As I was at the doorsteps struggling to reach deep inside my bag to pull out my bunch of keys, I heard a low-pitched voice calling me from behind. 「伊藤さん、伊藤さん！良かったら、このみかんどうぞ。うちの庭で採れたのよ ～ 」 It was my neighbour who lives directly opposite us. Katayama-san is already 80, yet still full of charms – she doesn’t even look that old actually.
For many years, I have kept my New Year’s resolution the same. I guess by far, this is the hardest goal I’ve ever tried to achieve. My doctor had warned it’s a high time that I grit my teeth, clench my fists and set my mind to it – ah, losing weight is no joke!
Immediately they came back from school, even before putting down their bags, George and June would come straight into the kitchen to keenly check what I’ve made for afternoon snacks. Actually both of them often grumble – grumble about me being strict with the kind of snacks they pick and eat.
Seriously I’m not a massive fan of pasta, but I don’t know why I’ve got so hooked on this. Could it be, because it has a little spicy taste and drier in texture – the kind I always like in Chinese chow mein (stir fried noodles)? However don’t get me wrong, this Wafu Mentaiko Pasta 和風明太子パスタ is definitely not a chinese dish.
I know this isn’t the right season for this recipe, but sorry …! I didn’t want to see my last bits of Yuzu go into waste. So today, here you go – Yuzu bits in Chiffon cake! They are almost the same colour, so many people tend to easily pass lemon and yuzu as a same fruit. However, Yuzu’s unique oriental aroma with sense of sour bitter taste subtly give it away.
Waste not! Never throw away your Yuzu peels. They are so aromatic, it would seriously be a great waste if you do that. Yuzu can be commonly found in every part of Japan during fall/winter and Japanese use them to spice up their dishes since the olden days.
Forget about the frozen ones, at least from now till August! Fresh Edamame 枝豆 are in season! Even for us living in Japan, this is the only time we get to eat them fresh. You often seen them at Japanese restaurants, this salted starter dish is a little bundle of nutrients. High in soya protein, eating Edamame can help to reduce insulin resistance, kidney damage, and fatty liver in people with diabetes.
Soba noodles are highly recommended for people who have trouble satisfying their appetite which often leads to overeating. It is low in calories and high in fiber. Helps to hold down in your stomach, allowing you eat more but weigh less.
We all know sesame seeds 胡麻 (ごま goma) are very good for health. They are high in magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and copper which can improve pain and swelling of arthritis. It is further known in the recent studies, with an intake of 10-20grams per day, they actually help to fight aging.
Best available from November to March, though Daikon can be easily found all across Japan almost anytime. They are rich in folic acid, Vitamin C and anthocyanins and said to be an effective cancer-fighting food source. Also relatively low in calories, cholesterol, fat and high in roughage and water content, is an excellent food choice those who on weight control and diet programme.