December 6, 2012

Japanify: Winter Root Nimono

by Yoko Kumano

For some, winter may mean honey-baked hams and Santa Claus. But at my house, it means nimono. Nimono simply means “simmered things” in Japanese. You can pretty much simmer anything, but the simmering liquid is usually a combination of dashi, mirin and soy sauce. I was happy to find some very wintry root vegetables at […]

June 23, 2011

Japanify: Twice-Cooked Saba (Mackerel)

by Yoko Kumano

Frying has always been something I was afraid of. I remember my grandma frying whole fish in a huge wok of oil. It took brawn and a fearless attitude toward unpredictable flying specks of oil traveling at high speeds. I will never be half as tough as my grandma, and I still don’t have the […]