Scrambled Tofu

Once upon a time I went on a vegan diet. It was a sorry state of affairs, as I had no good substitute for scrambled eggs, even if just for the colour. I’d tried making the dish with firm tofu but without much success; it always came out too dry. However, I’d never thought to […]

Shitake Mushroom Heaven

Whenever we have Japanese guests to cook for, a switch in my brain turns on. I suddenly remember the dishes we’ve been served in Japan, or the recipes I’ve had the occasion to make in the temples where we stayed. The odd thing is when our guests leave, the switch turns off and I can hardly remember how to make anything […]

Persimmon (Kaki) Chutney

For many a year, persimmons seemed out of reach. They were confined to a beautiful calligraphy called Six Persimmons (a 13th-century Chinese painting by the monk, Muqi Fachang), creations from a distant land where I could only imagine how they might taste or look like in real life. The first occasion I had to relish one was in […]