rice stalk

Rice run – a new perspective

After moving to Canada from Japan, my husband and I had a lot of adjustments to make. One thing that stayed constant was our need to keep eating our favorite Japanese rice. Back in Japan, the closet grocery store was steps from our door. We could buy an easy to carry bag of rice whenever…

rice paddy in Katagami

Rice run – the burden

Moving to Canada from Japan was a huge adjustment for my husband and I. Besides the weather, crazy drivers and the necessary evil of cover letters (a requirement in Canada with many job applications), our beloved Japanese rice caused some of the greatest strain. We managed to run out of rice more than once. To do…

Romanian/Ukranian Easter Bread

Easter bread and celebrating Grandma

Tomorrow is Good Friday and our family Easter meal will be on Sunday. Both Hitoshi and I are not religious but this time of year is important for me to celebrate one of my grandmothers. How will we do this? Through food, of course! My grandmother was Romanian with roots in Bukovina and she married…

rice growing in the mountain's shadow

Succession planning in a more traditional Japanese family

Hitoshi’s family has agricultural roots. Much of his extended family still lives in rural communities and maintains land for growing rice, vegetables and fruit. While Hitoshi’s family no longer grows food for sale, the land remains part of the family reach. Land is crucial to succession planning. It is so important in Hitoshi’s family that…

Japanese warehouse

In-laws as parents: adopting for marriage in Japan

When Hitoshi and I got engaged, I started thinking about changing my last name. I love Hitoshi’s family name. It includes some of my favorite natural objects. Taking it shows recognition of my Japanese connection. Best of all, it is his mother’s last name. When I told Hitoshi I was going to change my last name to…

miso soup in a pot

Recipe: my first successful miso soup

I had a lot of trepidation about making delicious miso soup but it was all for nought. The recipe below got a 5-star review from hubby. Before you start This soup was made in Canada so it is possible! For those in Japan, this may help you avoid the mistakes I made. Some may think that…

miso soup

Miso Soup – the heart of a Japanese Kitchen and a part of any meal

Tart tomatoes. Steaming, sweet rice. Salty grilled salmon. Heady miso soup. My first breakfast at Hitoshi’s family home before we were married was unforgettable: warmth, flavour, simplicity, variety, nourishment. My future mother-in-law’s miso soup was not entirely made from scratch. This takes several hours starting with soaking kelp and shaved dried bonito to make the…