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Re my tempura soba post... I forgot to add the "first time making tempura soba _...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:47
Re my tempura soba post... I forgot to add the "first time making tempura soba _since moving to France_" part originally. I've written about this before, but they don't sell raw (even raw-frozen) shrimp in this part of semi-rural France at regular local supermarkets, or even at our excellent local fishmongers...they do sell raw-frozen shimp at Asian markets, but the closest big chain (Paristore) is 2+ hours away by car. Hence the experimentation with pre-cooked shrimp.

I don't really mind this kind of thing from a professional point of view though, since whenever I write Japanese recipes meant for use by people who don't live in Japan, it gives me a good sense of how important it is to take availability of local ingredients in to account...something that isn't even an issue in translated cookbooks for example. Not everyone lives in a big city with Asian or Japanese grocery stores nearby....but that doesn't mean you can't cook Japanese dishes, as long as you have a few key ingredients! ^_^

Funassyi cookies. I know... I'm obsessed

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-01-22 09:08
Funassyi cookies. I know... I'm obsessed


I tried making tempura soba for the first time since moving to France...it went...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-01-20 11:29
I tried making tempura soba for the first time since moving to France...it went ok but using precooked shrimp for the shrimp tempura didn't work too well >.< (It's kind of a bother to get raw shrimp here in the semi-boonies of France...) I think I will try making kakiage for the tempura part and then maybe post a recipe....


I brought back some Funassyi pear juice by request. The Guy pronounced it &quot;not b...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2015-01-17 09:45
I brought back some Funassyi pear juice by request. The Guy pronounced it "not bad".


Royal milk tea #Yokohama

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Two things that are way cheaper in France and probably a lot better. (At least t...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-01-16 09:31
Two things that are way cheaper in France and probably a lot better. (At least the cheese is...actually this is raw milk cheese, which isn't available in Japan...)


More Japan pics: no, this isn&#039;t Pepto-Bismol on the rocks! It&#039;s strawberry flavo...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-01-15 07:34
More Japan pics: no, this isn't Pepto-Bismol on the rocks! It's strawberry flavored Calpis.


More pics from Japan: An old fashioned purin (caramel flan) a la mode, at the hi...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-01-14 09:02
More pics from Japan: An old fashioned purin (caramel flan) a la mode, at the historic Hotel New Grand in Yokohama.


More leftover pics from Japan...I posted the making-of homemade sushi but forgot...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-01-12 16:04
More leftover pics from Japan...I posted the making-of homemade sushi but forgot to post pics of the sushi itself! Made by my mom... Not bad at all eh?


Sometimes instant ramen is the only thing that hits the spot.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sun, 2015-01-11 14:53
Sometimes instant ramen is the only thing that hits the spot.


Vegan ramen! #Kyoto

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I received word today that The Just Bento Cookbook has been reprinted again. I t...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-01-09 22:13
I received word today that The Just Bento Cookbook has been reprinted again. I think that's the 9th printing...or 10th? I'm not too sure anymore. ^_^; It's really nice to know it's still selling well enough to reprint though! Thank you to everyone who has bought it! (I know, work on another book or something mumble mumble)

Yup I&#039;m back in France.... (The foie gras chips are subtle but the truffle ones...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-01-09 10:12
Yup I'm back in France.... (The foie gras chips are subtle but the truffle ones are pretty intense)


I&#039;m back home in France now, but some leftover pics from Japan... This is a bowl...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-01-08 10:22
I'm back home in France now, but some leftover pics from Japan... This is a bowl of nanakusa gayu (7-vegetable or herb rice porridge) made with the veg pictured previously.


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