Recipe #2: Red Chicken Curry

For my second recipe I made a red curry chicken (No pictures available because I ate it all before I could take pictures). I got over excited about my upcoming trip to Thailand and I found this red curry package of sorts at JUSCO and thought why not? It turned out much better than what I thought it would, especially after I struggled with the package and the red curry exploded all over the kitchen except inside the pot.

The recipe just asked for chicken the curry paste, and some veggies. I got pineapples, extra veggies, and I once heard that some people add cream cheese to their red curry, so I went for it too. It turned out really well, except it was as I should have known too hot for me. I guess is time to show my true colours and admit that I’m not one for spicy food… ooohh I can hear everyone now “but you’re Mexican!”… yes, yes I know I am Mexican and my last name should be spicy, but I just can’t really handle spicy food. Suddenly I realized that Thai food will be the death of me… oh oh.

Keeping you posted!

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Recipe #1: Indonesian Fried Noodles

I was supposed to post this ages ago.. sorry!

Alright so I tried my first recipe (look at previous post): Indonesian Fried Noodles (Mie Goreng), and I gotta say… not too bad. The recipe asks for ramen noodles, whatever veggies you’ve got around, chicken and spices. All of which I could find at my local grocery store.

The instructions looked a lot more complicated than what it really was. All you need to do is boil the noodles, fry the veggies and chicken and toss everything together. That’s my kind of cooking. At first I thought I went a little heavy on the pepper, but after a while I thought it was rather good. I’ve made this a few times since and have played around with the recipe a bit. Overall I would say this is a keeper!

Keeping you posted!

My new cooking challenge!

Let’s just say that cooking isn’t my forte…

I have now been living in Japan for a little bit over 8 months and I must admit that my cooking skills have not particularly improved in the time I’ve been here. Sure I have never been too talented when it comes to cooking, but I figured that once on my own I would be forced to become the next Jamie Oliver, but alas that has not been the case. I have learned a few tricks around the kitchen here and there but I don’t think I would like to subject too many people into eating my creations.

With my mom visiting in exactly a month I have begun to panic because quite simply what am I going to feed her?! So I am going to challenge myself a little and try 4 new Asian cuisine recipes in the next 4 weeks. My goal is to be able to cook 4 meals; they don’t have to be ridiculously difficult. As a matter of fact the simpler, the better. So I will be looking around for a recipe to try this coming weekend. I will search it, make it, try it and give you my verdict.

I want to leave Japan being able to be self-sufficient when it comes to cooking. A lot of my friends around here are amazing cooks and when I asked them what their secret is they all said the same thing: practice. Also they all have their own style, so I’m going to find mine too… wish me luck!

Keeping you posted…

Lovely Okinawa!

On Tuesday I returned from a long weekend trip to the beautiful island of Okinawa!

A friend of mine lives in Ginoza which is located right in the middle of Okinawa island, so after one of the girls I work with graciously offered to cover my Saturday classes, I booked my plane tickets and decided to escape the “cold” (yes, yes I know Canada is actually cold) town of Saijo for a few days.

Okinawa is stunningly beautiful! The view from the plane told me that it was going to be an amazing weekend: aqua colour water, golden beaches and a sunny, humid 25 Degrees… perfect!

On Saturday we stayed in Naha and I have to admit that it wasn’t one of my favourite places. The influence of the USA Marine Corps is everywhere. I also have never seen so many foreigners in the same city in the whole time I’ve been to Japan. I thought there were quite a few tourists in Kyoto but is nothing compared to the amount of American personnel that walk around Naha. Is no secret that Japanese people want the USA to leave Okinawa and is also no secret that in the past problems have arisen from the behaviour of the Marine Corps in the city. So I asked one of my classes what they thought about the army bases that can be found scattered all around Okinawa and I asked them in specific about Naha. Being the super polite people that they are my students told me that they don’t like Naha because is a big city, but I knew right away that the answer was rubbish. Osaka and Tokyo are way bigger cities and no one seems to have a big problem with them. Eventually they told me that they don’t like the idea of having the army bases in Okinawa because they take away the land that belongs to the Japanese people, and most importantly because Japanese people in Okinawa have already suffered enough after most of Okinawa was completely obliterated during WWII. When I was in Naha I realized how much I love Japan, I can’t stand the idea that someone is not respectful of this country and its people…. but  I’m going to stop ranting now, because besides this issue I had a fabulous time in Okinawa! =)

On Sunday we went to Ocean Expo Park which was beautiful. There is an aquarium, which I reckon has the second biggest tank in the world. Inside there are 3 shark whales, a BIG manta and lots of other beautiful fish. I think I could have sat there all day long just looking at the fish swimming around. The surrounding area is also quite beautiful, there are flowers everywhere and the view of the ocean. When I left on Saturday morning there was a big earthquake 50km away from Naha out in the ocean so all of Saturday and Sunday there was a Tsunami warning. When we were at Ocean Expo there were all these people with cameras just ready to catch a sight of the big wave… that never came.

Len lives in Ginoza which is located in the middle of the island and it was a really beautiful little town with a beach 10 minutes away from his house. So Monday morning I went exploring and just loved the beach because there was no one, so I basically had a whole beach to myself for the whole day. I also drove to another town nearby, found another beach and had lunch there. One can just go for a drive and find all these beaches all along… how great is that? In the evening I went kayaking! I had gone kayaking before in the Credit River back at home but  I clearly had forgotten all the basics, so after a crash course on the basics, I went out on my own for a bit and had a great time.

Unfortunately Tuesday arrived too soon and I had to make my way back to Shikoku, but I came home with about 200 pictures of the great time I had!

Keeping you posted!