Grated Nagaimo Rice (Tororo Gohan)

Since summer is around the corner, our body should be ready for burning day. In my home country, nagaimo is one of the best food to fight heat.

 

In my home country’s summer, the amount of food people eat decrease because the humidity and the temperature rob our power. But nagaimo has power to digest food efficiently, it is considered as the best helper to survive scorching summer.

 

When you grate nagaimo, it become very slimy. In Japanese, we use toro or toro-toro or similar word to describe slimy texture stuff, so most of food with grated nagaimo is called tororo. When you buy nagaimo from the store, it may be gigantic. In fact, mine was over a yard size and it was the smallest one. I asked people who work at the store, but it was the tiniest one they could find, so I took home the one named tiniest-in-giant-world.

I used to love playing with slime when I was a kid, but looks like I love slimy food as well. So anyway, try this and stay healthy. Don’t lose summer!

 
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For Healthy Blood Vessel~Onion Salad

This recipe is for onion lover specifically:)

Or, if you are huge meat lover and a little concerned with high blood pressure, this salad makes your blood vessel smooth and stay healthy even with high fat diet!

 

Some would say raw onion makes your mouth stink, but trust me, if you slice onion finely thin and soak them in cold water, it won’t. Rather than their spicy flavor remain on you, they wash out your mouth from oil like juicy steak or bbq. Just a small head of onion can make you healthy, so if you wanna stay healthy(I know everyone does!) try having it on the side of your dinner!

 
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Thai Flavored Eggplant and Tofu

My neighbor has so many Thai restaurant. They all have authentic Thai dish like pad thai, curries, or tom yum soup, stir fry dish vary on which restaurant you choose. Although they are all great, as I love Thai dish so much, I wanted to make some on my own, so here it is! Thai basil with eggplant and tofu!

 

Fresh herbal aroma of basil with mellow veggies created the perfect dish, so if you are craving Thai dish, my recipe is here!

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Classic Minestrone

Do you know what’s the difference between tomato soup and minestrone?

One day I was looking up that and found many article states that if the soup contains a variety of veggies even without tomato, it can be called minestrone.

I thought minestrone was a tomato soup with a variety of veggies (celery is a must,) but just veggie soup could be called minestrone, so it made me surprise. While there are so many article about what makes classic minestrone, most of them said if the soup contains pasta with other variety of veggies, it would be that.

As looking back my school lunch, I had minestrone but it didn’t have pasta in it. It had celeries, carrots, onions, but no pasta for sure. So when I read the article, I learned I was eating tomato soup that wants to be minestrone someday.

I still doubt soup with lots of veggies and pasta is the one to be called minestrone, but anyway I made the “classic” recipe of minestrone.

With a variety of veggies, mushrooms and even with carb, this is the easy and complete meal for just a bowl:)

 

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Shimeji mushroom and Salted Kelp Rice

I wanted to make takikomi Gohan so much the other day, but I couldn’t because I was running out of soy sauce.

 

Running out of soy sauce. You hear me?

 

As I grew up in Asian country, soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine are the must haves when cooking.

 

But I did. Why? Because I was waiting for my favorite brand of soy sauce to be on sale! It was so unfortunate for that they stay regular price for such a long time…Now I regret why I didn’t buy it when it was on sale few months ago.  

 

So anyway, going back to takikomi Gohan story, I made it by using other ingredients: salted kelp!

 

I thought it would be lack of taste somehow, but it actually turned out great!

This is vegan recipe, so if you are trying to be a vegan, let’s try it!

 
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