5月の料理教室のお知らせ

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皆さんこんにちわ、

やっと春が来たと思ったら雨、と思ったら明日から夏日、という四季感の無いニューヨークですよね。 私はこれから花粉症シーズンが始まり、薬漬けの日々が始まります。 これだけ技術が発達している2013年、アレルギーが治る薬をさっさと開発してほしい所です。

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4月の料理教室のお知らせ

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春は何処に。。。 日本は桜も散り始めたと聞いていますが、こちらはまだまだつぼみも固いですね。 先日はちょっと暖かいかなと思ったので調子に乗って靴下を履かずに靴履いて出歩いたら風邪ひきました。。 ニューヨークってここ何年も春がなくていきなり夏になってしまいますよね。今年もそうなるんでしょうか。。強いて春を感じられるのはグリーンマーケットにRamp(行者にんにく)が出始めた時ですかね。

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MOTOism: Baking with Charcoal Powder

You know what’s inside your Brita filter, right? Charcoal. You know the best way to keep the fridge from smelling bad? Put a piece of charcoal in it.

Due to its purifying effects, people in Japan take powdered charcoal as a daily supplement, and some people even say it saves you from radiation. There’s no scientific proof in this, but there is hope.

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MOTOism: Homemade Dried Shiitake

Dried mushrooms are fashionable. They are packed with umami, and don’t contain any artificial crap. By drying them, mushrooms are concentrated with nutrients and all the good stuff. Mark Bittman wrote about the greatness of dried mushrooms. Pre-packed dried shiitake are found easily at Asian grocery stores, but majority of them are made in China. After seeing all the crazy pollution there, it’s sort of disgusting to think these are sun dried in China, under such heavy smog (this probably isn’t true since majority of companies use drying machines, rather than sun for this process).

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MOTOism: Ghetto Gourmet: Ramen della Carbonara

Ramen culture has finally reached America. In New York, when it rains, it rains cats and dogs. There are so many new places opening up and I already lost count. Tonkotsu, shoyu, miso, there is so much variety. Plus, American-owned ramen places serve innovative dishes that are more like soupy pasta than ramen.

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MOTOism: Homemade Ponzu

When life gives you sour oranges, make ponzu sauce.

Ponzu is such a versatile condiment and its acidity adds a lot more dimension than regular soy sauce. It’s also extremely easy to make your own ponzu at home. Especially when you find sour oranges (called dai-dai in Japan, and sometimes called “bitter orange” here in the States), you should make your own batch of ponzu. You can also use other citrus, such as meyer lemon, yuzu, kabosu or sudachi, if you have access to a bunch of it. Though I haven’t done it, meyer lemon would make a really nice ponzu, with its awesome sour/bitter/sweet flavors.

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MOTOism: Ultimate Luxury @ 35,000 feet

Oops, I did it again. Some of you may remember my report from last year on my first class flight on American Airlines, and the experience was surely memorable and comfortable. First class has bigger and longer seat, and you can stretch out like you are in your own bed. Food was somewhat ok, but never great. Until now.

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MOTOism: In Memory of My Aid (2000-2012)

Aid, Kitchen passed away on Wednesday, December 19, 2012. She was 12 years old. Since she was adopted (refurbished model), the exact date of birth is unknown. The cause of death is paralysis. The bowl is completely stuck on the base, and no matter what I’ve tried, it won’t dislodge. In another words, her brain is still working perfectly, but her body is frozen, forever, so we decided to put her to sleep.

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MOTOism: Family Crabbing

Happy New Year. 2013 has started with a perfect sunrise in Japan. Hopefully it signifies that the rest of the year to be bright and shiny. 2012 was filled with happenings: from Taylor Swift changing boyfriends 18 times, to Gangnam Style to Sandy craziness to starting my own business. Let’s hope 2013 will be a good year for everyone!

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MOTOism: Move Over Shio Koji, Here Comes Shio Yogurt

Trends in Japan changes as often as Taylor Swift changes boyfriends. It’s like, wasn’t she dating the Kennedy kid and even bought a house across from his in order to be close to him? Next minute, she is shacking up with one of the bad boys from One Direction. And she publicly stated, “I don’t understand relationships.”  I am sorry, this is a food blog, but once I start my Taylor Swift bitching, I can’t stop. She is a slut with big teeth and an ugly face and sings stupid songs about broken hearts, etc., etc…

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