Sunday, February 26, 2006
When I stopped off at the Japanese specialty food store last evening (yes, on a Saturday, believe it or not) to pick up the green tea powder I need for a recipe, I ran across these roasted Kasugai Wasabi Peas. I would never have thought I would like peas as a "snack food." Well, I guess there are exceptions to everything. I opened them while driving to my next destination and by the time I arrived, these were all that were left in the bag.
Good thing I stopped when I did, else this entry would not be. Well, not now anyway. These are a cool little crunchy snack, but now I'm even more curious to know what the real thing tastes like. Undoubtedly, I will search them out!
tags :: food : cuisine : snack : wasabi : peas : japanese: food shopping
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About MeDichotomy personified. Seriously playful yet unyieldingly serious. Acutely intelligent, but prone to blond moments. Left-brain logical, yet right-brain creative. Strong and weak. Flawed perfectionist. Candid yet reserved. Complex in my simplicity. Quintessential romantic. Sensitive, but sensible. Adventurous, international eater. Former vegetarian. Addicted to jazz, curries, lattes, wine and Masala Chai. Loves orange in summertime. Not a writer, but an accountant who loves to cook and tell. Prefers crunching recipes in lieu of numbers. Armed with a passion for good food, tons of cookbooks, an active imagination ... and tight jeans!
Oh, and uhm, for the record, I am female.
Just so you know.
Food for Thought"The Master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he is always doing both."
"And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud became more painful than the risk it took to bloom."
"The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
–William Saroyan, American writer known for his stories celebrating the joy of living in spite of poverty.
“Happy and successful cooking doesn't rely only on know-how; it comes from the heart, makes great demands on the palate and needs enthusiasm and a deep love of food to bring it to life.”
–Georges Blanc, Ma Cuisine des Saisons
"The fact is that it takes more than ingredients and technique to cook a good meal. A good cook puts something of himself into the preparation -- he cooks with enjoyment, anticipation, spontaneity, and he is willing to experiment."
–Pearl Bailey, Pearl's Kitchen
Through My Lens
A Few Of My Favourite ThingsCookbooks
Food Blogs I DigConfessions of A Cardamom Addict
Once Upon A Feast
Tigers & Strawberries
Other BlogsMiss Rachel
El Mundo de Morena
A Passage to India
Lagaan - Once Upon a Time in India
Bend It Like Beckham
Herbie Hancock: Possibilities
Savoring Southeast Asia
Indian Cooking - Madhur Jaffrey
Food & Wine Inspiration(Get schooled right quick)
America's Test Kitchen
Food & Wine
JAZZIZ Wine Club
Favourite Houston RestaurantsThe Cheesecake Factory (Variety)
Fogo De Chão (Brazilian)
Kim Son (Vietnamese)
Kiran's/Bombay Palace (Indian)
Madras Pavilion (Indian Vegetarian)
Masala Wok* (Indian/Indo-Chinese)
McCormick & Schmick's (Seafood)
Pappadeaux (Cajun Seafood)
The Red Cat (Cajun/Creole Fusion & Jazz)
Restaurant Indika (neo-Indian)
*This is actually a semi-fast food restaurant that, amazingly, makes some of the best Biryani (chicken or lamb) I've had yet.
Peter White: Confidential
Simply beautiful. One of my smooth-jazz favourites. Anytime is a good time for Peter White, but this album is perfect for those intimate, candlelit evenings for two. Talkin' About Love (track 2) is, in a word... Sexy! Soothing, relaxing with a sensual flava.
Trane: The Very Best of John Coltrane
The perfect sampler/intro to the master saxophonist of the jazz avant-garde. Trane on sax and McCoy Tyner on piano are stunning. Trane is my favourite "go to" guy when I'm in a mood for "truly authentic" jazz. I love this man!
Mozart: Essential Mozart: 32 of His Greatest Masterpieces
There are those moments in my life when nothing but classical will do. This is a great sampler that includes many of Mozart's best-known and most popular works - sonatas, operas, etc. Relaxes me into a tranquil state. An excellent choice for newbies. Rock me Amadeus!
When I'm in a hip-hopish mood for spoken word with unCommon messages I can feel, Common is always my "go to" man. Just as he did on his Like Water for Chocolate and One Day It'll All Make Sense CDs, Common is puttin' it down on Be with that truly unCommon flava. Yeah!
Monsoon Wedding: The Soundtrack
I am totally diggin' this CD. Mychael Danna (composer/producer; scored the film) put together one awesome Punjabi mix with this joint. And the beautiful, ultra-talented Mira Nair (director) did the dayum thang with the movie (one of my all-time faves).
Miles: The Essential Miles Davis
My fave of the two Miles CDs I own. This compilation provides a VERY good overview of Miles' career spanning seven record labels and forty years. An excellent way to become familiar with one of the world’s greatest jazz trumpet masters.
Miles: Miles Davis’ Greatest Hits
Except for two, all songs on this CD are also on The Essential Miles Davis, and those two songs, Seven Steps to Heaven and All Blues, are both excellent. This is a nice intro to Miles at about half the price. Nobody serves it up quite like Miles!
T-Monk: Monk's Greatest Hits
It’s been said that everything he ever touched turned to gold. This compilation is no exception. An excellent intro to one of the world’s all-time great jazz masters/pianist extraordinaire! This is the only of his CDs I own at the moment, but like Trane, Miles and others, it gets heavy rotation when I’m in a mood for some “hardcore” jazz. I absolutely love The Thelonious Monk!
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