Citrus-Drizzled Cranberry Cookies

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As I mentioned in my previous post, I went to a cookie exchange. It was fun! However, the downside of it is that… The cookies I brought home are almost gone? Impossible!!! I have no self-control. I have to work it off as soon as I can. What’s Cookie Exchange? Click here (scroll down once you get there) to learn about Cookie Swap on Martha Stewart. Since my daughters wanted to go, but I was too busy to make the required number of cookies, which was 6 dozen (baking is not my strength), I purchased some beautiful icing cookies from TH Bakes. You can see the Christmas tree and pink and blue snow flake icing cookies made by TH Bakes here. I didn’t want to be the only one who did not bake, so I did manage to bake some. Citrus-Drizzled Cranberry Cookies is one of my favorite cookie recipes […]

Chicken-Butternut Tagine

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日本語訳は下 My good friend started a Facebook cooking group where a recipe is announced at the beginning of a month and the members are supposed to cook the recipe individually at their home sometime during that month. If you cook, you post a photo or two of the dish and at the end of the month, you participate in a group discussion. I find that it is a great way to be inspired to cook! Our first recipe was Chicken-Butternut Tagine which I have never made or even tempted to make, so this gave me a great opportunity for me to cook outside of my comfort zone which I don’t do often enough. When you move overseas, it often becomes very challenging to cook or a bit uninspired to cook at the beginning because the shopping environment can be completely different from what you’re familiar with. Since I am a […]

Simple Asian Coleslaw ☆ Cabbage Salad

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I’m not very good about posting recipes on my blog space, I decided to share this recipe that I have been loving lately. Simple Asian Cabbage Coleslaw is an easy Asian salad that even my kids enjoy. This recipe was inspired by Asian Coleslaw on Simply Recipes. What I like about this salad is that this salad can be made easily anywhere in the world as ingredients are available. I could find soy sauce and sesame oil even in Senegal, West Africa, 9 years ago. I can buy all soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar in Mumbai, India which makes me happy. The peanuts add a nice texture to the salad, but to avoid food allergy, you can simply omit peanuts. For a little more Asian kick, you can add cilantro if you have some at home. This is an easy and nice addition to a meat main dish. […]

Daikon Salad & Preschool


We came back to the D.C. metro area in the summer 2008. My oldest child was 3 and 9 months at the time. I immediately started looking for a school for her after we settled back in the States only to find out that most popular preschools had lottery back in February and there was no openings. I was also flabbergasted by how expensive preschools are in the D.C. metro area. My daughter started preschool education in Japan. The amount I paid there was nothing compared to how much parents pay for preschool education in this area. In most cities in Japan, there are private and public preschools. Needless to say, public options are cheaper than private options. My daughter went to a private preschool in Okinawa, Japan. Japanese preschool education starts from a 3-year-old class and is for 3 years, but I found a preschool which had a 2-year-old […]

Happy Friday & Gyoza


Fridays are always nice, but this past Friday was a bit blue for me since I saw that there were not many visitors to my blog when I checked my stats early Friday afternoon. I said to myself, it shouldn’t bother me. I do this for myself. Despite my efforts to keep my mind away from thinking about it, the fact affected my confidence for my blogging ability a little. However, there were two events that changed my somber mood. (I’m made very simple.) I learned that my favorite blogger “nordljus” posted a new entry. It was delightful to see her new post with stunning photographs. Looking at her pictures allowed me to have a peaceful moment on Friday afternoon which filled my heart with warm feelings. There are two blogs I check religiously; nordljus and sweetfineday. They are the reason I started this blog. Both blogs have gorgeous photos […]

Fried Eggplant Salad


My Japanese friend cooked dinner for me a couple of weeks ago. One of the dishes she made was this wonderful eggplant dish, whose recipe she got from her another Japanese friend. I scarfed it down. Since I loved it so much, I had to ask her for the recipe. This is not exactly the same as the original recipe in terms of the amount of condiments, etc, but it worked for me. Eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables. Unfortunately not my husband’s. When I first had this dish, I thought that he might be able to try this one! This is by far my favorite eggplant dish. Eggplants taste so great with oil! The best part is that it’s easy!! Ingredients eggplant………. 2 large size eggplants or 8 Japanese (small size) eggplants vegetable oil……….as needed dressing A. soy sauce……….4 tbs mirin……….4 tbs water……….2 tbs sugar……….1 1/2 tbs tobanjan……….optional […]

Window Side Picnic


It was raining last Friday morning. I picked up my older daughter at her preschool at noon and we went home. I didn’t have any plans for the afternoon. I usually have some activities for my girls either a play date or play group and I tend to rush my girls to eat lunch quickly for the next activity. It felt nice to have no schedule once in a while. I had all afternoon with my girls. I started to fix lunch for them. They always love to have rice balls (onigiri) and tamagoyaki (Japanese egg omelet), so I decided to make some for them and have them eat lunch by the window since we can’t go outside due to the rain. My older one helped me prepare lunch. I love it when she tries to help although it is actually more work for me than anything and it takes […]