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83 (The joy of cooking | 料理の楽しさ)

January 17, 2011

Lemon cookie dough | レモンクッキーの生地

This lemon cookie recipe is from Design Sponge
このレモンクッキーのレシピDesign Spongeより。
One of the best things to come out of living in the country and having a lot of time for me has been getting more and more comfortable in the kitchen. I can say that I enjoy cooking now, and believe me, that was unimaginable of me back in Tokyo. I’ve always liked reading about cooking and collecting recipes, and when I had a TV in Tokyo, at least one channel seemed to be doing a show on food or cooking, and I often ended up watching those. But when it came to actually trying those recipes out myself? It was too much of a hassle, and on the rare occasions that I did, it never came out good. It wasn’t worth it when there were so many dining and takeout options possible. (I do miss my regular Thai ramen joint that I often stopped by after work though. That taste I don’t think I’ll ever manage to duplicate in my kitchen.)

Curry | カレー

It’s also been a good challenge not being able to get ordinary staples, like curry roux sold in the variety back home. This has forced me to try cooking a curry from scratch.

Corn and egg soup with wakame | コーンと卵のわかめ入りスープ

One day I had a soup craving. Something in the lines of the egg soup you can get in Chinese restaurants. I described it to Yuval and we both set on a web search for a recipe. Yuval found one first (in Hebrew, nonetheless) that sounded easy and promising. And voila! It was perfect. We added wakame to make it even better. Back in Tokyo, I probably would have just bought instant soup. Perhaps I still would if such instant soup was available here.

African Chicken Peanut Stew | アフリカン・チキン・ピーナッツ・シチュー

Or this African Chicken Peanut Stew that sounded too good to be true. I enjoyed every minute of cooking it, which was surprisingly easy, and it tasted incredible.


Girl Scout Cookies Samoas Bars | ガールスカウトクッキー・サモアズ

Who from the U.S doesn’t like Girl Scout cookies? This is the recipe I followed, except I made my own caramel sauce. Only because I couldn’t find caramels in the store here, but I’m glad I couldn’t!
I hardly ever buy sweets anymore. Before I used to buy little chocolate squares every time I had a chocolate craving. Now I bake. And while these photos may be unconvincing, I have slowly started to seek out healthier alternatives. Replacing yogurt for butter, reducing sugar. And I avoid recipes with corn syrup.

But sometimes you just have to go all out on the sugar and butter. It’s dessert after all, right? And I used to think knowing how much sugar is in something will make me eat it less. If it tastes good? Not really.



Yuval's salads | ユバルのサラダ各種

But Yuval is the true chef in our household. He’s the kind of person that can throw something together from inspiration or memory, and it tastes amazing. Even if he follows a recipe, he just follows it halfheartedly and alternates it here and there. I on the other hand, can’t function without a recipe. Through him and his sudden cravings and inspirations, I hope to learn more about Israeli food.

I feel fortunate to naturally fall in to this cooking habit, both a necessity and a luxury in our current life. I’m thinking of trying this biscotti today!



Much love,

8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 17, 2011 1:47 pm

    These are amazing and inspirational! Maybe some day I’ll be able to develop a taste for cooking the way you have. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened yet, even when I had the time last year. As for Japanese cooking shows, I always got the impression they were for people who had nothing but time and an unending enthusiasm to go all-out with the domestic side of life. For better or worse, some of us don’t fit that mold 🙂

    • January 18, 2011 10:03 am

      Believe me, if I also lived in Tel Aviv I don’t think I would have developed the habit of cooking either! All those dining options and well stocked grocery stores… aah..

      You must have missed out on the boy band cooking show phenomenon. It was like all of a sudden male celebrities had to show off their cooking skills.
      I personally liked the shows that introduced yummy restaurants and hole in the walls… I guess I just like looking at delicious looking food 🙂

      And I also don’t think I’ll ever fit in to that domestic mold even if I tried!

  2. January 17, 2011 3:19 pm

    Oh, that all looks delicious!! I recognized that egg soup – used to like those in Chinese restaurants with a nice chunky spoon…
    I really think I’m going to have to start making proper food too…Can you stop with all the inspiring stuff!! The beauty of blogs,eh…:-)

    • January 18, 2011 10:08 am

      Ah those chunky spoons…I miss those. They seemed to make eating even more fun (and the food more appetizing). And I just googled for the name because I forgot… れんげ 🙂

      Yes yes you should start cooking! Then we can swap recipes 🙂

  3. Sumi permalink
    January 19, 2011 2:15 pm


    • January 19, 2011 3:55 pm

      既に料理が上手なすみれちゃん、レパートリーが増えたらまた遊びに行かせてね 笑



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