Pumpkin Salad

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Oh, they failed — or made one Mei-Shun does not like. She prefers ほくほく=hoku-hoku texture in this vegetable full of beta-Carotene and sweet potatoes. Such ねっとり=nettori, creaminess is literally for dairy products, she complains. However, foods should not be thrown away. Then a good idea came across: how it would be if frozen? She was just right, succeeded in yummy ice cream.

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Peanut Invitation

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Shin and Mei-Shun found a good soba restaurant. They had been interested in the following statue which symbolizes one of products, not business founders. Hi, great to drop in at your place for the first time. Oh? What are those sacks piled beside the shop? Peanut shells and … those of soba, meaning the latter is also available here. Ah-ha, free space for tea has evolved into this.

Pink Piggy

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Shin did Mei-Shun happy favors during this Golden Week. One of them is a French restaurant in Tokyo, called “Mon Petit Cochon Rose“. The chef has a great technique and sense of humor, yet one and only problem is that he serves a bit too much. It gave an excuse to treat her stomach to a feast before going into severe diet, while her husband has a similar goal.

Spring Delicacy

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White asparaguses arrived from Europe. It is only once an year when Shin and Mei-Shun can enjoy them, a genuine luxury. In order to avoid fiber streaks entering between your teeth, do not spare peeling of them. Boil them in a deep pan until ivory changes into pearl white. Mayonnaise and truffe salt would be a nice dip while melted butter, lemon juice and salt would serve for a superb experience.

Never Again: 2

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Mei-Shun’s new rice cooker loves clean workplace. It must be washed every time after job, or would not work precisely. Here is much おこげ=okoge, baked rice at the bottom of a pot. Actually, she neglected cleaning just once before making it. It would be all right if other cereals like millet are mixed, yet awful if she should serve Shin a bowl of white pearls, his favorite.

Pinky Princess

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Mei-Shun would like to use comfortable adjectives like warm and cool more here, yet it seems we only have extreme change between torrid and freezing these days. On the other hand, plant ladies know the best timing to bloom — our garden princess already puts on a thin veil in pink, backyard plum in 80% blossom while green tea is served full in cherry.

Boil & Steam

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Here Mei-Shun’s new rice cooker follows. This shining black from T. Co., Ltd. has an inner pot of earthenware, easy to serve aromatic baked rice at the bottom. Only a problem is a slight smell of vinyl aired just after pearl white grains are finished. Shin calls 一日の長, one-day longer technique for the previous one made by P. Co., Ltd. that his wife took as a smart expression.