a (homemade) vegetable broth then mixed with butter sautéed asparagus and snow peas, and blanched fava beans. topped with a thin-ish omelet with #kinome (#木の芽), or young leaves of #sansho (#山椒) pepper, mixed in. served with shaved parmigiano cheese. a seasonal and light riff on #omurice, a japanese comfort food that's a favorite among the kids and the kids in grown ups.
#heresmyfood #inseasonnow #onthetable #feedfeed #instafood #eeeeeats
katsuo-bushi for snacking? if you have tried any japanese dish of a traditional kind, chances are you've had #katsuobushi, or bonito flakes, as an ingredient of #dashi. it's often used as a topping / garnish as well, but i never 'ate' it, like actually eating it, until i tried a large piece of some pre-seasoned, soft-finished and thickly-shaved kind at @farmersmarketjp the other day, as they were offering samples. the lady at the shop, called Katsuobushi Ikedaya (#かつをぶし池田屋) told me you could enjoy it as you would with prosciutto - not that this actually tastes like parma ham, but you can use it in a similar way. I got a bag of the stuff for home, and we are hooked! i had some on a simple salad of sweet Awaji onions. also on the table were miso-cured tofu, one plain and the other smoked, both packed with umami and perfect as an appetizer, from Ginza Wakana (#銀座若菜). i will post a picture of these things in their finished form at @guardian_cook, where i am doing an insta takeover for the weekend. i have posted about the katsuo-bushi and Awaji onions as well, and you might even see something that may be familiar to you if you come here often. ;) cx
#食べる削り節 ！先日、青山のファーマーズマーケットで出店していた「かつをぶし池田屋」 さんで試食させてもらったのがおいしかったので買ってきました。まずはシンプルな新たまねぎのサラダのトッピングにしてみました。ちなみに玉ねぎは甘くておいしい #淡路島玉ねぎ。神戸のお友達が10kg！も送ってくれました。毎日もりもり食べてます。一緒に写っているのは豆腐の味噌漬け（普通のと燻製のもの）。こちらは漬物の「銀座若菜」で。じっくり旨みがあって、酒のつまみにちょこっとずついただきたい感じです。
not so public service announcement: this weekend will find me popping up in the @guardian, as i talk a bit about my kitchen and things i do in and around there in a Kitchen Encounters interview in tomorrow's issue of Cook, in The Guardian and on theguardian.com, AND take over the @guardian_cook instagram account Saturday and Sunday to share my little weekend food adventures. hoping to see you there! #CookKitchenEncounters #CookTakeover
seeded banana bread with lemon sesame drizzle. very lightly sweetened cake (over)loaded with tiny seeds - golden flax, poppy, and black and white sesame -, with a zingy lemon icing brightening things up nicely. i made this last week on the day I left for tokyo after staying up nearly all night, and i'm afraid i let the loaf rather overbaked, in addition to very nearly forgetting putting the sugar in it(!). but the cake came out gracefully tasty, even though not much to look at. phew. recipe by @we_are_food, from #AModernWayToEat.
the day warm enough to start with cold-brew green tea and frozen pineapple even up here in the mountains. back from a short-ish stay in tokyo and taking a little breather before getting ready to hit the road in less than a week..
