Feb 22

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Melon Pan Toast

Tomorrow is National Toast Day!  A few weeks ago Little Northern Bakehouse reached out to me about collaborating on a toast project to celebrate National Toast Day.  Their bread is gluten-free and vegan (woohoo!), a hard combo to come by, so I thought it would be a fun project to work on.  I decided to make “melon pan toast.”  Melon pan is a Japanese sweet bread that is covered in a thin crunchy cookie layer.  It gets its name (melon) from the cross-hatched marks in the cookie topping, giving it the appearance of a melon.  It doesn’t usually have a fruity, melon flavor.  Melon pan used to be one of my favorite treats in Japan. [Read More…]


Feb 7

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Vegan Curry Rice

Today is my 12th blogiversary.  It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for that long!  When I started my site we were living in Japan and Squirrel was just 7 1/2 weeks old.  Since then we have lived in California and Utah, Bug was born, we adopted Monkey, we have had countless adventures, and we have been through both good things and hard things.  I  know some of you have been with me since the beginning and others have come in along the way.  I love you all for being part of my life and helping me want to keep up this little space on the internet.   Thank you!

Vegan Curry Rice

To celebrate I thought it would be appropriate to share a meal that is a favorite of ours.  We love Japanese curry rice, a popular dish in Japan made up of a variety of vegetables and meats cooking in a thick curry gravy served over steamed rice.  I’ve written about this dish before, but didn’t start working on a vegan version until about 4 months ago.  I actually didn’t have to change very much, but it still took some recipe tweaking to get the right flavors and textures in play.  I hope you love this plant-based version as much as we do. 650-537-0063

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Vegan Mapo Nasu (Japanese Eggplant Stir Fry)


I’ve already extolled the virtues of mapo tofu in the recent past, but did you know that there are variations on mapo tofu?  Although my favorite will always be the classic mapo tofu, the version made with eggplant, called mapo nasu, is seriously delicious!  Eggplant replaces the tofu in this version of the Japanified Chinese […]

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January is a cold month in northern Utah.  Looking out my office window right now, seeing the blanket of white on our front lawn, and the icy patches on the road, I am perfectly happy to stay inside where it’s warm and dry.  Can you tell that I don’t love the cold?  One thing I do love […]


Herb Cashew Cheese Spread

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Happy Wednesday Fuji friends!  How is your January shaping up so far?  Ours has been cold, so I’ve been hibernating a bit.  I did get out for a long run this past Saturday, since the sun was actually going to be out, but by the end of the run I was so frozen that it […]

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Happy New Year Fuji friends!!  I hope you are having a wonderful day.  I am currently sitting at my desk typing this in my pajamas.  Our older girls go back to school tomorrow, so we are making the most of being comfortable and hanging out together.  Last night Mr. Fuji’s family came over to celebrate […]


Vegan Schaum Brötle (German meringue cookies)

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Last week I wrote a piece for Today’s Mama, that went live this week, about my great-grandmother’s recipe for schaum brötle, a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth, German meringue cookie that is full of chopped walnuts, chocolate chips, and a hint of lemon zest that brightens the flavors.  Writing about those cookies had my mouth-watering, so I decided […]

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A recipe for a Japanified Chinese dish may seem like a strange thing to post right before Christmas, but Christmastime always makes me think of the scene in A Christmas Story where the neighbor’s dogs escape and get into the kitchen on Christmas Day and eat their turkey, so the Parker family has to have […]



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*Disclosure: This post contains Amazon affiliate links that earn me a small commission, at no additional cost to you.  I only recommend products I personally use and love, or think my readers will find useful. Hello Fuji friends!  I’ve been working on buying gifts for everyone on our gift list and struggling with a few.  Aren’t […]

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New York! New York!

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Christmas and my birthday (coming up in January) came early for me!  Mr. Fuji surprised me with a trip last month to New York City as an early gift, including having my mom and dad fly up fro Southern California to stay with our kids!  It was a quick trip—only 3 days—but we managed to […]

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