Archive for December, 2011


Saturday, December 31st, 2011


Starting with the omlette toast in the morning :)

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Then our mistake. Red Bamboo. Vegan Philly Cheese Steak and Vegan Pulled Pork Sammich. Nothing we expected from the description. I don’t think the onions you see in the pic is “caramerized onions”. We really didn’t like their food, though we left with a clean plate. It’s not for vegans like us who actually loves vegetables. All vegemeat, soaked in sweet sauce, cold bread, unmelted daiya cheese. I was really disappointed, because I was actually looking forward to this :(

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And we ate Soba noodles, supposed to eat it at midnight of New Year’s Eve, but since I can’t afford to gain much more weight, so we had it for dinner this year!

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and we are cheating on Osechi, New Year’s food, we already started eating them!

  • 紅白なます
  • 切り干し大根の松前漬け
  • 黒豆
  • 筑前煮
  • かぼちゃの煮物
  • かき揚げ年越しそば

And the dessert!!! I love love love Lifethyme! I took Whitney there for the first time today, it is like vegan sweet lover’s heaven! Today, Whitney picked this Carrot Cake. It was heavenlyyyyyyyy

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And their amazing ingredients!

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It’s so big, we ate 1/4 each time, so it had 4 servings! That’s a good deal, right? :) Yummyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!




Saturday, December 31st, 2011


So I’ve been trying to cut back on sugar and oils, and I found a great recipe that doesn’t use any sugar and a little bit of oil! All the sweetness comes from raisins, cranberries and applesause (no sugar added one). I looked at this Japanese recipe and changed a lil bit.

Here’s the original recipe! 柔らかオートミールクッキー(マクロビ)cookpad

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I like small cookies, so with the recipe, it gave me about 15-20 cookies.

  • Oatmeal 60g
  • Wholewheat Flour 70g
  • Canola Oil 1tbsp
  • Apple Sauce (no sugar added one) 75cc
  • Soy Milk 75cc
  • Cinnamon 1/2 tsp
  • Raisins 45g and I also added a handful of dried cranberries
  • Roast Walnuts 30g
  • Baking Powder 1tbsp
  1. Pre heat the oven at 375
  2. Mix all the ingredients really well with a spoon
  3. Shape 1 into a cookie shape (it won’t spread so make a shape that you want the final cookies to be at this stage), Bake for 20 minutes
  4. Take the baking pan out of the oven but don’t move the cookies yet, let them rest on the pan for 5 minutes and remove the cookies

It’s not like a sweet cookies like American cookies, but it’s pretty sweet with raisins and I do like it! :)




Friday, December 30th, 2011


Starting to get ready for the New Year’s food! ;) But I was craving mix rice with root vegetables.

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011


Last week, we got this instant corn potage that was vegan, and it was so good! I always loved it, and bring me back to my junior high days, drinking those in a cold day in Japan.

But, this was very expensive! It was $2.99 for 3 packs, that’s like $1 for a cup, and it’s an instant drinkie! And I said it’s vegan, but since it’s in a powder (very processed), I thought, I should make up my own! So, after a short research, I got an idea of how I wanna make this. We had this for morning today, and it was oh so good. and warm. and such happiness in a cold winter morning, especially today in Brooklyn.

Vegan Corn Potage Recipe

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what you’ll need:

  • 1 small can of cream corn (it’s vegan!)
  • 1/2 medium size onions-chopped
  • 1 potatoes-chopped to small pieces, I don’t peel it
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic- minced
  • 1 tsp veggie broth powder
  • water (eyeball to cover the veggies after you add the corns, maybe like 1/2 cup?)
  • Soy milk-as much to get the thickness you want, I probably added about 1/2 cup?)
  • Nutritional yeast- I just sprinkled some, maybe like 1tbsp, can do without it
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat up a pot, add olive oil, garlics, and onions, and cook til onions are translucent, add the potatoes
  2. then add the can of cream corns, stir well
  3. Add the veggie broth powder, water, and let it boil, once it boils, put on the lowest heat setting, and put a lid on, and let it cook for like 30 min (I took shower at this stage, but don’t do it if you’re alone! I had whitney to be aware of the pot!)
  4. if the potatoes seemed cooked, start mashing with the potato masher
  5. Sprinkle nutritional yeast, add soymilk just to get to the desired thickness, and season with sea salt and pepper

I didn’t have this right away, so I don’t know if it would taste different, but I had this in the morning and it was amazing! :)




Thursday, December 29th, 2011


I saw this recipe for Kijidon in the recipe book that my mother gave me when I first started cooking (started living outside of school campus), and I don’t know why it’s called that, probably something to do with green pheasant (kiji).

But the ingredients in the sauce sounded exactly like a flavor I was craving, so I used the inspiration and made the Kijidon with Mock chicken!

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  • Cabbage and tomato salad with chili powder (キャベツとトマトのチリサラダ、結構辛い!)
  • Pumpkins (常にあるように作り続けてる、かぼちゃの煮物)
  • Fu (gluten) Tofu and Shungiku in Sukiyaki sauce (仙台麩、焼き豆腐と春菊のすきやき風の煮物)
  • Pickled Daikon radish and cucumbers (お漬け物)
  • Collard Greens
  • Kijidon (きじ丼)
  • Veggie Clear soup from Jon’s yummy broth!

Kiji don recipe-3 servings like the one in the picture, or 2 servings and each person gets more!

  • 1 mock chicken stick

Sauce:

  • Soy sauce 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Vegan oyster sauce 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Vegan Sugar or Sugar substitute 1/2 tbsp
  • grated garlic -about 2 cloves
  1. Mix the sauce well, and pour it in a plastic bag
  2. Poke the mock chicken with a folk all around it, and put it in the plastic bag with the sauce, massage it well
  3. leave it in the fridge for a day or 2
  4. Heat up a non stick pan, take out the mock chicken and cook each side on low heat, make sure it’s heated through
  5. Take it out, slice them, put them on top of rice
  6. Heat up the rest of the sauce and put on top of the mock chicken

I put the sprout on top of rice, then mock chicken, then topped it with green onions, it was really good! :) I should’ve made more! This made 3 servings

And this was my lunch! Yummy!  All I did was cook noodles, thanks Jon! and the Zaiya for giving away free Onigiri on Tuesday!

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011


For our Christmas get together, Jon made Zha Jian Mian! It’s from his grandma’s recipe, and it was so so so soooooooo good! I can’t put enough emphasis on how tasty it was! :P I felt sooooooo HAPPY.

Jon’s food is always, without a fail, super yummy, but also, so pretty!

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And the soup he made the broth from roasted soy beans, kelp and mushroom.

Now I’m inspired! I want this broth for Ozouni for my New Year’s days! I gotta start working on it soon! :) Thank you, Jon, for always inspiring me with the amazing food and the ideas that I never would have thought of!