MEATBALLS WITH MINT AND QUINOA

This has been a very technique-driven year in my kitchen. Lately I enjoy choosing recipes that introduce a new (to me) way of preparing something, or which give…

chicken curry mac's carrot restaurant mejiro tokyo

RESTAURANT: MAC’S CARROT

I’m out running errands all day on a rainy Monday. One of my errands brings me to Mejiro, and I’m in the mood for curry. A quick search,…

completed shrimp scampi with pasta topped with parsley

SHRIMP SCAMPI WITH PASTA

I remember the first time I saw shrimp scampi on a menu. I must have been around 13 years old or so, because it was at an age…

dijon miso dip spread nandemo kitchen japanese food cooking

RECIPE: DIJON MISO DIP/SPREAD

A friend of mine was coming over for dinner recently. I’d spent a couple of hours working on a stew and had just put it into the oven…

finished turkey frame and lentil soup nandemo kitchen

RECIPE: TURKEY FRAME SOUP WITH LENTILS

Thanksgiving is not a thing in Japan. Just the sight of a roast chicken is rare, let alone a roast turkey. It’s something celebrated (to the best of…

original homemade tomato sauce from nandemo kitchen

RECIPE: HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE

“Master the basics!” is such a vague suggestion. Where do you draw the line between what is basic and what isn’t? Doesn’t it vary from culture to culture?…

bowl of spicy shanghai style soup

RESTAURANT: CHIPAO MARATAN (AKASAKA)

You know, as much as I love soup, when I’m thinking about a restaurant to go to, I never think to myself, “I want SOUP!” I suppose it’s…

finished sweet potato and manchego tortilla with coriander mojo

SWEET POTATO & MANCHEGO TORTILLA with CORIANDER MOJO

Ever read a recipe and involuntarily go “OOOOOH”? That’s what I did as soon as I read the phrase “Sweet Potato and Manchego Tortilla with Coriander Mojo.” It…

Sushi platter at Shirube in Shibuya

RESTAURANT: SHIRUBE (SHIBUYA)

The first time I went to Shirube in Shibuya, I was rather confused. My friend, guiding our group, led us down a main street, and then took us into a…

Bowl of Moroccan stew with Greek Yogurt topping

MOROCCAN STEW WITH KABOCHA

So. September. Summer is still going in my mind because at the time of writing this I can hear cicadas buzzing outside the window. This month feels a…