Seven Must-eat January Herbs (Nanakusa)

Seven Must-eat January Herbs (Nanakusa)

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 2nd Feb 2018

In Japan, January 7 is the day of the Festival of Seven Herbs ( Nanakusa no sekku). On this day, the Japanese make a special porridge called nanakusa-gayu with seven herbs, rice, and a bit of salt. … read more
Umami: The Fifth Sensation of Taste

Umami: The Fifth Sensation of Taste

Posted by Yukiko Kisaki on 30th May 2016

Ripe tomatoes, grilled salmon, aged cheese, baked mushrooms: What do these foods have in common? They all taste delicious — no matter how they range in the four basic tastes of sweet, bitter, … read more
Kumquat Preserve with Kudzu Syrup

Kumquat Preserve with Kudzu Syrup

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 22nd Feb 2016

Here is my recipe for making a delightful winter preserve using whole kumquats (kinkan in Japanese) and kudzu root powder. Ingredients Kumquats: 2 kg Cane sugar: 800 g Water: 1 cup Lemon … read more
Black Soybean Tea Cake Recipe

Black Soybean Tea Cake Recipe

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 9th Jan 2016

Here is a quick recipe for tea cake with wholesome  petite black soybeans. For the batter, I use whole-wheat pancake mix. You can use a gluten-free mix available off-the-shelf in most markets … read more
Crustless Japanese Pumpkin Pie

Crustless Japanese Pumpkin Pie

Posted by Yoshi Kai on 27th Oct 2015

Here is a low-calorie, gluten-free recipe for a pumpkin pie using kabocha squash (Japanese pumpkin) and kudzu root powder instead of flour, which you can make in about 20 minutes. An average k … read more