Vegetarian Sushi

Vegetarian Sushi

What phase are you going through in your life right now?

I read somewhere that women are always going through a phase of some sort in life.  The most common phase that women go through is a cleaning phase in their life.

My cleaning phase started a few months ago and it hasn’t really stopped. Makes me wonder how long cleaning phases really last.

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Cheesy Garlic Bread Recipe

Cheesy Garlic Bread

It is no secret that I am a HUGE television buff!

When I am home, there is always some TV Show running in the background.  Even when I am creating recipes like this cheesy garlic bread recipe, I have some TV show playing in the background.

I have Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crackle and many other services, yet, some days it feels like I have NOTHING to watch.

Yes, I know. First world problems….

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Miso-Glazed Japanese Eggplant

Miso-glazed Eggplant
There is no egg in eggplant!

So, why is it called eggplant?  According to Wikipedia, early European cultivators had yellow or white eggplants and resembled goose eggs.  That is why they were named eggplants.

I love eating eggplants but I don’t like preparing them.  They are not very easy to work with and they tend to brown easily.

The Japanese eggplant, on the other hand, is very easy to work with and has a lot more denser texture than other eggplants.  This eggplant also lasts longer than other eggplant varieties.

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Cucumber Salad made Japanese Style

Cucumber Salad - Japanese Style

How good is your guest etiquette?

I went to a birthday celebration some time ago and the host family was of Japanese descent. For the vegetarian guests, the only thing we could eat was this wonderful cucumber salad. The hosts were not being rude, they just were not informed of our dietary restrictions.

I have always heard that the Japanese people are one of the most humble, sweet, polite, pragmatic and respectful people. Those attributes were affirmed at this birthday celebration.

The hosts apologized profusely and even offered to order Pizza or other take-out of our choice. They couldn’t imagine us eating only the cucumber salad.

However, we politely declined as required by the unwritten rules of guest etiquette.

Were it not for these rules, I would have jumped up and demanded the pizza!!!!

The Saki was free flowing, so, many of the vegetarians were happy drinking the saki and eating the cucumber salad.

Guest etiquette is a very funny concept for me!

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