Tea was introduced to Japan during the 9th century when a Buddhist monk, Eichu, returned from China with a tea plant. Tea was used by Chinese monks for spiritual, and medicinal purposes. Eichu served the tea to the Emperor, which then began the cultivation of tea across Japan. Initially tea was had at Buddhist ritualsContinue reading An intro to Japanese Tea Ceremonies
Tea is a staple in Japanese culture, having been a prominent aspect of everyday life for over 1000 years, even having a ceremony dedicated to the making, serving, and consumption of it. In Japan tea is just as common in Japan as it is to have a fizzy drink or soda. Hot and cold teaContinue reading Japanese tea is the best tea!
Oden is a traditional Japanese dish that’s served in a large pot, filled with a dashi broth and an array of staple Japanese foods and vegetables in it. The ingredients stew in the broth Some ingredients and broth vary depending on the region in Japan. It’s believed that oden originated from around the 14th centuryContinue reading Oden: Japan’s staple winter food
Mochi is made from a type of Japanese glutinous rice that is pounded until it becomes a sticky paste. The making of mochi is strenuous and can take a whole day to make, so nowadays there are machines that can make them a lot quicker and easier. However there’s nothing quite like eating fresh mochiContinue reading Mochi! (class coming soon!)
Soybeans are a versatile legume and are used in many common foods and ingredients. They are high in protein, fibre, calcium, iron, magnesium, and vitamin C. They can be prepared in different ways, with soft or crispy textures and various delicious results! Here are some common forms or soybeans: Edamame – Young soybeans still inContinue reading Soybeans!
In my years of living in the U.K. I have never met anyone who knew their blood type, apart from just a handful of exceptions. I grew up with the concept of blood types as being an important part of who you are and what your personality is like, and many people would adjust aspectsContinue reading Blood personality types!
Match and green tea are enjoyed by many people, and the flavour has increased in popularity through its use in desserts, but they are often mistaken as being the same thing. The are both made of the same type of tea pant, but the key difference between the two is that matcha has been groundContinue reading Green tea and Matcha
One of my favourite meat is pork, especially fatty pork. The combination of the juicy, tender meat and crispy skin makes my mouth water. It’s always been a favourite food to eat, but I have always thought it wasn’t healthy for me, and it would be something I’d have as a treat. Pork contains saturatedContinue reading Delicious pork!