Thursday, 31 January 2013

Mini snack review ~ Kewpie tofu bolognese

~ regular series ~

Hi lovelies

today I'm reviewing a product of a popular Japanese company- Kewpie is probably best known for its mayonnaise...
...and its cute baby mascot.
pic. source: http://www.etsy.com/listing/98752704
The mayonnaise was first launched in 1925 and is beloved and praised ever since. Japanese foodies and expats all over the globe will proudly tell you, that "Kewpie-mayo" is the yummiest of its kind ,while happily snapping away the last bottle of the asian super market shelf in front of you 

Personally, I think that's a tiny bit exaggerated, but anyways- getting crazy over food is a common thing in Japan.



While searching for interesting Japanese snacks for the dearies in Germany, I found "Kewpie's Gu no Sosu" on sale in the grocery section of a drug store. It's basically a tofu-mixed, multi-purpose bolognese sauce. Like shown on the package, it can be used as filling for onigiri or as an easy topping for your bento.


I used it to make "Ja-ja-men"-style pasta (Japanese bolognese, orinally Chinese noodle dish). It turned out really yummyThe balance of tofu and red soy bean paste is just right and it tastes quite close to freshly made -really recommended for super busy people.


If you would like to try it, but have no access to the original product, just add the right amount of the typical Japanese seasonings (sake, mirin, soysauce, dashi, miso & ginger) to your basic bolognese recipe. 

Thank you for reading, dears.

バイバイ~


  

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

アケオメ!

No matter if exciting or thoughtful and calm, I hope you dearies had a great time celebrating New Year's Eve
My New Year's celebration was rather calm, because I wasn't in party mood much. I think I'm coming down with a cold *fhu*
However, I finally made a big decision and it wasn't an easy one. I'll move to Tokyo continually at the end of this year. 
When I was 15 years old, I came to Japan rather coincidentally. Since then I've been living there for 5 years (with interruptions) and the sugarcoated image I once had, definitely formed cracks. I think this is something, which can't be prevented, if you decide to experience a country in a non-touristy way. 
It wasn't easy to reconcile university studies and jobbing in Tokyo and there were times, when I felt the whole culture was just too different and that I could never fit in completely. I'm still worried about that part actually
But home is where your heart is. I know, that I will miss my German lovelies so much, but I'll visit them often. I'll do my best to reach my career goals in Japan, which is a great place after all, and be a help for my Japanese family and friends.
And I hope, that you dearies will reach all your goals for 2013 - がんばってね

I'll end this post with some random pics. Thank you for reading

Christmas present from Teddy. it's so cute- the most famous barbie dollies
en miniature
Christmas card, New Year's card (with Teddy's little niece on it)  and some
kawaii goodies for me from Teddy's parents