Walnut Honey Cream Cheese

The first bagel I ever ate didn’t leave much of an impression. A chewy bread doughnut with cream cheese?  I was more used to fluffy, toasted Wonder Bread dripping with margarine. The second bagel was memorable. I had to wait a day in Boston before taking the Greyhound bus to Bar Harbor, where we would join the winter training period at […]

Burdock Root Soup

“Ah, monastery soup!” exclaimed Shuho-san.  It does indeed taste like soups served in Japanese training temples. The signature flavour of this recipe is burdock, a long skinny root that grows wild in Europe but has seemingly fallen out of culinary use. In the UK it is more commonly known as a fizzy beverage; Dandelion & Burdock or […]

Green Tea Matcha Cake

On account of the Zen River – Japan connection, there is occasionally some spare green tea flying around the kitchen. The other day Ranka had found some matcha (green tea powder) and Shuho-san – who is here from Ottawara, Japan, to train and practice koan study – explained if it’s too old to drink, you could always […]