||Healthy vegan snack, vegan peach cobbler,
stray cats, and so on.
||Vegan pizza and brownie as well as experiences
at several vegan restaurants.
||New soymilk product and vegan ramen noodle, and
||Stories about the meeting with Japan Vegetarian
Society chairpersons, vegan wedding meal, and experiences in
Kyoto and Vietnam.
||Attended Japan Vegetarian Society's meeting,
delicious vegetarian food in YOKOHAMA China town, wasting time
and money on staling foods, and trip to Penang.
||Experimenting some vegan breakfast recipes, receiving
an e-mal from the reader, pondering bug's life, and so on
|| Tried a macrobiotic restaurant in Tokyo, and
the trip to Laos.
||Struggling to get a vegan flihgt meals at Malaysian
|| Having vegan wedding plates again, business
trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, and busy days.
|| Nayonnaise discovery and some food disasters.
||Life is going on.
|| Attended a meeting on refugee issues in Japan
held by Amnesty International Japan
||Fresh soy milk and fasionable fake leather sneakers,
||A conversation with my husband over a TV show
and "Meatarians vs. vegetarians."
||A trip to the U.S. for research. Had an opportunity
to attend a fantastic vegan wedding of my friend's.
||A thought on eating whale meat.
It's past midnight and I've just made a chocolate peach pie
in my tiny kitchen. An hour ago, suddenly I had a craving
for a pie then took a night walk to a supermarket. Also I
wanted to get the fresh air because I didn't go out for all
day long except for a shopping to a small tofu store near
by my place. Typing my laptop for hours, my legs became swollen
and I felt that I was desperate for some exercise as well
as for a pie.
It took me around eight minuets to go to a supermarket. There
were just a few people in a store at that late hour and it
was really like midnight. The items at this supermarket are
relatively expensive so I had to keep my mind not to buy unnecessary
things. Still I probably spent too much money. I intended
to buy only frozen pie sheet but in the plastic bag I hold,
there are a bag of Doritos, a can of Tom Yum Kun soup, and
a block of cheddar cheese on a whim. It cost more than 1,500
The pie should have baked longer, I guess.
|I found the barbecue sauce of my favorite tortilla
chip is vegan. Happily I finished almost a bag of the chip though
I may need to concern if it is GM food.
|My favorite snack, healthy version. The Vietnamese
fresh spring rolls with any veggie and sauce. Generally I put
my leftover cooked rice on rice papers. Too much carbohydrates?
You can fry them in the pan, if you like greasier taste. (And
I like it!)
|You can easily tell the big difference between
New York City and Tokyo by seeing the subways. We are so proud
of the cleanness we are keeping all around the country. But
I wonder if you would find a big, fat cockroach on the fifth
avenue in Manhattan. Today people were making a big fuss around
that insect in Ginza, the most expensive place in Japan.
| My "Power Breakfast" is ramen noodle. Instead
of people in Hong Kong who swallow a bowl of DEMAE ICCHO with
two fried eggs, I humbly put a lot of vegetables and nori seaweed
on the top of noodle.
| Accidentally I found fabulous food court downstairs
of a department store in Shibuya. That was the paradise for
who are desperately seeking for American foods. Besides the
variety of selection from potato chips to wheat germs, the cost
was not so expensive. You'll see even large size of cereal boxes
that are rarely expected to see in Japan. I was so excited to
encounter Fiddle Faddle on the shelf and came back to home happily
with an instant pizza mix to make my original one without cheese.
|Nowadays, my little ivy is suffering from nasty
bugs. Taking the advice of a flower shop's clerk, I showered
the plant, trying to wash all the bugs off. It seems that my
solution did work but I've found that another plant was covered
with another kind of bugs. I showered it too but those bugs
were tough enough to stay on the leaves. So I have to pick each
bug and kill it whenever I see the small white insects. It's
disgusting, of course, but at the same time, I feel joy of saving
my plant. Well, how contradictory it is, the life of a vegetarian
who wants to be kind to all the living creatures!
|Two vegan recipes have joined to my menu. Yesterday
I baked a peach cobbler from "Cookin' Southern, Vegetarian Style"
(fascinating book!), substituting the syrup of peach can for
soy milk because I'd noticed that I didn't have any milk after
starting mixing dried ingredients. Anyway it worked! Cobbler
was so easy to make and delicious, too. My husband and I finished
it in a day and I will add this fabulous recipe to my weekend
Another one was Baba Ganouj, the eggplant paste. Two weeks ago,
I made an eggplant paste from a cookbook written by a Japanese.
The taste was different from what I remember so I checked Debra's
"The Lowfat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook" and found that I needed
to put tahini, sesame butter. I had to use sesame paste instead
of tahini, so hard to find in Japan, but this time my Baba Ganouj
was successfully made. I was satisfied with my Baba Ganouj that
very close to the one I ate at a deli in NY. The next hard part
is how I can find pita bread in my neighborhood?
| On the way to the library, I saw an old little
woman who was feeding stray cats around there, though, at that
place, there was the notice from the city office, saying not
to feed stray cats. It reminded me of the lady living with thirty
(not thirteen!) cats in Baltimore. She couldn't ignore those
poor cats and saved them from the streets. Now her house is
a kind of "Cat Mansion": It looked like the cats, not she, own
the house. By the way, I can't remember if there were any signs
in U.S., forbidding from feeding stray cats.