Okinawa

Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) – “Dancing Mushroom” 舞茸

Maitake (Grifola Frondosa) – “Dancing Mushroom” 舞茸

“Maitake” is a mushroom native to northeastern Japan.  It is used widely in Japanese and Chinese medicine as an aid to restore balance to the body. Known here as the “king of mushrooms”, it is one of the principle mushrooms used in Japanese and Okinawan cuisine. It can be […]

Hmong Red Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) 赤キュウリ

Hmong Red Cucumber (Cucumis sativus) 赤キュウリ

The Hmong red cucumber is a rather deceiving vegetable.  From the outside it looks like a gourd or a squash.  Many Westerners here in Okinawa have come across them and not known they were looking at a cucumber in disguise! The flesh is mild and […]

Egg Fruit / Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) (Kanisuteru) 卵、果物

Egg Fruit / Canistel (Pouteria campechiana) (Kanisuteru) 卵、果物

The “egg fruit” (scientific name: Pouteria campechinana) is a sweet, light fruit, originally from central America.  It is cultivated widely throughout Southeast Asia, including Okinawa. It grows on a hardy evergreen,  (Sapotaceae family) and is a distant cousin of the shea nut from the African […]

Hanami Dango 花見団子. 三色だんご

Hanami Dango 花見団子. 三色だんご

Perhaps the world’s first “cake pop”, The “hanami dango” is a popular confection in Japan and Okinawa.  Similar to the popular mochi dessert of Japan; which is a sweet dumpling made with machiko (glutinous rice flower), it is served on a skewer to celebrate flower blooming […]

Hyuganatsu Mican (citrus tamurana) 日向夏柑橘

Hyuganatsu Mican (citrus tamurana) 日向夏柑橘

The farmer’s markets here in Okinawa are nothing short of extraordinary.  Never before, in all my travels; have I seen such a volume of fresh markets spread over such a small area. You can easily shop at four or five in one day.  Although, why […]

A Reflection on the book I did not write:  Field Research Highlights: May 10-16, 2014

A Reflection on the book I did not write: Field Research Highlights: May 10-16, 2014

Update:  July 2019. I intended on writing a book on Okinawan foods while living in Okinawa.  But after I was blindsided by depression, I had to focus on getting better and making sure my family was okay.  I did get better.  Sometimes I still look […]

Poached “Gurukun” (Banana Fish)

Poached “Gurukun” (Banana Fish)

There is something so exciting about buying something special, and rare, and fresh for dinner. You bring it home, wrapped up in a disheveled little package….nothing like a grocery store package…but a package actually packed by a human being and not a machine. Not a […]

Okinawan Tomatoes: Jewels of Flavor

Okinawan Tomatoes: Jewels of Flavor

The farmer’s markets here in Okinawa are sparkling with vibrancy! Tomatoes; all shapes, colors, and sizes, are in season. The flavors of these little gems are so complex…. That you would be wise to eat them right out of the box. If you feel so […]

Stories from the Ginowan Fish Market, Okinawa, Japan

Stories from the Ginowan Fish Market, Okinawa, Japan

The fresh, salty smell.  The cool ice crunching. The hustle and bustle of the skilled workers.  A port-side fish market is quite possibly the happiest place on earth.   Undoubtedly, there is a sense of purpose and energy in the air. For this, is an […]

A Great Time At Soba Class

A Great Time At Soba Class

Recently, my husband, myself and our new baby had the honor of attending a class on Okinawa Soba, given by Chef Nozaki San in the little village of Onno, Okinawa. Soba, also known as Yakisoba, is a mainstay of Okinawa cuisine.  Many people confuse Okinawa […]

Pickled Diakon Ribbons

Pickled Diakon Ribbons

Pronounced (die-kahn as in Kahn, Wrath of…  ), the daikon is a mystifying vegetable to us Westerners.  It’s size is impressive.  It’s shape and weight remind me of a baseball bat.  lol. It’s a radish, actually.  A sweet, juicy radish that tastes nothing like our […]

The Eagle Has Landed.  Over.

The Eagle Has Landed. Over.

Hi!  I’m BACK! Remember back in THIS POST when I said we were being stationed in Japan, and that I would be back after we are moved and settled and the kids were all adjusted? Well, that was nine months ago!  We did move, we […]