Buttery Garlic Bread

Today was super busy, so Tanooki forgot(skipped) to go grocery shopping.

Tonight’s main dish was tomato marinara pasta, but when tanooki opened pantry shelf,


Not quite enough pasta was left on my pantry.

My dinner buddy would come back in 30min, so there was no time that tanooki could rush into the nearest grocery to grab pasta.

But, there was still some baguette left, so let’s turn it into garlic bread to spare the dinner table room.

It is classic dish that everyone must have had for their snack or appetizer especially with Italian food, so my dinner buddy won’t notice the behind pantry secret.

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Lotus Root Salad

Lotus root is cute. It has unique shape with a bunch of holes. So even if you cook a simple salad, it can be special dish to make your table gorgeous.

Here is another Japanese fusion salad using lotus root and salted kombu.

If you bring it to july 4th potluck, it will be the center of attention and conversation for its beauty and crispy taste!


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Quinoa Salad

Quinoa is new ingredient for me. My friend recommended to eat it for its richness of protein, but I didn’t know what I can cook and what kind of taste they have. He said I can substitute rice with quinoa, and sure they are, the grain’s natural sweetness and way of cooking is very similar to rice.

When I cooked quinoa salad for the first time, I had sensational moment for its deliciousness. It had sweet taste from quinoa and beans, and freshness from veggies and herbal, refreshing aroma from parsley. And after finish eating, it gave the important lesson of :

  1. Always bring a small mirror so that you can check something isn’t playing hide and seek inside of your mouth.
  2. Always bring toothbrush so that you can prevent awkward moment when your friend/colleague/boss found something is still on your mouth.

Cooking with something new ingredients always gives you joy and takes you to the new world of taste, so try it if you haven’t tried cooking quinoa salad 🙂


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