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Biwa (Loquat) time has come

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Time to eat the loquat called “Biwa” in Japanese! Thanks to the technology, you can buy most of the fruits all year around here in Japan. But there are some fruits that you can only taste during certain period of the year. And this Biwa is one of them! So, I feel something special for these kind of seasonal fruits.


I made Japanese sweets called “Yokan”. We usually use red bean paste to make Yokan but I found white bean paste in my fridge so I created this sweets!
After mixing water, agar agar and white bean paste to make the 1st layer, I chopped Biwa into small pieces and seasoned with sugar and lemon juice. While marinating it, I prepare another mixture of water, sugar and agar agar. Added Biwa in it and pour the whole mixture on the 1st layer. Move to the fridge to set for an hour! YUMMY

Happy 4th Birthday, Kengo!

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My son became 4 years old in early June. 🎶
On his birthday, my family went outside for lunch together. After coming back home, he suddenly suggested me to bake his birthday cake together (Yap, it was around 17:00PM 🕔!), so we baked simple sponge cake together. Then, we coated the sponge cake with the coconut milk and maple syrup based whip cream and sprinkled banana and chocolate chips on top🎂.

He made his birthday cake by himself. What a memorable and funny birthday !
Eat well, sleep well and grow healthy…That’s what my husband and I strongly want for him.
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Dog’s Day

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In the 5th month of pregnancy, Japanese people go to the shrine to pray for the safe delivery of the child. It is called “Dog’s Day” in Japan. My pregnancy passed 5 months as well, so I visited local shrine with my family, parents from Fukushima and my sister.
(Photo : My son poses as if he is also pregnant. 😂)


After the purification ceremony, I was given the abdominal band with my name on, two kinds of harms for safe delivery and Japanese sweets. (Yap! Sweets are everywhere here in Japan.)

Happy Mother’s Day & Exciting news!

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Happy Mother’s Day from Hawaii.
I am now having a late Golden Week (long national holiday in Japan) here in Oahu island.

So happy to experience the American style Mother’s Day! (There is a special buffet at our hotel. Wow!) I feel grateful to be a mother of my son. I didn’t realize being a mother is so fun, creative and precious! (&also challenging some times…)

Actually, I have one more NEWS today!!!
I will be a mother of one more child this Autumn!!! A bit nervous but more Excited!!!

For more Hawaii & Hawaii food photos, please check my private IG account (@yuca_private) ! See you there!!

Food Research in Hong Kong

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I visited Hong Kong 🇭🇰 and Macau 🇲🇴 with my family last week. (My husband had a business there so my son and I joined!)
It’s been almost 8 years since I visited there last time. Amazed to see so many good and cozy coffee shops and vegetarian/vegan cafes in Hong Kong Island area.
In Macau, we felt something new insights and learned interesting data about Chinese market.
We ate a lot as you might see on my private account (@yuca_private).
It was really a good research trip with my family!

Finalizing the edit for my first cookbook!

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All early-bird places have sold out! Thank you for sending us support messages, everyone (who pledged for my first cookbook project)!  We are now working on collecting your messages and editing some of them since we have limited of our space! Thank you for your understanding in advance!!! If you are still interested in getting my first cookbook, please be a supporter!
https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/yjc/created

The first cookbook by YUCa

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Hello, everyone! I have a news today!! Guess what?
Yes! I am now creating my first cookbook!!! 

It’s been a secret but one of my dreams are publishing a cookbook.
Since this is my first cookbook, I wanted to try something special and fun!!!

1. Entrepreneurial stories – Many of my cooking class guests asked me how I started this cooking class business, challenges I had and what I am now. I couldn’t tell my story in detail during cooking class, but I noticed that so many people are interested in living their dreams. It was not so easy for me in the beginning. Honestly, I once thought that I should stop doing this business etc. I hope you’ll get something new and sparkling things from this book.

2. The first 50 supporters! – Here is the early-bird prize. The first 50 supporters have a chance to write support message for this project. I have been supported by many people since I started my cooking class business. This made me want to try crowd funding and make a special cookbook with my supporters!

3. Rewards – To publish this cookbook, I would like to raise funds. As a reward, I prepared various goods. Those goods are original tote bag, denim bag, Apron and Chopsticks. Of course, those products are sold at my classroom and YUCa’s Japanese Cooking online store only. Now is the time to get those goods as well. Very exclusive!!

Here is the project page (Kickstarter):
The first cookbook by YUCa

I hope you enjoy this journey with me!
YUCa

Happy New Year of 2019!

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A happy new year 2019! 🎍
あけましておめでとうございます!🎌
Akemashite-omedetou-gozaimasu🍶

My family and I had traditional new year’s dish called osechi-ryori for breakfast. 🍱🍱🍱 Osechi is tiered food boxes to save cooking on the busy New Year’s Days so that Japanese housewives can take a rest for few days. (Since I had cooking classes until yesterday, I ordered Osechi-ryori in advance. 😜)


I remember that my mother made osechi every year and the whole family enjoyed eating them at our grandparents’s house. This is one of the good memories in my childhood.

Hope all of you’ll have a wonderful and fruitful year!!! Eat well and keep healthy for both body and soul !

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