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Grilled Ongiri - A perfect July 4 weekend BBQ treat

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)


Here is the story which appeared on Zester Daily about my favorite snack food: Yakionigiri. 

Koda Farms Kokuho Rose Brown Rice Onigiri

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (1)


I opened a box of Koda Farms Kokuho Rose brown rice. It's an organic heriloom varietal grown in Northern Caliornia near Merced by the Koda farmily. I love their brown rice.  I soaked the rice overnight and cooked it in a rice cooker on the brown rice setting.  It came out fluffy and sticky   - an important factor when making onigiris.  ...
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Killer Onigiris

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)





I've been eating Tartine bread non-stop for breakfast, lunch and supper but after two days, I felt like eating rice for lunch.   Onigiri came to mind, but of course, I wanted to celebrate RICE CRAFT - the ongiiri book I am going to write for Chronicle Books. One of the reaasons why I was in SF wa...
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Gluten Free Soba Workshop

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)



I have a dedicated soba room in our house - our second bedroom.  But for this gluten free soba workshop, I wanted to do it in a larger space, so I moved the workshop to the living room and dining room.   I asked Sakai to make me a second large table to accomodate the number students that s...
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Restoring Ancient Grains to California

Posted on May 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a story I wrote for Zester Daily on Caliofrnia farmers efforts to grow Landrace grains. (Go to link)

Pet wisdom on how to stay cool

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)


How to stay cool:  
1. Take it easy.
2. Drink lots of water.
3. Use your master's buckwheat cover crop to cool off.

Kale and Asparagus Soba Salad

Posted on April 29, 2014 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (0)







I am making soba for Deborah Madison's cookbook promotion at Cooks County tomorrow.  So I thought I would practice a little.  I have to make 80 servings but the portions are small, so it sh...
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Morning Walk - Tehachapi Ranch

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)





Perfect Eggs for a Japanese Omelet's Elegant Swirls

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

One of my favorite passtime is making a Japanese omelet.  If I have pastured eggs, the occasion becomes even more special.  Here is the omelet story I wrote for Zester Daily.  The pastured eggs I used to make this omelet came from Linda Vista Farms.


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Easter Lamb

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)


 



Sushi just right for making at home

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)





Noone really makes nigiri sushi at home - we leave that to the sushi chefs.  But almost every home cook makes chirashi-sushi. It's a scattered sushi - a Japanese version of a paella or pilaf.   This particular chirashi sushi is vegetarian; the toppings can be almost anything you want them to be - b...
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Lilac bush - first bloom -Tehachapi ranch

Posted on April 14, 2014 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)


The lilac bush that I planted two years ago are finally starting to put on some clusters of flowers.  The bush is still small, compared to the lilac bushes that I see in front on people's ranch houses in Tehachapi but one day it will get there. I am tempted to cut...
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Spring in Tehachapi -Morning walk

Posted on April 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)




With Sakai gone to Europe, I came to Tehachapi alone. But Ana and Kurokin keep me company.  Kurokin had been locked up in the ranch house for nearly a week, so sure enough she needed some fresh air.  Ana and I went for our morning walk ar...
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Wooden Boat

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)




The night before taking off to his first art show in Germany,  Sakai was in the garage doing woodwork. It turned out he was working on a little wooden boat for Masa, our grandson.  It's Sakai first grandson, my step grandson.  I already met Masa last year but Sakai had ...
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Fresh bamboo - Soba Umami Workshop

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)


 


I got my first order of bamboo shoots from Penryn Farms. Last year, I wrote a story about their bamboo shoots in Zester Daily (

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California Poppies

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)



        

I love the dessert in the spring, especially when I see the large capets of bright orange poppies spread over the dessert.  I used to call the Poppy Reserve to find out when...
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Snow in Tehachapi

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)


  

We finally had some rain and snow in March and April. I took this picture yesterday while walking with Ana and feeding the horses on our ranch.  The clouds were moving in.  Ana paused for a moment.  Sorrel, one of the horses, raised h...
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Bar Tartine - Dashi event

Posted on April 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)




We had a few wonderful days with our friend chefs, Nick Balla and Courtney Burns, and her kitchen team at Bar Tartine. I brought in my friend, proprietor of Yagicho-hoten - a shop in Nihonbashi, Tokyo that specializes in naturally dried food products like b...
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Dashi ingredients - The Three Essentials

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)




Karebushi - Dried Bonito

If there are ten things I love about Japanese food, Katsuobushi would be one of the main reason...
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Basic Country Bread a la Tartine - Lesson 1

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)




After taking Dana Morgan's Tartine bread baking class in Weschester yesterday, I let the dough rest in the fridge overnight and took it out this afternoon to bake it.  One of the things that Chad Robertson, author of Ta...
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