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SHED Rice Workshop, featuring Onigiri

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)




 

Workshop from 11am - 2pm on 2/6 $95

 

In the United States rice is often served as a side dish, but in Japan, rice is the centerpiece of a satisfying meal. Rice is nourishing, delicious, versatile and gluten-free. Join Sonoko Sakai, Japanese food writer...

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Common Grains - Grain Growing Project

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)





A wonderful story in the Los Angeles Times about our grain growing project.  It was no small effort - that was for sure..  But I am happy we have come this far.  We still have a ways to go before we see local flour but
we are almost there...
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2015 Soba Workshop - Gourmandise Cooking School

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (1)





Happy New Year!  I defitely feel like I am off to a fresh start.  My resolution of 2015 is to keep the blog current,, fun and informative.  For fun, there will be two soba workshops in January at Gourmandise Cooking School in Santa Monica.  Both...
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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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