Gogh's Sun Flower

The August is started.
It is really hot in Japan.

Today i found cute Sun Flower at my favorite shop.
This name is Gogh's Sun Flower.
It is more ellegant shape than the normal one.
I decorate this at the entrance and it makes bright!

It is popular to eat sticky vegetables like Okura or Nagaimo(Yam) in summer.

I made minced chicken humgerg with those vegetables.

The flavor is Teriyaki suace (sweeten soy sauce).

This is cucumber sushi.
The rice is vinegard with myoga(summer ginger) and sesame seeds.
Sprinckle nori on top.
This is very fresh rice dish in hot day.

This is miso which is fermented soybeans products.
We use this for many dishes like soup,dressing,saurce...etc.

The left one(light brown) is basic miso.The taste is very mild and a little sweet.
I like this.
The left one(brown) is aka(red)miso.The taste is a  little strong and salty.
This is good for summer.

I deep fry the eggplant in the oil and sprinkle myoga(summer ginger).

Pour the dashi soup including miso.
It is good to change the type of miso in each season.


Summer vegetables in July

Kyoto,we have one of the biggest festivals,GION MATSURI  in July.
You can see about 32 wooden floats  on the streets in the central of kyoto.
These are the pictures i took July 16 in evening.

This name is MOON float.

The boys are parading on the main street.

I enjoyed taking a walk in late evening after the classes.

It is very excited and nice tradition.

The next morning July 17 is the parade's day.
It is beautiful sunny day!

A lot of men are working hardly to move the floats with their hands.


I use summer vegetables recently.

Corn soup

We have a custum to eat  Unagi(eel) in July 21st.

Unagi Donburi (steamed eel with rice)

Fushimi Tougarasgu (Kyoto local sweet geen papper) & baby sardine

Cook with saysauce,mirin with dashi

Kabocha(pumpkin)  I cut the skin with spots.

Simmer with dashi,sugar and soysauce.

I like the pumpkin with a little bit soy & sweet flavor.

I cut the skin with thinly slices

Simmer with dashi with a little light flavor soysuace

Serve with grated ginger

Cook the Tofu balls with edamame(green soy beans) with dashi

These vegetable dishes are good matching with white rice!


Bento  - lunch box-

Sometimes I bring my bento box to my office.
I make a few things in the morning ,but mostly they are leftover last night.

Part 1

● grilled salmon,
● eggplant&soinach salad,
● carrot salad,
● chikuwa (fish cake)
● omelet with green beans

When we make bento,we care the color combination.

Part 2

● small sushi roll with cucumber&ume,
● potato salad,
     ● sausage,
     ●  tofu stake,
     ●  omelet with seaweed,

Part 3

● beef&green,red pepper with chinese style sauce
● fried-egg
● chikuwa&cucumber
● popato&beans salad with carry flavor 

part 4

   ●   Yakisoba&bread 

JUNE Flower  Rainy season