Mama’s Home Cooking.

Well, I’ve been MIA this past week due to the fact that Tommaso and I both had the flu and been in bed all week with a raging fever. Not the best way to start off our vacation here in California unfortunately. Our fever is finally gone but our bodies are definitely still recovering. I’m hoping by the end of the weekend we’ll be back to our old selves!

Over this past week, when we slowly started to get our appetites back, my mom made some of my favorite childhood dishes. I never seem to make Japanese food on my own so whenever I’m home I ask her to make delicious Japanese food.

One night she made sukiyaki, a winter stew type dish served in a “hot pot” that consists of meat, vegetables, and noodles. She made ours with thinly sliced beef, carrots, onions, cabbage, leeks, broccoli, daikon, enoki mushrooms, tofu, and udon noodles.

Sukiyaki.

Sukiyaki.

Beef and Vegetables!

Beef and Vegetables!

Sukiyaki is the perfect comfort dish for a cold winter’s night to warm you up!

Another night, my mom made temaki, hand rolls! You can make your own hand roll with all sorts of delicious ingredients which makes it so fun. My mom bought sushi grade tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and scallops. We also had gravlax, crabmeat, asparagus, carrots, roasted red peppers, shiso leaves, cucumbers, daikon, and avocado.

Temaki.

Temaki Time.

Miso Soup.

Miso Soup.

Daikon, Cucumber, and Avocado.

Daikon, Cucumber, and Avocado.

Shiso Leaves.

Shiso Leaves.

Yellowtail and Salmon.

Yellowtail and Salmon.

Scallop and Tuna.

Scallop and Tuna.

Ikura, Salmon Roe.

Ikura, Salmon Roe.

What I love about temaki is that you can mix and match ingredients and make your own scrumptious combinations of flavors!

Last night my mom made Japanese style curry. Most people have never tried Japanese style curry since they rarely serve it at restaurants. The flavor is quite different from Thai or Indian curries since they don’t use a plethora of spices. Usually Japanese curry is made with beef, carrots, onions, and potatoes and served with white rice, yummy!

Japanese Curry with Rice.

Japanese Curry with Rice.

Since I’m finally recovering from the flu, I’ll definitely start writing about food places that I will be exploring around the Bay Area, so stay tuned!

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