Sweet Potato Cake
January 24, 2015

Sweet Potato Cake (we call it just "sweet potato" in Japan) is a Japanese baked treat. I always thought it was an import from the West so I was surprised to learn it originated in Japan around 1900. As you can imagine, the original recipe is very simple. A mashed Japanese yam combined with eggs and sugar and then shaped into a small oval shape and baked in the oven.

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Sweet Potato

Global Feast: New York
Best of December 2014
January 11, 2015

Holiday seasons are great. You have an excuse to go out and eat even more without feeling too guilty. The damage to your bank account and body can be ignored until January comes and you just enjoy feast after feast. And then we all freak out in January. This gluttony comes just once a year so we suspend our guilt - at least for December.

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Japanese New Year Food (Osechi) 2015
January 3, 2015

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful New Year's day.

My 2015 started with a traditional Japanese New Year meal - Osechi - just like every year but my osechi is getting less traditional each year. As much as I appreciate the traditional osechi, I like my very fist meal to be something good for me and my husband.


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Osehi 2015

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