Cooking Passion

Shooting in restaurants turned out impractical, inconvenient. Hence did my passion grow from photography to cooking. Being a granddaughter of two great cooks (grandma from both sides), I felt confident that I ought to inherit at least half their talents. Then as life carries lots of surprises, I met two friends who in a specific way fueled the little cook in me. Now, I'm unstoppable.
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The Japanese rice ball called 'onigiri' is filled with shreded baked salmon, and then covered with tororo kombu which gives a pretty appearance.

The Japanese rice ball called 'onigiri' is filled with shreded baked salmon, and then covered with tororo kombu which gives a pretty appearance.

Okowa is steamed glutinous or sticky rice which in Japanese is called mochi rice. There is a huge variations of okowa. This one is main flavored with satsuma imo, a Japanese sweet potato. The other dish is egg boiled inside aburaage, a deep-fried tofu skin. Vinegar sauce was used to boil the tofu pouched egg.

Okowa is steamed glutinous or sticky rice which in Japanese is called mochi rice. There is a huge variations of okowa. This one is main flavored with satsuma imo, a Japanese sweet potato. The other dish is egg boiled inside aburaage, a deep-fried tofu skin. Vinegar sauce was used to boil the tofu pouched egg.

Udon without deep-fried tofu called aburaage, on top, would not be 'Kitsune Udon' because according to a folktale, aburaage is a fox's favorite, and fox in Japanese is 'kitsune'.

Udon without deep-fried tofu called aburaage, on top, would not be 'Kitsune Udon' because according to a folktale, aburaage is a fox's favorite, and fox in Japanese is 'kitsune'.

Chilled tofu topped with grated ginger, katsuobushi and green onion. Yuzu ponzu is poured over. Hiyayakko is commonly served as summer appetizer

Chilled tofu topped with grated ginger, katsuobushi and green onion. Yuzu ponzu is poured over. Hiyayakko is commonly served as summer appetizer

Basically it's sushi rice stuffed into seasoned tofu pouch. The tofu pouch is called 'abura age' in Japanese. Optionally, the sushi rice ball can be wrapped with seasoned nori before stuffing into the tofu pouch.

Basically it's sushi rice stuffed into seasoned tofu pouch. The tofu pouch is called 'abura age' in Japanese. Optionally, the sushi rice ball can be wrapped with seasoned nori before stuffing into the tofu pouch.

Basically it's sushi rice stuffed into seasoned tofu pouch. The tofu pouch is called 'abura age' in Japanese. Optionally, the sushi rice ball can be wrapped with seasoned nori before stuffing into the tofu pouch.

Basically it's sushi rice stuffed into seasoned tofu pouch. The tofu pouch is called 'abura age' in Japanese. Optionally, the sushi rice ball can be wrapped with seasoned nori before stuffing into the tofu pouch.

Okowa is steamed glutinous or sticky rice which in Japanese is called mochi rice. There is a huge variations of okowa. This one is main flavored with shiitake mushrooms and thin stripes of meat

Okowa is steamed glutinous or sticky rice which in Japanese is called mochi rice. There is a huge variations of okowa. This one is main flavored with shiitake mushrooms and thin stripes of meat

Okowa is steamed glutinous or sticky rice which in Japanese is called mochi rice. There is a huge variations of okowa. This one is main flavored by satsumaimo, a Japanese sweet potato. To finalize, salmon nori furikake is generously sprinkled over.

Okowa is steamed glutinous or sticky rice which in Japanese is called mochi rice. There is a huge variations of okowa. This one is main flavored by satsumaimo, a Japanese sweet potato. To finalize, salmon nori furikake is generously sprinkled over.

Chicken and scallion skewered on a bamboo stick, and then grilled. During the grilling process and after, a homemade sauce (tare) coats the pieces, complementing the scent of charcoal.

Chicken and scallion skewered on a bamboo stick, and then grilled. During the grilling process and after, a homemade sauce (tare) coats the pieces, complementing the scent of charcoal.

Onigiri wrapped with baked seasoned nori, enjoyed together pickled salmon.

Onigiri wrapped with baked seasoned nori, enjoyed together pickled salmon.

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