#beantobar chocolate bars from a few speciality shops in tokyo: Trinidad and Tobago, Tanzania, and Ghana from #MinimalBeanToBarChocolate (#ミニマルチョコレート); Peru and a blend from #CacaoStore (#カカオストア) by #Theobroma; Columbia (with almonds), Vietnam, and Brazil from #GreenBeanToBarChocolate (#グリーンビーントゥバーチョコレート); and Cuba and Haiti from #ArtisanPaletDOr(#アルチザンパレドオール). my favorites: Ghana (Assinfuso), Peru, Vietnam (Lam Dong), and Haiti. again, purchased and photographed earlier the year but i'm still slowly savoring them, a little piece at a time. #chocolatelover
small bags of coffee beans from a few tokyo coffee shops, including @aboutlifecoffeebrewers, @sarutahikocoffee, #littlenapcoffeestand, @shozocoffeestore, and @bluebottlejapan. not from this time but one of my last stays in town earlier in the year (didn't have a chance to post it), and all gone now.. #coffelover #coffeetime
that day i had an iced drink THEN grabbed some ice cream.. it's been so warm in tokyo! here i got refined sugar free gelatos from a middle east-inspired dried fruit & nut shop, in two flavors: fig and dates, both sweetened with the respective fruit (and coconut sugar for the fig). you can barely see the date one but both pretty rich and intense! *the geotag seems to be a by off - this was at the Shibuya Hikarie mall. #fareastbazaar
my first iced coffee (americano) of the season from this past weekend at @faro.coffee.and.catering, a bright new cafe located inside an eighty-year-old building. the beautifully polished wood flooring and the distressed concrete walls (see my previous post) are just as old. #farocoffeeandcatering
..and my casual stop at the farmer's market this afternoon turned unexpectedly into an hour-long wandering and wading through the crowd at the Tokyo Coffee Festival that, as i then discovered, was taking place right behind the market this weekend. with a sheet of 'tasting' tickets, which gets you to sample five shot-size cups from shops of your choice from among those 20-30 participating, i tried: Ethiopia from Nagasawa Coffee of Morioka, Iwate; Brazil from Coffee-ya of Nakano, Tokyo; Costa Rica from Nagoya Coffee Roasters of, presumably, Nagoya(?); Keyna from And Coffee Roasters of Kumamoto; and Panama from Cafe Lulu of Taichung, Taiwan. the #tokyocoffeefestival is scheduled to come back in September.
iced peaches 'n' cream matcha! not your usual matcha latte but lighter and fruity with a bit of peach juice mixed in. barely sweet and totally smooth. braved the line on the last day of the three-day pop-up by @matchabarnyc hailing from brooklyn here in tokyo at @organic_table_by_lapaz. too bad they were momentarily out of their special gf donuts when it was finally my turn to place an order! #matchabar
ピーチ＆クリーム抹茶ラテ！ ブルックリンのmatcha bar が東京で3日間限定のポップアップということで行ってきました。日本でよくある抹茶ラテとはちょっと違う感じで、桃ジュース入りのを選んだのでさっぱりしてました。（すいかジュース入りのもあった！）
what's the best way to try out an ice cream spoon and an ice cream bowl? to eat ice cream with them! tableware shop Chidori @utsuwa.chidori today hosted a one day only pop-up ice cream parlor with ice cream shop / cafe Aozora in Rokucho, Adachi-ku, to help kick start an exhibition featuring works of three artists. the fresh and light milky ice cream was served in the handsome glass bowl by Keiko Lee (#李慶子) and with a stainless steel ice cream spoon by Yoshinori Nagashima (#永島義教), with a lime sauce on the side, served in small ceramic pitchers by Koichi Ohara (#大原光一). 水道橋の千鳥さんで始まった「大原光一・永島義教・李慶子 三人展」では初日のきょう、足立区六町のアイスクリームカフェ「あおぞら」さんのアイスクリームを振る舞ってくださっていました。李さんのアイスクリームボウルと永島さんのアイスクリームスプーンでいただくミルクアイスに、大原さんのピッチャーに入ったライムソースをかけていただきました。今日は暑かったので特に嬉しいサービスでした！今後もこんなおいしい企画を楽しみにしてます！ ＞ @utsuwa.chidori
can i have one of each? or two of each maybe?? gorgeous stainless steel flatware with a touch of antique feel, hand-forged and in two finishes (shiny and matte), by metalsmith Yoshinori Nagashima (#永島義教). part of a three-artist exhibition that opened today at Chidori @utsuwa.chidori in Tokyo.
東京は水道橋の千鳥さん @utsuwa.chidori でずっと楽しみにしていた「大原光一・永島義教・李慶子 三人展」、初日のきょう伺ってきました。去年初めて拝見した永島さんのステンレスのカトラリーがとても素敵で、少しずつ集めたいと思っているのですが、新作の「いぶし」シリーズが好みすぎて震えました、、。永島さんご本人のお話も伺えてよかったです。カトラリーが載っている大原さんの黒いお皿も好みで迷いました。。