TokyoVeggie Profile - (11602779)

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Living In: Tokyo, Japan
Member Since: Feb. 2010
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Asian, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Southern, Nouvelle, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian
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About this Cook
Raised vegan, turned lacto-ovo vegetarian, then moved to Tokyo - very hard to be lacto-ovo and working! I eat some fish or chicken broth, but no meat because it gives me a bad stomachache. Meat does look and smell tasty, though! I cook for my omnivore husband, too.
My favorite things to cook
Anything that is quick, easy, very tasty, and easy to clean up after! I am very tired at the end of the day and it is often nearly impossible to find most of the ingredients I grew up with, so I make do as best I can!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom was pretty awesome when it came to food! She made EVERYTHING from scratch, had a huge garden so most things were fresh, and introduced me to many, many cultural cuisines. I will cook anything at least once, and I like to improvise, so I guess that is our tradition!
My cooking triumphs
Cooking pork chops for my husband and getting it right the first time! (So he had the decency to claim!) Also, cooking my mom's vegetarian lasagna for my non-vegetarian MIL... she loved it!
My cooking tragedies
Too many to name here! One in particular is the terrible tomato-basil soup I made once... The whole huge pot was unsalvageable!
Recipe Reviews 11 reviews
Uncle Wynn's Bread Machine Rye
The crust is a little harder than I prefer, but this bread is great! My bread machine is small, so I halved the recipe and followed other reviews by omitting the cornmeal and instead using bread flour for the cornmeal. I also omitted the wheat gluten. It just finished cooking and I had a little to make sure I liked the taste before planning my lunch tomorrow. So yummy! My husband had a taste, too, and he said it makes him yearn for some Northern European food! Thanks for the great, useful recipe!

4 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jul. 1, 2012
Oven Baked Tempeh
I love tempeh, but it is really difficult to find it in Tokyo. I finally got my hands on some and decided to try this recipe. Like another reviewer, I substituted one onion for the leek and shallots. I also used cayenne pepper instead of red pepper flakes and Japanese eggplant instead of zucchini. I omitted the bell pepper. I used soy sauce instead of tamari and vegetable broth instead of sherry. Also, I followed another reviewer and soaked the crumbled tempeh in soy sauce, olive oil, cumin, garlic powder, and chili powder before cooking and only sauteed the veggies for about a minute. Still, this recipe was pretty great! Will definitely make again.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jun. 26, 2012
Easy Vodka Sauce
We're getting ready to move, so I need to use up the stuff in the kitchen. I found this recipe and I had all the ingredients except cream, so on that note it was perfect. Following other reviews, I added oregano, salt, sugar, minced garlic, and thyme. I think that sugar and salt are definitely crucial to the recipe, but probably could have left out the oregano and thyme. Garlic is optional, based on your personal preference. The recipe is super creamy, and a bit on the heavy side. Still, quite tasty and definitely an interesting take on pasta sauce.

2 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: May 10, 2012

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